Quick Tip: Convert Video & Audio Files with Adobe Media Encoder

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 16, 2015

The task of converting media has always been tricky. It’s possible to use online tools or free programs like MP4 to MP3 Converter. But most of these tools are lackluster, full of adware, and don’t have the prettiest interfaces.

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Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 released with a new program called Media Encoder. This allows you to encode any type of media into another format or file container.

I’ll explain how you can do this with any piece of media using Adobe Media Converter CS6 or CC. It’s actually a very simple piece of software and once you learn how it works, you’ll never want to use anything else.

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44 Clean New Startup Homepage Designs

by Jake Rocheleau
on June 9, 2015

Clarity is a vital aspect of any successful startup. Your purpose needs to be conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner without obscurity. The best websites know how to convey information through design aesthetics while expressing the main purpose of a company.

The following examples are perfect for any designers who want to design their own modern startup layout. If you have patience and perseverance you will come out of each project with consistently stunning ideas.

Rooms

rooms me startup homepage

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Quick Tip: Metadata Editing in Adobe Bridge

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 28, 2015

If you’re a photographer or a creative artist who uses a lot of digital resources, Adobe Bridge is something you should learn. It’s like a much more powerful version of Explorer where you can browse files, organize collections, and edit metadata for project work.

Bridge can be opened directly through Photoshop which allows you to import files quickly. If you don’t do lots of photo editing then this may not seem very useful but it still proves useful when organizing files.

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This post will cover a general workflow that you can use to edit metadata in Adobe Bridge. The most common use would be on photographs but you can do anything from MP3s to videos. Bridge is an advanced file browser that can prove immensely helpful if you know how to use it.

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The Difference Between Layer Masks & Clipping Masks in Photoshop

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 22, 2015

Adobe Photoshop is one of the more complicated programs because it can be used for a wide array of purposes. But once you nail down the fundamental tools it becomes a lot easier to envision how you might create certain effects in future work.

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One of the confusing ideas that often trips new users is the difference between a layer mask and a clipping mask. They behave similarly but should be used for different purposes.

This guide will cover the basics of both layer masks & clipping masks while demonstrating how you might use them in real-world projects. Both should be useful at different times and if you want to master Photoshop then you’ll need to understand these crucial differences.

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40 Material Design Android Apps for Clean User Interfaces

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 21, 2015

Google’s material design has become a language unto itself. Both mobile and web designers are swooning over the simplicity of Google’s systematic foundation for textures, animations, and icon styles. Material design is here to stay and only seems to be growing in popularity.

If you want to design apps for Android then material design is a great place to start. But what’s the best way to learn? Well most designers learn by copying, and these examples of Android app designs are perfect for beginners. Check out this gallery and try to replicate the best ideas that to further your understanding of material design.

Kipchat

kipchat dark interface ios

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28 Datepickers for Website UI and Mobile Apps

by Jake Rocheleau
on May 7, 2015

User interfaces are littered with buttons and features just waiting for user interaction. While the standard elements are rather simple to design, complex items like date pickers require more attention to detail.

This gallery focuses on date picker design for website layouts and mobile applications. Date pickers are commonly associated with calendars and input fields meant to specify dates or date ranges. These interfaces are difficult to design without some sort of direction. If you’re looking for date picker style ideas follow along with these examples and try to mimic the best features in your own work.

Stylized Picker

web dark dropdown datepicker

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The Fontastic Font Bundle

by Dustin Martin
on May 4, 2015

TheHungryJpeg.com has introduced their newest bundle. The Fontastic Font Bundle includes over 45 fonts and is only available for the month of May. Get all 45 fonts for only $29. Check out some of what you will be getting.

 

Angelline Script by Graptail

angelline

 

Brayden Script by AF Studio

brayden

 

Heartwell Typeface by FlavorType

heartwell

 

Hydrangea Script by Pixeled Paper Designs

 

hydrangea

33 Clean Chat Interfaces for Mobile App Designers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 28, 2015

The process of designing a mobile application has become more streamlined over time. Apple’s iOS guidelines are much more straightforward and easier for first-time designers. Similarly Android and Windows Mobile are just as user-friendly offering beautiful interface examples and resources.

The following UI shots are from Dribbble designers who’ve created unique instant messaging chat applications. These are some of the highest quality interfaces which should provide inspiration to mobile app designers. Whether new or experienced, every designer can glean something magnificent from these mobile interface mockups.

Talking App

ios orange chat talking app

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The Basics of Illustrator Vector Manipulation

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 22, 2015

Adobe Illustrator is a powerful vector program made for digital and print designers. Vector shapes are made to scale without any quality loss, which makes them quite different from pixel graphics. This means vector graphics can be manipulated differently and under different contexts which may be confusing for new designers.

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In this post I’d like to cover a brief how-to process of vector manipulation in Adobe Illustrator. I’ll explain the absolute basics of shape tools and how to manipulate them. Photoshop users who are familiar with vectors will recognize some of these terms. Others who are brand new to Illustrator will just need time to practice the fundamentals of this powerful design suite.

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How To Use Photoshop Adjustment Layers

by Jake Rocheleau
on April 13, 2015

Most people who are familiar with photo editing should know about image adjustments. These are used to affect a photo’s levels in light & color. The only problem with using typical adjustments is that they can damage an image’s pixels permanently.

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This brief how-to will explain the benefits of using an adjustment layer instead of a typical adjustment. Non-destructive workflow is crucial to becoming a master of Photoshop. We’ll be using many of the same tools and interfaces but they’ll be applied onto a separate layer rather than directly onto the image itself.

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