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A variety of things cumulate to make an ecommerce site attractive enough to draw in customers and make them shop. But one factor many ecommerce owners tend to ignore is the power of their website's colour scheme.
How colours are used on your ecommerce website go a long way in convincing visitors to do exactly what you want on the website. The wrong selection of colours can lead to your website being regarded as off-putting or simply boring, while the right combination of colours can make your website the belle of the ball among competing e-retailers. According to Brendan Wilde of Umbrellar, “…what makes a website worth shopping on goes beyond its loading speed, security, or offerings. The website's aesthetics also plays a big part.”
Since your competitors are likely already figuring out ways to use colours to their advantage, you also need to learn how to win over more customers and make your online store first choice with the power of colours.
Before you decide on a colour scheme for your website, you need to first determine who your target market is and understand them. This is because what works for a particular group of shoppers will likely not work for a dissimilar one. For instance, what colour scheme works for women will likely not work for men.
With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to think about the scary colors associated with this very popular seasonal event. Being frightened a bit, but not too much, is part of the fun. However, certain colors have become the traditional spooky color favorites for this night-time celebration.
For example, especially in America, black is the winner as the scariest Halloween color, hands down. It is the color most associated with darkness, devilishness, and the unknown. In Ancient times, Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, was considered the night when the veil that separated the living from the dead was at its thinnest. Spirits could return to earth, and they were not always well-intentioned.
The fact that this celebration is celebrated at night further links black to the dark and forbidding danger lurking just outside the safety of the cabin's or fire's light. Vampires, creatures of the night, wear black clothing and capes; bats and spiders are black, as are black cats. Witches also dress in dark spooky colors, although more recently, purple has been added to their wardrobe. Purple represents mystery, the supernatural, and the third eye. If you are looking for costumes, except to find black and purple robes, wigs, eye shadow, and lipstick.
You may have heard the terms CMYK full colour or PMS spot colour. Read on while I explain the differences between the two, plus the benefits and disadvantages of different printing technology commonly used in the printing industry.
There are many different types of printing methods and technology, most of which are more suitable for a certain variety of product or scenario. I have compiled a brief explanation of the different printing technologies available, to help you understand which option may have been used to print your business stationary and marketing material.
What is Offset Printing?
The relationship between off set printing and digital printing could be compared to the vinyl record and CD or DVD. Offset printing uses ‘analogue technology' (plates and blankets), but produces a higher resolution print and a much faster sheet rate than a digital press.
Set up costs for offset printing is higher than digital printing, but run on costs (cost per sheet) are a lot lower. This traditional printing style is commonly used to manufacture a range of products such as business cards, flyers, magnets, stickers, brochures, duplicate invoice books, letterheads - generally in run sizes of 500 sheets +
With Easter just around the corner, department stores, dollar stores, and even specialty shops are restocking shelves with familiar packages of egg coloring kits. PAAS may be the most familiar name associated with egg dyeing. A typical kit includes six dye tablets, a dipper, and accessories such as glitter or stickers. Both pastel and bold neon egg dye colors are available.
Colors Galore offers vinegar-free dyes and a process that might be a little less messy. Two or three drops of dye are squirted in a plastic bag and then the egg is simply rolled around in the bag until a marbleized effect is created. For those looking for something a little more sophisticated, Eastern Unlimited sells the 24 Karat Easter Egg Kit, which contains two packets of gold glaze and three dyes: red, blue and yellow.
Health conscious folks may prefer organic egg dyes and natural food colors. For example, simmering an egg in a water-vinegar bath with cranberries or raw beets produces varying intensities of pink. Blueberries create blue eggs, the most popular of the egg dye colors. Yellow onion skins will give a yellow hue; coffee or tea dyes eggs brown or beige; and red onions can create a jade green dye. While all of the colors appear somewhat muted, the egg shells are totally harmless to those who may be allergic to commercial dyes.
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