Category: Design Tips & Tricks

25+ Top WordPress Themes to Make Architecture Design Sites

“Architecture inspires emotion. It prompts memory and association.” Working on your own architecture website or construction company site? Architecture is founded on visual design, and so it’s essential to have a website that matches; well-designed, sleek, streamlined.  To make a website for your architecture business, you’ll need a great WordPress theme. (You’ll also need some quality photos. The above quote is pulled from an article…

How to turn any photo into a watercolor painting in Photoshop

People just love taking their favorite photos and making them look like traditional water color paintings. The only caveat is the default watercolor filter in Photoshop looks like a filter was slapped on a photo. I have looked at a number of real watercolor paintings and experimented quite a lot. After some time in the “lab” I have emerged with a potion! I have devised…

UX Design Process: Must Haves for 3 Key Phases

UX Design Process: Must Haves for 3 Key Phases by Linn Vizard POSTED ON 11-08-2017 When you Google “design process,” you get about 222 million results. Many people have tried to capture the sequential steps a designer will go through to solve a problem. These processes often get expressed as diagrams. Some popular models include the UK Design Council’s Double Diamond, and the Stanford d.school…

How to Draw a Nature Scene With Dandelions and a Butterfly in Adobe Illustrator

What You’ll Be Creating In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator to create a beautiful natural scene! If you want to skip the tutorial and just use these flowers in your work, you can purchase the Nature Summer Background With Daisy Flower from GraphicRiver! Nature Summer Background With Daisy Flower 1. How to Draw the Side-View Dandelion Step…

A Small Agency’s Challenge. Operating At A Profit. Is Mastering Timesheets An Answer?

How we got here. Creative life is tough. Small design shops to global agencies are facing challenges to do more with less. The old adage of “better-faster-cheaper: pick two” has been pushed aside with clients demanding all three. Workloads are increasing while fees are shrinking. According to Ad Industry veteran Michael Farmer, author of “Madison Avenue Manslaughter,” the Advertising Industry is imploding because of self-inflicted…

Detroit Shows Amazon how to “Move the World”

Detroit Shows Amazon how to “Move the World” by Simon Williams POSTED ON 11-08-2017 Detroit is a city always on the go. Best known as the heartland of the modern automotive industry and surrounded by the beauty of the Great Lakes, Detroit is also home to one of the fastest-growing STEM clusters in the country. It was recently named a Forbes Top 10 Most Affordable City, and…

Amelia – a WP Booking Software that Lets You Manage Appointments While You Sleep Sponsored

Taking appointments might appear to be a low-level task. It involves little more than picking up the phone or responding to an email. The problem with that point of view is that it generally takes up more of your time than you realize. Managing those appointments can take up a lot more time and cost your business money. In addition, a variety of problems can…

Create an Hourglass in Photoshop

Learn how to create a realistic hourglass with Photoshop only. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your own hourglass, add realistic shadows and lighting, then complete it with custom sand and wood texture. Throughout the tutorial, you’ll learn techniques that will help you create more realistic artworks in Photoshop. What you’ll be creating Hourglasses are common elements in print and web design. You…

Extending Your Reality: What Happens When You Let a Drone Carry Your Camera Away

Born in a balloon. The beginning of aerial photography technology goes back almost to the beginning of photography itself. In 1858, a French caricaturist and novelist turned portrait photographer, Gaspard-Félix Tournachon, was the first to hack together the tech for an aerial photo shoot. To do so, he climbed into a tethered hot air balloon, lugging along all of the supplies he needed to prepare…