Free Video Software

June 9, 2010

I just wanted to share with you the video software that I use to make my video tutorials. Its called camstudio. You can down load it at http://camstudio.org/ . Its a great way to record presentations off your computer screen.

You can create video tutorials like I do or create video presentations of your computer screen. Post them on Youtube or embed them in your blog or website.

It is very easy to use. Here are some highlights of the software.

1.) you have the ability to save it as an .AVI or a .SWF format

2.) You can record full screen or define the area you want recorded.

3.) You have the option to record audio simultaniously or not.

4.)  You also can highlight the curser so people can easily identify what you are pointing at on screen. I like this function.

Please take a look at the short tutorial below of the software. Just so you can get the feel of what the software can do for you. I would recommend this especially if you are on a tight budget. It is worth the price… lol.

Please leave a comment on what you think about the software. Would this be useful for you?


Creating Reflections

March 29, 2010

I took some time to video a tutorial. Hopefully first of many. I hope you enjoy the video. If you would like more tutorials check through my blog and sign up for email notifications of when the next tutorial is posted.


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Work Work and More Work

March 18, 2010

It has been a while since I posted something new. Ever since the beginning of this year (2010) I have been extremely busy with side projects. I thought I would share some of the projects that I have worked on over the past couple of weeks.

I have done flyers, banners, motion graphics, websites, and logos. Some are still in process but I thought I would share with you all and see what you think.

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This was window treatmeants for the new place of worship for Labourers For Christ. This is on the inside of the building.

This is window treatments on the outside of the building.

This was a flyer done for the introduction of a name change from Pentacost Word of Faith to New Life Experience Christian Center. The logo was also another project.

I did this project over a couple of months time during my spare time. A portrait of my lovely daughter.

This was a flyer done for a conference in GA. Multiple versions but this was a good selection by Family Restoration which I also dd the logo.

website – http://labourers4christ.publishpath.com/

In this website there is a short video  that I created also.

short video –  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=app_2392950137&id=1311387943#!/video/video.php?v=1341351176452 

 

Last but not least a flyer/ ad that I did for Tykielah promoting her lovely parfaits. I would like to highlight the logo was also created by me.  This is one of my prized projects because I also had the previlidge of creating the labels. I pretty much had a big say in how everything looked on this product given that my wife is the owner. lol. …You can also visit the website I created by clicking on the link www.delitecakes.com

Please let me know what you think of the work.


Consistency

July 30, 2009

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Building a brand is not a one time attempt. A brand is built over time in the mind of the consumers. Creating a logo, brochure, business card, flyer, or website is not the complete outline of your business. The building in which your business resides is not the complete impression but having a controlled consistent approach in bringing them all together over time creates a more complete picture and credibility of your business  in the consumers mind.

What does your business promise to the consumer?  This is the point businesses constently push on commercials, billboards, magazines, Internet, and TV ads. Seeing the message and images over and over again we begin to formulate an opinion or thought about the significance of the product being presented. When people buy the information, product or service they tend to recommend it to their associates. If the product or service is unsatisfactory they will not recommend your business. We as business owners do everything we can to sway a good response.

To strongly influence a good response from the consumers, business owners put in many hours to perfect the product or service.  Many times businesses neglect the outer branding that must go in tangent with the inner brand. Repeatedly transmitting the news of your business to the consumers will go far. Constantly projecting an image or outer brand through your business cards, website, brochures, flyers, and posters will build your brand over time. 

In addition, inner branding must be worked on a daily basis. Inner branding deals with the product or service, employees and all internal dealings. The outer brand should always reflect the internal brand without embellishments. If the internal brand is awful and the outer brand is excellent people will try it and not return because it will seem like the product and/or service was falsely advertised. If the internal brand is good and the outer branding is lousy then no one will come because it looks undesirable. If the internal brand and the outer branding is good then you will have satisfied customers who will recommend you to their people because you are delivering what is advertised. This is what a business strives to accomplish. Bringing all the pieces together over time creates credibility and brand value of your business in the consumers mind.


Good design is

July 17, 2009

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When you look at a piece of art what draws you to it? Although art and design are subjective, there are principles of design that cross all art forms from, architecture to painting.  Here are a few principals that good design follows.

Repitition: This gives people comfort knowing what to expect from the art piece. Repetition gives a calming affect. For example look below. 

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Contrast: Differences in size, color, tone, or value add intrest to the piece. In creating your graphics the focal point should have the greatest contrast.

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Dominance: Giving objects some hierarchy by size will tell the viewer where to look first, second, and so on. Typically people look at the big objects first.

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Balance: This is vital in bringing the piece all together. If the piece feels unbalance then it is hard to look at for long periods of time. To illustrate how you need to balance your piece, take a spoon and find the point of balance with your middle finger. Notice that, although the spoon may be 5 inches long your finger is about an inch from the edge. imagine that on a piece of paper. The place of your finger is the center line on the page.

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Repetition, contrast, dominance, and balance combine to reveal a strong compostion. This is good design. Good design is working these design principals to attract. This is what good design is…

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Linking Web Pages

June 25, 2009

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Linking web pages together is really simple. In this article / tutorial I will show you how to hand code a link and how to use dreamweaver to link webpages together.

If you have some understanding of HTML then you know that <a href=> </a> tag is a link tag. You open the link tag by using <a href=> and you close the link with </a>. In the <ahref=> tag you will enter the url that you want the person to end up, when they click on the link. For example:

1.) <ahref=http://www.cdesign8.com>

Then you will type in the text that the viewer will click on to go to the next page. For example:

2.)<ahref=http://www.cdesign8.com>click here to read on

 Lastly you must close the tag with a </a>. For example:

3.)<ahref=http://www.cdesign8.com>click here to read on</a>

This is how you create a text link from scratch.

The only thing you will see on the HTML page is click here to read on.

To create an image link to another page then the image file will be where the “click here to read on” is located with in the  link tags.

* *Your image must be saved in a location that the internet can pull the image from**

There are many image hosting sites like photobucket but if you have a website then they give you space to host your images. Download your image and reference back to that image by providing the location where it can be found. One important fact I left out is to have image tags around the location. <img src=”thememusiccopy.jpeg/>. For example:

<a href=”https://davisca8.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/theme-music/” target=”_blank”><img src=”thememusiccopy.jpg” width=”400″ height=”200″ border=”0″ /></a>

In this example I have a jpeg image with the width of 400 pixels and height of 200 pixels and no boarder. When you click on this image it will take you to my wordpress blog theme music article.

If you were to do this in Dreamweaver then you would:

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1.)  Select insert tab then image.

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2.) Select your image then OK.

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3.) Click on your image in dreamweaver.

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4.) In the link area post the url/ web page that you would like the user to go to.

You are finished. If you keep dreamweaver in Code and Design mode you would see what is going on while you make these changes.

Hope this was helpful. If you have any questions leave a comment or drop me an email at Caleb@ cdesign8.com. In addition, my next post will outline the basics of HTML. I will walk through creating a web page from scratch using word pad.

Till then keep creating 🙂

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Theme Music

June 13, 2009

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Creative Graphic Arts Theme Music

I was thinking, to really push this creative brand to the edge I have to do more than just graphics. I have to be multimedia. So, I pitched an idea to my musically gifted brother (Kevin Davis). I asked him to produce a track that sounds like a futuristic orchestra. What ever that my sound like!!! All I know, is that, I wanted to hear strings. You gotta listen to what he came up with. All the greats have theme music right? Superman, Spiderman, 007, Disney, and Creative Graphic Art.

Originally it was on the site but that did not work well. It slowed down the upload of the page. In addition, I did not want to suprise you with loud music.

This piece you are about to look and listen to is a work in progress. I want to add a few words to the song (this is last on the list). First thing  is to animate the video. If you have any ideas on what should be in the animation, let me know? Clcik on the link below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4paznNFkguk