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Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Carrie is the chief writer at Design Shack, with years of experience in web and graphic design. Sports fanatic. Information junkie. Designer. True-believer in karma.

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop Brushes / 18 Mar 2022

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop brushes can open up a whole new world of creativity. Brushes let you draw and paint in any way imaginable—creating anything from simple textures, to patterns in any imaginable element (from simple leaves to a beautiful night sky!)

If you haven’t used a Photoshop brush before, it can be a little intimidating. But once you start experimenting with brushes, you’ll never look back.

Here’s a primer on how to use and install Photoshop brushes, plus ten free Photoshop brushes to kick-start your collection. The best part? You’ll be completely clued up in just three minutes!

What Is Adobe InDesign (And What Is It Used For?)

InDesign Templates / 15 Mar 2022

What Is Adobe InDesign (And What Is It Used For?)

Most creatives are familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite of tools. Adobe InDesign is one of the staples of this lineup and has been the industry standard for designers for decades.

InDesign is a desktop publishing and page layout software application. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and eBooks.

But it’s also now capable of so much more—integrating with other Adobe tools, helping you share and publish or print your work, working with Adobe Stock, the list goes on.

Here, we’ll look at what Adobe InDesign is, what it is used for, and the key functionality of this tool.

Make a Flowchart the Easy Way: Zen Flowchart

Reviews / 14 Mar 2022

Make a Flowchart the Easy Way: Zen Flowchart

Zen Flowchart is billed as the simplest flowchart maker out there… and it might just be an accurate description. This tool makes quick work out of creating flowcharts and removes a lot of the complexity and frustration you might have found with other apps.

It’s easy to use and helps you manage and organize information in a visual way. From simple flowcharts to mind maps to wireframes, it can do it all.

Here’s a look at the tool, as well as some of the types of projects it can help you create.

Learn InDesign: 15 Best Free Tutorials & Guides for Beginners

InDesign Templates / 14 Mar 2022

Learn InDesign: 15 Best Free Tutorials & Guides for Beginners

Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media. You can use it to create publications, books, and types of print and layout projects as well as PDFs, slideshows, banner ads, social media images, or YouTube preview tiles. It’s a truly versatile piece of kit to have in your design arsenal!

If you need some help getting started with learning Adobe InDesign, we’ve collected 15 great tutorials and guides that are perfect for beginners.

Plus, every one of these options is free, so you can give each of them a try and see which fits the bill for you. Whether you prefer video or written guides, we’ve got something for everyone.

Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

Brochure Templates / 11 Mar 2022

Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

So, you need to design a brochure? Where do you start? We’re comparing three different pieces of brochure design software to see how they stack up.

For web and digital designers creating a printed brochure for the first time, to designers that have been making print pieces for a while, using the right tool can make brochure design a more efficient task.

Choosing the right software, and sticking with it over time, is a sure-fire way to speed up your design workflow.

Adobe tools are the common starting place. Today, we’ll compare using InDesign, Illustrator and Adobe Spark (a free offering) as different options creating a brochure design.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of each (including the cost), and suggest which options are best for different types of brochure design project.

How to Use DaVinci Resolve: 10 Beginner Guides + Tutorials

DaVinci Resolve Templates / 7 Mar 2022

How to Use DaVinci Resolve: 10 Beginner Guides + Tutorials

DaVinci Resolve is a professional-level video editing tool that’s growing in popularity. If you are new to the software or looking for an alternative video-editing tool, we’ve gathered ten beginners guides and tutorials to help you learn the tool quickly.

If you are just getting started, here more information about the capabilities of DaVinci Resolve, to give you an introduction to what the tool is, and what it’s capable of. If you’re interested in digging a bit deeper, then this post is for you!

The guides and tutorials we’ve collected here today are a mix of written and video instruction, so there’s something for everyone.

What Is DaVinci Resolve? (And What Is It Used For?)

DaVinci Resolve Templates / 24 Feb 2022

What Is DaVinci Resolve? (And What Is It Used For?)

DaVinci Resolve is a video editing solution that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post production all in a single app.

It has a modern interface that blends power with approachability, and it saves you needing to learn multiple apps or switch software for different tasks.

The software for Mac, Windows, and Linux has been around since 2004 and under current development and management since 2009 with new releases and features hitting regularly.

Here’s a look at what DaVinci Resolve is, and what you can do with it.

Kittl: Create a Pro Logo in 5 Minutes

Reviews / 22 Feb 2022

Kittl: Create a Pro Logo in 5 Minutes

Looking for an intuitive and easy-to-use design solution? Start with Kittl. This new tool helps you create beautiful and professional-looking designs – including logos – using online software and tools. No complicated software required!

It just takes a few clicks to start designing and come up with something that looks great.

Here’s a look at Kittl and tips for how you can create a professional logo in just a few minutes, with no significant design experience required!

Forms for the Win: 8 Types of Forms You Should Know How to Design

Graphics / 15 Feb 2022

Forms for the Win: 8 Types of Forms You Should Know How to Design

Form design can often be one of the most overlooked elements of a website. And it can be a fatal flaw.

Forms are the foundation for communicating with your audience, generating leads, making sales, creating great user interactions, and expanding your marketing reach.

Every designer should have a good idea of how to design these eight form types to help create the most meaningful experiences possible for your online audience.

How to Design a Flow Chart That Works (And Different Applications for Them)

Software / 10 Feb 2022

How to Design a Flow Chart That Works (And Different Applications for Them)

Flow charts have a ton of practical application but aren’t often thought of as a design project. A flow chart can be a beautiful and functional design element.

When it comes to using flow charts, the most common reason is to communicate complex information more visually. You can see processes and how elements in the process or flow relate to one another.

The design ensures that the flow chart communicates this information clearly. But it can be a more complicated task than you might think.

What Are NFTs? a 101 Introduction

Trends / 8 Feb 2022

What Are NFTs? a 101 Introduction

If you haven’t looked into the world of NFTs, now is the time to start getting familiar. Big brands – from the NFL to Macy’s – have jumped into digital ledger trading and collection.

NFT might be one of the biggest buzzwords of 2022, and comes with plenty of implications, and opportunities, for designers.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know to get started with NFTs.

The 2023 Guide to Responsive Typography Sizing and Scales

Typography / 4 Feb 2022

The 2023 Guide to Responsive Typography Sizing and Scales

The true responsiveness of your website design is more than a framework that scales to each device, it also requires that typography adjusts to optimum readability as well.

Responsive typography will adjust so that text elements also change size and scale on websites. While that’s the technical answer, there’s also a greater design approach that is equally important, because just changing the size of a text element isn’t always enough.

Let’s dive into responsive typography best practices, a few guidelines, and some tools to help you create great type at any size.