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The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2022)

Software / 24 Nov 2020

The 8 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Windows (2022)

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 2022: 7 Top Picks

Reviews / 24 Nov 2020

Best Data Recovery Software for 2022: 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!

Before we go ahead and look at the best data recovery software, here’s a staggering stat shared by Remo Software, one of the leading data recovery software companies: 0.93% of hard drives failed in 2020. That’s a serious number of data loss scenarios. We recommend you take necessary precautions while working from home on your devices and always choose a good piece of data recovery software.

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.

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!

Sketch vs. Figma vs. Adobe XD: Which Design Tool Is Best for Beginners?

Sketch Templates / 5 Aug 2020

Sketch vs. Figma vs. Adobe XD: Which Design Tool Is Best for Beginners?

There comes a time when every designer needs to decide which design tool they’re going to settle down with for the rest of their career. If you’re in the process of finding your perfect design tool or looking for a replacement, this guide is for you.

Sketch app used to hold the throne as one of the most versatile design apps out there. That’s until two new contenders surfaced to challenge the throne—Figma and Adobe XD.

Both Figma and Adobe XD apps are not only developed by industry leaders but offer some amazing features that managed to steal many users away from Sketch. Of course, Sketch is still one of the best UX design tools available today as well.

For beginning designers, it can be frustrating to find the right tool for their work. In this article, we aim to provide a solid answer to that problem, by comparing Figma, Sketch, and Adobe XD against one another. Let’s dive in.

Best Project Management Software for Creatives 2022

Software / 23 Jul 2020

Best Project Management Software for Creatives 2022

It’s sometimes said that creativity is ‘born out of chaos.’ These words conjure up romantic images of wild-hearted creatives, working all hours, breaking all the rules and, from a fog of confusion, conjuring unique work that changes the world.

But while that all have a certain appeal, personally I’ve never really felt it’s all that healthy – or that true.

Actually, I’ve always found the opposite to be the case.

The very best creative work, in my opinion, relies on structure and consistency, much more than wildness and insanity. It’s based on order and organization – rather than chaos and disorder.

If you’re looking to get more structured, more organized in your work, you’re not alone. Luckily, there’s a huge array of project management software tools designed to give you exactly what you need.

But that’s a blessing and a curse: with so many options available, which one do you choose? Which one’s right for you? In this article, we’ve created a rundown of the very BEST project management tools for creatives in 2021.

Let’s get to it!

Final Cut vs. Adobe Premiere Pro (Which to Choose? Pros & Cons)

Premiere Pro Templates / 21 Jul 2020

Final Cut vs. Adobe Premiere Pro (Which to Choose? Pros & Cons)

Almost everyone is shooting video these days. From social media clips to full feature moving images for websites and more. But you have to do more than just take video, to get the right finish requires a solid video editing tool.

Two of the best options available are Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. These solid video editors are packed with features and can help you polish video clips for a more professional feel.

But which one is right for your projects? Here, we’re taking a look at each tool and key pros and cons to help you choose the video tool that’s best for your daily workflows (and budget).