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The Day Before Christmas

In Norway we celebrate Christmas on the evening of December 24th, making December 23td our “day before Christmas”. The main tradition this day is to decorate the christmas tree. We also have another odd tradition: We all watch an old german short movie, called “Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One“. It’s not even about Christmas. Does it get any weirder? The Amercian tradition, with movies such as It’s a wonderful life is much more Christmas-like, and I have to admit I prefer these movies ;) .

Today’s image captures the magic of a Christmas tree, and the anticipation for Christmas Eve! Photo by Sandralise

Linda

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Silent Night

Only days from Christmas, let’s take a deep breath and make sure we enjoy this busy, wonderful time!

Linda :)

silent-nightPhoto by ciarada

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Image of the Day

As often as possible I try to browse through recently received images, and then I click on an image and from there into a portfolio. This procedure gives us a good overview of the images we have at YAY. Sometimes I see an image that just reminds me of something. Today, that something was today. The image just reminded me of how the feel of the weather was this morning.

This photo by ibphoto gave a perfect example of how the light and temperature was this morning. Cold, clear and crisp.

Couple of trees on frozen lake with sunshine
Couple of trees on frozen lake with sunshine

Jan

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Christmas Animals and How to Get a Good Laugh

You can just tell how embarrassing some animals find it to be dressed up as Santa’s little helper. But they’re so cute! If you want a good laugh, check out the Christmas section of “lol-cats”. I laugh until I cried, and then I laugh some more. The text for the dog image is from this site. Photo by studioportosabbia

Linda :)

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Vector Images for Christmas

Ever thought about making your own Christmas card? Or Birthday card? Or an anniversary card for a loved one? YAY now has over 48 000 vector files that fit this purpose perfectly. And now, just before Christmas, we’ve seen a huge spike in downloaded vector-files. So, you ask yourself: What’s a vector file?

In vector graphics information is stored as a collection of geometrical shapes. That means that you can open a vector graphics file and render it as large as you want. You can also change geometrical values without distorting the image or loose quality.

At YAY we have both EPS and SVG vector files. EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript and is the filetype that the Adobe program suite mostly support. EPS-files can be opened in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, as well as CorelDraw, GIMP and InkScape. All these programs can also save convert the EPS into JPEGs or your preferred format. SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics and is the preferred vector  file for web-applications. All major browsers support SVG. However, SVG is not supported in Photoshop. Though CorelDraw, Illustrator and Inkscape has native support.

InkScape is a program you should look into if you’re working with vectors and are in need of a free program. It is distributed under a free software license and is quite capable of doing almost everything you need to do with vector files.

So, I’ve picked a few examples to give you an idea of how vector files look:

Santa Chimney
Santa Chimney
Christmas trees and stars
Christmas trees and stars
An abstract orange floral background
An abstract orange floral background
Fairy Princess
Fairy Princess
Christmas and New Years Card
Christmas and New Years Card

Merry Christmas!

Jan

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