Certain colors or shades evoke different sentiments in people. In this post, I want to give a quick introduction to color theory, ways to combine colors, and tools for designing with color — that you as a designer can benefit from to make your designs delightful. (read more)
Subtitle: How designers learned a favorite trick of food industry and why they should stop abusing it
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How do you make any design better? Just add sugar to it. Visual sugar.
What is visual sugar? Visual sugar is any visual decorative element. The most common types of visual sugar are icons, gradients, shadows, textures, motion etc.
Designers sometimes use them in a meaningless and excessive way to make their designs feel nicer. The word ‘meaningless’ is key here. There’s nothing wrong with any of these per se, it’s just that they are used to sweeten otherwise flavorless and meaningless designs.
This is a quick and easy to understand tutorial on blending modes in Photoshop.
There are a lot of color scheme pickers out there. Which do you think is the best?
paletton.com allows for some very subtle nuancing.
Some other ones: