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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).

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.

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Software / 23 Apr 2018

How to Install & Use a Photoshop Brush in 3 Minutes

Photoshop brushes can open up a whole new world of creativity. Brushes let you draw and paint in any way imaginable—creating anything from simple textures, to patterns in any imaginable element (from simple leaves to a beautiful night sky!)

If you haven’t used a Photoshop brush before, it can be a little intimidating. But once you start experimenting with brushes, you’ll never look back.

Here’s a primer on how to use and install Photoshop brushes, plus ten free Photoshop brushes to kick-start your collection. The best part? You’ll be completely clued up in just three minutes!

10 Tips for Perfect Brochure Design

Graphics / 14 Mar 2018

10 Tips for Perfect Brochure Design

Designing a brochure can be a rewarding project. There’s nothing like creating something that you can hold, touch, and read. Plus, the design is more than just an arrangement of parts—it includes texture and feel in a way that digital projects can’t convey.

Designing the perfect brochure can be intimidating. In addition to all the design considerations you normally think about, there are some things that are specific to printed projects.

Today we’re taking a look at ten useful tips for improving your next brochure design!

How (& Why) SVG Is Going to Take Over in 2018

Graphics / 31 Jan 2018

How (& Why) SVG Is Going to Take Over in 2018

2018 will be the year of SVG. The image file format has been growing in popularity and usage steadily over the last few years, but 2018 is when it will really break through.

You have the combination of users with high-resolution displays and the need for a lightning fast load time to thank. And while the switch to SVG might sound like a big deal; it’s not.

SVG is easy to use and implement, and you don’t really have to change existing files; just add new images as SVG. Here’s everything you need to be in the know when it comes to SVG.

30+ Best Procreate Brushes

Inspiration / 15 Dec 2017

30+ Best Procreate Brushes

If you’re a digital artist searching for the perfect Procreate brush to craft stunning illustrations or to design unique website header images, we’ve got a great collection of professional Procreate brushes just for you.

Procreate is amongst the most popular drawing apps available for iPad Pro. It’s actually more than just a simple drawing app. With the Apple Pencil stylus and the right set of brushes, this app can help you craft amazing digital drawings and paintings.

The app comes with over 130 basic brushes. But, many people don’t realize that they can expand this collection with custom brushes that have been carefully created by professionals. We’ve handpicked some of the best custom brushes you can use with your Procreate app. Have a look and make your pick.

Flat Design: An Evolving Trend

Graphics / 14 Jun 2017

Flat Design: An Evolving Trend

Is the flat design trend finished? We don’t think so. It’s not dead yet. But the trend has evolved to be less stark and more engaging for users.

The early days of flat design were marked by a complete lack of design elements such as shadows, gradients, or realistic elements with texture. Many of those design elements are back, but are being paired with the overall idea of flat design to create a website user experience that’s both simple and easy to engage with. Depending on what side you are on, it might be a better version of flat design.

Here’s a look at the flat design trend evolution, and where we are today.

Color Fonts: A Beginner’s Guide

Typography / 31 May 2017

Color Fonts: A Beginner’s Guide

So what in the heck is a color font? It’s a term that keeps popping up and is starting to gain traction, although use in large design projects is still in its infancy.

Vendors such as Adobe’s Typekit have started to release some color font options with browser support, so there’s some movement toward wider use. Some have even called color fonts “the next big thing in web design.”

Here, we’ll look at the trend and let you decide how big – or not – this concept will be.

20+ Brushes and Images for Creating Grungy Edges

Freebies / 3 May 2017

20+ Brushes and Images for Creating Grungy Edges

Creating complex edges manually in Photoshop can be an arduous task. Fortunately, there are tons of free brushes and images online that will make this process a breeze.

Giving your design a unique edge can go a long way towards framing the rest of the graphic, and creating an effect that stands out.

If you’re going “grungy”, try to make sure that this effect extends across every part of your image.

Keep reading to see our collection of 20 brushes and images with torn, burned and grungy edges!