Double Exposure Overlay Trends & A Pixlr Guide

Double Exposure Overlay Trends & A Pixlr Guide


In the world of photography, overlapping two images is referred to as a "double exposure," however, in today's Pop Culture world of readily available apps, you may know this as "overlays." One excellent app you can do overlays in is PIXLR (by Autodesk). Amongst other great photo editing tools, PIXLR provides an easy toolset to get the desired effect.

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What I love about PIXLR, is that it is so flexible for all types of accessibility. For example, if you're reading this, you're either on a computer or a mobile device. Not all of us are able to download mobile apps, so Pixlr has an amazing PIXLER Free Web App available for non-mobile users.

For me, personally, I have it on my mobile devices, iPhone, iPad and on my iMac as a desktop tool. It's so versatile, I don't feel like I need to learn to use one app on my phone, and a different app on my computer. In addition, it is available to both desktop platforms, Windows and Mac, as well as IOS and Android. Wow! Really, there is not an excuse in the world to keep you from giving it a go with today's overlays technique.

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Source: Overlay Gibson Pack Blog Post Personal Credits:  | smadan7

Getting started is easy-peasy, check out this FREE PIXLR Power course (coupon link 100% off). This course will get you quickly familiar with the PIXLR Editor, if tinkering isn't your thing. In addition to the course link, join up on the Pixlr Power Facebook page for daily tips.

Double Exposure aka Overlay's are super trendy for all sorts of design and just for fun. Check out these impactful design styles to gather inspiration.

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double exposure trends | nature girls

This is just the tip of the ice-berg on PIXLR Overlays. Using the basics in Pixlr to achieve neat overlays and different opacities is just a small step to learning how to mask off area's and produce an actual Double Exposure within Pixlr. Feeling limited with JUST the Overlays tool pane? Check out these tutorials for more advanced (and still easy) methods for double exposing:


Also check out another way to apply a mask:

MORE BASIC TUTORIALS HERE

Overlays are tremendously fun to fiddle around with. Something you can easily incorporate to your phone-ography or your real camera. PIXLR hosts weekly challenges, which is definitely a fun way to keep you practicing and stretching your personal editing boundaries.

What do you think about using COLOURlovers patterns as an overlay?

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I love to peruse the PIXLR Instagram stream for inspiration too - more specifically, check out the #pixlrgibson stream to see the most recent challenge submissions from all over instagram, hey, maybe even submit one yourself!

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Pushing the boundaries of overlays in Pixlr using collage + overlay effects by langerismail

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Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's

Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's


The incredible HBO series, Game of Thrones, is in the start of Season V, bringing us more intense drama, deception, death and the hunger for power and revenge more than ever. It's time to take a closer look at each House and what's behind their colors in connection to the main characters. After analyzing the color dynamics of each of these, I can say the science behind the show design is quite impressive. Enjoy this Infographic Color Analysis of Game of Thrones!

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Also, a cool perk here on COLOURlovers, members have created many inspirational Game of Thrones color palettes (also see foot of post) of the show and characters that beautifully depict many of the clothing and temperaments each character displays.

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Sources: Color Theory Characteristics |  House Color Palette Reference | Extra Reference 

Game of Thrones Color Palettes:

Click here for ALL Palettes

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Inspiring Work of Artist, Kate Powell

Inspiring Work of Artist, Kate Powell


Kate Powell is an enigma in not only the student art world, but in art itself. Her alluring artwork is highly captivating using a mix of black and white in pencil with a touch of color and collage work.

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Kate's acheivements while daunting, are still quite motivating. You can read about her academic background achievements here in an article by Student Art Guide. According to this article-interview, Kate embraced considerable inspiration from contemporary, up-coming artists such as Marco Mazzoni, Meghan Howland and Gabriel Moreno.

Enjoy this magnificent collection of Kate's beautiful illustrative artwork. Her idea's incorporate beautiful human expression mixed with nature.

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Follow Kate Powell's work: Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram | DeviantArt

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Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies

Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies


The great thing about your undies is that they are normally something kept all to yourself. Perhaps you have a fantastic personality yet your job requires you to wear a boring uniform with absolutely no way to fun it up, or is there? Well here's your chance!

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Holy moly, the panties and underwear coming out of creative heads these days are fun, funky and hilarious... and admitedly, sometimes a little gross. I don't recommend googling "men's funny undies" ...needless to say it gets a little, ahem, interesting.

Personally, I think Etsy Seller, FlashYouAndMe really hit the spot for selling fun and funky undies to both women and men with their line of Couples Underwear! For real! Not to mention their imagery really rocks with super character rich illustrations mixed with attractive models full of expression! Take note if you run a fashion accessories etsy shop.

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raindrops | green stars | stripes (aka chocolate bar) | gray (truly yours) | "pertrol green" with turquoise dots | "stars Nr6" (lavender + black stars)

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Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops

Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops


Photo booths have taken parties to the next level in the last couple of years. They have become an expectation to experience at weddings and most large events. They continue to thrive and outdo each other year after year. What started as classic simple white backdrops with funny props and decent photography, has turned in to colorful looniness on hyper-drive with all sorts of melange in the backdrop.

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While photo booth props seem to stay somewhat the same, the backdrops have gained creativity beyond imagination using anything from balloon arrangements, streamers of all types and measures to amazing use of colorful paper designs. Flowers of all paper and tissue types have been getting replaced by popular geometric inclusions.

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3D triangles (purple, turquoise, orange and yellow) | triangles | geometric (diamond) | triangles (grey, ivory, blush and saffron)pastel, gold and brown 3D triangles | hex green, gold and grey 

Backdrops can be used for so many different things! Not to mention using them for a wedding or special event such as birthday parties, corporate parties or showers, it will certainly boost the socially fun atmosphere while creating fantastically hilarious (usually) memories. Besides using them as an ice-breaker at your next party, many of these designs are just as well suited for bringing a splash to your home decor.

header image source: triangle - gold, aqua, pastel aqua and blush

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Phenomenal Abstract GIF Inspiration of the Talented Mr. Div

Phenomenal Abstract GIF Inspiration of the Talented Mr. Div


Animated GIF's have been trending around the mainstream world wide web in the past year with simpler, more automated tools for the average human to create with. However, artistic phenomenon species such as the talented Mr. Div, have been skillfully crafting works of digital abstracts for years now.

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Mr. Div, aka Matthew DiVito, is a musician, motion graphics designer and aspiring game developer from Boston, Massachusetts. His GIF designs truly grab your attention quickly and hold your gaze for a mesmerizing moment or two... or three... I cant seem to peel my sight from these seemingly simple, yet complex designs.

"There's an aspiration there for a kind of very sharp,very PURE image quality, while people like me want to make things more soft and rough."

~ Matthew DIVito via Twitter @mattdivito aka Mr. Div

Matthew's artwork combines repetitive motion and dimension with incredible patterns and gradient palettes. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see some COLOURlovers patterns and palettes animated! See more of Matthew DiVito's work here on his CargoCollective website or his Tumblr site.

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So what is a GIF? Formally called a Graphics Interchange Format, it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and caught trend for it's wide support and portability on the world wide web. 

The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. These palette limitations make the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.

Directly Sourced: Wikipedia.org - "GIF"

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Folk Art & Trends of Today

Folk Art & Trends of Today


Scandinavian design trends have brought on popular demand for folk art in many forms. The attraction in contemporary folk art might relate to the sentimental value with connections to generations past, although folk art was never actually considered a particular art form.

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Antique folk art was considered more a part of cultural trends in ordinary life, sharing community values and expressing lifestyle much like tribal art. An art form mostly based on cultural geography that continues to morph through modern day trends.

While it was never considered a movement in art, it certainly contributed to inspiration and influence for certain artists throughout history. Pablo Picasso for instance, was influenced by African tribal sculptures and masks.

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Crying woman (1937) by Pablo Picasso | Dogon Dancer by Raphael Bick

Folk art has certainly gained a new spin and style by many modern illustrative artists. While many of these artists still seem fairly culturally bound by heritage, it again is not limited culturally and has spread to some degree to many more spaces of the world. The folk styling is much derived from personal tutelage and a portrayal of many different illustrative translations in art.

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Styles like Ashley Percival, certainly portray an inkling of modern mixed with historic and geographic-culteral styles. While artwork amongst his Etsy Shop is largely centered around children's artwork prints, his colorful, unique creations can be seen on clothing, home-ware, decor, stationery, cards, and album covers. Ashley's client list certainly boasts that there is most certainly a place in this world for traditional art in modern product design showing that consumers today value it enough for it to become vastly corporate.

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Recognizable brands such as Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Forever21 certainly speak volumes for what consumers desire in contemporary folk art designs. Ashley Percival is from the UK and has been a freelance illustrator, working professionally since 2010.

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Helen Dardik is another fascinating folk artist! The shapes, the patterns and style cease to amaze me.

I have always seen Folk Art to be such a vintage trend based on things my mom had held on to from her childhood. My earliest, most distinct memory of loving Folk Art is a set of vintage Old Maid cards that were hers when she was a little girl. Ashley Percival and Helen Dardik both remind me so distinctly of those playing cards. Do you have a favorite modern or vintage folk artist?

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Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots - Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com

Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots - Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com


Recently, Aaron Epstein, Co-founder of COLOURlovers.com was engaged in an exceptional interview on Mixergy.com. Mixergy is a site that shares the wisdom and talents of founders from a multitude of industries. In the interview, you'll learn how Aaron’s ColorSchemer software helped introduce him to Bubs and Chris and how their collective talents collaborated to develop our beautiful community.

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Here’s a great opportunity to hear the history of how COLOURlovers came to be!  I'm about the same age as Aaron, so personally it was kind of fun to listen to his historic timeline of events from his Y Combinator days through his ColorSchemer days and then eventually meeting up with Darius (aka Bubs) and Chris who had started COLOURlovers in 2005.

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Aaron, Chris and Darius officially merged their business scope in 2009, which launched the real core of the community we have today. Watch the interview of read the raw transcript at Mixergy.com

Thanks again to these guys so invested in bringing a resources of color to the online world. When did you join COLOURlovers?

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A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk

A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk


The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a  mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on "trashy" if done wrong. It's a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.

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I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I'm not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.

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wedding dresses & jewels | red corset | necklace | globescale braheaddress | watch

What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it's super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of "rustic" trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you're really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.

Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era.  Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?

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12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home

12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home


Custom slip covers are all the rage spanning over Pinterest and Etsy these days. The options are endless to disguise your boring old throw pillows in to squishy pieces of art. Methods are not limited to, but include photo transfers, screen printing, hand stitching and simply using sharpies. Aside from using patterns or graphic prints to add artistic whimsy to your couch or bedspread, opt for lettering in the form of quotes or poetry as a great way to punch up any social atmosphere in your home.

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To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, I hope you'll enjoy this brilliant collection of the many slip cover types ranging from poetic classics quoted from the masters to downright amusing lines full of witty emphasis, down to abstract typographic meanderings.

J.R.R. Tolkien | "some feel the rain" | "trust the universe" | yellow & | hang.ry | gray alphabet | wedding song | "silence the mind" | "take me to the sea" | "all you need is love" | "I carry your heart" | Desiderata |

I truly love this trend of adding quotes, poems or words on to your average everyday throw pillows. Using slip-covers, it is an easy thing to switch up for seasonal messages or witty notes when you host.

Community Highlight

There are a number of fun, member-managed wordplay games here on COLOURlovers. One specific group sets up a challenge with palettes combined with HAIKU, we did a feature on it in 2011 here. Check it out!

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