Blog 15 – Bonus – 99 Shopping Tricks and Applications ©

Blog 15 – Bonus – 99 Shopping Tricks and Applications ©

This is where you can put most of it together … your shopping advantages. All of these blog instructions use this website as the model for instructions in these blogs:  http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com

Warning: This is an in-depth presentation, but it is not difficult. Just be aware that you could spend a day or two just playing around with all these new ideas.

If you just jumped into this blog series at this point, it would be very helpful for you to go review Blogs 12, 13, and 14. This bonus blog (Blog 15) is where many application processes are brought together. [Blogs 1 – 11 are also very helpful.]

Before you get started with this bonus blog … if you do not have it by now … you might want to go get this FREE book to help you (and show you how) with your online shopping experience:

http://www.shopwithadvantages.com/free-stuff/

Hello, and welcome back to my new products color applications blog series.

In this blog you will get advanced insights and techniques for products selection and color management … for your own products or for you gifts.

Fine Art America (FAA) will send every product on this website for you … all throughout the year for all occasions … or you can do it for yourself if you choose.

Here are just three examples of thousands of greeting card variations you could easily design and send:



Currently, there are over 1250 images on this website that can be used to make beautiful greeting cards (or put on other products). Later on in this blog, I will show you how to add messages inside any of these greeting cards.

This new Blog series continues with one of the most versatile and useful communication tools we have as a society (around the world) … the use of Greeting Cards. See list of over 40 types or greeting cards at the end of the blog.

[Side note: You can also use all of these same tools on Coffee Mugs and many other products found on this “shoppers’ advantage” website. Your color options are almost unlimited!]

I will show you the easy tools to quickly have far more than 99 greeting card (and other products) options with over 1200 + images.

Use them for holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations, get well, sympathy, friends, information, friendships, invitations, special occasions, and many more for both personal and business reasons.

I have them all on my website ( http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com ).

The information provided in this blog series is associated with the world’s largest digital art marketplace, which has 14 global production facilities. The company is Fine Art America (FAA).

FAA represents more than 100,000 living artists and photographers who provide over ten million beautiful products and art that are made for personal use and gifts of various kinds.

Most products are usually shipped world-wide to almost any physical address within 2-3 days of order, with a 30-days money-back guarantee, whether for buyer or gift recipient.

Our website with FAA currently has 25 different Galleries with over 1200 + images that can be used on greeting cards and numerous other products for personal use or gifts … and there are many more that 99 options for greeting cards on this website.

There are seven things you should know immediately about these cards.  You can …

  1. buy packs of greeting cards with the message already printed inside.
  2. design and change beautiful colors on your greeting cards.
  3. easily produce over 1200 different greeting cards for all occasions.
  4. have a greeting card sent to almost any address in the world.
  5. quickly type your own message inside any greeting card.
  6. send a greeting card and a gift with the same image on each one.
  7. Send different greeting cards for almost any occasion.

First, prepare your card, then use these next 7 easy, amazing action STEPS:

  1. Select the image you want: http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com
  2. Click > on the image, then Click > Greeting Cards.
  3. Use Image slider to set border dimension (or have no border)
  4. Change Border color by color palette or hex code
  5. Use color comparator for best color combo.
  6. Write message inside card (or do it at home for different languages).
  7. Send the card yourself … or save time …FAA can send it for you.

I will show you how easy this is to do by going through each of the 7 STEPS above.

STEP 1:

To select the image you want, go to the website below (or for any image):

Click > http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com

STEP 2:

To get the image you want to prepare (in any Gallery). For example:

Click > Christmas Cards Gallery (and choose any image)

Click > big red sleighBigstock – 74906 (to open it)

Another page will appear with a menu to the right of the image that looks like the one below (i.e., Wall Art at the top of the menu and Coffee Mugs at the bottom):

Locate the menu option for Greeting Cards (which appears between Beach and Phone Cases).

See the big red sleigh image and menu below (at right side of image):

NOTE: The image below does not have active links. You will have to go to the website to practice (or choose) the products you like. To save you time, here is the link for the image below so that you can practice with active links for these instructions:

https://mitchell-watrous.pixels.com/featured/big-red-sleigh-bigstock-74906086-mitchell-watrous-bigstock.html

And then, do these things to continue:

Click > Greeting Cards on the menu above, and a second, submenu will pop down.

Click > on the second Greeting Cards option (as shown below) that pops down …

… and your card will show up for you to make changes to it as shown in Step 3.

Go to Step 3.

STEP 3:       

This will be your “Magic Page” where it all begins … start with the image borders.

If you did not do it yet …

Click > on the second Greeting Cards option (as shown above in Step 2.) … and this is the page you should see next (similar to this text):

Step 3 … continued (“Magic Page”): Note, if you go to the website page for this image … everything will appear with greater clarity (here is the link again, in case you lost it): 

https://mitchell-watrous.pixels.com/featured/1-big-red-sleigh-bigstock-74906086-mitchell-watrous-bigstock.html

I will do a quick review of these 6 options to show what you can do on this page:

  1. QUANTITY Options: Order a single card; a pack of 10; or a pack of 25.
  2. ORIENTATION Options: I will demonstrate vertical and horizontal cards.
  3. IMAGE SIZE: I will demonstrate what you can do with this tool.
  4. BACKGROUND COLOR: I will demonstrate palette colors & hex code colors.
  5. INSIDE MESSAGE: I will demonstrate how to put a message inside a card.
  6. ADD TO CART: I will demonstrate the checkout & send options (last step).

♦ QUANTITY:

  • You can order one card (with or without a message in it).
  • You can order a pack of 10 cards (with or without a message in them).
  • You can order a pack of 25 cards (with or without a message in them).

♦ ORIENTATION:

You can select your greeting card in a vertical or horizontal orientation as shown in the next two images below:


The greeting card above shows the “vertical” orientation.

The greeting card above shows the “horizontal” orientation.

♦ IMAGE SIZE:

Use the “Slider Bar” to adjust the image size on the background of either greeting card.

Move the Slider Bar,” left or right, to change the image size on the greeting card.

To use the image-sizer (Slider Bar), place your mouse pointer on the rectangle shape, then left-click and hold it down while moving the mouse left and right.

If you have placed your pointer on the “Slider Bar,” your image will change size as you move the mouse, left or right.

Release the mouse button when you have the size you want … but feel free to change it anytime you want to resize the image.

The “Slider Bar” is the vertical rectangle shape placed on a horizontal line as shown below:

Go ahead … play around with the “Slider Bar” on both cards to see what you can do with it.  You are not going to break anything … so … play all you want to.

When you decide what size image you want on the card you select … you can start playing around with border colors that make it look good.

Note: You cannot mess this part up either. Let’s say that you found a great color, but you don’t like the image size now.

NOT a problem. You can change the image size without changing the border color around the image.

On the vertical greeting card, you can totally get rid of the border color if no color suits you … or choose another color.

Take a look at these two images below:


The card above has a small light blue border around the image.

The card above does not have a border … but one can be added.

But … make a note of this: If you choose to fill up the card with no border color around your image … you will not have a color palette option for borders around your card.

In order for the color palette to appear, you can use the slider to reduce the size of the image.

For example, change your image to a smaller size to have a border … and your color palette pops back up. Let’s say you just do not like the standard border color …

Here are just three examples of the thousands of other colors you could choose:



You can also change border colors on horizontal greeting cards.  Here are a couple of examples below to give you an idea of your choices (could be thousands of colors):


I know you are smart.  I know that you will go count the number of color patches in the color palette for these images … and you will see that there are only 72 different color options.

So … where did I get those thousands of colors I have been referring to? Have I been misleading you?

No, I have not. Just go to the next step below (Background Color), and you will find a whole different world of colors that most people do not even know that it exists.

Just so you will know … the Background Colors are what we use to put borders around the images on this website.

  • BACKGROUND COLOR:

You can change border colors with color palettes or with color hex codes. The border colors can also be referred to as Background Colors because the image actually “floats” over the background color layer.

This is a figure of the palette of color patches for the Greeting Card section:

Here are some helpful things for you to know about this color palette:

♦ The color selected on this palette (Pink 3 from the color palette), can look like these two below, depending upon the image size you selected. Note that the Default color (blue) is there in case you want to go back to it:


♦ In case you have not noticed by now … but you can make the borders larger by reducing the size of the image.

♦ If you do like any of the colors you have looked at, you can always go back to the “Default” color (locate it right under the color palette). Click > Default … and the border color will switch back to the “Default” color … like these:


Look under the color palette figure above to find a link that says: Show More Colors

(Note: That link is not active in the figure shown above.  Go back to the website to make it work.) Then, when back on the website at this page …

Click > Show More Colors … and see figure which replaces the color palette. I should look like the figure below:   

When you open this figure, it will be set to the last palette color patch you were using. In this case, you should see a light blue color with hex code #9ce6f1 (or, 9CE6F1, since upper or lower-case numbers and letters do not matter in hex codes).

If you want to make changes to the “Default” palette color, you can easily do that here … or change the “Default” color to anything other color you want to try.

I know … looking at that “rainbow color circle” does not tell us much, but we can do all kinds of magic with it.

Before using the “rainbow color circle,” take a look at the square “color box” inside the “rainbow color circle.”

The “color box” is where we can make some real magic happen. Some people call this a “Shade/Tint” box.

Most people do not know how to use it … but you can discover its real magic just by playing around with it.

I will not go into color theory here, but just to let you know:

  • To “Shade” a color means to make it darker with “black color.”
  • To “Tint” a color means to make it lighter with “white color.”

Let’s play around a little with a religious theology image … and see what we can do with border colors with different Shades and Tints (but … you can do this with any image):

Before I do that, take a look at this link:  http://www.colorhexa.com/color-names

You can get hundreds of color names, ideas, and information from this link.

Anyway, if you know what a color looks like … you will have a better idea of how to use it.

Now … back to another image below:

Notice anything?  Yep … where is the “Background Color” palette?

On some images, which were produced without a border, no border color will be present. You can bring the color palette back by reducing the size of the image.

However, we can easily change that if we want a border (whether or not one shows up on the image we chose for our product).

Just move the IMAGE SIZE “Slider Bar” to the left to reduce the size of the image. The smaller you make the image, the larger a border will appear (with a color), like this one below with a desaturated dark blue (RBG: 103 88 159; or hex code: 67589f)(Note: You have to be on the website to make any changes since the image below does not contain active links): http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com 

And now … notice that a BACKGROUND COLOR option box will appear with the current default color. (Note: You will have to go back to the image on the website in order to make any changes.  The image above does not have any active links in this blog.)

If you like the “default” Background Color that appears … but would like some color variations to consider (i.e., Shades or Tints) … you are going to love this next part.

Click > hover anywhere inside the Background Color box when your pointer symbol changes and then Click to get this palette (remember, you have to be on the website to make changes: http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com ):

Here is a Background Color palette:

Before I explain anything more about the color palette patches, I want to direct your attention back to the link under the color palette patches:

Click > Show More Colors (beneath the color palette color patches above) for the color wheel and shade/tint box.

Before you touch anything, notice that there are two little “circles” (i.e., the “o”). One “circle” is on the color circle and the other “circle” is inside the “Shade/Tint” box.

(Note: For future reference … if you Click > Show Basic Colors beneath the “color wheel” again, while in this window, it will take you back to your Background Color palette color patches. Very handy if you prefer to just use those color patches.)

Don’t move the “o” on the Color Circle.  It should already be on the exact color you currently have around the border of your image.

We are going to play around with the “o” inside the “Shade/Tint” box.

Move your mouse pointer to somewhere inside the “Shade/Tint” (S/T) box. The mouse pointer will turn into something else like a “plus sign” (i.e.,   +).

Move your mouse inside the “S/T” box. Then, Tap > your left mouse button one time to move the + to another spot in the S/T box.

Each time you tap the left mouse button, it will move the + sign to that position in the S/T box.

Each time you move the + symbol inside the S/T box, you will notice a corresponding change in the border color around your image.

Also, you will also see a change in the color square inside the Background Color box, with corresponding changes in the values for Red-Green-Blue (i.e., RGB values).

For example, here are three images comparing a “Tint” and a “Shade” to your default color:



Tint Color

Default (Original) Color

Shade Color

How do you get “Tints” and “Shades” of a color?

Actually … you chose them. You can do this by playing around with the “Shade/Tint” box on the website.

Or, you can go to this link: http://www.colorhexa.com/color-names and find a color you like. Or, enter the hex code for a color you like to pull up the information on that color.

Then, go to the “Shades and Tints” section for that color.  You will find a row for “Shades” and a separate row for “Tints.”

Now, for the easy part. Hover you mouse over any color square in the Shade and/or Tint rows … and your color hex number is provided right there for you to write down.

Observe … you could have hundreds of color variations of “Shades” and “Tints” from your original “Default” border color. You could have the same image surrounded by thousands different color variations in the border.

You can go back to the BACKGROUND COLOR palette and select another color patch and perform the same “Shade” and “Tint” explorations with each of them until you find what you want.

But, just wait a minute. Go back to the image with the ‘Color Wheel” and the “Shade/Tint” box.

See that little “o” somewhere on the “Color Wheel”? Right now, it does not matter what position it is in … because you are going to move it.

Just put your mouse symbol anywhere (on any color) on the “Color Wheel” and …

Tap > + just once. When you release the mouse button you will see a new border color appear around your image. If you like it … keep it.  If you don’t like it… change it.

Now … let me take you back to a previous reference … in case you cannot get the color you want on the color palette or on the “Color Wheel.”

Go back to this link and look around until you see an “Aha!” color that you just have to try:   http://www.colorhexa.com/color-names  (and you will find over 745 named colors with Hex codes and RGB values).

Aha!  We saw “Mango Tango” (or something else) on the color list with a hex code of #ff8243 (and, if needed,  RGB values of 255 130 67).

OK, so what can we do with that information?

Go back to our “Color Wheel – S/T Box.”  Look in the little box right above the link that says: “Show Basic Colors” …

We are going to replace the #67589F with our new number: #ff8243 in the little box right about the link Show Basic Colors.

We will see our new “Mango Tango” border around the image … and our new hex code number #ff8243 in the “little box” above the link: Show Basic Colors.

Let me pause a moment … and point out something that could be very useful to you.

You can do several things with that little box that is just above the link that says: Show Basic Colors. That little box contains a hex code relative to the position of those two “little circles” on the color wheel and inside the shade/tint box.

  1. You can write down any hex color numbers that show up in that little box and use them on other products on this website.
  2. You can also use those hex code numbers to match colors on software programs like Photoshop in case you are developing other products with those colors … and you would like for them to match.
  3. If you like the color of a “patch” in the color palette, but you want to find out what the hex code is … just click on color patch and then click on the link below the color palette (i.e., Show More Colors) … and the color wheel will pop up with the your patch color hex number already in the little box for you.
  4. If you want more help in choosing a color for your border, go to this link: http://www.colorhexa.com/color-names  and look for a color that you like.  When you find the color you want, just write it down and enter it into the little box. Like magic, you color pops up (and notice that the position of the “little circles” have also moved around on your color wheel and shade/tint box.
  5. Also, if you just cannot find a color anywhere else … and you have played around with the color wheel and shade/tint box until you find the “perfect color” … write down that number you see in the “little box.” Believe me … it is almost impossible to get back to an “exact” color number because there can be millions of them.
  6. In case you want more color information on shades, tints, and tones, I will cover that a little further down in this blog. You can literally choose from over a million hex code colors … and it’s fun, too.

Let’s play around with “Tints” and “Shades” for another color:

Now, we may look at that color and say, “Can I make it lighter (Tint it) or make it Darker (Shade it)?

You surely can (as demonstrated before).  You might get colors like these (or hundreds of thousands of color variations in between) as shown below

You can have thousands of choices for “lighter” and/or “darker” Tints and Shades. For example, you can vary your “Tints” and “Shades” colors from your default (or starting) color as much as you like.

Here are some “Tint” and “Shade” color variations below.

However,  your “Tint” or “Shade” colors can vary as much as you like:



Tint Color

Default (Original) Color

Shade Color

♦ COLOR COMPARATOR:

Fortunately, much of what you just learned in the previous section (BACKGROUND COLOR) will apply to this section … to refine your use of these tools.

You have already learned a few things about “Shades” and “Tints.” I will continue with Mango Tango #ff8243 … but you could use any color to understand this information.

To expand your understanding of color applications for your own personal use (and for gifts to others), here is some more information that you may find useful:

Click > http://www.colorhexa.com/color-names

Type > Mango Tango… into the search box with the little magnifying glass L

Click > the Enter Key … (or click on the magnifying glass if you like)

Your computer monitor should now display these sections related to “Mango Tango” (but, please be aware, that you could choose any color or hex code #.)

See these sections on the ColorHexa website for Mango Tango:

#ff8243  Color Information (note: the Hex code for Mango Tango is #ff8243).

#ff8243  Color Conversion (this information not needed for our purposes).

Color Schemes with #ff8243  (we will use the “Color Schemes”  information a lot.) Note: If you hover your mouse pointer over any of the colors in this section, you will see their Hex Code.

  • Complementary Colors:

These two colors are often used together to provide the greatest contrast. For example, one color may offer great contrast when used on the background of its complementary color (i.e., text, outlines

  • Analogous Colors:

These three colors look good together because they occur next to each other on the color wheel, but they do not provide great contrast. They may help “blend” certain color combinations similar to those in our natural environments.

  • Split Complementary Color:

These three colors are made by choosing one color, and then looking at its complement color on the other side of the color wheel. Then, the two colors on either side of the opposite complementary color are chosen (making the “split” colors). The two “Split” complementary colors are often less harsh than the two Complementary Colors together.

  • Triadic Colors:

These three colors are actually spaced at equal distances from each other on the color wheel (whereas, Analogous Colors are next to each other). When used together, these three colors to provide a lively but harmonious relationship.

  • Tetradic Colors:

These four colors are created by choosing the two colors on either side of two Complementary Colors (sometimes called “double complementary”). While the Tetradic Color scheme is considered to be the richest of all color schemes, it is also one of the hardest to get a pleasing color balance (especially if the colors appear to be competing rather than blending). But still … it’s worth trying.

  • Monochromatic Colors:

These color schemes are often used for interior decorating (and you can do fantastic things with Wall Art on various monochromatic color schemes). But, they can also look great on various art images and websites. Monochromatic color applications may employ variations of the same color such as shades, tints, or tones.

So, why did I present this color information to you …

… So that you can make many interesting color combinations on the image selections for the products that interest you. You could give the same product, with the same image, to a 1000 people and never give anyone an identically colored gift.

  • GREETING CARD (PERSONAL MESSAGE Inside … for any occasion):

You can type your own message inside these greeting cards … and that can be very handy … even if you order just one card, or a pack of 10, or pack of 25.

Plus, you have many convenient options: *

  1. Type your own message inside the card for 1 person … and FAA (Fine Art America) will mail it for you, anywhere in the world.
  2. FAA will also deliver the card(s) to you for your own handwriting … or language in case English is not the language you need for you card.
  3. You can order a pack of 10 cards with the same message to everyone … and when you get them … all you have to do is sign them and send them.
  4. Or, imagine sending 25 people a card (i.e., at Christmas) with your own message inside … all you have to do is sign the cards and send them (without having to write the same message 25 times).

* FAA provides an envelope for every greeting card whether you send it … or if they send it for you.

Here is an example of what you could write inside your “Vertical” greeting card (i.e., see inside the example card below):

OK … that message above is just a little personal and private … and copyrighted (by me).

But … if you cannot think of anything to say to your “Sweety” … I give you permission to use the little poem above (but not for any other purpose) … just be sure not to use my name at the end of your message! Be sure to sign your own name!

If you want to send your greeting card with the horizontal orientation, here it is …

♦  ADD TO CART:

What a bummer it is to get everything all ready … after all that creative work … and then not be able to figure out how to go get the product!

That has actually happened to me several times … and I know what it feels like.

So … I want to make sure that I do not leave you to stumble around to try to figure out how to use the ADD TO CART button … especially, when you have better things to do.

Be sure to complete all of your choices before completing your order.

In this example, be sure to select the QUANTITY and ORIENTATION you want, after you have made all of your color choices and any messages you want to add.

Let’s select a “Pack of 10” cards in the “Vertical” orientation.

Click > ADD TO CART button.

Our next page should look something like this:

You have several choices on this page. You can:

  • Continue Shopping
  • Clear Cart
  • Edit or Delete the order form
  • Update the quantity

Click > CHECKOUT > when you are ready to complete your transaction.

Click > LOGIN >If you are a “Returning Customer” (i.e., you have ordered something before).

Click > CONTINUE AS GUEST >  If you are ordering for the first time … fill in your personal information.

On the CHECKOUT page, insert only your “Billing Address” if the item is coming to you.

Put your Billing Address AND someone else’s Shipping Address if they are receiving the product.

Next is an example of information needed for the CHECKOUT menu:

Be sure to add a “Gift Certificate ID or “Discount Code” if you have one, in the menu example above:

Click > CONTINUE >   at the top of the page to complete the order process.

REVIEW & SUBMIT … all the information …

  • on this page, be sure to double-check the Billing Address (& Shipping Address, if applicable) … and edit any incorrect information.

Below: Review & Submit Menu for Billing Address, Shipping Address, and Payment Method:

Click > SUBMIT ORDER >   to complete the transaction in the menu above.

If there are errors … you may see this type of message:

If any information is incorrect … or missing above … you can go back and make corrections, and then SUBMIT the order again.

Did you consider all the occasions for which you often use greeting cards without even realizing it? As a reminder, here are occasions that you probably use several times a year without even realizing it:

  • Announcements (various)
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • Birthday
  • Bon Voyage (Trips)
  • Bridal Shower
  • Business
  • Christmas
  • Congratulations
  • Death (Funeral)
  • Divorce
  • Engagement
  • Father’s Day
  • For Your Information
  • Friendship
  • Get Well
  • Graduations
  • Hanukkah
  • Hello
  • Independence Day
  • Invitations
  • Kwanzaa
  • Love (Romance, various)
  • Miss You
  • Mother’s Day
  • New Baby (Shower, etc.)
  • New Business
  • New Home
  • New Job
  • New Services
  • New Year’s Wishes
  • Requests (Various)
  • Retirement
  • Sorry (Apology)
  • Patrick’s Day
  • Sympathy
  • Thank You
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thinking of You
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Wedding
  • Wedding Anniversary

That is not a total greeting card list … and you can probably think of some of your own.

Now … go forth with your new knowledge and shopping skills. Visit this website: http://www.mitchell-watrous.pixels.com and use it for many of your personal shopping needs and gifts.

Have fun … and best of success peace, power, prosperity … and most of all: LOVE.

Professor “Bumblebee” Watrous

PS: Did you get the FREE book offered at the beginning of this Blog series? If not … you should … because the future of online marketing will make these types of opportunities available to you. Here is the FREE book link for you, one more time: http://www.shopwithadvantages.com/free-stuff/