As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words – and in our case it’s the photographs that do the talking for you. If you work on creating print production like me, you know the significal role of photos. Except the overall quality of the design itself, photos used in an issue can impact the reader experience – in a good or bad way. At its best, photography can act with the rest of magazine’s layout elements, which are arranged to create a cohesive whole. And at its worst, low-quality shots can damage all the hard work the magazine designer has put into her ;) creation.
For me there are 3 main components of any well-done photo – composition, technical side and idea, they are a base of successful photography. Using this knowledge while taking your shots, you’ll be able to achieve better results.
– Good Light
The best times to take photos are early in the morning or late in the afternoon – natural light is the best and easiest one to take shots, the more if you are not a professional. You can measure this time by your own shadow – it should be longer then you are. Read the rest of this entry »
Deciding colors for website is not an easy task. Color is one of the really visual, key parts to any design. And the challenge is to combine color while giving the website a unified and polished look.
There are a lot of methods for choosing a color combination. To build a color palette from scratch I get accustomed to use Adobe Color CC (Adobe Kuler) (you can find more about here: How to Work with Adobe Color CC (Adobe Kuler)), my professional experience and artistic bent :)
I love to use Adobe Color CC app to create color schemes for my designs. That’s pretty easy – a little creativity and modern technology help to save a lot of time generating themes for a project.
The rules for the app are based on a color wheel representation, or how colors arranged according to their chromatic relationship. You can design the theme based on analogous, monochromatic, triad, complementary, compound colors, shades or develop a palette according to your custom rules, which let you add swatches in whichever order.
To start working with Adobe Color CC app you should have an Adobe ID.
After signing in you can check the most popular themes in Adobe community or develop a new one. Well, the last is more interesting as for my mind.
There are a lot of ways to create your own theme, let me share with you my favorite one.
Firstly – being a photographer – I like to work with images :) The second reason is that sometimes you have a particular image that should be used as a major part of the overall look and feel. By using colors from that photograph you create a sweet cohesive color palette that works well.
Sometimes is the best way to get rested is to change your occupation. Oh no, I’m not about stop being a web designer.. I’m about being a designer, but not web-related :)
I like to spend time doing little sweet things – like the one below. So let me tell you about decoupage.
Decoupage can be deceptive. By looking at a finished project, you could think that the process is complicated, but it isn’t. All that you need – paper, white glue, paints and an object where to apply your creativity. If you are able to cut and paste, you already know 50% of the techniques involved.