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600 Wonderful Food Animations

Being alive is about movement and vitality.  What excites us most in the people we are around are energy and personality.

But let's face it. While static can be boring in people, there are things in this world that we don't want to see moving.  Food for instance.  Unless you're on a reality show, living in some uncivilized country, or find yourself lost in the wilderness,  the food you choose will be as inanimate as Grandpa after Thanksgiving turkey.

There are times of course, when bringing a static image to life is all about entertainment. Just as a person full of energy attracts your attention, in web design and emails animations provide a unique level of visual interest.

Given that food has been the theme of this week's missives,  and that typically I reserve one day for finding animations to suit, I recognized that there were many businesses, from restaurants and bakeries, to groceries and gourmet speciality shops, looking for food on the move.

These wonderful ima…

Tips for Taking Great Food Photos

One of the things we often talked about at the newspaper where I worked up until a few years ago, was how nice it would be to have an on-site photography studio. It wasn't a frequent need, but on the occasions when it would have been useful, it was sorely missed. 

For example, candidates coming in for mug shots were guided to the nearest blank wall, which in our crowded office wasn't easy to find. It was generally in the middle of the action somewhere, which certainly didn't help the subject from feeling a little self-conscious as office staff went about their business.

Isolating a still life against a white background involved a great deal of prep work with blank papers propped against books and a step ladder for us to take our camera and rise above it all. Poor lighting challenged us to lose the shadows.

The ad department in particular felt the need most, as they often wanted a photo of merchandise from a particular business for the comp department to use in a promotio…

Hundreds of Delectable Dessert Photos

I can't help myself.  The Halloween treats are sitting on the counter ready for Friday's action. The countdown to Christmas will begin soon afterward, and with it the planning to get all of the baking done between regular working hours.

Food is therefore on my mind, and while I know at this point in my life all thoughts should be on eating well – less sugar, fewer carbs, and more and more fruits, vegetables and proteins, I do love junk.

I am cognizant of the power of leafy greens, of the anti-oxidant value in certain berries.  I know that a Mediterranean diet is good for my heart, that fewer desserts are better for, well, just about everything.

But I am my father's daughter, the man with the sweetest tooth in history and a cast-iron stomach for all things bad for you. Through 90 years he enjoyed pretty much any food you put in front of him and savoured every bit of it — especially desserts.  A plate of Christmas cookies didn't stand a chance in his presence.

Granted, …

Dozens of Awesome Photoshop Food Tutorials

Have you ever chosen a restaurant because of the images in a promotion or advertisement? Have you ever ordered a dessert you really didn't need because it was so enticingly scrumptious looking in the photo on the menu?  Have you ever needed an illustration for a food event and couldn't find anything appealing so decided to create your own?

We are all interested in food, whether it's for personal consumption or for business. And there's probably nothing else that needs to look so completely appealing for it to achieve the end result you are looking for.  As the owner of a restaurant, grocery, bakery, etc. the image you use to promote your product must be tempting.  From contrast to colour,  presentation is everything.

The same is true of the artist or photographer creating that temptation. There was video a brief while back showing how a popular fast food chain made the photos of their products more appetizing than the real things. It is that that must be achieved whet…

Hundreds of Healthy Food Illustrations

This time of year it seems I have food on the brain. First there was Thanksgiving, with all of its fixings, held annually as a celebration of all of life's blessings, among them the bounty of a rich and abundant harvest.

As well, there are several family birthdays in this season, which, are, of course, accompanied by munchies, dinners out and cake to honour the special celebrants. 

Halloween rounds out October with accumulations of decadent chocolate and sugary sweet treats. When they were young, our  kids' haul was eagerly anticipated by my husband, who saw it as the perfect opportunity to teach them the importance of sharing.  Now, with babies long grown, the best he can do is hope that we bought enough to outlast the trick-or-treating, leaving him with plenty of leftovers.

Finally, over the course of the next few weeks I will start putting my mind to the baking required for our family Christmas and the social activities in the days leading up to it.

So yes, these days I t…