Mint, butter, chartreuse and others - colors we should love and use more often


Let’s stop lying to ourselves - we’ve all been there! Choosing the right colors for your design or artwork can be a real pain when you are just starting out.

Many Colourlovers actually started learning about color looking through other users’ palettes and trying to see how they match and mix them.

A good piece of advice I can give you as beginner color users is to take a look at some of the pieces your favorite artists have produced. How do they use color? How do they emphasize what’s important and what’s not? How do they create contrast? Do they use a particular color throughout their work in the same way? What message does that send about their art?

Whether we talk about designing, illustration, painting, photography, craft or any kind of art form that involves using color, what’s important to consider is the meaning of each of the colors in the color palette we chose for our art piece?

Colors have more to them then just to make our work look pretty. Besides making it come to life, they also send a message to our audience.

First, let’s understand the basics.

Primary colors are red, blue and yellow. All the other colors derive from these three.

We get secondary colors – orange, green and purple as a combination of two primary colors.

 

Color property

 

The first on the list is purity. A pure color is the one that hasn’t been mixed with any other color, therefore its intensity remains original. A good example is the primary color blue. If it’s mixed with a bit of red, it loses purity as its intensity changes.

Hue is dependent of the dominant wavelength and it is independent of color intensity. When choosing color for a specific artwork, you might need a certain color to be a hue closer to green rather than yellow.

Shade (tone) and tint are in effect terms defining two opposite processes. When we want a stronger tone of green, we add more gray to it. A quieter version of the same green will have a higher purity, meaning less gray added to it.

When creating a tint of green, we will add white to it. The more white we add, the lighter the color becomes. Primary or secondary colors amalgamated with white create  pastel colors.

Lightness or value is a property that tells us about the amount of black or white mixed with the chosen hue. It is represented on the scale 0-100%. Green with 100% lightness is pure. Green with 50% lightness is darker.

 

 

Colors throughout cultures

 

Today we’ll learn about color and the cultural connotations certain colors have. I chose a couple of often underrepresented colors to analyze. For more colors and meanings, take a look at the book “The Designer’s Dictionary of Color” to comprehend color theory on a much deeper level.

 

Butter

 

This color awakens a sense of happiness without being intrusive. Depending on how we use it, in some combinations it can seem washed out and pale. On the other hand, when using butter we minimize the risk of unfavorable cultural implications.

Most nations relate butter to happiness, optimism, the feeling of general positivity. Its soft character makes it a good color choice for branding institution or trying to invoke a feeling of domestic bliss.

Other names: Lemon, Vanilla, Cream.

One of the successful applications of butter was using it for the color of post-it notes in 1974.

How would you use this color?

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Chartreuse

Nor green nor yellow, this color got its name after a French liqueur that is produced in a monastery close to Grenoble. This color screams creativity, boldness, youth. It shouldn’t be used as a green that presents nature as it’s more aggressive.

Other names: citrus, lime, yellow-green.

Cultural connotations can be positive and negative. Positive ones are growth, prosperity and travel. The negative ones are sickness and envy.

Which colors would you match chartreuse with?

 

 

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Coral

 

The word coral stems from old Latin word “corallum”. It’s a color often associated to femininity, the tropics, softness, courtship. In the culture of the Caribbean countries, it is regarded as a carefree, festive color. It is seen as a friendly color, and a tidbit more sensual than pink.

In the cultures of the East it symbolizes life force and longevity.

Marilyn Monroe used to wear a coral lipstick. It was contradictory with the rest of her black outfit. These colors were selected on purpose to send a message of her dual personality: simultaneously sensual and innocent.

Other names: salmon, shell pink, watermelon.

Have you ever used coral? If so, which colors did you match it with?

 

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Mint

 

Mint is a color that resides on a playful border between blue and green. Mint recalls of life, nature, financial prosperity. It’s associated with growth, youth, innocence, and beginnings. It is a cool color that has to be carefully sent to print. A slightly bit more of yellow can turn it into a turquoise, and not enough yellow can turn it into light blue.

It’s often used for brands related to spiritual pursuits or holistic healing.

It has to be carefully combined with other colors in the palette in order to avoid it looking too cold.

Other names: pale green, aquamarine.

 

 

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Scarlet

 

If red conveys a feeling of energy, scarlet conveys feelings of danger and passion. As a color, it's attention-grabber. It can be used more successfully than red alongside a color such as blue as it is less probable it will resonate and create a contrast that's unpleasant to look at.

It was used in times of Old Romans as a color that informed of one's prestige. Catholic cardinals often wore it.

Nowadays, as a color it often relates to education and knowledge, but also adultery.

 

Other names: Burgundy, brick.

 

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Peach

 

And last but not least - peach. Color peach reminds us of the fruit. It's regarded as  warm and soft. It has been associated with the goddess Venus.

When selecting our nuance of peach, we need to be careful not to add too much yellow because that might remind of jaundice.

It is used in branding of a couple of prestigious restaurants around Europe, one of them being Sant Ambroeus in Milan.

Other names: Apricot, melon, shell.

 

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New year, new colors. Even though we love colors, sometimes we catch ourselves repeatedly using all the same combinations for our designs, and for our crafts. This short guide can help you understand more color choices and how and when to use them. Stop making excuses.

What color will you choose to include in your designs?

 

About the author:

Ana Maksimovic is the community manager and editor at Colorlovers. She is a part-time traveler and part-time web and graphic designer working with sustainable brands. She is passionate about photography and nature -  a never-ending source of inspiration.

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2019: New Year Resolutions for Designers


Ho ho ho... There goes yet another year of hanging out with us here at COLOURlovers.com! We do believe that this year will be even more awesome and full of breakthroughs in art and design. However, another year is an opportunity to work on ourselves and take the future into our own hands. Today, we are looking at the New Year resolutions a Colourlover would make.

 

This year I will...

 

  1. Learn something new out of my comfort zone

 

The world around us keeps on spinning and technology surprises us every day. Soon, robots and flying cars will be something we can all enjoy; but until then designers can take a great part in shaping this new world. Follow the trend of designing virtual reality, print your ideas in 3D, enjoy limitless opportunities to create and inspire millions of people worldwide.

 

  1. Balance work with my social life

 

We are quite busy little bees, aren't we? Freelancers are often known for taking on too many projects, getting overwhelmed and exhausted at times. As much as we love what we do, our creativity needs some time off, to bring even more enchanting ideas to the table. This, as well as the fact that humans are social beings, is why we need to spend more time relaxing, with friends, live. Our computers are becoming our best friends, and as much as the relationship with a machine seems easier, we all need human factor from time to time. So make that time.

 

 

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  1. Stop procrastinating

 

Sure, procrastination is our ally when we are in the creative industry, but think about how less stressful it would be if we'd replace the time we spend doing nothing (nothing means Netflix, overeating or another season of "Friends", again), by doing something actually meaningful for ourselves. Maybe it is not just about not procrastinating, maybe it is about making that procrastination useful to our minds and our bodies.

 

  1. Only choose the work I really want

 

Sadly, humans often seem like money making machines, always wanting more and never catching a breath. Choosing to do the work you actually enjoy will help you increase the quality of your work, and make you better paid at what you do. You can replace quantity with quality, and make the same amount of money by doing less. Only thing you need to do is dare to do so.

 

  1. Organize myself better

 

Yes, I know, despite all the apps and calendars, we always seem to lack time. This is one of the burdens of living in a century with constant flow of content - too many events to attend, skills to learn, deadlines to meet. Maybe rather than trying to squeeze it all in into one perfect schedule, we should prioritize better, ask ourselves what matters to us and why. This will help clear out our to-do lists from everything we don't actually enjoy that much.

 

  1. Be optimistic even in a plane crash

 

You know the feeling very well - the whole world collapses around you, it seems like you can't get anything done in time, stress is turning you into a neurotic cookie monster who didn't sleep for days. It would be nice to take this chance and get a clean start by remembering how all those groundbreaking situations ended, and so will all the next ones.

 

  1. Play more, create more

 

Ever since we started seeing it as work, we experiment and play much less. It's good to remind ourselves that we are still artists, and we should goof around more, developing our craziest ideas, for ourselves and nobody else. Use this resolution to truly get out there, meet other artists, take a brush and a pen into your hands again, play like a child and let the creativity that changes the world come outside of your inner child.

 

  1. Travel for inspiration

 

Art residencies are perfect if you are looking to take time-off to discover something new. Get inspired by another culture, new food, different fabrics, colors and patterns; get inspired by new languages and art forms you've never seen before. Let yourself be amazed by a new continent, astonishing nature, exotic music and dance styles. Hitchhike, drive, fly. Fall in love. Create a network of people whose work you appreciate. Just take your time being a digital nomad for awhile.

 

 

2019 is the year in which we challenge ourselves in every aspect. This is the year to decide whether we will try to keep up with the rotation of the Earth, or join the movement and spin it with our astonishing creativity and humanity. This year is about being bold, breaking the borders we've created, and changing the history of mankind forever. Learn a new programming language, visit a new country, and try another art form.

Remember, you are the change you want to see in the world.

 

Happy New Year!

 

COLOURlovers team

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

 

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Designers Experience: 10 Recommendations


Nowadays, graphic design is constantly changing and evolving. There are always new trends to follow, new skills to acquire and new tools to master. But, there are also some ground rules, some good old things which don't go out of fashion and that are the basics of great design.

Here are some of them from experienced designers that will help you enhance your projects.

 

  1. Use a Color Pop Up Technique

    With so much various content available, grabbing the viewer's attention hasn't been easy. To make your design stand out and capture the viewer’s notice immediately, use a color pop up technique. In other words, implement some high contrasting palettes, such as black and red or white and yellow along with stimulating background colors.With the help of site ColourLovers or Adobe Color online tool, you can access thousands of great color palettes and find the perfect one for your design. Also you can use a great designer tool for creating colors combinations Palletton.

 

  1. Choose the Right FontSam Cooper, a graphic designer at Essay Writing Lab, emphasize the importance of selecting the right font: "Every good design is clear and easily readable and this should be your imperative. Just don't limit your designs to one font alone. Play with different types of fonts, but stick to a selected font style for the cohesiveness of the project you're working on. Don't play it safe and choose some of the monotonous, default fonts."However, be careful not to get carried away with various fonts. Limit yourself to one or two font styles.

 

  1. Take Advantage of White SpaceWhite space is an essential component of popular graphic designs. It showcases minimalism and simplicity, pointing out the main message of your project. That way, the viewers can easily focus on the important data and get the necessary information quickly.When you execute text on a large canvas or a website page, choose a high-quality typeface and centralize it, while placing other part of the canvas left white. The best example of white space utilization are marketing materials designed by Apple.

 

  1. Don't Forget to Plan Your ProjectAccording to Scholar Advisor findings, most experienced designers involve planning into their design process, however, the designers who are at the beginning of their career rush into the project because of their enthusiasm, forgetting to work on their plans.So, take some time to think about what you want to achieve before you start working on your project. The planning part doesn't have to take so long, mainly just several minutes up to half an hour. Good preparation is the key to get things faster.

 

  1. Think About Your AudienceWhen you're working on a business project, you probably need to design for a particular audience. Therefore, always have in mind the people you're creating for. That way, you'll definitely manage to accomplish given goals because your audience will react positively to your design and it will be something they want to see.For instance, you wouldn't design something childish and use light colors or cartoon illustrations for mature adult content. So, don't forget to think about the context and the preferences of your target group.

 

  1. Use Consistent ImagesAngela Evans, a graphic designer at Australian Writings Service, points out the importance of selecting consistent images: "Every good design tends to bring all the elements into harmony. That's why it's important to follow this principle even with pictures. Their quality needs to remain the same through the entire project. The style, size, quality, framing, the lighting of the photos should be constant throughout your designs."Also, make sure that all the illustrations, diagrams, and other graphics add appropriate meaning to your design and contribute to the overall message.

 

  1. Leverage the Contrasts

    Taking advantage of the contrasts can spice up your designs. Besides, it's a great way to highlight some elements and make them stand out. Luckily, there are different ways to use contrasts and enhance your projects. The most obvious method is to contrast colors, but it's possible to contrast fonts and even the size of space between different parts of your design. If you need help with choosing the right color contrast, you can use Adobe Color wheel.This is a perfect way to emphasize important elements and improve your designs.

 

  1. Form Should Follow Function

    According to professional assignment discoveries, every excellent design respects the principle that the form follows function. Therefore, it's vital to know the aim of your work. Understanding the purpose of your project ensures that you'll create a suitable form. Likewise, that way you'll understand better what elements need to be included and what not.For example, if you're working on a splash page which purpose is to gather emails, you probably won't put an image gallery. Knowing the aim of your design helps you respond better.

 

  1. Include Lines Lines represent a perfect solution to anchor objects in a picture and in that way create harmony among various elements. There are different ways you can include lines in your designs. You can put them around the text paragraphs to anchor some specific content, as well as place them around different elements to separate them.Using lines creates a sense of coordination and harmony in your project. However, be careful not to exaggerate with too many lines because they can make your design very strict and rigid.

 

  1. Keep Things SimpleJohn Miller, an illustrator for assignment writing for postgraduate students, suggests: "Don't overcomplicate it. Too many special effects can ruin your images, turning them into artificial visual that nobody can relate to. Be moderate when it comes to special effects and other designing elements to avoid stuffing your creations, instead deliver a clear, concise message."In most cases, simplicity is the key to create effective designs that resonate with the target audience. Instead of trying to show off your design skills, keep things simple.

 

The only thing left to do is to apply these recommendations to your future projects and bring your designs to the next level.

 

Lilian Chifley is an IT specialist, teacher, and blogger from Sydney. She loves to talk about artificial intelligence and modern education. You can find Lilian on Facebook and Twitter.
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Do You Need a Colour Palette for Your Collage?


Collage is a form of art that combines or assembles different forms to create a new whole. They can be newspaper or magazine clippings, photographs, portions of artworks or many other items. They are glued together on canvas or paper. Collages date back to the early 20th century as a part of modern art. Collage is also a technique in painting popularised by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Today, there are digital collages that uses computer tools to create visual elements or digital art. It’s important to learn the importance of colour and colour palette in collaging.

Importance of colour in digital art

You see colour everywhere. The mind engages with different colours consistently and associates them with different things. Researchers have found that snap judgements can be made regarding different products based solely on colour. The right colour decision can be a good basis for effective and engaging design. In digital arts such as infographics and collages, the right colour combination is essential. Colour may convey a mood and story.

Warm versus cool

The so-called colour theory differentiates two types of colours, warm and cool. Warm colours include yellow, orange, red and their variations. They reflect energy, passion, happiness and enthusiasm. On the other hand, cool colours are purple, blue and green. They are more subdued than warm colours and evoke calmness, relaxation, nature or night. There are also neutral colours such as white, black, brown and grey that are often used as a backdrop and combined with warm or cool colours.

Colour harmony

Colour can behave relative to other colours and shapes. For instance, red appears brighter against a black background and duller against white. There are colours that complement each other, such as those that are directly opposite such as red and purple or yellow and green. You can know which colours are opposite each other by making a colour wheel. You can also make a colour palette based on analogous colours, or any three colours beside each other in a colour wheel.

Creating your colour palette

Create a specific goal in mind to come up with your desired colour palette. Pick colours that work well together. Visualise a colour wheel, then choose a scheme based on monochromatic, complementary or analogous colours. Nature is also a good basis for colour harmony. It is always safe to use fewer colours when creating a colour palette.

Conclusion

When it comes to art, there is simply no rule. If you are making a collage as a form of expression or art, you follow your own rules, and that includes following a particular colour palette or not. If you are making a collage for business, such as when you need it to create your design portfolio, a colour scheme can convey a certain mood or message. In this digital age, making a collage can simply mean using a photo collage maker online. This makes the process a whole lot easier. All you need to do is pick the photos from your computer or social media profile, choose the template, and that's it. You can even have it printed and delivered to your doorstep.

Image: Pixabay.com

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Printing low resolution photos


Have you ever thought about bringing your favorite artwork out of its digital form, print it on a large canvas and frame it in your living room? Or maybe you are redecorating and you want to be a courageous designer and arrange the colors on your walls with style and good taste? Before you start choosing the perfect images to print, here is something you should bare in mind.

 

Most designers and photographers know how difficult it is to work with low resolution images. Sure, the resolution such as 72 pixels per inch is good enough for the screens of our devices, but when it comes to enlarging the image for printing, low quality can be quite an obstacle.

 

 

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Most images we see on the web are 72 ppi, usually because they are "lighter", they don't take up much space, which is handy for fast loading. But, if we enter the world of canvas prints, stretching the image onto canvas is making every single pixel visible, which is why recommended size of the image for printing is 150 ppi or 300 ppi.

 

Even though printing your photos from Facebook in good quality might be difficult, it is not impossible. Designers use different tricks and effects in Adobe Photoshop and other designer programs, to offer solutions to this challenge. Sometimes, even the poorest quality image can look like a masterpiece in the hands of professionals.

 

printing low quality images

 

CanvasPop is dedicated to produce highest quality canvas prints. Their team of designers is passionate and talented to work with your custom resolutions and create the hottest canvas to frame on your wall. Even though printing low resolution images is possible, it is still recommended that you try to find this image in a larger resolution. Some websites have an option to view the image in its original size, so make sure to pick the right one for printing.

 

With Christmas behind us, the hype of celebrating the beginning of 2019 is growing, and maybe the perfect present for somebody you love is to give them what they love. Printed. On a large canvas.

 

Happy holidays!

 

About the author:

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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5 Things You Need to Master for Stunning Designs


When it comes to getting started with creating stunning designs, two things are necessary: skills and resources. However, for starters, graphic design can all seem a little too overwhelming at first. From long hours of practice to an unending need for creativity; not to mention some graphic design resources cost a pretty penny, it can sometimes become an uphill task for novices. But that shouldn’t deter you from creating stunning designs. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of amazing freebies and affordable tools that can help you get the head start you need to become a veteran designer. Plus, with the right skills, you can be a master in the game without even trying.

In this blog post, we’ll highlight 5 things that you need to master in order to get an edge in creating stunning designs. Sound good? Let's dive right in.

UI Design

Here’s the blatant truth: No matter how amazing your designs are, it's pretty much pointless if they don't make a good first impression. That is to say, if people don’t like what they see at first glance, then you’re probably not going to wheel in as many people as you would want. So it makes perfect sense that we would mention the UI design here.

The truth is, UI design is pretty much a necessity when it comes to the graphic design front. So, it’s good you have all your bases covered in as far as skills go but every other graphic designer does too. So you need to ensure that you have an ace up your sleeve. If you make a good first impression, then whatever you call to action has a higher chance of being acted on.

Photoshop Overlays

Don’t take chances! You need to be able to create stunning designs every single time. But you and I both know that it’s much easier said than done. Not to mention your audience is a bit more particular and will often times shun blatant designs almost as soon as they see them. Therefore, you need to create compelling images. Images that will create a connection between you and your audience. Images that will ultimately convert your audience into customers. But how do you do that?

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of tools to help you create stunning designs. And one of the best in this front is Photoshop overlays. Photoshop overlays are one of the most versatile ways to transform the look and feel of your designs. With photoshop overlays, you can add texture and elements to an image and transform an otherwise uninspiring image to a stunning piece of art. So whether it's a stunning fog effect that you are looking for or a whimsical autumn, fairy garden or falling leaves effect, there are literally dozens of themes to help you create the perfect design. If you’re looking to create stunning designs, then you definitely need to master photoshop overlays.

Lightroom Presets

It goes without saying Lightroom presets are yet another resource you need to master in graphic design. From nitty-gritty aspects such as image exposure and white balance to more complex aspects such as curves, tones, and shadows. Along with ensuring that you create stunning designs from the onset, Lightroom presets have a lot to offer. Also comes in handy later on when you want to ensure that the final piece is nothing short of a stunning masterpiece. And the best thing about Lightroom presets is that they’re pretty easy to master.

Typography

Next up is typography. Typography is basically the art and technique of arranging the visual component of written words to make written language more legible. If you want to master typography, there are lots of typography tutorials to help. However, good typography often comes down to creative intuition. Once you grasp the basics, all you need to do is look for typography resources that will help you further sharpen your skills.

Here are some typographic considerations that you’ll need to take into account when mastering typography.

Size

Typefaces are not created equally. Some are wide some fat, some are narrow and yet others thin. So word sets in different typefaces take up a different amount of space depending on the size.

Tracking and Kerning

Tracking here relates to the spacing of characters applied evenly whereas kerning is basically adjusting spaces between characters to create a harmonious pairing.

Logo Designing

Here is another thing that you need to master to create stunning designs every time. In many forms and instances, the logo is what distinguishes a particular company from the other. Think about Guinness, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and KFC. They are all visually represented by their logos. It doesn’t matter where they are in the world customers will still flock towards the direction that these logos are.

The truth is, the importance of a logo cannot be underestimated. They not only help identify a company but they are also a succinct and efficient way of communicating more about the company. Which means that the designs have to be both intuitive and stunning to wheel people in.  And since it’s something you’ll probably be doing a lot of, it's definitely one of the many things that you want to master to perfection.

Conclusion

Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the number of graphic design skills you need to master to create stunning designs. Sure there are plenty more things that need to be mastered but these five are the most important. The bottom line is to ensure that you have mastered every aspect of photoshop overlays, typography, Lightroom presets, logo designing and UI design to come up with stunning and striking designs every time.

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The Vast Rewards of Owning Your Very Own and Personal Koozie


Originally designed to thermally wrap a beverage, this increasing trend of custom koozies serves even more ingenious purposes. With today’s market rapidly expanding, it becomes difficult to satisfy the expectations of your guests, clients, or even family members. Our customizable product will fit your needs no matter the purpose.

  • Represent your brand in purple fashion

If you are ready to take action aimed at building your company’s image and developing or expanding relations with clients and contractors, purple Koozie reflects professionalism and elegance. Putting aside the value of publicity, personalized gifts effectively present your company in a fashionable and expressive way. Your logo on a trendy, colorful, and shapeful Koozie will speak for itself in a variety of places, spreading the company’s eloquent message across the nation or even globally. Company’s gadgets tend to build the brand’s image, increase the probability of recommendation, and they testify to the stability and professionalism of your business. This commitment can bring very valuable and long-lasting results and relations. It’s your chance to shine!

  •  Advertise with a green Koozie

When we talk about personalization in marketing, we must remember that the gadget is an extremely accurate method. A personal relationship with the brand that is being built when the gift is received is stronger than with most other advertising tools. Our custom Koozies make ideal candidates for promotional purposes: there is a wide spectrum of opportunities, places, and events in which they can be used; emotions that accompany the moment of receiving a gift “ignite” the effect of reciprocity; green Koozie is a perfect way to demonstrate creativity and ingenuity of your brand and its people - the color translates into the movement. This hot item will make the best offline advertising tool, whether it is to market a desired product or the company itself.

  • Koozie White or Black Party Favors

When organizing a party or any type of celebration, it is worth remembering to thank your guests for coming. Spoken appreciation is always a good idea, but increasingly we turn to delighting and creative favors that our guests can take home. With our black or white custom Koozies, you will deliver three perks in one single item - the practical advantage of thermal insulation of our Koozie, a way to express your gratitude, and a personal and unique message designed specifically for that one person. Of course, keep in mind that our Koozie changes colors with changing theme of the party.

  • Politically Correct Red Koozie

There is no need to use bizarre or extraordinary ideas in the political campaign. What a better way to reach the audience than the custom-made and loud Koozie with a message that will stretch throughout the nation? Giving away printed beer sheaths will serve campaign’s purpose and attract voters. Through our red Koozie, you may display your vision in the unprecedented way. In addition to spreading your philosophy, ideas, and memo, let’s not forget about the convenience of owning a Koozie - the benefit of surviving indoors or outdoors with your hot or cold beverage.

Where can I get my personal Koozie?

With suppliers widely available, it is not difficult to find the product you are looking for. However, with such enormous amounts of resources, the quality is often questionable. Express Imprint delivers high-quality Koozies with your very own unique design, therefore we highly encourage you to put trust in the company that ensures your satisfaction.

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Photographer's secret weapon: how to make your pics standout


When you see the work of great photographers, you possibly wonder how do they manage to do it. What magic is enabling them to create these masterpieces? You might think that success lies in having the right gear, professional models, enough money to travel around the world, and of course talent. But the truth is that behind every great photographer is a huge amount of passion, hundreds of hours of practice, and some simple secrets. So obviously, it's not about expensive gear (some photographers use an analog camera, proclaiming the independence from technology). It's not about traveling to exotic places and photographing famous people. It's about how much you love what you do and how you grow your creativity.

 

  • Grow Your Creativity

 

Creativity comes naturally to some people. But if it's not developed and maintained properly it may vanish during the struggle with procrastination. The good thing is that you can boost your creativity and find a source of inspiration for everyday practice.

 

 

  • Think Outside the Box

 

Great composition is essential in photography. What you put in the frame and how you put it, determines the success or the failure of your images. If all your pictures are in landscape format and taken at your eye level than it's time to make some changes. Challenge yourself to get outside your comfort zone, try to impose yourself temporary rules. For example, try not to use the landscape format for a couple of days. Another good practice is to make monochrome compositions. Black and white photography helps you better observe the shapes and the geometric elements. To add even more inspiration, try using some special effects, like Luminar's splash effect. It allows you to keep the color of a certain object, while everything else is in grayscale.

 

  • Treat Yourself with Artistic Experiences

 

Creativity needs inspiration. A visit to a botanical garden may give you some ideas. Take a long walk in the city. Even a local fair, a traditional market or a touristic landmark may be a good source of inspiration. Visit art museums, galleries, and photography exhibitions. Most people react to art, but it doesn't necessarily have to be paintings or photography. You may be inspired by classical music, jazz, theater or movies. It's important to expose yourself to art in any form.

 

  • Take a Course

 

Learning is always a good idea. Photography courses became fashionable lately. Among dozens of online classes for beginners, you can find some worthwhile courses and tutorials. Amazing photographers like Albert Watson and Annie Leibovitz teach technical classes, but also offer mentorship, portfolio reviews, and insights. From the master classes, you'll find out how to minimize the photo editing process. You'll find out that style and patience are the most important qualities of a photographer while technicalities are left to an image editor. For example, lightroom plugins can solve many of the basic adjustments, while you focus on finding your inner voice.

 

  • Do Snapshots

 

Scheduled photo sessions are good, but photographing unexpected events is even better. Take a camera with you or at least a smartphone with a decent camera. A photographer is an observer. Street photography and travel photography are based on snapshots. Be prepared and keep your eyes opened. Ingenuous female poses, candid children games, dramatic events, wildlife pictures, they all happen spontaneously. You have to be there and feel the moment. Some photographers choose a place and wait for something to happen. They believe in the magic of that place and can 'feel' a good shot. Doing snapshots is also a good practice. It helps you to get acquainted with your camera and change the settings fast.

 

  • Use Filters

 

To make your pictures standout, filters may be a great help. They aren't expensive or hard to use. Their functions are limited, but you can use up to two or three filters at the same time. The most common filters are the circular polarizing filter, the neutral density filter, and the color enhancing filter.

 

Photography is an art, even if today we all have a camera in our pocket. The biggest mistake you can make is to think that Camera will resolve everything. Sure, you have some amazing image editors, and cameras Henri Cartier Bresson wouldn't have dreamed about. But the secret weapons behind a great photographer are creativity, dedication, and motivation.

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The palettes of 2018


Being creative is hard work. Creative block is real! As an artist, you need to practice and motivate yourself daily. But when putting colors together is something that you love, it comes natural. Right?

We thank the community here @Colourlovers for being so supportive and accepting and for coming up with amazing color combinations this year.

Let's check out the palettes that marked 2018 and give a big round of applause for the authors.

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Which one is your favorite? Can you decide?

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Five Wardrobe Essentials Every Girl Must Own


The ancient Greeks believed that clothes make the man. This is certainly one principle that has stood the test of time. Your choice of clothes can make or break the impression you create on others. Yet, it can get tricky to get the right look bang on every single day. The key to it is some must-haves that can be styled on the go, with minimum time and effort. Here are five essential dresses for women that can transform your look-book.

A Classic White Tee Shirt

It’s always a win-win situation with a plain white tee. No wonder it tops every girl’s list of things she cannot do without. It seamlessly fits into every look, be it the everyday plain Jane or the party-hopping glam diva.  It can be paired with absolutely everything, from the basic blue jeans to a pair of formal black trousers, a lovely fancy skirt or a slip-on dress.

A Multi-Purpose Blazer

Every girl must own that one blazer she can simply throw on and rush out of the door without a second thought. It is ideal as an addition to work wear when you want to get that serious, no-nonsense look. Combine it with a cocktail dress and ankle-strap heels for a drink with friends. Or, go with it as the easy alternative to a heavy coat when not in the mood for the latter.

A Pair of Well-Fitted Jeans

Despite being available in a wide array of styles and colours, the humble pair of jeans remains as ubiquitous as ever. Yet, there is absolutely nothing that could go wrong with it. There is arguably no other piece of clothing as popular or versatile as this. It is ideal for casual get-togethers, formal dinners, a quick run to the grocery store, first dates...one gets the drift. The perfect dark washed, boot-cut pair can be styled for literally any and every look.

A Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress or LBD has acquired something of a cult-status in wardrobe must-have lists. Every other fashion magazine and blog swears by this quintessential.  Choose one with a hem and neckline that is appropriate for most occasions, and you are ready to roll with this multi-functional piece of clothing. If the conventional black is not your cup of tea, choose one that suits your personal sense of style. From delicate florals to playful polka dots and flamboyant animal prints - this dress comes in a wide range of options.

A Pair of Flat Pumps

This is another hot favourite with most women. A quick tip is to carry a pair in your bag for unexpected long days when the going gets tough in your heels. This ensures no compromise on style while shifting to more comfortable footwear. They are perfect to channel your high-school self as well as the glam goddess in you. One is sure to find a couple of these in different colours in every wardrobe.

So, lose no time in stocking your wardrobe with these trendy dresses for ladies online and step out looking like a diva!

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