Basking in the Sun, Daytime is a Good Time for Daily Creates

Big Human, Don’t Mind Me

While inspecting a lawn that my mom and I have been trying to grow grass on for the past year, I found the most photogenic turtle I have ever seen. Armed with the camera app on my iPhone7, I enacted a full-scale photo-attack on the turtle. To my surprise, the little guy did not retreat into his shell, but instead held his ground and closed his eyes. I snapped twenty-six pictures; the sun was bright, and the angle I was taking the photos from was tricky, so I went with the more-is-better approach.

The next day, the Daily Create was to create a promotional image illustrating idling. Perfect timing.

Using Canva, I cropped to the heart of the picture, and began adding my text. The word “idle” was in a bolt font, so I went with a bright green to complement the grass but stand out. The message text was too thin to stand out against the picture no matter what color I made it. Employing the design techniques I have been learning, I overlaid a semi-transparent box on the lower section of the image so that my text would have a suitable backdrop. Also, I moved around the color wheel until I found the color of the turtle’s shell, then darkened that color to almost black for the text. By doing so, I achieved a dark text with plenty of contrast but that still flowed with the focal point of the image.

Does this Come with Instructions?

I can remember times as kid, when I would get a kaleidoscope from the arcade and be hugely disappointed because I could not see anything in it. On at least one of those occasions, I remember that after voicing my complaints about the nonfunctional toy, I discovered that one end of the scope had a cap on it, blocking the light from coming in. Of course the kaleidoscope worked as designed after I removed the cap, and I felt silly for not seeing the cap in the first place.

Again using Canva, I picked this background from the selection of stock photos. Next, I picked the Glass Antigua font for my writing and typed in my haiku. To mix up the text a little, I used a serif-less font for the middle line, spread the letters out, and removed capitalization and punctuation. Since grammar rules in haikus are optional, I used the first lines as complete sentences, representing the speech of the person looking into the kaleidoscope, and the middle line as the ideas running through that person’s head.

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