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15+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2022

Software / 27 Dec 2021

15+ Best Free Portfolio Website Tools & Templates in 2022

Do you need a portfolio website right now? There are a variety of online tools and templates that can help jumpstart the process so you can feature your work online quickly.

This list is packed with options that provide free plans to help you get started. (Note that many do also offer paid options with the ability to customize or add premium features.)

Here are a few tools that can help writers, designers, photographers, artists, or pretty much anyone get their portfolio online this week.

7 Best Free Wireframing Apps for Beginners

Software / 20 Dec 2021

7 Best Free Wireframing Apps for Beginners

Wireframing is an essential part of every UI/ UX designer’s job. Every time you design a new app or website, you need the right tool for effectively outlining the page structure, layout, user flow, and other factors.

While professional wireframing tools cost organizations hundreds of dollars a month, there are also plenty of budget-friendly or entirely free apps that solo designers, small teams, and beginners can use.

These free tools are also perfect for aspiring UI/UX designers to build hands-on wireframing skills through bootcamps like Springboard’s UI/UX Design Bootcamp.

To help you pick the right wireframing tool, we’ve listed 7 excellent free wireframing applications. Most of these have solid free plans and have the option for added functionality via paid subscriptions. Let’s get into it.

Best Free T-Shirt Design Software in 2022

Software / 7 Dec 2021

Best Free T-Shirt Design Software in 2022

When it comes to designing a shirt, you have two primary options – design it yourself using graphic design tools such as Adobe Illustrator or use software made for the job. The good news is that there are plenty of free t-shirt design software options to consider!

There are a growing number of platforms that specialize in t-shirt design and can help you create something that people will want to wear. Some of these tools integrate with a t-shirt sales portal as well, making the process even easier.

Here, we’re going to look at some of the best free t-shirt design software options available and how you can make these tools work for you.

Keynote vs PowerPoint: Which Presentation App to Choose?

Keynote Templates / 10 Nov 2021

Keynote vs PowerPoint: Which Presentation App to Choose?

It’s presentation time! Whether you are creating a template for your boss or prepping slides for a talk, using the right software can make the job a lot easier. We’re pitting Keynote vs. PowerPoint against one another to lay out the pros and cons of each.

For Mac users, there are two pretty obvious choices – Keynote and PowerPoint. But which do you choose? Should you always stick with one, or use different apps for different presentations?

Each has its own set of benefits and costs, and they’re both great for different uses. Hopefully, we’ll be able to help you make the right choice.

Top Tools Every UI/UX Designer Should Know

Software / 26 Oct 2021

Top Tools Every UI/UX Designer Should Know

Wondering which tools successful UXers use to design top-notch digital products?

From ideation to developer handoff, UX designers rely on a variety of programs to execute each phase of the product development process. If you’re getting started with UX design, you’ll need to know what these tools can do for you and when to use them.

Fledgling UXers can build hands-on experience with essential design tools through a bootcamp course like Springboard’s UI/UX Design Career Track. With a diverse lineup of UX tools in your pocket, you’ll be able to optimize your deliverables at each stage of the design process.

Read on to learn more about the top tools you’ll need to master to create wireframes, prototypes, and more.

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 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.