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20+ Best Photoshop Filters + Plugins 2020 (+ How to Use Them)

If you’re looking for unique Photoshop filters to turn your photos into artwork, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we feature a collection of the best Photoshop filters and plugins you can use to add various effects to photos. There are many benefits to using Photoshop filters. They are quite useful in crafting creative graphic designs such as posters, flyers, logos, and much more. While Photoshop itself comes with a set of default filters they don’t offer much value. Thankfully there are… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Meltdown Flags

Meltdown Flags is a climate data initiative that visualizes the effects of global glacier retreat by reducing the amount of white in the flags of countries with glaciers. Glaciers are a source of life—they provide vital drinking water, help generate power for millions of homes, and are our most valuable indicators in understanding the future of global climate change. Without glaciers we would live in a very different world. Complete meltdown would bring sea level rise to a record high, and eliminate 69%… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Moby Digg | 

8 Tips for Designing Instagram Stories That Don’t Suck

Instagram stories are one of the hottest social media formats. The vertical format allows creators to share videos, photos, and mixed media content in a streaming medium, and introduces an entirely novel layout to design for. The tricky part is creating stories that are enjoyable, shareable, and help people engage with your account, brand, or even get clicks to your website. Here, we’re going to look at eight ways to create Instagram stories that help you meet goals, and stand out from the crowd… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

40+ Best Photoshop Logo Templates (PSD)

We’ve collected the absolute best Photoshop logo templates to help you choose a pre-made logo design as a starting point for your new brand. All these logo templates come in a PSD format, for you to tweak and customize in Photoshop. It’s all too easy to burn through a budget, crafting a logo that fits your business and mission. Some design agencies and freelancers charge thousands of dollars to craft basic logos that never really live up to your expectations. Logo templates give you another option for a… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

C/O VIENNA Magazine

„SMELLS LIKE CHEWING GUM“—The C/O VIENNA Magazine Beauty issue is full of interviews, reports, stories, photo and art works by internationally known and upcoming artists and authors. From which ingredients does beauty develop? Where do we find beautiful things in the world? What is beautiful? Who determines what is beautiful and what is ugly? We’ll try to answer these questions by talking to people who might have found the answer. The Beauty Issue comes along with contributions by: Bela Borsodi, Jakob… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

How to Add Fonts to Photoshop (Mac and Windows)

There’s no need to be intimidated when it comes to adding fonts to Adobe Photoshop for use in projects. Whether you’re on a Mac or Windows, adding a font to Photoshop can be a straight-forward process. Any designer will regularly need to be working with new fonts and typography, and knowing how to quickly get them working in your design app is a key part of your workflow. Today, we’ll walk you through how to add fonts to Photoshop (using a few different methods) so that you can speed up your workflow… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Think Like an Artist / a Designer, Don’t Act Like One

There are two new Publications by BIS Publishers which you shouldn’t miss, if you want to get a refreshing and entertaining first insight into the world of design or art. Think Like an Artist, Don’t Act Like One by Koos de Wilt provides a fresh look at the fundamental questions we face nowadays in daily life; about success, love, work, friendship, and about life and death. It is a lovely introduction to art history. It presents 75 ways to look at art and 75 life lessons you can learn from it. From… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Laura Nadvornik | 

How to Loop a PowerPoint

A self-running or looping PowerPoint presentation can be great for using in booths at conferences, displaying information on screens before a live event/presentation, or even to use in the waiting room of a business to showcase information. The great thing is that if you can create a PowerPoint presentation, saving it for a looped playback is a breeze. You can loop a PowerPoint in two different ways depending on playback method – as a PowerPoint or as a video file. Here’s how you do it… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

Animated Alphabet of Variable Fonts

If you’re interested in variable fonts, that are fun to play with, hop over to letterspace.amsterdam to find an Animated Alphabet of Variable Fonts. letterspace.amsterdam usually showcases Amsterdam’s typography through informal monthly gatherings, lectures and presentations at the studio of typographer Johannes Verwoerd and type designers Diana Ovezea, Sabina Chipară, and Edgar Walthert. However, with the 23rd edition of letterspace aligning with #36daysoftype and coinciding the height of… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Dirk Vis | 

20+ Best Instagram Mockup Templates (Story & Post)

Instagram is a platform full of visual designs. The better your photos look, the more attention you get. And when you’re a designer promoting Instagram posts and story designs, you’ll need an equally beautiful mockup to showcase them. Whether you’re a digital marketing agency showing off designs on a portfolio or a freelancer presenting Instagram designs to a client, you’ll need gorgeous-looking mockups to showcase your designs like a true professional. To help you find the right mockup for your… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Stay At Home Print Club

Wouldn’t it be great to collectively be creative in times of isolation? To work on, share and enjoy printed goods? The Stay At Home Print Club is something the graphic design and risography Studio Superkolor has been working on over the last weeks and they are super excited to share it with you today. It’s an open call to all designers, illustrators and artists worldwide. Submit your A3 artwork and they’ll combine 3 artists from 3 different locations to print 3-colored Riso posters. These will be up… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— Studio Superkolor | 

20+ Best Free Photoshop Plugins 2020

Photoshop Plugins are one of the hidden features of the photo editor that many designers fail to notice. We created this list of the best free Photoshop plugins to show you how plugins can help improve your workflow. When it comes to graphic design, the way you organize your Photoshop app interface and plan the workflow plays a key role in efficiency and productivity. That’s why every designer should experiment with Photoshop plugins as they can permanently improve your workflow. With a single plugin… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

50+ Best Free PowerPoint Templates 2020

Not everyone can afford to buy premium PowerPoint templates to create their slideshows. But, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a default template. There are dozens of incredible free PowerPoint templates to try out! A great thing about the design community is that there are designers out there who willingly share their amazing work for free of charge, including gorgeous free PowerPoint templates. To help you save some money, we scoured the web and handpicked a collection of the best free… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

Dingos

Dingos is a display & joyful typeface specially handcrafted for strong and powerful usage, with a versatile touch. It was designed by Julia Martinez Diana, and published in 2020 by Antipixel type studio. Consisting of 4 styles, Display, Display Outline, Stamp & Stamp Outline, Dingos is perfect for any medium or large use due to the precise shape of its outlines, which were hand-crafted glyph by glyph. Perfectly suited for graphic design and any display use! Some of Dingos ’ features are… learn more

Slanted  Slanted— antipixel | 

5 Reasons to Avoid the Desktop Hamburger Menu Icon

A hamburger icon as the only source of navigation on a desktop website sucks. It’s frustrating, confusing, and violates unwritten rules of navigation and user flow best practices. Why would you do it? Other than to maintain or establish a certain aesthetic, it’s hard to find an answer that makes any sense. The often-debated hamburger icon can be a great complement to website navigation or even for small screens, but it shouldn’t be the only option for desktops. You are doing yourself – and the website… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Carrie Cousins | 

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