Designing Easter – 2019

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My church asked me to design a banner/slide for our Easter service. So, I swung for the fences!

Here is my first attempt:

Easter One

Feedback on the above image = “looks like a beach towel”. I then decided to go with more pastel colors and swap out the background.

Second attempt:

Easter Two

With this image, I noticed that I was having issues with the times at the bottom not standing out. So I swapped out some colors and added more shadowing.

The final product:

Easter Three

I love how colorful the final product turned out. If there was a contest, in Longview, for most colorful Easter banner, I think I’d win.

Midweek Design: Photoshop and Daigle

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Last night, I unleashed my Photoshop powers and created some slides for my church. Enjoyed listening to Lauren Daigle’s Look Up Child album while working.

Christian radio about killed Lauren Daigle for me by repeatedly playing her older music, ALL THE TIME. Daigle’s new album is fantastic though. Drawing vocal comparisons to Adele, I appreciate Lauren’s thoughtful lyrics. Give her a listen below:

Also, here are a few of the images I cooked up for church:

Welcome to The MAC

Thanksgiving 2018

The MAC Family Worship Service

Hope ya’ll are having a fantastic Wednesday! Stay warm.

October Projects

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The digital stove is about to boil over with two projects I’ve got going.

.: Graphic Design :. 
First up, designing a billboard! Totally new territory for me. After asking some of my graphic designer friends, working in Adobe Illustrator is going to be the way to go. I have never dabbled in Illustrator before, but I have Photoshop skills, so this will definitely be a learning experience. I’m excited.

If you come across any other useful links, let me know. Also, if you know of a great Illustrator tutorial, shoot me a link in the comments below.

.: Web Design :.
Awhile back, a local print/reproduction company asked me to build a web site for them. This month, I’m finishing the project. Excited to see the results!

What are you working on?

Web Design: Part 1

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Back in mid-2011, I decided that I wanted to go into the field of web design. I was unsure exactly what this looked like but I knew that I wanted to move towards web design as a career. Forward motion equaled setting some goals. So I set up two lists: 1)filled with basics that I needed to know; 2)filled with advanced knowledge that would eventually be needed.

Basics:

  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • Photoshop (needed to brush up on my skills)

Advanced:

  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • MYSQL Databases

A friend of mine, that does web design for a living, pointed me to W3Schools. I quickly found myself consuming their XHTML tutorials. This went on for awhile until I eventually ran out of steam. Turns out that while I was learning great stuff, I really didn’t have a good place to apply it. I needed to build an actual web site.