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Ask yourself this question

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

Hope you all are having an excellent day. I want to share a question with you today that I believe everyone should start ask themselves daily and anytime you are going to make any decision.

The question is: How will this help me and how will this hurt me?

For example: If you are trying to lose weight like I am, I know I have to stay focused on working out and eating clean. So, if I am craving ice cream (which I always do) before I pull out the ice cream from the freezer I ask myself If I eat this, will this help me or will this hurt me in reaching my weight goal? As you know eating that ice cream will not help me reach my fitness goal.

Another example: If you do freelance work and you get home and have the option of starting your projects or watching the new episode on Netflix you will need to ask yourself If I watch this show will this help me or will this hurt me?

We will encounter many choices during the day that can lead us closer or push us further away from our goals. We have the power to make these decisions, and as you can see in the examples above even the simplest tasks can affect us positively or negatively.

I encourage you to start asking yourself this question so you can be more aware of what you are doing, and if you need to correct your direction you can start with the simple tasks.

Hope this helps! If it does lets connect 🙂

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

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A.L. Designs

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May update

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Happy Tuesday everyone!

Just wanted to update you guys with a quick post. I’ve been working on a lot of project recently and have been behind on uploading them to my designs and photography pages.

The projects have varied from graphic design, photography shoots and a lot of video projects including:

The Creative Vlog

Alondrita’s Fitness (My fitness vlog)

The solo purpose of these vlogs are to document my journey as a designer as well as my fitness transformation. Please subscribe to either or both of my channels. Thank you in advance 🙂

I hope you all have a blessed day. Now let’s go out there and get creative!

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A.L. Designs

Same Price For Big Dreams

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Hey guys! Happy Monday and welcome to a new month! A month with 30 new days too work hard, smart and with passion.

Here is your Monday Motivation: If you dream big it won’t cost you any more than if you dream small so you might as well go big!

I like that statement because its true, dreaming costs us nothing yet we always limit our thoughts. We think we can never accomplish that or we are crazy for even think that, but guys we have to dream big! Dreaming big is the only way we are going to get anywhere in life.

Since this is a new month, it’s the perfect time for you to set your goals for the week/month. I invite you to set your goals and to increase your dream size. Get at it, dream it, set it and work at it!

These are a few of my goals for the week: daily reading, diet and workouts on check, lose 2lbs, film my fitness vlog update, finish editing my family vlog, take more photos and apply to more openings.

I hope you all have a blessed day. Now let’s go out there and get creative!

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A.L. Designs

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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A.L. Designs

Unicorns Are Real!

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Hey guys!

I have some new photos up from the photo shoot I did of my niece Bibbles and her unicorn 😉 Check them out! You can also watch the behind the scenes of this fun day on Unicorns Are Real!

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A.L. Designs

Do one new thing today!

 

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday!!!

Today let’s make an effort to do something that is out of our normal routine and that makes us uncomfortable.

It can be anything! Maybe it’s a project you have been putting off for some time? Working out, changing your diet, visiting a family member or friend, taking that class, learning an instrument, or playing a sport?

There are plenty of thing we all want to do but don’t do them because of fear or “lack of time”

So today, I encourage you to do at least one new thing.

What I want to today is: Update my resume.

I have been putting this off for a good year now and I want to start sending it out.

Applying for a new job is the part that makes me uncomfortable, because change is scary. I know I have to get over that fear and keep my options open because this is the only way I will be able to grow as a professional.

I am officially too comfortable at my current job and that’s not good.

I want to advance in my career and I know its going to take change and new challenges in another work environment to do that.

I’ve learned all I can here and I can’t stop learn as a designer or keep designing for the same industry.

So that’s my goal for today. What is yours?

Let me know!

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A.L. Designs

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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A.L. Designs