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September 24th, 2018

Buttons get an awesome update!

Posted by liveBooks

The update for buttons is live on all liveBooks websites as of the 17th of September. This great face lift now gives buttons even more room for customization: introducing the color change on hover. It’s a small update which goes a long way: it creates a wonderful dynamic for your website and adds to the interaction of your visitors with your website. More »

While growing your portfolio may be a daily task, updating your website tends to get postponed. Because this is a common occurrence among many of our clients, we’ve added a number of features to ensure that your online presence mirrors your offline hard work. You won’t have to be a trained magician for this one – you will be able to make your pages invisible with one easy tap of your finger.

So far we’ve covered the tools that allow you to add contributors to manage your content, the ability to duplicate pages or blocks as well as your Save Design tool, just to name a few. In this week’s article we will focus on your Work in Progress pages and the feature that makes them truly awesome: keeping them invisible from your website until they’re ready to be published.

Any new page that you add to your website can be set as invisible. All you need to do is:

  1. Go to your Content editor and click the gear icon attributed to the page you want to set as invisible.
  2. When prompted with the page settings pop-up, disable Page Visibility.
  3. The page set as invisible will now be displayed as orange and it will have the Invisible attribute above its title.

Now you can work on that page while still making changes to the rest of the site and publishing. While the page is set as invisible it will not appear on your website. When your page has the content you want, simply toggle back its visibility and hit Publish! Now your website will have a new page with awesome content that you can share on all your social media platforms.

Pro tip: When you toggle visibility for a page that has an Legacy URL, the redirect will be deleted automatically. Before making a page invisible make sure you’ve copied the redirect link so you can add it again once the page visibility is turned on. This will ensure that all legacy links will properly send your visitors to your new pages.

 

September 13th, 2018

How to Add Borders to Your Website Images

Posted by liveBooks

Your website is the online extension of your brand, and as such, it should follow the same visual guidelines as your entire business. While your logo is your own trademark that distinguishes your brand from your competitors, it alone does not tell your business’ story, its values nor does it depict the entire picture.

The tone of your business voice is an important aspect of how your market relates to you. Your marketing campaigns and how you choose to run them are indicative of your business’ core values. The fonts you use when addressing these messages can become trademarks of your brand. And the colors – think about the Coca-Cola red – not only is it unique, it’s also recognized by millions of people all around the world.

Colors matter when you create your brand, just as much as they do when they accompany your services and products. It is the fastest way to create a connection between your brand and your audience. This precise reason is why the liveBooks website templates can be customized beyond their initial state.

Let’s focus on adding borders to the images you upload on your website. These borders are a great tool to use that give each image its own presence on your website. They can be white and thin, which goes well with any website that has a color background, they can be colorful and bold, or anywhere in between.

There are two ways you can go about to adding borders to your images.

  1. Sitewide borders – In your design editor go to Sitewide – Images. Enable Show borders and define their color, opacity and width. This will add borders to all images on your website. 
  2. Gallery borders – In the design editor go to the page with the gallery or image you want to customize. Scroll down to the image settings and enable borders.

If you added site-wide borders and want to disable them on specific pages, you can do so by following the second set of commands. When you’re happy with the result, publish your page and the changes will instantly become visible.

When changing your colors you have to make sure you’re picking the right one. Going solely on visual similarity does not guarantee you’ve made the right choice and you need consistency in your brand. One reason you might not pick the right color is your monitor’s colors: sometimes it’s calibrated and it shows the precise colors you need, but most often it’s not.

That’s why you need to check the HEX code of your brand colors and add it when using the design editor. If you know the name of your color, you can find its HEX code here. In our design editor you can either use the HEX code, or the RGB (red-green-blue) inputs for your colors.

So what are you waiting for? Give this feature a try! Remember, you can always save your design before making drastic changes to your website, so your work is always safe.

Don’t have a website yet? We offer a two week free trial for all our websites, so you can play around our editors and create the perfect website for your business.

Photographers have the chance to meet with Midwest’s leading art buyers and creatives!

Boulevard Artists is a marketing company for photographers with an online platform, events around the US, and face to face meetings. Through two tiers of membership, BLVD and BLVDSelect, we build custom strategies with our roster to get their work in front of the best art buyers in the business and help them close the deal on the biggest assignments.

Boulevard Artists is gearing up for this year’s Chicago and Minneapolis portfolio reviews, an opportunity for commercial and editorial photographers to show their portfolios to some of the Midwest’s most influential art buyers, art directors, and creatives. At these intimate and elegant events, photographers meet with each reviewer for 20 minutes one-to-one and back-to-back. Each event lasts for two full days. Breakfast, lunch and happy hour drinks are provided–there’s plenty of time for the creatives and photographers to get to know each other.

Photographers will have their work seen by creatives from Havas, McDonald’s, Leo Burnett, La-Z-Boy and Crate & Barrel., among others.

Applications are open now for the events in Chicago (Sept 25th & 26th) and Minneapolis (October 2nd & 3rd)!

See the full reviewer list for Chicago.

See the full reviewer list for Minneapolis.

It’s an exclusively professional photography portfolio review, and the work is highly curated.

View application to join the review.

View costs and packages.

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Contact: Joshua Herman, joshua@blvdartists.com

 

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