Creative Business Cards

Business cards are an easy marketing tool used by professionals to advertise their services. They are used when a person’s contact information is requested, at professional conferences or meetings, and to refer another person to a business or person with whom you’ve worked.

 The main idea is that you want your prospected client to remember you amongst the others, therefore you need to be memorable and unique!

Take a look at these creative and innovative Business Card ideas.  Very inspiring! 


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A collection of creative photography from a variety of unknown artists.

Photography Lighting Tips!

Photography Lighting Tips:

Photography is about light, and in fact, it can be defined as recording the light. Lighting is also one of the hardest things to get right in a photograph. To shoot images that stands out of the crowd, an understanding the light source is critical.

Photography lighting plays the major role to capture colors as well as to reveal form and texture in an image. Examining “day light” is a great way to understand certain characteristics of light: the hardness or the softness of the source, direction of light and visible colors.

photography lighting

“Fire on the Bridge” captured by Jim Worrall

Hardness or softness of the light: Hard light (direct light) produces vivid colors that stand out and creates harsh shadows. Soft light (diffused light) produces more pastel tones and softens details.

Direction of light: Moving the light source around a subject or object either add or take away detail.

Color: Photographs tend to lead most viewers towards certain feelings; For example softer colors often create calmer mood. The strength and the angle of the light source determine if you will have vivid or softer colors.

Below you will find five tips that will explore the light source and its characteristics.

Color temperature is the actual colors that human eye can see. Color temperature is a characteristic of visible light. Yellow to red are called warm colors and have lower temperatures .Cool colors like blue and white have higher temperatures.

The sun is the source of all daylight. Outdoor lighting offers all kind of light, coming from various directions. Shooting during noon or later in the day will allow you to capture different tones, colors, and light effects.

  • As a freelance photographer don’t miss early morning hours. It is the best time of the day when you can capture great tones.
  • The sun brings out blue hues in the morning hours and creates a crisp effect.
  • Closer to noon or later in the day you will find softer colors and diffused light (Soft Light). When light is distributed evenly you will have more natural colors. Neutral colors can take away some of the definition or harsh details.

techniques for using light

“drawing you” captured by Lena Bulgakova

  • Noon on the other hand, creates harsh light (Hard Light) and produces images with shadows.
  • Afternoon offers warmer tones with reds and yellows.
  • Near sunrise or sunset, you will often get flattering light.
  • Sunset brings out oranges or pink tones when photographers capture great colors.

The brightest time of the day produces a “hard light” source. For example images taken around noon have strong colors that stand out. This type of light is used for contrast as it creates more definition and more shadow.

An overcast day reflects less light and produces diffused “soft light”. It will spread the light evenly and does not cast strong shadows.

When you shoot same subject from different angles you either add or remove shadows on both the subject and the object. This is also true if you move your light source around your subject. Of course it is easier to move the light source in a studio environment, but keep in mind that if you shoot different times of the day you will get the same effect.

light direction in photography

“museum” captured by abeer

Flash can be a great addition in any kind of light when you need to fill in shadows.

Using flash in outdoors is an effective way of recording actual colors and more of the detail in a scene. For example if you have a moving subject in front of a colorful sunset you can set you flash mode to “Slow Sync” and get all the details.

Photography is an art that needs technique and practice. Lighting is a major part of photography and when you use the “natural light” to your advantage you will definitely add to your photography.

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Design Indaba 2012

What a Great week this is in South Africa, most especially Cape Town!

The Design Indaba 2012 is taking place.. a place all designers would love to be right now!

Design Indaba Conference:

For 17 years now Design Indaba has working to show how creativity can be applied as a means to fuelling social change. As such, Design Indaba strives to bring the foremost contemporary thought-leaders to South Africa each year.

Design Indaba Conference is held over three days each year, with a back-to-back speaker programme that features a wide range of designers, artists, social entrepreneurs, ad gurus, filmmakers, culinary masters and even a scent expert.

Design Indaba Conference takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 29 February to 2 March 2012

Design Indaba Expo:

South African creativity is blossoming and there’s no better place to experience it than the Design Indaba Expo 2012, , South Africa’s premier showcase of homegrown, high-end design, which will boast an additional 1 000 square metres of floorspace this year.

Taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 2 to 4 March 2012, Design Indaba Expo will see many designers launching new work to the South African public.

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Logo Trends – 2012



More unusual shapes

Traditionally, logos have been focused around squares and circles, with the occasional triangle thrown in for a bit of visual interest. 2012 is where that changes. Now people will be using much more freeform shapes, including multi-sided ones which were last seen by most people in sixth grade math class. Brush up on your pentagles, guys.


Buttons and Bubbles

The prevalence of Facebook’s like button and Digg’s digg button has totally changed the way that most people interact with the internet. It’s also changing the logo design world, with more people deciding to incorporate press buttons and speech bubbles into designs in 2012.


Gray is the new black (and it’s slimming)

Those massive strokes people used to use in logos are no more. Now sleek, ink-shy logos are the way forwards, with lighter weighted fonts and grays and browns replacing the harsh blacks. Very few people are moving towards #000000 on their hex colorwheel: that’s altogether too stark for 2012.


Going Green

The environment has always been a concern for ethical logo designers. 2011 saw a lot of greens coming into the average designer’s palette, and 2012 will see this trend continue. Expect to see earthly tones to make big companies seem a little more conscientious.

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Whitney Houston Cd Covers!

The Late Whitney Houston was a true icon and singing sensation.  We are all saddened by her death at the age of 48.

Lets honour her cd cover styles, which are picture driven with a timeless and classy look.

Check out some of her covers below:

Photoshop Preferences!



In order to get the most performance out of photoshop, you should check out the photoshop preferences. Let’s go ahead and explore the most important settings in the preferences window of photoshop. If you are in a hurry then scroll down and do the stuff that is in Black font in order to increase the performance of Photoshop.

Go ahead and open the preferences window. Windows users should go to Edit > Preferences > General or use the keystroke CTRL+K. Mac users should go to Photoshop > Preferences > General or CMD+K.


General Preferences

I am using Photoshop CS3 so if you are using a different version of photoshop then your preferences window will probably look different. But don’t worry, most of the settings will be the same though they may exist on different tabs so click around and explore on your own until you get to the settings that this tutorial talks about. If you are using Photoshop CS and above then you should be okay. Just feel your way around.

The following is not a complete tour of the Photoshop Preferences. I have only covered what I believe to be the most important settings for the average Photoshop User.

General Tab.

Image InterpolationColor picker: This setting chooses between which algorithm should be used by the color picker. The options that I have are Windows or Adobe. I set this as Adobe.

Image Interpolation: This option is used to decide which algorithm photoshop uses when resizing an image.

  • Nearest Neighbour makes the pixels larger or smaller. This usually makes jaggies more visible.
  • Bilinear Interpolation determines the averages of pixels and then creates a new pixel based on the results. This produces almost no jaggies but makes the image blurry.
  • Bicubic Interpolation is the default setting and should be a good setting for everyone. It creates sharp edges and not many jagged edges. Photoshop CS and above has two variants of Bicubic Interpolation, the Bicubic Smoother and Bicupid Sharper. Bicubic Smoother is optimum for enlarging images and Bicubic Sharper is optimum for reducing an image. None of these enlarge images very well. They will end up making your images blurry but that is where many current enlarging algorithms are currently. My advice would be to just keep Bicubic Interpolation. If you mainly do image size reductions then you can decide if you would like to set it to Bicubic Sharper.

General OptionsGeneral Options: Most of these are entirely upto you.

  • Automatically Launch Bridge: Check this option only if you use Bridge to manage your images and photographs. If not then launching Bridge automatically will just slow down Photoshop’s start time.
  • Auto Update Open Documents: If you use multiple image editing programs then turn this on. It is useful if you use Imageready or another image editor while using Photoshop. If not then never mind.
  • Automatically Beep: This is useful if you are using massive images and single photoshop commands take many minutes to complete. Then you can just give the command and do something else and photoshop will beep to let you know that the command is complete
  • Dymanic Color Sliders: I would recommend that you check this. When you move sliders, you’ll see the colors change in real time. Other wise they will only update once you change and release the mouse button.
  • Export Clipboard: I would recommend that you UNcheck this. This will free up your clipboard and leave more memory free. Only check this option if you copy and paste items from inside photoshop to other programs.
  • Use Shift Key For Tool Switch: This is entirely a personal preference. If you leave this CHECKED then you can press for example Shift L to select the lasso tool. While holding the shift button down you can press L agains and again to flip through all the other tools under the lasso tool (Polygonal Lasso and Magnetic Lasso). If you UNCHECK this then you just press L to select the lasso tool and then press L over and over to flip through the lasso tools. You’ll save a nano second if you uncheck this. I prefer unchecking it.
  • Resize Image During Paste/Place. I would recommend that you check this. This allows you to free transform an image as soon as you Paste or place an image.
  • Zoom resizes window. I leave this UNchecked. If checked then it resizes the window along with the image when zoomed.
  • Zoom with scroll wheel. I leave this UNchecked. This is personal preference. I usually resize images with the slider on my Wacom Intuos 3.

History Log: This is useful if you want to save all the steps that you made while creating your images. It will tell you exactly what tool you used and applied which filter and what order you made the changes. This is very useful you are writing tutorials or just want to remember exactly how you made what you made.

  • MetaData: This will save your history log in the image itself. This will make the image file size slightly bigger. This information can be viewed in the bridge or any other program capable of displayign image metadata (irfanview)
  • Text File. Saves the log into an external text file.
  • Both: Saves the log into both the image metadata as well as an external text file!

Interface Tab

Interface Preferences

Use Grayscale Toolbar icon: This turns the “PS” above the tools from Blue to Gray. If the color is distracting to you then go ahead and check this.

Show Channels in Color: Check this if you want to show individual color channels in color. The default is unchecked.

Show Menu Colors: Check this if you want to show background colors in menus

Show Tool Tips: These are the tips that appear if you hover your mouse pointer over something. If you are a beginner or intermediate Photoshop user then leave this checked. If you find them getting in the way then go ahead and uncheck this.

Auto Collapse Icon Palettes: This will hide your palettes if you click anywhere else. This is useful if you feel that the palettes get in your way. I recommend that you Uncheck this. You’ll save a lot of clicks if you keep this unchecked.

Remember Palette Locations: I recommend that you leave this checked. It will allow you to better personalize photoshop according to your needs. If unchecked then all palette locations will get moved back to default between photoshop runs. This is a useful setting to have for shared computers such as in lab environments.

File Handling


File Handling

Image Previews: Saving an image preview will increase the file size slightly. This is the thumb nail that appears when you click on an image in File > Open. I recommend setting this to Always Save.

File Extension: I have this set to use lowercase. I am not sure why it would be important for anyone to use upper case. Please share in the comments if you know why saving in upper case would be important for someone other than just a personal preference.

Recent File List ContainsI have set this to 15. You can increase the number to 25. This is convenient if you open a lot of files and want easy access to them from File > Recent Files >



Memory Usage

Memory Usage: If you have RAM to spare then increase this to 70%. This will greatly increase performance. This will reduce the performance of any other programs that you might you using. Your decision regarding this option greatly depends on how you use Photoshop. If you close all other programs and only work on Photoshop then increase this to 70% or 75%. If you use other programs while using Photoshop such as a web browser, Dreamweaver, or any resource hungry program then you’ll probably be better off setting this to 55% to 69%. You always want to give photoshop as much memory as you can for the best performance.

Scratch Disks: The best performance can be achieved if you have two internal hard disks in your computer. The second best performance can be achieved if you have one internal and one external harddisk connected by a fast connection such as USB2.0 or Firewire. The least would be to have one hard disk with free space. So if you have two internal physical harddisks in your computer then set the scratch disk to where photoshop is not installed. Example, If photoshop is on X:\ (or sda1) drive then make the scratch disk on Y:\ (sdb1) drive.

History and CacheHistory States: Set this to 30. It’s always useful to go backwards in history incase you make an error. The larger number you set, the larger your files are going to be.

Cache Levels: The default Cache level in CS3 is 6. If you have CS or CS2 then change this from 4 to 6.

3D Acceleration: Always leave this checked.


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Awesome & Inspiring Quotes!