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25+ Best VSCO Lightroom Presets

VSCO is a popular photography app for both Android and iOS, known for stunning filters and effects. Today we’re featuring a selection of VSCO Lightroom presets, inspired by the VSCO app, to help you achieve similar results with greater power and flexibility. If you have a copy of Lightroom, you probably want to have more control over the specific nuances of how a filter is applied. We’ve found this collection of Lightroom presets that feature pretty much the same filters, effects, and adjustments… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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15+ Free Brochure Templates for Word (Tri-Fold, Half Fold & More)

Today we bring you a collection of professional and creative free brochure templates you can download and use at zero cost! For this free Word brochure templates collection, we handpicked all kinds of templates with tri-fold and bi-fold designs you can use to make printable brochures for various purposes. Whether you’re looking to make a simple brochure for an upcoming conference, a school event, or even a business newsletter, you’ll find plenty of choices in our list. We’re also walking you through a… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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Should We Kill the CAPTCHA?

Do you like CAPTCHAs? Don’t lie, of course you don’t. On the fun scale, you rank them right up there with dentists and IRS agents. However, as an intelligent web designer or developer, you understand that they are a necessary annoyance. But wait, are they really? Given the collective talent and intelligence of the web design community, is a fuzzy string of letters really the best that we can up up with? If users hate these things so much, why not come up with something new? Let’s explore this idea and… learn more

Design Shack  Joshua Johnson | 
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How to Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote

If you’ve ever wanted to embed a YouTube video in Keynote to create a more engaging slideshow for in-person or recorded presentations, don’t worry. It’s not complicated at all. We’re going to take you through how to embed a YouTube video in Keynote step-by-step, and share a few tips for how to use video to supercharge your presentations. You don’t need any special software, and you’ll be all set with a video-packed presentation in minutes! Can I Embed a YouTube Video in Keynote? Video content… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Minimal PowerPoint Templates 2019

Delivering a minimalist PowerPoint presentation can clearly convey your message, and remove any clutter. This collection of modern, minimal PowerPoint templates is a great place to start—they put the focus on you as the speaker, and what you have to convey! These files are all fully editable and can be easily tweaked according to your needs. Most come with hundreds of example slides with graphs, tables, images, text, and more. They’re perfect for giving that next presentation a special touch. Embrace… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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10 Tips for Designing for Wearables and Watches

Every day, we see more and more people sporting an Apple Watch or similar. These devices are constantly changing the way we think about wearable technology and how to design websites and apps for unique interfaces. Wearables present challenges unlike other design projects. Function is a primary concern, as is the size, with what will be one of the smallest screens designers have ever worked with. The key is creating a design that is visually pleasing but is user-friendly and provides a functional… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best Free Photoshop Brushes 2019

If you’re a professional designer or an illustrator who use Photoshop for design work you’ll find this collection of free Photoshop brushes quite valuable. With the right set of brushes, you can go beyond your imagination to create unique graphic designs, illustrations, effects, backgrounds, and so much more using Photoshop. Of course, you don’t always have to pay to get the best brushes. We scoured the web to find the best free Photoshop brushes and divided them into a few popular categories. Have a… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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UX Designers Will Love Phrase

Have you ever struggled with translation management across languages for a website project? It can be a complicated task to navigate. Phrase is designed to make it a lot easier, saving UX designers time and effort during website builds. Phrase is a translation management solution for software products. It’s built with designers in mind, and their recently released Sketch Plugin can be incredibly helpful for anyone designing with multiple languages in mind. We’re taking a look at the broad tool, as well… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Watercolor Photoshop Actions

Whether you’re designing a unique website background, a poster, sketch, or creating an artistic photo composition, using a watercolor Photoshop action can make your design stand out from the crowd. A watercolor effect it’s not an easy effect to master when created from scratch. It takes a lot of work, time, and skill to achieve a realistic watercolor effect in Photoshop. The good news is that using a watercolor Photoshop action can help you skip the learning curve and experiment with a watercolor effect… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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What Is Adobe After Effects (And What Is It Used For?)

Adobe After Effects is a video and animation-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Most designers use it to create titles, intros, and transition between clips for more seamless video production. After Effects is part of the Adobe Creative Suite of products and is included in cloud plans. Full suite users already have access to this tool, or you can get it on its own if that’s all you need. As with other Adobe tools, the great thing about using this set of tools is… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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How to Insert a GIF Into PowerPoint

GIFs are more popular than ever right now and they can be a great way to add a touch of personality, character, or humor to your PowerPoint presentation. We’re going to quickly cover how to insert a GIF into PowerPoint in a few quick, easy steps! Of course, you have to find the right image to use in a presentation. If you’re going for humor, aim for something short, punchy, and easy to read from a distance as well! If you’re using a GIF to explain a workflow in your app or product, try zooming in on the… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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30+ Animated PowerPoint Templates (Free + Premium)

In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best, animated PowerPoint templates (both premium and free) to create stunning presentations filled with stylish object and transition animations. Designing a PowerPoint presentation is not an easy job. It requires a lot of work and time. When crafting presentations, most people completely ignore one of the key elements of a creative slideshow: animation. Adding creative animations and effects not only makes your presentation slides interactive, but it’s… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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20+ Best After Effects Slideshow Templates

Adobe After Effects is one of the most popular and effective tools for making attractive motion graphics. With the ability to use pre-made templates, After Effects can be a powerful tool even at the hands of a beginner. Especially when making wedding photo album videos, presentations, and promotional campaigns, After Effects is quite useful in turning ordinary photos and videos into gorgeously animated slideshows. To help you find inspiration, we handpicked a collection of After Effects slideshow… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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30+ Best Instagram Filters for Photoshop

Filters are one of the best features of Instagram. Everyone loves the idea of prettifying their photos in an instant and sharing them with their friends and family. But have you ever wanted a set of Instagram filters for Photoshop? I know I have. The good news is, you don’t just need the Instagram app to apply filters to your photos. You can actually create even more beautiful photos with customizable filters using Photoshop actions and upload them to not just Instagram, but any other social network you… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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How to Use Premiere Pro: 10 Beginner Guides + Tutorials

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the most powerful video editing tools professionals can’t live without. Whether you’re making films or editing YouTube videos, this app can do wonders to help advance your career. Getting access to technology and software used by Hollywood movies used to be a dream for most filmmakers and video editors. Today, you get to use that same software for a very low price. Films such as Avatar, Deadpool, Gone Girl, and many more were made using Premiere Pro. If you’re interested… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 

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