Trends / 11 Dec 2019
One of the most important early design decisions you will make is what kind of background will carry a project. Should it be a single color, colorless, use trendy elements such as geometric shapes, gradients or wood grain patterns? Or would a solid background design can help make a project shine?
Staying on trend with background design styles is important as well. A trendy background choice shows that a website design is modern and the content is new. A modern visual framework can even signal a user that you are thinking about their needs and making the most of the tools that will make their experience better.
So how do you do it? Here’s a look at ten background design trends and styles for 2020, with a few great options to try.
Inspiration / 10 Dec 2019
Whether you’re looking for a MacBook mockup or a MacBook Pro mockup, we have you covered with this extensive collection. We’re featuring a mix of MacBook mockups, realistic illustrations, and flat/stylised versions of these MacBook notebooks for all types of use case.
Totaling over a hundred different MacBook mockups in all shapes and sizes, these are great for dropping in your own work, applications, wallpapers or examples to give them a unique look-and-feel.
Some are free, some cost a few dollars, but each of them is unique and interesting.
Inspiration / 10 Dec 2019
Today, we’re bringing you a collection of the best Photoshop brushes for creating amazing designs like a pro without having to break the bank.
We know for a fact that designers love to collect all kinds of brushes. That’s why we made sure to include a mix of Photoshop brushes in this post that will be useful in creating various types of designs, including everything from drawing to painting, coloring, texturing, shading, and much more.
We’ve collected a mix of free Photoshop brushes, and high-end premium options, for every budget.
Inspiration / 9 Dec 2019
Google Slides is one of the best free tools available for creating a quick slideshow presentation. And we’ve collected some of the best Google Slides themes and templates to help you create a visually stunning slide deck.
In this post, we’re featuring some of the best Google Slides templates you can use to create a professional presentation without designing everything from scratch. This collection includes various types of Google Slides themes, including templates for marketing purposes, startup pitch decks, product presentations, and much more.
The collection includes both free and premium Google Slides templates. Feel free to browse and pick one that matches your project and presentation!
Trends / 9 Dec 2019
Want to give your design a quick facelift? Using new and interesting typography trends might be the answer. Designers are opting for less elaborate typefaces and pairing them with bold color, cutouts, gradients, and even customizations to create lettering that stands out.
Changing typefaces or recreating an image or header in a trending style can give a design a fresh look without a full-scale overhaul. Not sure where to start? This list features typography trends with examples to use as inspiration for how to use them.
Here’s a look at the top typography trends for 2020.
Inspiration / 6 Dec 2019
Without the right poster mockup to showcase your work professionally, your poster design doesn’t have the chance to stand out from the crowd. It’s often easy to overlook the way you present and showcase your poster designs! That’s why it’s worth investing in a set of useful poster mockup templates, to showcase your work in a beautiful setting.
If you’re working on a poster design right now, you’re in luck. Because we’ve picked out a collection of the absolute best poster mockups from all over the web, which you can use for presenting your work.
Whatever your poster style, theme, or size, we’ll have something in this collection for you.
We’re also featuring tips for modern poster design to help you with your poster design project!
Inspiration / 6 Dec 2019
It isn’t always easy to find the right mockup for your header or feature image. Using a mockup generator can help you tweak and customize a mockup to match your needs perfectly.
Mostly because high-quality stock photos and images are hard to find, and can come with hefty price tags. Even when you do find a great image, you later discover that someone else is using that exact same image on a different website. Which brings you back to square one. However, there’s a simpler solution to this problem: Scene generators!
Scene and mockup generators are bundles of elements and objects, which you can use to create your own unique header images, product mockup scenes, and custom graphics however you like. The best part is that you’ll be able to use these scene generators to create all the images you need for various projects.
Inspiration / 5 Dec 2019
The key to winning your audience is a perfectly designed PowerPoint presentation. Whether you’re speaking at a conference, pitching to an investor, or talking about sales projections at a business meeting, this collection of the best PowerPoint templates will help you speak to your audience.
The way you design your PowerPoint slides will play a key role in the success of your presentation. You need to use the right colors in your slides, structure the content for readability, and visualize data with charts and graphs to deliver a compelling presentation.
It usually takes hours to design a great PowerPoint presentation. But, you don’t have to go through all that trouble. We’ve found some of the best new PowerPoint templates you can use to quickly set up a professional presentation slideshow within a few minutes.
Business / 5 Dec 2019
Do you have dreams of ditching your day job and becoming a full-time freelance graphic designer? Start putting your plan in motion.
Most freelancers start with graphic design as a side hustle, but with determination, business planning, and a solid work ethic, you can build as much business as you want to create a sustainable career.
Here are 10 steps to help you get started.
Trust me, I’ve tested them all in my decade as a freelancer!
Inspiration / 5 Dec 2019
Even though Apple’s Keynote app gives you plenty of tools and options for creating beautiful presentations, it can be tricky to find the time to build a beautiful, custom design. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with this collection of the best Keynote templates!
With these templates, you don’t have to spend hours designing presentation slides. You can simply edit the slides that have already been crafted by professional designers, customize charts, change colors, and voila! You have your own beautiful, unique Keynote presentation.
We picked out a few of the most professional looking Keynote templates that’ll work perfectly for your next presentation (and we’ve also collected some tips for using Keynote templates to help you as well!). And if you’re not sure whether to use Keynote or Powerpoint, we also have a quick look at 3 reasons to choose Keynote over PowerPoint.
Reviews / 5 Dec 2019
Looking for an alternative when it comes to vector design software? Vectornator is a solid, new option for Mac users with a robust collection of tools that also work on iPads, iPhones, and desktop computers.
Today, we’ll take a look at this tool with the new Vectornator Pro release, which has even more features than the already-functional Vectornator X version.
Find out what this app has to offer, explore a few key features, and learn about how to take it for a spin yourself!
Business / 4 Dec 2019
When considering how to design a logo, one of the most common questions has nothing to do with the creation of a brand element. It’s about pricing. How much does a logo design cost?
The answer is pretty complicated and depends on a lot of factors. Today, we’re going to look into logo design costs (and benefits of a professional design). Even if we can’t narrow down an exact price for you, this guide can serve as a starting point.
It should help you get a feel for the different price brackets of the options you could choose, and set off on the right path!
Inspiration / 4 Dec 2019
Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements.
Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike.
They cost just a few dollars but give you an incredibly powerful toolkit to easily repeat complex and intricate processes.
Trends / 4 Dec 2019
The average life of a website is three years. And design elements – such as color and typography – often get updated more frequently than that. That’s why it is so important to keep up with web design trends.
Doing this allows you to make small tweaks to your design today so that it won’t be out of date tomorrow. So which web design trends do you need to be on the look-out for this year?
This guide will help you create an on-point design plan for 2020!
Inspiration / 3 Dec 2019
Delivering a minimalist PowerPoint presentation can clearly convey your message, and remove any clutter. This collection of modern, minimal PowerPoint templates is a great place to start—they put the focus on you as the speaker, and what you have to convey!
These files are all fully editable and can be easily tweaked according to your needs. Most come with hundreds of example slides with graphs, tables, images, text, and more. They’re perfect for giving that next presentation a special touch.
Embrace the minimal design philosophy, choose a stunning PowerPoint template for your next presentation that has clean lines, subtle design, and a simple, professional look-and-feel.
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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.
Everyone wants their logo to stand out, and represent their brand perfectly. But it's no easy task! Our helpful feature will walk you through how to design a logo. From brainstorming logo ideas to practical logo design tips, you'll be in a great position to create the perfect logo for your business.
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.
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