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How to Design for All Screen Sizes With Elementor’s Custom Breakpoint

Software / 8 Oct 2021

How to Design for All Screen Sizes With Elementor’s Custom Breakpoint

Elementor has been making waves in the world of WordPress website design since its launch in 2016. Part of what makes this platform so appealing to creators is a constantly evolving set of features. As the web continues to transform, so too does the Elementor landscape.

Recently, in September 2021, Elementor released the latest version of its platform (3.4), which features a slew of updates to the feature set. Perhaps the most compelling change is the addition of new custom breakpoints – something Elementor fans have requested for a long time.

Elementor 3.4 updates your two existing breakpoint options to a total of 7 different solutions, two each for mobile and tablet users, and one each for desktop, widescreens, and laptops. Designers can now customize these designs however they choose to suit any screen size, making websites responsive, adaptive, and streamlined for any device.

15+ Best IP Geolocation APIs Compared

Software / 1 Oct 2021

15+ Best IP Geolocation APIs Compared

Looking up the IP addresses of website visitors can help in many ways. Whether you’re aiming to personalize their UX based on location or just want to understand your demographic better, IP geolocation can help.

No matter the use case, geolocation services involve sourcing the user’s location by doing a simple geolocate IP request. Currently, it’s possible to obtain this data in two different ways.

You can use an IP geolocation API to interact with the vendor’s database and get the information you need. The advantage is that you don’t have to maintain a database containing geolocation data yourself.

The alternative is an IP geolocation database and query system, both of which you install on your server(s). This is fully under your control, meaning you’ll have to update the database yourself on an ongoing basis (which can prove laborious).

For most use cases, the API route is the cleaner option. It might be faster if you use a local database, however, with APIs you have virtually zero maintenance tasks.

So let’s take a closer look at some of the best IP geolocation APIs available today. We’ll analyze core features, compare monthly pricing and perform an accuracy test using random IP addresses.

Filmstock: A One-Stop Shop for Royalty-Free Video & Media

Software / 23 Sep 2021

Filmstock: A One-Stop Shop for Royalty-Free Video & Media

Being able to access a library where you can download all kinds of media assets in one convenient place is a surefire way to supercharge your workflow.

If you’re looking for such a resource to improve your productivity on a budget, Filmstock can be just what you need.

Filmstock features a massive library full of royalty-free stock video, video effects, sound effects, video templates, and so much more. There are resources on the platform for all kinds of creators, including video editors, content creators, social media influencers, and marketers.

Filmstock gives you unlimited access to the marketplace for a single monthly subscription. But is it worth your money? What are the benefits of using Filmstock? And who should use Filmstock? Let’s find out.

5 Best iMovie Alternatives (For Mac & Windows) 2022

Software / 15 Sep 2021

5 Best iMovie Alternatives (For Mac & Windows) 2022

iMovie is the go-to software for Mac users for editing videos. It’s fast, free, beginner-friendly, and simply gets the job done.

But, let’s face it, iMovie fails in many areas when it comes to creating attractive and trendy videos for social media. It lacks the effects, filters, and tools you need to make fun TikTok videos or Instagram Stories.

Maybe it’s time to look for an alternative? Well, we’ve been wondering the same and did some research to find the best iMovie alternative apps for editing and creating videos.

In this post, we look at some of the best apps you can use to edit videos for social media, create vlogs for YouTube, and make trendy TikToks. Most of these apps work on both Mac and Windows. Let’s have a look.

How to Uninstall Fonts on Windows & Mac

Font Collections / 26 Aug 2021

How to Uninstall Fonts on Windows & Mac

It’s easy to get lost in an ocean of fonts when you keep downloading and installing fonts on your computer.

Let’s face it, as a designer, you can’t help but get new fonts at every chance you get. You’ll never stop hoarding fonts and that’s okay too. Because we all have the same addiction.

There’s no such thing as having too many fonts. But you should learn to organize your fonts. Otherwise, it will start affecting your work and productivity.

In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to uninstall fonts that you never really use to make space for shiny new fonts.

How to Blur a Background in Lightroom (Step by Step Guide)

Lightroom Presets / 12 Aug 2021

How to Blur a Background in Lightroom (Step by Step Guide)

The blurred background effect is a popular trick used in photo editing to highlight and make the portrait stand out from the background.

This effect is widely used in fashion and wedding photography. It works best for portraits as it makes portraits pop from the background. While the effect is best created with your camera, you can also replicate it with Lightroom.

In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to blur background in Lightroom to recreate the same effect in your own portrait photos.

Let’s get started!

How to Vectorize an Image in Photoshop (Step by Step Guide)

Photoshop Actions / 9 Jul 2021

How to Vectorize an Image in Photoshop (Step by Step Guide)

Even though Photoshop is a raster graphics software, it has many tools and tricks to support vector images. One of the best tricks is its ability to vectorize raster images.

This is a very useful trick every artist and designer should learn to use. For example, if you have a low-resolution logo or an image that you want to scale without making it blurry, you can vectorize the image in Photoshop to resize it freely.

In this quick guide, we’ll show you exactly how to vectorize an image in Photoshop. It’s a very simple method, you’ll see.

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.