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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!

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

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A.L. Designs

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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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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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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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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

2018: Another year of challenges

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I want to try something new.

This year I have committed to writing down my goals daily in the AM and PM.

I have also written down all my general goals for 2018 in the areas of personal, health and finance.

I have committed to starting a vision board and to continuously update it.

I have written down how I want 2018 to look and feel, as well as my top priority for this year.

It’s seriously time to move!

It’s time to go out and change!

It’s time to go out and hustle!

I hope you all have a productive and successful new year.

Below is a list of a few questions I took the time to answer for myself. These might help you or someone else.

Fill them out today (copy & paste to a word doc).

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How do you want 2018 to look and feel?

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Who do you want to be in this upcoming year?

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What do you want your days to look like?

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What do you want to accomplish?

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What is my top priority for 2018?

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What do you need more of in your life / less of?

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What are you not available for? (Negative peeps)

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What is one thing that holds you back that you are willing to let go of?

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What is 1 new habit that you will introduce to make yourself better?

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Let me know your thoughts.

Best regards,

A.L. Designs

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