Central Catholic High School Seal — Digitize & Colorize

I’m happy to share a new project that BlackStone Studio just wrapped up for one of our newest clients, the San Antonio Central Catholic High School, one of the largest all-male private secondary schools in the state of Texas. I was tasked with digitizing their school seal and helping them colorize the new artwork. It was a fun challenge as we couldn’t deviate far from the original graphics, but we wanted to have a new cleaner, scalable vector image that could transform smoothly from black and white to color. Check out the end results!

Original Artwork

New Black/White & Color Artwork

SANdBox #NoExcuses T-Shirt Design

Take a look above at a new t-shirt artwork designed by BlackStone Studio for SANdBox, a team of Camp Gladiator personal trainers in San Antonio and New Braunfels. I had the pleasure of working on last year’s graphics, so I was excited to get hired again to help with this year’s t-shirts! The new front features a custom logo designed by BlackStone Studio and for the back, brand-new art promoting their well-known fitness motivation hashtag!

Can I use this image on my website or graphic design project?

When clients send me images for their projects, I can usually tell if they bought them, created them, or copied them from online. While I advise people to purchase stock images or hire a photographer to take pictures, almost always a client will do an online search first. Image search results are great as a source of inspiration. However, it’s not ok to copy and use online images without checking what their permissions are.

It's not ok to copy and use online images without checking what their permissions are.

With so many graphics available online, it’s sometimes hard to know if and how you can use them. With that in mind, I have created a simple infographic to help you determine if you can use an image on your website or graphic design project.

Learn More

Learn more about Public Domain images and Creative Commons when searching online for graphics. Or be on the safe side and either create your own images or purchase images through stock photography websites like istockphoto.comshutterstock.com or bigstockphoto.com to name a few.

Airborne Beans Coffee Bag Design

Airborne Beans is a new company that will be selling delicious organic roasted coffee very soon! One of my awesome clients, Randy Pike — a former US Army Airborne Paratrooper, is the owner and Roast Master. Randy hired me to design the Airborne Beans logo, and most recently their new coffee bags! Coffee bags are an entirely new area of design for BlackStone Studio. One of the few package design projects I’ve been a part of, but yet, they are also one of the most creatively fun things I’ve worked on! Check out the mock-up above and hopefully I’ll share a picture of the real product soon!

Frontera Produce Habanero Pepper’s Bag Design

Frontera Produce is a relatively new client for BlackStone Studio. We started working together last fall, when I designed the Straight Up Texas Fresh logo for their new brand of fruits and vegetables. Since then, I’ve designed a couple more projects for them. Working with the Frontera Produce team has been an absolute pleasure! This last project was particularly fun. I created the artwork for a clear bag that they will use to package their delicious habanero peppers. Take a look at the mock-up above! I’m hoping to share a picture of the real product soon.

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