Sunday, December 4

The art of design

I hit upon a great design the other day. I was actually trying to see if I could design something to put up next to the blog title here. I was using a photo of a mug and 2 donuts I'd taken and had on file. However, the arrangement wasn't quite right, so I cloned the mug and the donuts into a better arrangement using a photo shop. Then I tried an effect that split it into squares and gave it such a hi-style artish look, I thought it'd make a great mug and card for my Zazzle store!


So, that's what I did. I did a full wrap for a mug with the design and a card that can be 2 sizes. It's a lovely picture. It's in the "All things coffee" file at my store or you may even see it scroll buy on the flash panel. Mugs are on sale today 50% off, by the way, if you're still looking for a gift. (Today only.)  And even if you want to put your own photo a mug, go ahead and do that.


One thing I've learned is that every product has a specific pixel size requirement. There's a method available for slapping a photo or design on dozens of products all at once, but pixel size requirement varies so much, I don't think that will come to a good end to do so. I noticed the other day at someone elses Zazzle shop who was selling vintage cards that there was a warning that the card wasn't sized right, but fixing it was going to be up to the customer.. I didn't think that very professional. And it might not even be possible. Cards have a strict safety zone the design needs to fit within.


However, my policy is to design things in the size specific to the given products. That way it will look right. I don't think that the customers responsibility.
Other things on the agenda:  We are attending a Christmas Party this evening. It's for members of the base chapel, all protestant services to attend. It's a nice dress up occasion. There's great food, a DJ and usually some entertainment. Last year a bunch of the Gospel service people were doing lip-sync performances of many of the great R&B performers. They did up the costumes, too. I remember one guy was dressed to the hilt as James Brown. It was cool. Can't wait to see what they've come up with this year!

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