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Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins

Carrie is a freelance writer with years of experience in web and graphic design. Sports fanatic. Information junkie. Designer. True-believer in karma.

What Are Lower Thirds? Tips, Ideas & Video Examples

Software / 1 May 2023

What Are Lower Thirds? Tips, Ideas & Video Examples

While you may not know it by name, you probably can identify the use of lower thirds and lower third templates in video production. This is a graphic that’s at the bottom of the screen to help provide information about the video you are seeing.

The most common use of lower thirds is in news production, where the subject’s name and title are placed on the screen while they are interviewed.

But this isn’t the only application of lower thirds for your videos. Here, we’ll look at some tips, ideas, and video examples for design inspiration.

How to Design With Handwritten Typefaces: 10 Tips

Font Collections / 27 Apr 2023

How to Design With Handwritten Typefaces: 10 Tips

Plenty of designs – both in print and online — are featuring handwritten typefaces in a big way. From custom options to fonts that you can sync online or buy for print projects, this flair for letting is quite popular. The most trendy use is as a dominant headline element in a hero header-style homepage design.

This style can be tricky to use, though, and is not a fit-all solution. Today, we’ll look at eight ways to make the most of the handwritten typeface trend in your design projects.

5 Tips for Designing With Graffiti Fonts

Font Collections / 24 Apr 2023

5 Tips for Designing With Graffiti Fonts

Graffiti fonts can add a cool or edgy vibe to design projects, but can be a bit tricky to use if you aren’t careful. The reason for caution mostly lies in readability, due to letterforms that might be somewhat irregular or touch and merge in different ways.

For the right projects, though, graffiti fonts can be a fun way to add something special and really get to the heart of the emotional connection you want to make with the design.

We’ve put together five tips to help you use graffiti fonts well with five extra graffiti fonts you can download and use from Envato Elements.

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

PowerPoint Templates / 21 Apr 2023

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.

The Geometric Design Trend: Patterns, Fonts, and More

Trends / 20 Apr 2023

The Geometric Design Trend: Patterns, Fonts, and More

One of the design styles that’s been gaining popularity is the use of geometric elements including patterns, geometric fonts, and other elements to create a design scheme. Often these patterns and elements are rather simplistic, but they can have complex elements as well.

Geometric shapes and elements can be used for almost any part of a design, from a hero element to the full aesthetic.

Here, we’ll take a look at this design trend, characteristics, and tips to help you use it well.

How to Create an Invoice in Word (In 3 Simple Steps!)

Microsoft Word Templates / 17 Apr 2023

How to Create an Invoice in Word (In 3 Simple Steps!)

From small businesses to one-off needs for freelancers, Microsoft Word can be a reliable – and easy – option for creating quick invoices. Most people have it, and you can get a surprisingly well designed invoice made with relatively little effort!

You can use a template that comes with the software by default, create your own, or download a predesigned option from a marketplace such as Envato Elements. (The latter option is the easiest by far.)

Here, we’ll walk you through how to create an invoice in Word using an example template. You can download it here and follow along.

Choosing a Poster Font: 10 Tips & Ideas

Font Collections / 3 Apr 2023

Choosing a Poster Font: 10 Tips & Ideas

Poster design can be some of the most fun you have as a designer. There’s nothing quite like seeing information for an event or concert hanging in a public location as you move by.

The key to these design projects is font selection. You need typefaces, colors, sizes, and scales that make content easy to read from a distance and up close also.

Here, we’re going to look at some tips and ideas for choosing a poster font so that your projects turn out amazing! (Plus, this post includes some design template examples with great typography that you can download from Envato Elements.)

WebWave: Drag-and-Drop Website Creation

Reviews / 30 Mar 2023

WebWave: Drag-and-Drop Website Creation

Sometimes creating a website is not part of your design repertoire. Whether you are intimidated by coding or aren’t familiar with the tools, many graphic designers tend to shy away from website builds.

WebWave makes it easier to create and publish a website using tools that function and work more like the graphic design software you already know and love.

Here, we’ll look at this new tool and how it can work for you.

What Is Apple Keynote? (And 5 Tips for Getting Started)

Keynote Templates / 29 Mar 2023

What Is Apple Keynote? (And 5 Tips for Getting Started)

Mac and iPad/iPhone users have probably seen the little blue presentation icon on the devices. But have you ever really used it? This icon is for Apple Keynote, a presentation tool that comes standard on all iOS devices.

Keynote is native to Mac, so you won’t find it on PC devices. It’s a tool that people tend to love once they make the switch from another type of presentation software. It’s focused on design, a polished presentation, and creating a really solid experience as you design your slides.

Today, we’re going to look at Apple Keynote—what it is and, and how to get started with this robust presentation tool.

Design Trend: Blockchain’s Impact on Design and Branding

Trends / 23 Mar 2023

Design Trend: Blockchain’s Impact on Design and Branding

Sometimes a design trend can start from an unlikely source. Blockchain, a technology designed for secure information transfer, has impacted the online community.

From Bitcoin to NFTs to everyday design projects, you can see some of the impact in projects that have nothing to do with blockchain itself. Here’s a look at how blockchain is impacting design and what it means for you.

While not a design or branding technique, this digital business tool is already changing the landscape of design. Let’s dive in and find out how.

How Do You List Freelance Work on Your Resume? (We Have the Answer)

CV & Resume Templates / 21 Mar 2023

How Do You List Freelance Work on Your Resume? (We Have the Answer)

Congratulations, your freelance business is proving successful. But how do you handle talking about it or explaining freelance work to potential employers, or on your resume? It can be a hard subject to explain as a single entry on paper, and you don’t want freelance work to look like an employment gap.

There are some things you can do to on paper (and on LinkedIn) to help present freelance work in a way that is more understandable to others. The key for many freelancers – especially those working part-time – is remembering to include freelance work as part of your resume and design portfolio. Sometimes those jobs can be just the thing you need to help land the next big gig!

What Is a Font License? (And Do I Need One?)

Font Collections / 20 Mar 2023

What Is a Font License? (And Do I Need One?)

Almost every design project you encounter will include type of some kind. And it’s very likely that that type will start as a font on a computer, unless you create it yourself. With using specific computer fonts, come some very specific rules regarding their use, which can vary by project.

So what is a font license? Do you need one? And where can you find the tools and resources you need to make sure you are using fonts properly?

Lucky for you, we have a primer. (And the images in this post include fonts that you can license to use in your projects.)