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7 Places to Find FREE Photos for Your Charity Blog. Telling a compelling story online is often accompanied by the use of good imagery. Unfortunately, unless you know where to look, it’s very hard to find good images on a tight budget. In this post we will give you a quick birds-eye view of image licensing along with a list of great resources giving you access to millions of images created by people who don’t ask for much in return. Sometimes, you literally get them for free. Licensing and ‘Free Images’ Copyright law protects any original works of authorship from being used without permission. Creative Commons - The Ultimate guide by Foter.com (CC BY-SA) Creative Commons In 2001, the creation of Creative Commons established a flexible structure for authors wanting to share their work with users. ...licensed images can be used for any purpose, by anyone, anywhere around the world, as long as the user follows the terms of the license. - Creative Commons Original Photo on Flickr Photo giving attribution Garret Voight, Kodak Stereo Camera (CC BY-NC)

The Color Scheme Designer. Usage | ColorSchemeDesigner Blog. Using the Color Scheme When designing web pages, computer applications, or house interiors, we need to find good color scheme — a set of colors producing the best impression. For every tint there are colors which it can coexist with, and which it can’t. Some combinations are uncomfortable, or disturbing, while others are more pleasant. Experienced designers choose colors intuitively, many people can smell what colors go together well and what don’t.

However, finding the good combination of colors may be sometimes long and gruelling work. The Color Scheme Designer application generates color schemes of several types. Selecting the Base Color The base color can be set in several ways. We can choose one of the elemetary colors on the wheel by clicking on its color strip. Important note: This tool doesn’t use the standard HSV or HSB model — the same HSV/HSB values ie. in Photoshop describe different colors!

Setting Color Variations Each color in displayed scheme has several variations. Different Image Formats - And When to Use Them. Are you familiar with the extensions after your images? There are so many image formats that it’s so easy to get confused! File extensions like .jpeg, .bmp, .gif, and more can be seen after an image’s file name. Most of us disregard it, thinking there is no significance regarding these image formats. These are all different and incompatible, though. These image formats have their own pros and cons. They were created for specific, yet different, purposes. What’s the difference, and when is each format appropriate to use? Let us tackle the five most common image formats for the web and computer graphics: JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF and PNG. JPEG is short for Joint Photographic Experts Group, and is the most popular among the image formats used on the web. Original File: JPEG Medium Compressed File: As shown above, image compression is not that evident at first glance.

JPEG compression of varying levels, from highest to lowest. Almost every digital camera can shoot and save in the JPEG format. Image Formats: What’s the Difference Between JPG, GIF, PNG? Editor’s Note: Ecommerce merchants use complex technologies in their businesses. Merchants do not always need an expert’s knowledge of these technologies, but a working, “need to know” understanding can help.

To address this need, we’ve launched our “Need to Know” series, whereby we’ll address complex topics in a manner that can benefit most merchants. For this installment, contributor explains the difference between JPG, GIF, and PNG image formats, and when to use each format. Online merchants frequently use images to convey information. Whether this is posting a product photo, a logo, adding a background image, or using an image as a link, it’s important to know what image types are available to use, the difference between image types, and when to use what.

This article will help online merchants gain a better understanding of the importance of image types and when to use them. The difference in image types is the result of the need for compression. When to Use What? Summary. GIF, PNG, JPG. Which One To Use? If you’re starting out in web design you may be familiar with the different types of file formats used for images on the web, but it can be confusing trying to figure out which file type you should use. This is short guide outlines the differences between the file types and also uses a couple of examples to show you how the file size varies depending on which file type you use. Let’s start with GIF. Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is one of the file formats used to display indexed-color graphics and images in HTML documents on the web. Indexed color means that it will only display a maximum of 256 colors.

For this reason, GIF is NOT a good format for saving photographic type images with many colors. JPG or JPEGJoint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format is used to display photographs and other continuous-tone images on the web. Portable Network Graphics (PNG) is a little bit like the best of both worlds. Logo Saved As Transparent GifFile size 10.17 K Logo saved as JPG. 4. 1. 2. 3. Virtual 3D Photo Tours. Looking to promote a place, object, or event? With Photosynth, you can convert a collection of photos into a 360 degree 3D panoramic experience and embed it onto a web page. Let visitors to your site visually explore what differentiates you from your competitors. Here are a few examples: Hotels & Restaurants can show off their distinctive ambiance or location Cities & Towns can promote their landmarks and attractions Museums & Galleries can display their unique collections Businesses & Organizations (e.g. health clubs, social clubs, education facilities, offices, etc.) can draw attention to their state-of-the-art facilities All it takes are 3 easy steps: (1) shoot your pictures, (2) convert them into an interactive 360 degree 3D panoramic tour, and (3) embed some code on your web page.

To try out the interactive viewer for yourself, just click on the image below. Example of a 3D panoramic tour of an interior How-to Guide Photosynth supports two types of 3D models: "panoramas" and "synths": Research Image Composite Editor (ICE) GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program. Free Scrapbooking Software – CraftArtist Compact from Serif. Free Photo Editing Software - PhotoPlus Starter Edition from Serif. Photo editing features that are so easy to use Easily import and edit most image files Restore classic family photos with ease Use simple editing features like red eye and blemish removal Turn photos in artwork with uncomplicated tools Straighten and crop pictures in a couple of clicks Incredibly easy to use “This is a fantastic editing package for photographers looking for a simple way, yet effective way to enhance their images.”

Digital Photographer Why download today for free? Photo adjustments made easy Straighten and crop your photos to fit frames and collages and create stunning gifts or souvenirs. Professional photo editing tools Create perfect photos with tools for removing red-eye, blemishes and adjusting brightness and colours. Restore old photos Easily remove scratches, unwanted marks and creases with powerful Clone and Scratch Remover tools. View the system requirements. The Myth of DPI. Many people seem to get hung up on the DPI (dots per inch) or PPI (pixels per inch) setting within a digital photo as a measure of the quality of those photos. To set the record straight, the DPI/PPI setting within a digital photo has NOTHING to do with digital image quality! The resolution of a digital image is its pixels (usually expressed as megapixels). The PPI of a paper print IS a measure of quality (of the paper print, not of the digital photo) - but it has nothing (in real world terms) to do with the DPI/PPI setting within the photo.

Confused? Read on. If you've read the sections titled "What is a Digital Photo" and "What is a High Resolution Photo" you'll know that there are four main factors that determine image quality: Several other factors also come into play, but the above are the main factors that determine the overall quality of the original digital photo. The size of a digital photo is measured in pixels (the smallest colour component in a photo).

DrawPlus. Logo Pro. Nathan James Woolls - Graphic & Web Design » About. I have over 15 years experience within the Graphic Design and Web industry in a variety of roles including; working as a Designer within a leading Design Consultancy in South Wales, working for the BBC as a web designer, managing a leading independent rugby e-commerce website and building their profile over a 4 year period and more recently working within a busy pre-press lithographic environment for large and standard format media. This site is primarily a showcase for my work and my random musings and snapshots in the form of my blog. I am a friendly, enthusiastic and motivated creative individual with great communication skills and an excellent organised approach. I always discuss projects with clients thoroughly before commencing any project. That way, you – the client, will aware of potential timescales and costings from the very start.

Check out my creative freelance services & impressive portfolio to see how I can help you, your business or organisation. Nathan. 99designs - online design crowdsourcing marketplace. Invent. I Love New York Brand Guidelines, November 2008.