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    Graphic Design

    3 graphic design mistakes to stop making NOW! ⚠

    Hey guys! I have many readers who either are graphic designers or do it sporadically for fun or work. So for a while I’ve been planning to post here on the blog and on my Insta a few mistakes I’ve been seen way to often and that could easily be avoided.

    Now, you always have to remember that design is not and never will be an exact science. So there are situations where these mistakes I mention do not apply, and actually the opposite is true. Knowing when exactly you should consider these types of rules and when you should ignore them is a big challenge that designers learn with experience and lots of trial and error. So… good luck! 😬

    But don’t worry about that now! Let’s focus on these super avoidable mistakes and, for now, do our best not to make them anymore!


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    Common graphic design mistakes

    This is a constant struggle in pretty much every graphic design job in the world ever haha! And in the end, we have to get used to sacrificing the art part of the design a bit in order to make sure the message you’re trying to deliver (and most importantly, the product you’re trying to sell) is understandable immediately by the audience. Yes, that’s priority, it will always be.

    So go ahead and place some boxes behind the text if necessary, or rethink the design in a way that the written parts are not getting lost and mixed with the photo below it. You’ll find a solution, you’re a great designer. And great designer knows that the message comes first, and the art comes second.


    I’m guilty of this sin myself, I know. Even here on the blog and on my social media, I’ve used unlicensed images and graphics when I knew damn well I shouldn’t, even if just to illustrate my blog posts. But I don’t anymore, and no one should.

    It might be tempting to use those beautiful photos and art pieces we find on Pinterest and even Instagram but it’s wrong, and it’s damaging someone who created it. Also, in most cases, those images are poor in quality, because you can’t download a high resolution version of them.

    There are countless image and illustration banks available online, many of them with stunningly beautiful items for free, and some very affordable options with everything a designer might need. So let’s all get used to doing the right thing, period. Are you guys with me? 😊


    Last but not least, let’s talk about cohesive style. This is a no brainer, but at the same time, a mistake that happens very often on social media marketing strategies. Everybody wants to keep their aesthetic consistent, but it’s easier said (and dreamt of) than done, right?

    I’ve been jumping from style to style for a while now, and I’m supposed to be the one who knows about this and stuff haha! But considering all the challenges I’ve had myself at not being able to find the exact style I want for my brand, this is the advice I can give: try not to commit to a style or elements that are too specific. It will limit you, block your content flow and your whole aesthetic might end up looking a bit cold (not natural) or boring.

    Some design inspo to wrap up the post:


    I hope these tips are useful! I’d love to know what you guys think about these and other common design mistakes we all make at some point. Let me know! 🌷

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Instagram Wallpapers

    The ULTIMATE collection of aesthetic phone wallpapers (iPhone & Android )πŸ’•

    Heyy guys!

    This is the official selection of wallpapers I’ve created for the blog. I used to have them in separate posts, you might have noticed the change. I chose to concentrate all my wallpapers here, so it’s easier for you to find them whenever you need.

    There’s collage wallpapers, aesthetic, retro style, cool illustrations, images, cute designs and so much more πŸ’—βœ¨

    To save the image on your phone, just tap and hold for a second, then select the option to save. I hope you guys enjoy these!


    Aesthetic Autumn/Fall wallpapers

    Images from Freepic edited by me


    Aesthetic flower wallpapers

    Images from Unsplash and Pexels, edited by me


    Aesthetic clouds wallpapers

    Images from Unsplash and Pexels, edited by me


    Retro tapestry style

    Original from The MET Museum, digitally enhanced by Rawpixel, edited by me

    Collage phone wallpapers (all by be!)


    Pink tumblr wallpapers (from Pinterest, edited by me)


    Delicate feminine phone wallpapers (all by me!)


    Looking for something you didn’t find? Let me know! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    photography

    Springtime photo ideas 🌼🌸🌺

    Hey! I’m back haha!

    So I’ve just posted a selection of photo ideas for Fall, and thought it’d be only fair to make a similar post with Spring pics. After all, half the world gets Autumn in September, but the other half celebrates the beginning of Spring at the same time, correct? So this one goes for the Southern hemisphere… 🌻🌻🌻

    So here you go, guys! Springtime inspo:


    Springtime photo ideas


    Happy happy happy spring πŸ’βœ¨

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    photography Uncategorized

    Autumn photo inspo: 30 creative ideas to take cute pics in the Fall

    Heyyy all! πŸ‚πŸ§‘

    September is here, and fall is just around the corner. On social media we’ve already started seeing beautiful orange tone images with dry leaves, hot cocoa and cozy sweaters to let us know we’re collectively ready and in the mood for the season to begin!

    I’ve selected some images from free image banks like Pexels and Unsplash to inspire our Autumn themed photography. You can use the images below if you want to, they’re all royalty free πŸ™‚

    Here you go! Click the photos to enlarge:


    Autumn photo inspo

    Happy fall, yall!

    Beijos,

    Lu

    Categories
    Graphic Design Instagram

    How to use the shop themes and have your Instagram feed looking exactly like the theme you got

    Girls,

    Some of you have asked me how exactly are you going to be able to make your insta feeds look like the themes you’ve purchased in our design shop. I know there’s a few questions especially from those who are not used to the graphic design universe yet πŸ˜ŒπŸ’–

    To make it easy to explain, I am creating this very straight forward educational post. I will clarify point by point how the repagination of your feed will happen, using the products you purchase at the store.

    So let’s get to it!


    Product: VSCO filter preset + 70 images

    Filter

    The VSCO filter will be described in an image (like the one above), with the exact configuration that you should do on VSCO to give all your images the same aesthetic as the purchased theme.

    How to use it : Download the VSCO app (it’s free!) and follow the instructions on the image. After you make these edits to the first photo, just click on it, go to the bottom right button on VSCO, and hit ‘copy’. Next, select all the other photos that you want to apply that same filter to, and hit “paste edits”.

    Can I change it? Yes. If you want to make any changes to the filter (for example: the filter is more bluish than you would like, it’s kind of dark for your taste, etc.) just make your own adjustments and, in the same way as I mentioned above, copy the filter and paste into the other photos.

    I also recommend reading my posts on organizing and revamping your feed. To fully understand the importance of editing your photos in a very harmonic way before posting.

    70 images

    In the same product, there’s an image kit with 70 generic (and beautiful) high-resolution photos ready to post.

    How to use it: All you need to do is send the photos from your computer to your phone and post each one when you feel like it. You can plan your feed using an app like Unum or Preview, or if you prefer to use Photoshop, you can get this feed planner template from the store the store that is suitable for that.

    Tip: Combine the pics from the themes with your own. Since you’ll use the VSCO filter you’ve purchased, your images will have the same coloring as the images from the pack.

    With the above product (filter + images), you already have everything you need to have the feed of your dreams. Just use the filter correctly and plan your posts nicely πŸ™‚

    Other cool products to complement your feed:


    Product: Breathers

    Breathers are posts containing phrases or illustrations to use from time to time on your feed. They make your feed look beautiful and harmonious, and help to reinforce your aesthetic.

    How to use them: Just like the 70 image pack, the breathers only need to be downloaded and opened on your computer, and then sent to your phone. You can post them when you prefer.


    Product: Collage kit

    The collage kit comes with 100 items including illustrations, short quotes, cut out photos, “tapes” among other cute little things.

    How to use it: Create your collages using Canva (free app, but on the computer is much better), Photoshop or your favorite image editing program. In the video above you can see how easy it is!

    If you have purchased the first product I mentioned in this post (filter + images), you can apply the filter to any image of yours, and include it on the collage, so that all elements have the same color πŸ˜‰

    In addition to collages, you can also create minimalist posts with this product. Use a solid background color, or a pretty texture, and position an image form the kit centered πŸ™‚


    Product: Instagram Puzzle feed template

    Puzzle feeds are feeds in mosaic style, with the images of the posts connecting with each other forming a complete design.

    How to use it: Puzzle feed templates can only be edited with Photoshop on the computer. So you need to have some basic knowledge of how to use the program to edit it. If you have this familiarity with ps, it’s a piece of cake: just download your product, open it, and insert your images in the sections corresponding to each post using clipping masks, just like in the video above πŸ™‚


    I think that’s it, guys 🌻🌻

    Let me know if you have any questions! You can write here on the comments so that they can help others as well. Instagram DMs may not be answered because it’s hard to keep up with all the messages there. Safer to write to me here, ok?

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    Beijos,

    Lu

    Categories
    Freebies Social media

    Monday morning quotes to get motivated and have the best week EVER!

    yep, the weekend is over.

    No reason to worry though. There’s a brand new one coming soon, so now it’s time to focus on making this week a great one.

    Let’s enjoy each and every day properly, taking care of ourselves, dedicating time to work and to rest, catching up with friends and family and learning as much as we can, every step of the way. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I don’t care. It’s the truth! πŸ€™πŸ½πŸ˜Œ

    Here’s a gallery of monday morning quotes I created to kick off the week with the best energy possible. Some of these can also be used as cute phone wallpapers πŸ™‚


    ⟑ Instagram quotes on the shop: ⟑


    Monday morning quotes for social media

    Hope you like these, guys!

    And happy monday πŸ™‚

    Beijos,

    Lu

    Categories
    Fashion Instagram photography

    Creative pose ideas for your outfit of the day pics

    Hey guys! Today’s post goes for all the fashionistas out there. I know you’re so excited to be able to finally go out again and rock your awesome outfit of the day for the whole world to see πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’–βœ¨

    But first, a cute pic for the gram, of course!

    Here’s a gallery with 70+ ideas to inspire your poses so guys, there are NO excuses to take boring photos anymore, alright? Alright then! πŸ˜‚

    ps. if you’re looking for more photo inspiration, take a look at this post with poses for couples, family, tumblr style pics, Christmas and photos to take at the beach πŸ’ŽπŸ’—


    Outfit of the day pose ideas


    Beijos,

    Lu

    Categories
    Instagram

    Breathers: what they are and how to use them on your Instagram feed

    Hey guys! 🌼✨

    By now we’re all pretty familiar with cute instagram posts with illustrations, quotes, nice generic images, or anything that is not an actual photo of ours or a commercial design. So time has come to learn what that type of post is called, and how to correctly use it to up your insta feed game. Shall we? πŸ™‚

    They’re called breathers, and I guess it’s easy to understand why. One of the goals of posts like that are to give the feed some breathing space from all the information that comes from photography.

    Here’s how I used quotes as breathers on my old feed, combining them with other primarily white images that I published on every other post.


    If you haven’t checked my series of 5 posts about creating a pretty and organized Instagram feed, here it is! Go! Go! Go!! πŸ˜œπŸ’ž

    Why should I use breathers on my insta feed?

    Because these areas with less information, as I mentioned above, help to define spaces, organize the design logics and pattern, and bring a general lightness.

    Even in the most polluted feeds, in one way or another, the breather has its function. That’s because a breath photo is not necessarily a minimalist image with a white background. The breather just needs to bring the feeling of simplicity, without excess information, preferably something objective and clear. It also helps the feed breathers to follow some kind of pattern. Example:

    On this feed I used quotes as breathers. Their background is not white, but they follow the color pattern of the design, besides having harmony and simplicity that make the feed look super light.

    How to use breather posts on your feed?

    The breather itself may not make any difference randomly lost in the middle of a feed. For it to have a larger effect, you should create a pattern. In this way, the distribution of the breathers around the grid of posts will help to standardize the whole layout in a way that everything seems more harmonious.

    It’s crazy how, just by using the right breathers, you can make your instagram feed look so much prettier πŸ’—πŸ’«

    Beijos,

    Lu

    Categories
    Graphic Design Instagram

    3 ways to give new life to old travel photos β›΅βœ¨

    Everyday is throwback day during quarantine, I’m I right?

    I’ve been seeing more travel pics on my feed lately than back when people were actually allowed to take trips haha!

    So let’s think of creative ways to post old travel photos and make them special, shall we?

    Here are 3 ideas I came up with. They work for new photos too, of course, and not only from trips, but any other special moment or theme you chose πŸ’–πŸ’–

    I love the kodak film strip frames and the retro cool effect it gives to my pics. I’ve even uploaded a tiny pack of them on the store (after so many of you’ve requested it) so you can get this one for yourself right now πŸ™‚


    This is just so easy to create and is guaranteed to impress your followers and get you tons of likes. And what’s more important, it’s a super cute and fun way to show the vibe of your trip. My advice is to pick from 20 to 30 images and set each frame to 0.1 second. I know it’s fast, but it’s supposed to be an exciting summary of your adventure, not a lame slideshow.. haha! I hope you know what I mean…

    Here’s a video with the step by step:


    This idea might look obvious, but the secret is selecting the right images and doing a careful cropping/editing. A collage like this using obvious boring photos might not look so interesting. But choosing special, unusual images full of emotions and soul (read more about those here) will make your collage look AMAZING!


    ⟑ Get this theme! ⟑


    Hope this helps! Here’s the instagram post I made if you want to save it for later πŸ˜‰

    Beijos,

    Lu