Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions allow designers and photographers to automate common sequences for increased efficiency. If you do much work with photo editing you can certainly benefit from the time saved by having a good library of Photoshop actions. There are so many different types of actions that you can use from vintage effects, to black and white, to HDR and much more.

There are countless actions available that can be downloaded for free, and in this post we’ll feature 45 of them. Some of these are individual actions and others are sets that include multiple actions. These actions have been created by various designers and photographers and have been made available for free download.

Keep in mind that while Photoshop actions can be extremely useful and helpful, the results will vary from one photo to the next. Not every photo will look great with every action. Experiment with them and you’ll get a good feel for which actions work best with certain types of photos…

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15 Fabulous Options for Selling Digital Downloads

There are no shortage of options for managing an e-commerce website. There are all kinds of shopping carts and e-commerce content management systems that have a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. Finding the right option for selling digital downloads, however, can prove to be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a lot of great options available, you just need to find the right one for you…

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10 Brilliant Design Quotes That Inspire Us

Working in an industry that allows us to produce new and thrilling designs everyday is something most people would be envious of. But, just like any other career, graphic and web designers still need a little inspiration every once in a while. Lucky for us, there have been many talented artists, designers, businesspeople and dreamers who have encouraged us with their words of wisdom.
In this post, we’ve compiled 10 design quotes that inspire us to dream bigger, create more, and not be afraid to take chances on our work…

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16 Awesome Examples of Website Testimonials Done Right!

Testimonials can be very powerful for helping to establish trust and encouraging visitors to buy, sign up, fill out a form, or take whatever action you are after. For websites and online businesses testimonials can be even more useful than traditional businesses because visitors are often skeptical or hesitant to trust someone online.

Website testimonials can be displayed in different ways, and we’ll take a look at more than 15 examples in this post. Hopefully these examples will give you some ideas that can be useful for your own projects. Here you’ll find some that use video, photos of customers, quotes from reviews, and more…

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35+ of the Best WordPress eCommerce Themes

While there are plenty of options available when choosing an eCommerce platform, the possibility of using WordPress for eCommerce has become more enticing in recent years due to continued development of plugins and themes. Today there is no shortage of quality themes that can be purchased, or in some cases downloaded for free, to use WordPress for powering an eCommerce website.

One of the main benefits of having WordPress as an eCommerce option is that so many users and developers are already familiar with WordPress, so the learning curve can in some cases be shorter than with another platform. Another advantage is that WordPress is free to use and can be hosted anywhere. Many of the leading eCommerce options require your site to be hosted with them, which can be a good thing, but it’s not what every user wants.

Having a custom theme designed and developed is always an option, but the improving quality of available premium themes makes it possible to start a professional-looking eCommerce site with very little upfront investment. In this post we’ll showcase more than 40 of the best WordPress eCommerce themes, and every one of them sells for less than $100…

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Is There a Sense of Visual Balance in Your Web Design?

Balance is all about harmony. So, when you see something that looks nice with a sense of consistency and similarity, most likely you observe a perfectly balanced composition. It can be an object in nature, a painting, a building, a photography or even a website.

In this article, we’d like to draw your attention to visual balance in web design. You probably already know what balance is, but visual balance in web design may sound tricky to you. When you were a kid, you learned to ride a bicycle and fell down several times due to a lack of a balance (though your body remembers the importance of balance). However, let’s take a look at this phenomenon from another point of view–i.e. as it relates to web design…

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Are Your Web Design Clients Hopelessly Trapped in Old Designs?

If you’ve been a web designer for over five years, it’s probably time for some of your early web design clients to upgrade their websites. Or you may be contacted by a prospect who already has a website, but wants to update it.

The question is, how do you get them to upgrade?

Unfortunately, it is often much harder to convince a web design client of the need to upgrade a website than it was to convince them of the need for a website in the first place.

It’s almost as though they are trapped by those old web designs and can’t break free…

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A Guide to Passive Income for Designers

There are a number of different ways to earn a living as a designer or developer. Of course, you could work as an employee for a design studio, you could work as an in-house designer for a company, you could freelance, or you could start your own studio or agency. While those are the most common approaches, they are not the only options. With loads of competition for client work, a growing number of designers are actually using a combination of a few different sources of income in order to earn a living.

You may have heard or read about earn passive income as a designer. In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the opportunities to use your design skills for passive or recurring income…

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45 Free Retro and Vintage Fonts

The vintage and retro inspired style is popular for web design as well as for other types of graphic design. Font choices are important if you’re hoping to create a retro or vintage feel, and fortunately there are a number of free fonts available that can easily give you this look.

In this post we’ll showcase 45 free fonts with a retro/vintage style. If you’re looking for vintage fonts to use in your own designs, you’ll surely find a few here that will suit your needs, and you won’t have to buy premium fonts. As always when you are using free resources, be sure to check the license to verify that your intended use is allowed…

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36 Beautiful New Calligraphy Fonts for Designers

Having the right fonts is critical to successful graphic design. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality free fonts that are available for use. In this post we’ll feature 25 calligraphy fonts for download. When you’re in need of a script or calligraphy font, the choices showcased here will provide plenty of variety. Although they are all calligraphy-style fonts, there are different styles represented…

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