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    Graphic Design Instagram

    3 ways to give new life to old travel photos ⛵✨

    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 💖💖

    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 🙂


    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 😉

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Graphic Design Instagram

    How I create my feeds using Photoshop

    Finally, I know! 🙏🏽🌻

    Here is the post many of you have asked for, and I’ve been meaning to write for so long!

    Creating Instagram feeds using photoshop

    1. I do all my feed planning on Photoshop. Being a designer, I strongly believe that it’s the best way to place and edit each and every element of the feed design having them all visible and editable on one big file, having Photoshop’s super advanced tools at hand.

    2. The files I use are 4000X8111 px (feed + highlights) or 4000X6690 (feed only). The file is filled with squares reproducing an Instagram grid, where I place my images. I also create lines above the rectangles dividing the posts,

    3. When I’m creating puzzle feeds I don’t use the squares, I just place the elements all around the canvas, and the dividing lines on top of them help me visualize de edges defining each post.

    4. I usually apply the edits after all the images are placed. Sometimes I use actions, sometimes I edit them manually step by step to get a nice unified aesthetic to the whole feed.

    5. Once the design is ready, I crop and export each post. I do that by duplicating the whole file (Image / Duplicate), flattening it, and cropping square by square 🙂

    6. I’ve uploaded a Photoshop template on the store for just $2 so you can have a good starting point, and only worry about designing your awesome feed! Here you go:


    Checkout these videos I’ve made of the process. They’re timelapses, not tutorials, but following the tutorial I described above it’s easy to follow:

    Get this feed here!


    Get this feed here!


    I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions 😉💕〰

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Graphic Design Instagram Social media

    Instagram Highlight covers design ideas

    Hello there! 🦔💕

    If you’re working to improve your Instagram’s design in a cohesive and unique way, you’ve probably considered matching the highlight covers to your whole aesthetic. They’re perfect to accentuate even more the style you’re going for, no doubt about it!

    So here’s a few design ideas I came up with, that I think you should consider. There are so many cute options!

    Instagram highlight cover design ideas

    Icons are the most common highlight cover images out there, but still a great option. My suggestion here is to combine them with custom fonts on the highlight’s names, to give it more of a personal touch!

    Get these highlights: ⟡


    This is the design I chose for my own Insta! Instead of an image, I use a custom text on the cover. In the name, since the highlight is already described above, I use a decorative symbol. So cool 🙂

    Get these highlights: ⟡


    I know how you guys love cute minimalistic sparkly things haha! So this is def gonna be a fav, I’m sure. You can use your favorite texture, just placing it in different positions in each cover. As for the name, a single emoji is enough. If you use a nice combination of colors or any pattern you like between emojis and texture, it’ll look fabulous!

    💖 These textures will be available in the shop soon 🙂


    Last but not least, you can use beautiful photos in the covers as well. Even better if the photos are super minimal, very bright and with the same filter/aesthetic as the rest of your feed!

    Get these photos: ⟡


    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Aesthetics Freebies

    The most AMAZING and unique aesthetic wallpapers for your computer

    I’m always posting phone wallpapers on the blog, so it’s about time I give you guys some desktop wallpapers too, right?

    Most of us still own a computer and use it to work/study/watch Netflix, so even if our phones are our best friends/a part of our actual bodies hahahaha it’s still important to give our computers some love as well 🥰♥

    These wallpapers I’ve created are all aesthetic images of movies, shows, etc, that I’ve found on Pinterest. Hope you guys enjoy them!

    Just click the image of your choice below and save it to your computer as you normally save any pics from the web 🙂


    Aesthetic computer Wallpapers

    🍁 Fall / Autumn


    ✂ Collage


    🎻 Retro patterns


    📺 Glitch effect


    Pink aesthetic


    More of these coming soon! 🧚🏽💖✨

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Graphic Design

    How to create a mood board using the 5 components hack

    Let’s talk about mood boards! 🤹🏽

    They’re so fun to create, and they can be extremely useful as a visual presentation of ideas and feelings.

    If you feel a bit lost or if you’re never sure how to start, I think these 5 components can be of great help to guide you through the development of your board.


    1) 🎯 Focus: Broadly, what is this mood board about? Could be fashion, architecture, lifestyle, health, art… or simply your feelings!

    2) 💭 Theme: A decor mood board, for example, can have different themes. Victorian, Scandinavian, children’s bedrooms, diy, red furniture… So here’s where you narrow it down to a more certain subject.

    3) 🎭 Mood: Now you’ll make this mood board 100% your own. Try to define a specific mood for the theme you’ve picked. A girls bedroom decor board can have a fun upbeat mood, or a romantic peaceful one, or a flora & fauna natural vibe, etc.

    4) 🎨 Color scheme: You don’t need to set a specific color palette for your board. You should, if it makes sense, but color coordination is not always necessary in a mood board. Always ask yourself though if there’s a color scheme you’d like to focus on more, or if there’s colors you want to avoid.

    5) 💃🏽 Muse: This component helps me so much! I get inspired by real people, elements of nature, animals, even objects. The muse doesn’t have to be present in the board. It’s rather who you’d be creating this for, or simply the source of inspiration for the images you’ll pick.

    Swipe through the Insta post below to see the examples I created:

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    Let’s talk about mood boards! 🤹🏽They’re so fun to create, and they can be extremely useful as a visual presentation of ideas and feelings. If you feel a bit lost or if you’re never sure how to start, I think these 5 components can be of great help to guide you through the development of your board. Swipe to see examples! . 1️⃣ Focus: Broadly, what is this mood board about? Could be fashion, architecture, lifestyle, health, art… or simply your feelings! . 2️⃣ Theme: A decor mood board, for example, can have different themes. Victorian, Scandinavian, children’s bedrooms, diy, red furniture… So here’s where you narrow it down to a more certain subject. . 3️⃣ Mood: Now you’ll make this mood board 100% your own. Try to define a specific mood for the theme you’ve picked. A girls bedroom decor board can have a fun upbeat mood, or a romantic peaceful one, or a flora & fauna natural vibe, etc. . 4️⃣ Color scheme: You don’t need to set a specific color palette for your board. You should, if it makes sense, but color coordination is not always necessary in a mood board. Always ask yourself though if there’s a color scheme you’d like to focus on more, or if there’s colors you want to avoid. . 5️⃣ Muse: This component helps me so much! I get inspired by real people, elements of nature, animals, even objects. The muse doesn’t have to be present in the board. It’s rather who you’d be creating this for, or simply the source of inspiration for the images you’ll pick. . #graphicdesigntips #moodboarding #inspirationboard #creativeprocess #graphicdesigntutorial #instagramfeed #pinkaesthetics #luamaralstudio

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    Let me know what you think of this creative trick 🙂

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Instagram Photo editing Social media

    White background photos for Instagram: how to take and edit them

    Hello my loves, how are you all doing?? 🌻🌻

    I see a lot of people dreaming about a white background Instagram feed. Is it your case? There’s a good chance that’s why you ended up here!

    I understand the appeal of the white background feed very well. I had one myself for a while…

    I prioritized photos with a very clear background. It looked super clean and professional, and well organized too. There’s no doubt it can be really elegant. But I stopped doing it because it was soooo much work, so many pics I couldn’t post because it didn’t match the aesthetic… and it took hours to edit each simples post :/

    I wrote a whole post about hard to maintain insta feeds, where I elaborate on this subject. We’re not here to discuss that today! Our focus are the tips on how to achieve a beautiful white background Insta feed.

    Just an FYI, I highly suggest you take a look at my special 5 posts on Instagram feed organization for general tips on Insta feed designs. There is a lot of useful information there, so that could be an excelent starting point ✨✨

    In one of the posts for the special, I spoke briefly about white feeds, and about the fact that the most important thing if you want one, is to take and pick the photos you’ll post with the feed in mind. The selection of the image is key here. You should use clear images, with as few colors as possible, or with the colors that match your palette. The edits are important too, but this first part is crucial.

    However, there are other ways to lighten the feed without necessarily having only super bright pics. If you have design skills, you can make collages where the base is all white, and the photos, whatever color they are, are placed on top. Some called these “infinite background”. You can also use polaroid frames [post here] or white borders around the photo [post here] 🙂

    💡 A cool feature to use in your designs are high resolution white textured backgrounds. Here’s 4 options that can be used as a background for quotes, collages, and designs of all sorts. I got these from Unsplash:

    White backgrounds for download


    How to have a white instagram feed

    If your goal is a feed composed only by photos -no collages, no borders, nothing like that- then the photos you take (or look for online) have to be super bright, like I mentioned above. In that case, the production of the pics must be done carefully, taking into account shadows, light, and everything that can affect the quality and sharpness of the photo ✨

    I posted here about flatlays that I think can be very useful. With the phones we have access to nowadays, even if they’re not the newest most advanced one, it became easy to take great photos without major productions.

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    How to edit white background images

    Some tips to remember always:

    • The VSCO app is my favorite photo edit app among the free options. There’s a whole post about it here.
    • Be careful when taking white background photos not to over burst the light in a way that the contours and shape of the image are lost.
    • In addition to increasing the lighting, I recommend regulating the temperature of the image. Cool the photo down might be a good way to lighten it up. But it’s up to you, and your prefered aesthetic.
    • If you prefer, you can apply a premade filter. Just be aware that they affect each image differently. So use the edit tools to adjust them afterwards, if necessary.

    I created 5 feed ideas especially for this post, aiming to show the possibilities within the clear background spectrum so you can observe the differences between them, and help you choose the option that best fits your goals.

    White background Instagram feed ideas:

    1. Abundant brightness

    On this feed, all the photos are super bright and with clear backgrounds. In the video I made showing the development, you’ll notice that I made the backgrounds more bluish on purpose. I think that makes all the photos look more similar to each other, and gives adds character for the feed.


    2. White background + solid color

    Here’s a second example with a light background, but the feed is not entirely white. In fact, I believe that when people say they want a feed with a white background, they often refer to this. They are photos with a clear background, basically. Pure white is very artificial and almost impossible to achieve.

    Love this feed? Get this theme by only U$1


    3. White background + minimalism

    This white feed on the other hand is much more extreme. Super hard to keep something like this up in real life, right? Hahah! But I couldn’t help including it.

    Still, the backgrounds of the photos are not really white. As I mentioned above, it looks way too fake. So here I tried to standardize the tone of the backgrounds of all the photos, which was not identical (it would take hours to be hahah), but it got closer!

    This is one of the types of feeds that some people call “infinite background”. I’ll write a post on that subject soon, with more details.


    4. White borders

    They’re not really borders, but empty spaces in each post, showing the background. In the video below you can understand what I mean. This example looks more like a collage than a bordered feed, actually. You can also fit inside the “infinite background” category, I guess, that I’ll post about soon.

    See how the white background seems to lighten up the whole feed?

    But, as I always say, I don’t think these designs work for any feed, and I don’t find it easy to maintain. In my opinion, only artistic feeds look so beautiful, as long as the design is done professionally, and the photos have a lot of quality. But it’s just a personal opinion!


    5. White background + warm tones

    Finally, a blogger style Instagram feed, with clear backgrounds and neutral shades. It goes from almost pure white to a different shades of gray. But at first glance what you see is a super bright feed with predominantly white backgrounds. Right?

    It’s also interesting to notice that, for example, the photo with the cup of coffee at the top row has no light background. But it still blended well, because a large portion of the image is white. In addition, it is very symmetrical and centralized, giving an incredible sense of harmony and order. All of this, added to the fact that it matches the aesthetics of the rest of the feed, made it work greatly.

    Love this feed? Get this theme by only U$1


    I hope the feeds are inspiring and the information helps. If any clarification is missing in the post, just leave a comment here, which I will probably answer in a few minutes. Instagram messages take days, and sometimes I forget! 😅

    I’ll leave some images down here for you to practice, or use on your feeds. Everything via Unsplash, as always …

    White background images for Instagram


    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Freebies Instagram Whatsapp

    It’s June! Images to post and celebrate the start of the new month

    Hi guys,

    Every end of the month I post a set of designs to celebrate the beginning of the new month. And as you know June is just around the corner! 🥳

    So here’s a few images I prepared for us. There’s two sizes to each design: insta stories size (can also be used as wallpapers and other stories like on facebook, whatsapp…) and square size, perfect for texting, facebook, blog, Instagram feed and other social media of your preference 💜🤩

    Hope you like them…


    June – Images for Instagram Stories or wallpaper


    JUNE – SQUARE IMAGES FOR WHATSAPP, INSTAGRAM AND SOCIAL MEDIA


    I hope you like these. Please leave a comment if you plan to use any!

    Beijos 💖✨

    Lu

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    Social media

    30 caption ideas for photos with your family 💞

    Hi everybody! 💛✨

    I know many of you have been spending a lot of quality time with your loved ones lately. Quarantining with our closest family members, going through this challenging time together with the people the know us and love us the most is a blessing we shouldn’t take for granted.

    So here’s a list of ideas for captions to use on social media for posts with mothers, fathers, siblings, and also of course, cousins, aunts and uncles and beloved grandparents!

    I’ve posted caption ideas for selfies, travel photos, pics with friends and for couples. Maybe you’d like to check them out to.

    So here are the ideas, hope you like them:


    Caption ideas for photos with family

    1. All i am and all i have begins and ends with you
    2. I call it LOVE
    3. Always remember: my heart holds you when my arms can’t.
    4. I love you endlessly
    5. We laugh until we cry, we cry until we laugh
    6. My whole universe
    7. Just call my name. I’ll be there
    8. I am my mother’s/father’s daughter and i’m not afraid of anything
    9. We create our own sunshine
    10. I’d choose you in a hundred lifetimes
    11. I’m everything I am because you loved me
    12. Every part of my aching heart needs you more than the angels do
    13. Grateful for so much. But especially for you.
    14. Loving you. Supporting you. Believing in you. Always.
    15. Thank you for being the one safe place I cant turn to.
    16. My biggest happiness is that i’m a little piece of you
    17. Endless, incomparable and unconditional
    18. My family is my peace
    19. We communicate without a single word
    20. Yeah, friends come in handy, but family is family
    21. Home = you
    22. Proud to be a part of this fantastic team
    23. My one unquestionable truth
    24. You’ll never know just how much I love you
    25. Always and no matter what.
    26. Just the right mix of chaos and love
    27. These 3/4/5 people are my actual definition of “home”
    28. If I know what love is, is because of you
    29. And together we built a life we love
    30. You put your arms around me and I’m home

    To make your post even cuter, check out these emoji combination suggestions too!

    That’s all for today guys. Thank you for stopping by 🌼🌼

    Beijos,

    Lu

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    Feeds Graphic Design Instagram

    Instagram feed theme: Bliss

    Hey! 😌✌🏽

    Welcome back to my blog guys, how are you all doing?

    This is such a special feed I’ve design and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I’ve started designing full themes for the store, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. And this is one of my favorites without a doubt.

    This is Bliss, a boho, free spirit, nature inspired theme with soft neutral tones, bright backgrounds, touches of gold and green and a super special overall feminine indie aesthetics. I love how it’s clean and minimal, but not boring at all 🌿🌙🤎

    My priority when creating my themes is giving them personality and uniqueness. I’m not in this business to create bland basic stuff, and I know you aren’t either! hahaha!

    So check it ou below:


    If you love the Bliss theme, you can purchase the Photoshop templates for the designs and the highlights at the dollar store:

    The social media posts can be used not only on Instagram, but anywhere you’d like. On the Bliss feed you can see how I adapted the templates to create different post designs ✨


    There will be more items from this theme coming up soon, as well as from the other themes. So stay tuned! 🙏🏽💚

    I really hope you guys like this. Please let me know if you have any questions, ok?

    See you again soon.

    Beijos,

    Lu