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Brochure Design Software: 3 Options Compared

Brochure Templates / 18 Jun 2021

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 Install & Apply a Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Presets / 14 May 2021

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.

Capture One vs Lightroom: Pros & Cons

Lightroom Presets / 13 May 2021

Capture One vs Lightroom: Pros & Cons

Lightroom is one of the best products Adobe has ever made. When it comes to processing RAW images and batch photos, there’s no better software out there than Lightroom. Or is there?

Capture One is a lesser-known Lightroom alternative that often gets high praise from professional photographers. In fact, this software is made specifically for photographers with lots of advanced features.

There’s only one question, is Capture One better than Lightroom? To find the answers, we compared the features of both Lightroom and Capture One. Keep reading to find out our final verdict.

6 Best Canva Alternatives for Quick Designs & Mockups

Software / 27 Apr 2021

6 Best Canva Alternatives for Quick Designs & Mockups

Designing digital and print graphics is now easier than ever thanks to cloud-based apps and tools. These tools are so easy to use that even someone without any design knowledge can get started right away.

Canva is one of the most popular apps in this category, especially among social media marketers and small businesses. Canva is a great tool but it’s not perfect and there are some downsides to using it.

In this post, we look at some of the best alternatives to Canva to help you find a better and more suitable option for your design needs.

Whether you’re a freelance designer or just starting out as a social media manager, there are tools in this list for everyone.

Record Presentations & Edit Videos Using Wondershare DemoCreator

Software / 9 Apr 2021

Record Presentations & Edit Videos Using Wondershare DemoCreator

Turning your PowerPoint presentations into videos is one of the best ways to make the most of your presentations and create content from them. Wondershare DemoCreator is a wonderful tool that allows you to do just that.

Whether you’re using PowerPoint or Google Slides to create a tutorial video, online course, or share a report with your team, you can record your presentations to easily share and reuse them in a more professional way.

Wondershare DemoCreator is a PowerPoint screen recording software you can use to easily create videos from your presentations. In this post, we take a closer look at this app and show you how to use it.

Jumpstart Design Prototypes With Wondershare Mockitt

Software / 24 Mar 2021

Jumpstart Design Prototypes With Wondershare Mockitt

If you’ve ever wanted to build a prototype quickly, Wondershare Mockitt is the tool for you.

The new online prototyping tool is made to help you create interactive prototypes in a hurry – as little as 10 minutes – using drag and drop tools.

Here, we’ll take a look at Wondershare Mockitt and how you can make it work for you. You’ll learn how almost anyone with visual design skills can create a prototype easily, with just a few clicks!

How to Create an Invoice in Word (In 3 Simple Steps!)

Software / 18 Mar 2021

How to Create an Invoice in Word (In 3 Simple Steps!)

From small businesses to one-off needs for freelancers, Microsoft Word can be a reliable – and easy – option for creating quick invoices. Most people have it, and you can get a surprisingly well designed invoice made with relatively little effort!

You can use a template that comes with the software by default, create your own, or download a predesigned option from a marketplace such as Envato Elements. (The latter option is the easiest by far.)

Here, we’ll walk you through how to create an invoice in Word using an example template. You can download it here and follow along.

How to Open, Use & Edit a Template in Microsoft Word

Software / 11 Mar 2021

How to Open, Use & Edit a Template in Microsoft Word

Templates are the super tool of regular Microsoft Word users. Templates establish a set of style rules and visual guidelines so that your documents have a unified look and feel.

Templates are a great starting point for elements such as letterhead other documents.

Here, we’ll look at how to open, edit, and use templates in Microsoft Word. The whole process is really simple, and can open up a whole new level of flexibility for how you work with Word.

10+ Tips for Modern, Pro Page Layout Designs in Microsoft Word

Software / 8 Mar 2021

10+ Tips for Modern, Pro Page Layout Designs in Microsoft Word

If you are ready to amp up your designs in Microsoft Word, this is the right place. Here – with templates as examples – we are going to look at a variety of ways you can create more modern, professional-looking page layout designs using this common tool.

Microsoft Word is capable of so much more than you might expect with page layout. You can build modern, on-trend documents, and push the software further than ever before.

Forget the old days of Word Art and choosing between six fonts. Let’s take Microsoft Word into a new world of improved design and typography!

What Is Affinity Publisher? a 101 Intro (+ vs. InDesign Comparison)

Affinity Publisher Templates / 26 Feb 2021

What Is Affinity Publisher? a 101 Intro (+ vs. InDesign Comparison)

Designers working with desktop publishing may want to take a look at Affinity Publisher. The tool, which is now available for Mac and Windows platforms, is emerging as a powerful and flexible design option.

The tool is part of the Serif line of graphic design products, which also includes Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, both super-capable platforms in their own right.

Here’s a look at Affinity Publisher and how it compares to a tool you may already be familiar with – Adobe InDesign.

How to Do a Giveaway on Instagram (+ Rules, Ideas and Tips)

Instagram Templates / 22 Feb 2021

How to Do a Giveaway on Instagram (+ Rules, Ideas and Tips)

Designing a giveaway or contest on Instagram can be fun, increase engagement, and help boost your presence online. But it’s more than just asking people to tag a friend to win a prize.

A great giveaway takes planning, a prize that’s worth people’s time, and an understanding of the rules to maintain the integrity of your social media account (that’s the really important part, to make sure you stay on the right side of the guidelines).

Here’s how to do a giveaway on Instagram!

7 Best Sketch Alternatives for Windows & PC

Sketch Templates / 11 Feb 2021

7 Best Sketch Alternatives for Windows & PC

Sketch is one of the most popular apps among designers and artists. Whether you want to design a mobile app interface or craft a set of unique icons, it has all the tools you need in one place.

However, the Sketch app also has a few downsides, the biggest one being the app’s exclusivity to Mac devices. If you’re a Windows PC user, you can’t use the Sketch app.

Thankfully, there are a few amazing Sketch alternatives for PC you can use instead. In this article, we take a closer look at the best Sketch alternatives for Windows, including both free and premium options.

Let’s dive in.