Category: Design Tools


In the video tools review, next up is Slidely. The name pretty much says it all.

Slidely is very easy to use, has a free version and makes beautiful slider-like presentations.

But, this is no video export. You can post to social media or embed on websites, but there is no download option in the free version. If you are assembling or repurposing some graphics that are already complete, Slidely can accomplish some beautiful effects for posting.

If you need actual footage or editing, Slidely has a Promo section complete with footage and music. The Promo has a unique price structure. You put your video together and then decide if you want to purchase. You can share the preview for free (check out ours here) or choose from the plans available.

The best feature of Slidely Promo is the ability to add custom captions to the footage.

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Check out Slidely and let us know in the comments what you think.

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Freebie Friday lives.

Welcome back friends of Techsnoop. If you’re looking to create a feminine brand style for your website or social media, here are some great resources.

First is a pack of glamourous textures and brushes in super trending rose gold. These textures and colors are modern and clean without being overly girly. So if you need some subtle but memorable accents, these can be used on fonts, shapes and backgrounds to spice up your branding.

 

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Need some great pre-styled stock images? Following our theme of feminine branding products, these grey and pink images are perfectly styled for summer posts and Instagram. There are even some with smart objects to allow easy adding your own works. A beautiful way to present.  

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Oh, yeah, here are the FREE resources to help you get started;

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Happy Creating!

Welcome to Friday. Today we have a couple of great free resources from Creative Market. Who doesn’t love getting something for free?

This beautiful brush script font is perfect for social media, blog posts and websites.

 

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And this vector cherry blossom design can be used in endless ways, from Instagram posts to website headers.

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These great free resources are only free through Sunday, July 23 at 11:59 pm, so hurry and don’t miss out. As always, be sure to check the license for any restrictions on usage.

Super Design Ninja DKemp DesignsEver wonder how to get all the designs done in a day? Have a few great ideas but running short on time? Well, Techsnoop is here to help you boost productivity and have a little fun at the same time. We don’t believe in recreating the wheel, so if you can use some pre-made graphics or alter them for your use, it can greatly speed up production time.

Choosing quality sources can be difficult as many sites that claim to have ‘free’ resources are virus laden or just don’t have the quality needed. Techsnoop has decided to share some affiliate resources with you that have been tried and vetted by top designers.

Creative Market is a wonderful resource to grab graphics, templates and fonts for a great price. And they even give away freebies so you can test out some of the resources. Can’t beat that, so what are you waiting on? Go now and check out the great items.

Follow DKemp Designs to get favorites and recommendations.

(Some affiliate links provide a small share to help Techsnoop Designs spread the word)

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So, Techsnoop spent a couple of hours this weekend reviewing some of the new video marketing tools available. The first one to be reviewed is Stupeflix.

Pros;

  • Site is free to use for basic videos.
  • The site is very easy to use.
  • The videos can be shared via Twitter, Facebook or embeded.
  • The videos can be uploaded to your existing YouTube or Vimeo account.

Cons;

  • No ability to add text to frames.
  • Very limited editing.

Basically, if your content is not exactly formatted before upload, you are stuck. This means you need an independent video editor to add or edit video clips before you add them to Stupeflix. Kind of defeats the purpose.

Check out the videos below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Techsnoop is always looking to expand her skills. If you are interested in making your own multimedia for your website or for customers, take a look at Adobe After Effects. There are many simple animations and transitions that can be accomplished with minimal skill. In addition, if you have a Creative Cloud membership, After Effects plays well with Photoshop and Illustrator. So you can create assets in your favorite program and pull them into After Effects to animate. Take a look at this video from Terry White, our favorite Adobe Guru and jump into something new this summer.

 

Send us a link to your masterpiece in the comments.

Speed Up Your Website with CSS

With more customers using mobile to access your sites, it just makes sense to make sure you have blazing fast load times. Customers on mobile will click off after just 2 seconds if your site does not load.

One of the things you can do to have faster load times is to minimize the amount of JavaScript or jQuery used. So how do you balance the awesome effects leveraged with these tools against the needed load time? Use more CSS transitions and animations in your site.

CSS has really expanded the range of effects possible without additional load on end users. One very popular effect for responsive design is the slide out menu. This effect allows users to have instant access to the menu with one hand and no fumbling!

This excellent video courtesy of Codecourse shows how to create a great slide out menu with only CSS and HTML. No snippets, no JavaScript at all. This video rocks and will take you to the next level as a designer. And if you want a great mobile website with this effect, contact DKemp Designs, we’ll be happy to help.

Infographics are a great way to present content to your audience. They combine graphics and text in an engaging way and can drive traffic to your site. If you want or need to create smashing infographics for your audience, or are confused about what makes a good infographic Vertical Measures has some great tips to get you started.

Use these guidelines to edit your content for maximum results! Happy designing.

 

 

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