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How to Make a Watermark in Photoshop (Step by Step Guide)

Photoshop Actions / 8 Jul 2021

How to Make a Watermark in Photoshop (Step by Step Guide)

Watermarking is an important part of making a piece of art your own. Whether you’re an artist, designer, or photographer, you should have a unique watermark to protect your work from being stolen.

If you don’t have your own watermark yet, creating one from scratch is very easy. In this short guide, we’ll show you how to make a watermark in Photoshop.

There are three simple ways to create a watermark. You can choose whichever method is appropriate for you. Let’s get started.

Procreate vs. Photoshop: Should You Make the Switch?

Procreate Brushes / 7 Jul 2021

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). Plus, an introduction to what Procreate is, and why it might be the perfect app for you.

Best Lightroom Export Settings for Instagram (Tips + Presets)

Lightroom Presets / 6 Jul 2021

Best Lightroom Export Settings for Instagram (Tips + Presets)

Lightroom is the secret behind some of the most gorgeous-looking photos you see on Instagram.

Many influencers and professionals use Lightroom to improve their photos before uploading them to the photo-blogging platform.

If you have the Lightroom app on your phone or computer, you can also make your Instagram posts look just as amazing as other influencers.

It’s just as easy as it sounds. But there are a few steps you need to follow. Like cropping images, applying effects, and using the best Lightroom export settings for Instagram.

In this quick guide, we share all the important tips and tricks for creating Instagram posts in Lightroom.

How to Edit Portraits in Lightroom (Beginner Tips + Presets)

Lightroom Presets / 6 Jul 2021

How to Edit Portraits in Lightroom (Beginner Tips + Presets)

Lightroom is one of the best apps you can use for editing portraits. The simple user interface makes it much easier to edit photos, even for someone without any prior experience.

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to edit portraits in Lightroom in a few simple steps. If you’re new to Lightroom, this is a must-read.

Since you own a subscription to Lightroom, we assume you already know how to open photos and organize them in Lightroom. So we’re not going to cover those boring parts in this guide.

Let’s jump straight to the details.

How to Use After Effects Templates

After Effects Templates / 25 Jun 2021

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.

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.