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What Is a Font License? (And Do I Need One?)

Almost every design project you encounter will include type of some kind. And it’s very likely that that type will start as a font on a computer, unless you create it yourself. With using specific computer fonts, come some very specific rules regarding their use, which can vary by project. So what is a font license? Do you need one? And where can you find the tools and resources you need to make sure you are using fonts properly? Lucky for you, we have a primer. (And the images in this post include… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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How to Use After Effects Templates

Adobe After Effects is a video-based tool that’s used to add elements to moving pictures and animations. Designers use it to create titles, intros, and transitions between video clips to enhance the production value of animations and video projects. After Effects is one of those tools that’s packed with goodies, including templates that you can use to speed up project workflows. You can create your own templates or find and download them from other sources. Here, we have a guide to using After Effects… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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10 UX Phrases and Terms to Know Right Now

It seems like the world of the web – and web design – is changing every few days. Trends, new techniques and users who demand more are driving this change. And we all have to stay on top of it to remain relevant. Today, we are going to look at 10 phrases that you need to add to your vocabulary right now. Each of these words or phrases relates to user experience, and in essence are part of the design process. Without further ado, let’s get started! Breadcrumbs Just as the fairy tale… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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5 Tips for Building a Website for Friends or Family

How often does someone in your inner circle ask for a website? It happens quite often! Building a website for friends or family members can get tricky fast. These can sometimes your best (or worst) customers. If you start projects with the right ground rules and a few tools, you can navigate these projects easier. And you can avoid any potential fall-out from setting the wrong expectations or committing yourself to a project that blows way past the time you have to spend on it. Here are a few tips for… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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What’s the Best Font for Your Resume or CV?

It might sound a little silly at first, but the typeface you select for your resume design can speak volumes to potential employers. The font represents your design style and professionalism. It can also impact how the person looking at your resume perceives the information at hand. The typeface you select makes a first impression with every person you might meet in the interview or hiring process. (They’ll likely see your resume before they ever meet you.) Make sure to set the right tone from the start… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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What’s the Deal With Em and Rem?

With all the talk about designing for responsive websites, two little words keep cropping up – em and rem. But what are they? Em and rem, along with pixels, are units and methods to measure and resize type. Em and rem are relative, rather than static, units and are being used more and more for responsive web design schemes. Let’s dive into this concept today and explain things a little more clearly! Where Did Ems Come From? Ironically enough the term „em“ originates with print design. An… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best Spooky Halloween Fonts

Halloween is a busy time. Not just for the kids, but also for professional designers. It’s that time of the year you start looking for Halloween-themed fonts, templates, vectors, and icons for designing all those spooky posters and greeting cards. Well, this year you won’t have to spend hours searching for creative fonts for your Halloween designs. Because we already did the work for you and picked out the best spooky Halloween fonts that will make your work stand out from the crowd. In this collection… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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What Are Lightroom Presets (+ 10 Useful Examples)

If you’re looking for a shortcut to help speed up your photo editing workflows, Adobe Lightroom presets could be the answer. We’re covering what a Lightroom preset is, how they work, and featuring some of our favorite examples! Adobe Lightroom Presets can help you perform certain effects and edits with one click. It can be a great way to apply the same edits repeatedly and save time with mundane editing tasks. Here’s everything you need to know about Lightroom presets work with some cool examples you… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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20+ Best Company Profile Templates (Word + PowerPoint)

Creating a company profile brochure or slideshow is a big responsibility. You especially need to pay careful attention to the design, arranging content in a readable and attractive way. These company profile templates can be a huge time-saver! Designed by professionals, these templates allow you to easily create a company profile brochure or a PowerPoint presentation without having to spend hours on perfecting the design. We handpicked a collection of the best company profile templates for Word and… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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50+ Best Lightroom Wedding Presets

Designing a beautiful wedding album can be tough when you also have to go through hundreds of photos while enhancing and editing them as well. Thankfully, Photoshop introduced a solution to that painful process with Lightroom. Now, all you need are a few Lightroom presets and you can instantly enhance your wedding photos in a way that looks professional and consistent. We hand-picked a few of the best wedding Lightroom presets for optimizing photos of your special day. We’re also featuring a collection… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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40+ Best Premiere Pro Templates 2019

Today we’re featuring a collection of easy to use Adobe Premiere Pro templates you can use to quickly craft professional-looking scenes for your videos. Whether you’re looking to make an opening scene for your YouTube channel, a title sequence for a video, slideshows, or even product promotions, this list of Adobe Premiere Pro templates has it all. We’ve included a mix of free Premiere Pro templates and top-notch premium options too. So there’s something for every budget! What Is Premiere Pro?… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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How to Make a Brochure Quickly & Easily

Creating a simple brochure can be a quick and easy design project once you have the assets and content you need ready to go. Today we’re walking you through how to make a brochure quickly, and easily! While brochures can get complicated with fancy folds, cuts, or finishes, most beginners can make a brochure that looks good and can be printed in house or from an online printer. The trick to making the process as simple as possible is to create a brochure-making routine and follow the steps in a logical… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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30+ Best Space Fonts

Are you looking for a space-themed font to add a futuristic and sci-fi vibe to your designs? Then this collection of space fonts is the best place to start! Space fonts line up with a popular trend that’s taking over the design world, especially in website headers, social media, posters, and print design. In this collection, we handpicked the best space and sci-fi fonts to cover all your design needs. They’re perfect for any design that you want to have a futuristic feel, whether it’s with a sleek… learn more

Design Shack  Roshan Perera | 
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How to Export Actions in Photoshop

Photoshop actions are a great tool for creating and recreating sequences of edits or tasks. You can save actions to reuse later and even „export“ actions to use on another computer. Here’s how! If you have tasks that you perform regularly, such as edits to images or cropping and saving to a certain location, actions can be a lifesaver. Here, we’ll look at how to create an export actions in Photoshop with a step-by-step guide. This is a great way to move Photoshop actions between computers, or for… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 
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Snag the Perfect URL With Instant Domains

Almost everyone knows the value of a great domain name. It can be the thing that helps people find you online and drive traffic to your business, blog, or portfolio. Many people own multiple domain names with different extensions to help make their websites easy to find. This might include having mybusiness.com, mybusiness.net, mybusiness.co, and so on. InstantDomains is a tool that can help you find a great domain name, generate a name if you don’t have one in mind, and even find and secure that… learn more

Design Shack  Carrie Cousins | 

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