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Procreate vs. Photoshop: Should You Make the Switch?

Designers are in love with Procreate. The app built for creative professionals makes designing on an iPad easier and more efficient in a completely new way. But can a $9.99 app be a realistic Photoshop competitor? For some, the answer is a definite yes. Here are five reasons Procreate could become your go-to design app (and five reasons why it might not). Plus, an introduction to what Procreate is, and why it might be the perfect app for you. What is Procreate? If you aren’t familiar with… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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25+ Free Brush, Script & Hand Lettering Fonts

Type is what meaning looks like, says Max Phillips the founder of Signal type foundry. This quote alone proves the importance of using proper typography in designs. And these free brush, script, and hand-lettering fonts will get you off to a great start. Typography is not just about improving readability but also giving an identity and meaning to your titles, headings, and paragraphs. You can’t achieve that goal without a great-looking font. Even if you can’t afford a high-quality premium font, try to… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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8+ Web Design Myths Busted: Old Ideas & Modern Best Practices

There are a few ideas about website design that seem to never fade away, even though they are not so true anymore. Some concepts haven’t stood the test of time, and it’s time to revisit whether we should be adopting them anymore. Do people love sliders? Does simplicity = minimal design? Do you really need to include every page of your site in the navigation? There’s quite a bit to unpack! Here, we’re going to look at a few web design myths and share modern best practices so you don’t fall into any of… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Beanie and Hat Mockup Templates (Free & Premium)

Beanies and hats are one of the most popular branded „swag“ items out there, and are a common choice for businesses wanting to create products with their brand or logo on them – it’s both a functional item, and a marketing tool! But what if you go through all the trouble of creating a design, choosing a hat style and paying for manufacturing and shipping, only for it to arrive and look nothing like you imagined? That’s where our list of mockup templates comes in. We’ve curated a list of the very best… learn more

Design Shack  Sanchi Gupta | 
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25+ Best Free Google Slides Themes & Templates 2020

Google Slides is one of the best tools for creating presentation slideshows, especially with the number of free Google Slides themes and templates available. It has quickly gone from being a free PowerPoint alternative to become the go-to app for creating professional slideshows. Another great thing about Google Slides is templates. With a great Google Slides theme or template, you can instantly craft a beautiful presentation in just a few minutes without expert design skills. Today we wanted to show… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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SEO for Designers: A 101 Primer

Most designers don’t consider search when it comes to building a website. That’s a mistake. Optimizing for search is just as important as information architecture and should be part of the product design from start to finish. This is true both for your own knowledge that the project stands the greatest chance of commercial success, and for your client too! Whether you are starting a new project or redesigning your portfolio, working with search engine optimization in mind from the start is a smart… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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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+ Postcard Mockup Templates (Free & Pro)

Regardless of whether you’re designing a postcard for travel and tourism or business and marketing, there’s no denying that everyone loves receiving one of those small colored cards in the mail – as long as it looks good, of course! But how to make sure your design will look as good in someone’s mailbox as it does on your computer screen? Mockups are the answer, and we’ve done the research for you and rounded up the very best postcard mockup templates from a range of graphic design sources. We’ve… learn more

Design Shack  Sanchi Gupta | 
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20+ Stationery Mockup Templates (Free & Premium)

If you’ve recently designed a logo for your startup, or have rebranded and changed up your business aesthetic, you’ll no doubt be wanting to know how your branding will look in different contexts – on letterheads and business cards, or in email signatures, or on corporate swag such as coffee mugs and laptop stickers. One of the key areas of merchandise that typically includes a business logo or branding element is stationery, and this can include anything from business cards and leaflets to notebooks and… learn more

Design Shack  Sanchi Gupta | 
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The Golden Ratio in Design: Examples & Tips

This might feel like a math lesson but hang in there. The golden ratio combines a little bit of math, a little bit of nature, and a lot of practical application for designers. Let’s take a look at what the golden ratio means for design, and a few tips for using it in your design projects. The golden ratio has been used throughout history to create design elements that have an ideal visual appeal. Because the shape is rooted in nature and mathematics, it’s the perfect combination of balance and harmony… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Design Trend: Geo Shapes & Patterns (With Animation)

Stylish geometry is a design trend that keeps coming back around. This time the new twist is that shapes and design elements include touches of animation to bring shapes and patterns to life. It’s easier than ever to implement animation on the web, in a simple and widely-supported way. It’s also a nifty little design technique that can add visual interest to almost anything and works for all types of elements, from logos or icons to backgrounds to hero images. Let’s take a look at this website design… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Newspaper Mockup Templates (Free & Pro)

There’s something about a classic printed newspaper that just can’t be replicated in digital media, so even in the modern age of paperless communications, newspapers remain a popular method of sharing information and advertising products and services. Of course, digital publications can look completely different in print, so mockups are a super useful tool for you to make sure your newspaper has the impact it deserves once it hits the press. Here are some of the best newspaper mockup templates available… learn more

Design Shack  Sanchi Gupta | 
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20+ Best Brand Manual & Style Guide Templates 2020 (Free + Premium)

Your brand is the key to a successful business. It’s what gives your business an identity and separates you from the competition. Your brand manual or style guide are the documents you need to help keep it consistent—they’re key to maintaining your brand identity. Whether you’re a small business, agency, or a corporation, you should have a proper document that covers all the details of the brand. Such as the design of different logos you use, the color palette, fonts used for the brand design, etc… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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20+ Best Webinar PowerPoint Templates (Remote Presentation PPT Slides)

With more people switching to remote work and office meetings taking place online, you now have to do presentations remotely. These remote presentations also require special slideshow designs as well. When designing a presentation for an online audience, whether it’s a remote office meeting or a webinar, it needs to be accompanied by slides that feature more details and a clear design. So that you can educate your audience with more information that you don’t have the time to explain in your speech… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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The Design Process Behind Visme, the SaaS Character in the Cloud

For illustrators, the creation of a character can have different sources of inspiration; a childhood memory, the visual idea of a person they’ve met or simply a creative outburst of imagination. It’s a combination of all of these, plus details carved in memories, that shape new characters. Illustrators have a certain kind of magic that not only lets them bring to life their memories and perceptions but they also have the capacity of taking a creative brief or idea and bring it to life. This is… learn more

Design Shack  Payman Taei | 

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