We frequently publish posts on this blog that feature tutorials for learning how to do various things with Photoshop, but we have rarely focused on just the basics. This post is intended for designers or aspiring designers who either want to get started with Photoshop or have limited experience and are looking to improve. While there are plenty of great learning resources available online, it’s often difficult for beginners to know where to get started because everything seems to be scatt
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Email newsletters are an important marketing and communications tool for many businesses. You can stay in touch with past customers, market your products to those who have expressed interest but haven't yet purchased, and get extra exposure for your sales and promotions. Email is an extremely cost effective marketing method and it is likely to produce a higher return on investment than any other type of marketing or advertising. The appearance of your newsletter can be enhanced with an attracti
And you just won...nothing. That, right there, is the first truth that you need to know about design contests. Not everyone who enters a design contest will win. Yet, it seems like contests are everywhere. It's easy to be enticed to enter contests with the shiny offers of exciting prizes and in some cases, cash. But if you do enter a design contest, don't count on winning. Most entrants never place high enough to win a prize. And some contests are outright scams. Is it worth it to enter a d
Blog content is important, right? If you have a web design blog for your freelance web design business, you already know how having a blog can help you attract traffic and establish yourself as an expert. (If you don't have a blog on your freelancing website, why don't you?) Blogs need content, but not all content is writing. Podcasts are an important type of content that is often overlooked. Consider adding a podcast to your freelancing blog to give it more variety. Podcasts are audio or vide
A graphic artist's best friend is the designer's toolbox. Full of a vast collection of textures, brushes, actions, vectors and more, the toolbox is always expanding. The more elements, the more choices. The more choices, the more varied you'll find the designs. Whether you're just starting out or looking to beef up your own toolbox, this Mighty Deal is for you! The Design Kickstarter Bundle from Matt Borchert will keep you busy for a long time!
Web design and web development are popular career choices right now. One of the great things about getting into the industry is that there are a variety of different ways to build your knowledge and gain experience. You can attend a college or university and pursue a degree in a related field, you can learn on your own, or you can taken advantage of a growing number of resources that provide online training. In this article we'll look at the best websites that offer online training to help you l
Do you want a eye catching theme for your next mobile app and get more sales? Look no further. Glow is a trendy landing page for your next product or service. It comes complete with a fully layered psd file and can be edited to fit your exact needs. With its modern flat look and pixel perfect design you are sure to have a great landing page for you next mobile app or product. You can use this theme for personal and commercial uses. Today's exclusive freebie comes from our friends at www.bestps
It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time to highlight the newest and best Premier files uploaded to the Shop this week! New Business Logos and Badges As designers, you’re sure to get flooded with new logo work for all kinds of clients. Creating logos without a starting point can be difficult and time consuming, so […]
Shopify is one of the leading e-commerce options for companies and individuals who want to be able to quickly set up a feature-rich online shop. All Shopify users have access to free templates that can be used, plus a large and growing selection of beautiful premium templates that can be purchased for affordable prices. Shopfiy is a hosted system, so you won't have to go through a complicated installation process on your server, and support and billing for e-commerce functionality and hosting is
Oh no! How did you miss it? The client's name is misspelled on the design you turned in. How embarrassing. You spend a lot of time your designs. As a result, your designs look great. And your clients love them. There's something they won't love, though. That's an editing goof. Yet, probably because they're not focused on words, many designers overlook the importance of editing the copy that goes with their design.
If you are a designer searching for a more professional solution on how to create websites for your clients and manage these projects, then we have good news for you. There is a way where you won’t have to jump through loops and take any extra steps in your website design process and production, but simply speak with the client, design and publish. Yes, we are telling you that you can do all of this without having to hire a developer or write a line of code. Let us know take a moment now
Choosing the right e-commerce platform for your website is now easy task. There are hundreds of different options available with options in all different price ranges and with varying features. If you're overwhelmed at the process of choosing the right platform for your site, or for the site of a client, the decision usually becomes much clearer once you've determined what is most important for your site. In this article we'll look at some specific questions to ask yourself, or your client, to h
Personal websites are becoming increasingly popular. They can be used effectively for promotion, job searches, personal branding, and just for communicating with friends and family. These personal websites can often serve as a creative outlet and allow the site owner more freedom than they would have with a website that is tied to their business. Personal websites also allow the owner to change directions easily if their interests or purpose for the site changes at some point in the future. In
You have the web design skills. You have the knowledge. You have the experience. Yet, you could still be missing a critical element that is crucial to your success in running a freelance web design business. Having a business mindset means that you treat your freelance business like, well, a business. Freelancers who don't take care of the business end of things often face obstacles and struggles as result. Sadly, some freelancers who lack a business mindset wind up paying for it in the long
Asking the question, "Is responsive design still king in today's mobile age?" requires some explanation. The first bit of information necessary for this question to make sense is the fact that mobile device use has increased exponentially in the last few years. According to an infographic from DigitalBuzzBlog, in May 2011 only 35% used a smartphone and 17% still had no cell phone, but by May 2013, these numbers had increased to 56% smartphone users and only 9% without a cell phone. In fact, mobi