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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 Change Slide Size in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Templates / 13 May 2020

How to Change Slide Size in PowerPoint

While most users are accustomed to the standard 16:9 aspect ratio of presentations, you can change the size of slides in PowerPoint.

You might change to accommodate a different screen size – maybe the older 4:3 aspect ratio – or to create a custom file type. The tool even includes a few predefined sizes to make it easy for you.

You’ll ideally want the size of your presentation to match whatever device it will be shown on (which is why it’s worth asking about the resolution of the screen or projector you’ll be using in advance!)

Here’s how to change slide size in PowerPoint in a few quick steps.

Procreate for Windows and Android: Alternatives & Ideas

Procreate Brushes / 13 May 2020

Procreate for Windows and Android: Alternatives & Ideas

Procreate is one of the hottest drawing apps in the App Store. With more than 13,000 reviews and an average 4.5-star rating, it’s no wonder that designers and illustrators everywhere are talking about the app.

We have more information about Procreate and how to make the most of it here.

But one of the most common questions about the tool is what alternatives exist for Windows and Android users since Procreate is only available for iOS at this time. Let’s take a look.

How to Make a Mockup (Using a Mockup Generator or Photoshop)

Mockup Templates / 11 May 2020

How to Make a Mockup (Using a Mockup Generator or Photoshop)

Mockups are a design tool that show off a design – logos, websites, products, and more – in a realistic way. There are plenty of tools out there to help you create a usable mockup to show off your work.

The primary benefit of using a mockup is that it can bring a project to life (even before it is finished) for clients or serve as a portfolio showpiece to highlight different applications of a specific design.

Here, we’re going to look at how to make a mockup and how to use tools such as mockup generators to create just the right scene for your designs.

Designing for Print Is Easy With Print Peppermint

Reviews / 6 May 2020

Designing for Print Is Easy With Print Peppermint

Printing can make – or break – a design that you’ve put a lot of effort into.

Print Peppermint is a quality printer that allows you to choose from a variety of paper types, premium finishes, and luxury styles.

Here’s a look at the printing service, and a few tips for how you can use it for projects.

How to Print a PowerPoint Presentation With Notes

PowerPoint Templates / 6 May 2020

How to Print a PowerPoint Presentation With Notes

How many times have you walked away from a great presentation and wished you had the notes from the slide deck? Or are you a presenter that wants to provide slides and notes in a handout format for the audience or for you to uses as a reference while speaking?

Printing a PowerPoint presentation with notes attached can be a valuable tool for presenters at all levels. You can physically print and distribute presentations with notes or “print” them to a PDF for easy digital sharing.

Here’s how you do it.

Best Free T-Shirt Design Software in 2020

Software / 6 May 2020

Best Free T-Shirt Design Software in 2020

When it comes to designing a shirt, you have two primary options – design it yourself using graphic design tools such as Adobe Illustrator or use software made for the job. The good news is that there are plenty of free t-shirt design software options to consider!

There are a growing number of platforms that specialize in t-shirt design and can help you create something that people will want to wear. Some of these tools integrate with a t-shirt sales portal as well, making the process even easier.

Here, we’re going to look at some of the best free t-shirt design software options available and how you can make these tools work for you.

How to Download & Install Procreate Brushes

Procreate Brushes / 4 May 2020

How to Download & Install Procreate Brushes

Procreate is a digital illustration app that’s made for the iPad. It’s easy to extend, and today we’re going to look at how to download and install Procreate brushes so you can enhance the use of the app on your own.

Procreate is a pretty powerful drawing tool and you can extend its functionality with custom brushes. These tools help you create specific drawing elements, such as stroke types, styles (such as watercolor), and make more realistic drawings. The number of brushes for Procreate seems to be growing almost daily, adding to the popularity of this app.

If you want to use Procreate on a smaller iOS device, Procreate Pocket is available in the app store and offers a similar experience for smaller screens.

Here, we’re going to look at how to download and install Procreate brushes so you can extend the use of the app on your own. Plus, we’ve picked out five stellar brushes that we think you’ll enjoy playing with.

What Is a Pitch Deck? (And How to Make One)

PowerPoint Templates / 29 Apr 2020

What Is a Pitch Deck? (And How to Make One)

It’s a tool that every startup business or entrepreneur needs – a great pitch deck. A pitch deck is a presentation that you’ll use to help explain or showcase your product or service and potentially drives sales or investment. It needs to be polished and professional to do the job well.

Today, we’ll take a look at what a pitch deck is, how to make one, and how to establish a design that will wow people who come in contact with your new business.

We’ll also feature a few stunning pitch deck templates along the way, to help you get started fast.

Instagram Grid Templates: 10 Examples + Tips

Instagram Templates / 29 Apr 2020

Instagram Grid Templates: 10 Examples + Tips

A secret used by some of the boldest visual brands on Instagram is to use a grid or puzzle template. What this style of template does is create 12 cohesive panels that come together as a single image when someone visits your Instagram profile page.

The trick here is that the panels have to work equally well as single image posts and together as a whole. It can be difficult to pull off if you are not careful.

A template can make it a lot easier to figure out and manage. You can create one yourself, or download a ready-made option (best if you are looking for quick and easy). Here, we are looking at 10 great Instagram grid templates with tips for how you can take the inspiration from each and use it with your images on your social media account.

How to Pick a Font (For Any Design): 10 Tips & Principles

Font Collections / 27 Apr 2020

How to Pick a Font (For Any Design): 10 Tips & Principles

Choosing the right font for a new project can be exhilarating. But it can also be a major challenge. Fortunately, there are some timeless rules you can follow when deciding how to pick a font.

Whether you’re going for a super-subtle and simple design, or a bright and bold layout with impact, you’ll always need to consider some similar trade-offs with typography.

How to pick a font is less about specific steps and more about creating the right feel for a design project. Here’s how you do it (with some examples of lovely typography choices).

How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Templates / 22 Apr 2020

How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

You can create a more engaging presentation by inserting a YouTube video in your PowerPoint slides. Today, we’re going to walk you through the whole process of how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint.

While this task used to be rather cumbersome and clunky with older versions of the standard software, Microsoft Office 365 and PowerPoint 2019 make embedding videos a lot more manageable.

Here’s how you do it step-by-step for a great presentation that includes video. Now, the only hard part will be picking what video clip you want to use!

How to Change the Default Font in Word, Google Docs & PowerPoint

Font Collections / 22 Apr 2020

How to Change the Default Font in Word, Google Docs & PowerPoint

Sometimes design is as much about helping others use the tools as it is creating things. There are plenty of days when adding “tech support” to your resume seems feasible! But being armed with little tips and tricks can make work life easier for you and those around you.

Being able to change the default font in common software is one of these tricky smart tips.

Here’s how you change the default font in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Microsoft PowerPoint. And it’s all packaged here for you in one place.