Create better presentations with this animation tool

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A Powerpoint presentation can be boring to sit through, no matter how many fun visual aids you try to incorporate. To liven up any presentation and make it an engaging experience for your viewers as possible, try Cloud Animator Advanced.

This tool lets you integrate videos, music, and audio into your presentation, creating an animated project that is far more interesting than slide after slide. You can even add interesting visual effects to create an even ...

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The ultimate guide to all Amazon devices

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Amazon isn’t just an online retailer. The company also makes a huge range of products that can streamline your daily tasks and make you more productive, both at home and at work. 

There are now dozens of Amazon devices, ranging from voice assistants and media tablets to security cameras, e-book readers and more. But each Amazon product comes with a number of different versions, and knowing which one you want (or even what it does) can sometimes be a little confusing. 

So ...

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Get creative on the go with Affinity Designer for iPad

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Developed with input from some of the world’s leading designers, and based on Apple Design Award-winning technology, Affinity Designer is the most ambitious creative app developed for the iPad. For a limited period, it is on sale in the App Store with 30 per cent off. 

That means right now you can download a copy for just $13.99 / £13.99 / €14,99 (subject to local currency variations). To find out more, take a look at the launch video below.

“Affinity Designer for ...

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Perfect your animation portfolio with these tips

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It doesn't matter how talented an animator you are. You may have mastered character design and perfected your 3D art skills, but without a great showreel to hook in prospective employers, that job you've dreamed of is unlikely to materialise. So what's the secret to success?

We asked leading animators to share their pro tips on showreel strategy. Here are some best practice tips that can be applied, whatever field you're targeting.

01. Focus on the characters

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How to draw a dog

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Today I am going to show you how to draw a dog. Even though the skeletons of dogs and cats are quite similar, especially in the simplified version I'll be drawing, it is good to remember that these animals move and look very different from each other. 

In this tutorial I will guide you through the whole process of how to draw a dog. We’ll be sketching an anatomically correct portrait of a German Shepherd, starting with sketches and moving on ...

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Top blockbuster VFX you're not meant to see

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Plenty of summer blockbusters and event television shows are of the effects-driven variety, filled with incredible computer-generated characters that still retain a sense of photorealism.

But in recent times, more and more films and television series are featuring effects of a different kind – invisible ones. They are the effects you might not always notice, although sometimes they involve just as much effort to ensure they remain unseen. Invisible effects can be used to place characters on a fast-moving train, to ...

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Secret Photoshop eyedropper trick blows people's minds

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Ever used a tool day-in, day-out, but only recently discovered its full potential? That's exactly what happened to artist Jane Ng, who found out that you can use Photoshop's eyedropper tool to pick colours outside of Photoshop CC itself.

In what might be one of the most succinct Photoshop tutorials we've ever seen, Ng was shown how to use the eyedropper tool via Twitter. After tweeting her frustration at being unable to pick colours beyond Photoshop into the ...

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27 inspiring examples of vintage posters

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These vintage posters prove that we still have plenty to learn from the poster design of decades gone by. The idea of creating posters to advertise products harks back to the 1870s, thanks to the development of the stone lithographic printing process by French artist Jules Chéret. 

Prior to this, it was only possible to print black and white text. The new process meant brands all over the world could turn their marketing ideas into striking, colourful vintage posters. The new ...

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5 clever Instagram layouts you must see

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As the social platform of choice for many designers and illustrators, Instagram demands a creative eye and an innovative touch for a profile to really stand out. And ever since its website redesign in 2015 – much larger images, in crisp, clean rows of three – people have been taking advantage of the canvas it offers.

Breaking out of the constraints of the grid layout, creatives are developing expansive photo-led designs and scrolling banner artworks. The designs interact playfully with the ...

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Your Red-Tape Toolkit: 7 Ways to Earn Trust and Get Your Search Work Implemented

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Tell me if this rings a bell. Are your search recommendations overlooked and misunderstood? Do you feel like you hit roadblocks at every turn? Are you worried that people don’t understand the value of your work?

I had an eye-opening moment when my colleague David Mitchell, Chief Technology Officer at VML, said to me, “You know the best creatives here aren’t the ones who are the best artists — they’re the ones who are best at talking about the ...

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SearchCap: SMX East agenda, Google Marketing Live recaps, Bing Ads & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Check out the new SMX East agenda
    Jul 10, 2018 by Search Engine Land
    Now more than ever, it’s important to stay on top of the latest changes in search marketing. Whether you’re looking ...
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How to draw a big cat with pastels

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The softness and luminosity of pastel sticks make them the ideal choice for backgrounds in my pastel drawings; whereas pastel pencils (when sharpened to a fine point) have two types of lead for precision: hard and soft. However, I personally find these attributes are not as important as colour range. 

  • How to draw a landscape with pastels

I work mainly from photographs. This allows me to make any changes to the drawn composition should I wish to do so. ...

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5 hidden Amazon Prime gems

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There's not long to go now until Amazon Prime Day 2018. The event, which is touted as the retail giant's summer version of Black Friday, kicks off at noon on Monday 16 July, with deals being released worldwide until midnight on Tuesday 17 July (read more here). 

Although this event is exclusively for Prime members, the savvy amongst you will have realised you can get all these bargains on a free Amazon Prime trial. If you're thinking of signing up and ...

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How to colour comics

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Colouring comics is the best job in the art world, as far as I’m concerned, because it leans heavily towards the fun part of art: the storytelling. In this article, I’m going to take you through my top tips for adding colour to black and white drawings to bring your scenery and character designs to life. 

Colour can help expand the scope of a comic, turning each panel from a two-dimensional drawing into a window to a rich, nuanced world. The ...

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Writing Content That Is Too In-Depth Is Like Throwing Money Out the Window

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You’ve heard people telling you that you need to write in-depth content because that’s what Google wants.

And it’s true… the average page that ranks on page 1 of Google contains 1,890 words.

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But you already know that.

The question is, should you be writing 2,000-word articles? 5,000? Or maybe even go crazy and create ultimate guides that are ...

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10 amazing Adobe After Effects plugins

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Adobe After Effects CC is a core application for so many artists because it can do so much, especially when coupled with its huge range of third party After Effects plugins. The right add-ons can add new functionality or help you streamline your workflow. Combine them with a dive into some of the many awesome After Effects tutorials around to take your animations and 3D art to the next level.

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Create a multi-exposure image with Adobe CC

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Adobe tasked me with creating an illustration to express the concept of multilocalism, and above you can see my response. In this tutorial, I’ll walk through my creative process using all the tools in Adobe's Creative Cloud. You can see how I went from vision to finished artwork using Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dimension, Adobe Stock – and some traditional paints. To learn more techniques, take a look at our roundup of the best Photoshop tutorials and Illustrator tutorials.

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How to create a dashboard app with React

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In this tutorial, we'll walk through how to create an app using React  – a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. This web design tool is especially useful when it comes to component creation, offering significant benefits over something like jQuery. 

The ability to create self-contained, reusable components means you can keep code smaller and more organised. If components are set up well enough, they can be dropped in where necessary with no additional setup required at ...

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Learn about digital marketing with this course

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There is lots of potential to grow your business in digital marketing, and that's why all entrepreneurs should learn about it. With The Complete Digital Marketing Course, you'll discover a proven formula for taking your business up a notch, no matter what size it is.

Get access to 169 lectures and 20 hours of content, practice materials, and more. Discover various marketing techniques for platforms such as ...

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5 legal terms every designer needs to know

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Whether your thing is graphic design, web design or 3D art , you need to protect yourself. To prevent your work from triggering legal action, artists of all types (and freelancers in particular) need to get their heads around some pretty tricky legal jargon. This can feel overwhelming, so we've broken it down into the five key terms every artist should look ...

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SearchCap: Google speed update, SEO glossary, content outreach and more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Link to my awesome content, please!
    Jul 9, 2018 by Jeremy Knauff
    Your content may be terrific, but if you lack a smart outreach plan, you’re going to fall short, says contributor Jeremy Knauff. ...
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34 brilliant design portfolios to inspire you

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The internet is overflowing with awe-inspiring design portfolios and creative resumes. To stand out in this tough market, it's important to make your online portfolio as impressive as you can.

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It's not just the examples of your work that need to blow away your potential clients, although they do help. It's the way they're presented – part of which means you'll need a decent DSLR or compact camera to shoot your print work. 

But when it comes to ...

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Brand Impact Awards 2018: shortlist announced

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After many impassioned debates between the world-class judging panel, less than a quarter of the projects submitted to Computer Arts' Brand Impact Awards have made the shortlist. We can now reveal those 47 projects, from 30 different agencies – scroll down for the full list.

Computer Arts' Brand Impact Awards reward the very best branding from around the world, and the scheme's rich heritage of past winners represents the cream of the global branding industry.

This year, the Brand Impact Awards received ...

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5 free Star Wars fonts

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When it comes to making an impact with fonts, Star Wars knows what it's doing. Before we even see spaceships and lightsabers, we're treated to multiple fonts that set the scene and build up excitement. For devotees of the sci-fi films, the hunt for free fonts of the styles used in these opening shots has driven them to distraction.

What is the Star Wars font?

This question isn't a simple as you might think. Over the years, the styles have been tweaked ...

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How to multitask like a pro

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I split my time between UX/UI design and software testing, which means I’m constantly switching my focus between different projects, teams, web design tools and skills. Context switching like this can be a real problem because it takes time to stop thinking about one task and get fully engaged in the next. 

Research shows that we lose up to 40 per cent of our productivity if we multitask, because we make more mistakes and take longer to ...

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How to mount your artwork

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A well-executed mount is more than just another art technique to add to your tool-belt. It will add an aesthetic quality to your work and create the perfect environment for the viewer to experience your pictures. Mounts aren’t just for decorative purposes, they also serve as protection by allowing the art to expand or contract depending on temperature and moisture content of the surrounding air. 

The mount also prevents the delicate pigments on the page from coming into ...

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A guide to rapid prototyping with Photoshop CC

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There are now plenty of prototyping tools and methods that will help you create website mockups quickly and easily. You may not realise it, but Photoshop CC is a great tool for rapid prototyping. With every revision, the software has gained more functionality for designers wanting to quickly create wireframes or prototypes to share with a client, or build a design ready for a developer.

The most useful rapid prototyping features in Photoshop CC include the abilities to ...

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Launch a lucrative career in game design

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Turn your love of video games into a lucrative career with School of Game Design: Lifetime Membership. In this online school, you'll learn all about the world of game development, and you can do so at your own pace.

Get access to a huge collection of video-based step-by-step training guides that cover a wide range of content, from basic animation techniques to advanced Unity strategies to computer modelling tactics. You can also practise making 2D and ...

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10 most hated logos (and what they teach us)

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One of the defining features of branding over the last decade is the freedom that social media gives for anyone to launch an immediate personal critique. Or more accurately, often, a tirade of mouth-frothing abuse.

In fact, many of the most controversial rebrands of recent years had to batten down the hatches and weather the storm of hatred well before they were actually rolled out – and in some cases, were never rolled out at all as a result. 

Other times, when ...

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SearchCap: #SMXperts, Google Analytics, cutting content & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Ask the SMXperts – Page Speed, Site Migrations & Crawling
    Jul 6, 2018 by Debra Mastaler
    Three #SMXperts answer questions from the Advanced Technical SEO session at SMX Advanced and share their insights on ...
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Create an animated split screen loading intro

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The landing page of any site is what first grabs a user's attention. But an asset-heavy page can take a few seconds to load, and as no one likes to wait, this can have a negative impact on user experience. One option is to add a loading screen – in order to keep up the anticipation you can slowly reveal the content with smart animations. Read on to find out how…

Get the project files to ...

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Create professional photos with this Photoshop bundle

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Adobe has set the standard for photo editing and so much more with Photoshop. You can take your work to the next level by learning to use this powerful tool from Adobe by learning from professionals with the Complete Photoshop Mastery Bundle. You can get this collection of expert-taught lessons on sale now for $29 (approx. £21)!

Photoshop is a powerful app that can be overwhelming when you're first learning it. This bundle will take away your fears by teaching you ...

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iPhone XI: what we know and what we want to see

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Apple's iPhone 11 – or iPhone XI, iPhone X2, depending on how it's named – could be hitting the shelves as soon as September. That's if the company's history of product launches is anything to go by.

Apple is well-known for holding smartphone-focused keynotes in early September. And given that both the Product Red iPhone 8 and iOS 11.4 have been out for a while, it seems increasingly likely that the next generation of devices is just around the corner. 

Predictably, then, ...

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Infographic: the history of the internet

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Life without the internet is hard to imagine, especially if you can't remember it. The world wide web has made everything from ordering pizzas to arranging underwhelming dates so much easier, and thanks to the rise of the internet of things, it looks set to become even more pervasive.

But where did this life-changing tool come from? Did Tim Berners-Lee just have a really good brainstorming session one day? Not quite. The internet was reportedly envisioned as a piece of technology ...

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10 exasperating design flaws in everyday objects

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Becoming a better designer is not just about having the right graphic design tools or mastering grid theory. You need to open your eyes to the designs that play a part in your everyday life. Ask yourself: what’s good about them, why do they work so well? Or alternatively: what could be improved about them, how could they work better?

Sometimes, however, the results can be a little unexpected. When you stop and think about ...

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13 incredible tools for creating infographics

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Done right, infographics can be a great way to make sense of complex data. The best infographics transform complex information and data into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but.

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Here, we've selected our top tools and apps for making infographics – we'll start with a load of free infographic makers, then include some paid options at ...

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The best Dell Precision 7530 deals in 2018

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The Dell Precision 7530 is one of the world's most powerful 15-inch workstations. A new addition to Dell’s Precision family – a pro-grade line of machines aimed at creatives – the VR-ready 7530 is a smaller, lighter and thinner model that delivers workstation-class power. And it’s truly impressive.

With up to a whopping 128GB of RAM and options for i5, i7 and the new i9 8th generation Intel core processors under the hood, the Dell Precision 7530 ...

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Substance Painter 2018 review

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  • Buy now for $149 (new) / $75 (upgrade)

Allegorithmic has spent the past few releases making Substance Painter probably the most famous texture-painting application on the market. It has an expanding user base in the game development community, as well as gaining popularity within ‘traditional’ 3D art creation.

  • Free textures for 3D artists

The uptake of Substance Painter can be attributed to many factors, including the huge array of genuinely useful content that ships with the application, and which can be augmented from ...

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The best HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 deals in 2018

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The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 is the most powerful convertible PC laptop ever made, according to HP. The specs are certainly impressive: designed with creatives in mind, the laptop boasts 8th-gen Intel Core and Xeon chips, Nvidea Quadro P1000 graphics, and up to 32GB of RAM and 4TB of PCIe NVMe storage.

  • The best HP ZBook range deals in 2018

Thanks to its 360-degree hinge – which lets the laptop backflip all the way around to become a tablet or ...

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How to paint realistic waves in Photoshop

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When painting ocean scenes in Photoshop CC, as with most of my painting projects, I start by gathering some marine photo references, to ensure that I've got a good grasp of the subject matter. I also find it useful to look at the work of great seascape painters from history, whatever art techniques they use, and whichever artistic movement they belonged to. 

Marine waves are usually caused by wind that generates ripples across the sea ...

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Desktop, Mobile, or Voice? (D) All of the Above – Whiteboard Friday

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We’re facing more and more complexity in our everyday work, and the answers to our questions are about as clear as mud. Especially in the wake of the mobile-first index, we’re left wondering where to focus our optimization efforts. Is desktop the most important? Is mobile? What about the voice phenomenon sweeping the tech world?

As with most things, the most important factor is to consider your audience. People aren’t siloed to a single device — ...

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Web Designers – Ways to Keep Onselves Busy

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The current demand for the work of web designers is on a dramatic rise. Sometimes it is also possible, mainly because of competition, that the designer does not have any work or the designer would like to take a break and do something other than the usual web designing work that he / she does.

If you are a web designer, here are some ways to ...

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Effective Graphic Design Solutions for Your Company

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Most organization require a whole host of promotional items to jump-start their careers, such as business cards, brochures and calendars. Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and everyone wants recognition. And what better way than to be unique? Web design services are a good way to give your business that little spark it so lacks in current.

The best part about hiring a graphic ...

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Significant Tools For Responsive Website Design

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The significance of a responsive web design has increased dramatically in the previous years. At the present instead of personal computers people are increasing using smartphones, tablets and netbooks for browsing internet. When we say a responsive website, we mean that scalable images and adjustable layouts should be used so the people using smartphones could be straightforward and easily access your website. Thanks to the advancement of technology this trend ...

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Interior Design Schools

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Interior design is now a very popular profession, as more and more individuals find it challenging to come up with creative and technical solutions in order to achieve a well-built interior environment. This field combines creativity, aesthetics and business, making this an interesting prospect for many individuals. If you are one of these individuals who love to turn something into a creative work or piece, you must enhance your skills and talents by going ...

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SearchCap: Google My Business insights, SMX Advanced recap & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • How to drive conversions with on-brand SEO copywriting
    Jul 5, 2018 by Jessica Foster
    Are your web pages not converting? Contributor Jessica Foster explains how to create an SEO-focused brand message ...
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How to future-proof yourself as a designer

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For over 50 years, D&AD has been dedicated to recognising and celebrating the very best of creative excellence from studios and agencies around the world with its Pencil awards.

Alongside that, the not-for-profit organisation works with students and young creatives to discover, nurture and elevate talent wherever it’s found, with its New Blood awards and New Blood Shift. And of course, aside from boosting the design portfolios of those involved, this attracts energy and talent; persistence and curiosity – those forces ...

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Get started with monotype printing

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Sometimes you need to shake things up with your pencil drawings, and let go of the impulse to do too much. One of my favourite ways to do this is by creating transfer drawings, also known as trace monotypes. With this printmaking technique, you can transform an ordinary sketch into something almost nostalgic, with a gritty texture and bold contrast.

The monotype process creates one print, with the potential for a second variation of that print, but no more. So, in ...

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10 inspirational quotes to make you more productive

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By and large, motivational quotes have a bad name. We associate them with cheesy poster designs or mood boards featuring sunsets, lions and rainbows, and empty slogans like ‘Never give up’ or ‘Find your dream’. 

But the concept in itself is a good one; you just have to find the right quote to inspire you. So here we’ve gathered some of our favourite inspirational quotes on the theme of work, all beautifully illustrated by talented creatives.

Of course, different ...

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12 common JavaScript questions answered

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JavaScript is one of the most flexible web design tools around, as our top examples of JavaScript article shows. But even with the biggest of tools, there's always more to learn and discover.

Here are 12 questions (and answers) about JavaScript that have left many developers stumped – even experienced JavaScript coders. 

On this page we run through common questions and answers, including those often trotted out in job interviews. On the next page, we take a more ...

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Best collage maker tools for creating photo collages

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As the best smartphone cameras are increasingly able to perform phenomenal feats of photography, we are all looking for ways to present our photos in style. Photo collages are a great way to show off and share a selection of images, so it's no surprise to find that collage makers are hugely popular creative tools right now.

It's perfectly possible to use general design software, such as Adobe's Creative Cloud suite as a collage maker tool. However, unless you already know ...

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Learn how to edit videos with Adobe Premiere Pro

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Video editing is an important skill to have in the 21st century. After all, videos are used for everything from marketing to documentaries, and Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the most widely used editing tools on Earth.

To learn everything there is to know about editing videos on Premiere, check out Adobe Premiere Pro CC Masterclass: Video Editing Made Easy. This course teaches you how to edit videos quickly and effectively, guiding you through everything from adding video ...

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The Shape of Water review

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Nominated for 13 Oscars and taking home four, including best production design, The Shape of Water is sure to secure a spot as one of the best 3D movies in 2018. In this gorgeous making-of The Shape of Water book, readers get to see how these stunning visuals came to be. 

  • 30 books every graphic designer should read

The fairy tale film, about a mute woman falling in love with a god-like sea creature, has a ...

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Comic Artist volume 6 resources

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Click the links below to download your workshop and Q&A assets from Comic Artist Volume 6, including videos, layered files, brushes and WIPs. All of our videos are also here.

Workshops 

Plan a superhero cover 

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Pencil and ink a game character 

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Create a comic page in Clip Studio Paint 

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Give Tintin the Fables treatment 

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Paint Hellboy caricature art 

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Bring colour to Black Panther 

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Ink and colour a comic cover 

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Create dynamic ...

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The best HP ZBook G4 x2 deals in 2018

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The HP ZBook x2 packs workstation-class components into a detachable 2-in-1 laptop/tablet form factor. Aimed squarely at creatives, the portable powerhouse is one of the best options out there if you want to move away from your desktop as your primary tool. Unlike many powerful laptops – even those with a built-in touchscreen like the new HP ZBook Studio x360 – the screen fully detaches here for a tablet experience separate from the keyboard. (Don’t worry though: the ...

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The Art of Coco review

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When it comes honouring the lives of friends and family members who have passed away, the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) does so with exuberant and colourful traditions instead of sombreness. These vivid celebrations are at the centre of Coco, Pixar’s latest cinematic release.

  • The 10 best 3D movies of 2018

In a brief foreword to the film’s art book, The Art of Coco, John Lasseter – who was until recently chief creative ...

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19 best painting and drawing apps for iPad

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A quick look at the best iPad apps for creating digital art proves that Apple's tablet has moved beyond mere media consumption, and is fast becoming ripe for content creation. The iPad Pro with iOS 11 or the new iPad 9.7 teamed with an Apple Pencil is now a powerful creative tool to rival a desktop with design software, meaning that digital creatives trying to figure out how to draw on the go need look no further. 

If ...

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10 ways to transform your creative thinking

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Being stuck in a creative rut is incredibly frustrating. The good news is that it doesn't matter your discipline – be it 3D art, web comics or something else entirely – the means of escaping that rut are the same. Tried and tested ways to jumpstart your creativity include going for a walk, searching the web for inspiration or listening to music. 

But if what if you need something more radical, to really shake up your design thinking and send it ...

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The designer’s guide to using colour in branding

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Colour sells. Whether you’re working with a product, service or space, the ‘right’ combinations of colours can influence how someone feels, thinks and behaves – with powerful results.

According to a study by Loyola University Maryland, colour is registered by the brain before either images or typography. The same study found that colour can increase brand recognition – logo design, for example – by up to 80 per cent.

So why, then, is brand colour so often dictated by the personal preferences ...

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Prepare a board for painting in 3 easy steps

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I'm going to share the fastest painting technique I use for 'gessoing' a panel and getting a smooth finish. This art technique can be used to prep a panel that you want to paint on, making it suitable for painting in oils or acrylics. You may want to prepare more than one panel at a time, so that you can be ready to paint whenever inspiration strikes. 

To prep your panel, all it takes is a few tools from the DIY ...

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Create and animate SVG polygons

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In this tutorial we will be creating a range of images out of SVG triangles, and setting up an animated transition from one image to another on click. It’ll look something like the Faces of Power website. These animations can really add interest to a site, particularly a landing page, as well as enhance user experience.

To kick off we are going to start with two arrays: one with the values we’re animating to, and one with the values ...

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Launch a career as a front end developer

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Do you hope to launch a career as a front end developer? It's time to take action and pursue your dreams with vigour. With The Ultimate Front End Development Bundle, you'll learn essential skills that every developer needs in their toolkit.

You'll get a solid foundation for coding with Javascript, and you'll go from total beginner to total pro in HTML, CSS, and jQuery. You'll even learn all ...

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7 inspiring examples of the hand lettering trend

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From artisan chalkboard designs, to intricately crafted packaging labels and beautifully ornate typographical illustrations, hand lettering is a massive trend that doesn't show any sign of waning.

Lettering differs substantially from type design, in that all the craft goes into creating a group of bespoke letterforms for a particular purpose, rather than designing a versatile system of characters for multiple applications.

Hand lettering is also distinct from calligraphy, which is about penmanship – writing letters. Hand lettering is about draftsmanship – drawing ...

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SearchCap: Google clarifies speed update, Google Ads, prioritizing SEO & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • 6 things Google Ads can now do automatically
    Jul 3, 2018 by Frederick Vallaeys
    Contributor Frederick Vallaeys looks at automated tools in the platform formerly known as AdWords, outlines how ‘smart’ automation works and ...
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Jump start React Native with Expo

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React Native is a platform that enables you to build native mobile apps using JavaScript. As the name implies, it uses React, so composing mobile interfaces is similar to using React on the web. Rather than creating components using HTML tags, it has its own set of components that bind to native UI components. 

React Native can be tricky to set up, especially when it comes to push notifications. You need to set up certificates and dive into Objective-C for iOS ...

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20 cutting-edge web tools to try now

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The web changes extremely quickly, and you’d be forgiven for not keeping pace with the continuous release of new web design tools and technologies. However, there are benefits to getting on board with the latest developments rather than waiting for them to become mainstream. Chances are, if there’s a problem that has frustrated you, or something you’ve thought could be made easier, someone will have come up with a solution for it. You only have to ...

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How to design graphic figures

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In the earlier years of my illustration career I shied away from having to illustrate figures, whether realistic or simplistic. This often held me back when it came to commissioned work. So I decided to start from scratch and train myself to illustrate figures that I could fit into the scenes and landscapes I was already illustrating. 

This tutorial will take you through the same simple steps I went through to learn how to draw people, looking at ...

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The Most Vital SEO Strategy I Learned Came From a Google Employee

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I don’t think I am the best SEO out there. And I am not the most well-known SEO.

But when you have been doing SEO as long as I have, eventually you meet most of the players in the space.

And over the years, I’ve met a lot of Google employees. Some of them were in high positions, while others were not.

Out of all of the Google employees I met, none of ...

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8 timeless children's book characters

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Just because a children's book is old, it doesn't mean it's timeless. Kids' books that do age well tend to have quality themes, narratives and character design, and that extra something that means that even if elements of the book date, the story stays relevant and appeals across the generations. 

These books also contain some of the world's best-known children's book characters. From the wonders of Winnie the Pooh, to David Mckee's ...

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Pay what you want to master Adobe Creative Cloud

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Graphic artists know how important Adobe Creative Cloud is. This collection of software features tools that all graphic artists should have in their arsenal, and you too can become a pro with Pay What You Want: The Adobe CC Lifetime Mastery Bundle.

Learn how to make your photos look so professional with Photoshop that they could be in a magazine. Master InDesign for creating newsletters, flyers, newspapers, and more. Find how Illustrator can increase your abilities as a ...

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Amazon confirms the date of Prime Day 2018

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This morning, Amazon officially announced that Prime Day 2018 will start on 16 July. The 36-hour event starts on 16 July at 12pm PT/BST (3pm ET) and runs until 17 July and is an amazing opportunity for designers to grab the best deals on tools and equipment.

The extended 36 hour event promises to be the biggest Prime Day yet. In an Amazon statement, it's claimed that:

"Prime Day 2018 will feature 50 per cent more Spotlight Deals and more than one ...

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How to choose the right typeface

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There are thousands of paid-for and free fonts available for creatives to choose from. However, when it comes to picking a typeface, you can't rely on gut alone. Making the right choice depends on function, context and a whole host of other factors. 

How do you ensure you're going about it the right way? Follow these tips for how to pick the right font for your project. And if you need a refresher on typography as a discipline, ...

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The best premium and free Illustrator brushes

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Having the right Illustrator brushes means you can add depth, texture and character to your vector work by stylising the appearance of paths. Unlike Photoshop brushes, good quality Illustrator brushes can be hard to come by – so to save you time, we've rounded up our favourite vector brushes right here. 

On this page, you’ll find the best Illustrator brushes out there – it’s worth paying for these brilliant resources. Or, if you're on a budget, jump to ...

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How to Optimize Car Dealership Websites

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Getting any local business to rank high on Google is becoming more and more difficult, but one of the most competitive — and complex — industries for local SEO are car dealerships. Today’s car shoppers do much of their research online before they even step into a dealership showroom. (And many people don’t even know what type of car they even want when they begin their search.)

According to Google, the average car shopper only visits two dealerships ...

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SearchCap: YouTube video ads, AI-driven call intelligence, link building & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Internal links: Link building’s secret sauce
    Jul 2, 2018 by Andrew Dennis
    Contributor Andrew Dennis explains why you shouldn’t overlook internal links on your site: They leverage link equity from external links and direct ...
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CSS tricks to revolutionise your web layouts

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If you’ve been working in the web industry for a couple of years, you may feel that you're always coding or designing the same website layout. Although trends come and go, the majority of sites still look the same: almost every one of them uses a 12-column grid, two and three-column, boxed layouts and similar shapes. It’s getting pretty boring to look at, and the user experience isn't great, either.

It’s time we started to draw inspiration from ...

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5 Voice Engine Optimization Strategies That Will Boost Your Rankings [Webinar] by @A_Ninofranco

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Want to get ahead of the voice search optimization curve? Don’t miss the next SEJ ThinkTank webinar.

The post title="5 Voice Engine Optimization Strategies That Will Boost Your Rankings [Webinar] by @A_Ninofranco" href="https://webtrafficmyrtlebeach.com/5-voice-engine-optimization-strategies-that-will-boost-your-rankings-webinar-by-a_ninofranco">5 Voice Engine Optimization Strategies That Will Boost Your Rankings [Webinar] by @A_Ninofranco appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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60 top-class Photoshop tutorials to try

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Despite increasing competition from the likes of Sketch and Affinity Photo, Adobe’s 28-year-old image-editing tool Photoshop CC remains the industry standard.

Used by everyone from photo retouchers to graphic designers, typographers to 3D printing specialists and beyond, this versatile tool is becoming more and more powerful as time goes on. However, there’s always been a learning curve with Photoshop, and nowadays even advanced users can still have much to learn. If you haven't signed up yet, you can subscribe to Adobe ...

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PPC 101: Get Your Complete Guide to Pay-Per-Click Marketing Basics [EBOOK] by @lorenbaker

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Learn the fundamental components of paid search advertising. Download SEJ’s PPC 101 guide now.

The post Marketing Basics [EBOOK] by @lorenbaker" href="https://webtrafficmyrtlebeach.com/ppc-101-get-your-complete-guide-to-pay-per-click-marketing-basics-ebook-by-lorenbaker">PPC 101: Get Your Complete Guide to Pay-Per-Click Marketing Basics [EBOOK] by @lorenbaker appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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Paint a mischievous hare in watercolour

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Having studied zoology, animals and wildlife have always been a great passion for me and I never tire of painting them. We’re lucky enough to live in the Lincolnshire countryside and have limitless inspiration right on the doorstep. 

In this tutorial, I’m going to offer a step-by-step guide to painting a running hare. In it, I’ll share some advice for how to draw animals as well as plenty of watercolour techniques to help you bring them to life.

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Migrant 4: Dark Matters review

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As Migrant Journal's six-volume mission to change the way we view migration passes the halfway mark, it's not just the stark, black and silver cover that feels subdued. "Night, the moment of illegitimacy and illegality," warns the opening editorial. "Drama, sins, crimes. The time for desperate actions and bad decisions. Surrender." 

While previous issues have traversed physical and political borders, issue four travels down, both literally and psychologically, to identify the human casualties of fake news (Abyssal theory), black money (Hundi ...

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4 awesome examples of handmade type in branding

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As we explored in our feature on bespoke type, the branding trend for embracing a handmade aesthetic to lend your brand an air of authenticity is still going strong. However, in the onslaught of handwriting fonts taking over branding, how do you make sure your design stands out (and for the right reasons)? Here, we take a look at four creatives that used bespoke typography the right way on their packaging designs. 

01. Grand Cru

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Draw a bad-ass geisha

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In this geisha illustration I wanted to capture a grungy, dark, urban vibe, laced with elegant traditional Japanese elements. I thought about how to draw people to make them as interesting as possible, and the idea that kept coming up again and again was to make her ‘bad-ass’. That’s the core essence of Geiko – she's a geisha turned self-serving samurai, a vigilante within a dangerous cyberpunk universe. I got the idea from a competition to design a geisha or ...

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Create virtual flipbooks in minutes

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Want to bring your images to life in a fun way? Get a lifetime license for Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Windows. With this tool, you can use customisable templates that help you create flipbooks in no time at all.

Show ideas to clients or share memories with friends by giving them the experience of flipping through a book – except that it's on an electronic device. You can create an even more visually engaging Continue Reading →

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10 must-have plugins to make your design process easier

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However powerful your design software of choice, there are always ways to fine-tune how efficient and effective it is for your particular needs.

That's where plugins and extensions can prove invaluable – giving you that extra boost in particular areas to become more more productive as a designer.

So read on for our essential guide to 10 must-have design tools to make your creative process easier…

01. RH Hover Colour Picker

RH Hover Colour Picker plugin

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Looking For a Logo Design Company?

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Few people realize the value of a proper logo and the impact that a good one can make to their business. You must have observed the logos of multinational companies and must have looked at them in awe. Well, they were planned and designed meticulously to make them awe inspiring. After they are the biggest representatives of the company and can make or break them. While your representatives work 5 days a week, these logos keep promoting ...

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Link Gratitude: Give Some Thanks After Someone Links to You by @annaleacrowe

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What do you do after someone links to you? Loren Baker has found the answer. And it’s pretty genius. You shower your link devotees with a motherlode of thanks. Baker has coined this action “link gratitude.” How Can You Show Your Link Gratitude? It starts with you emailing the webmaster to say thanks for the link. Then, you could offer to: Conduct an SEO audit for them. Help them with their SEO (e.g., fix their 404 errors or an Continue Reading →

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Frequently Asked Questions About Interior Design

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What colors do I paint the interior of my house, and where do I use accent colors?

Wall color is a extremely important aspect of interior design. Flooring always dictates the main color scheme, and one color is not the answer. Start by selecting a main color and then vary up and down the color chart to provide different shades of the same base tone. Do not be afraid to experiment with paint. Try a small spot at first, if you ...

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Create a Website – The Secret For Attracting Viewers

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Many people are realizing the importance of having their own website. Websites are entirely beneficial to any individual whether for personal exposure or for business and marketing purposes. Due to their more affordable costs, websites are now heavily used in marketing and promotional efforts of several companies from small enterprises to large multinational corporations. As more and more people become more aware of the Internet, the need for websites ...

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5 Web Design Errors To Avoid With Your Website

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The primary goal of any website must be to impress its visitors as soon as possible. One must remember that the quicker you impress a visitor, the quicker you make him a customer. A designer must understand that there is not much to choose amongst its rival websites and so the quicker you impress someone the better it is. Now you must be thinking in such a stiff competition how can one excel over the ...

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Surprising Facts About Website Design

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All businesses that want their names to be known advertise themselves. Business advertisements can come in many forms. One of the best places to advertise your business is by creating a website on the internet. Website design is probably the best and easiest way to advertise any kind of product.

What do you want to sell? How do you want to present it? What ...

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Find Out More Concern Flash Photography Web Templates

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Anyone planning to apply flash for their web sites needs to factor in various considerations. They should initially weigh the benefits as well as the downsides. Search for positives and negatives. After that, evaluate if you will need flash for your website. Aside from making friendly and fascinating templates, there are lots of other functions that one could use. It can also be useful to develop web games. You must prepare as ...

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E-commerce Web Site Design – How to Make a Killer E-commerce Site

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The question is where do you start with the bewildering range of ecommerce shopping carts and ecommerce solutions available? Whether you are looking for corporate website design and ecommerce, business to business ecommerce build and development, or more modest affordable e-commerce web site solutions, you still need to apply the ecommerce golden rules. A good web development company (link to home page) will be able to help with these questions and more. But first ...

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The Benefits of Procuring Professional Web Design Services for Your Business

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Many businesses in the recent past have discovered the benefit benefits of having a professionally designed website. However, some still opt for mediocre solutions, which at best hardly can not meet their clients' expectations, and sadly prove to be a liability to them. The fact of the matter is that many online surfers and potential clients seek instant gratification when browsing for information on the products or services they wish ...

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SearchCap: SMX Advanced session recap, audience targeting, Google pics & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • How to create the perfect ad with audience targeting
    Jun 29, 2018 by Christi Olson
    Reaching specific types of consumers throughout their purchase journeys is a challenge, but contributor Christi Olson shows us how ...
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Skittles drains the rainbow for Pride

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What does a rainbow taste like, anyway? As we all know, a rainbow's merely a colourful effect caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of sunlight through tiny water droplets in the air, so it's unlikely to taste of anything unless you have a particularly rare form of synaesthesia.

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10 logos we never want to see change

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As the champion of designers everywhere, we at Creative Bloq are keen to encourage work opportunities for the creative community. But there are limits.

Some logo designs are so beloved, so iconic, that as long as we live, we simply never want to see them radically redesigned.

That doesn’t mean we’re opposed to tiny tweaks or subtle refreshes, every now and again, to adapt these assets to modern style sensibilities and the demands of new devices.

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17 mesmerising projection mapping demos

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A few years ago, video projection mapping (the art of projecting video onto surfaces such as buildings, to create the illusion of 3D art) was a fledgling art form, with a handful of noteworthy examples. Now, a head-turning projection is par for the course for any music festival set, product launch, or show. Throw a famous building (Buckingham Palace, perhaps) into the mix and you're really onto a winner.  

Video projection mapping has the capacity to transform any object into ...

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Transform your portfolio from good to great

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Applying for a job in the design world can be a frustrating business. You’re certain in your own mind that you could ace this role; why can’t employers just take you at your word? In reality, nobody is ever going to take you on, or even invite you in for an interview, until you’ve first wowed them with a knockout design portfolio.

But what if you're already pretty happy with your portfolio and creative resume ...

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Create a simple colour chart

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Getting to grips with colour theory can seem a little bit too much like learning maths or science. You may feel you just want to be creative and express yourself, not work out calculations.

  • 3 huge colour trends for 2018

But colour theory is one of the fundamental art techniques you need to learn in order to progress and grow as an artist. Read on to create a colour theory chart that will transform your creative ...

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Infographic: How people really use voice assistants

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Voice interfaces are one of the hottest user experience trends in recent years. New figures reveal that one in 10 Brits now owns at least one of these devices. But how are we really using them? Code Computerlove polled over 1,000 smart speaker owners, and turned their findings into this top infographic.  And if this inspires you to put together your own data visualisation, take a look at our list of the best infographic tools around. 

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What Type of Content Is Most Effective for Attracting Website Traffic? [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco

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Which content type is the most effective for bringing website traffic? Discover what the SEJ community had to say.

The post Content Is Most Effective for Attracting Website Traffic? [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco" href="https://webtrafficmyrtlebeach.com/what-type-of-content-is-most-effective-for-attracting-website-traffic-poll-by-a_ninofranco">What Type of Content Is Most Effective for Attracting Website Traffic? [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

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Build the best asset library with Stock-Graphics

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Need inspiration for your next graphics assignment? Or access to thousands of royalty-free photos? A lifetime subscription to Stock-Graphics has you covered. For just $19, you can have access to thousands of stock photos and vector graphics, and enjoy unlimited downloads, year after year. 

Whether you're a graphic design professional, an entrepreneur, or an art hobbyist, you'll find good use for the 13,500+ photos and 2,900+ ...

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What Do SEOs Do When Google Removes Organic Search Traffic? – Whiteboard Friday

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We rely pretty heavily on Google, but some of their decisions of late have made doing SEO more difficult than it used to be. Which organic opportunities have been taken away, and what are some potential solutions? Rand covers a rather unsettling trend for SEO in this week’s Whiteboard Friday.

What Do SEOs Do When Google Removes Organic Search?

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Create a wobbly text effect with JavaScript

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Introducing effects to text and typography can add a whole new perspective to the user experience  on a website. But text is to be read, and getting too smart or clever with an effect can defeat the purpose of it. 

So be smart, be clever, but make sure that your kinetic typography effect actually works, just like it does on Patrick Heng's website – featured in the image above. Read on to find out how…

1. Create the intro ...

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Why Businesses Should Research Themselves

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Why Businesses Should Research Themselves

You’ve researched your competitors. But have you spared a thought for self-reflection?

We’ve been talking recently about how critical competitor research is for businesses to provide the best customer service. But no market research project is complete without taking a look inward, at your own company, and how well it lives up to its ...

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SearchCap: Google webspam report, Bing ads, bot herding & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Bing Ads Automated Extensions — formerly Annotations — now have UI reporting and opt-out
    Jun 28, 2018 by Ginny Marvin
    10 Automated Extensions are available in Bing Ads.
  • Optimize for local ...
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Google May Ignore Keyword Stuffing if Content Has Value by @MattGSouthern

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Google’s John Mueller revealed that the search engine’s algorithms do not punish keyword stuffing too harshly. In fact, keyword stuffing may be ignored altogether if the content is found to otherwise have value to searchers. This information was provided on Twitter in response to users inquiring about keyword stuffing. More specifically, a user was concerned about a page ranking well in search results despite obvious signs of keyword repetition. Prefacing his statement with the ...

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The best drawing tablets at Walmart

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Walmart sells a large range of drawing tablets on its website. It’s a huge retailer, which means it can be particularly competitive when it comes to price, offering great deals that smaller outlets simply can't match. 

But there’s a lot on offer, so we put together this selection of the best drawing tablets at Walmart to help you pick the right option for your needs. 

  • The best cheap Wacom tablet deals
  • The best drawing tablet ...
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The 10 top fictional brands from film and TV

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When you need to design a brand identity, you’ll find plenty of expert advice on this site; from how to create a logo design to stunning packaging design to great examples of cannabis branding. But there are also some less obvious places to get branding inspiration.

Fictional brands may be largely created for laughs, or to avoid legal entanglements. But the best of them highlight deep truths about what makes a successful brand. Indeed, some have even gone ...

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The best antivirus software in 2018

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With cyberattacks on the rise and growing ever more sophisticated, it's vital to ensure your devices are protected from the latest online threats. That's why we've put together this list of the best antivirus software for both PC and Mac.

Staying safe and secure online is especially important for freelance and employed professionals: the consequences of an attack could be disastrous. Could you cope if ransomware encrypted all digital content across your network, for instance? Yes, hopefully, as ...

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Cultivate creativity through mindfulness

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Design requires an abundance of analytic thinking – problem solving, task analysis, project management, etc. But design is both a science and an art, so it's important to also spend time learning how to be creative and innovative. That's where Mindbliss can help. 

A high-tech meditation tool, Mindbliss uses AI algorithms to produce meditation experiences that will fit your needs most effectively, whether you want to help your insomnia, start your day on the right ...

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Create sets of product icons in Illustrator

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Illustrated icons can be a super addition to your design portfolio, whether you include them to reach a new group of potential clients, or to add more elements to an illustrated scene. In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial I'll show you how to create icons simply and easily, so you can create large volumes of them ...

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30 world-famous buildings to inspire you

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Anyone with a creative bone in their body cannot fail to be inspired by famous buildings. Outstanding architecture, stunning location and clever use of materials all contribute to what makes famous buildings such influences on creativity – and that's before you throw history and purpose into the mix. 

Much like a photograph, architectural designs record details of specific moments in time. But unlike an photograph, physical structures go on to have a life of their own, becoming a central and functional part ...

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The best printer 2018: the best inkjet, laser and wireless printers for your home

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What’s the best printer for home use? Whether you’re a freelancer who needs to print, scan and copy documents, a keen photographer looking for a photo printer, or an artist or designer after an A3+ printer that will give accurate test proofs of your designs, you’ll find the best laser, inkjet and all-in-one printers available here.

As you'll see in the list below, we think the all-in-one Canon Pixma TS8050 inkjet is the best printer for Continue Reading →

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What is WebAssembly?

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WebAssembly (wasm) is different to other web APIs you might have played with. It’s a standard that defines a binary executable format for client-side applications on the web, which can be run in the browser while taking advantage of the speed and low-level hardware capabilities of machine code. While it’s a relatively new standard only now gaining attention, it’s already supported in all major browsers, and has a budding ecosystem of tools.

This represents a major change for the web, where ...

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Tips for graphic designers getting started with code

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Designers are required to have more and more skills these days. A varied graphic design portfolio is key, which means as well as being confident creating visual identities and branding work, designers are increasingly dabbling in things like 3D art. And as we explain in this article, it's becoming more and more important that graphic designers have a grasp of coding, too. 

Understanding how code works can greatly improve the conversations you have with developers as ...

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5 things you must do when applying to art college

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So you've taken extensive art classes during high school, read the designer's guide to the golden ratio, maybe experimented with paper art and perhaps even started to think about creating your design portfolio. Now that you feel ready to apply for art college, how do you start?

Remember, applying to art college is similar to applying to any other education institution. Here are five tips to help make applying for art colleges a little less daunting.

01. Do the ...

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The Minimum Viable Knowledge You Need to Work with JavaScript & SEO Today

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If your work involves SEO at some level, you’ve most likely been hearing more and more about JavaScript and the implications it has on crawling and indexing. Frankly, Googlebot struggles with it, and many websites utilize modern-day JavaScript to load in crucial content today. Because of this, we need to be equipped to discuss this topic when it comes up in order to be effective.

The goal of this post is to equip you with the ...

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Rich Fonts In Your Web Sites

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Font selection is perhaps on of the biggest deciding factors in the success of any given design. Using CSS we have the ability to modify existing fonts significantly. Unfortunately, we’re still limited to a small number of browser safe fonts.

The sIFR typography module uses flash actionscripts and javascript to replace existing fonts with rich typography. It’s an incredibly powerful tool. The module is free and available under a general public liscense.

How does it work?

sIFR ...

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5 Simple Steps For Planning Your First Website

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While organizations progress further using the newest web technologies and dynamic content, many people remain in the dark about how best to plan their very first website. To take an HTML course as the first step would be a mistake. The best way to plan a website is using a paper and pen, somewhere nice like the beach or in a hammock. This article is designed to step you through the planning phase, and introduce ...

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A Few Tips When Choosing Christian Web Design & Hosting

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Today, most interaction is through the internet. It is not surprising that quite a number of churches are looking for Christian web design & hosting. You would be surprised if you did a search for this term and see the amount of Christian web design & hosting companies out there offering their services.

When it comes to Christian web design & hosting there are obviously ...

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Google My Business Provides Insights About Customer Opinions by @MattGSouthern

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Google My Business is now providing insights to business owners about what their business is known for, according to customers. A new addition to the Google My Business insights section for cafes and restaurants offers data about subjective attributes, which are based on customers’ opinions. We’ve launched subjective attributes to provide more information in your insights tab! Customers of restaurants and cafes ...

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SearchCap: Adwords retired, SMX Advanced recap, Smart Campaigns launched & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Home and Chromecast device currently offline
    Jun 27, 2018 by Barry Schwartz
    Google can only respond “sorry, something went wrong, try again in a few seconds” at this moment to ...
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19 tips for great email newsletter design

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We've all done it. You have a great experience with a company, product or service, so when you see on their site a 'Subscribe to our newsletter' button, you think: Hey, why not? 

Fast-forward a few months and you've got an email inbox clogged up with email newsletters you haven't even opened, and your initial enthusiasm for the company has all but died. You weren't grabbed by any of the email newsletter designs you did look at, and you just don't ...

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6 coding bootcamps that could change your life

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Thinking of a career change and not afraid of diving into the deep end? If you’re capable of learning quickly in a high-intensity environment, a coding bootcamp could get you working as a software engineer (and potentially commanding an impressive salary) within half a year – even if you’ve never programmed before. 

If you enjoy things like maths and problem-solving, you’ll probably like programming. If you're not sure, however, most of the bootcamps on this list offer a free online coding ...

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66 brilliant print adverts

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In these days of digital media, it's easy to overlook the art of print ads. But the medium is still as relevant and powerful as ever. While TV spots and social media campaigns also play into how brands promote themselves, print adverts are still a key part of the puzzle. And just because you're working with an age-old medium doesn't mean your design can't create something memorable and full of impact – as these examples prove.

In this article, we've pulled ...

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Get started with ArtRage

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ArtRage is a program that enables you to use real-world painting techniques on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Put simply, you push pixels on a screen to mimic the behaviour of art mediums. The program was aimed at artists from both traditional and digital backgrounds who wanted to create believable works of art using a simple interface. 

  • 18 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching

With the recent release of ArtRage 5, these ideals have been refined and tools honed ...

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Understand Disney's 12 principles of animation

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The 12 principles of animation were first introduced by Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in their book The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, which was originally released in 1981. In this book, Johnston and Thomas examine the work of leading Disney animators from the 1930s and onwards, and boil their approach down to 12 basic principles of animation.

These principles form the basis of all animation work. They're relevant for a number of ...

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What is the MDN browser compatibility project?

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Many browsers on countless devices aim to support a growing web technology stack in order to deliver a great user experience for as many people as possible. Unfortunately, finding out what works where often means extensive manual testing. Thankfully, a major open source project has seen Mozilla pulling together this information into compatibility tables.

In 2017, the MDN community started to migrate the compatibility information currently stored on thousands of wiki pages to a machine-readable JSON format in a GitHub repository. ...

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10 killer examples of illustrated ad campaigns

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From Black Pencil-winning animated campaigns such as Honda Grrr, to a string of iconic illustrated posters over the decades for the likes of Coca-Cola and Guinness, illustration and advertising have long been happy bedfellows.

Whether it's creating fantastical worlds, grabbing attention with on-trend styles or conveying abstract ideas, illustration can be a fantastic communication tool for advertisers. Read on for 10 stand-out illustrated ad campaigns, created for household-name brands in recent years…

01. Five Go On A Great Western Adventure 

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Become a Javascript Pro for only $29

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JavaScript is one of the most widely used, versatile programming languages on the planet. If you're looking to skill up, you can become an expert at it with 2018 Essential JavaScript Coding Bundle. With more than 29 hours and 900 pages of content, the bundle will help you go from being a true beginner to a total pro in no time at all. 

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6 trends that are changing the face of UX

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When I started my UX career, the iPhone didn’t exist. I was wireframing screens for car navigation systems using PowerPoint. User experience consisted of interacting with the touchscreen interface with their fingers or voice. Tap was the only gesture; there was no swipe, pinch or slide. There were quite a few voice commands but they were difficult to recall, and you had to say them a specific way. Even then, the system didn’t understand it most of the time.

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Why Local Web Designers Have the Edge

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When you decide to launch yourself on the Internet, you shouldn’t attempt to make the web site yourself unless you have taken some kind of training in how to create web sites. Your website is your online reception where potential clients will come to find out how you can help them, and it needs to look professional. Although you can pick a designer anywhere in the world, a local based provider has the edge even it does ...

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SearchCap: Google’s indexing API, SMX East agenda, link building & more

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Getting it done: how to overcome common link building blockers
    Jun 26, 2018 by Paddy Moogan
    Link building is tough to begin with and made harder when company policies slow down the workflow. Contributor ...
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Why Good Site Architecture Is The Only CRO You Need

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When you hear the words “site architecture,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably SEO.

It doesn’t take much digging into SEO best practice to learn that Google loves a site with clearly defined architecture that’s easy to crawl and index.

But if you stopped your site architecture planning with just your SEO, then you’ve missed out on the greater picture.

Site architecture isn’t just an effort to game search engines into ranking your site higher.

It does help ...

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How to Diagnose Your SEO Client’s Search Maturity

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One of the biggest mistakes I see (and am guilty of making) is assuming a client is knowledgeable, bought-in, and motivated to execute search work simply because they agreed to pay us to do it. We start trucking full-speed ahead, dumping recommendations in their laps, and are surprised when the work doesn’t get implemented.

We put the cart before the horse. It’s easy to forget that clients start at different ...

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Is Influencer Marketing Dead? A Hard Look at The Newest Data (and What You Can Do Instead)

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Is anyone having deja vu?

Every time a new marketing tactic becomes more mainstream, marketers and researchers inevitably wonder if it has peaked and started to lose its effectiveness.

We’ve seen this before with SEO, email marketing, Facebook marketing, and many others.

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It’s a fair question to ask, though.

After all, each year brings new trends in marketing, and some tactics ...

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Pro tips for creating interactive infographics

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Infographics are everywhere on the web, and they're increasingly interactive. On this page I've gathered together examples of the best infographics with interactive functionality, and looked at what makes them great. On page two you'll find some handy resources and libraries to help you build your own (or take a look at our roundup of top infographics tools). 

Read on to find out how you can create a design that truly engages with your audience.

01. Understand the psychology

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Why Businesses Can’t Ignore Google AMP Stories

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The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project was launched by Google in February of 2016 with the goal of putting mobile performance above everything else on the web.

And Google definitely met their goal.

AMP powers more than two billion mobile pages and 900,000 different domains. Pages with AMP now load twice as fast as pages without added AMP elements.

If you think you can ignore AMP, you’re wrong. AMP has some pretty awesome features and benefits that can take your ...

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Break the design mould with issue 281 of Computer Arts

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Another month has come and gone, which can only mean one thing: the new issue of Computer Arts magazine is on sale now. Inside issue 281 we talk to creatives who are shaking up how they work. From challenging the conventional work ethic to redefining design styles in established industries, these creatives are bursting with refreshing insights.

Buy Computer Arts issue 281 now

In our special report we investigate how top designers, including Gavin Strange, Jessica ...

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Why Problem Solving Should Be The Only Value Proposition You Use

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There’s more than one reason why people love brands like P&G, Warby Parker, and Apple.

But, can you guess what these three brands have in common?

They all solve consumer problems.

P&G invented a better way to mop with the Swiffer.

Warby Parker created affordable, stylish glasses.

Steve Jobs of Apple introduced the iPhone as a “smarter mobile device.”

These brands manufactured their own value propositions by solving problems. They are creative problem solvers.

In the spirit of these creative problem ...

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How To Use Google Images to Drive E-commerce Sales Before Your Competitors Catch On

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What if the biggest source of your SEO traffic wasn’t from the front page of Google?

At least, not the front page exactly.

Imagine that there was a backdoor of sorts that could lead to a healthy amount of organic traffic.

It’s a completely legal, whitehat SEO backdoor too, so there’s no chance you’ll be penalized.

And if you leverage yourself correctly, that organic traffic can naturally turn into a sale for your e-commerce site.

If that situation were to exist, ...

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6 Tips for Building Your Marketing Career

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You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the videos.

You’re convinced that you belong in marketing.

Now, all you have to do is put that resume out there and wait, right?

Unfortunately, that won’t cut it anymore. Getting into marketing is easy. But how do you make it big?

That’s a different ballgame with its own set of rules.

And when you look at the projected growth rates for the marketing field – an increase of up to 10% by 2026 – you can’t ...

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