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The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2019)

Software / 14 Dec 2018

The 10 Best Photoshop Alternatives for Mac (2019)

You don’t have to use Adobe Photoshop on your Mac to edit images like a pro. There are plenty of Photoshop alternatives for Mac that you can download or use in-browser to create just the right images and graphics for your projects. And some of them are completely free!

None of these are necessarily one-size-fits-all solutions. Each tool tends to serve a specific purpose; Do you want to edit online or on a desktop? Are you editing photos or multiple file types? Is all the work for web or will images get printed?

Here’s a list of the best Photoshop alternatives for Mac in 2019, but not in any particular order. Have a read through to find the one that’s right for you.

100+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources

Inspiration / 7 Dec 2018

100+ Christmas Mockups, Icons, Graphics & Resources

Christmas is on the way! Whether you’re designing festive party flyers, looking for Christmas mockups, or a holiday icon set, we have a great collection for you today!

We’ve pulled together a fantastic collection of Christmas flyers and templates, mock-ups, icons, vectors, and much more. Some of them are completely free, some cost a few dollars, but all of them will get you in the festive spirit.

Have fun looking through this selection of resources, and we hope you find a few that help out with your holiday design work!

15+ Christmas Photoshop Brushes, Actions & Text Effects

Inspiration / 27 Nov 2018

15+ Christmas Photoshop Brushes, Actions & Text Effects

Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, not least designers! To help ease your workload, we’ve handpicked a collection of Christmas-themed Photoshop brushes, actions, and text effects for creating all kinds of seasonal designs.

With these add-ons, you’ll be able to make your own unique Christmas cards, social media posts, website banners, posters, and other promotional materials without having to waste hours searching and browsing the web. Have a look and see if you can find a useful Photoshop brush, action, or text effect to use with your Christmas design projects.

20+ Best Photoshop Watercolor Brushes

Inspiration / 16 Oct 2018

20+ Best Photoshop Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor design is a popular trend, not just used in digital backgrounds, but also in greeting card and wedding invitation designs. In this post, we’re sharing the best Photoshop watercolor brushes for creating your own unique watercolor designs.

If you’ve been looking for a way to make designs look more vibrant with colors, using a watercolor-themed design is the best way to get that job done. Of course, you can’t create an authentic watercolor effect with just any Photoshop brush. You need brushes that have been handcrafted with watercolor strokes and swashes.

We’ve found a collection of watercolor-themed Photoshop brushes created by professionals, most of which include brushes based on real paintbrush strokes. Feel free to download and experiment!

Design Trend: Using Watercolor Patterns in Web Design

Graphics / 1 Oct 2018

Design Trend: Using Watercolor Patterns in Web Design

Add a little art to your web design with the watercolor trend. Watercolor techniques are a popular design option because they are fun, easy to use and work with a variety of different types of content.

Watercolor styles can be used in a number of ways to emphasize your content. Whether you are considering a watercolor look for your website framework or just want to experiment with the style, we have a collection of ideas, examples, and resources to help you get started.

Border Design: 8 Tips & Modern Examples

Graphics / 8 Aug 2018

Border Design: 8 Tips & Modern Examples

Graphic designers have been using borders for as long as they have been designing things. And they’re a fun element to play with. We’re taking a look at eight border design concepts (most of them you can actually download as project starters), along with tips for usage and some examples that you can try in projects.

Sometimes a great border can help separate your design for other elements, such as around the perimeter of an ad. Other times, a border can serve as an element to help break up different parts of a design, or frame messaging or content.

While borders are most frequently thought about in terms of print design, they can be a valuable digital design tool as well. A good border defines a space so that users know where a design begins and ends. (Pretty simple, right?)

3D Typography: An Inspiring Design Trend

Trends / 6 Aug 2018

3D Typography: An Inspiring Design Trend

An injection of realism can take a design project to the next level. With so many VR and realistic style effects gaining popularity, it is no surprise that 3D typography is part of this design trend.

Three-dimensional typography has extra depth and can be a great display option. While 3D type isn’t necessarily made for readability, it is a fun design trend that is worth a try. Here’s a look at how to get started with 3D typography (with some pretty cool examples for inspiration).

30+ Feature-Packed Mockup and Scene Generators

Inspiration / 20 Jul 2018

30+ Feature-Packed Mockup and Scene Generators

How to effectively showcase your work can always pose something of a dilemma. There are plenty of one-off mockups available for different purposes, but we’re starting to see the release of more and more incredible “scene creators” that let you create your own mockup scene.

These provide unique sets of multiple items that let you combine your design work with multiple items and products, achieve all manner of different presentations — something really unique! Today, we’ve gathered over 15 scene creator packs that provide an awesome starting point — for office, corporate, kitchen, Christmas, or fashion mockups!

20+ Black Texture Background Graphics

Inspiration / 19 Jun 2018

20+ Black Texture Background Graphics

Looking for a minimalist, dark, or black texture background to highlight the contents of your design? We’ve got you covered.

Using minimal and dark texture backgrounds is an increasingly popular background design trend. Mainly because a black background allows you to highlight text and content, grab attention, and to show off professionalism. Especially when it comes to web design, dark texture backgrounds make it easier to craft header images that highlight titles and text.

Whether you’re designing a luxury brand website, working on a PowerPoint presentation, a logo mockup, or even just looking for a set of cool desktop backgrounds, this collection has them all.

27 Inspiring Letterpress Style Posters

Graphics / 31 May 2018

27 Inspiring Letterpress Style Posters

Are you planning on designing a poster with a retro or a vintage vibe? Not sure where to start? Then browse our hand-picked collection of letterpress posters and letterpress templates to find inspiration.

Letterpress is one of the oldest printing techniques that date back to the early 1440s. Back in the day, this technique was used to easily print many copies of a poster, flyer, and other designs with photo and letter-etched plates.

Even though it’s no longer widely used by printers and publishers, the technique and the unique design style is still celebrated by artists and designers. It’s especially popular among poster designers. In this collection, we’re featuring elegant and modern letterpress poster designs.

30+ Clean & Minimal Landing Page Templates

Inspiration / 17 May 2018

30+ Clean & Minimal Landing Page Templates

You may already know about the power of landing pages. It’s one of the greatest online marketing strategies many businesses use. Instead of directing your traffic to a website homepage, sending traffic to a landing page is a great way to increase conversions.

Did you know that 48% of marketers build new landing pages for each of their marketing campaigns? Unfortunately, building and testing landing pages isn’t easy. Fortunately, we’ve collected a selection of great landing page templates, that will have you up and running within a few minutes (all for less than $20).

10 Tips for Using Text Effects That Don’t Suck

Typography / 30 Apr 2018

10 Tips for Using Text Effects That Don’t Suck

Adding effects to typography can be a source of heartache for designers. Clients demand a drop shadow or embossing, and you’re stuck with text effects that threaten to ruin a project. What you need is an arsenal of text effects that don’t suck so you can help the client pivot to something a little more classy.

The trick to all of these effects is using them with purpose. Good typography doesn’t need “help.” If a font isn’t working alone, it’s not going to work with a bunch of techniques added either. (You’ll only make something bad even worse.)

The best text effects are nearly invisible to non-designers. Or text effects are used to add meaning to typography or lettering. Here are a few tips for using text effects that don’t suck with some pretty cool examples.