How to Use After Effects: Animate a Line

A super popular but surprisingly easy motion graphic to make in After Effects is animating a line. Use After Effects to animate a line to “draw” an illustration before the…

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Making Web Typography Better

Typesetting for the web presents different challenges than typesetting for print. For instance, web designers understand that unlike designs going to print, our web designs need to be scalable and…

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My CPT Needs a Custom Taxonomy

Sometimes a WordPress custom post type (CPT) needs a custom taxonomy to match. At first, I created a CPT without its own custom taxonomy. The result was that my CPT…

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How to Use After Effects: Animate a 3D Card Flip

The motion graphics tutorials continue! Learn how to animate a 3D card flip in After Effects with this quick tutorial. The 3D card flip is another popular animation effect that’s…

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How to Use Illustrator: Export a Seamless Tile

Illustrator is by far the easiest tool to create complex seamless patterns, but converting a hex or brick pattern to a seamless rectangular tile can look complicated at first glance. Learn how to export a seamless tile from Illustrator. Make a hex or brick pattern rectangular with a simple trick on the Illustrator pattern swatch.

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What I Read to Stay Current on Design Trends

Nearly all graphic and web designers have their favorite haunts to read design news and catch trends. Here’s what I personally read to stay current on design trends: Typography: Typewolf:…

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Time Management for Designers

“Fast, good, or cheap: pick two.” Time management can be a tricky balancing act for designers. Like most creative and tech fields, working design is fast-paced. In a perfect world,…

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Why Use a Custom Post Type in WordPress?

WordPress is a popular CMS, because it offers a lot of flexibility. Webmasters may define pages, posts, categories, tags, and format any of them with plugins, widgets, and CSS. Yet,…

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