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How to Boost Your Social Media Presence With Templates
Graphics / 1 Oct 2018

How to Boost Your Social Media Presence With Templates

With each passing day, it seems like social media is becoming a more visual medium. You don’t just tweet a couple hundred characters, you add a card or image. You don’t just post a photo on Instagram, you add a video or story that creates a more interactive experience for users. Social media templates can help you create unique, visual posts that will engage your audience!

How your social posts look communicate something to your audience about you or your brand. So it all has to be spot on. One tool that can make all this posting that much easier is to use templates to boost your social media presence. Here’s how you do it.

Design Trend: Using Watercolor Patterns in Web Design
Graphics / 1 Oct 2018

Design Trend: Using Watercolor Patterns in Web Design

Add a little art to your web design with the watercolor trend. Watercolor techniques are a popular design option because they are fun, easy to use and work with a variety of different types of content.

Watercolor styles can be used in a number of ways to emphasize your content. Whether you are considering a watercolor look for your website framework or just want to experiment with the style, we have a collection of ideas, examples, and resources to help you get started.

20+ Beautiful Geometric & Polygon Background Textures
Inspiration / 28 Sep 2018

20+ Beautiful Geometric & Polygon Background Textures

Looking for a great polygon background texture for your design? Then you’re going to love this collection of free and premium geometric and poly background textures.

Low poly and geometric backgrounds are now turning out to be one of the most popular trends in design this year. They’re being used for both website and graphic designs to give the designs a retro and a pop-art look. Suffice to say, these textures do add an attractive, modern look to any project.

We’ve handpicked a few great free and premium poly and geometric textures you can use with your next project!

20+ Best Black and White Photoshop Actions
Inspiration / 27 Sep 2018

20+ Best Black and White Photoshop Actions

We’ve collected some of the best black and white Photoshop actions to help you easily turn your ordinary photos into stylish images and artwork. Experiment with your photos, and create a unique black and white treatment with these stunning effects!

Black and white photography is making a comeback, and it’s now one of the most popular trends in many different photography genres. It’s also often considered a method for creating art through photography.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need expensive monochrome cameras to achieve that great black and white effect. Thanks to modern technology and Photoshop, things are now much simpler, easier, and cheaper. Now, all you need is a simple Photoshop action and you can give stunning black and white treatment to even your smartphone photos.

Portfolio Design Trends in 2018
Trends / 26 Sep 2018

Portfolio Design Trends in 2018

When was the last time you updated your design portfolio? (If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while.) Maintaining a fresh portfolio is a good way to show off your skills to potential clients and can be helpful when looking back on work for annual contest entries.

If you’ve fallen behind with your portfolio design, or just need a new portfolio in general, this is a great opportunity to create something using trendy techniques and visuals.

A modern portfolio using design trends can make a great impression. Not only can a good portfolio design show off your work and what you do, but the portfolio itself is also a representation of your skills—so design wisely! Here’s a look at some of our favorite portfolio design trends for 2018.

Infinite Scrolling: Pros and Cons
Layouts / 26 Sep 2018

Infinite Scrolling: Pros and Cons

One-page websites are a major design trend. Especially when it comes to one-page designs packed with content, thanks to infinite scrolling techniques that allow designers to continue a webpage indefinitely.

This technique is great for some sites and content types, while for others it can be cumbersome and frustrating. Like any other design technique, you shouldn’t do it just because you want to try something new; it should be a strategic part of your design framework. So how can you decide? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of infinite scrolling websites.

20+ Halloween Flyer Templates
Inspiration / 25 Sep 2018

20+ Halloween Flyer Templates

With Halloween just around the corner, everyone is busy preparing for fun costume parties, festivals, and events. We picked out some of the best Halloween flyer templates to help you promote those events like a pro.

In this collection, we’re featuring a set of professionally-designed Halloween-themed flyer templates you can use to quickly design a flyer to promote Halloween parties, festivals, movie nights, music events, and more.

We made sure to mix a collection of flyer templates that are both spooky and scary so that you can design flyers that appeal to both kids and grown-ups of all ages. The templates are available in Photoshop and Illustrator formats so you can easily customize them to your preference as well.

20+ Best Facebook Cover & Post Mockups
Inspiration / 25 Sep 2018

20+ Best Facebook Cover & Post Mockups

If you’re a social media manager or a small business owner looking to supercharge your Facebook content strategy, then you’ve come to the right place.

Developing high-quality content for Facebook can be tough when you’re managing everything by yourself. It’s easy for big corporations with big budgets to design unique and beautiful content to grow their Facebook pages, but how can you afford the time to craft each post?

You don’t need to spend hours creating awesome content for your Facebook page. Try these Facebook mockup templates and you’ll be able to easily create a proper content strategy for your Facebook promotions without even having to hire a graphic designer.

The Golden Ratio in Design: Examples & Tips
Layouts / 24 Sep 2018

The Golden Ratio in Design: Examples & Tips

This might feel like a math lesson but hang in there. The golden ratio combines a little bit of math, a little bit of nature, and a lot of practical application for designers. Let’s take a look at what the golden ratio means for design, and a few tips for using it in your design projects.

The golden ratio has been used throughout history to create design elements that have an ideal visual appeal. Because the shape is rooted in nature and mathematics, it’s the perfect combination of balance and harmony. And it’s a superb tool to have up your sleeve as a designer.

20+ Best Lightroom Presets for Portraits
Inspiration / 21 Sep 2018

20+ Best Lightroom Presets for Portraits

You don’t have to be a pro photographer or a graphic designer to optimize and enhance your portrait photos. With the right Adobe Lightroom preset for portraits, you can apply stunning effects, all by yourself.

In this collection, we feature the best Lightroom presets available for quickly optimizing your portrait photos, selfies, wedding photos, and family photos. Using these Lightroom presets for portraits, you can enhance your photos like a pro by applying effects instantly (and even customize them to your preference with ease).

In most places, a single Lightroom preset can cost up to $20 and sometimes even $40. But, not those featured here. You can download all of the Lightroom presets in this collection when you subscribe to Envato Elements. So, don’t forget to download them all!

20+ Best Floral & Flower Background Textures
Inspiration / 20 Sep 2018

20+ Best Floral & Flower Background Textures

When it comes to designing wedding invitations and greeting cards, a floral background is a must-have flourish that helps you bring out the beauty in your designs. In this collection, we bring you some of the best floral and flower backgrounds you can use with such special design projects.

A background surrounded with beautiful flowers is not just a great way to make your designs look prettier but it’s also an effective way to present your creative designs like fonts, logos, and even to use with PowerPoint presentations.

We handpicked these floral and flower backgrounds with various styles and designs so that you can use them with different types of wedding invitations, greeting cards, blog headers, presentations, and social media post designs. See if you can find a background for your next project.

Stay on Top of Website Feedback With Hotjar
Reviews / 20 Sep 2018

Stay on Top of Website Feedback With Hotjar

By now you probably know that if you have a website, you need a way to monitor how it is working. The problem with many of these feedback channels is that they can be complicated to set up or difficult to understand.

The incoming feedback tool from Hotjar is different. It gives you all the feedback you need to manage and grow your website in a visual format. (So you don’t have to be a data scientist to understand it all.) Here’s a look at Hotjar and how it works.