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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 & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Presets / 15 Apr 2022

How to Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Whether you are a photographer or designer with a need to edit photos, Adobe Lightroom can be a great tool. Designed for photo editing, it allows batch work that can be cumbersome in programs such as Photoshop.

One of the most popular elements of Lightroom are the number of presets available. These tools within the tool are super filters that allow you to enhance photos, add creative effects and add functionality to your design workflow. If you’ve used any Adobe product, the feel of Lightroom is familiar and easy to learn. Get started by installing and using a few cool presets. Here’s how to do it.

Start Projects With Editable Templates From PSlides

Reviews / 15 Apr 2022

Start Projects With Editable Templates From PSlides

Don’t fret over presentation design. Templates from PSlides can help jumpstart your projects with editable designs that will help you wow audiences.

The goal of PSlides is to help you improve business presentations, classes, or board meetings for any industry. They have the most extensive range of PowerPoint and Google Slides available for download and have everything from large pitch decks to timelines and planning presentations to certificates or stickers.

Here, we’ll take a look at this online resource and show you some examples of what you can find.

How to Make a Resume or CV in PowerPoint (+ Templates)

PowerPoint Templates / 14 Apr 2022

How to Make a Resume or CV in PowerPoint (+ Templates)

Making a resume or CV is one of those tasks that we all have to do. But did you know you can actually create one in PowerPoint?

If that’s the tool you are most comfortable with, it is possible. PowerPoint can also be a good option for a resume or CV if you need something highly visual in a presentation style.

You can then export it from PowerPoint to any other format you need so that you can share it online or with potential employers.

Here’s how to do it, with a few templates to help you get started (all with a super professional look-and-feel).

Understand Your App’s Performance With Headspin

Reviews / 14 Apr 2022

Understand Your App’s Performance With Headspin

Everyone knows the key to a great website or app is superior user experience. You have to create and design something people want to interact with.

But how do you know if you are close? When is your app successful?

Headspin is a tool to help you better understand your product with deep insights into app performance. It looks at elements such as what the user sees, edge utilization, system performance, code execution, and more to provide a comprehensive picture of your product and how users interact with it.

Here’s a look at the tool and how you can use it.

10 Tips for Perfect Poster Design

Poster Design / 11 Apr 2022

10 Tips for Perfect Poster Design

Almost everyone has designed a poster or flier at some point. Whether it was for self-promotion or a client, posters can be a fun way to present a message and do some interesting things with design.

Poster design starts with a common canvas. Common poster sizes are 8.5 by 11-inch letter (or A4), 11 by 17 inches and 22 by 34 inches. Large format poster sizes are commonly 24 inches by 36 inches. Posters can be designed vertically or horizontally, but are most commonly designed with a vertical orientation. Today we’re taking a look at ten useful tips for improving your next poster design!

Without further ado, let’s dive into the poster design tips!

Note: All of the poster designs featured here are pre-made templates from Envato Elements. You can download and use them to create your own poster or flyer designs.

What to Put on a Business Card: 8 Creative Ideas

Business Card Templates / 11 Apr 2022

What to Put on a Business Card: 8 Creative Ideas

What to put on a business card? It’s a tricky question. A business card that contains just the right information (and a stellar design) will grab attention and help you stand out. It’s the thing that makes someone else remember you, or your pitch.

Even in the digital age, a business card is a popular–and necessary networking and communication tool. Having a great business card provides legitimacy to your or your business, it’s a quick and easy way to exchange information, and can provide ways to help promote your work.

What you put on your business card says a lot to others. Here’s a guide to what to put on a business card, with plenty of creative ideas to help you get started.

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

Poster Design / 8 Apr 2022

How to Make a Poster in PowerPoint: 10 Simple Steps

In addition to creating presentations, did you know you can use PowerPoint to design other elements such as posters? Today, we’re walking you through exactly how to make a poster in PowerPoint.

While not everyone thinks about making a poster design in PowerPoint, it’s actually pretty easy—and is a viable option if you need something quickly, or don’t have other design software available. (Posters made in PowerPoint are frequently used in academic settings for assignments and event promotion on college campuses.) Today, we’re going to take you through the steps of how to make a poster in PowerPoint.

Giving a Presentation to Senior Management & Executives: Templates & Tips

PowerPoint Templates / 7 Apr 2022

Giving a Presentation to Senior Management & Executives: Templates & Tips

Giving a presentation to senior management or an executive team can be a little daunting. You need to create just the right design to appeal to a C-suite group.

This includes everything from color choice to typography to messaging. When it all comes together, you need a polished presentation deck to make a good impression.

Here, we’ve got some templates and tips to help you create just the right presentation, to help you get your message across in a stylish and professional way.

10 Skills Every Designer Needs on Their Resume

CV & Resume Templates / 4 Apr 2022

10 Skills Every Designer Needs on Their Resume

Even if you aren’t actively looking for a job, your resume is an important piece of your digital portfolio. From sites such as LinkedIn to personal portfolio pages such as Behance that showcase your work, glimpses into your design career are everywhere.

You want to control that message to ensure that you are putting the right vibe out there about who you are, the work you do and why (quite frankly) you are a rock star designer. And while a stellar portfolio is a great way to start that conversation, your resume is equally important. It should highlight some of the skills that aren’t as apparent from looking at a few marquee pieces.

As a bonus, every example resume here is a template from Envato Elements. Visit and download usable graphic design assets to boost your resume design today!

5 Logos We’d Love to See Redesigned in 2022 (And Why)

How to Design a Logo / 28 Mar 2022

5 Logos We’d Love to See Redesigned in 2022 (And Why)

Sometimes a logo just doesn’t work. It happens to everyone from startups to major brands. (You’ll definitely know when you see these logos.) Maybe it’s too complex. Maybe it’s too generic and similar to other logos. Or maybe it’s just not dating in a timeless way.

So, we collected five logos from established brands that we think are in need of a redesign this year!

See if you agree with our takes on these marks. Logos are famously subjective—you might have a completely different opinion!

15 Tips for Creating a Great Website Footer

Layouts / 25 Mar 2022

15 Tips for Creating a Great Website Footer

One of the most important locations on your website is the footer. Yes, seriously. It may not be the area of the greatest design or most impressive content but it is a place where users frequently look for information. So it is vitally important that you don’t neglect this area when planning a web design project.

But what elements should you include? How can you keep the footer organized and in line with your overall aesthetic without being obtrusive? You’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll look at tips for creating a great footer with examples of some websites that are doing it well.

What Is Omnichannel Experience Design? (And How You Can Do It)

Business / 24 Mar 2022

What Is Omnichannel Experience Design? (And How You Can Do It)

If you aren’t familiar with the terminology, now is the time to learn everything you can about omnichannel experience design.

It’s not a new term at all – Forbes mentioned the importance all the way back in 2013 – but it has more recently evolved as a vital part of your digital and online strategy.

Let’s dive into what omnichannel experience design is and how you can use these concepts to create your best work (and work that feels consistent for your customers across every channel and interaction they have with you!)