Monthly Archives: March 2012

Piknik Color Picker

This site is one I found via Stumble Upon. Basically you move your cursor around the page and as you do the screen changes color , it gives you the color codes so you can use it in programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Click below for:

Piknik Color Picker! 

xoxo- The VisionAries.

Facebook and Self control.

I have one question, and one question only to ask you. Are you willing to leave your Facebook alone for one week?

If someone were to ask me that, I would immediately say no, because I literally check my Facebook at least 30 times a day.  Facebook and social networking in general are such a big part of everyday life now,  it allows us to connect with friends, new and old, network with new clients, even protest what we believe in and let our voices be heard. But Facebook can also be a major distraction, and here lately I’ve noticed this has been the case for me. I kept scrolling through the same feed over and over then I just stopped and asked myself “Why am I wasting so much time?”.

I began to think that maybe I was addicted to Facebook, I couldn’t get any projects I wanted to do done, I was late working on homework, and to be honest nothing on Facebook is that important and something  needed to be done immediately. I decided to give up Facebook and Twitter for a week. 

After searching the web for every possible 15 minutes for a perfect way to block these sites (because I didn’t want to deactivate my account) I found an app you can download to your Mac called Self Control, basically what it is, is an app that blocks a certain website(s) for up to 24 hours.  Once the timer is started, it can not be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer you MUST wait for the timer to run out. 

This app is great for designers like myself and pretty much anyone who needs a little more time. I can focus on my work without having that tempting distraction of Facebook or Twitter on  my mind. I’ve deleted FB and twitter apps on ALL of my devices and stopped the mobile notifications. 

So far, I’m 24 hours social networking clean, and I feel like I have more time to do the things I want to do. I would highly recommend it to anyone.  

So my question is, Are you willing to leave your Facebook alone for one week?

 

Download Self Control App

Digital Painting and the Bamboo Create

Back in December while in a Computer Graphics class I learned of something called “Digital Painting” to say the least I’m not the best painter when it comes to paint, water, brushes, and paper so digital painting HAD to be much easier. At first it was hard to really paint in Photoshop with just my mouse pad but this was the end product.

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It turned out pretty good for my first digital painting but I figured there had to be a way that I could “paint” easier because if I kept it up with my mouse pad I was sure to end up with carpal tunnel and a very tired hand. After searching and searching I found a gadget called a “Bamboo Tablet” more specifically the Bamboo Create.

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This tablet is great for all types of digital art projects, including sketching, illustrating, and digital painting. What’s included in the box is:

  • Tablet
  • Pen
  • Software
  • Cord

It’s very lightweight and easy to hold and control. The pen flows easily and there is also a wireless connector you can buy. The software included has Adobe Photoshop elements and a Sketchbook app, also Corel drawing. It really takes some getting used to when it comes to drawing on your computer but once you get the hang of it you can really do some neat things with it. One of my first projects on my tablet was trying to design outfits because that’s one of my other passions, Fashion designing.

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Three moths later here’s the progress:

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So from what I’ve done so far with my Bamboo Create and digital painting I would highly recommend any designer giving it a try if you haven’t already. The tablet isn’t only for digital painting you can edit photos and much more with it also. Wacom also has different sizes and tablets to choose from (links below)

Bamboo Tablets – http://www.wacom.com/en/Products/Bamboo/BambooTablets.aspx