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Trends / 7 May 2018

Design Trend: Dark & Moody Designs

Good design can really get you in the mood. Today, we’ve got a collection of dark and moody website designs that will help inspire you to create a distinct atmosphere in your design work.

While most dark collections have a bit of a “downer” vibe, not all of these designs have that feel (although color has a lot to do with how you feel when you look at them). This showcase is more than a gallery, we hope it inspires you to create a dark, moody design of your own.

Inspiration / 3 May 2018

20+ Best Cursive & Script Fonts

If you’re looking for a different type of a font to make your design stand out, a cursive font can be a great choice. Cursive and script fonts aren’t new, but they’re a less common choice for many designers. This gives you a chance to use cursive fonts to add some originality to your next project.

Fonts play an important role in every design. Whether you’re designing a book cover, a website header, social media post, greeting card, or a poster, the typography is the main aspect that captures everyone’s attention.

In this collection, we’re featuring some of the most beautiful and modern cursive fonts you can use for your various types of designs. All the fonts come from Envato Elements and you can download them all for a single price.

Graphics / 2 May 2018

How to Customize a Website Mockup Template

A website mockup template can be a design life-saver. It makes it easy to show off a website design concept in a setting that represents actual use (on many different devices). But how can you customize a website mockup template and drop in your own design? Here’s how.

There are two ways to get started. You can either create your own website mockup template to use in projects or download one to get started quickly. The great thing is that there are so many template options out there to help clients visualize a new design in real-time.

Here’s everything you need to know about customizing a template (as well and finding a great template, to begin with).

Typography / 30 Apr 2018

10 Tips for Using Text Effects That Don’t Suck

Adding effects to typography can be a source of heartache for designers. Clients demand a drop shadow or embossing, and you’re stuck with text effects that threaten to ruin a project. What you need is an arsenal of text effects that don’t suck so you can help the client pivot to something a little more classy.

The trick to all of these effects is using them with purpose. Good typography doesn’t need “help.” If a font isn’t working alone, it’s not going to work with a bunch of techniques added either. (You’ll only make something bad even worse.)

The best text effects are nearly invisible to non-designers. Or text effects are used to add meaning to typography or lettering. Here are a few tips for using text effects that don’t suck with some pretty cool examples.

Graphics / 27 Apr 2018

10 Tips for Perfect Flyer Design

If you aren’t a print project regular, designing the perfect flyer can be somewhat nerve-wracking. But it doesn’t have to be. With a solid content plan and a great designer (that’s you), crafting the perfect flyer that will entice and engage users is simple.

There’s a wonderful feeling to designing something, then having it printed and feeling it in your hands. This is one reason flyer design can be rewarding and a lot of fun. Here’s how you do it.

Inspiration / 26 Apr 2018

30+ Best Poster Mockup Templates

Without the right poster mockup to showcase your work professionally, your poster design doesn’t have the chance to stand out from the crowd. It’s often easy to overlook the way you present and showcase your designs! That’s why it’s worth investing in a set of useful mockup templates.

If you’re working on a poster design right now, you’re in luck. Because we’ve picked out a collection of beautiful poster mockups just for you from Envato Elements, which you can use for presenting your work. Have a look!

Inspiration / 25 Apr 2018

10 Examples of Timeless Apple Design

When we set out to create a list of ten historic Apple products that feature timeless design, it seemed a little daunting. The reality is that it was anything but.

Apple has been at the forefront of design and product design innovation since the Apple I in 1976. (Yes, Apple really has been making computers for 40-plus years.) There are so many products and designs that continue to shape the way we think about creating things today. Wikipedia has a pretty impressive timeline that shows every release – good and bad.

Let’s take a look at ten of our favorite examples that stand the test of time!

Inspiration / 24 Apr 2018

20+ Best Microsoft Word Brochure Templates

Today, we’re bringing you a set of professionally designed brochure templates compatible with Microsoft Word to help you get a head start on your next brochure project.

Every designer has a collection of pre-designed templates. These templates not only allow you to enhance your workflow, but also save hours of time otherwise spent searching for an inspiring starting point.

Whether you’re working on a brochure for a business, a case study, report, or a project proposal, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from in this collection of templates (and even more in our full series on brochure templates!)

Software / 23 Apr 2018

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop brushes can open up a whole new world of creativity. Brushes let you draw and paint in any way imaginable—creating anything from simple textures, to patterns in any imaginable element (from simple leaves to a beautiful night sky!)

If you haven’t used a Photoshop brush before, it can be a little intimidating. But once you start experimenting with brushes, you’ll never look back. Here’s a primer on how to use and install Photoshop brushes, plus ten free Photoshop brushes to kick-start your collection.

Inspiration / 19 Apr 2018

40+ Best Lightroom Wedding Presets

Designing a beautiful wedding album can be tough when you also have to go through hundreds of photos while enhancing and editing them as well. Thankfully, Photoshop introduced a solution to that painful process with Lightroom.

Now, all you need are a few Lightroom presets and you can instantly enhance your wedding photos in a way that looks professional and consistent. We hand-picked a few of the best wedding Lightroom presets for optimizing photos of your special day. You can buy them for just a few dollars. Add these to your design workflow and you’ll be able to save a ton of time!

Business / 18 Apr 2018

10 Tips for a Perfect Facebook Cover Image

Almost every business and individual – from personal pages to freelance business pages – uses Facebook. It’s likely an integral part of your marketing strategy. It might even be your main professional website.

So it is important that you make the most of this platform to ensure that your social media profile is polished and professional. A sloppy image, bad crop, or text that scales improperly can give the wrong first impression. Here are 10 tips for creating a perfect Facebook cover image that people will want to click.

Inspiration / 17 Apr 2018

20+ Best iPhone 8 Mockups

Having a set of up-to-date iPhone mockups to use when presenting your designs to clients is a crucial part of being a professional designer. In this post, we bring you a set of iPhone 8 mockups to add to your ever-growing collection.

iPhone 8 was one of the most anticipated devices in the Apple’s lineup. However, the device didn’t receive as much attention as it should have when it was overshadowed by the iPhone X release. As a result, many designers also focused on crafting mockups for the iPhone X, making it tricky to find a decent iPhone 8 mockup.

To help you out, we surfed the web to make a collection of the best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus mockups so you don’t have to spend hours searching for them.