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he Xara 3D Heading Maker is a FREE interactive online application that allows visitors to your web site to make their own 3D text-based graphics dynamically – and then save them as well.

Putting the Heading Maker on your site is a simple process – all you have to do is paste just two lines of code into your web page. All the hard work is done by our servers, so there will be no extra workload for yours.

To put this great application on your site, you must first join the Xara Affiliate Program, but this is not a catch, in fact you might find yourself earning some extra money for your trouble!

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Mighty Deals is a great resource – they have super deals on regularly

– see my latest acquisition (birthday gift, lucky me!)

 

This product is usually $39 and good value at that price too, but from Mighty Deals I was able to get a full year of design templates and logos from SmartyLogo for just $17!

 
It isn’t just for website owners either, the package includes 60 stationery templates suitable for any business or for personal use.
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Mighty Deals negotiates closely with some of the top creative providers out there to bring readers the best possible prices on the design/programming tools they want / need.
 
Almost all offers that appear on MightyDeals are available exclusively on their site for a very limited time.
 
Generally,  customers can save from 50% to 90% off on things like design tools (royalty-free vectors, PhotoShop actions, etc.), professional templates (WordPress, Drupal, Facebook), Mac toolkits, web development lessons and more.
 
Access to these unbelievable daily deals is free for everyone. You don’t even need to register but I’d recommend that you sign up for the free newsletter, so you can be kept in the loop on the latest Deals before they expire (and you also get access to free stuff!) 

Why not check out Mighty Deals today – I highly recommend them.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN GRAPHICS THE EASY WAY!

Special limited time offer – see Bottom of this post

The Logo Creator from Laughingbird Software, an easy to use little program that almost anyone will find a multitude of uses for, whether you need logos, headers, facebook covers, placeholders etc or the kids want to make illustrations for school projects; your imagination is the only limit!

THE LOGO CREATOR SHIPS WITH 200 READY MADE TEMPLATES!

These can be modified ANY way you like. Change fonts, change the background, import your own images … or use any of the 300 built in objects to make your design really stand out!

Once you’re finished designing, just save the template to be used again or edited to produce variations and then export as .jpg or transparent .png.

For a Limited time, Marc is offering The Logo Creator at the LOW LOW price of $7 if you will share news about the software on social media – see details here: http://www.thelogocreator.com/

 

Nearly Christmas time again and the end of another year – it's amazing how fast the time goes by.

Christmas is a time for family and friends, for catching up with those you haven't seen for a while and for telling others you appreciate them and how much they mean to you. What better way than to send them a greeting whether as a phone call, a letter, a card in the post or an e-card or perhaps a personal video greeting. 

 

Do not be daunted by some of these ideas as they can be fun to make and your sentiments are appreciated by the receiver. Let's start by examining the options: 

If you want to make your own greeting cards, or just want some festive icons to add to emails or web pages, you can get these great Xmas icons free from Mighty Deals – just click on their "Free Stuff" tab. They come in 3 sizes, 64 x 64, 128 x 128 &  256 x 256 so come in very handy for a variety of projects. Mighty Deals also have Xmas stickers free just now – they are on currently on page 2 of the Free Stuff. There's heaps of other graphics in the free stuff as well, so check them out.  

 

Xmas Icons For e-cards with a unique touch, you can't go past Ojolie.com  –  I first heard about Frederikke's cards way back in 2008 (see my earlier blog post for more information) and have renewed my very low priced membership ever since ($12 for one year and $18 for 2 years). I've lost count of how many cards there are available, but there's a wide selection for all sorts of occasions and the great thing is that the membership area keeps track of that cards you have previously sent to the people on your email list there. They have a nice selection of free cards as well for you to try for yourself. Many of my friends have commented on the delightful cards I've sent them, so check them out at Ojolie.com or on facebook.

 

If you'd like a video to share this Christmas, try Animoto – they make it easy to use your own photos, text & even videos to produce a professional looking video message.  You can make a free one of 30 seconds or less with some limitations on the number of your own photos you upload but the cost is reasonable if you want to a bigger project. The free one below was made in about 4 minutes just as a demo.

The compliments of the season to you all. Trish

Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.


Many people, when creating their website, don't think about the importance a logo can play.

Your site's logo is sort of like your business card. When people see it, the design makes an immediate impression in their mind, for good or for bad. Want to make sure it makes a good impression? Follow these easy steps!
 

1. Begin with a simple black and white design.

You don't have to finish with a black and white design, but you want to start with one. Think of this as the pencil sketch for what will become a great painting. Even the great artists start out with a rough sketch of what the finished product will look like. With a black and white design, it doesn't matter if you have the latest graphic editing software, or a more outdated version. Using black and white as a starting point, you can create a clean design from which to start.
 

2. Fonts are great, but don't go overboard.

There are a lot of great fonts out there and you might be tempted to put a few of your favorites in your logo. Don't! You never want to use more than two fonts in your logo. Any more than this and you risk having your logo go from neat and professional to amateurish. Professional graphic designers will tell you that too many fonts can be off-putting to a site visitor. Coco Chanel once advised fashion-conscious women to take off the last accessory they put on, in order to avoid looking like they were drowning underneath their accessories. Don't let your logo drown in unnecessary fonts!

3. Make sure your logo looks good in any scale.

One common mistake people make when designing logos is by designing logos meant to be viewed in only one scale. Remember, you may want to reuse your logo later on in either a higher resolution or lower resolution. Design your original logo in a high resolution and test it out in different scales. How does it look when you scale it down?
 

4. Avoid overly elaborate fonts. 

Avoid overly elaborate fonts

Avoid overly elaborate fonts

Sure, that fancy font with all the bells and whistles looks interesting, but is it readable? There is a reason that the simple fonts are the most commonly used. If your reader cannot read your logo, you might as well not have one. Make sure the font you use can be read by more people than just yourself.
 

5.Try your logo on more than one background.

You never know where your logo might end up. For right now, it might look great against the white backdrop of your site, but what about when it is on an affiliate page? An advertisement? Does it look great against both dark and light backgrounds? Vibrant backgrounds? Dull ones?

 

6. Look at your logo from different angles.

People don't think about the impression their logo might make when turned upside-down or sideways. A logo that looks fantastic when turned the correct direction might look different when turned upside down. Your logo might only be on your website right now, but what if it is placed on a product or book later? Avoid unintentional disaster by making sure your logo looks great when viewed from all directions.

 

7. Get a second opinion.

Second opinions aren't just for medicine. You love your logo. Great! What about other people? Don't be afraid to ask for criticism. Make sure to ask for second opinions from people who are going to give you their honest opinion. Everyone wants to hear from other people how great their work is, but is it more important to have a bunch of people who tell you how great your work is because they think it is what you want to hear, or because your work really is great?
 

8. Tie it all together.

Your logo isn't complete until all the individual parts of the logo work together. Do the fonts and the graphics work together? Does everything flow well together? The components of a well-designed logo should work with each other and not against each other.

Remember to take your time with your logo design. Great logos look like they took time and thought to put together, so make sure you put time and thought into your design! And don't be afraid to deviate from your original design. Your original thoughts and designs may not be the best final choice, so don't be unwilling to adapt. By following these easy tips, you are sure to create a design you will be eager to show off!

Best wishes
Trish

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