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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.

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

Link To Free High Resolution Textures.

Textures, patterns, backgrounds, fonts and graphics can get really expensive. I’m always looking for free commercial use goodies for design, and when I find them, I love to share them with you guys. Here’s 20 high resolution textures for free download from the fine folks over at SpeckyBoy.

These are great textures and have almost a new age pastel grunge look to them. I’m sure you all will find some way to put these textures to good use. These are high resolution, and the file is 194 megs so depending on your modem speed may take a some time to download but I think these are worth it. Click here to check out the textures and download.

Keeping With The Season Design.

Found the little autumn squirrel rss icon on my sidebar the other day playing around on twitter and thought it went with the fall theme perfectly and had to download it. I love posting links to web freebies on here so here’s the link. I already tweeted the link, so if your following from twitter, sorry for the round about retweet / repost.

On a side note, the spam comments continue, over 90 spam comments. I noticed that a few people have signed up as members and this is much appreciated. I found a way to block IP addresses so I should have a handle on this spamming spectacle soon. If you commented and I deleted your comment mistakenly thinking it was spam, I do apologize. Thanks for signing up and following The Design Blog and I look forward to interacting with you all in the future.

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