Whether you are looking to outsource photo-editing service or require professional retouching experts to make your memorable moments perfect. The process of choosing a right service provider is rather cumbersome with the number of options available on the Internet.

However, with the large number of options, comes greater confusion in choosing the right service. Making the process of choosing the best photo editing service easier, here a list of three web portals that are a potential choice for profitable collaboration.

Fix The Photo

Are you looking for a service that is light on the pocket and offers myriad of Photoshop services? Then, ‘Fix The Photo’ might be the place for you.

Retouching Services

This US-based photo retouch service offers five photo retouching levels: Basic, Pro, High-end, Extra and Manipulation & Restoration; all for just $2 per photo.

On this site, a user has a gamut of genres available to choose from including Portrait, Wedding and Products. A mighty advantage is the ability to work fast with raw files after a quick & secure photo upload. The user can either choose individual photo styles or use other services like photo manipulation, digital restoration, and digital drawing or backdrop removal.


Also, in case the final result does not bring the expected satisfaction, they will review the order according to the discussed deadlines without any additional cost!

The web portal also helps the photographers hone their retouching skills with a variety of free and paid Lightroom presets. They also conduct special competitions for budding photo enthusiasts interested in modern photography art to earn the scholarship and improve their skills further.

Weedit Photos

With a broad classification of Wedding and Portrait photography, this web portal concentrates on the two genres to provide a niche and specialised service with quality. They offer several services such as culling, glamour retouching, high-end retouching, colour correction amongst others.

Retouching Services

With the main intention of making retouching in as minimal as possible time, they have fixed deadlines that they strictly adhere to. Every customer can coordinate directly with the Retoucher and can expect a professional result with the price range within $10.


Budding photo editing enthusiasts can also access their blog for informative Photoshop and photography tips.

Damaged Photo Restoration

Photo restoration is no ordinary feat. Snapping old/damaged photographs back to its original glory can be very expensive.

Retouching Services

Known as the only service in the USA to offer qualified photo repairing, this company specialises in professional restoration that includes enlarging, reconstruction, restoration from water damage, colourising, etc.

With a simple interface to place an order with all the requirements and remarks, the client gets to choose the level of restoration – Standard, Premium or Extreme. A common photo retouching such as colour correction may also be applied here.


Every service is manually done without using contemporary Photoshop actions with surprisingly short deadlines (1 hour to 2 working days for an Extreme level). The customers pay $50 per destroyed picture only after they are fully satisfied with the result.

The website’s blog is a great way to know the happenings of current photography sphere and is focused on the theme of image restoration.

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Brand & Design consultants NH1 design along with designer Pallavi Mohan have initiated a three month campaign, Don’t Stop. Period. to rebrand sanitary napkins which is real, inspiring and sure to start a conversation bringing a positive change.

Periods. Menstruation. It’s that time of the month!

Don’t Hide It. Period.

Hush. Don’t say it out loud.
But, there’s blood.
There are cramps. There’s pain!

Hush Hush. Enough said.

Don’t Hide It. Period.

Even the sanitary pads are packaged in distinct shades of pink, blue and yellow and covered with floral patterns with cursive typography. Sigh.

Nothing close to the reality.

Don’t Hide It. Period.


One of the most natural biological processes that all women go through comes with a lot of social stigma and embarrassment attached to it. The women talk about periods in hushed whispers and buy sanitary napkins wrapped in black plastic and newspaper. There are a lot of myths about the subject and very little information about menstrual hygiene.

Don’t Hide It. Period.

Confronting the taboos surrounding menstruation, ‘Don’t Hide It. Period.’ is the design initiative by NH1 designs along with designer Pallavi Mohan to rebrand the sanitary pad for what it truly is in order to begin conversation and change the mindsets around menstruation.

Don’t Hide It. Period.

‘DON’T HIDE IT. PERIOD.’ is loud and clear in a bright canvas bag dotted with red and orange polka dots. The packaging is real, inspiring and confident. Encouraging people to talk about periods, it contains ten sanitary napkins each featuring a unique message such as, “It’s not a bad word” or “It’s just blood”.

They also have a website Donthideitperiod.com dedicated to the campaign where people can write a message on a virtual pad and share it on social media.

Don’t Hide It. Period.

However, that’s not all. The three-month campaign of limited edition available exclusively on Nykaa.com is much more than a pack of pads. All the proceeds of the purchase will be donated to’ The Better India’ and ‘Aakar Innovations’ to set up a factory in Ajmer that will employ local women to manufacture and distribute low-cost biodegradable pads.

Don’t Hide It. Period.

Shunning the stigma and bringing a positive change in creating awareness and access to sanitary pads, this revamped design is all set to change the face of sanitary napkins and our mindset along with it.

Don’t Hide It. Period.

Hush no more. Period.

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The 2018 A’ Design Award & Competition mainly ‘aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products worldwide in all creative disciplines and industries.’

A’ Design Award and Competition is dedicated to recognising and appreciating some of the best designs and best-designed products across the world, be it in the forms of concept stage, prototype or finished products. The winners of the competition are thereby showcased at the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition which is held in Italy.

There is a wide scope of the design award & competitions, featuring 100 varied categories such as

  • Furniture Design,
  • Packaging Design,
  • Lightning Design,
  • Toy Design,
  • Digital Devices Design and so on.

The event and initiative is something that is recognised all over the world and coveted by a lot of varied agencies, designers, innovators and the likes – a global platform with a global audience.

Registrations are currently open.


The deadline for entries is the 28th of February, 2018, (23.59 GMT +1)

The Winners of 2017 A’ Design Award

Category: Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

1. A chairs by Yi-An Hung, Yestudio

A' Design Award & Competition

Multi-functional chairs that could be modified according to environmental setting and be transformed into a table, chair, bench, box or tube with a simple push and pull methods to change the formation and function of the chairs. The fundamental research thus was put in was mainly in the direction of trying to design a prototype of simple furniture that could act and be used for multiple purposes by just manipulating within its design.

2. Sagano Bamboo Furniture Chair and lamps by Alice Minkina

The project was essentially about finding new possibilities and aesthetic features connected to the use of bamboo and finding some interesting ways of applying it in the form of furniture. Sagano bamboo furniture is thus an innovative eco-friendly furniture set – bamboo is so fast-growing that its life cycle is way shorter than using other trees, therefore making the use of this wood more efficiently.

3. HexBOX File Cabinet by Kemal Yıldırım

The design of the HexBOX was inspired by honey bees and their solidarity, and can be formed by increasing or decreasing the number of boxes and in alternative designs, such as single, triple and sextuple in different width and height dimensions. At the same time, aesthetically, visual differences can be obtained by using different colors and materials in the drawers, which operate with telescopic tracks.

Packaging Design

1.‘Pasta Nikita’ packaging by Nikita Konkin

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

Using the shapes of pasta strands to create an interesting series of packaging that captures attention on the shelves, Pasta Nikita’s packaging was designed. Trying to connect the food to its lovers by showing the interconnection between the two, the packaging attempts to entice latter.

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

Assuming the basic laws of good design i.e. utility, economy and idea, the idea proved key to a rather simple solution – using the international designation of countries which the coffee came from as leitmotif of packaging this series. The main aim was to display the value of the brand and focus on the message and information, keeping it readable, understandable and outstanding.

Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category

1. Punjab Kesari Headquarters Office by Amit Gupta: Britta Knobel Gupta

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

The inspiration was to translate a traditional Indian facade pattern by using digital simulations to create a responsive built form. Designed as a “Fusion” of traditional Indian architecture and contemporary office space, the main objective is to reduce heat gain and optimize facade opening ratio, ensuring no artificial lighting is required on a typical day.

2. Gallery in Kiyosato Villa with Exhibition Space by Satoshi Okada architects

A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition
A' Design Award & Competition

The architecture needed to mould itself onto fluctuating social demands, such as the present demographic trends and the decrease of population Japan as elsewhere in the world. The aim thus was to pursue flexibility through innovative structural systems. The first imagery came from the landscape of Kiyosato.

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Praveen Das and Kartik Iyer from Happy MGB, illustrates upon its core approach that ‘effective communication of ideas help build great brands’, further introducing us to their process of brainstorming, building upon the information and concept, finally leading to the execution and output.

Effective Communication of Ideas

What’s the idea behind the consistent feature of simplicity and minimalism in your works?

Praveen Das: Economy of design is something we always aspire towards. A ‘say less in order to say more’ kind of philosophy. All great ideas tend towards simplicity but are also the most difficult to achieve. For us, there always needs to be a balance between the functional and the aesthetic, and we add an element of disruption somewhere to make the idea fly. Simplicity lies at the heart of all this.

What do you feel is the essence of your style of work?

Praveen Das: We extensively use design-thinking as a process to find solutions. As a result, we begin with ‘empathy’, which means we do deep listening to the client’s challenges and pain points. This is part of the ‘immersion’ stage, where we also gather data, research, etc. Next, we move to the ‘inspiration’ stage, where we ideate, sometimes using design-thinking creative tools. We then move onto the ‘innovation’ stage, where we disrupt, and finally to the ‘implementation’, where we do the detailing of the execution. After this comes the evaluation, which involves feedback from the market, client, consumer, etc. and we are ready once again to modify, improve, change and fine tune the communication further.

How do you decide the tone of the design to make it suit the communication/brand?

Praveen Das: We determine the tone of voice for the brand after much research, benchmarking, consumer studies, observations and insights. Primarily, it depends on the product; the target group; the objective of the communication, etc. For instance, after creating the corporate identity, we go on to determine the brand world, signage, environmental graphics, digital graphics, a tone of voice of the communication/ ads, look and feel of the visuals and more. We try to find that single voice, theme and synergy across all our communication, whatever be the touch point. This is to ensure consistent and recognisable messaging, which in turn ensures gaining the consumers’ mindshare and in maximising media spends.

What do you feel is the balance between marketing, portfolio and quality of work when it comes to acquiring work? Do you think there’s anything more a designer needs to do?

Kartik Iyer: In the creative business, we all work for three things. Fortune. Freedom. And Fame. At any given point of time, you should always get two of the three from any project. Do great work. That is your portfolio. Make sure people get to see it. The rest will happen.

What would be your advice to the designers of today, regarding the best way to balance finances and acquiring quality projects?

Kartik Iyer: Work hard to be the best at what you do. No matter how good, always remember, what you do in the end is a product or service. And, like any other product or service, success also is defined by the challenges and vagaries of doing any business. One should not confuse the two. Just because you are good at one, it doesn’t mean you are great at the other. In simple words, no matter how good you are, it is important to conduct good business well in order to succeed. And always remember that you can’t be the best at everything. Seek the best help when you need it. Even if it means getting someone to manage your finances.


Published in Issue 34

This is a rebranding special issue focused on finding the answers to some of the basic questions like what is the right time for re-branding? or what all needs changing and how exactly? We interviewed some of the best branding studios like Landor Mumbai, Elephant, VGC, Inchwork, and many more. If you are considering rebranding or want to learn more about the art of doing it then this issue is a must read. So, go ahead


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Curiosity enables us to question everything around us and lean into uncertainty with a positive approach. This self branding film by artist Eui Soo Lim showcases curiosity as an integral part of problem solving to find creative solutions.

Curiosity is the key to develop creative solutions. Albert Einstein once said, ‘I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.’

Brief: The Source

‘Curiosity is the source of all my design process,’ explains artist Eui Soo Lim. As a self-branding film and a part of his graduate work at Visual Design & Art School, he designed ‘Curiosity’ to showcase the approach that is an integral part of problem-solving in a design for him.


Finding answers and the result of things that start with being curious are often unpredictable and are not confirmed. Although it could be frustrating, it is a valuable process that makes one approach problems from an unconfined, open mind to find the right solution.

Outcome: Beginning with unexpected results

And thus starts Curiosity Project. With a complex set-up representing various Q & A elements (Questions & Answers), the artist has further developed various attributes that showcase his approach – to repeatedly question, dig deep and persevere to find answers.

This design metaphorically gives us a glimpse of the artist’s mind by effectively portraying his approach to find solutions to problems by being curious.

As an alert pops up detecting a question, we see myriad of elements, of varied shapes and attributes gushing from a door. It is then that each of these elements passes various obstacles and tests, where many either disintegrate or fail in the search for answers.


However, slowly, an unexpected element finally finds its way to the question and turns out to be the solution.


Using Cinema 4D, After Effect and Premiere, the artist’s portrayal of his curious mind in ‘Curiocity’ to synthesise ideas and seek answers is effective.

Curiosity as a behaviour and emotion is attributed as the driving force behind human development. It is the building block to develop innovative and creative solutions.

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9Twenty Creative

9Twenty Creative is a collaboration by brothers Shrinivas and Shivaram Ananthnarayanan. Based in Goa, the design shop offers a variety of design and visual concepts that range from origami, paper engineering, and photography to graphic design, product design, illustrations and concept art.

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With festive cover, this issue offers in-depth insights on contemporary jewellery design, controlling light in your photo shoots, surreal illustration by 9Twenty studios and many more!

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Planning to venture into the world of motion graphics? Great, now as you take the plunge to explore it in the depth of the different areas of the graphics world, which will help you to stretch your imagination. But the more you explore the more you feel that it may require a lifetime to experiment and learn. So here we, listed out some the essential tools to start from.

When you start your journey of becoming a motion graphic designer you will encounter numerous programs. You not only need a great artistic eye as a motion designer but also need to master some of these tools. Though every tool has its own importance, when using these tools, please remember they only add value to your artistic wisdom.

Here Adaar has summed up the essential tools that may help you add value to your creativity.

1. Adobe Photoshop

A very useful and must know tool for any motion graphics designer when it comes to things like create textures, design boards, image manipulation etc. Expertise in Photoshop can help you create great designs elements for your motion graphic projects.

2. Adobe Illustrator

It’s a vector based software with an array of useful tools for motion graphics, which help you create great motion graphics design vector elements such as logos, shape objects, and vector background. Also, Illustrator files can very easily be imported into After Effects for animation, without losing quality.

3. Cinema 4D

One of the most popular 3D modelling, animation and motion graphic software which gives creative professionals the tools needed to create stunning 3D graphics. This will take your skill-set to the next level. All the tool in Cinema 4D helps you to enhance your 3D modelling, animation, and rendering. It is very flexible while integrating into After Effects.

There are other 3D programs like Maya or Max 3Ds, but when it comes to creating outstanding motion graphics Cinema 4D is the best. It allows you to render out higher-quality 3D visuals through its popular third-party render engines – Octane, Redshift, V-Ray, etc. To make a place for yourself in the motion graphics world, you have to be well-versed in Cinema 4D.

4. After Effects

Generally known as AE is an extension that helps carry motion graphics. After Effects is one of the most important tools one must learn while stepping into motion graphics world. It can provide you with high-quality customised visual effects and also help you to create & control great motion graphic works. Strong knowledge of AE will help you to make captivating visual effects for 2D and 3D animation, compositing, motion tracking, object removal, simulation effects, template creation and much more.

After Effects is flexible in integrating with 3D applications like 3D max Maya and Cinema 4D etc. Besides, there are so many built-in plug-ins and third-party plug-ins that let you play with interesting special effects.

5. Special Effects Tools

You can further raise the level of your motion graphics projects by applying many of the custom special effects tools like X-particle, Real Flow etc. for special effects like particles, water, smoke, fire and a whole lot more.


These tools will definitely help you add value to your creativity. And from here onwards ‘Just keep learning and keep growing!’

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The base colour of new 10 rupees note is quite delicious, indeed, one could say, that’s because it is chocolate brown.

New 10 rupees

New additions to the 10 rupees note, most commonly used in Indian currency, include fresh designs and geometric patterns featuring a rich representation of India’s cultural heritage. These, for example, are symbols such as the motif of Sun Temple, Konark, depicted on the reverse side of the note, and an image of Mahatma Gandhi on the front side. A conscious effort seems to have been taken to make sure they fit in well with the primary or base colour scheme.

New 10 rupees
The 10 rupees note is to be 63 mm x 123 mm in size, with the number 10 written in the Devnagari script on the back end. Likewise, the year in which the notes go into print will also be inscribed on the reverse sides of the currency, towards the left-hand side, while the emblem of synonymous and symbolic Ashoka Pillar will find its way on the reverse.
Quite a spectacle, we must say, at a price of “10 Rupees only”.