Quickly Changing colors in Lab mode

Quickly Changing colors in Lab mode

Changing Colors in LAB Mode Changing colors in Lab mode is a great way to change colors without altering vital portions of your image. Many times, such as when you are using Curves, or a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer, when you change one color, it alters the other tones of your image. You will get colors in the shadow and highlight portions of your image. By changing colors in Lab mode, you can change the tones of an image, while leaving the lightness and shadows untouched. This is because Lab is made up of 3 different channels. The first is lightness, and the other two are the a and b channels. These two channels contain the image’s color information. This is great because you can alter colors without affecting light and shadows. Take for example, the truck image shown below. It is obviously red, and the glossy surface of the paint shows a lot of reflections and highlights. This tip is really great for altering colors where an image has reflections, such as on smooth surfaces. First, go to Image>Mode>Lab Color. My favorite area to make color alterations is with the curves adjustment layer. Be sure to leave lightness alone, so that the highlights and shadows stay true to the original image.  Go to your curves and into the a channel and change the upward diagonal curve to a shorter downward diagonal curve. Be sure to keep it as a straight line. You could leave it like this and you will have a green truck like the one shown below. If you continue with flipping the curves and shortening them,...
Why Your Portfolio Design is the Most Important Design in your Portfolio

Why Your Portfolio Design is the Most Important Design in your Portfolio

Thinking About Portfolio Design Your portfolio is like a trophy case. It shows your experience, and it shows your expertise. It shows that you have the stuff to get the job done successfully. Your portfolio design shows that you can play for a team and come out on the winning end. It shows your successful track record. Having a stellar portfolio design makes a client or design firm want you to play for their team, because they want to win, too. Your Portfolio Design Matters Everything about your portfolio speaks volumes about who you are. You can’t just have great projects that speak for themselves. Don’t get me wrong, that is 90% of your objective for even having a portfolio. The thing that you need to remember is that all of your projects can be seen in a bad light if you don’t have a nice portfolio or a nice presentation. In the same respect, a less than top-notch portfolio can get a few extra points with a nice presentation. Another reason that your portfolio design matters so much is because it says so much about you. Having a well-crafted, high end portfolio says that you have put a lot of effort into your career and that you mean business. A polished portfolio means that you mean business and that you know that presentation is everything. It also says that you are organized and you pay attention to details, which is extremely important with design work. Minor mistakes can cost the company thousands. if you can’t put together your own portfolio and make it look great, why would they...
Five Quick Ways To Ditch A Creative Funk

Five Quick Ways To Ditch A Creative Funk

Ditch A Creative Funk The time when fall starts to turn colder without the satisfaction of winter snow is an awkward time where it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut or funk. If this is you, take heart: everyone creative who ever lived has been there. Here are five quick ways to pull yourself out of that uncreative feeling: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself Take a moment and consider: is it possible you and your creativity have felt out of sorts lately because your brain hasn’t been properly balanced with the rest of your body? You may have run yourself a wee bit ragged. Make sure you are sleeping between 7 and 8 hours each night—recent studies have shown that consistently missing sleep, even if it’s only a little bit, will impede your brain’s ability to function within less than a week. It’s all very well if you have to outline an idea, sketch an image, or write a passage that comes to you in the middle of the night—that is fine, and the stuff of which anecdotes for interviews are made. Be ready for it with something to write or draw your idea, but don’t make a habit of sitting up late at night waiting for inspiration to hit. If the muse wants to, he or she will not hesitate to hit you squarely in the face with an idea at an inconvenient time. But it takes more than just sleep to keep a healthy body, mind, and muse (I know, if only). Try to drink as much water and eat as balanced a diet...
How To Design And Create Flyers And Track Their Success

How To Design And Create Flyers And Track Their Success

Designing a flyer is something that can really help your businesses print marketing attempts and be of significant benefit to your business. Well-designed flyers can greatly complement quality print campaigns and provide maximum impact that connects and inspires customers. One of the key elements of great flyer design is that it is created with a particular recipient in mind and aims to connect with that customer, as well as really give them a good idea of what your business is about. So, let’s take a closer look at vital things to include when looking to create a successful flyer. Flyers Should be Readable Though it may sound like an obvious and also a fundamental thing designing a flyer to ensure that it’s readable is something that often is overlooked. You want your flyer to be presented in a clear way and avoid visual clutter. No matter how creative you are or how creative you want your flyer to be this is a priority and you must display vital information clearly. Remember restrict the use of fonts on your flyer and don’t use any more than two to get the best possible professional result. It’s perfectly okay to use bold and italic versions to complement the normal version of these fonts – this gives you variation. Designs Images do make a flyer and quality visuals will really help make your flyer stand-out. Once again, it may seem obvious, but make sure your images are apt to the industry at hand to some degree. Sometimes being too clever causes problems – so aim for simple over overly complex every time. One...
Be Creative With These iPad Apps

Be Creative With These iPad Apps

The iPad is becoming one of the most effective tools for all types of artists. The high-definition displays, touchscreens, Internet accessibility, image capturing abilities and built-in applications help artists try new techniques and be creative in different ways. New apps are coming out for the iPad to assist a number of creative-roles, including designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, videographers and architects. Here are some of the best apps to spark your inspiration and lend you the tools to create your next masterpiece. Adobe Photoshop Touch Refine and transform your photos with the tablet version of Adobe Photoshop. The interface is simpler than the desktop version, but boasts many of the same integral capabilities. Layers, selection tools, adjustments and filters are all available to help you edit your high-resolution photos and images. The cost of the app is significantly less than the desktop software, running at $9.99. Camera+ Camera+ allows you to improve the capabilities of your built-in camera app. When you are capturing a photo, this app enables you to separate touch points for your focus and exposure. It has various shooting modes, including a timer and a burst mode, which captures a stream of action shots. Additionally, this app offers different types of effects, such as FX, brushing and layering. It also features editing tools, such as rotating, straightening, white balance, sharpening and blurring and red eye. Loop Loop allows you to capture and create hand-drawn animations, and then share them on Tumblr or via email. It comes with a few animation tools such as expressive pen widths, the ability to trace over video frames and onion skinning. It’s...
Why Design Isn’t Free

Why Design Isn’t Free

Good Design Isn’t Free If you saw my post yesterday, I was upset about someone posting in a Facebook group who was promising a job to a designer who would create a logo for them “if they liked it”. I have a problem with businesses preying on naive or novice designers, only to shatter their hopes and dreams. Not only do they do this, but they also take away from their passion and love of the field of design. This has all sparked today’s post, centered around the idea that design isn’t free. Our Time is Worth Something When we would be focused on a paying client or promoting our business, we are designing your logo, business cards, stationary, and other branding materials. Everyone’s time is worth something, because we can’t get it back. I can’t go back and collect time from you for the time I spent working on your project. The least you can do is compensate me for my time. Promising Something and Not Following Through Is Stealing You promised a job, exposure, office space, or something in exchange for the work, so you should deliver. If my time is worth something via the point made above, then you are stealing our time. It’s the same as taking our wallet out of our hands and running away with it. It’s the same concept, just packaged in a different wrapper. Concepts and Creativity Are Commodities If you look at talent and ideas as commodities, or items of value, you’re stealing that, too. Just like you can’t steal someone’s invention, because their idea is seen as valuable, our...