Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

Exclusive iStock Promo Codes: October 2015

A few years back I launched what was called “Vandelay Premier” to test my ability to sell “premium” stock graphics. While I would only consider it a moderate success, one main thing I quickly realized was that it was nearly impossible for a blogger like myself to provide enough specific content to make everyone happy. I still get emails every week from our members requesting specific items that I just don’t have the time or resources to provide.

My goal with this website has always been to create enough quality content to keep my readers engaged, happy, and coming back for more. Since it is impossible for me to provide millions of stock photos and graphics in our shop, I might as well send you off to a place where you have a much higher chance of finding what you need…

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The Best WordPress Wedding Themes

In recent years as it has become easier and less costly for people to set up their own websites, more and more websites have been used for providing information about weddings. Because WordPress is free and simple for anyone to set up with most web hosts, it is naturally a popular choice for engaged couples wanting to provide information regarding their wedding.

Wedding websites typically include many of the same features and content types, including bios of the couple, engagement photos, directions to the wedding and reception, hotel information, and sometimes the option to RSVP through the website. Sites are also used in some cases to showcase wedding photos after the big day to share them with attendees and those who were unable to attend.

With WordPress, setting up a basic website to provide this type of information is pretty simple, and a number of themes have been developed specifically with weddings in mind. These themes often include some enhanced functionality, and they typically feature a design that fits well with wedding websites…

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35 Fresh and Free Photoshop Actions

Every now and then we like to showcase freebies that can designers can use to save some of their own time. Quality Photoshop actions can be great resources to have in your arsenal because in the right situation they can drastically reduce the amount of time that you have to spend to get the photo effects that you are after.

There are actions that can help you to get all kinds of different effects and looks for your photos. Some of those actions can be downloaded for free, and others must be purchased. In this post we’ll put a spotlight on free Photoshop actions. With freebies the quality is sometimes not up to the standards that you would get with premium, but the free actions showcased here are very good quality and should prove to be quite useful for you.

In this post you’ll find a variety of different types of actions to create all different types of effects. Hopefully you’ll find a few that can prove to be useful by saving some of your own time. Whether you work on photos for clients or photos of your own, the right Photoshop actions can be a great resource to have on hand…

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Pre-made Layouts – a Time-Saving Alternative to Wireframes

No matter how experienced you may be with using wireframe techniques, it is still a time consuming activity, as is researching a conceptual design as a first step in getting a new project off the ground. While wireframes provide basic frameworks for website pages, pre-made layouts have become an increasingly popular alternative.

Conceptual designs need to be developed before wireframing can commence. Conceptual designs are an integral part of a pre-made layout.
Initial sketches have to be transferred to a grid in to initiate a wireframe process. This step is not required when using pre-made layouts.
Incremental enhancement of a wireframe design takes time. Editing a layout is an extremely rapid process.
With a pre-made layout, you can build a website in a small fraction of the time it would take when using a wireframe approach. You can literally hit the ground running…

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10 Reasons Why I Shopified All My Clients

Over the years, I’ve managed to accumulate a large handful clients that are using various types of terrible e-commerce platforms. I’ve struggled through these different solutions – wasting my time and my client’s money. I totally understand that finding the right e-commerce platform can be really difficult. There is no solution that is the right fit for every situation, it just depends on the details of the site you are building.

However, in my research and battle with the awful e-commerce platforms, I’ve come to love Shopify, a hosted e-commerce platform.  After finding Shopify, I quickly realized that my clients and I would be way better off utilizing their platform. I saved so much time, they saved so much money, and it’s so much easier for all of us now.

In this article, I’ll walk you through 10 of the reasons why I “Shopified” all of my clients.

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30 Free Script Fonts

Most designers can never have too many fonts. When it comes to script fonts, there are a lot to choose from. If you’re working on a design that needs a script font you may find one here that would be a good fit for your project.

In this post we’ll feature 30 script fonts that can be downloaded for free. As always when you are downloading and using freebies, be sure to read the license details to make sure that you are using it in a way that is allowed by the creator…

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Design Inspiration: Brochure Design Showcase

Brochures are an important marketing material for many companies. A well-designed and professional-looking brochure can go along way towards an effective marketing campaign. In this post we’ll showcase brochures from various designers. If you see something you like, click on the image and you will be led to the source. At the source, in many cases, you will see multiple images of the brochure…

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20 Handy Online Presentation Tools

There may be times when you need to present ideas to clients or co-workers and could benefit from one of the many resources for creating online presentations. In this post we’ll introduce plenty of different presentation tools to get the job done. Some are free to use while others will come with a cost…

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