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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.

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!

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!