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How to Use After Effects Templates

After Effects Templates / 20 May 2022

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.

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2022)

Software / 13 May 2022

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2022)

You don’t have to use Adobe Photoshop on your Mac to edit images like a pro. There are plenty of Photoshop alternatives for Mac that you can download or use in-browser to create just the right images and graphics for your projects. And some of them are completely free!

None of these are necessarily one-size-fits-all solutions. Each tool tends to serve a specific purpose; Do you want to edit online or on a desktop? Are you editing photos or multiple file types? Is all the work for web or will images get printed?

Here’s a list of the best Photoshop alternatives for Mac in 2022, but not in any particular order. Have a read through to find the one that’s right for you.

How to Edit a PowerPoint Template: A Quick Start Guide

PowerPoint Templates / 29 Apr 2022

How to Edit a PowerPoint Template: A Quick Start Guide

Whether you’re starting from scratch and building a custom template, or have a PowerPoint template you’ve downloaded and want to customize, knowing how to edit a PowerPoint template is a great skill to have in your kit.

We’re going to walk you through editing a PowerPoint template step-by-step, explaining all the PowerPoint terminology along the way!

If you like the presentation template we are using here—Creativa—you can get it from Envato Elements. It’s a great multi-purpose template that’s great for all types of presentations.

What Is a MOGRT File? (+ How to Use in Premiere Pro)

Premiere Pro Templates / 25 Apr 2022

What Is a MOGRT File? (+ How to Use in Premiere Pro)

If you are working in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects, you may have come across a specific file type – MOGRT (or .mogrt). You may also be asked to create a MOGRT file for a client or work project you are involved in.

A MOGRT file is a premade motion graphic template for use in Adobe Premiere Pro. MOGRT stands for motion graphics template, which makes it even easier to understand what this file type is intended for.

Here, we’ve created an easy guide to help you understand what a MOGRT file is, how to use it, and how to import them into Premiere Pro projects.

How to Make an Org Chart in PowerPoint Quickly and Easily

PowerPoint Templates / 21 Apr 2022

How to Make an Org Chart in PowerPoint Quickly and Easily

An organisation chart (org chart), is a useful tool that your business can use to display the company structure. It’s usually shown in the form of a flow diagram, and the chart helps to show the relationships between different departments and employees.

Creating an organizational chart is quick and easy if you have the right tools.

Here, we’re going to walk through some ideas for putting together a stunning org chart in PowerPoint to help you jumpstart projects. Plus, all the examples are from Envato Elements, so you can download templates for even quicker work!

How to Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Presets / 15 Apr 2022

How to Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Whether you are a photographer or designer with a need to edit photos, Adobe Lightroom can be a great tool. Designed for photo editing, it allows batch work that can be cumbersome in programs such as Photoshop.

One of the most popular elements of Lightroom are the number of presets available. These tools within the tool are super filters that allow you to enhance photos, add creative effects and add functionality to your design workflow. If you’ve used any Adobe product, the feel of Lightroom is familiar and easy to learn. Get started by installing and using a few cool presets. Here’s how to do it.

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop Brushes / 18 Mar 2022

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. The best part? You’ll be completely clued up in just three minutes!

DaVinci Resolve vs. Premiere Pro: Pros & Cons

DaVinci Resolve Templates / 17 Mar 2022

DaVinci Resolve vs. Premiere Pro: Pros & Cons

DaVinci Resolve is a popular video editing software among many professionals these days. With Premiere Pro getting more and more expensive, DaVinci Resolve is considered to be a solid alternative.

But can it really replace Premiere Pro? Let’s find out.

In this comparison, we take a closer look at both DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro to compare their pros and cons to figure out which video editor is best.

If you’re looking for an affordable Premiere Pro alternative or trying to figure out which video editor to use, this guide will help you find the right software for your projects.

What Is Adobe InDesign (And What Is It Used For?)

InDesign Templates / 15 Mar 2022

What Is Adobe InDesign (And What Is It Used For?)

Most creatives are familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite of tools. Adobe InDesign is one of the staples of this lineup and has been the industry standard for designers for decades.

InDesign is a desktop publishing and page layout software application. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and eBooks.

But it’s also now capable of so much more—integrating with other Adobe tools, helping you share and publish or print your work, working with Adobe Stock, the list goes on.

Here, we’ll look at what Adobe InDesign is, what it is used for, and the key functionality of this tool.

Learn InDesign: 15 Best Free Tutorials & Guides for Beginners

InDesign Templates / 14 Mar 2022

Learn InDesign: 15 Best Free Tutorials & Guides for Beginners

Adobe InDesign is the industry-leading layout and page design software for print and digital media. You can use it to create publications, books, and types of print and layout projects as well as PDFs, slideshows, banner ads, social media images, or YouTube preview tiles. It’s a truly versatile piece of kit to have in your design arsenal!

If you need some help getting started with learning Adobe InDesign, we’ve collected 15 great tutorials and guides that are perfect for beginners.

Plus, every one of these options is free, so you can give each of them a try and see which fits the bill for you. Whether you prefer video or written guides, we’ve got something for everyone.

Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

Brochure Templates / 11 Mar 2022

Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

So, you need to design a brochure? Where do you start? We’re comparing three different pieces of brochure design software to see how they stack up.

For web and digital designers creating a printed brochure for the first time, to designers that have been making print pieces for a while, using the right tool can make brochure design a more efficient task.

Choosing the right software, and sticking with it over time, is a sure-fire way to speed up your design workflow.

Adobe tools are the common starting place. Today, we’ll compare using InDesign, Illustrator and Adobe Spark (a free offering) as different options creating a brochure design.

We’ll look at the pros and cons of each (including the cost), and suggest which options are best for different types of brochure design project.

How to Use DaVinci Resolve: 10 Beginner Guides + Tutorials

DaVinci Resolve Templates / 7 Mar 2022

How to Use DaVinci Resolve: 10 Beginner Guides + Tutorials

DaVinci Resolve is a professional-level video editing tool that’s growing in popularity. If you are new to the software or looking for an alternative video-editing tool, we’ve gathered ten beginners guides and tutorials to help you learn the tool quickly.

If you are just getting started, here more information about the capabilities of DaVinci Resolve, to give you an introduction to what the tool is, and what it’s capable of. If you’re interested in digging a bit deeper, then this post is for you!

The guides and tutorials we’ve collected here today are a mix of written and video instruction, so there’s something for everyone.