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Marketing Mistakes To Avoid as an Illustrator

Marketing Mistakes To Avoid as an Illustrator


Marketing, using illustrations, is more powerful than using text, which most people don't read. After all, they say that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' A marketing illustration needs to have a strong message to the intended market to make an impact. Most news indicates that all illustrators are different, so what are the various marketing mistakes they need to avoid when doing their work? This article will highlight some.

No smooth illustrations

Illustrations use more drawings than from just the imagination. However, there are many tools to make such marketing arts fine and smooth. People get attracted to fine finishes rather than rugged ones. Most young haven’t got commercial illustrators portfolio and  would give up on the way and end up delivering unfinished work. For instance, the adobe illustrator will offer the simple and smooth tools you need to tidy up your work, but one must know how to use it.

Use of the wrong file format

Well, one would conclude that it's not worth spending a whole day designing a logo for a client and creating the best resolution only to download it in the wrong format. In fact, there are few high-quality formats that will be compatible with your illustration program without changing the resolution. Thus, it's crucial to understand the compatibility between the two documents, particularly for web purposes.

Using the wrong colors

Colors are very crucial in marketing illustrations. Suppose you want to make a logo or design for a coffee house and you use all yellow colors. Does it make since? People would expect more of a dark brown to represent the dark roasts of coffee; similarly, one cannot use purple to illustrate tomato juice. This mistake can cost a company great sales, time, and energy when they reject your work.

Not using swatches

While most young illustrators will try to build their own swatches to remain unique, this can use up most of your time and never achieve the best quality. The most popular illustrator software will have their own hues, skin tones, and color schemes. When used well, such capabilities will always give a unique outcome, so there is no need to create some from scratch. The experts advise that one can create color schemes that have never been seen before with such tools.

Poor cropping

It's one of the popular mistakes young marketing illustrators make. If one is going to crop, the relationship between the image and cropping must be logical. Thus, one cannot crop more than 1/3 of the image; otherwise, it will lose meaning. Additionally, trimming also depends on the effect one wants to create in the illustration. For instance, one may decide to trim the lower part of a human portrait and leave the upper part with enough allowance from the image to the trim.

Conclusion

Illustrations are used in more than marketing setups and all need great creativity. As a rising way of marketing, illustrators must, by all means, produce classic work. A combination of great tools alongside creativity is what will give the best results.

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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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10 Must-Have Tools for Design Inspiration ~ Guest Post

10 Must-Have Tools for Design Inspiration ~ Guest Post


This guest post was written by Elizabeth Phillips. She is a former web designer who is currently freelance writing. She enjoys reading and writing articles that have anything and everything to do with design. She can be found typing away on her laptop in Philadelphia, PA.

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Web design is constantly changing as technology grows. Developments like fiber optics have dramatically improved Internet speeds - and faster speeds have opened up the possibility for high-tech innovations like parallax and 3D animation.

No matter how tech-savvy web design gets, some things never change. Even the most advanced designs still need to wow with the basics - colors, fonts and images. Here are a few tools that will help you balance high-tech with aesthetic and keep your design inspiration fresh.

Color Hunter

Have a photograph you want to turn into a color palette - or just need to browse for some creative inspiration? Color Hunter can help you do both. Upload images to create custom color palettes, or search existing palettes by shade and theme. Save the ones you like to your Favorites.

FontStruct

There are tons of font databases that allow you to search for fonts and even find the closest match to an unknown style. But FontStruct allows you to create your own fonts - for free. Use geometrically shaped “bricks” to build your own font in a grid interface. Once you’re done, share your font in the gallery, where you can also see and download others’ creations.

Adobe Kuler

Adobe Kuler is a free web tool that allows you to create your own palettes using a vibrant color wheel. Choose up to five shades on the wheel, and adjust hues on a slider. You can also explore existing color themes, including the most popular and most used. Even cooler? You can use the Adobe Kuler app and your iPhone camera to extract color palettes from your surroundings on the go.

StyleVault

If you have designer’s block and need to check out some finished products to get inspired, try StyleVault. The site showcases web designs from a variety of sources. You can search mobile, commercial, animated and CSS designs. You can also follow the portfolios of individual designers.

 

SwatchSpot

SwatchSpot is another great site for color inspiration. It has an incredibly simple interface - all you do is hit “Shuffle Colors” to come up with random palettes of six hues. You can lock in the shades you like and shuffle again until you find the perfect combination. Save your favorite palettes, download them to your computer or grab the color codes.

Web Creme

Like StyleVault, Web Creme features hundreds of pages of web design ideas. The only difference? Web Creme’s examples are organized by upload date, and there’s no real way to search through them. To make the most of this site, you have to be willing to sift through tons of examples to find your inspiration.

LogoPond

LogoPond is the mecca for designers looking for logo ideas. The site contains thousands of logos for a wide variety of brands and themes. You can browse featured, popular and recent logos. Filter results by designer, status and date of upload. LogoPond also features a forum for design discussion, questions and critiques.

Shutterstock Spectrum

Shutterstock is every designer’s best friend, with more than 30 million stock photos, illustrations and videos. But the site got even better in early 2013 when it released Shutterstock Spectrum. The tool allows designers to search stock imagery by color. Just choose your shade on a gradient scale, and refine by theme - like “forest” or “home.”

Designspiration

Designspiration is my favorite site to visit when I need a little creative stimulation. The site houses thousands of images, searchable by tags, categories and colors. Browse images of art, books, fashion, illustration, typography and more. Choose up to 5 colors and find images that incorporate them all. Save your favorites into collections.

TinEye Labs Multicolr Search

TinEye Labs Multicolr Search extracts color from more than 10 million Creative Commons images on Flickr, allowing you to search images by shade.  Select up to 5 colors, and then adjust the hues using a color wheel. Easily change the color composition of your search by clicking and dragging.

What are your favorite online tools for design inspiration?

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Elizabeth welcomes your feedback at elizabethphillipswrites@gmail.com.

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Colorful Grunge Art

Colorful Grunge Art


Lately everything Grunge seems to be trending. Everywhere I search online I find Grunge Photoshop Brushes or Grunge Textures. Check out the best of Grunge Art from the Internet:

 

 

 

Create Gorgeous Grunge Art with Creative Market, Pick Up These Awesome Items and Get Creative ASAP:

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Spectacular Text Effects

Spectacular Text Effects


There are so many interesting things you can do with text. Here is a collection of tutorials to create amazing text effects in programs like Photoshop. Once you have mastered these colorful and creative text effects, use them to create beautiful typographical art pieces.

Tutorial #1: Earth Design - Grass Text

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Tutorial #2: Embossed Text with Metallic Glow

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Cursive Font                                             Bulbous Font

Tutorial #3: Spray Paint Text

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Splatter Photoshop Brushes                                             Retro Font

Tutorial #4: Grunge Floral Text Effect

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Flower Vectors                                      Grunge Textures

Make sure to share or link to the colorful creations you make using these tutorials, can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs

Colorful Turn of the Century Japanese Designs


I know what you're probably wondering...turn of what century? Well these particular designs come from a magazine published in 1901 and 1902 called Shin-bijutsukai.

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This magazine was a monthly publication featuring "various designs by the famous artists of to-day," and as you can see, the pages are filled with wonderful colors and trippy patterns. I don't know about you, but after looking at all of the nature elements in these designs, I feel like going for a jaunt in the park.

  

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Festive & Fun Holiday Patterns

Festive & Fun Holiday Patterns


As we ease into the holiday weekend, it's starting to feel more festive than ever. Around this time, some people like to drive around and look at Christmas decorations. Internet nerds like myself like to browse around and see what awesome things people are creating online.

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When it comes to holiday patterns, there's lots of goodies to be found. Patterns are especially fun because you can use them as wallpapers or backgrounds or, heck, even as your own gift wrap. Some of these are just great inspiration, others are great foundations for your own designs, and all are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Agente Xmas Pattern by Vladimir Gorz & Xmas Pattern by Greg Christman

 

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Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Kitchen

Creative Trends to Match Colors to Lighting in Your Kitchen


This guest post is written by Jay Harris. Jay is a Home Depot sales associate and a regular contributor to Home Depot’s blog. His interests include home lighting, home automation, and solar panels.

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The kitchen is one of the most active and important rooms within your house—one that gets quite a bit of attention when it comes to home makeovers. You’re in and out of the kitchen constantly. Between preparing meals each day or just grabbing a quick snack, it seems like you end up in the kitchen more than any other room. With this much foot traffic, it needs to be a room that looks decent and represents your home properly.

Lighting can play a big role in helping this come to fruition. Lighting also plays a big role in how your color scheme will set the mood for the room. Kitchens are meant to be inviting rooms—they entice the appetite and help you to relax and unwind from your day.

Let’s illustrate how light can play a role in making kitchens stand out.

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Drift Studio Table Design Contest Winners!

Drift Studio Table Design Contest Winners!


Thanks for another great contest everyone! We're excited to announce the talented winners and show off their winning designs. First, let's take a moment to thank the great folks at Drift Studio that helped put this contest together.

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Drift Studio is an incubator for design and product ideas. Their mission is to create elegant and thoughtful products that marry form and function while offering something more – the ability to personalize. Attention to detail, quality materials and craftsmanship form the foundation of furniture you can be proud of.

And now time for the much anticipated contest winners!

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Drift Studio Table Design Contest :: Time to Vote for Your Favorites!

Drift Studio Table Design Contest :: Time to Vote for Your Favorites!


Howdy COLOURlovers! It's been so great to watch all of your amazing tabletop designs come in over the past week -- inspiring, to say the least. As with all good things, the entry period must come to an end so that we can continue with voting and get to those awesome prizes from the folks at Drift Studio.

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Drift Studio is an incubator for design and product ideas. Their mission is to create elegant and thoughtful products that marry form and function while offering something more – the ability to personalize. Attention to detail, quality materials and craftsmanship form the foundation of furniture you can be proud of.

One of their unique product offerings is the ability to upload your own designs to their website and create a table featuring your very own artwork. Talk about a great conversation starter when you have house guests!

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