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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

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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Taking black & white photos

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Thursday’s photography tip is on taking black & white photos.

During this weeks photography workshop class we learned the following:

There are two options you can use to create a B&W photo.

The first is to convert the image to B&W in post processing. This is the most common one and you have the benefit of keeping both the color version and the B&W version.

The second option, which we learned is a truer way of get a B&W photo is to set your camera to monochrome. With this setting your image will be taken in B&W so there is no post processing conversion needed. The down side is that you won’t have the color photo, but like the teacher said if your intent is to capture a B&W photo then you don’t need the color version.

This is just a tip/opinion, you can choose whatever option is best for you.

Try it out both ways and compare your results. It is all about experimenting.

Have a blessed day and lets go out and get creative!

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A.L. Designs

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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A.L. Designs

The Creative Vlog

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Hello world!

Did you check out the two new Creative Vlog posts? Have you subscribed to the Creative Vlog Channel? If you haven’t, I would like to invite you to check out my channel. 🙂

I want to bring you valuable content in the fields of graphic design, photography, video, reviews, technology, self-improvement, life and fun.

At the same time this vlog will document my journey to success as a creative and it would mean the world to me if you joined my journey. please subscribe, comment and give feedback.  

10X Planner unboxing/Review here – Vlog 003

Denver, CO  – Vlog 004

If you have questions, you can connect with me here:

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Now let’s go out there and let’s get creative!

Best regards,

A.L. Designs