Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

New Vandelay Premier Subscription Options!

Here at VandelayDesign.com, we work everyday to make our products and services better for you, so I’m excited to announce that we have new, more affordable pricing on Vandelay Premier subscriptions!

We now offer a completely NEW monthly subscription that gives you unlimited access to all of our premium graphics and resources for just $10 a month. With this plan, you’ll be able to try out a subscription at an even more affordable price, and since it renews monthly and you can cancel or upgrade your subscription at any time…

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Awesome Sites for Finding Web Design Jobs

In our economy there are a lot of designers and developers looking for work, whether it is full-time employment, contract work, or freelance opportunities. Fortunately, there are a number of great places to find these types of positions. In this post we’ll look at several sites that include specialized job boards that include web/graphic design and web development opportunities…

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45 of the Best Responsive WordPress Portfolio Themes

If you’re looking for a portfolio template to showcase your art, photography, or design work, the wide selection of quality themes makes WordPress a great option. While there have been many high-quality portfolio themes available for WordPress for several years, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of responsive portfolio themes.

So if you would like to visitors to be able to easily view your portfolio site on a phone or tablet, in addition to a desktop, a responsive theme is a great choice. In this post we’ll showcase 45 responsive portfolio themes, so you’re sure to find one that will meet your needs…

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Themeco Launches Cornerstone – A Powerful Addition to X Theme

“The most intuitive design tool available” – is what one user said recently about X Theme 4.0. That is typical of the comments found in the reviews and testimonials others have published with respect to the latest version of this, the best-selling WordPress theme on the market. It is of course natural to expect incremental improvements as each new version is released for a given theme. After all, that is what upgrades are all about.

Version 4.0 was not about fixing bugs. There are few if any bugs that need fixing in this premium theme. This latest version is all about new and improved features, and there is nothing incremental about it.

The theme’s authors took a giant leap forward by adding a new page builder, based on a brilliant concept, into the mix. To say website developers are happy or pleased with this latest version would be a gross understatement. They have been raving about it. Read on, and you will understand why the response to 4.0 greatly exceeded Themeco’s expectations…

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50+ Sets of Free Social Media Icons

Designers love free icon sets. Having quality icons can help to make a site’s design look complete, and can also help with the usability of the site. Social media icons are some of the most commonly used icons, especially in blog design.

Fortunately, there are a number of free sets of quality social media icons. In this post we’ll feature over 50 social media icon sets from various designers. Click on the links to be led to the source where the icons can be downloaded. As always when you are dealing with freebies, check the terms and conditions to be sure that you’re using them in a way that is allowed by the designer…

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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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