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Waves of Color Illustrations

Waves of Color Illustrations

This is another amazing project by the super creative Charis Tsevis. A series of neofuturistic artworks, studies and illustrations brought to life by the mix of shapes and colors. Very interesting style and very inspirational. Check it out! For more from Charis Tsevis visit

Senses - Principles of Design

Senses is a series of posters using basic geometric forms and colors to enforce a message that each piece communicates. This is a project by Ashley Pawlak, a designer from Brooklyn New York. Enjoy! For more from Ashley Pawlak visit

50 Colorful Years of the Mustang

50 Colorful Years of the Mustang

Ford has chosen the Mustang, their most iconic car, to illustrate the evolution of colors in vehicles over the past 50 years. The goal was to show how colors follow fashion trends, behaviors and tastes of the customers from time to time. A historic study done by Ford shows that in the past 5 decades the color of cars varied from shades of brown and soft yellows to more audacious tones that helped to differentiate one of the world's most popular sports car. Color Palette The Mustang's color palette shows the preference of each decade. Today, black is the chosen color for those who own a Mustang representing 28% of the orders, a 10% increase from the last decade. In comparison, that number was 1.5% in the years between 1967 and 1973. Naturally, red has always been a popular color for sport cars and represents 21% of all Mustangs sold to date. In 1967, less than 10% of the line was in red. In the last decade it grew to 22%. Blue dominated the first years of the Mustang, reaching 30% of all Mustangs in 1968 when it was offered in 6 different tones. In the past years the blue is back in different shades that helped this color to reach 23% of the sales. Silver is another color that has been preferred by customers. About the Mustang The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was initially based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. Introduced on April 17, 1964, and thus dubbed as a "1964½" model by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A. The Mustang has undergone several transformations to its current fifth generation. The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks—and gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, as well as Chrysler's revamped Plymouth Barracuda and the first generation Dodge Challenger. The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were imported to the United States. About Ford Motor Company The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. In the past it has also produced heavy trucks, tractors and automotive components. Ford owns small stakes in Mazda of Japan and Aston Martin of the United Kingdom. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family, although they have minority ownership.

Bringing Historic Photos to Life

Bringing Historic Photos to Life

Going through history is such a beautiful learning experience and also very fascinating. We've found some old black and white photos going through some bequtiful treatment, all of them are done by artists that use a mix of historical reference and of course some really good judgement for the colours. Hope you will enjoy them! London 1945 | Original Photograph by Toni Frissell & Colorized by HansLucifer All Rights to Toni Frissell All Rights to Toni Frissell May 6, 1937 | Colorized by Dana Keller Circa 1860 | Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd Civil War, 1864 | Colorized by Sanna Dullaway Circa 1939 | Colorized by zuzahin Washington D.C, 1921 | Colorized by Sanna Dullaway Los Angeles, 1953 | Original Photograph by Bob Willoughby & Colorized by traquea All Rights to Bob Willoughby Long Island, NY 1939 | Colorized by Edvos Audrey Hepburn | Colorized by Dana Keller 1939 | Original Photograph by Dorothea Lange & Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd All Rights to Dorothea Lange All Rights to Dorothea Lange 1933 | Original Photograph by Time & Life Pictures & Colorized by zuzahin All Rights to Time & Life Pictures 1893 | Original Photograph by Napoleon Sarony & Colorized by Dana Keller All Rights to Napoleon Sarony 1923 | Original Photograph by National Photo Company & Colorized by zuzahin All Rights to National Photo Company All Rights to National Photo Company 1939 | Colorized by BenAfleckIsAnOkActor 1880 | Colorized by Sanna Dullaway 1887 | Colorized by Dana Keller Circa 1900 | Colorized by zuzahin 1956 | Original Photograph by Frank Worth Photo & Colorized by malakon All Rights to Frank Worth Photo All Rights to Frank Worth Photo

Super Easy Colorful Effects in Photoshop

Super Easy Colorful Effects in Photoshop

A few weeks ago I posted artwork I created for a poster inspired by the Man of Steel movie. I used Pixelmator for that project and got quite a few comments and requests about how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop. As Photoshop doesn't have the awesome Vintage filters that Pixelmator now has, I tried emulating the effect using brushes which I will share with you today. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice colorful background using Photoshop. The whole process is pretty simple and straightforward. One good requirement is to understand a little bit of Color Theory in order to create different color combinations. Step 1 Open Photoshop and create a new document. I am using 2880x1800 pixels. After that fill the background layer with black. Step 2 Create a new document and then with the Brush Tool (B) use a very soft brush and then paint some yellow brush spots. Step 3 Add another layer and then still with the Brush Tool, paint now a blue spot next to the yellow. Step 4 Add another layer and now paint a red spot. Use the image below for reference. Step 5 Select the 3 layers and group them. After that convert the group to Smart Objects, Layer>Smart Objects>Convert to Smart Objects. Then go to Edit>Transform>Warp. Deform the mesh in order to make the colors transitions less uniform. Step 6 Now resize the image a little bit, only in the height. Make sure the colors are blending well with the background, otherwise use the Eraser Tool (E) to smooth things out. Also go to Image>Adjustments>Levels. Boost the Black and White Inputs to increase the contrast. Step 7 Duplicate the layer with the colors and change its Blend Mode to Overlay. Step 8 Change the background color to a dark blue like the image below. Conclusion Add your logo and the image is done. There are lots of ways to achieve this effect, this for me is the easiest one, but it's up to you to come up with your own workflow. Remember the most important thing is to have fun. Download Photoshop file Download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Book Suggestion - Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design

The book suggestion of this week is about colors, one of the most important skills for any designer. The book is called Color Design Workbook: A Real World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design and it's not only a very useful book, it's a very well designed one. Since color is such a important part of graphic design, designers need the most up to date as well as the most fundamental, information on the subject to have the tools needed to use color effectively. From the meanings behind colors to working with color in presentations, this book provides readers with the vital information needed to apply color creatively and effectively to their design work. Readers also receive guidance on talking with clients about color and selling color ideas. The science behind color theory is also explained in easily understood language, and case studies are included to show the effects some color choices had on both their clients and consumers. About the Author AdamsMorioka (Beverly Hills, CA) was founded in 1993, the firm has been globally recognized by every major competition and designation including; Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director's Club, ID, and the New York Art Director's Club. AdamsMorioka was recently given a solo exhibition by The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams and Morioka hold the honor of being named to the ID40, who has cited them as two of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally. Sean and Noreen are both Fellows of the International Design Conference at Aspen and advisors on the Appleton Design Council. Sean is a past member of the AIGA National Board, and a faculty member at CalArts. Noreen is a past president of AIGA/LA, and chair of the AIGA National President's Council. AdamsMorioka's clients include ABC, MTV Networks, Gap, Old Navy, Frank Gehry Associates, Nickelodeon, Oxygen, VH1 and Sundance. They are also the authors of the Logo Design Workbook. Buy Now

Breathtaking Sky Color Palette Photography

Color palettes really tend to catch my attention, now, when it's made entirely of sky photographies it really is something else. Eric Cahan has stepped outside the box and made some beautiful pictures, like these. I don't think most people have seen something as beautiful as this, but I find these photographs simply breathtaking. Taken in several cities around the world, this is a truly great color palette. For more of these, you may visit Eric's portfolio. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Point Dume, Malibu CA Sunrise 5:46am The Dunes, Amagansette, NY Sunset 6:47pm San Paulo, Brazil Sunrise 6:55am Palm Beach, FL Sunrise 6:33am Ditch Plains, NY Sunrise 6:34am North Sea Harbor, NY Sunset 7:51pm Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA Sunrise 6:35am Fort Pond Bay, Montauk, NY Sunset 8:10pm Two Mile Hallow, NY Sunset 7:22pm Sea Cliff, San Francisco, CA Sunrise 6:57am Gouvneur Beach, St. Barts Sunrise 6:34am Santa Cruz, CA Sunset 7:21pm Venice Beach, CA Sunrise 6:15am

Abstract Colored Shapes Photography

One great way to get inspired is to not get inspired by the same type of work you doing, for example if you designing a website, don't look for web design inspiration but try to get inspired by something totally different. Here is a great selection that you can boost your imagination by looking at abstract shapes with beautiful colors. Arindam@Sen Stacy Wachter Gremxul barbera Chris28mm Jase Wells Flaming Physicist silverhalide04 _olasso chrisbastian44 Darren Lehane Ratnakar2 snapper30 scilit sneuweger monteregina patrice_elmi 1bluecanoe ?ataliee?ynn

Wake up Mr. Singh

Wake up Mr Singh. Its not a statement, it is the name of the design studio of Karan Singh. He is an graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor in Design Computing and now works as a freelancer. Most of the work showcased here are personal artworks for himself & for artgroups. So prepare yourself for pure Singh designs For more information please visit his website

Lively Illustrations by Andy J. Miller

Andy J. Miller's work instantly caught my attention mostly because of its liveliness than anything else. His work is so cheery and colorful that it's hard not to miss. His use of lines is nice too. Miller's portfolio is also pretty impressive in terms of doing it all. He has magazine spreads, posters, t-shirts, laptop skins, and even car decals all under his belt. Go ahead and check out some of his pieces here and of course head over to his portfolio for the full Andy Miller experience and where you can also buy some of his t-shirts and posters among other goodies! You can also get in touch with me via twitter or facebook to tell me that you plan on buying me those really cute car decals as a gift ;)

Incredible Illustrations by Rubens LP

During my regular ventures through the thousands of good stuff on my Google Reader, one immediately caught my eye: Rubens LP. I instantly fell in love with Rubens' style. His use of lines, dots, and bright colors is different than anything I've ever seen. Rubens is a native from our home country of Brazil and the influence of the culture is pretty apparent in some of his pieces which makes me like him even more! ;) My name is Rubens and I'm a brazilian guy passionate for lines, dots, colours, drawings, candies, friendship, sunny days… Don't forget to check out Rubens' site and blog for more of his work! And let me know what you think via twitter or facebook :)

20 Great Designs using Black & White

This post shows 20 stunning & poignant designs using only black and white. Get inspired by a variety of modern designs and illustrations by top creatives & artists.

DeviantART Colors: Black

Following our great Black Week, today we featured only works exposed at DeviantART, a great place for inspiration and references. These images are really great, and I bet you'll really enjoy them. And of course, I'm still thinking about tomorrow's Black post. Any suggestions? Web Design, Wallpapers and DeviantART are done, we need at least 2 more topics. Help us define these 2!! And again, give some love to the artists by visiting each one's portfolios. Hope you like it. Cheers! ;) Mark Brooks asuka111 Tobias Kwan Ketmara Darkrose42 Christoffer Habter mclean Jose Carlo G. Mendoza Kerem Beyit Katarzyna Napiórkowska Nekro | Borja Fresco Costa Sine Qua Non Manx-Works recycledwax Juha Arvid Helminen Miss-Deathwish gnato emciem Fernanda Brussi emreturhal Remigiusz Kozdra Denoro

DeviantART Colors: Green

If we get to cover all the rainbow colors, we'd be really happy. Yellow, Red, Blue... today, we feature just stunning green designs and photography found in DeviantART, the place for everything design. These guys are really talented and we are more than happy to show you these amazing images. For more of each author, don't forget to visit the author's page by clicking each image. These are only one example of each one's power. We really hope you people enjoy these! All the authors were notified. Cheers! sa-cool i-shadow hibbary JamesStewart skinship kerembeyit drak0nia ennil AnatemaDevice DemonMathiel ThorHakonsen iuneWind Katikut suiluj thehairlab MeemzZz xxchange Relamz balung closer-to-heaven BobSur-inc DraganC Pjharps Krapivka2007 Plus-Tech AkearaYvette freckledmystery lyddie ni-ca afihara

DeviantART Colors: Blue

This has already became one of my favorite Abduzeedo series. While researching material for these posts, I always run into beautiful pieces of art... It began on yellow, then went through red, and now we're set on blue! DeviantART is one hell of a inspiration source, of all kinds of arts, like traditional oil paint on canvas to vector illustrations, and it keeps inspiring everyone here at Abduzeedo! Hope you all like my selection of blue works. Cheers!

DeviantArt Colors: Red

Last year we had an awesome post called "DeviantArt Colors: Yellow", featuring great pieces found at DeviantArt, all mainly yellow. I was checking some works at DA today, and ran into some beautiful red pieces, which I feature here now. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers!

Inspiration: Archan Nair (badam PISTA)

I love colors, specially vibrant color combinations, because, that's the first thing that catches my attention, or maybe, it's because my Brazilian heritage, our carnival here is always very colorful. That's why I was very impressed by the work of Archan Nair, an artist based in New Delhi, India, with excellent illustration, mixing vibrant colors to produce some really cool work. Below you can see some examples of his work, but as usual, I highly recommend that you check Archan's site out, the URL is Archan Nair - badam PISTA is the creative showcase of Artist, Archan Nair. A 25 year old Digital Artist, Illustrator and Art director with an extreme passion for Arts, Archan started with Digital Arts in 2006 and is based in New Delhi, India. Archan specialises in Interactive Design, Branding & Identity, Graphic and Photo Illustration, Art Direction, Fine arts and Progressive Solutions. Some Works For more information visit his website at or his deviantart