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How Do I Design – Thursday’s Designer Tip

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Hey guy!

Here is Thursday’s designer tip 🙂

When I create graphics my main design program is Adobe Illustrator. I use Illustrator because it creates vector files (a digital graphic file that its made up of many lines and curves or better known as paths). With a vector file you can stretch out your design as big or small as you want without losing resolution quality.

When I edit photos, I use Photoshop because PS creates a raster image (an image composed of pixels).

You can design in either programs, I just prefer Illustrator for designs and Photoshop for photos.

When I open up a new Illustrator file, I create the document using the final size of the project including the bleed when required.

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Creating new doc sized at: 3.75″ X 2.25″

For example, a business card is 3.5” x 2” if it does not require a bleed I make my doc size 3.5” x 2”. If my card requires a bleed my doc size will be 3.75” x 2.25” giving me a .25” bleed for trimming. Inside the card I will also keep an inner safety border of .25” all around.

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Example of doc with colored safety frame.

I work with layer so my first one is my safety border, you can use the guides in AI or I prefer to make a colored frame sized at .25” so its easier on my eyes. I will align the frame to the edges of the document. Next, I make sure to lock my guide layer so nothing is moved.

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Layer 1: Guides (Locked) Layer 2: Artwork

My 2nd layer is my artwork layer, this one I will keep under my 1st layer. Once my design is complete, I group everything in the artwork layer and delete layer 1 (guides). I will select my artwork layer and outline all of my text and save the file as a PDF or EPS making sure to keep the original (not outlined) text file for future changes.

**It is important to outline your text because if you send your file to someone and they don’t have that fonts you used in your design installed the program will substitute the missing fonts with other font causing your design to look different.**

**Outlining the text makes the font an object and it will no longer be editable as far as characteristics for future use so make sure you keep the original file.**

I hope this helps you in some way. If it does let me know 🙂

Have a blessed day and let’s go out there and get creative!

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You need targets, a reason and goals.

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If you are not expanding you are contracting. You need targets, a reason and goals.

Wise words right there. I agree that we all need a reason to make our life worthwhile.

We need a reason to wake up every morning and make some kind of impact on this world and those around us even if it’s a small contribution.

Targets are very important. This year I’ve been very disciplined on writing down my longer term goals twice a day. But it’s not just about writing them down, its about taking action towards achieving them that makes all the difference.

On Sunday nights, I will write down the goals I have for the week, I also review the goals I had for the previous week. I will write down goals completed and goals failed on the same sheet and right under that I will write next week’s goals Monday – Sunday. I also have daily goals that I write down and start checking them off as I complete them.

You should have different targets and goals for all areas of your life, right now my 2 main categories are health and fitness and career advancements.

You can’t always achieve everything you write down, but its way better to over commit and deliver than it is to under commit and waste your time.

I suggest you buy a notebook and start writing down what is important to you, and take action towards expanding your current situation.

Have a blessed day guys and lets go out there and get creative.

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Life is about choices

Busy is a choice

Stress is a choice

Joy is a choice

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Life is about choices.

We make choices from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep.

You have the choice of waking up grouchy or happy in the morning.

You have the choice of eating breakfast or not.

You have the choice of leaving to work on time or not.

You have the choice of putting in your best effort at work or not.

You have the choice to make an impact on others or not.

As you can see your day will be packed with many choices and each choice you make will determine the kind of day you will have.

I try to live each day as best as I possibly can by making the following choices:

#1 – I wake up early and I give thanks for another day of life.

#2 – I make a healthy breakfast (oatmeal) every morning and work on my freelance projects.

#3 – I leave to work on time so I can arrive 15-10 mins early.

#4 – I try to keep a positive attitude at work even when difficult & stressful tasks arrive.

#5 – I workout 6X a week to improve my health.

#6 – I try and have patients for myself and others around me.

This one is important because not everyone around you is trying to make the same positive choices as you. I am not perfect and I don’t expect others to be perfect, so patients is key.

So try and remember that positivity always wins and I guarantee you that you will start making better choices and your day will be filled with many blessings.

The choice is yours! Have a blessed day guys!

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Simple design / photography tip

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Hello Designers and Photographers! Here is a quick tip for you guys..

Designers:

Always, always save your work as you are designing it (every few mins). You never know when your program might crash. Make sure you also have your files saved in at least two locations (external hard drive or cloud).

Photographers:

The above also applies to you! Make sure that you always keep your original jpeg file saved and unedited. Never work on your original photo, make a copy of them and edit the copies. You never know when you might need to go back to the original file for some reason.

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Goal oriented productivity!

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Pack your day with as much goal oriented productivity as possible.

I have plenty of days when work is slow at the office and there is nothing to work on.

On days like these I came up with a solution to help myself and the company.

I practice my design, photography and video editing skills. I create content to post up on the company’s social media platforms.

I handle all our social accounts so I figured why not make good use of the slow days to create, post and grow our online presence.

This helps me fill in the slow hours of my day, practice my skills, grow my portfolio and benefit the company all at the same time.

Little things like these are the steps we need to take more of to help us grow as professionals, benefit us and bring us closer to achieving or goals.

I hope you find ways to make yourself more productive during the day, but in the direction of your goals.

Don’t just be busy to be busy, actual work on things that can boost you to the next level.

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Treasure your life

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Mondays words of wisdom:

Treasure your life and health. Live it to the max and don’t worry about what others think or say.

Its true guys, we need to really live our lives to the max because we are only here for a short moment.

We never know how long we will be here. We can be here now, but gone the next.

So live your life without fear. If you want to do, start or say something, now is the best time because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

If your worried about what others might say, who cares it’s your life not theirs!

Don’t live in fear of what others will think of you, if it makes you happy and it aligns with your personal morals GO FOR IT!

Don’t waste your life waiting for permission from others, your probably not going to get it anyways.

So live your best life, make the best of it and spread love and positivity.

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Trade shows

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Is you company attending a trade show this year?

If so, let me help you design your materials.

From flyers, banners and giveaway items A.L. Designs has you covered!

View all my design services and contact me today for a quote.

I look forward to working with you this year! 🙂

Best,

A.L. Designs