August 2015

Aug 31
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Best Of The Web And Design In August 2015

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 02:00 — julie


The end of summer months unfortutely drawing to an end, but we have some great tutorials and web articles you can read through as its get colder. This month we have compiled some great Photoshop and illustrator tutorials certainly worth trying out. There’s some really good articles we have included about understanding critical CSS, and some really good tips for creating a portfolio website.

I hope you like this months roundup, if we have missed anything from this months roundup please do share in the comments below.

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Aug 30
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The Current Portfolio Trends of Creative Designers

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:12 — julie

Working as a creative artist in any field is tough. To succeed it’s imperative that you have a unique voice coupled with a portfolio demonstrating your skills.

These skills could range from websites, print design, icons, mobile apps, vectors, animation… the list is as bottomless as an all-you-can-eat buffet. And much like visiting a buffet, your clients want to work with someone who’s going to deliver above and beyond their expectations.

The best way to prove yourself to a suspecting client is through your portfolio. Back before the Internet was super radical and cool, most portfolios were shown as physical pieces of work.

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Aug 27
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How to Create Online Documentation for Your Products with WordPress

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 18:42 — julie

When you’re in business, time can seem like a finite resource. Getting things done requires a lot of your undivided attention. That said, fielding calls and emails from current and prospective customers who have questions can take up a lot of that precious time.

That’s why having online documentation is so important. A well-organized collection of articles to help people learn about your products and services can greatly cut down on the number of support and pre-sales questions you receive.

Today, we’ll take a look at the Online Product Documentation WordPress Plugin, from PressApps. It allows website anyone to easily create a documentation section.

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Aug 27
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Managing Multiple Websites for your Clients

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:54 — julie

Starting out as a freelance web professional is such an exciting/scary experience. You’ve thrown your talents out there into the market and hope that you can find success. If you went all-in and made freelancing your full-time career, you are challenged with finding a steady stream of work.

Finding work is only part of the challenge, though. As the old saying goes: "Be careful what you wish for". Booking projects means that you’re going to have to manage them. Taking care of several websites simultaneously is a big responsibility and you need a system to make it all work.

Let’s take a look at a few things that can help you take charge and better serve your clients.

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Aug 24
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Photographer Portfolio Web Design Trends & Ideas

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:06 — julie

Creative portfolios come in many different styles best-suited for the items being showcased. Photography portfolios often feature rudimentary designs without much ornamentation. The work itself is meant to festoon the layout so as to draw attention to the photographer’s expertise.

But many creative people have a difficult time getting portfolio work online. Web designers are an obvious exception, but few photographers know how to build a website or understand the best techniques for a portfolio interface.

I’ve put together a handful of live samples and ideas to help photographers organize their online portfolios with courage and professionalism. Take a look over the following trends and see if any of them could be incorporated into your own site.

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Aug 24
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Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:22 — julie

Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

Hey PSDFANs!

In this tutorial, I’ll show how you can combine different stock images to create this cohesive and unified scene of an aquatic Giant tortoise. You’ll also learn how to manipulate trees, stones, waterfalls and textures to create an island on the tortoise. Finally, we’ll add lighting effects and adjust the colour of our entire scene.

Let’s get started

What you will be creating

Here’s look at the outcome you’ll be able to produce by the end of this lesson.

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Aug 20
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10 Powerful BuddyPress Themes for Creating Community-Driven Sites

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:18 — julie

WordPress can be extended and used to power virtually every type of website. But what about a social network?

Yes, of course it can!

If you are planning to build your very own community driven site, or maybe you have already built up a small community around your site, and wish to add some powerful social features, then look no further than BuddyPress.

It allows you to quickly create a social network all within the WordPress dashboard. That means member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, everything!

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Aug 20
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How to create a hand stitched text effect in illustrator

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:00 — julie


This is a very simple illustrator technique, but has impressive results when applied to your designs. The technique can be applied in a matter of minuets, and can be applied to a variety of shapes and text. I hope you enjoy the illustrator quick tips, and would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below and any suggestion you have in comments.

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Aug 19
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Tips to Get Noticed and Stand Out From the Freelancing Crowd

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:42 — julie

Freelancing is inherently competitive. No matter what industry you work in, being a freelancer means you only get out of the experience what you directly put into it. Many are sole proprietors, which means they are a one-man show kind of affair. A business made up of me, myself, and I means you handle your clients’ work as well as management, accounting, marketing, and every other little detail.

That’s a lot for one person to handle. But it might not be enough. I know, I know, your plate is full already. But trust me, this one extra thing can make all the difference in your level of success.

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Aug 16
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Extending the Functionality of WordPress Excerpts

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 04:40 — julie

If you’ve ever used the Posts area of WordPress, you’ve undoubtedly seen the Excerpt field. We know that an excerpt provides a nice way to summarize your blog post, news release or whatever else you’re posting to your website. What you may not realize is that, with a little tweaking, the excerpt can become a pretty powerful tool.


Why You Should Always Fill Out The Excerpt Field

Before we get into some helpful tweaks, I’m going to get up on my soapbox for a moment. Although I probably shouldn’t, I do get slightly annoyed when I set up a theme to take advantage of WordPress excerpts – only to see that the client doesn’t bother to fill them out.

While I don’t hold it in the same esteem as blinking text or pictures of sad clowns, leaving the excerpt field empty can have a negative effect on your website.

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Aug 14
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Straightforward Tactics for Testing Minimum Viable Products

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 05:05 — julie

An MVP is much more than just a minimum product. It is perfection through subtraction, the best bang for your buck, and the best reality check you can get. When you think about it, testing an MVP is probably the most important step to success for companies.

We’re going to take a look at how highly successful companies built the right MVP for the right reasons to help them refine their business idea and get people buzzing about their products.

You’ll see, in fact, that an MVP doesn’t even need to be a product. It just has to be a smart way of testing your assumptions so your product roadmap is much less bumpier.

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Aug 11
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27 Amazing PSD Effects You Can Use For Free

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 16:09 — julie

Whether you’re looking for free PSD text effects, color, logo or even light effects, this list of 27 amazing PSD effects has everything you need.

If you want to learn how to make awesome PSD effects like the ones in this post, then you should check out these free Photoshop text effects with tutorials!

Get these amazing PSD effects, learn how to do them yourself and use them in your own designs!

Want more? Check out these 3D Photoshop Text Effects.

Enjoy!

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Aug 10
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Professional Portfolio Tips for Driving Sales and Engaging Potential Clients

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 17:59 — julie

One of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal to maximize sales as a freelancer is your own personal career portfolio for your freelance business. The location of your portfolio is important. It resides at the center of your freelance business marketing.

You should host it on your own website using any number of creative portfolio themes. Start with a strong template, then customize the WordPress theme for your portfolio to make it unique to your branding and freelance business goals.

This is a fairly standard workflow to follow. But how you set up your portfolio, the language you use, and the weight you give to design elements, is where the most important portfolio marketing decisions you will make reside.

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Aug 10
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5 Reasons You Should Take a Sabbatical from Creative Work

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 08:17 — julie

Most creative people have been indirectly taught that we must suffer for our art and prioritize it above all else, as the greats before us have done.

Jerry Seinfeld writes every single day and sometimes will spend years working on a single joke. Stephen King writes 1000 words every single day, no matter what.

The general consensus is that creatives should constantly be working on their art but that kind of mentality can be detrimental to your work.

Although practice can make perfect there are important benefits in taking breaks from your endeavours and re-filling your creative juice stores.

Here’s five reasons to take a sabbatical from your own creative project.

Read more: What is the Enemy of Creativity?

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Aug 10
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50 amazing modern Photoshop text effect tutorials

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 02:00 — julie


One of my favorite underutilize ways of using photoshop is to create beautiful text effects. Photoshop is such a powerful tool, and now with the 3D capabilities now available in Photoshop the possibilities of various text effects that are achievable are endless.

In this roundup it’s a massive compilation of the very best photoshop tutorials, for creating modern jaw dropping text effects mostly just using purely Photoshop.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and your more than welcome to contribute any text effects you feel may be missing from the post.

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Aug 08
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A Week in Review N.50

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 14:26 — julie

Envato News

  • Envato co-founders Collis and Cyan Ta'eed have been recognised as Entrepreneurs of the Year in the Services category for the Southern Region of Australia, as part of the global EY Entrepreneur of the Year award program.
  • Envato has been named a finalist for the 2015 Legal Innovation Index.

News Releases

Market Blog

Aug 07
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13 Useful Excel Templates for Freelance Designers

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 13:33 — julie

I know what you’re thinking. Excel? Really? But believe it or not, Excel is still a dominant force in the spreadsheet-making world and can allow for numerous possibilities in managing information. This is really important for freelancers.

When you’re in charge of pretty much everything related to your business, staying organized is essential. Keeping track of income, expenses, receipts, payments, and more can be exhausting when you don’t have a good organizational system.

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Aug 05
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30 Extremely Creative Low Poly Illustrations

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:29 — julie

The low poly trend is growing more and more and lots of graphic and web designers started to use it in their work.

If you need some inspiration, we selected 30 extremely creative low poly illustrations you should check out!

These low poly illustrations were created by some very talented designers and come in different styles and colors, from cute, pastel tones, to 3D artworks and amazing, colorful graphics.

Check them out!

P.S. If you want some low poly freebies, check out these polygonal backgrounds!

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Aug 04
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Setting Up Sublime Text for WordPress Development

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:25 — julie

For developers around the world, Sublime Text is often pitched as one of the best code editors. Owing to its simple user interface, intuitive approach, faster performance and customization tweaks, Sublime Text easily outwits other text editors for coders and developers.

Sublime Text is also an ideal candidate for working with WordPress. In this post, I will show you how to set up Sublime Text for WordPress development, and share the packages (plugins) that will help you get the most out of the code editor.

But first, let us have a quick look at what makes Sublime Text so awesome.

Sublime Text: A Look at Its Features

Sublime Text is not popular without a reason. For example, here is what it can do for you:

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Aug 01
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A Week in Review N.49

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:46 — julie

Envato News

Market Blog

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