About Kristan Franco

Kristan Jan Q. Franco is rooted from General Santos City, and is a 20-year old student of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University. With the course Information Technology, he is into web designing, graphic designs, ads, and photography. Having been introduced into digital tools such as Adobe Photoshop and CSS coding, he began designing variety of graphics in his high school days. When he stepped into college, his interests expanded. With a cheap digicam and a Single Lens Reflex camera, he was engaged into photography and sees it as a hobby. Read more about KFranco »

The Top Emerging Influential Blogs of 2011

Posted by Kristan Tuesday, September 6, 2011 View Comments

Indeed, Blogging had now become mainstream. From random personal posts to business strategy, blogging had been a medium of communication, an information, knowledge, and anything you could ever think of.

I just had the list of Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs. It's unquestionable why I nominate these blogs in this year's Top 10 Emerging Influential Bloggers. The content, layout, and the bloggers themselves. Check out their blogs to see they're worth it!

1.) Eat's Terrific
2.) Kikay Much
3.) Mother's Instincts
4.) I Am Ariel Lalisan
5.) Pinay Travelogue
6.) General Joana
7.) Libotero
8.) Jinky's Kitchen World

See! I just had my list. What's yours?

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4 Best Websites for iPod, iPhone, and iPad Wallpapers

Posted by Kristan Friday, February 11, 2011 View Comments

In case you are updating and synchronizing your iPod, iTouch, or iPad, can I suggest a "re-beautification" (if such term exists) of your standby menu with this sites I have used as resources for my wallpapers, and creative juice too.

You may want to visit these 4 Best Websites for iPod, iPhone, and iPad Wallpapers which offer quality wallpapers for your Apple products. Enjoy browsing!

Sample wallpaper from POOLGA.COM
1.)  Poolga

My top of the list belongs to Poolga, it offers abstract wallpapers and some retro and modern caricatures. Besides, the site layout is also clean, which gives users a quick glance on the wallpapers showcased by Poolga.

2.) iPOD Touch Tricks

Feast your eyes with their nature wallpapers along with the abstract one for your iPad! They have apps too!

3.) Free iPhone Wallpapers


Another set of abstract wallpapers down here. This time, its for your iPhone. Keep diggin!

4.) All iPod Touch Wallpapers

Pure iTouch wallpapers. Includes abstract wallpapers, and brand logos.




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Free Wallpaper: The World is Still Round (Abstract)

Posted by Kristan Tuesday, February 8, 2011 View Comments

I entitled this piece as "The World Is Still Round", it means, out of every negative things we ought to perceive, we should still remember that the world is full of beautiful things, things that are enough to give reason that life must still go on.

As we can see, the different things on this piece, living and non-living, such as, bananas, luxury car, flowers, and many more (including my favorite retro icon: Marilyn Monroe, and the face I use is my face, I just manipulated it to make it dull and spooky.








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Build Your Own Photo Timeline with LIFE Timeline

Posted by Kristan Sunday, February 6, 2011 View Comments

If you are having problems in remembering the history, or you have trouble remembering what you did in the last couple of years? Then, good news! You can now create a photo timeline of worth-remembering events with just a click away

LIFE Timeline is an online timeline builder which helps users organize photos in a chronological order. Photos are either from your own Flickr account or you can just search it on the LIFE photos. LIFE Timeline builder is as easy as uploading bunch of photos. The only difference is, you can picture out the exact date the picture was taken and basing it from that chronological point, you can remember every important milestone.

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You can check out featured photo timelines on LIFE Timeline's site. Believe me, you'll get to know Marilyn Monroe's life better than before, Muhammad Ali's legendary career, or even the Memories of the Yankees Stadium. ENJOY!



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Disney's Tangled - a classic tale of Rapunzel with a twist of spices (you know what I mean). Imagine, it was like Shrek + classic Rapunzel + Robin Hood = Tangled.

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I was given the opportunity to watch Tangled although it's quite late.

I must say that Tangled became one of my favorites 3d animation of Disney. We all know that it's an old Rapunzel-like approach, but guess what? Flynn Ryder - Rapunzel's love interest, and what Disney really wanted you to know, is the major "new" in the film.
“Tangled” jumps off with the classic story of Rapunzel – a princess whose mother nearly died during pregnancy. She is healed by a magical plant, stolen from the evil Gothel, who has been using the plant as a fountain of youth, of sorts. The child – Rapunzel – is born healthy, and the healing powers have been transferred from the plant to the baby. Gothel kidnaps Rapunzel, raising her as her own daughter locked in a tower.
The major twist picks up when Rapunzel finally decided to ask her "mother" to go out in the real word just to witness the "lights" coming out from the palace during her birthday (held every year in her honor). I wouldn't spoil it to you dear readers, so it starts there, and just before you know, Flynn Ryder is already in the scene - with Rapunzel.

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I can give you 5 major reasons why you should watch this film:

1.) It's a DISNEY - of course, it's Disney's trademark to impress people with its animated films. Anything larger than that? It's Disney! Anything Disney is just like anything delicious.

2.) A classic tale with a major twist - like I said, the film was like Shrek with a hint of Robin Hood plus the major spices of Rapunzel. Seriously, Flynn Ryder, being a thief (im afraid I spoiled it), reminds me of the Robin Hood catch-me-if-you-can scene. Why i'd say Shrek? C'mon, it's a magical world - this includes the rivalry of Maximus (the genius horse who acts like a dog) and Flynn Ryder who later became friends in the film, just like Donkey and Shrek.
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3.) Musical! Really really musical - Would you freak out? Plainly, no. I mean, there's so many Disney films that are musical, but this one is quite of a modern. Songs like, "I See the Light", "When Will My Life Begin" and of course the evil "mother", Gothel, would also catch up with, "Mother Knows Best". Any reasons why you watch this film? Knowing that its musical?  In fact, the casts includes Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, Zachary Levi would be Flynn Ryder and Donna Murphy for Gothel. It doesnt' bore you, it is BROADWAY WORTHY!

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4.) The Major Frying Pan - Their weapon would be frying pans. Just don't ask why. Watch the movie and laugh why frying pans were the issue!

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5.) For everyone - When I say, "For everyone", you know what I mean. Adults would love to laugh with their youngsters as well. Now, go now, go, go!

So, i'm done with me reasons. Would it encourage you? I just hope so. Go watch Tangled now in cinemas near you.



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Concept for Suspense/Thriller Movie Poster

Posted by Kristan Saturday, February 5, 2011 View Comments

4 months ago, our school's (NDDU) held its 4th MassCom Short Film Festival. This annual event showcases  short films originally made by NDDU's Mass Communication students.

I happened to have a MassCom friend and I was given the chance to design and conceptualize their film, AL LILAW. Without hesitation, I took the request and design them a poster that would match the films scheme.
AL LILAW is a thriller film which the story mainly revolves around 5 characters haunted by a psychotic killer in a dark isolated island.

So what I did during the development was to review different suspense movie posters and conceptualized a unique idea from them. The movie posters from Sorority Row and Nightmare on Elm Street helped me build up the proper concept of the short film.

I just applied the basic approach to the poster - the killer on top of the victims. By enlarging it, the emphasis on the "killer" is greater. It would really catch the attention of the ones who view the poster. Font style is also important. You wouldn't try Comic Sans in a thriller movie poster, do you? I searched for free horror fonts and came up with those. Textures are also important. It gives a crispy detail on how a thriller movie poster would look like.


So that's it.

Just in case you would like to learn some basic tips on how to create suspenseful movie posters, just check my blog post HERE, this would be of a great help.


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The Evolution of Adobe Photoshop

Posted by Kristan Friday, February 4, 2011 View Comments

"Every great thing comes from a humble beginning". I guess this would be the most appropriate phrase I can picture out with Adobe Photoshop. What started out as an instrument just to display grayscale images into monochrome display ended up being the most popular image-editing program.

From the name Display, it changed into Image Pro before settling in with the official name, Adobe Photoshop. With a hint of humor, Adobe Photoshop had been helping the uglies since 1988.

THE EVOLUTION OF ADOBE PHOTOSHOP ICON

TOOLS PALETTE


So, CS5 is on the latest reel! Much more versions to come.


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Free Kobe Bryant iPod, iPhone, and Desktop Wallpapers

Posted by Kristan Thursday, February 3, 2011 View Comments

Are you a Laker fan? If so, then we could talk about it over a coffee, if not, then I bet you still knew Kobe Bryant. I've been a great fan of Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant since I knew.

What I got here are Kobe Bryant wallpapers for iPod, iPhone, and for your desktop (iPad version - coming soon). Basically, I just plainly started from scratch and let my juice wander how to layout these wallpapers.

Here's your five-time champion, Kobe Bryant:


ONE GOAL:




iPhone, iPod Touch (320x480) - Download here
iPhone 4 (640x960) - Download here
Desktop (1024x768) - Download here
Desktop widescreen (1280x800) - Download here

DARK ROOM:





iPhone, iPod Touch (320x480)Download here
iPhone 4 (640x960)Download here
Desktop (1024x768)Download here
Desktop widescreen (1280x800) - Download here







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1 year ago today, I would find myself blogging and showcasing a "LOVE" typography wallpaper. Believing it is love month, that's it.


So what's in the highlight reel now? I think the "going-back-to-blogging" thing makes up this blog post. Lately, I've been busy with stuffs about school (Oh no! Not Facebook and Twitter - but its the opposite) that I find it hard to create worth-reading blog posts. So in that sense, I decided to temporarily drop my blogging habit. Come to think of it, I just can't blog about no-creative-juice entries. I just want my readers to feel comfortable with my blog entries. So everything goes along after I dropped and decide.

Dear readers, so I guess we're back in business (Fun) again. I guess I have to posts designing-related stuffs here and some random personal experiences too. Cheers to graphic designs!


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Wacky Font Effect (Very Basic)

Posted by Kristan Thursday, June 24, 2010 View Comments

The "basics" of a good concept of a wallpaper are the fonts and colors. So this is the most simple way to establish a rhythmic wallpaper. In this blog post, i'm going to share to you a very simple font effect which can be of good use in certain graphic concepts.

Let's call it the wacky font. Chug, chug, chug. With just 5 Photoshop steps, you can create a font effect like this:


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THE 5 HOLY STEPS (LOL):

1.) After opening Photoshop, decide for the colors you want to use. In my case, I decided to set a dark background and neon colors for the font. Or the other way around, just don't make the background and font colors the same, otherwise, your output will look like a Chamelion.

2.) Choosing a good font. In my output, I used Franchise Font.

3.) Type in a word to start effect. I used the statement, "Light Peace Love". Voila! Your doing good this time.

4.) Duplicate, 0-fill, and adding a stroke. Duplicate the font layer and be sure to make the Fill 0 (not the opacity). After doing this, you will see nothing, it's all right. Right click the text-layer and select Blending Options, go to Stroke and set the size to 1 (if its not already visible, then go for 2), set the fill color same with the color of your font.


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5.) Align, Tilt, and Tilt the Duplicates. Now we're almost done! Align the duplicated layer to your original text-layer, and tilt it ti add the effect. Duplicate these many times, and see the output. Play these layers by tilting them in different angles. Now we're done! Simple! Now you can create your own wallpaper by just using this. Goodluck!


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FINAL RESULT:


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Beautiful iPhotos of Philippine Colors from North to South

Posted by Kristan Tuesday, February 23, 2010 View Comments

Recently, I came across Philstar's article about the beautiful and catchy iPhotos of Philippines' North to South vibrant colors. The shooters, equipped with a a photographer's arsenal, showcased the very unique sunrise, sunset, flavorful foods, and eye-catching beaches in the country.

"Makulay" is a tagalog term for "colorful". As what the article emphasized, the word "Makulay" has been the very appropriate word that could sum up all these beautiful iPhotos.



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The World in Fish-eye

Posted by Kristan Wednesday, February 17, 2010 View Comments

One of the many interests I have in Photography is distortion. Distortion is art, and it gives a more dramatic effect to a simple and dull photo. Wide-angle and fish-eye lenses are the main reason why distortion exists in photography.Equipped with a basic DSLR and a good fish-eye filter lens, I was able to apply distortion to my shots.

This is a very simple definition of Fish-eye in Photography:

Of or being a wide-angle photographic lens that covers an angle of about 180°, producing a circular image with exaggerated foreshortening in the center and increasing distortion toward the periphery.
I've got so many fish-eye shots, and I think one blog post won't contain all photos, so I just select some clear shots.

1.) Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. A shot during our parade. I zoomed the lens that's why the distortion is just low.



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2.) RD Plaza, Gensan. Another shot from our parade. Since I zoomed-in the lens, the distortion lessened. One thing, the sky was overexposed.





3.) Sunny Highway. A shot from last month. I was riding a public-utility vehicle when the highway became an interesting scenery to shoot.



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4.) Hope Springs. A shot taken from the place of a firework incident. The tree was half-burnt. You could see less distortion here because of zooming in, see the clouds.

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Shooting in fish-eye is quite exciting. You get to see distorted sceneries. So, go, give it a try!

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