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Graphic Design Is My Passion: 20 Meme Picks

Graphic design is my passion. Seriously. Isn’t it yours too, if you are taking the time to read Design Shack? Whether you use the phrase seriously or in jest, there’s a pretty fun movement on the web of memes that depict this statement. And they probably don’t look like what you’d expect. The lesson in this ironic meme is that you need to maybe take it down a notch. Graphic design should be fun. But First, What’s a Meme? You know a meme when you see it. These are often silly images with… learn more

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Vector vs. Raster: What Do I Use?

With all of the image options and file formats out there, it can be a little overwhelming when you are choosing what file type to use (and send to clients). Compatibility is always a concern when you are working with different file types, but when it comes to graphics and images the type of computer graphic format you use is essential to how the image renders. There are two types of digital graphics files – vector and raster. Vector images are made of hundreds of thousands of tiny lines and curves (or… learn more

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20+ Desktop Computer Mockup Templates

Looking for a high-quality desktop computer mockup to showcase your design? Look no further. In this post, we’re featuring the best desktop mockup templates for both Mac and Windows desktop devices. Microsoft’s new Surface Studio workstations are widely popular among creative professionals. This makes the device a great choice for showcasing your creative designs to clients and in your portfolio. We’ve found a few stylish Surface Studio mockups, as well as a variety of other Mac and Windows desktop… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

50+ Best Free & Premium Tumblr Themes 2018

Tumblr has been the go-to place for bloggers, inspiration finders, and creatives for years as a way of posting to the web. With that popularity came a whole culmination of themes. Themes varying from grid-based, portfolio style, and even ones specifically made for writers. Today we’ve rounded up a collection of over 50 of the best Tumblr themes, designs, and templates for you to browse through. Some of these are free, and some are commercial. Pick one of your favorite Tumblr backgrounds, make your own… learn more

Design Shack  Design Shack— Roshan Perera | 

4 Unique Placeholder Image Services for Designers

A placeholder image service is a quick and easy way to find images to insert into web projects so that a wireframe or prototype looks more real. It can help other people envision the project and help keep it moving forward. Most designers try to do everything they can to help a client or non-visual team member see a project during the design, mockup and prototyping process. Often that means putting something together before the content itself is complete. Here, we’re going to look at four different… learn more

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70+ Corporate & Creative Business Card PSD Mockup Templates

The design of your business cards is vital if you’re looking to make a good first impression. In this post, we’ve collected over 70 of the best free and premium business card mockups that you can use for your next client meeting or design project. We’re not only covering corporate professional designs, but also profession-specific business cards like those designed for photographers, doctors or even writers. All the mockups are designed to perfection, and come in a variety of easily editable formats!… learn more

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20+ Laptop Mockup Templates (PSD & PNG)

When it comes to presenting website and graphic designs to clients, using a laptop mockup can substantially boost its appeal. Do you have the right laptop mockup to take your work to the next level? There are many different ways you can use laptop mockup templates. You can use them to showcase your designs in your portfolio, website design, social media posts, client presentations, and more. We’ve found a set of professional laptop mockups that you can use on all those occasions. In this post, we’re… learn more

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Photography Business Cards: 20 Templates & Ideas

Business cards play a key role in a photographer’s career. They are an important element, helping you represent yourself and your work to potential clients. When you’re covering an event or a photoshoot, you can hand out your photography business card to others—and ask them to keep you in mind for their own special occasion. Of course, boring black and white business cards won’t cut it for photographers. You need a business card with an attractive, vibrant design to impress people with your creative… learn more

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40+ Best Photoshop Actions of 2018

Adobe Photoshop Actions are a great feature of the app, allowing you to create a process or workflow, record how it worked, and then easily repeat the process again for other photographs or design elements. Today we’ve collected some of the best Photoshop actions out there, for photographers and graphic designers alike. They cost just a few dollars but give you an incredibly powerful toolkit to easily repeat complex and intricate processes. Vector Art Photoshop Action This unique… learn more

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80s Fonts: A Retro Typographic Trend (+ Examples)

Everything about my childhood seems to be cool again. The Netflix hit Stranger Things seriously evokes feelings of the 1980s, people are buying classic Nintendo game consoles again, and everything 80s is totally rad, even when it comes to design projects. And what makes that 80s connection quickly? It’s typography. This decade definitely had a pretty distinct feel. We’re taking a look at the 80s retro font trend with plenty of great typographic options for your projects. Iconic 80s Fonts &… learn more

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25+ Real-Life Tools for Web Designers and Developers

There are countless resources for web designers and developers on the market, but which stand out? We’ve tried to pick some that are new and interesting, based on our experience with web designers and developers. Below you’ll find short reviews and recommendations of real-life tools for web designers and developers. There are WordPress themes, website builders, design bundles and many more links that we hope you’ll find useful for your next project! ListingPro ListingPro represents the… learn more

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100+ iPad Mockup PSD & PNG Templates

Using an iPad mockup template is a great way to display your latest and greatest responsive website design or app interface. We’ve collected our favorite free iPad mockups, and a few premium options, to get you started. We’ve scoured the web to find over a hundred different tablet and iPad mockups, in all shapes and sizes, that can make your app or website interface stand out. They vary between photograph-based PSD iPad mockups, PNG templates, or vectors that can scale to any size. Some are free, some… learn more

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20 Bold & Free Script Fonts

Today we’re featuring some of the best free script fonts from across the web. We’ve hand-picked bold script fonts with impact, that can be a stand-out choice for your next project. Fonts don’t always need to be expensive. In fact, it’s hard to believe that the fonts in this collection are actually free to use. We handpicked these bold script fonts from all around the web, so be sure to check the license and attribution details before using them with your client and commercial projects. Before we… learn more

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How to Become a UX Designer

So you think you want to be a UX designer? But maybe you don’t know exactly where to start. Whether you are a student thinking about the future, or in the midst of your design career looking to make a change, the process is pretty similar. If you put in the work and time, you can develop your skills and start doing more UX work. Today we’re exploring what a UX designer does, along with tips, ideas, and suggestions for how to start out on your journey to becoming a UX designer. What Does a UX… learn more

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15+ Google Slides Templates for Teachers

In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best Google Slides templates for teachers and educators. You can use these templates to quickly create a great-looking educational presentation with Google Slides. Since Google Slides is a web-based app, slideshows are much easier to share with students. As a result, many teachers use the app to create slideshow presentations for various teaching needs. Unfortunately, Google Slides only offers a limited number of pre-designed templates and most of them are… learn more

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