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15+ Black & White Lightroom Presets

Inspiration / 30 May 2019

15+ Black & White Lightroom Presets

There’s something so attractive about black and white photography that makes it never go out of style. If you want to add that same timeless look to your own photos, these black and white Lightroom presets will come in handy.

When it comes to photography and camera technology, we’ve advanced so far in achieving the perfect balance of color that lets you take lifelike photographs. Yet people are still using the classic monochrome look in all kinds of their photos.

In this collection, we’re featuring the best black and white Lightroom presets you can use to create that same timeless monochrome effect and instantly apply it to your photos with just a few clicks.

10 Best Places to Find Free Fonts

Inspiration / 29 May 2019

10 Best Places to Find Free Fonts

Typography plays a big role in all types of designs, from product packaging to mobile apps and more. Today we’re taking a look at the best places to find free fonts, and take your design work to a new level.

But why is typography so important? Remember what happened at the Oscars 2017, when they gave the Best Picture award to the wrong film? Typography is to blame for that huge mess. As the creative strategist Benjamin Bannister points out, a simple change in the font and the design could have helped avoid such an embarrassing incident.

This is why it’s important to have more options when designing a new project. Don’t settle for those overused default fonts. Be brave enough to try something new.

There are many places you can download a great looking font free of charge. We narrowed down the list to the top 10 websites for finding free fonts. Have a look.

10 Web Design Trends We’re Already Over

Graphics / 29 May 2019

10 Web Design Trends We’re Already Over

Design trends have to be used cautiously. Just as quickly as many trends come into fashion; they can fall out of favor and make a design feel dated.

Don’t ignore them completely — testing out trends can stretch your creative muscles and help you create something you might not have tried otherwise. But do be aware of what’s fresh, what’s timeless, and what’s out of date!

Here are 10 design trends that are over (or should be anyway).

30+ Best Subtle Black & White Background Textures

Inspiration / 28 May 2019

30+ Best Subtle Black & White Background Textures

Are you looking for a subtle black and white background texture to make your designs stand out from the crowd? In this collection, we’re featuring some of the most beautiful, simple, and modern black and white background textures you can use for your design projects.

A black and white texture is the ideal choice for crafting a background to better highlight the content of your design.

Whether its a website, a presentation slideshow, a poster, a book cover, or a social media post, a B&W background will help emphasize the text and the content of your design above all else.

15+ Film Photoshop Actions

Inspiration / 28 May 2019

15+ Film Photoshop Actions

If you’ve been looking for a way to add a cinematic look to your ordinary photos to make them look like a scene out of your favorite movie, this handpicked collection of film Photoshop actions will come in handy.

In this post, we’re featuring some of the best Photoshop actions that will help you create an effect that will completely transform the look and feel of your photos.

Whether you’re a fan of the visual art designs of modern films like Black Panther, retro movies like Blade Runner, or vintage Hitchcock films, there are Photoshop actions for everyone in this list.

20+ Simple PowerPoint Templates (With Clutter-Free Design)

Inspiration / 27 May 2019

20+ Simple PowerPoint Templates (With Clutter-Free Design)

When it comes to creating PowerPoint slideshows, using a simple PowerPoint template can be a key approach. It may seem like a good idea to throw the kitchen sink: data, stats, charts, and shapes into every slide, but you’ll never be able to win over your audience with a cluttered slideshow design.

That’s why professionals always use simple slide designs to highlight only the most important parts of a presentation. Of course, you don’t have to be an expert designer to create these professional slideshows. There are pre-made templates you can download and customize with a few clicks.

To help you get started, we handpicked a collection of simple PowerPoint templates with clean and clutter-free designs for creating professional looking PowerPoint slideshow presentations.

We’re also sharing some simple presentation tips to get you started with a clear, simple talk.

Core: Jump Start Your Website Design

Reviews / 27 May 2019

Core: Jump Start Your Website Design

Have you ever started building a project with a user interface kit and wished there were more to it? Core might be the fix to that common problem.

Core is a front-end feature kit packed with essential project building blocks, and you can get it free from Mason. Usability is the key feature of this kit. So many UI kits look great but fail in the actual use department. Not Core. It’s beautiful and usable.

Here’s a look at Core and what it can do for you.

10 Ways to Make Women More Welcome in Your Design Space

Business / 27 May 2019

10 Ways to Make Women More Welcome in Your Design Space

Take a look around. How many women work in your creative space? (If you are a freelancer, think about how many women are part of your referral network.) What does that ratio look like? The design industry is not known for equal numbers in the workplace.

A study late last year by Design Museum showed that only 1 in 5 designers in the UK are women. Another study by AIGA showed that women were just 36 percent of the “design leaders” to speak at the world’s biggest design conferences. (It was even tough to find stock images to represent women as designers for this article.)

These trends just aren’t acceptable. And change starts with you.

If you want to see more ideas, more creative concepts, and more diversity of design, everyone needs to be welcome in the same design space. It can be tough to be the only woman in the room (and it happens a lot).

Here are some ways you can make women more welcome in your design space.

15+ VSCO Photoshop Actions

Inspiration / 24 May 2019

15+ VSCO Photoshop Actions

VSCO is one of the most popular apps for adding effects and editing photos for Instagram and social media. But what if you want to achieve a similar effect using VSCO style Photoshop actions?

We handpicked a collection of VSCO-inspired Photoshop actions you can use to easily recreate the same effects of the VSCO filters using Photoshop and make any photo look more vibrant and attractive.

We made sure to include both free and premium VSCO Photoshop actions in the list to let beginners and experts find high-quality effects that suit their design workflow.

25+ Modern, Premium Google Slides Templates & Themes

Inspiration / 23 May 2019

25+ Modern, Premium Google Slides Templates & Themes

Google Slides is a great web-based, free platform for creating presentations (and collaborating as you do so). There are plenty of pre-made default templates available, but they can only so so far — many are quite simple, and lack polished aesthetics.

If you’re wanting to take your Google Slides presentation to the next level, today’s collection of 25 pre-made templates will help.

They’re all fully editable, beautifully crafted, and come ready for you to drop in your own text, images, graphics, charts, and more.

We hope you find them useful, and enjoy the pro design that your next Google Slides presentation will show off!

15+ Best HDR Lightroom Presets

Inspiration / 23 May 2019

15+ Best HDR Lightroom Presets

The HDR technique is one of the most popular techniques photographers use to add more depth and range to photos. It usually takes multiple photos and a lot of work to take photos using the HDR technique.

However, if you have the Lightroom app, there’s a much easier way to create that same HDR effect with just a few clicks. In this post, we’re sharing with you a collection of the best HDR Lightroom presets you can use to add an authentic HDR effect to your own photos.

These HDR Lightroom presets are easy to customize, and they let you adjust the settings to match any kind of a photograph, whether you take it with a DSLR or your smartphone camera.

FilmHERO: Stock Video Made Easy

Reviews / 23 May 2019

FilmHERO: Stock Video Made Easy

Do you find yourself asking where other websites find such amazing video clips?

You don’t need a monster budget to get high-quality video for your website. With the right stock video, you can create a custom website experience that uses one of the trendiest and most engaging elements out there.

FilmHERO is a good place to start. The video provider has a huge collection of video clips that you can download and use in any number of projects. Here’s how it works.