When you create a New Document in InDesign, one of the most important choices you'll make is whether or not you want Facing Pages. The option is in the Preset Details, where Facing Pages is turned on by default for Print documents. But, if … [Read More...] about InDesign: Single Pages vs. Facing Pages
Thanks to a generous grant from the Belmont Cultural Council, I was 1 of 5 artists awarded stipends to paint a transformer box! When I received the good news, I was super excited about diving into my first public art project and creating something that would beautify our community. But, I was also a little ambivalent because I had never painted anything this large. With a lot of guidance and encouragement, I found my way to the finish line! Transformer Box Proposal The “Transforming … [Read more...] about Transforming Belmont: Art on the Corner
Once you've selected a WordPress theme, congratulate yourself! You've done the hard part. Now it's time to install the theme! There are 3 ways to do this. Two of them are done within WordPress, and the third method uses FTP (or your webhost's File Manager area). It's fun to explore themes and see how your site will look and behave. You can install lots of themes and test them out. Just remember to backup your site before activating any theme! Only one theme can be active at any given time. … [Read more...] about How Do I Install a WordPress Theme?
I’m always looking for ways to expand and improve my art skills. About a year ago, I took a Nature Journaling class at Naples Botanical Garden. It stretched me far beyond my comfort zone into the world of watercolor. This year, I participated in the #100DayProject, a free, global, Instagram art challenge to create something every day for 100 days. Moving back to MA after a few years in FL re-awakened my appreciation of the seasons. So, I chose “seasonal inspirations” as my theme. I set aside … [Read more...] about 100 Day Art Challenge
Github integrates seamlessly with Git (a version control system), making it a great way to maintain a backup of your repositories while keeping track of changes. Furthermore, because Github is in the cloud, you can work on projects from anywhere and share with colleagues. Let's get started with this fantastic tool and learn about some of its key features! Step 1 - Git Git is a version control system and is probably already installed on your computer. If not, follow these instructions: … [Read more...] about Github Repositories: Let’s Get Started!
I've recently updated my front-end development workflow to include an improved process for version control. Prior to this change, I would make a copy of any file I was going to edit. I could revert back to that copy in case anything got messed up. With Github, I am better able to keep track of edits. Additional Github bonuses include: work on projects from anywhere using multiple computers; collaborate with people; share files; and control how other people's edits get incorporated into my files. … [Read more...] about Front-end Development Workflow Adjustments
There are 4 ways to change the text color in WordPress. You can change a single word or phrase, an entire paragraph, or all of the text throughout the site. Each method is easy! Method #1 - Use the Gutenberg editor Changing the text color with WordPress's visual editor has always been pretty simple. With the new Gutenberg editor, it's even easier. Place your cursor on a paragraph and look in the right-hand sidebar. Make sure the "Block" tab is selected (as opposed to the "Post" tab). Open … [Read more...] about Changing the Text Color in WordPress
With the WordPress content editor, Gutenberg, the method for wrapping text around an image has changed. In the Classic Editor, you place your cursor at the beginning of a paragraph and click the Add Media button. Align the image left or right, and your text will wrap. In the Gutenberg editor, you use an image block and a text block. I'll show you the best way to do this. Before we get into the specifics, a quick note about aligning versus wrapping. Aligning text and image positions the two … [Read more...] about Wrapping Text Around an Image in WordPress Gutenberg
Having spent 20+ years in print design and 10+ years in web design, I've learned a thing or two about where to find the best images. There are basically three categories of stock images: rights-managed, royalty-free, and free. In this post, I share what I consider the top 14 stock image sources. Rights-Managed vs. Royalty-Free vs. Free RIGHTS-MANAGED Rights-managed pricing is based on an end-use formula: print quantity, physical size, resolution (300 ppi for print, 72 ppi for web), … [Read more...] about Top 14 Stock Image Sources