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Today's the day! Announcing the eight (8) winners of the #PixlrPop Contest plus the top five (5) most faved designs by the community. The judging panel consisted of the Pixlr Design Team and the COLOURlovers staff members (aka myself, Molly and Colin).
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Absolutely fantastic entries! Great work everyone! The flow of commentary throughout the contest days coming from the Pixlr Design Team was exciting to see. They expressed how amazed they were with the talent we have here at COLOURlovers. I felt a glow of pride knowing we have this secret gold mine of talented people in our community.
I can't wait to showcase the final design inspirations near the end of June (coming up!) used within Pixlr Express!
Okay, okay I know you guys are chomping at the bit to see the winners! With each winner the judging panel as a whole put together some commentary on the aspects of each design.
Winner of Tuesday, Day #1: "Loulouflor" by Anonymuse
"The soft colors, texture in the shapes and the windmill collectively make an eye-catching inspiration."
Winner of Wednesday, Day #2: "Pointed Response" by Wondercake
"Fantastic shade of orange. The trendy arrow pattern inspires a hand drawn aesthetic - leaves many options to take from the shapes"
Winner of Thursday, Day #3: "SPRING2013" by SUNNY21327
"Inspirational for light leaks and bokeh effects. Loving all the color choices with the layering."
Winner of Friday, Day #4: "The Exchange" by praxicalidocious
"This one strikes very lush with spring or summer coloring. Loving the texture with interesting layering. Inspiration leads to a beautiful field of flowers."
Winner of Saturday, Day #5: "Zebra" by addabarrios
"A subtle background coloring makes fantastic overlays. Combined with the non-traditional zebra pattern this inspires an intriguing piece."
Winner of Sunday, Day #6: "Underthedeepbluesea" by Kalindy
"This one gives us a subtle explosion of interest the longer we stare at it. We really love the rich depth of texture and pattern in this monochromatic scene."
Winner of Monday, Day #7: "Orange Loves you px" by bhsav
"This spicy pattern oozes with vibrant lava hues and terrific movement in the basic but intriguing tribal pattern play. Totally inspiring to see what we can do with it!"
Winner of Tuesday, Day #8: "Historic Arrest" by Heuge
"An excellent spin on stripes giving off a soft, feathery feeling. The pleasant mix of hues bleed together in to a lovely muted visual. All of which might work nicely in an overlay."
As you can see from the LOVES on each of these, none were selected by popularity (CL community vote). The judges took each day of submissions individually and considered many character traits of each piece as a whole to consider toward the design aspects of Pixlr Express. We will be showcasing the final pieces near the end of June (2015) when the COLOURlovers Expansion Pack becomes available to everyone using Pixlr! Exciting!
Top Five Loved Submissions: Sponsorship Winners!
As promised, we wanted to add a little fun kick to those who just can't help but produce tantalizing designs that makes everyones mouse-fingers want to go click-click-click on that LOVE button! So popular vote or not, that's what these are for.... being popular. The LOVE-COUNT displayed is only for the duration of the contest timeline, as some have changed since Tuesday.
53 LOVES: "Leaf Monsters" by praxicalidocious
28 LOVES: "Frida" by GabsGiggles
27 LOVES: "Soda Pop" by ArrayOfLilly
23 LOVES: "I Dreamed A Dream" by sherrydee846
21 LOVES: "chase the blues away" by twister
That's it! I hope you all enjoyed the experience of this contest and can take positive things away even if you did not win. Trust me, there were a lot of difficult decisions in choosing!
Personally, I feel that contests push me to a different level of motivation in my own skills which contributes to how I view where I am in my skill much longer after a contest is held. I notice area's where I could probably work harder or think directionally different and garner some personal advice from the designs that did win. We quite literally could have chosen over a thousand designs we loved, but in the case of contest critique, it comes down to a hard line.
Claiming Your Prize!
Grab Bag Winners: You will be receiving either a Love Note and/or an email (whatever email is associated with your COLOURlovers member account). In this message you will get links to all the Grab Bag Items we had pictured and linked here in the contest post. Messages will go out today at some point, you will be given a certain time period to make your choice (feel free to reference the original contest page to start shopping early!). Colin will be handling prize notification and placing your order/choice.
Sponsorship Winners: Today we will activate the new or upgraded Sponsorship to your COLOURlovers Member Account. If you already have a paid sponsorship active, we will simply add an additional year to your current expiration date.
Have a great day!
Seamless Lite at COLOURlovers is something many people shy away from, but hopefully after some inspiring short video clips, most of you will start to gain some perspective on how to get a design you're proud of. Check out our YouTube Channel!
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While the bulk of the video's I've been preparing are centered around using Seamless Lite, there are the intro video's to palette making and I will add more fun abstract videos weekly.
After my 8-minute intro video regarding more details on the Line Tool itself, I have added a collection of video's in high-speed of certain design styles to show you the process. You will hopefully learn how to layer for dimension and layering to create visual tricks. Overall just using what we have available in Seamless Lite is not as limiting or as complicated as you might think.
I want to point out some further resources that I personally tend to lean on for getting inspiration on what to draw exactly. I find if I just plop myself in front of Seamless Lite I feel vacant and suddenly all those idea's I had are not there and I draw a blank. Viable search terms include:Quilt block design (key to put "quilt block"), embroidery patterns (be sure to include the "patterns" part of this search as you'll get step by step instructions) and then, Zentangle Patterns and/or Zentangle Tutorials to get you more specific guides.
Look at each topic matter and you'll start to notice a design style you like. If you love geometric bold patterns, Quilt Block Designs are your go-to. If you love the organic artistic design style, both Embroidery and Zentangle are a great start.
You can find these and more, on my Seamless Lite - Inspiration Guide (on Pinterest).
Check out this example of following a step-by-step Zentangle pattern, essentially just taking Zentangle to Seamless Lite! Most of them are doable!
Cool right?! Now let's look at some COLOURlovers Seamless Lite video's I recently made.
A Detailed Look at the Line Tool:
Making Leaf & Stem (with leaves):
High Speed Pattern Design (start to finish):
Folk Art Shape-Building & Pattern Layout
The biggest thing I want to emphasize in this video is the process of wisely using your time. If you're like me and you don't have 8-hours to sit around making a pattern, split up your time by developing core Custom Shapes and design elements then later coming back to work on your design layout. You'll thank me later when you can easily go in to your shape library with a fresh frame of mind when it comes to the pattern layouts.
Adding Emphasis to Shapes
I hope you enjoy the quick bits to music. They are much faster to watch as patterns come together. I hope it's helpful!
Inspiring Templates Made in Seamless Lite:
Pixlr Express is making a COLOURlovers Expansion Pack! This is going to be a such a fun and unique contest open for all talent-types utilizing our very own familiar tools. If you're crazy impatient and want to skip further reading, go here to submit designs right away!
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To enter the contest, you will need two components:
1. A Pattern Template (one or more)... specifically, one you made.
2. A bunch of your own color-popping Palettes to color your Pattern Template(s)
3. After you've gotten a collection of bright and powerful colored patterns ready to submit, head on over to the Contest Submission Page and submit like crazy (every day).
Where to start?
I have made some tutorial video's over the past couple weeks, however, they go in to a lot of detail, so don't worry, I've thrown together a CRASH COURSE to jumpstart and survive the contest!
You will be creating using:
Pattern Template Maker: Seamless Lite
More in-depth resources:
So what's in it for you?
If your design is chosen (aka you win), it will be used to inspire the Pixlr Design Team's choices in the development of the COLOURlovers Expansion Pack as a photo overlay, border, or sticker. These are design elements used throughout Pixlr apps, but more specifically you'll get to see them available on Pixlr Express (for free!). Pretty exciting!
Eight (8) Winners! Check out how the winners-scale works!
This is something more unique to the COLOURlovers contests. I personally love the concept Colin has put together because it allows more overall opportunity.
* Each day a winner will be selected (behind the scenes by Pixlr & the CL Team)
* Be sure to submit and keep submitting each day (as many times as possible!). You must submit content each day to be re-considered for that day. I highly suggest, making fresh designs for each new day. CONTEST SUBMISSION PAGE (again!)
This means each day of the contest is an opportunity to win something (you can only win once throughout the entire contest). It will not matter what time of each day you post, between 12:01am to 11:59pm PST (with the exception of the start and end dates) because the submissions will be randomized in a filtered gallery for the judges panel.
Community LOVES will still be available on submissions, however this filter is not displayed to the judges at choosing time, nor will it affect decisions in the slightest. We did want to do something fun with the community loves so we'll be giving five (5) Sponsorship 1-year level-up or extensions to COLOURlovers members design submissions with the most Loves. *You may only win once in this category.
Prize Grab Bag!
The prizes are a non-branded gift this time around. Each winner will get to select from our grab bag of fun prizes! Colin has rounded up all sorts of crazy fun prizes that any human should find fun to choose from. Winners will have a set timeframe to choose their prize after winners are announced so that we can ship them all out at once so make sure you are checking your email and will be available post-contest.
Jambox | Screenprint Kit | 3D Doodle Pen + Filament | Bed Fan | Towel Warmer | Margarita Maker & Salter | App Controlled Baking & Drinks | Massaging Bed Rest | Headphones | Color Book Collection: Color Theory: A Real World Guide + Brilliant History of Color in Art + Color + Secret Language of Color + Interaction of Color + COLOURlovers Color Inspirations Book + Color Theory | Wacom Bamboo Touch Tablet | Fitbit | Art Set Brushes & Sketchbook & Easel Art Set | Kindle Paperwhite | Wacom Intuos Tablet & Pen
Rules & Details
Only patterns that you have both designed and colored can be entered into the contest. You may enter as many times as you like each day! Submissions from the previous day will not roll over in to the following day, so make sure you are submitting a fresh set each day.
Submissions open from May 19th at 9am PST and close on May 26th at 5pm PST.
Go Submit like crazy! EVERY DAY! All winners will be announced on May 29th
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.
Dates 05/19/2015 - 05/26/2015. Click here for official rules.
COLOURlovers Creative Series: Seamless Lite Getting Started, Coloring A Pattern & Pixlr Contest Announcement Leaked!
Continuing with our blast of the COLOURlovers Creative Guide Series, I bring to you today a video for Getting Started with Seamless Lite, the online seamless pattern template designer here at COLOURlovers.com.
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I've gone over each piece of Seamless Lite to give you a base overview, then I delve in to using each of the tools and add some good sanity-saving tips and tricks to get the most out of your first experience using the template designer.
I want to emphasize two of the biggest sanity-saving tips I have:
- Be sure to save pieces of your design as custom shapes in different states - often.
- Know that you cannot SAVE your template and come back in to Seamless Lite to EDIT that template. Editing at template only gives you informational edits such as name, description, tags and groups.
Saving Custom Shapes that make up your full template, ensures you can more easily go back in and re-design a template without having to start from total scratch. Trust me!
Watch the Getting Started with Seamless Lite [ VIDEO ] here!
Don't overthink making a template! Stick with geometric ideas to get yourself started.
My BEST TIP for getting pattern idea's is to google, "quilt block patterns" and check out the many images that are made from extremely simple shapes, but make up extraordinary design concepts, especially when repeated - much like a quilt.
Color a Pattern with a Palette & Coloring Tips [ VIDEO ]
I cover how to color a pattern basics, plus a great trick to coloring better. Then I cover how to apply a certain palette to a pattern template.
Pixlr Contest Announcement Leak!
Wow it's really here! NEXT WEEK - We are bringing you a fun and easy contest with a very simple idea that everyone can feel confident contributing to.
Pixlr will be the focus and brand we are partnering up with for this fantastic color inspired event!! You will not have to know any Pixlr knowledge, this is an inspiration-project for them more based on how your colors in a palette work together. More information to come next week on that.
We will have prizes and multiple winners! Prizes are not brand-specific but a vast array of items any human would love to have worth $100 value (range).
I am not going to go in to all the details today, however, I will say that you will want to know the basics of pattern template making - for real - absolute basics (make a triangle).... and you will want to know how to make a basic palette but you are more than welcome to utilize the more robust features of COPASO to create stunning blends for this as well.
Your weekend homework checklist:
- Work on some really popping palettes (hint hint! BRIGHT COLORS)
- Work with Seamless Lite - The template itself is not being judged, it's simply a way to display and show off your palette.
- Work on coloring YOUR pattern template(s) with YOUR palettes
Until Next week! Here is the full video Guide List:
The magic of palette design here on COLOURlovers has been a mystery to some for far too long. While many of you have figured it out beyond the Basic Palette Maker, some of you have taken a glance at COPASO or PHOTOCOPA and run for the hills. I promise, they aren't that difficult to master!
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While both COPASO and PHOTOCOPA are excellent for more complex palette making, understanding the difference between the two and knowing when to use what, will definitely change the way you go about making palettes.
When I first saw these two palette making tools, I thought to myself, "gee, they seem a bit redundant. I can load an image in to both, I can pick colors from an image in both and I can do varied widths in both..... so what's the difference?!" Well I'll tell you, there is a whole lot of difference between the two!
I don't know about you, but I see many images floating around in the physical world as well as the digital world, that simply inspire me and I want to keep the reflection of those hues in the compartment of my brain where I keep inspiration.
If an image has, let's say, sparked inspiration to create a palette, but not in the literal sense, then hop right over to COPASO. Why? Because it's a total workspace to get your thoughts out and track the process. Altering and perfecting color variations and holding possibilities in the sidelines, is what COPASO does best. From multiple images, personal note-taking, a scratch-pad, in-site search ranges and a slew of color theory mixing tools you really cannot go wrong.
However, there are particular needs to create palettes in direct relationship with an image this is PHOTOCOPA's strong suite. For example, I have written a number of blog posts recently, that are primary examples of when to use PHOTOCOPA. My Avengers 2 blog post, refers to quite a variety of palettes related to the hero's. Not all the palettes I list, were created using PHOTOCOPA, but they probably should have been, keep that in mind.
Here is a perfect example: when I searched COLOURlovers for my post about the Game of Thrones and color palettes in reference to the shows characters, most of the palettes I saw don't visually match how I see the character in my memory.
But a lightbulb goes on when I look at this palette titled, "Sansa Stark" (by haute1couture). Why is this?
There is a reason, the word "PHOTO" is found in the name, PHOTOCOPA. If you're wanting to quite literally choose exact colors from an image or photo, you'll most certainly want to utilize the featured tools of PHOTOCOPA.
Furthermore, when you use PHOTOCOPA and load an image in to it yourself, your image is available to anyone else using PHOTOCOPA to create palettes from. You will see in the example (above screenshot) of Sansa Stark, two palettes were made from the member who loaded the image in (haute1couture), but another one was made by a different member (image source link to screenshot page).
You can see different palettes made with the images by clicking on the image on the Palette Profile Page, give it a try!
Without making you wait even longer, here is the video covering the differences between the two amazing web-apps as well as an in depth look at the specific features of each.
Watch this VIDEO: Advanced Palette Making on COLOURlovers using COPASO & PHOTOCOPA
Much of the video covers the specific tools in COPASO and their relation and usage to Color Theory. The length is considerably due to going in to much of the details of each COPASO and then PHOTOCOPA.
If you missed the previous Creative Guide Series, Basic Palette Making on COLOURlovers, you can find the starter video here.
The Sponsorship feature on COLOURlovers has been around for quite some time, however, over the past year and a half with the transition of company ownership, the Sponsorship feature lapsed and broke. Because there was no staff available technically managing some of the back-end things on the site faltered. It is now fixed!
If you want to skip the video, simply navigate through your profile page, to your account page menu's, and edit your sponsorship. Follow this path:
Go to: Your Account > Sponsorship > Renew / Gift / Update Sponsorship
Please feel free to Love Note me if you continue to have issues with this. :)
We are starting a video guide series for Creating on COLOURlovers. It will include tutorials, community tips and the overall in and out of being a member here in the community. I look forward to emphasizing the creation tools we have available to us and am adding many tips and tricks to each tutorial to get the best out of these controls.
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The community itself has gathered together to create an Un-Official FAQ Group: Sharing the Love. This is a highly organized section of FAQ's, tips and Q&A for all things COLOURloving here on the site. Keep in mind, it was opened and has been managed since 2007, so some information might be a tad out of date, but overall, it looks to be fairly on track with the current tools.
COMING SOON! In addition to the video tutorials I am working hard to compile the Unofficial FAQ Group in to a downloadable PDF (and I will publish it with iBooks). I do not have an ETA at this point in time.
It is my hope that this downloadable guide will broaden the creative skills some of the members want and need and open up doors for quicker creating when we get new members. The FAQ Group was really well put together by some very dedicated COLOURlovers Members and highly organized, giving me a great base to work with. I am working to add extra visuals, diagrams, a linkable chapter head and index and the PDF will also allow searchable content. All sources and authors will be attributed in the final copy. The cover art is not final.
Please enjoy this first Creating on COLOURlovers video covering the BASIC PALETTE MAKER. Click the link and follow along!
In the video, I go over in detail, how exactly each part is essential to Color Mixing:
- HEX code (not only what this is, but how to use it to gauge your color purity)
- What is RGB (Red, Green and Blue)?
- What is HSV (Hue, Saturation and Value) - This will be your most impactful piece of color mixing, get some basic tips on using these!
- The Large Color Mixer (big square) - How to control your use with picking colors.
Learning about these essential features and how to control your use with them will ideally make your palettes more beautiful, and you should feel more confident about this. While perusing the palettes on COLOURlovers you will definitely notice a dramatic difference in those who create really outstanding palettes versus those who don't seem to have a rhyme or reason to it.
With the excitement building of Avengers 2 - Age of Ultron, another amazing Marvel movie, coming out this Friday, we thought it would relevant to take a look at some color related to the hero's. In the past, we've posted about The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic] and Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters. Today we are looking at three palette versions of the main characters of the Avengers Team.
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The world of comics has always been full of a dramatic array of colors! Notice over time how the color schemes used to be quite bright on spandex outfits, where the more pop culture hero series have taken them to a darker shade with added grit, grime and texture.
Comic characters initially started coming out in relevance to war going on and highly impacting families everywhere. The colors really inflect that super hero's were a pop of energy with added illustrative detail. When comic book characters first started making appearances, the color schemes in every day life were not popping off clothes and accessories, things were more dull and less dramatic.
Jump forward to today. We've got Neon trends everywhere (Keeping Up With Fashion Trends Neon + more neon). There is no lack of color in our every day lives. War to us is not a traumatic thing in the majority of the population unless you are directly connected to it within family or close friends. There is no draft, forcing fathers and brothers in to war. People today want, rough and rugged characters focused more on their personalities and war abilities than, their colors popping off the big screen. It's quite interesting to see that flow of change through time. Enjoy the graphic!
Other Excellent Super Hero Content to Enjoy:
- The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic]
- Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters
- Color & Design: Polish Film Posters
- COLOURlovers Member, anna131313262 put together this excellent coordinated selection of Avengers Palettes of the more current team
Avengers Color Palette Source Guide & Some Great Extra's:
Color theory and psychology queries on the World Wide Web bring up so many different infographics about color. We've posted about The Meaning of Color in Marketing before and way back in 2008 History Of The Color Wheel (does this still feel relevant?).
With infographics having taken on mass popularity, I notice there are only a select few worth actually spending time poring over. While this infographic by RIPT Apparel is directed as a guide to Designers, it can be awesomely relevant to keep in mind when applying color with anything in life.
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The infographic itself is well designed with a beautiful layout that makes for easy reading. Not to mention it is quite attractive to scan down and catch each color block quickly. I don't know about you, but my sensory system is loving this. I could certainly see this made in to an 8 x 8 flip book for desk reference. Thanks RIPT for creating such an impressive piece of visual information. Oh and hey, RIPT, if you're reading this, note on the desk reference, I would be first in line to order one!
RIPT is a t-shirt company that creates absolutely stunning pop culture graphics illustrations.
"RIPTApparel.com sells unique, limited edition pop culture designs everyday on T-Shirts, Hoodies, Posters and more. Each design lives for only 36 hours and starts at just $11.00." - ABOUT RIPT
Enjoy a small ode to the pop culture tee design's on RIPT (check out more on the site, they are always changing!):
*This was not a sponsored post*
More Color Theory to Consider:
- The Meaning of Color in Marketing
- The Effect of Color | PBS Off Book
- History Of The Color Wheel
- Color Theory For Designers: Creating Your Own Color Palettes
- Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's
Pop Culture Palettes on COLOURlovers:
What are the three most memorable physical characteristics of a Disney Princess? Aside from their tiny waistlines, I don't think it's a stretch to say: big eyes, big hair and big dresses. Pop culture has wildly re-defined so many traditional visuals these days. The styles of Cosplay + Steampunk + Disney Princess = Pure Awesomeness.
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Most cosplayer's value the DIY aspect of creating the costume. How well they can pull off the challenging aspects a costume may behold. The first thing you need to decide when planning out one of these Disney Princess costumes is to go traditional or add a steampunk flair. Both are pretty fun, but each will require certain points to consider. A traditional princess costume will by far be your quickest route. A steampunk princess version will give you more flexibility to add your own abstract vision to the entire look and feel of your end product, essentially garnering more "oooh's and aaaahhhs," but be careful about getting too creative and getting the,"So who are you supposed to be?"
To avoid confusing people of your characters identity at a convention, make sure you stick to the basic signature traits of your character. Here are four idea's to get your started and a ton of great tutorials and DIY guides linked below.
As promised, all the physical sourced tutorials are linked here! Some simply have more detailed content, some have video. Enjoy!
Hand-Selected Source List for Costume Tutorials:
Tiara's & Crowns:
Elsa: Disney Photo | Steampunk Photo | Disney Dress | Steampunk Outfit | Tiara DIY (instructables) | Overall Great Costume & Tiara DIY | Another Great DIY Tiara | If you just want to buy one, Etsy has many! My favorite Etsy Crown | Elsa Heels DIY | Hair Tutorial
Body: boobs hack - make your boobs look bigger (video) | Make realistic boobs for revealing cosplay costumes DIY | Corset DIY |
Shopping Links for buying or detailed inspiration: Disney Dresses & Outfits (one stop shop & full of style inspiration | Steampunk Princess Outfits & Inspiration (one stop shop or ideas)
If you're looking to go non-traditional Disney Princess and rock it up a little, check out these re-invented Disney Warrior Princesses or another take is Pin-up Disney Princess Villains. More pop culture Disney Princess Villains! And then again, how about a Moulin Rouge Disney Princess Cosplay?
Do you cosplay? What are your favorite characters?