Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tutorial: Abstract Geometric Pattern Background

One of my favorite websites for graphic design inspiration and tools is Creative Market. And a couple days ago they posted "60 Geometric Backgrounds" and they are BEAUTIFUL. 
Buuuuuuut wouldn't it be so much better if you could make these yourself? Okay, not if you're on a time crunch, then it's worth the $7, but I personally wanted to learn how to do this, and it was really really hard to find a tutorial, but then I found one on this website.

You'll need Adobe Illsutrator CS5 and a web browser that supports API files (like Firefox or Chrome). So this is what ya gotta do:

1) Go to somestuff  This will download a file, open "index.html", which will open in your web browser.

2) Create / find an image that you'd like to turn into the pattern. I used this one as an example:

Save it as any common file type, PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, and drag it onto the web page that opened as prompted.

3) Once the file has been uploaded, click the button on the top right "add 25 vertices: randomly"
Continue adding vertices until you arrive at your desired effect.

4) Once you get the right combo, click "Export to SVG". This will open just the image in an organic shape. Save it (cmd/cntrl + S) to the desktop or wherever you can find it easily.

5) Open Illustrator, and import the SVG file. Then open the "Align" box by going to Window -> Align. Then using the Direct Selection tool (shortcut key A), highlight the anchor points on the left and click the "Horizontal Align Left" box.

Then boom, it all goes to the left. Repear for the top, right, and bottom. At the end, you should have something like this:
Lastly, export the image as a pdf, or jpg, or whatever you need the file type to be. And that's it!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Web Design: Ballantyne Showcase Jewellers

It's ALIVE!!

It's no fun to show you work in progress of a website, because "work in progress website" is indistinguishable from "broken website". It's been written with HTML5, CSS3, PHP and various Javascript.. scripts. Huge thanks to my amazing brother and husband for helping me work out the kinks and twinks. If you notice anything I missed, do let me know so it can get fixed!
My favorite part is at the bottom of the homepage (pictured above). It's powered by Tintup, and looks so much better than facebook's plugins.
Wheww what a long day. And full of thunderstorms too! And it was voting day for the WA senate, I wonder who won... If I could vote, I would vote for longer weekends and that Adventure Time aired with new episodes every day. And popcorn. I would vote for more popcorn.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What I'm Doing Right Meow

Waiting for the veggies to cook. I am roasting them.
I am googling "how to perfectly roast veggies". I am being told I'm doing it wrong. Oh Well, they will taste DELICIOUS.

Do you see an excess of white space? I do. Let me fill that up for you:
A mint green rotary phone and the new daisy ring from PANDORA. I love that ring.
 Things that are purple. These are also from PANDORA. The jewellery, not the images. I made these for work a few weeks ago.
These are things that are pink.
Hey, what has two thumbs and is really, flapping tired?

I don't know, I fell asleep.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Haven't done one of these in awhile, and with strong pain meds, there've been some quite humorous moments.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy Anniversaryyyy!

Little journal entry for my sister's and brother's in-law first wedding anniversary on March 23rd. The font of the date is inspired by Waschkueche, obviously it's been tweaked by the hand-written quality.

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stardate Briefing 31914.8

You know you love your job when you wake up early to squeeze an extra hour in the day. These are images I created for a new website I'm working on.

So right, I was telling you about the hospital trips: the husband broke his fibia the other day, but he did it in Perth, an hour and a half away from here. Hence so much driving. It's all surgery-ed up, and he's learned his lesson about ninja fighting street objects, now is the boring part of waiting for it to heal.

Other stuff? I made a work-study out of the front room, and it doubles as a den with a big ol' mattress with blankets and pillows so we can watch 3D movies and eat popcorn. It's my new favorite thing. Also, Bravest Warriors. We watched a full season last night (I know, a whole HOUR). If you like Pendleton Ward's stuff, you'll probably enjoy it. Heck, you've probably already seen it. Anyway.

I had a school dream last night. Always the same: Late for a class, I didn't know where it was, and I lost my schedule. And at one point I woke up smelling meat pies, but no one had cooked anything, because we were all asleep. Unless we got burgled by a pie maker who stole nothing but left a savory scent? I don't know...