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Properties of Paper

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Every type of paper has a set of properties that will affect its suitability for printing and presentation. Some of these properties are determined by the papermaker, while others are inevitable side effects of the paper-making process.

Understanding the nature of the paper you select can help you anticipate how it will react to the printing processes you have selected – and how your finished job will look and feel.

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Website Progress: Carpet Floor Solutions

We were approached by the team at Carpet Floor Solutions to develop a new website. As-well as a fresh new design, the functionality has simplified, making it easy to browse for what you’re after.

The team created a striking design for the new look & feel, highlighting Carpet Floor Solutions’ many service areas and creating an easy to use website along with a drop down form for quick enquires.

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Staple Printing Techniques

Working in the creative industry, you’re always learning new things about printing and what some of the more frequently used methods are. Here at Pictura, we’ve collated some of our staple printing methods and techniques.

 

Embossing & Debossing

Some people think it’s one in the same – not the case. Put simply, embossing creates a raised effect to your paper, and debossing creates a pressed effect.

We find that we mostly emboss our stock on uncoated paper, but it looks great either way!

Embossed - by Supply

Embossing by Supply

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Patatap: An Explosive Visual Representation of Sound

Remember the days when you were so easily amused by shiny and colourful things? Okay, maybe those days aren’t as long ago as we would imagine. Sure, it’s more socially acceptable for a child to chase rainbows and butterflies across a field than it is for an adult. But hey, we enjoy what we enjoy.

Okay, this is where I introduce the incredibly amazing website and app that enables you to create delicious sounds that explode in colour. Patatap is a portable animated sound kit. With a touch of a key or finger, you can create explosive melodies as well as flashing colourful shapes. If you have synesthesia, this is pretty much your brain on display for all to see.

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The 3 WordPress Plugins We Can’t Live Without

We’ve recently started working heavily with WordPress. What became quickly apparent was that there are some must-have features (for us at least) that don’t come with a vanilla WordPress installation.

These are the 3 WordPress plugins that we use for every WordPress site that we build here at Pictura Creative.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

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I was surprised to discover that WordPress has no built-in support for basic SEO related tasks such as customising the meta title or adding meta descriptions to posts or pages. The web today is driven almost entirely by search, which makes this omission all the more glaring.

The WordPress SEO by Yoast adds support for many SEO-related tasks, including the basic meta tag editing on a per-page or post basis, adding site-wide social metadata and connecting your site to external search tools such as Google Webmaster Tools.

WordPress SEO goes further, adding advanced features like focus keyword analysis, breadcrumbs & XML sitemaps just to name a few.

All in all, a fantastic plugin.

For more, see the WordPress SEO homepage, or the official plugin page.

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A Brief Evolution of Type on the Web

These days, websites have a new dimension added with the wide use of custom font embedding options like Typekit, Google Webfonts, and others.

No longer will you see websites flooded with Arial, Verdana, Georgia and other ‘web safe’ fonts. Even though you may not have even noticed some websites using web safe font variations, but once you see how a site designed with custom fonts stands out from the rest – you will always see the difference! The latest websites that I have been working at Pictura, utilise custom fonts such as: Proxima Nova, Open Sans, Brandon Grotesque… just to name a few!

You might have asked – what are ‘web safe’ fonts? Web safe fonts are the pre-installed fonts on Windows and Mac systems. Whilst there were a lot of fonts on these platforms – if a user didn’t have that specific font on their computer whilst browsing a site, the font would then default to an alternative one.

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10 Amazing Instagram Users To Follow

Thank goodness Instagram has evolved from heavily filtered photos of our lunch. Nowadays, it’s more open to be used as peoples’ creative outlets. Designers, photographers, calligraphers, painters, videographers & even pet-enthusiasts have been awakened, and everyone has something to contribute. People are reaching out to other creatives all around the world to connect and collaborate. And it’s inspiring.

I’ve collated my Top 10 favourite users on Instagram; accounts that I check religiously, getting my mind blown to pieces in awe of all the creativity. I hope they do the same for you!

 

1. June Digan

Typography & watercolour: two of my favourite things. And combined? Well that’s just a bonus.

June Digan

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Website Feature: Independent Property Valuations

We were approached by the team at Independent Property Valuations to develop a new website as their current website was outdated in both functionality and design. As-well as a great new user experience for the website the project also included logo design to refresh the brand.

The team created a striking design for the new look & feel, highlighting IP Valuations’ many service areas and creating an easy to use website along with a drop down form for quick enquires.

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Stock Up: My Favourite Stock Websites & Why

Stock Images. I bet those two words create a collage of cheesy imagery in your mind. We all have our pre-existing opinions of stock imagery. Whether we type in dog walking through a park with it’s owners, and we get exactly that; with humans that are just way too excited to be walking their dog through a park. But what about when you try and water down the deliberate photography by using keywords such as ‘candid’ or ‘natural’? Suddenly your 1248765 pages have reduced to 3, but it hasn’t seemed to narrow down what you’re after.

I’ve collated a few of my favourite stock imagery websites and reasons why I love them.

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Website Feature: Automatic Garage Solutions

We were tasked to create a new and innovative design concept for a startup company called Automatic Garage Solutions. The project included logo design, website concept, design and copywriting. For this project, skill sets utilised include logo design, on-site photography and copywriting.

Our team crafted a unique design solution that best represents the Automatic Garage Solutions brand, making it friendly with clean and professional aesthetics. The result speaks for itself.

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