Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

Exclusive iStock Promo Code: July Coupons Good Through September!

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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45 Photoshop Editing Tutorials

Photoshop allows designers and photographers to improve photos in countless ways. Some photos are edited in a subtle way that the viewer may not even notice unless it is side-by-side with the original photo, and others are edited in more drastic ways. There are countless possibilities and multiple different ways to accomplish many things, which can make the process of learning a little bit intimidating.

The good news is that there is a tutorial for just about anything you would want to do in Photoshop, with just by following along with these tutorials you can learn some awesome techniques that will take your photography and photo editing to another level. Here you’ll find a collection of 45 Photoshop editing tutorials that will help teach the art of photo editing…

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40+ Beautiful Free Lightroom Presets to Enhance Your Photos

Adobe Lightroom has been popular with photographers for several years, and in the past couple of years it has also increased in popularity with designers and hobbyist photographers. While Photoshop offers all kinds of possibilities for photo editing there are a few significant benefits of using Lightroom. Most significantly, Lightroom includes very useful features to help you keep your photos organized through its Library Module.

Professional photographers obviously have a large volume of photographs, so organization is critical. For designers and hobbyist photographers, its very easy to build up a large number of photos rather quickly. As you may have found, managing and organizing a growing number of photos can become quite cumbersome. Lightroom helps by allowing you to create catalogs and collections, use keywords, ratings, flags, and color labels to organize and sort your photos. While Lightroom’s Develop Module is where you are likely to spend the majority of your time, the Library Module is really what separates it from Photoshop and other alternatives…

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9 Crucial Tips To Help You Stop Procrastinating Now

The freelance designer has a job that many people envy. Being able to work from home or anywhere with an internet connection, having flexibility with working hours, avoiding a rush hour commute, and being able to wear whatever you want to work are some serious perks. However, working independently and working from home brings plenty of challenges as well. One of those challenges is procrastination.

In a typical job, you would have a boss that has a big influence on how you use your time and what you focus on. But when you are working on your own, it is up to you to stay on task, and procrastination can easily set in.

Sure, you have clients that you answer to, but they aren’t looking over your shoulder or able to see what you do with your time throughout the day. Without some discipline and a few tricks to beat procrastination, you can easily wind up missing deadlines and letting projects drag on for too long.

If you want to work more efficiently, get projects done faster, beat procrastination, and be more profitable, here are 9 tips to make it happen…

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55+ Outstanding WordPress Developer Tools & Resources for Developing Themes and Plugins

WordPress is the most popular content management system, and there are countless designers and developers that are making a living working with WordPress. WordPress’s popularity provides plenty of options for working with clients as well as for creating and selling themes and plugins.

In this post, we’ll showcase more than 55 different Wordpress developer tools that can help you in one way or another. If you’re creating themes or plugins for WordPress, regardless of whether it is for clients or to sell, you’ll benefit by incorporating these resources into your workflow…

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30+ Outstanding Adobe Lightroom Tutorials & Tips

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an awesome tool for photographers, professionals and amateurs alike. One of the biggest benefits to using Lightroom is its ability to help you to organize and manage your photos effectively. If you photograph frequently, you’ll find that your hard drive quickly includes thousands of photos. The more photos you have, the more important it is to keep them well organized. Lightroom’s library module allows you to organize your photos so you can find them quickly when you are looking for something specific.

In addition to its organizational capabilities, Lightroom offers plenty of potential for editing photos in the develop module. Whether you work with RAW files or JPGs, Lightroom allows you to do just about everything you need in the editing process. Lightroom also integrates nicely with Photoshop, so if you want to use the two programs for editing your photos it can be done efficiently.

If you already have a Creative Cloud membership with Adobe, which many designers do, you have access to Lightroom.

In this post, we’ll showcase 30 tutorials and articles from a variety of different sources that will help you to learn more about Lightroom…

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5 Brilliant Minimal Design Websites with Webydo

In the very beginning when Internet and websites were only taking off, the web was saturated with widgets, gadgets and other colorful distractions. As the industry progressed and technology evolved, web designers were allowed more creative freedom and the result is all telling: millions of beautifully designed sites that serve one common purpose–bring people to their websites and make them come back for more.

Today, minimalism coupled with subtle yet dynamic design rules the web. With new code-free design platforms such as Webydo, web designers are able to create new, clean, sleek designs. Consequently, designers are empowered to make pixel-perfect designs without having to know a single line of code.

The emphasis of modern web design is subtlety with impressive typography, eclectic color schemes, intuitive UX and UI, and many other elements that bring websites to life. In our incredibly interconnected world, modernity has many definitions. These definitions take many shapes on the canvases of super talented web designers.

As we know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this means that we need to succumb to the judgement of the people who visit websites. Therefore, we put together a list of list of 5 minimal design websites that were created with Webydo’s code-free web design platform. We hope these examples provide you with joy and inspire you to create your own websites…

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55+ Beautiful Church Website Designs

For many churches the website is an invaluable communications tool. The website can be extremely useful for helping new people to find the church, which can increase the growth of the church. Also, the website can help regular attenders and church members to get information on programs and events of the church.

Despite the enormous possibilities for church websites, many of them are ineffective. With that in mind let’s take a detailed look at the subject of church websites, what makes them effective, and showcase some of the best examples.

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Essential Tips to Cold Calling Your Design Services Like a Pro

Many sales people believe that cold calling is dead. However, done the right way and a cold call still works, even for designers. You just have to know how to cold call your design services like a pro.

Before we move on to the all-important tips below, let’s clarify a few things. A cold call traditionally refers to a phone call, although modern cold calling could also include initial face-to-face or digital contact, such as with an email or social media message. While many of the tips below refer specifically to cold calls over the phone, you can also use the points for other types of cold calling with just a few adjustments.

Another point to remember is that cold calls take time and energy to prepare and follow through to that final point of closing the sale. So if you have plenty of momentum going with the clients you already have with several projects looming ahead, you shouldn’t cold call. Your time is much better spent on the work you have and saving energy for upcoming projects.

If, however, your client list has run dry with no projects in the near future, you probably have plenty of time to cold call your design services. So if this is you, make sure to read through the following pointers before jumping in. Your cold calling will only be as successful as your professional, strategic approach. Let’s get started…

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