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25+ Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers

Software / 9 Oct 2019

25+ Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers

Browser extensions can speed up design workflows, helping you do everything from identifying a font, to pulling a color swatch, to inspecting the code of an element. Google Chrome has edged out all other browsers with the top market share among users, on more than 58 percent of all computers.

And there are plenty of extensions out there to help you optimize the performance of Chrome in your design workflows.

We compiled an awesome collection of 25 extremely useful Google Chrome Extensions for designers and developers.

10+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2019

Software / 16 Sep 2019

10+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2019

Do you need a portfolio website right now? There are a variety of online tools and templates that can help jumpstart the process so you can feature your work online quickly.

This list is packed with options that provide free plans to help you get started. (Note that many do also offer paid options with the ability to customize or add premium features.)

Here are a few tools that can help writers, designers, photographers, artists, or pretty much anyone get their portfolio online this week.

How to Compress PowerPoint Presentation Images

Software / 13 Sep 2019

How to Compress PowerPoint Presentation Images

Whether you want to share a PowerPoint presentation with a colleague via email or upload it to a website, one of the best ways to reduce the size of a PowerPoint file is to compress its images.

Visuals play a key role in a presentation. Especially today, audiences respond well to images and graphics better than text. As a result, we tend to add as many images as we can into a slideshow to make it more effective.

However, it also comes with a disadvantage. With more images, your PowerPoint presentation gets heavier in size. And that can be an issue when you’re trying to share that presentation online.

In this guide, we’ll show you an easy fix you can use to compress images in your PowerPoint presentations to reduce the file size without affecting the quality of the images.

How to Convert PowerPoint to Video

Software / 11 Sep 2019

How to Convert PowerPoint to Video

Did you know that you can turn a PowerPoint deck into a video that plays automatically? This can be a great option for online sharing or creating a video loop to play at events or as a background collage.

The best part is that you don’t have to have extra tools because you can convert your slides right into a video file from PowerPoint.

We’re going to walk you, step-by-step, through how to convert a PowerPoint template to a video. We’ll also pay special attention to video settings, formats, and conversion options to make sure you wind up with just the right type of video for your project.

How to Use After Effects Templates

Software / 5 Sep 2019

How to Use After Effects Templates

Adobe After Effects is a video-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Designers use it to create titles, intros, and transitions between video clips to enhance the production value of animations and video projects.

After Effects is one of those tools that’s packed with goodies, including templates that you can use to speed up project workflows. You can create your own templates or find and download them from other sources.

Here, we have a guide to using After Effects so you have everything you need to get started or better use the software.

How to Export Lightroom Presets

Software / 4 Sep 2019

How to Export Lightroom Presets

The ability to create and export presets is one of the best features of the Lightroom app that allows you to supercharge your workflow and save a lot of time when processing photos.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to create and export your Lightroom presets, to easily make adjustments to photos, and improve your designs.

Exporting and sharing Lightroom presets is key if you’re wanting to move them between computers, distribute them to friends, or sell them online. Here’s how you do it.

What Are Lightroom Presets (+ 10 Useful Examples)

Software / 2 Sep 2019

What Are Lightroom Presets (+ 10 Useful Examples)

If you’re looking for a shortcut to help speed up your photo editing workflows, Adobe Lightroom presets could be the answer. We’re covering what a Lightroom preset is, how they work, and featuring some of our favorite examples!

Adobe Lightroom Presets can help you perform certain effects and edits with one click. It can be a great way to apply the same edits repeatedly and save time with mundane editing tasks.

Here’s everything you need to know about Lightroom presets work with some cool examples you can download and use.

How to Export Actions in Photoshop

Software / 28 Aug 2019

How to Export Actions in Photoshop

Photoshop actions are a great tool for creating and recreating sequences of edits or tasks. You can save actions to reuse later and even “export” actions to use on another computer. Here’s how!

If you have tasks that you perform regularly, such as edits to images or cropping and saving to a certain location, actions can be a lifesaver.

Here, we’ll look at how to create an export actions in Photoshop with a step-by-step guide. This is a great way to move Photoshop actions between computers, or for sharing them with other people online.

The Best Web Tools in 2019 (And How They’ll Help You)

Software / 28 Aug 2019

The Best Web Tools in 2019 (And How They’ll Help You)

Freelancers, businesses, and professionals all use a range of web tools and services to get their job done. The landscape changes every year, so today’ we’ve collected 45 varied and versatile choices to help you in your job.

You can let these web tools and services handle your daily time-consuming tasks (invoicing, WordPress installation, maintenance – hosting, image optimization, collecting content, and more) so you can focus on growing your business and projects.

Why build a website from scratch when you have some great themes at your disposal? Or why work on optimizing your landing page, when there are tools available to help you with this?

Let’s dive in.

How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

Software / 21 Aug 2019

How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

If you’ve ever wanted to embed a YouTube video in Keynote to create a more engaging slideshow for in-person or recorded presentations, don’t worry. It’s not complicated at all.

We’re going to take you through how to embed a YouTube video in Keynote step-by-step, and share a few tips for how to use video to supercharge your presentations.

You don’t need any special software, and you’ll be all set with a video-packed presentation in minutes!

What Is Adobe After Effects (And What Is It Used For?)

Software / 19 Aug 2019

What Is Adobe After Effects (And What Is It Used For?)

Adobe After Effects is a video and animation-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Most designers use it to create titles, intros, and transition between clips for more seamless video production.

After Effects is part of the Adobe Creative Suite of products and is included in cloud plans. Full suite users already have access to this tool, or you can get it on its own if that’s all you need.

As with other Adobe tools, the great thing about using this set of tools is that functions and interacts have a look and feel that you are probably already used to, making it easier to learn on the fly.

Here’s a look at Adobe After Effects, what it is, and how to know if you should use it for projects.

How to Insert a GIF Into PowerPoint

Software / 18 Aug 2019

How to Insert a GIF Into PowerPoint

GIFs are more popular than ever right now and they can be a great way to add a touch of personality, character, or humor to your PowerPoint presentation. We’re going to quickly cover how to insert a GIF into PowerPoint in a few quick, easy steps!

Of course, you have to find the right image to use in a presentation. If you’re going for humor, aim for something short, punchy, and easy to read from a distance as well! If you’re using a GIF to explain a workflow in your app or product, try zooming in on the areas you’re getting people to look at.

Once you have your GIF sorted, here are the steps you need to focus on in order to insert your GIF into PowerPoint.