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Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Photography: My Top 3 Tips for Beginners

Camera manuals and photography how-to videos can be very overwhelming . What are the most important things when you are just starting out? I can think of three things that really stand out to me. Aperture in Photography In photography, the aperture is the amount of light you are letting into the lense of the camera. There are places that have limited natural light. You will need to adjust the aperture to let in the needed amount of light. Aperture…

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Which colors for your design project?

Which colors for your design project?

Colors have a large effect on us. They can push us or discourage us to do a certain thing. How can you use colors in your design to bring your message across? Fun and Playful Colors When a brand is looking to create a product with a fun and playful image, they use colors that represent life and vibrancy (above). Yellow, red and orange can be used to describe a product as being fun and playful. These colors show consumers…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Kitchens

Interior Design Inspiration: Kitchens

Kitchens are the heart of the home for good reason. They bring everyone together and give a house life. That’s why designing a kitchen you love is so important. And this doesn’t mean gutting your whole kitchen and starting over. Kitchen Seating Add kitchen chairs that really make a statement. If you have a bar, use stools that are unique and not like others you have seen before. Interesting Light Fixtures Lighting, especially in the kitchen, really brings warmth to…

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The Pen Tool: Adobe Illustrator

The Pen Tool: Adobe Illustrator

A while back I talked about creating a Transparent Background in Adobe Illustrator. Today I’m taking it back to the basics and talking about the Pen Tool. You are interested in the Pen Tool if you are new to Adobe Illustrator. It is the base of almost everything you will do in the program. Identifying the Pen Tool Look for that little icon that looks like an old fashioned ink well pen. It’s located very close to the top of…

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Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Acrylic Painting for Beginners

You’ve always had the itch to start painting but never knew where to start. Acrylic paints are a great place to start. They create amazing results, yet are easy to use and quick drying. There is no mixing chemicals, like you do with oil paints. Some of the tools you’ll use are similar to what I talked about in my “Watercolor Painting for Beginners” post. This includes using quality materials. Choose Quality Brushes Look for brushes that have quality bristles….

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Graphic Design Freelance Must-haves

Graphic Design Freelance Must-haves

So you want to be a Freelance Graphic Designer. These are the tools you will need to truly succeed. Keep reading to find out what tools are most important. Graphic Design Software Quality software means a quality product. While I’ve used basic programs to edit photos (think “paint” that comes on every PC ), you will need to invest at a point. Adobe is the standard for Graphic Design. There are also others, such as QuarkXpress and CorelDraw. Graphic Design…

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Interior Design Inspiration: Bathrooms

Interior Design Inspiration: Bathrooms

With Interior Design there are so many rooms to be designed. The bathroom isn’t usually the first place on you mind. Let’s change that. Bathrooms are great places to incorporate unique design elements. Bathtub The bathtub can become the feature element of any bathroom. It’s the same as a fireplace centering a living room. Choose a unique shape. You don’t have to place it against a wall. Put it right in the middle and let  it shine. Limited Space Even…

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Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor is such a unique, fun way to paint. We all painted with watercolors as children. Now try it as an adult. Choose Quality Brushes Choose brushes that have quality bristles. You do not need to spend a lot of money. Choose one or two brushes of high quality instead of a large pack of brushes that lack quality. Experiment with different types. I enjoy painting with bamboo brushes. Purchase Watercolor Paper Normal art paper will bleed when you apply…

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Luxury Vintage Car Showcase

Luxury Vintage Car Showcase

It’s been a long time since since I’ve posted anything about automotive design or cars in general. My phone has been holding up these stunning photos. The photos are from the Greenwich Concours D’elegance Car Show. Every year the car show is held in Greenwich, Connecticut. I haven’t attended in a couple of years and hope to be able to attend this year. The show showcases some of the rarest vintage cars in the world. Now you can see why I…

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South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

South Korea Architecture -Old Meets New

One of the first things that strikes you about South Korea is the architecture. In the middle of bustling Seoul lies ancient architecture juxtaposed with tall modern skyscrapers. It’s that contrast that makes the country such a unique place to visit. Traditional The image seen below shows the attention to detail given to the majestic buildings that are part of the Gyeongbokgung palace complex. It wonderfully showcases the traditional Korean home architecture referred to as hanok. The painted parts are…

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