Inspiration / 27 Mar 2020
If you’re looking for a different type of a font to make your design stand out, a cursive font can be a great choice. Cursive and script fonts aren’t new, but they’re a less common choice for many designers. This gives you a chance to use cursive fonts to add some originality to your next project.
Fonts play an important role in every design. Whether you’re designing a book cover, a website header, social media post, greeting card, or a poster, the typography is the main aspect that captures everyone’s attention.
In this collection, we’re featuring some of the most beautiful and modern cursive fonts you can use for your various types of designs. Plus, a series of helpful tips for choosing a hand lettering font to help you make the right decision.
Inspiration / 26 Mar 2020
The HDR technique is one of the most popular techniques photographers use to add more depth and range to photos. It usually takes multiple photos and a lot of work to take photos using the HDR technique.
However, if you have the Lightroom app, there’s a much easier way to create that same HDR effect with just a few clicks. In this post, we’re sharing with you a collection of the best HDR Lightroom presets you can use to add an authentic HDR effect to your own photos.
These HDR Lightroom presets are easy to customize, and they let you adjust the settings to match any kind of a photograph, whether you take it with a DSLR or your smartphone camera.
Trends / 25 Mar 2020
Three-dimensional shapes and geometry add depth and visual interest to the digital space. Maybe that’s why this is a trending website design technique.
While 3D elements in web design aren’t new, using geometry and geometric shapes to create this effect is beginning to explode. It can be a fun and interesting way to make elements seem to jump off the screen for website visitors.
Here’s a look at the trend with some examples to get you thinking about how this design trend (and these techniques) might work in your projects.
Software / 24 Mar 2020
Prototyping is part of every designer’s creative process. It’s an integral part of your work that helps win projects and clients. We believe every designer should have a proper prototyping tool. And today we aim to help you find one.
Whether you’re a user experience designer or an interface designer looking for a good prototyping tool, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we take a look at the best prototyping tools for UI and UX designers of all kinds.
You’ll find both free prototyping tools as well as paid apps and even online prototyping tools to suit your budget and needs. Let’s get started.
Inspiration / 24 Mar 2020
A poster is not just a piece of marketing material. It’s also a way to express your brand and connect with your audience. That’s why it takes a lot of work to design an effective poster. But, what if you don’t have the budget to hire a designer or the time to design it yourself? That’s where free poster templates come to help.
In this roundup, we feature many different types of free Illustrator poster templates and Photoshop poster templates you can use to design your own posters for your small business or event without an effort.
We made sure to include free poster templates in several different niches. No matter the purpose, you’ll find a poster design for your marketing project on this list.
Inspiration / 23 Mar 2020
VSCO is a popular photography app for both Android and iOS, known for stunning filters and effects. Today we’re featuring a selection of VSCO Lightroom presets, inspired by the VSCO app, to help you achieve similar results with greater power and flexibility.
If you have a copy of Lightroom, you probably want to have more control over the specific nuances of how a filter is applied. We’ve found this collection of Lightroom presets that feature pretty much the same filters, effects, and adjustments included in the VSCO app.
The only difference is they are quite a bit easier to customize and change in more dramatic ways. Plus, you can apply these Lightroom presets to your photos with just one click!
Business / 23 Mar 2020
With the average lifespan of a website being somewhere between 3 and 5 years, chances are that you’ll have a website redesign project soon (if you aren’t already working on one.)
The foundation of a solid redesign is strategy. What do you (or your client) hope to get out of the redesign? Why is the change being made? What does success look like?
Answer these questions and it will help bring the design together. Plus, we have a few more tips for developing a website redesign strategy. (Take note of the images in this post, they are pretty nifty website designs from the Design Shack gallery.)
Inspiration / 20 Mar 2020
Many designers now use tattoo lettering fonts to give an artistic hand-drawn look to their designs. In this post, we bring you a set of tattoo fonts you can use with your own design projects to create that same unique effect.
The inconsistent, stylish, and decorative designs of the tattoo fonts help give a personalized look to various types of digital and print designs, including flyers, posters, social media posts, and even greeting cards. It’s a great way to add an authentic feel to your designs to make them look like you’ve hand-crafted it yourself.
We’ve gathered a collection of the best tattoo fonts with all sorts of designs and decorative styles (as well as tips for choosing a tattoo font). Whether you’re looking for a font to design a creative business card, a poster, or even working on a real tattoo design, you’ll find plenty of choices on this list.
Reviews / 20 Mar 2020
As your team grows there has to be a better way of managing passwords and user accounts. It’s called Teamstack, a simple and convenient identity management solution for businesses of any size.
Teamstack is a cloud identity and access management platform that provides your workforce with secure, convenient access. It works with 500+ applications, greatly simplifying the entire process.
Teamstack provides cloud identity management that’s easy use and works with tools you already have installed on your computer.
Here’s a look at the tool and how it can work for you.
Inspiration / 19 Mar 2020
There’s no better device than the iPad Pro to showcase your design with a touch of professionalism. This collection includes our picks of the absolute best free and premium iPad Pro mockups, all in one place.
Ever since its release, many creatives and professionals have fallen in love with the iPad Pro. A larger screen, Apple Pencil support, and powerful hardware make it stand out as a tablet capable of facilitating real work. As a result, digital artists and designers started using this device for everything from drawing, logo design, 3D modeling, architecture design, and more.
Graphics / 18 Mar 2020
If you aren’t designing Instagram Stories, it might be time to start. More than 500 million people use the vertical format on the social media channel every day.
Stories are fun, they allow for creativity, and this is a place where you can really showcase your design skills to a social media audience.
It’s a little different from some of the other ways you’ve probably used social in the past. Here’s a guide to help you post Instagram Stories like a pro, with examples and ideas to help you see our advice in practice.
Inspiration / 17 Mar 2020
Creating a brand identity is one of the most important parts of creating any new business. After all, it’s what helps create your brand image.
One of the best ways to create an effective brand identity is to learn from the very best that already won the world with its brands. Today, we take a look at some of those winning brand identities and rebrand designs. And talk about what makes them effective.
If you’re a designer or a brand strategist working on a new business branding, you’ll learn a lot of useful things from this guide. First, let’s start with the very basics.
Inspiration / 17 Mar 2020
Designing a professional brochure used to be a job for a professional designer. But not anymore. Now you can make your own brochures using professional pre-made brochure templates.
There are many different types of brochure designs ranging from bi-fold layouts to tri-fold and multi-page brochures. Each type consists of unique design styles and formatting.
You can create all those types of brochures using templates. They are already designed with proper content formatting, image placeholders, and beautiful backgrounds and shapes. All you have to do is copy and paste your content to make it your own.
Whether you’re making a brochure for your business or looking for inspiration for a new brochure design, you can explore our collection to find new layouts, designs, and ideas for creating various brochures. Go have a look.
Inspiration / 16 Mar 2020
Minimizing the time you spend on processing and enhancing photos is one of the things most photographers and graphic designers often struggle with. Adobe Lightroom, coupled with a set of professional Lightroom presets, makes this whole process much easier.
What if we told you that you can make Lightroom even more powerful to process images, add beautiful effects, enhance tone, adjust contrast, and much more with just one-click? All of this is possible thanks to premade Lightroom presets.
In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best professional Lightroom presets you can use to supercharge your workflow and manage your time more effectively. These presets are also customizable, allowing you to adjust their settings to match any kind of photo you have.
Graphics / 16 Mar 2020
Storytelling. It’s one of those buzzwords that is connected to website design and marketing. It seems to be the linchpin that holds these efforts together.
But what does good storytelling in design look like? Why is storytelling such an important element of design projects?
Let’s take a look at some examples of amazing storytelling and how you can apply those concepts to your projects.
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This is our series of beautiful, inspiring collections of fonts and typefaces. These articles feature bold poster fonts, decorative scripts, and everything in-between! Find the perfect font for your next design project with one of these collections.
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Photoshop Actions are the perfect timesaver to save you doing the same processing on multiple images. Using other people's actions can help you tap into creative techniques, cutting edge post-processing styles, and beautiful effects. In this series, you'll learn how to use Photoshop Actions and find professional examples to use in your own design work.
Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) is the go-to choice for creating presentations. This series shares tips and ideas for working with PowerPoint, as well as beautiful PowerPoint templates and themes to make your presentations look stunning.
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