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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.

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!

What Is Modern Web Design in 2022? 20+ Stunning Examples

Inspiration / 21 Feb 2022

What Is Modern Web Design in 2022? 20+ Stunning Examples

What are the characteristics of a modern website design? It’s a pretty common question.

From clients asking at the start of web projects to designers trying to figure out how to incorporate the newest and trendy elements, figuring out what modern web design looks like is one of our greatest challenges.

The reality is that it is easy to say what modern web design is not. You know an outdated design when you see it for sure. Here, we’ve collected 22 examples of modern web designs to help shape a better idea of what it looks like.

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.

20 Most Useful Affinity Publisher Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2022

Affinity Publisher Templates / 14 Feb 2022

20 Most Useful Affinity Publisher Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2022

Affinity Publisher is a powerful design app available for Mac and Windows. It’s a standalone tool that is made for creating printed projects, such as magazines, brochures, posters, and other collateral pieces.

Use it to combine images and other graphic elements to create outstanding layouts for publishing. Whether you are new to Affinity Publisher or not, great tutorials can help you master specific or general skills to help you make the most of the tool. Here, we’ve collected some of the best to help you jumpstart projects.

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.

How Much Does Logo Design Cost in 2022?

How to Design a Logo / 9 Feb 2022

How Much Does Logo Design Cost in 2022?

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!

20+ Best Final Cut Pro Tutorials for Beginners 2022

Final Cut Pro Templates / 9 Feb 2022

20+ Best Final Cut Pro Tutorials for Beginners 2022

Goal: Edit videos, add effects, and create better productions with ease in Final Cut Pro. Solution: You need a stellar tutorial that walks you through all the steps in this increasingly popular video editing tool.

Thanks to great tutorials from pros, you’ll be able to capture just the right moment, with the right effect quickly.

We’ve rounded up some of the best Final Cut Pro tutorials out there for beginners to help you make the most of this software. Note that Final Cut Pro is a robust tool, but it is only available for the Mac.

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.

20+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2022

Affinity Designer Templates / 7 Feb 2022

20+ Most Helpful Affinity Designer Tutorials (+ Reviews) in 2022

Affinity Designer is a vector or raster app. It’s a competitor to Adobe’s Illustrator and allows you to design various elements for print or digital publication.

It’s part of the Affinity package of design tools made by Serif. Use it to do anything from making a business card to mock up an app. Affinity Designer is made for Mac iOS, Windows, and the iPad.

Here, we’ve collected some of the best for everyone from beginners to more seasoned pros, a mix of video and written tutorials. It’s a great place to start for upskilling with your first steps in Affinity Designer!