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Aug 27

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.


Aug 24

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.


Aug 24

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


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.


Aug 20

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!


Aug 20

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.


Aug 19

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.


Aug 16

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.


Aug 14

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.


Aug 11

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.



Aug 10

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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