We have 2 announces to make today, both from giveaways we did, the “Wandering Off into Space” by Chuck Anderson and the 1000 business cards giveaway sponsored by PrintPrintPrint.biz. The winners are: Wandering Off into Space book goes to “Mbithi Masya”. Congratulations! 1000 2 sided color business cards goes to “misterwacom”. Congratulations! But it’s not only that, as we have a great number of comments with very useful feedback, for that reason we have another giveaway. This time however PrintPrintPrint.biz will offer more cards to more readers. We will do a pretty short contest. Just post a comment with a link or publish the image of your card design and we will announce the winners next Monday. The best card will get 1000 copies, the second will get 500 and the third 100. So get engines of creativity going. www.printprintprint.biz is the home of superior quality full color printing for great prices. They are also the leading wholesale printing company, offering full color printing solutions for well below our retail prices. To sign up for printprintprint.biz's wholesale program, visit www.printprintprint.biz/wholesale and sign up - ITS FREE!
Last Christmas we had a really nice giveaway from Printprintprint.biz. They gave us 1000 2 sided color business cards to giveaway and the winner was Tom. Fortunately the article got a great number of comments and the guys from Printprintprint.biz gave us more cards to give away. To win is very simple, just leave a comment with some suggestions for tutorials or other features you would like to see on Abduzeedo. Next Monday we will announce the winner www.printprintprint.biz is the home of superior quality full color printing for great prices. They are also the leading wholesale printing company, offering full color printing solutions for well below our retail prices. To sign up for printprintprint.biz's wholesale program, visit www.printprintprint.biz/wholesale and sign up - ITS FREE! Stay tuned because we will be giving away more products from www.printprintprint.biz in the very near future.
It's Christmas and firstly, we over here at Abduzeedo would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for visiting the site. Also we have little gift for you, a very nice giveaway for this special day. We will giveaway 1000 Free 2 sided full color business cards, thanks to Printprintprint.biz. All you have to do is leave a comment suggesting ideas for tutorials or articles for the new year that's coming. We will announce the winner next Wednesday, December 31st. www.printprintprint.biz is the home of superior quality full color printing for great prices. They are also the leading wholesale printing company, offering full color printing solutions for well below our retail prices. To sign up for printprintprint.biz's wholesale program, visit www.printprintprint.biz/wholesale and sign up - ITS FREE! Stay tuned because we will be giving away more products from www.printprintprint.biz in the very near future.
Freelance artist and designer Chuck Anderson just released his new book "Wandering Off Into Space". He is giving away one hand-signed copy of this tome just for Abduzeedo. Chuck Anderson from NoPattern recently released his second book "Wandering Off Into Space". It contains 64 pages of his finest illustrations and designs made between 2005 and 2008. You can get the book for just 25 dollars in the NoPatternStore. For those who can't affort to buy it there is a chance to win one copy of it here on Abduzeedo. How? Just leave a comment on why you need this book. The most creative comment will get the book. The winner will be notified in one week. You have to be an Abduzeedo-member to take part at the giveaway. www.NoPattern.com
On December 19th of 2006 I posted my very first article here, on what I would now call a website rather than just a blog. The whole idea behind Abduzeedo was that it would be my personal blog, where I could share some of my design experiments. This evolved into the tutorials we have now. Back in 2006, when I decided to start Abduzeedo, I was going through a very difficult time in my business life... my office had been stolen and I had lost all my equipment, computer and backups. So I thought Abduzeedo would be a good way to save my "stuff" online. Then last January Fabiano and Paulo started writing articles, and a few months later Aloa joined the team. After 2 years, I have to say, Abduzeedo has become my main activity. I have to thank you all for visiting the blog, commenting on the articles, criticizing, and helping me to evolve professionally by sharing ideas and experiments. Also I'd like to thank all the sponsors that have allowed us to keep the blog up, and of course the contributors that have posted incredible articles. As it's time to celebrate we will do a different giveaway from what we normally do. Instead of giving the prize to a reader who leaves a comment we thought it would be nice make a sort of a scavenger hunt. How will that work? Well, we've placed 2 images in 2 OLD Abduzeedo Articles (meaning that today's wallpaper post doesn't count). The first 2 readers who find the image will have to send a twitter message to Abduzeedo (http://twitter.com/abduzeedo) saying: "@abduzeedo Happy Birthday Abduzeedo. The image is here: link". The image is a 2 Years Anniversary Wallpaper. The tutorial for it will be published next week. Also, we'll give another extra shirt and a copy of Pixelmator for the best answer at twitter to the question: "Why do you love Abduzeedo?"... the answer must contain "@abduzeedo I love abduzeedo because..." T-Shirt Design Contest Results! We'd also like to announce the 5 winners of our T-Shirt Design Contest. It was a really cool contest, with over 70 pieces in the running for prizes! Unfortunately we had a little cheating during the votes, so design #37 was unclassified. The idea was that the voting process should be fair to anyone, and if anyone tried to make #37 win anything by cheating, you managed to screw things up. Sorry! Anyways, here are the 5 winners: First Place! Second Place! Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place Congratulations to all the winners! Geometric Book Giveaway Result! We also want to announce the winner for another giveaway. The Kaptiza Geometric Book is all about geometric patterns inspired by basic shapes, but the best thing is that with the book you get a CD with 100 pattern fonts that you can use the way you want, allowing you to create many more different patterns. For more information about it and how to get your copy which includes the CD with 100 pattern fonts visit their site at http://kapitza.com/shop/geometric-book. And the winner for this is: zimzallabimdesign Editor: David Parrott
I dare say that one thing that is common for most designers is the crazy addiction of having as much resources as possible, from textures to fonts, brushes and patterns. Yes, patterns are awesome, no questions asked. But as you probably know, these are not easy to create and sometimes we struggle to make them seamless tileable. And that's why this new book called Geometric is so cool. The book is all about geometric patterns inspired by basic shapes, but the best thing is that with the book you get a CD with 100 pattern fonts that you can use the way you want, allowing you to create many more different patterns. For more information about it and how to get your copy which includes the CD with 100 pattern fonts visit their site at http://kapitza.com/shop/geometric-book. Also, as it's Christmas time we have 1 copy of Geometric to giveaway, to win it is pretty simple: just leave a comment expressing your love for Geometric Patterns. We will announce the winner in 2 weeks. What is Geometric? Geometric is a unique exploration in graphic pattern design and the most extensive pattern font collection available from a font foundry. The project consists of 100 pattern fonts which form an inexhaustible resource for creating patterns in numerous styles. What’s your inspiration for Geometric? Geometric is inspired by movement and basic shapes; finding and testing the limitations of computers and software and the art of gif animations. It all started with stripes in various widths and angles. To experiment, we moved the stripes in pre-defined intervals across the standard design space of the font software (1000em square). The intersections between the stripes and the design space then formed the characters of the first Geometric fonts. We introduced other basic geometric shapes like circles, squares, triangles, curves and generated more fonts for the Geometric fonts collection. When using the fonts to create patterns, the often surprising results don’t cease to excite us. What are pattern fonts? Pattern fonts can be installed on your computer just like any other font. But instead of letters they contain a graphic shape on the keys. The power of pattern fonts lies in the way they allow patterns to be created in any software application (from word processing to graphics); and standard font features - like size, leading and letter spacing - make tweaking and tuning pattern designs limitless and easy. How can I use Geometric? This book is an extensive collection of graphic art exploring the unlimited possibilities of Geometric. All the patterns featured in this book were made using the Geometric font collection, and the accompanying CD-ROM features the full set of Geometric fonts for your use. Our tutorial, included in the book, is a great way to get started. Where can I order the book? You can order a copy of the Geometric book, which includes the CD with 100 pattern fonts from our shop at: http://kapitza.com/shop/geometric-book Abou Kaptiza Kapitza is an independent design company run by sisters Nicole & Petra Kapitza who share a passion for everyday life, minimalism, patterns & colour. Their studio is based in East London, a vibrant and dynamic area which forms part of the inspiration for their work. Other inspirations include nature, people and software. The sisters have been developing an extensive series of unique picture fonts and illustrations that lie somewhere between image resource and art project. Kapitza supersede commercial boundaries with their own mix of genuine curiosity and technical expertise. For more information visit the link below: www.kapitza.com Other exmaples
I love vector images, in special floral. We simply can do all sorts of things with them. I remember in the past, it was very hard to get nice vector packs, back in the day when I used to use Corel Draw 6 or 8 I think. Now, however we have nice vector packs available and for a very affordable price, like the Designious Vector Packs. Designious offers a huge ammount of vector packs, of all sorts of symbols and images such as Skulls, Wings, Buildings, People, Nature, and many more. I had the chance to get some images of the Florals Pack and they are really good, I have even done an image for a tutorial using some of these vectors in Photoshop and Fireworks. Designious is a design studio that creates great vector illustrations and design elements. All our work is hand draw and most of all is original. Our studio creates designs for web , print and apparel like t-shirt templates. To create our designs we use professional Wacom Graphic Tablets and Adobe Illustrator. Every piece of work is vectorial. And there is one more thing, we have 5 packs to give away, and if you want to get one is very easy, just leave a comment. But remember, you have to be an Abduzeedo member. We will announce the winner next week. For more information check their site out at http://www.designious.com/ My experiment using the Florals Pack
In this tutorial I will show you how I created the Girl in Tempo Image. Tempo in this case is the new version of Pixelmator, which I've been beta testing for a few weeks. The design is a mix of some photos and filters that can be easily and quickly done in Pixelmator. Also we have another copy of Pixelmator to Giveaway, as usual drop us a comment, and remember, we will only choose Abduzeedo members, so if you are not, click here and create your account. But before we start the tutorial let me announce the winners of the 2 Pixelmator copies from the last giveaway: mani styletime Step 1 Create a new document in Pixelmator, I used 1920x1200 pixels. Then fill the background layer with black. Step 2 For this image I bought a photo from iStockphoto, http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=6178363. Then with the new Magic Want Tool(W), cut the girl from the background. The coolest thing of the new Magic Wand is that you have a live preview of the selection while you are dragging the tool. Step 3 Place the image in the document and create a new layer, beneath the girl's layer. With the Gradient Tool (G) create a rounded gradient, from grey to black. Right like the image below. Step 4 Create a new layer and fill it with a gradient again, this time change the Blending to Screen and make it bigger than the other, right in the center of the document, like the image below. Step 5 Let's add another gradient, this time from Blue to Black. Step 6 Once again, add another layer and fill it with gradient, from grey to black again, and starting from the girl's hand. Step 7 Duplicate the girl layer and create a new layer behind the girl. Fill the empty layer with black and select the girl and the black layer. Click with right button of the mouse and select Merge Layers. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 1 for the Radius. Also change the Blending to Color Dodge. Step 8 Go to Filter>Distortion>Circle Splash. Use 140 for the Radius and move the controller like the image below. Step 9 Repeat the Step 7 again and then go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 34 for the amount. Move the controller to change the effect, try different positions or just folow the image below. Step 10 Select the girl layer and duplicate it again. After go Image>Desaturate. Then go to Image>Brightness and Contrast. Increase the Brightness and Contrast. I used 11 and 10. Step 11 Select and duplicate the girl's layer again, put this new one in front of the black and white girl layer and change the Blending to Overlay. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 10 for the Radius. Step 12 Now let's add some elements to the design. I took some photos of clouds to use in some designs, you can download them here. Open the cloud's image. and first go to Image>Desaturate, then go to Image>Brightness and Contrast . Reduce the Brightness and increase the Contrast until you get a full black background. Step 13 Place the clouds' image in the document and change the Blending to Screen. Make the clouds much smaller. Step 14 Add more clouds repeating the steps 12 and 13. Create some clouds behind the girl as well. Step 15 Create a new layer on top of the others and fill it with black. Then change the Blendings to Color Dodge and go to Filter>Generator>Sunbeams. Move the controller to the hand of the woman and use the values of the image below. Right after that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. To make the rays a bit shiner, go to Image>Levels, then increase the White to 173. Step 16 Select the Brush Tool (B) and white for the color. Pick a very soft brush and paint the layer right in the hand. That will create a nice light effect. Step 17 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use 3 for the Radius. That's just to make the lights a bit smoohter. Step 18 Lets keep adding more elements, for the stars I used an image I found online, you can check it out at http://www.aavso.org/observing/programs/hen/archive/050410-dss-finder.jpg. Then just place the image in the document and change the Blending to Color Dodge. That will make the stars glow ;) also if you want to you can add a bit of Gaussian Blur. Step 19 Here let's use an image I created in Cinema 4D. It's like an explosion and you can download the image here. Then place it in the document and with the Elliptical Marquee Tool (Y), create an elliptical selection. Then go to Edit>Inverse and then go to Edit>Refine Selection. Use 200 for the Feather. After that go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 7 for the Radius. That will create a sort of Depth of Field effect. Step 20 Change the Blending to Hard Light then go to Filter>Blur>Zoom Blur. Use 7 for the Ammount. Step 21 The last step is just add another image to the composition. I used a smoke image that I got online at http://www.sensitivelight.com/coloured_smoke0D0T9227.jpg. But you can use other images. So I just placed it in front of the other layers and changed the Blending to Color Dodge. Also resize and rotate a the layer, use the image below for reference. Conclusion In this tutorial we used some of the cool new features in Pixelmator like the new Magic Want Tool. Also we used the color adjustment features and of course some really good and useful filters. I think Pixelmator is evolving and has a great potential. You can create all sorts of images and it's easy to learn. Besides, if you are a Mac user and your budget is limited, Pixelmator will be the best tool for you. Click on the image for Full Preview. Different Versions You can try different colors as well, below I did 2 variations of the same design, one inspired by the new depthCore chapter called NOIR, all in black and white. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial.
One of the most difficult, and in my opinion most annoying tasks is when you have already sketched some ideas, then you start the digital process and you have to cut a person, or tree from the background. Doing that can sometimes take hours until you achieve a good result. There are many ways extract people and objects from the background. Photoshop has some nice built in features such as the Extract or the Background Eraser Tool. However, if you really need a professional result and don’t have much time to spend on it, you have to check out a plugin called Fluid Mask 3. Fluid Mask 3 is the professionals’ choice. Fluid Mask 2 established itself as the market leader in still image cutting-out – Fluid Mask 3 takes masking to the next level. Quick to pick up and intuitive to use, Fluid Mask 3 gets professional results fast. I have been using it for a few days and I’m really surprised with the quality of this plugin. You can get a fantastic result in a no more than a few minutes. Even for the most complex images. Here are some features of version 3: Faster initial image processing - For multi-core machines, Fluid Mask 3 runs its initial image processing up to 40% faster. With ever growing image file sizes our everyday image editing tools need to catch up – Fluid Mask 3 runs faster than ever. Localised edge detection and blending - It’s a true-ism when cutting out objects from their backgrounds that often 90% of the time is spent on 10% of the image – getting a difficult edge “just right”. Fluid Mask 3 now has a set of easy to use tools to isolate a difficult area (in a Patch) and apply alternative edge finding and blending techniques - making easy the tricky parts of image cutting. Intelligent Edge Blending - Fluid Mask 3 not only finds edges but also understands the width and character of an edge. On edges which are largely free of noise and where there is some contrast between foreground and background, Fluid Mask 3's intelligent blending is the only blending around to automatically extract the morphology (character) of an edge - remember there is no such thing as a 6 pixel feather on all edges in real life! Use feather blending where there is no contrast or lots of noise in an edge. Fluid Mask 3 will still find the correct edge width. I highly recommend that you check this tool out. If you deal with this kind of task on a daily basis it’s a must have plugin for your tool box. Below some example For Tutorials: http://www.vertustech.com/fm_tutorials.htm For Live Training: http://www.vertustech.com/fm_webcast.htm Also we have a copy to give away; so as usual we will pick a reader that drops a comment, but this reader must have an abduzeedo account ;)
After a little problem, we gotta restart the card contest. Not every card was avaiable for voting and we started the election 1 day earlier! Even if we added the missing cards later, it wouldn't be fair to them, so that's why everyone gets a new chance now. Here are many designs sent to our Flickr Pool, remember that it was a rule for this contest. So please, you guys may start voting on your best picks. No anonymous vote will be count, nor non-member votes, since it was a member-only contest. You guys cannot vote in your own design, you only must cheer about your own pieces, ok? You guys may choose 2 designs (leave a comment with the numbers you'll choose), and from the results, we'll name the winners. Cheers!! ;) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
Following our series of Pixelmator tutorials, this week we will show you how to create an abstract wallpaper using the Quartz Composer filters. Even though the effect seems a bit complex, you will be surprise how easy is to create it in Pixelmator. It won't take you more than 10 minutes to reproduce this tutorial. And to make you really keen on doing that we will give away 2 copies of Pixelmator. To win one of the two free copies of Pixelmator, just drop a comment saying why you want to win it. Step 1 Create a new document in Pixelmator, I used 1920x1200 pixels. Step 2 Select the Gradient Tool (G) and fill the background layer with a gradient from blue (#336699) to black. Step 3 Create a new layer and go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Moving Shapes. Change the Primary Color to ##554C87 and use the default options. After that change the Blendings to Multiply. Step 4 Create another layer again and go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Grid. Change the Primary Color to a very light grey or even white and the Secondary Color to Black. Also, increse the Density to .3 or more. You can even move that little dot attached to a string. That is the position of the effect. Step 5 Here just go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 4 for the Radius. Step 6 Now change the Blendings of the layer to Color Dodge. Step 7 If your effect wasnt bright enough you can go to Image>Levels and increase the white. To do that just move the white slider to the right. I use 145 for White. Step 8 Create a new layer, change the Blendings to Color Dodge, and lets repeat the same steps we did to create the first element. First go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Grid. Change the Primary Color to a light grey and the Secondary Color to Black. Also increase the Density to .5. Step 9 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, use 2 for the Radius, or if you want it smoother you can use a bigger value. Step 10 Let's rotate the layer. Go to Edit>Transform>Rotate. Step 11 Now let's create another layer and apply the grid filter one more time. This time however move the direction, like the image below. Step 12 Create another layer and change its Blendings to Color Dodge, again. Go to Filter>Quartz Composer>Generator>Image Hose. Use the image below for reference. But just make sure to reduce the Opacity to 50-60%. Step 13 Now you can add some colors if you want. To do that, just create a new layer right on top of the background layer and fill it with a gradient color. I used a default gradient that comes with Pixelmator. Select the Gradient Tool (G) and drag a diagonal line like the image below. Don't forget to change the Opacity to 40%. Conclusion In this tutorials we used some of the cool Quartz Composer filters that come with Pixelmator. The best thing in this filters and in Pixelmator is how fast it manages the previews and the quality. I've been telling this since the very first Pixelmator tutorial I wrote, and I really wish that Photoshop was fast and beautiful as this amazing app. Check the full preview of the Blue Version and the Color Version Video Tutorial This is just a quick video showing how to create this effect in Pixelmator. The values used are not the same, it's just a visual guide if you have any problems following the written tutorial. Abstract Wallpaper in Pixelmator from fabio sasso on Vimeo. Download the Pixelmator File Click here to download the Pixelmator file used for this tutorial. Editor: David Parrott
Hey, guys!! It's been an awesome experience to have you guys sending so many card designs for our contest! It's pretty great to have many of you participating like that. Today, besides start voting, we're gonna announce the winner of the great The Bullet Tutorial! Since the post is really long, I won't taking long about the winner of the sweet "The Bullet" Tutorial. It totally kicks butt. And the winner is: royceaquatic Congratulations, dude! And now the cards!! Here are many designs sent to our Flickr Pool, remember that it was a rule for this contest. So please, you guys may start voting on your best picks. No anonymous vote will be count, nor non-member votes, since it was a member-only contest. You guys cannot vote in your own design, you only must cheer about your own pieces, ok? You guys may choose 2 designs (leave a comment with the numbers you'll choose), and from the results, we'll name the winners. Cheers!! ;) 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
What's up everyone? It's been an awesome time here at Abduzeedo... this week we had seriously thousands and thousands of visits, and we'd like to thank you all for hanging out here so often. We really appreciate it! We appreciate so much that today we not only will announce the winner of the Helvetica film giveaway, but we are also opening a new one: The Bullet Tutorial. The film is a really great documentary about the history behind the Helvetica font, and the fortunate person who's taking it home is: Guerella Congratulations, dude! We'll be contacting you soon so you can get you prize. ;) "The Bullet" Tutorial Giveaway And we're honored to say that we've got new partners here at Abduzeedo. They're the gentlemen from VideoCopilot.net, an totally awesome motion graphics tutorials site. They are totally masters, you can trust their work is hot stuff. For this giveway, they gently gave us a copy of their "The Bullet" tutorial, worth $49,95. Check out the mini-trailer below: A little reminder, that from now on, only people with an Abduzeedo account will run for prizes around here. So hurry up and join in! This baby can be all yours!! All you gotta do is drop a comment naming some of the movies you can remember that got awesome shooting scenes! The winner will be announced next week. Good luck, and cheers! ;)
Abduzeedo.com is doing great at the time. We get more good posts and users daily. Thats why we sometimes have to give something back to our users. This time we give away 2 full version of iStopMotion 2 Express each worth 100 $. Just in case you don't know what i'm talking about: "Stop-Motion is a film-technique that makes a physically manipulatted object appear to move on its own. The object is moved by extremely smallamounts while every frame is being photographed." I am working with iStopMotion for quite a long time and i think it's one of the best programs ever made for doing StopMotion art, especially the second version. I don't know how I got interested in this style of filming but it's very simple actually. I want to show you 2 movies i did with this programm: Adventures of Santa Claus (StopMotion) from Alexis Papageorgiou on Vimeo. Paperboy from Alexis Papageorgiou on Vimeo. Remember how you watched, fascinated, when King Kong climb the Empire State building? When Luke Skywalker rode the ice beasts? When Wallace and Gromit hunted down the Were-Rabbit? For centuries now, stop motion animation has made the fantasies of film makers come true. Now it's time to tell your story, frame by frame iStopMotion 2 Express offers you most of the same professional animation tools that allow the pros to make the most amazing music videos, ads, TV shows and even feature films at a reasonable price. Create animations with resolutions of up to PAL/NTSC. The great thing about this programm is that its very easy to use and has a lot of features like the chroma key where you can blend out the background just with one click. HOW CAN YOU GET ONE OF THE PROGRAMS ? Just leave a comment in this article what you would like to see on Abduzeedo.com in the future. Be creative, the winner will be announced next week in the comments.
So, last week we had a giveaway featuring some awesome textures from ColorBurned and we didn't expect that so many people would want it! We had over 70 comments! So today, I come to tell you 2 things. One, is that Grant is offering a real good deal of those who might want buy the textures. If you buy all 6 sets, you get 50% OFF! Which means that you will get over 300 textures for about $35 USD. Pretty awesome, huh? So hurry up, and go visit his shop (if you are not the one lucky person today, of course). Two, the winner!! And the winner of all 6 sets of textures is: AlarkaOne more thing, is that for the upcoming giveaways, only people that have an Abduzeedo account will run for prizes, ok? If you don't have an account, yet, join now!
One of the greatest things about the internet is that you always manage to find great sources of textures, templates, inspiration and everything that might help you come up with some good design. And there's a cool site by designer Grant Friedman, called Color Burned where you'll find some awesome textures for a real good price and some freebies... Grant generously donated all 6 sets of textures he's got for 1 fortunate person who will leave a comment for this post! The sets are Wood, Pavement, Concrete & Stone, Clouds, Brick and Metal & Rust. Cool, huh? To see some of the textures he's got and you might win, just visit his shop and take a look! Here are two examples from the Wood set, out of 30 other wood high quality textures: So don't forget, if you wanna try your luck to get these really cool sets of textures, just leave a comment! Next week we'll announce the winner!! Cheers! ;)
When designing we have to think about the goals of our project, the audience and what we want them to feel when seeing our design. Among all areas of a design project, color selection is one of the most important. They can make our design look cold, warm, retro, futuristc, vintage, etc. Because of that a good color scheme can make your work look much more professional. In the Mod is a very nice AIR application. It allows us to drag images and create color palettes from them. Also, you will be able to save these colors directly to Illustrator and Photoshop. With the recent release of Adobe® Air™ and Adobe SwitchBoard, we now have the capability of connecting the dots between stand-alone Air applications, the internet and Adobe's Creative Suite 3. As a result, Kelvin Luck – the creator of Flashr: the ActionScript Flickr API wrapper – and Dr. Woohoo introduce three new color tools to create instant palettes that: Search Flickr. Capture images with your WebCam. Or drag-n-drop images from your computer. Just click a magic button, and the colors are saved to Illustrator, Photoshop CS3 or as an XML file for Processing. The new editions of In The Mod allow digital artists and designers to create instant color palettes of one-to-thousands of colors from a variety of sources — Flickr, your WebCam, images on your computer, or choose from a collection of (in)famous paintings — to use in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator CS3 or Processing. For more information check out the In The Mod website at http://inthemod.com/. Also we have 2 licenses for In The Mod to giveway, just leave an email and next week we will announce the winners.