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Pantone Ultra Violet Fashion Mood Board

Pantone Ultra Violet Fashion Mood Board and trendy products to add some ultra violet purple into your everyday style.

The new Pantone Ultra Violet color is quickly becoming the latest thing in fashion and interior design.  Incorporating this ultra violet purple into your wardrobe or home decor can be a challenge, because it is a very bold and provocative color.  Today, I have some inspiration for adding this trendy color into your fashion for 2018.

Who is Pantone?

You may be wondering just what is Pantone.  Pantone is a company that releases color swatches that will print accurately and remain true across computer screens, across various industries such as the design industry, the fashion industry, and the interior design industry.

According to Pantone,

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONEĀ® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

For more information on Pantone and what they do, visit the Pantone website.

Additionally, every year, Pantone selects one or two colors to represent the year.  For 2018, Pantone has chosen a purple color called “Ultra Violet”.  The Color of the Year represents not only what is trending around the world, but also a reflection of our world today.

Pantone's Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, explaining the meaning behind Pantone's Color of 2018 - Ultra Violet Purple
Quote from Pantone’s Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, regarding Pantone’s Color of 2018 – Ultra Violet Purple

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Traditionally, Purple has represented luxury, mystery, and passion.  Pantone’s Ultra Violet expands on these ideas even further.  Ultra Violet brings with it a sense of exploration, originality, discovery, and mystique.  Ultra violet is a blue-based purple encouraging hope and innovation.  According to Pantone’s Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, [Ultra violet] “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”

Tips on Wearing Pantone’s Ultra Violet in Fashion

While the purple shade that Pantone has chosen for 2018 is a really gorgeous color, there are some issues with wearing it.  First, purple can be a very overpowering color.  Often, unconventional pop culture icons have used this purple shade such as David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince.  Second, purple has long been one of those colors that mainstream fashion avoids due to the awkward and overpowering features that this color has.  So how can we incorporate this trendy ultraviolet color into our fashion style in real life?

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Abstract Paintings in Photoshop – Digital Acrylic Pouring

Digital Acrylic Pouring - Abstract Painting with Photoshop and the Liquify filter by Adria Black

Acrylic pour paintings are typically done on canvas, however today, I will show you how to create abstract paintings in Photoshop, similar to an acrylic pouring. For more information on the actual acrylic pouring process and techniques that have inspired me in creating this digital process, check out The Dirty Pour and The Swipe Method.

Abstract Paintings in Photoshop Inspired by Acrylic Pouring

Do you love the look of acrylic pouring, just as much as I do? Do you feel like it is simply outside of your wheelhouse and there is no way you could ever figure out how to do it? Are you having issues getting your exact mixing formula down with your acrylic paints and your pouring medium? Then, today I have a fantastic solution for you! I will be showing you how to create an acrylic pour painting using Photoshop, instead of having to fiddle with acrylic paint, plastic cups, and the proper mixing formula of your acrylic paint and pouring medium!  That’s right!  Easy abstract paintings in Photoshop with a similar look to acrylic pour paintings.

Using the Liquify Filter in Photoshop

For this tutorial, I will be using Adobe Photoshop CC. Under the filter options, you will see the Liquify Filter. The Liquify Filter is a way to pour paint without getting messy! The Liquify filter turns any image or layer in Photoshop into a fluid, free-flowing canvas. Additionally, you can push or pull the design, just like you do in traditional acrylic pouring when the paint is poured onto the canvas.

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