Category Archives: graphics

September Getting Ready For Fall…

I just can’t believe summer really came and went this year. It seems like just yesterday , I was decorating the blog for spring, I spaced decorating for summer, and now here we are back at Septembers theme. I haven’t posted here nearly as much as I would have liked this summer. I had a lot of projects though, and this was unfortunately put on the back burner. I think with the cooler weather arriving however, I’ll be working on this blog much more.

I like to change the blog theme up with decorations and themes set for whatever season or holiday we’re near. The scary part is before we know it the holidays will be here. September’s here, next month October arrives with Halloween, and ¡POW! Thanksgiving starting off the holiday season.

Anyway, I’ll be coming up with some holiday, and seasonal blog decorating tips. I’ll be posting some freebies as usual. For now check out this free Autumn Clip Art set from Open Clipart. Click here to download files.

screen shot fall clip art

This is a screen shot of some of the item you’ll find in the free Autumn Clip Art Collection. There’s a lot of really great Autumn and Fall clip art. Its that time of year again.

Enjoy the free clip art, I’m going to try and add some tutorials here on doing some fun scrap booking and design ideas with some of the different clip art found there.

Get More Twitter Followers Now !

Found this infographic from WhoIsHostingThis and thought it was spot on. By following these simple tips, and spending a little time at it each day, those Twitter followers should start rolling in.

You wouldn’t think there was a lot to social networking and services like Twitter but there is. I’ve learned a lot and made a lot of mistakes with social networking. It takes time, but with a little effort success can be yours.  The more you read and follow tips that are found in inforgraphics like this, the more you start seeing those followers rolling in.

twitter infographic

Great tips for building a strong twitter account and gaining followers.

The info graphic states that you can do this in 5 minutes a day, maybe I’m slow. I spend a little more… A lot more time than that on twitter. I need to start incorporating services like hootsuite, but I tweet randomly throughout the day. As I find good stuff or have some clever comment worth tweeting, I send them out at random. Sometimes from the computer, sometimes from my phone. I try to tweet daily, and spread my tweets out so my followers don’t get what I call a twitter bomb, of 10 – 20 tweets blasted out from my account all at once. Outside of that I completely agree with everything in this info graphic.

P.S, Now on a final note. For all those spam comments asking where I host my blog. You can use the WhoIsHostingThis  service to find out. They are the creator of the infographic, and I’m sure they would love if you stopped by their site and tried out the service.

Content Creation and Stock Photography

One of the projects I’ve been working on is a Spanish language blog. I’m not fluent in Spanish, yet I wish to be. So I decided to create mi-palabra-del-dia.com as a way to stay motivated each day and learn and practice my Spanish.

Each Monday, I usually spend the afternoon editing photos I’ve taken over the week and creating that weeks content for the blog. This morning I realised I really didn’t have any good photos pertaining to that subject matter. What to do ? morguefile.com is the answer.

When you’re in a pinch morguefile.com is a great place to grab some free stock photography for your blog or website. The term morgue file comes from the old newspaper days when journalists would need a picture for a story but didn’t have one. The photographers had what were called “morgue files” of images that could be used in a pinch. In a pinch the journalist would go to the morgue file and look for an image that pertained to their subject matter. I’ve used this site in a pinch for a long time now and you can find some really great photos there. The site really lives up to its name.

As far as I know , the only rule is that you can’t use the image in a standalone manner. In other words you have to edit the images a bit and personalize them for your content. Just what I needed. Here’s a couple examples of some things I created using there content.

artwork for my spanish blog

Strawberries for my Spanish blog. Las Fresas Amigos !

La ardilla, a squirrel for my Spanish blog.

la ardilla, the squirrel. Cute little guy isn’t he.

The top image has really been manipulated using Gimp. I did a cut out of the image using a font as a mask to cut the image. I then added a border, some more plain text, and the original image of strawberries. For the second image I simply added a little text and my site url.

I’m pretty sure using the images in a stand alone manner pertains to offering the images by themselves for download. However, you could simply add some text, a border, or create a collage out of a couple different images. I’ll explain more on these things in future post and maybe even use some of these photos for examples.

For the tweeted version of this post: “If you need stock photography in a pinch, try www.morguefile.com

If you open an account, make sure to follow me here. http://morguefile.com/creative/newaeondesign

Learning the hard way !

I was going through some of my graphics folders and came across some really great designs that I wanted to use for other things. These were projects I started when I first started learning graphics that came out really good. In order to save hard drive space once a project is completed I would save it as a jpg file, or gif file instead of say an xcf file for Gimp or a psd file for Photoshop.

Yup, it does save some hard drive space. The only problem is when you want to use those designs for other projects they pretty much become useless. I would strongly suggest to anyone just starting out, save your work in a project file. Use xcf, psd, or whatever your program saves them as so you can edit them in the future.

Sometimes you may want just a piece of clipart from the project. Maybe a background came out just right and would make a nice tile. You get the point. Saving your work in a project file makes all these options available to you. Note to self and anyone else just learning: Save project files in editable format !

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A design I wanted to use for something else. It would of been nice to easily remove this background and use for another project. Now I’ll have to recreate the entire design. Save your work in an editable project file so this doesn’t happen to you .