3 tools that make Wix perfect for building business websites

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Wix is without a doubt the most famous website building tool nowadays. It has millions of users for a good reason, it’s a powerful tool that makes website creation very accessible to anyone who knows how to use a computer. One of the reasons for Wix’s success is that all their tools can be used by both professionals and amateurs and that they can help you build business sites. They showed it again with their logo maker, which is an incredible addition to their business tools. In this post, we look at a few of the more recent additions made by Wix to their website creation arsenal and look at the advantages of each.

1. The Wix Logo Maker

Branding is much more than just a logo, it’s a process that involves coherent visual efforts to give a strong and unique identity to your company. However, no company will have decent branding without having a good business logo.

If you don’t have the budget for a graphic design, you will need to find a way to design your own logo. For that, you will need to find the right kind of tool. The Wix Logo Maker is perfect for this kind of task. Unlike many design tools that allow you to design a wide range of visuals, Wix’s tool was built with logo design in mind.

The main advantage of this tool is the simplicity of use. No learning curve is needed, you can get started immediately. Simply enter your business name, add a tagline if you want and follow the process. Wix Logo Maker will try to get a better grasp of your taste by showing you some logo inspiration, then it will make some proposal. If you find a logo that you find nearly suitable, you can then process to edit it will the logo editor that allows you to change shapes, colors, sizes, and positioning.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, this tool produces professional files that you can use beyond your website. The logo can be exported as an SVG file that can be used at any size for print.

2. Wix Artificial Intelligence Design (ADI)

The “traditional” Wix editor was already known for its simplicity, I’ve seen many friends with no web dev background start using it in a matter of minutes. Most companies would have stopped their efforts there, but Wix took it one step further and built a new editor based on artificial intelligence.

If you are a user, you can choose to start using the Wix ADI editor from your admin interface. Just like for the logo making tool, the Wix ADI will assist you in non-technical ways, making it even easier to create a web design that has exactly the look-and-feel need for the type of messages you want to convey. In short, the Wix ADI will not only make your website look better and more efficient, it will also make the creation process much quicker.

3. Wix Code

As usual, Wix also thought of people who want to take their website even further when releasing new tools. Wix Code is their latest addition in order to make novices and developers happy by allowing them to extend the functionalities of the website on their own. In your admin panel, you can activate this wonderful feature by going to Wix Editor > Code > Developers Tools.

Wix Code was built for all users, novices and advanced users. It gives you the chance to add features otherwise unavailable using the available tools or by coding them yourself. This way, you can create dynamic pages with more user interaction, build forms that interact with the database easily, or add custom interactions that make the user experience better. Databases are probably one of the key features of Wix Code, as they can make you save a lot of time. We should also not forget to mention an important functionality, the possibility for developers to use the Wix API to take advantage of the website builder’s power.

You will also be pleased to know that Wix provides in-depth documentation on the usage of Wix Code, as well as video tutorials to learn how it works to finally take advantage of user data.

Bonus: the Wix App Market

The App Market is an ecosystem that allows developers to offer extra features that not all websites will need. It is incredibly powerful as it basically gives you the chance to build anything you could dream of with Wix. Whether you want to handle events on your website, add a booking system to it or add a chat for support, it is possible, thanks to the App Market. Some tool are free and some are paid, but the paid ones are definitely worth the money. Among the tools, you will also find some powerful marketing and automation tools that are already included into the Wix ecosystem, making implementation very fast and easy.

How to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 Seconds

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Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this quick video,I will show you how to create your own Photoshop Action for a cool vintage photo effect.

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Vintage Filter Effect

Vintage photos take us back in time to a whole different world. And you can give your photos the beautiful look of old photography with a custom Photoshop action. In this video below, watch me create an easy Photoshop action for a vintage photo effect that incorporates both fade and texture.

And feel free to download the Old Paper Stock image used in this video. 

 

How to Create a Vintage Filter Action in Photoshop

Open your photo into Photoshop. Here I’ll be using this Man Stock.

Pixabay Asian Man Stock
Man Stock

Go to Window > Actions, to open the Actions palette. Then hit the Folder and Paper icons to create a New Action Set and Action. Name your new action.

Create a New Action in Photoshop

Next, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels. Adjust the Shadow Output Level to 56 and increase the Shadow Input Level to 23.

Adjust the Levels

Copy and Paste your Old Paper Reference onto the canvas, setting the Layer Blend Mode to Divide.

Paste the Old Paper Reference

Add two new Adjustment Layers: one for Curves, and the other for Color Lookup. Adjust the curve for the Blue Channel to add a yellow and blue tint to the photo. Then set the Color Lookup layer to FoggyNight.

Hit the Stop button on the Actions palette when you’re finished, and feel free to Save this action for later photos.

Color Lookup Adjustment Layer

Here is the final result.

Vintage Photo Effect Photoshop Action Tutorial

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

5 Vintage Photoshop Actions

Love the look of retro photos? Browse the amazing selection of Photoshop Actions available through GraphicRiver and Envato Elements to create instant vintage effects! And check out a few of our favorites below.

Vintage Photoshop Action

How would your photo look if it were taken during the early 1900s? Find out with this incredible vintage action. This action is created using old charcoal and watercolor scans that result in an amazing effect. Download this action to get access to 16 different color variations.

Vintage Photoshop Action

Vintage Sketch Photoshop Action

Merge your love of old photos with a quick sketch effect with this awesome action. Tested on multiple versions of Photoshop for your convenience, this action includes 10 total color effects. Simply run the action after you open your photo to save hours of work!

Vintage Sketch Photoshop Action

49 Vintage Photoshop Actions

Get an amazing pack of retro Photoshop actions all for one low price! This set includes 49 vintage-inspired actions to give your photos that dreamy, timeless look. With fast rendering and non-destructive editing, this set gives you awesome filters for your photos with just one click!

49 Vintage Photoshop Actions

Premium Vintage – Photoshop Actions

Create luxury photo effects with this incredible collection of Photoshop actions. This pack features five professional actions located in one organized file. Download today to get access to an additional help file for more instructions.

Premium Vintage - Photoshop Actions

Vintage Film Photoshop Actions

Are you a fan of retro films? Then showcase your love of this vintage art form with these incredible Photoshop actions. Inspired by vintage film like Fujifilm and more, this pack comes complete with 10 total actions. Create non-destructive photo effects easily with this essential action pack.

Vintage Film Photoshop Actions

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on
Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60
seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments
what you thought of this video and what else you’d like to see explained
in 60 seconds!

Centering: The Newest Coolest Way vs. The Oldest Coolest Way

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This isn’t a comprehensive guide to centering things. We have that!

This is just a little observation about old and new. One of the trickier things related to centering in CSS is when you need to center both vertically and horizontally and you don’t know the width or height of what you are centering. Vertical centering being the extra tricky of the two.

Believe it or not, there was a way to do that even in IE 8. Czytaj dalej Centering: The Newest Coolest Way vs. The Oldest Coolest Way

How to Draw a Giraffe and a Giraffe Pattern

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Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

If you want to learn how to draw a giraffe, you’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial I will show you how to draw these amazing animals from scratch: first by establishing the guidelines of the skeleton, then by adding simplified muscle masses, and then by adding all the necessary details. 

Even if you’re a beginner at drawing, you can draw a realistic giraffe with me! And if you want something simpler, I will also show you how to draw the characteristic giraffe pattern.

This is a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a giraffe in a single pose. If you want to learn more about drawing giraffes, especially about their anatomy, try this tutorial instead:

1. How to Draw a Giraffe’s Body

Step 1

The main body of a giraffe has a characteristic shape—the shoulders are much higher than the hips, and the whole torso is quite short. Sketch this shape to create a basic outline of the body.

simple giraffe body

Step 2

Divide this shape into thirds.

divide torso into thirds

Step 3

Draw a circle in the first two thirds. This will help us see the ribcage.

rib cage simplified

Step 4

Add two circles in the front for the shoulder, and a tilted oval in the back for the hips.

draw simplified shoulders

Step 5

We’ll need more details to use these pieces of anatomy. Add the front of the shoulder, the front of the ribcage, and tips of the hips—all drawn as simple circles.

add bony landmarks

Step 6

Draw the sacrum right over the hips.

draw sacrum

Step 7

Add the tail.

draw simple tail

Step 8

Outline the silhouette of the body as the guidelines suggest.

outline the body

2. How to Draw a Giraffe’s Legs

Step 1

Giraffes have very long legs—but how long, exactly? It’s all about proportions. Measure the torso in the middle, and then add twice this length below, plus some extra space for the hooves.

measure the distance to the ground

Step 2

Sketch basic curves for the front and hind legs.

sketch one pair of legs

Step 3

Legs can only be legs if they have joints in the correct places. Here’s how you can find them:

add joints to the legs

Step 4

Let’s add some depth to the drawing by adding another pair of legs slightly in the background. Draw the line of the ground above the previous one…

add another ground level

… and draw another pair of legs here.

add another pair of legs

Step 5

Mark their joints, too.

add another pair of leg joints

Step 6

The joints have a special shape that is very visible on these skinny legs. First, draw circles to create the joints over the hooves.

draw hoof joints

Step 7

Now, add semicircles for the „wrists” and „ankles”.

add bony joints

Step 8

Finish these joints by adding more shapes.

finish joint hsapes

Step 9

Finally, the arm and the knee.

add arm and knee bones

Step 10

Draw the top of the hooves by „cutting” the line right over them.

sketch hooves

Step 11

Outline the hooves. They should be quite flat.

outline hooves

Step 12

Add some muscle masses.

add thigh
add muscle masses

Step 13

Outline the whole legs.

outline giraffe legs

3. How to Draw a Giraffe’s Neck and Head

Step 1

To find the proper length for the giraffe’s neck, use the length of the front limbs (without the hooves). You don’t have to use a ruler—these lengths just need to be visually similar.

establish length of giraffe neck

Step 2

To give this neck the proper volume, draw three ovals across it.

add volume to neck

Step 3

Outline the neck, merging it gently with the torso.

outline the neck

Step 4

Add an oval for the head. It should be quite small.

add head oval

Step 5

The simplest way to quickly set the proportions of the head is to draw a cross made of the eye line and a line going along the whole head. This cross must be adjusted to the perspective.

add head cross

Step 6

Add the muzzle in the front.

add muzzle oval

Step 7

Add the cheeks.

add oval cheeks

Step 8

Add the „eye sockets”. If you draw them bigger than the intended eyes, you get a better visual idea of where they should be placed.

add eye sockets

Step 9

Draw the top of the muzzle.

add top of muzzle

Step 10

Add the long nostrils.

add giraffe nostrils

Step 11

Add the ears.

add giraffe ears

Step 12

Some giraffes have a bump on their forehead—this is where males store additional calcium.

giraffe head bump

Step 13

Sketch the two little horns.

sketch giraffe horns

Step 14

Draw the oval lines.

draw oval eyes

Step 15

Draw the bump over the eyes.

draw detail of eyes

Step 16

Draw the long upper lip of the giraffe.

draw giraffe upper lip

Step 17

Finish the shape of the head by connecting some of the guidelines.

finish head guide lines

4. How to Finish the Drawing of a Giraffe

Step 1

The guidelines are all done, so it’s time to draw the final lines over them. You can use a darker tool now, erase the sketch to an extent, or put a new sheet of paper over it—it’s up to you.

Outline the body as the guidelines suggest.

outline whole body

Step 2

Outline the head and all its details.

outline head

Step 3

Add some details to the body.

add details to body

Step 4

Some elements should be darker—the eyes, the nostrils, the mane, the tail, and the hooves.

add value to drawing

Step 5

To better show the 3D form of the body, shade it in a simple way.

add simple shading
finish the shading

5. How to Draw a Giraffe Pattern

Step 1

Let’s practice it on the side first. The pattern is pretty chaotic, but it has a special rhythm we have to follow. You can simulate it by drawing a lot of ovals/circles of similar size.

draw a pattern of ovals

Step 2

Now you need to create borders between these ovals. First with long curves…

create borders between ovals

… then with simple lines, wherever necessary. Your goal is to keep all the ovals separate.

separate the ovals

Step 3

Clean up these borders to create a regular mesh of polygons.

clean up the borders

Step 4

Finally, draw patches inside the polygons, creating some distance between them. Make the lines a little wobbly to create a more natural shape.

finish the pattern

Step 5

Various species of giraffe have slightly different patterns and colors, so don’t forget to check out some references to finish your pattern correctly!

how to draw a giraffe pattern skin

Step 6

Back to our drawing. Let’s use the same process: fill the whole body with ovals. Remember to adjust them to the 3D form of the giraffe’s body!

fill body with ovals

Step 7

Now the sketch of the borders…

sketch the borders
finish the borders

Step 8

And the clean plan of the borders:

clean up the borders

Step 9

Finally, draw the patches.

draw giraffe pattern

Step 10

Darken the patches to create a proper contrast between them and the rest of the skin.

color giraffe pattern

Step 11

Finally, shade the patches to fit the rest of the lighting, and add some final touches.

finish the shading with pattern

Beautiful Job!

Now you know how to draw a giraffe and a giraffe pattern! Are you interested in other giraffe-related tutorials? Check these out:

And if you want to keep drawing, here are some other animal drawing tutorials. You’ll like the cow, especially—it’s very similar to a giraffe!

how to draw a giraffe step by step

Awesome Tools and Resources for Designers You Need to Try in 2018

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When it comes to web design trends and technologies, the only constant is change. Those much sought after comfort zones usually don’t stay that way all that long. It’s hard to keep up with those competitors who always address new technologies.

It’s not always that way of course. Most designers often find themselves scrambling to keep up with the times. There’s good news, however. Technologies change and create new challenges. Then, the new tools and resources generally come into play.  They aim to meet and overcome those challenges.

Maybe this is a good time for you to take stock of your tools and resources. See where pursuing some updates or tools might be in order.

This list of 15 of 2018’s best tools and resources should help you get started.

1. Mason

Requirements, like technologies, also have a habit of changing, and much more often. Getting a software product out the door can bring with it enough problems. When requirements change, or updates are needed, whether during design and development or during maintenance, it means even more work. In the latter case changes sometimes require repetitive deployment cycles.

Mason is a software design, development, maintenance, and collaboration tool that will enable you to avoid facing these repetitive deployment cycles and help speed up the design/development process as well.

Mason, with its wealth of software product design features, enables you to build, edit, and manage your products from a single platform. It’s pre-packaged building blocks address common requirements and are continuously updated.

What Mason does differently is to allow others, including end users, to make changes, even after your product has been signed off and deployed. Thanks to Mason’s login and user registration security features, you maintain complete control over what happens. Approved individuals can make maintenance changes or updates without having to repeat the deployment cycle.

2. Mobirise

The ability to create mobile-friendly websites has become practically mandatory for themes and web designers alike. Most WordPress themes advertise mobile friendly, device friendly, or responsive as one of these features, and for good reason. Mobirise on the other hand is a free website builder that was created with mobile devices in mind.

Mobirise can be used for personal or commercial use, free and without restrictions. Since it is an offline app, you’re not tied down to the theme, you have total control over your website or mobile app design, and you can host it wherever and however you choose to.

This is a great tool for anyone who works on multiple small projects such as small websites, promo sites, portfolios, or landing pages. It has all the features and design elements you’re likely to need, and no coding is necessary.

3. Elementor

Elementor is a feature-rich, open source frontend website builder that can justifiably claim to be the best page-building tool on the market. The numbers would seem to bear that out as more than 900,000 users have signed up to use Elementor in just under 2 years. Signing up is not at all complicated since Elementor is yours to use for free.

Part of Elementor’s popularity is no doubt due to its superior workflow features, its menu and visual form builders, custom CSS and superior integrations. Ease of use and excellent performance are other key factors.

This page-building machine is only going to get better, given what has been added in the latest release, Elementor 2.0. Features include new eCommerce page-building capabilities, enhanced WooCommerce shop product pages, single post page builders, and more. Several of these new features have already been released, with the remaining features to follow throughout 2018.

4. A2’s Fully Managed WordPress Hosting

A2’s managed WordPress hosting features can easily be customized to fit your exact needs. Not only will you get the hosting experience you want and need, but you’ll get it for much less than you would typically pay elsewhere.

A2 Hosting’s servers are blazing fast, and services include automated backups and WordPress updates, free CDN, and excellent customer support.

5. Goodiewebsite

Goodiewebsite is a development agency that’s been in business since 2006. Their specialty is smaller websites (1 to 10 page) and simple WordPress websites. The Goodiewebsite staff can help you with your design work as well as your coding needs.

You can always expect Goodiewebsite’s cost effective services to be accomplished reliably and professionally.

6. monday.com

This high-performance team management tool will serve you equally well whether your team consists of yourself and one other, or of several thousand individuals dispersed around the globe. monday.com offers an excellent opportunity to dispense with multiple spreadsheets displaying project status and expenses and planning and strategy exercises done on whiteboards.

Lengthy and all-too frequent meetings can be minimized, if not avoided. monday.com is easy to use, it promotes team transparency and can empower team members.

7. Houzez

In addition to providing various listings options, advanced property search capabilities, and payment options, Houzez has added a custom fields builder and search composer to make it easier for individuals and agencies alike to administrate the real estate marketplace, coordinate activities among agents, and accept submissions; all within the confines of their business model.

Additionally, Houzez provides a great level of customer support.

8. The Hanger

If establishing a modern-classic shop is your objective, or that of your client’s, your best approach would be to use a modern-classic specialized WordPress theme to get you there. The Hanger is easy to set up and use.

You can build a high-quality online shop in no time at all, while customizing it to fit your client’s brand or the brands of the merchandise.

9. LayerSlider

LayerSlider is a responsive, multipurpose animation platform from which you can create everything from slideshows and sliders, to image galleries, landing pages, and even complete websites. LayerSlider’s builder is drag and drop with no coding required. It is supported by a large hand-crafted template library and a whole host of design elements.

Detailed documentation comes with the package and you can expect top-notch customer support.

10. Uncode – Creative Multiuse WordPress Theme

The saying that all good things take time isn’t always true. With Uncode, you can build an awesome portfolio to showcase your work in a few short hours. You don’t have to start from scratch, and there’s no coding involved.

Uncode makes it easy and its new features like Shape Dividers, Slides Scroll and a powerful Gallery Manager make it even easier – and fun as well.

11. WhatFontis.com

Trying to locate a font that you simply cannot do without, but you don’t know its name can be like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack; which is the reason to add WhatFontis.com to your toolkit.

It’s simply a matter of submitting an image and letting WhatFontis.com search its 450,000 font database with its AI search tool. You can usually expect your answer in less than a minute.

12. FFonts.net

If you build multiple websites for multiple clients you’re likely to need a variety of font types or styles in the process. If that’s the case, FFonts.net’s directory of 75,000 free fonts will serve you well.

The fonts have been judiciously categorized to save you time, and when you find the font you need, or a font style of interest, you can use it in a string of text to see how it will appear in actual use.

13. Fluid UI

You can put Fluid UI’s prototyping capabilities to good use to speed up your design workflow and enhance team collaboration by creating colorful and informative interactive prototypes, wireframes, or mockups.

Fluid UI enables you and your team to collaborate via chat or video in real time from both desktops and mobile devices. Built-in design components for desktop, Android, and iOS prototyping applications come with the package.

14. Pixpa

Designed for creative professionals, Pixpa delivers pixel-perfect portfolio websites, features a built-in eCommerce store to get you up and running in record time, and also offers client proofing and blogging tools to make the package complete.

You can do everything from one platform, powered by Pixpa’s best in class hosting and 24×7 support, instead of having to rely on multiple tools or resources to showcase your work. Get started for free with the 15-day trial.

15. wpDataTables

Trying to condense huge volumes of complex data to present in a table or chart can be a scary proposition; even more so if a table is to be interactive, responsive, and editable. wpDataTables can do all these things, and quickly.

This #1 WordPress table and chart-building plugin has become so popular, and made it so easy to build colorful, informative tables and charts, that more than a few designers have switched to WordPress for the opportunity to use it.

Conclusion

Changing technologies can take a toll on design workflow time and team collaboration. Website hosting and even product deployment can also be affected. This is the case if the tools and resources you’re using aren’t up to the task.

The tools and resources listed here were chosen to help you update your design toolkit. Picking one or more should be more than enough to brighten your day, and that of your team’s and your clients’.

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