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5 Ways to Network as a Remote Freelancer
Business / 5 Feb 2018

5 Ways to Network as a Remote Freelancer

One of the toughest areas of working as a freelancer is that there’s a sense of professional loneliness. Most of your work days are spent alone in a home office. While local networking opportunities exist, they may not be geared toward the creative industry. You need to get out!

You need to meet more creative workers. You need to develop a method to network as a remote freelancer, to create relationships that will help you grow in your career—and keep from feeling like you work on an island!

20+ Best Website PSD Perspective Mockups
Inspiration / 1 Feb 2018

20+ Best Website PSD Perspective Mockups

A great website perspective mockup design can help to present your web design in a beautiful, unique way. This collection of free and premium mockup PSDs is perfect for doing just that!

Proper presentation is the key to delighting your clients. Whether you’re working on a website design or a logo design, the way you present your designs to your client determines your level of professionalism.

Even when choosing a mockup template to showcase your design, you ideally want to choose a mockup design that looks out of the ordinary. Something that helps you display your website design uniquely and attractively that renders your clients speechless.

Perspective website mockups let you showcase your layouts from different angles, making your designs look more like real products instead of just a static mockup.

We’ve collected some of the best free and premium perspective website mockups you can use to present your next website design to your clients.

How (& Why) SVG Is Going to Take Over in 2018
Graphics / 31 Jan 2018

How (& Why) SVG Is Going to Take Over in 2018

2018 will be the year of SVG. The image file format has been growing in popularity and usage steadily over the last few years, but 2018 is when it will really break through.

You have the combination of users with high-resolution displays and the need for a lightning fast load time to thank. And while the switch to SVG might sound like a big deal; it’s not.

SVG is easy to use and implement, and you don’t really have to change existing files; just add new images as SVG. Here’s everything you need to be in the know when it comes to SVG.

30+ Best Fonts for Logo Design
Inspiration / 30 Jan 2018

30+ Best Fonts for Logo Design

Crafting the perfect logo often takes a lot of hard work and time. You have to come up with a design outline, pick the right colors, and find the perfect logo font to match the branding. Don’t worry. We’re here to make that process a bit easier for you.

No need to spend hours surfing the web to find a great font for your logo design, we’ve already picked the best ones for you. Have a look at this handpicked collection of the best logo fonts and choose the one that works best for your project!

You can download all these premium fonts for a single price when you subscribe to Envato Elements ($19 per month).

30 Tips to Be More Productive in 30 Days
Business / 29 Jan 2018

30 Tips to Be More Productive in 30 Days

Whether you work alone or as part of a large team, everyone is looking for ways to increase productivity. You’ll feel less stressed and get more done each day. Let’s see just how much you can change in 30 days—you’ll be amazed.

So how do you do it? First, changing any habit takes practice. Doing something one time doesn’t make it part of a new routine. You have to do it repeatedly; make it part of who you are. Here, we’ve got 30 tips to help you be more productive 30 days from now.

You aren’t going to do all of these things at once. Start with one or two, once they are part of your embedded routine, add another change and slowly build until you are feeling like your most productive self. Good luck!

Website Builders Compared: IM Creator, Mobirise, Webydo & uKit
Reviews / 26 Jan 2018

Website Builders Compared: IM Creator, Mobirise, Webydo & uKit

Getting ready to launch your website? It’s worth considering whether a website builders is the right approach for you to take, to save time, effort, and money. Today we’re comparing four popular options.

Website builders have several benefits: they are easy-to-use for people with diverse skills and web design experience, they have clear tutorials to follow, and can be surprisingly affordable long-term.

You’re in charge of the process from start to finish, controlling each stage and planning your design and content as you need. You’ll have a website you know to be functional, well-structured and visually appealing, which will work for your business or personal needs.

You’re spoiled for choice with which website builder to choose, so today we’re comparing four popular options to explain their relative pros and cons.

40+ Best Big, Poster Fonts of 2018
Inspiration / 25 Jan 2018

40+ Best Big, Poster Fonts of 2018

When it comes to designing posters and banners, there’s one thing that matters the most: the font. A poster without a great, attention-grabbing title is simply not an effective poster.

A great poster font has the power to turn even the most straightforward layout into a compelling design. As Irene Etzkorn once said, “There is no such thing as a boring project. There are only boring executions.”

If you’re still searching for that perfect poster font, you’re in luck. We found a set of fantastic poster fonts that’ll be perfect for any poster design. They’re big, bold, and creative enough to turn heads!

7 Ways to Jump Into UX Design From Graphic Design
UX Design / 24 Jan 2018

7 Ways to Jump Into UX Design From Graphic Design

There’s good news for graphic designers looking to make a career shift into UX design: You already have a strong foothold on the skills needed to get started. As someone who has a keen eye for pleasing aesthetics and a knack for solving problems, the change isn’t out of reach.

And there’s another bonus. The Interaction Design Foundation reports that UX designers have a higher average salary ($74,000 annually) than graphic designers ($41,000).

Are you ready to make the jump into user experience design? Here are seven ways to get there even faster.

25+ Best Minimal PowerPoint Templates 2018
Inspiration / 24 Jan 2018

25+ Best Minimal PowerPoint Templates 2018

Delivering a minimalist PowerPoint presentation can clearly convey your message, and remove any clutter. This collection of modern, minimal PowerPoint templates is a great place to start—they put the focus on you as the speaker, and what you have to convey!

These files are all fully editable, and can be easily tweaked according to your needs. Most come with hundreds of examples slides with graphs, tables, images, text, and more. Perfect for giving that next presentation a special touch.

20+ Best Double Exposure Photoshop Actions
Inspiration / 23 Jan 2018

20+ Best Double Exposure Photoshop Actions

The popular double exposure effect is not an easy effect to master. Only a Photoshop expert can pull it off. But, there’s a quick workaround you can use to achieve that same effect without any effort—with a double exposure Photoshop action.

Double exposure is a popular effect now being used in advertising, website designs, movie posters, and print media. Back in the day, photographers created this effect using their cameras by combining a silhouette photo and a fill photo. Designers took this effect to the next level using Photoshop. And the digital version of the effect gives you more control and freedom to achieve the perfect blend.

You don’t need expert skills to create this beautiful effect. Simply take a look through our collection of the best double exposure Photoshop actions and use it to instantly apply the effect to your photos.

Procreate vs. Photoshop: Should You Make the Switch?
Graphics / 22 Jan 2018

Procreate vs. Photoshop: Should You Make the Switch?

Designers are in love with Procreate. The app built for creative professionals makes designing on an iPad easier and more efficient in a completely new way. But can a $9.99 app be a realistic Photoshop competitor?

For some, the answer is a definite yes. Here are five reasons Procreate could become your go-to design app (and five reasons why it might not).

30+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2018
Inspiration / 18 Jan 2018

30+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2018

Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements.

Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike. They cost just a few dollars but give you an incredibly powerful toolkit to easily repeat complex and intricate processes.