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The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2021)

Software / 24 Nov 2020

The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2021)

Looking for a faster and better alternative to Adobe Photoshop? While Photoshop has been a standard for years, that’s starting to change with plenty of new tools for Windows that make easy work of photo editing. Many of these new tools include smart functions that will speed up workflows.

The best Photoshop alternatives pack in just the features you need without a lot of fluff you won’t use. Here’s a list of the best Photoshop alternatives for Windows in 2021.

Take note of special features to find the one that’s right for you.

Best Data Recovery Software for 2021: 7 Top Picks

Reviews / 24 Nov 2020

Best Data Recovery Software for 2021: 7 Top Picks

It’s inevitable: At some point you will lose a project due to a crash, virus, or by accident.

But you can be ready to recover information and data quickly with the right data recovery software. There are a plethora of tools on the market – some paid, some free – that can help you bet lost files back.

Here, we’re going to look at 7 of the best options so you have one of these tools at the ready when you need it. Perfect for designers, developers, or anyone who wants to have a magic tool up their sleeve when the worst happens!

How to Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Presets / 9 Oct 2020

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.

15+ Best Sketch Tutorials (Sketch App for Beginners)

Sketch Templates / 29 Sep 2020

15+ Best Sketch Tutorials (Sketch App for Beginners)

If you have been waiting to experiment with Sketch, there’s never a better time to dive in than right now. The Mac-based vector graphics editing tool for user interface and experience design has become a go-to tool for many designers and developers.

If you haven’t started using it yet, or already downloaded the software and are feeling a little overwhelmed, then you are in the right place.

Here, we’re going to look at some of the best Sketch tutorials to help you jumpstart your familiarity and skill level with the software, whether you’re completely new, or looking to level up your skillset.

Affinity Designer vs Illustrator: Pros & Cons Compared

Affinity Designer Templates / 16 Sep 2020

Affinity Designer vs Illustrator: Pros & Cons Compared

It’s been more than three decades since Adobe introduced us to Illustrator. All this time, Illustrator has been the go-to software for vector graphics design.

Ask any expert designer and they’ll tell you how they can’t even think of switching software. Illustrator is now part of their workflow and career. Adobe used this loyalty to their advantage, by converting their software licensing to a subscription plan.

You now have to pay a monthly price to keep using the software. For some people, it’ll still be a great deal. But for others, you’ll likely ask yourself if it’s still a good investment. That’s why you’re here, right?

Affinity Designer is everything that you want a graphic design software to be. Needless to say, it’s the best Illustrator alternative available today.

But, is it powerful enough to provide all the tools you need to do your work? Does it have all the essential features of Illustrator? To answer these questions, we compared Affinity Designer against Adobe Illustrator. Let’s find out which software is best.

5 Procreate Tips for Pro iPad Design

Procreate Brushes / 15 Sep 2020

5 Procreate Tips for Pro iPad Design

Procreate is the main reason artists fell in love with the iPad Pro. It’s the app that transformed the iPad into the portable drawing pad that every artist dreamed of.

Procreate is an app full of amazing features and possibilities. Today we share with you some of the best Procreate tips to help you make the most of this app.

Whether you’re just getting started with iPad Pro and Procreate or an expert looking for useful tips, this guide will surely help you create professional art using the popular iOS app.

How to Create & Save a Preset in Lightroom

Lightroom Presets / 2 Sep 2020

How to Create & Save a Preset in Lightroom

If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user, learning how to save a preset can make your workflow much smoother. Today we’re going to teach you how to create your own Lightroom presets in a few quick steps.

A Lightroom preset is a “package” of settings that can speed up the photo-editing process. Presets can be reused to create the same effects over and over again. Using them can take a lot of time out of the editing process for repetitive actions.

We have a full guide to Lightroom Presets if you want to learn more, or find presets that you can download and use right away.

15+ Best Photoshop Action Tutorials

Photoshop Actions / 31 Aug 2020

15+ Best Photoshop Action Tutorials

Photoshop actions are a great tool if you are a fan of Adobe’s photo editing software.

Actions allow you to complete a series of tasks all at once, and on multiple files, after creating the initial action. Actions can help you perform routine edits quickly with one click or include modal controls that let you enter values in a dialog box while playing an action.

Here, we’re going to look at some of the best Photoshop action tutorials, guides, and explain and how to use them.

15+ Best Lightroom Tutorials for Beginners + Pros

Lightroom Presets / 25 Aug 2020

15+ Best Lightroom Tutorials for Beginners + Pros

Adobe Lightroom is an industry-standard tool for photographers. It allows you to edit, organize, store, and share photos and works with other Adobe tools and cross-device. It isn’t that easy to get started with, and these Lightroom tutorials will give you an incredible boost.

Whether you are new to Lightroom or are looking to expand your skills, this roundup of tutorials has something for everyone.

The more beginner tutorials are at the top and progress slightly in difficulty as you move down through this post.

8 Best Code Editors for Designers in 2020 (Free & Premium)

Software / 25 Aug 2020

8 Best Code Editors for Designers in 2020 (Free & Premium)

Having at least a basic understanding of coding is an important skill that every designer should have. Knowing your way around website design, HTML, and CSS will help you stand out among other designers.

Even if you’re a graphic designer working on print designs, you’ll never know if or when you’ll land a high-paying job to design a website or even parts of a website. Having some front-end design skills will definitely help advance your career as well.

The process of learning front-end design and coding begins with finding the right code editor for you. There are a lot of different code editors out there. But, only a few that are perfect for front-end designers.

In this post, we showcase some of the best code editors you can use for front-end design and coding. There are both free code editors and premium ones as well as web-based apps. Have a look.

15+ Best Adobe After Effects Tutorials

After Effects Templates / 24 Aug 2020

15+ Best Adobe After Effects Tutorials

Adobe After Effects can help you take motion graphics to the next level, but the tool isn’t always easy to use (especially if you are new to it). That’s where great tutorials come in.

From written instructions to video lessons, you can learn to do almost anything with the right set of instructions.

Here, we’ve scoured the internet for some of the best and more useful Adobe After Effects tutorials to help you make the most of the software for keying, tracking, compositing, and animation.

It’s a mix of video and written education, for beginners and pros alike!

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2020)

Software / 12 Aug 2020

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2020)

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 2020, but not in any particular order. Have a read through to find the one that’s right for you.