Saturday, April 18, 2015

Let's talk about FONTS: combining typography in Rhonna Designs App

Rhonna Designs App will be having a fabulous new update in the App Store in the next couple of days. We are offering 3 NEW font packs: BOLD, Light & Italic BASICS. **also, a new feature: Spacing…which I'm really excited about.  (think: kerning & leading) And ALSO, now when you tap ON the font, the name of it will pop up on top for a bit. LOVE this feature!
And, of course, 3 new design packs that have already been released on my site: Insta Embark, Insta Doodles 2 & Insta Sayings 2. So excited! 

Here's a walk through video tutorial to show you the fun stuff!

So, let's talk fonts… Here are some of my tips & tricks for combining fonts when you create your own typography or word art in the Rhonna Designs app:
1. Limit number of fonts in a project: combining fonts is artistic, but too many can look amateur. Typically 2-3 fonts should be your max; anything more & it will look cluttered & cheap.
2. Combine styles effectively. serif? sans serif? script? Italic? Bold? Light? 
Choose a neutral serif & sans serif combination. Or how about a script with a sans serif? Think of the personality you want to convey. You can get crazy with one "display" font- we've got lots on the font packs in "Rhonna's Faves packs"- but use sparingly! Maybe ONE word you want to stand out; not the entire quote- Ya get me? 

3. Beware of contrast: when combining, whether it's 2 or 3 fonts, make sure there's enough contrast to separate them. That's why having BOLD, LIGHT & ITALIC fonts in your arsenal is so important. Beware of not enough contrast- it can really be visually annoying. If you're going to choose different "weights" of fonts -go with it & make a big contrast; not just subtle ones. 

4. Break those rules: yes! Rules of design can be broken! When you know the rules, you can learn how to get creative & bend them. When I design, I like to tweak things here & there as my own little "signature". Sometimes only I can see that "tweak" & I know it's my design even when someone else is using it. 


As SOON as the App store let's us know when the release is LIVE, I will shout it out on my social media channels:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

NEW Designs!

I just released 3 NEW Insta fonts in the store! yay! 
Insta Sayings 2, Insta Doodles 2 & Insta Embark. I love all 3 of them!  As with all Insta Fonts, the kit comes with:
26 unique designs in black PNG files.
1 TTF font
& 1 Digital Stamp/brush set that can be used in Adobe Photoshop CC
Now, I've had some questions as to WHY I offer these designs on my site and in my app.  
Plain & simple: they are used different ways.

Here's a run down of how I use the Insta Fonts:
The black PNG files are transparent files that can be used as clip art in any word program, but can also be housed/saved on your Drop Box & then used in apps on your phone. 
The .TTF Font file is a font that can be used in any font program. The cool thing about these files is: they are vector files…not rasterized. Which means: you can stretch them, resize them a llllll you want without losing clarity or resolution. So, you can use them HUGE! See, once they are rasterized (the PNG & the brushes are rasterized) you are in pixels…which means you can only stretch or resize them so big until they start losing resolution. That's when you get the pixelated or blurry thank you. 
The digital stamp/brush file comes in an .ABR format that can be used like digital stamps, but only in Adobe Photoshop. Since I design in PS, i LOVE my stamps/brushes. This is how I design in fact…they are such creative tools for me. You can recolor them, turn them, flip them, layer them, adjust the opacity…just like stamps! LOVE the creative versatility!  
And when you can get ALL of these various options in one kit? you BET I'm loving the versatility! Now, obviously, these are for more of the professionals….& at $10 a pop you KNOW they are a good deal considering all you can do with all 26 of the designs!  

**remember back in the day BEFORE my app? I designed a whole alpha (A-Z) with designs so that I could import them into font apps that would allow me to use my designs! That's why there are 26! And that's what gave me the idea to create Rhonna Designs App! **

For those that LOVE to use my designs in the Rhonna Design App, but want to use them for commercial use or at a higher resolution…these kits are for you. No, the mobile app doesn't have the designs yet, but it will. So, choose which form of the design you love & use it to create & #upliftandinspire!

P.S. Did you see the newest Video Tutorial for RD Magic, my other app? It's a little tip about using YOUR own watermark on your photos right in the app! LOVE sprinkling magic! 

P.S. A word about the Android version of Rhonna Designs App. We've been working & working with our developer to get the bugs worked out…but it's taking a LONG time…I'm so sorry. I wish I could just wave my magic wand and make it just like the iPhone app, but…alas…patience. Hang tight, be patient & know we are working on it! Thank you!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

12 Week Course- Use Social Media For Good // Week 12

It's our last week for our Use Social Media For Good course…week 12 can be downloaded HERE. 
In this lesson we learn & explore various apps for creating VIDEOS! Video is a powerful tool for good.  Videos can bring the spirit in & also #sharegoodness in ways that photos or images may not.  Adding music enhances the experience, too!
Here's one of my favorite videos right now…& you will see & feel what I'm talking about. Click on that link to take you to the site! Don't you love it?

BubbleFrame (iPhone only)- Ability to fill your shapes with video
party party (iPhone only)- Stop Motion Animation: adjust the speed of the animation to your liking, save as looping video, 
video shop (iPhone only)- Trim;  Add Music from your music library;  Sound effects; Slow motion/fast motion; Adjust Display: brightness, contrast, saturation; Merger: combine multiple clips into one; Text: Type your own text with color & different fonts; Voice overs: Record your own voice over the video; Animated titles; Filters; Transitions; Photos: create slideshows; Stop Motion; Resize; Reverse: Copy; 
 flipagram (both iPhone & Android)- Add photos to create video; use music; filters
pic play post (both iPhone & Android)- Add photos or video to create video; collage still photos and video; trim; add music; 
These apps are just suggestions, but today we will take a look at each & you can decide which one is the best fit for you.
I'm so excited to share the last class of this course and send you off being EMPOWERED to #sharegoodness with technology & social media!  As Bonnie Oscarson said last Saturday: 

THIS gets me all fired up…i LOVE thinking of us as warriors…brave, steadfast & immovable WARRIORS! It's up to us! We can do this! We can FILL the earth with GOOD using our technology! We MUST share our light to fight the darkness that is too prevalent. We CAN flood the earth with good!

 Thanks so much for joining me with our 12 Week course & remember, if you have questions, PLEASE email me! Thanks!

Monday, March 23, 2015

12 Week Course- Use Social Media For Good// Week 11

Week 11 is up on my site for download HERE. I can't believe we are almost finished. This class takes photo editing up a notch where we explore filters, collage, words, design tips & tricks. Fun stuff. 

Since Easter is coming up, we will be creating uplifting and inspiring images. We will explore:

Photos & filters: share favorite apps: RD Magic, PicTapGo, Waterlogue, FaceTune apps. (Android apps: Photo Painter (painterly effects), Real Bokeh (add bokeh effects), SnapSeed (filters, adjustments), VSCO cam (various filters), Repix (eraser tool)
Photos & collages: Bubble Frame, Project Life, Diptych, Diptic, Layout (coming soon for Android), (Android apps: Photo Grid, Pic Collage, Pic Stitch, Diptic) 
Photos & words: Rhonna Designs, Word Swag, Studio Design (all 3 are available for Android) 

Design tips & tricks: Erasing, combining images, textures, light leaks. 
Now, a word to my Android friends: This is a great time to explore the Google Play Store & seek out creative apps that will allow you to use filters, bokeh, collages, text, designs, textures & light leaks. Just because we use different apps, doesn’t mean you can’t use your device to create your own bits of LIGHT to share with others. It’s just a matter of exploring. You can do it!**

This is a fun one using 2 different images from the LDS Media Library, & merging them together in RD Magic.  I added some Light Leaks,  & then toggled to Rhonna Designs to add the text. The gold 'Christ' is originally in the app as 'Christmas', but I opened it up in RD Magic & erased the other part to add it to the lyrics of this hymn: He Is Risen. 
I LOOOVE this time of year as we celebrate Christ & His resurrection, so creating images that will share my feelings with others is exactly what I love to do & teach!

We can SHARE OUR JOY! Be sure to hashtag your posts with #BecauseHElives & during General Conference #LDSconf.  AND…remember that on March 28th The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS church) will launch a beautiful video to share with the world. You can find it HERE.

I hope you enjoy finding your own 'voice' in your creations & share your feelings, too!

Next week…last week. Week 12 we have fun with video! There are so many cool apps you can use with your tablet or phone to capture & create videos & share on social media to flood with earth with goodness. #sharegoodness We can all do our part! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

12 Week Course- Use Social Media For Good // Week 10

HERE is the download for Week 10.  There's a lot of info in this class & it's chock full of ideas, links & quotes to help empower you as parents to help yourself AND your kids/teens use technology for good.

One of my favorite parts of this particular class is a simple 5 question reflection on HOW you are doing with digital 'self control'… How about these?
Yes, as parents, we should be teaching our children HOW TO USE technology & social media for good, BUT…we can listen to the same advice. ;) We ALL need to be smart. In fact, in this class I talk about how it's important for parents and children to come together as a unified family, & set guidelines that EVERYONE will adhere to! This way, the entire family can help each other keep their digital device time to a healthy level.  
One of my favorite articles I used in this class is HERE.  
I think it's so wise to work together as a family to 'tame the media'.  In this age of 'digital parenting', it's such a new adventure that I think we need to work together to figure out what's best for our individual families. I LOVE the emphasis on excellence…while there is plenty of garbage out there on the media, there is SOOO much good. And it's up to us to
 look for the good;
teach the good;
share the good.
Enjoy this class with your family & I encourage you to consider kind & loving ways to teach the appropriate ways, times, places & media to your children, teens & young adults…and let THEM teach you, too!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

12 Week Course- Use Social Media For Good // Week 9

I know I keep saying this, but THIS- WEEK 8-  is one of my favorite classes in this course! Download the outline & images HERE.

We get to talk about Personal HiSTORY meeting Family HiSTORY! So many awesome things you can do to keep your personal hiSTORY right on your phone/tablet. 
I suggest a couple of apps in this class: COLLECT & DAY ONE. (sadly, these are both for iPhones/iPads/Mac desktop only. I suggest researching to find something similar for your Android devices…or get an iPhone. ;)

 I use both, but they do different things. Personally, I've found Day ONe is my favorite. I like the PDF format & how it can be printed out in a book form OR as an eBook. Pretty cool & pretty easy!

The ideas I share in this class about planning Family Reunions & Family Tree Gatherings are so uplifting and inspiring to me. We are holding our family reunion in July & I'm getting sooo excited because it will be AWESOME with the new tools, tips & tricks I"m learning as I immerse myself in family history.

One thing I will be talking about is the importance of STORIES. If you notice…the word STORY is in history! And that is what makes it so exciting. Yes, I love photos, but it's the STORIES that we need to keep alive!

Isn't that a POWERFUL quote? I just love it! It's so true: until we SPEAK or WRITE our stories, they don't have POWER in our life or those in our families. I just got back from a quick trip down to AZ to spend time with my family & I got talking with my amazing dad. He shared some of his personal history with me that he'd written up. It was a GOLD MINE of facts, memories & pictures about who his heroes are. I cried as I read it. Seriously. The things he learned from his heroes made me so happy I could read them and FEEL how he felt!  I'll be sharing more about that in class…can't wait everyone! Thanks for sharing this journey with me. I'm learning so much through the Spirit and am so grateful for this amazing work! 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

12 Week Course: Use Social Media For Good// Week 8

Week 8 is all about Family History. Download the outline & images HERE.
You can do so much with this divine technology to engage in Family History! It gets me so excited!  
Here are a few things to do BEFORE you get started on this class: 

Sign up for an account on (This will require your LDS account info) 
Sign up for an account on (In order to have this free access go HEREYou can join each site for free using your LDS Account. You will need to make your own user name & password, but it needs to be done THROUGH your LDS account on Family Search so it will recognize you as an LDS member & give you access to these great tools for free.)
Install the apps: FamilySearch Tree, FamilySearch Memories, Ancestry, Persnickety Prints 
HAVE at least one old family photo. It can be the original, or in a book. 
HAVE one family member’s name to start building their tree on Ancestry. A grandma or grandpa is best. Have some facts about them: name, birth date, death date or marriage date. The more facts, the more we can build your tree.

I just want to share this quote about Family History from my amazing friend, Crystal Beutler, who has taught me so much about it all: 
That's what it's about in a nutshell…it's up to US to be that bridge. I've sooo loved hearing YOUR stories about the experiences YOU are having through this technology/social media course. It's humbling to know that there are miracles happening every week through this class. I for SURE know this isn't me…There's a Divine Being who knows what YOU need & as you go forward in faith, doors open & miracles happen. I'm so grateful to play a tiny part in it with YOU! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.