30 Creative Cartoon Illustrations for Your Inspiration

Cartoon Illustrations

Today we have a fun topic, one that anyone can enjoy, the cartoon illustrations of several creators. Sit back and enjoy. 

Illustrations are truly a difficult style of artwork which requires a lot of time and patience to make perfect. Of course, we can’t practice illustration for you, but we can give you some ideas for your inspiration.

Without using any words, illustrations tell a story. Instead of a beginning, middle, and end, an illustration depicts the whole story. Your imagination is your and your clients’ most powerful tool.

Cartoon illustrations never go out of style, and can be enjoyed regardless of your age. No matter where you are in life, it’s always nice to sit back and take a little break. Illustrations are a great way to escape, even if only for a while.

“I like physics, but I love cartoons.”
― Stephen Hawking

Illustrations hold no particular style. From anime to a scenic waterfall in the mountains, an cartoon portrays whatever is on the illustrator’s mind. Nothing is off limits. It van be as realistic, science-fiction, or imaginary as you want it.

“If you want to be a cartoonist, live the life of a cartoonist.”
― Oliver Gaspirtz

Here is a collection of creative, fresh, interesting cartoon illustrations from children’s books. They bring characters and events to life. Which illustration is your favorite? Please, share with us in the comments below.

The Great Adventure book cover by Ciara Ní Dhuinn

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The five wizards by Hittouch illustration

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Mr. Otter’s New Neighbors by 李 星明

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The miller, picture book by Hittouch illustration

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I’m Not Little by The Fox And King

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In the factory by MUTI

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The Ultimate Duo by Tony Babel

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Adventure Time by Matt Kaufenberg

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Mystic Grandpa Update by Andrew Colin Beck

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Indian Dreamcatcher by Arthur Avakyan

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Funny handshake animation by Toondra

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The Captain by MattKaufenberg

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Gru car by Artua

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Conan the Barbarian by July Pluto

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Goodnight New York by Laura Watson

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Personal illustrations by Antanas Gudonis

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red riding hood by Martyna Wilner

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Bears on the Beach by Josh Lewis

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Witch’s Forest by Slawek Fedorczuk

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London by Slawek Fedorczuk

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We truly hope that you found these cartoon illustrations useful and that they managed to offer you the dose of inspiration you needed today. Make sure you visit us daily for more amazing snippets of creativity, inspiration, and imagination.

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Learn the Art of Storytelling with Photographer Adrian Sommeling

Adrian Sommeling

Today we are shedding a light on talented Adrian Sommeling’s amazing work that shadows the work of thousands of other designers who try to get to his level. At the end of the article, we added a bonus Photoshop manipulation tutorial for everybody to enjoy.

Adrian Sommeling is a conceptual portrait artist from Netherlands. He creates impressive photography by combining different images. We should say that his works are compelling. Quite some time ago, an interest for art and painting sparked within him. Nevertheless, he now uses Photoshop and his camera to create fantastic photography.

Sommeling uses a Sony A7RII, a 16-35 mm lens, and a couple of studio lights to capture his photos. He then uses his computer and Photoshop to create almost anything his heart desires. Photoshop and Nik Color Efex best capture his amazing compositions. He shoots a background photo, then the models separately at home or in the studio. During post-production, he cuts them out, places them on the background photo, adds shadow and does some color corrections. At the end of the post, you’ll find a short, 1-minute video to see the overall process yourself. In order to improve his work, Adrian Sommeling is constantly pushing himself out of his comfort zone to shoot something new.

At the moment, his favorite one is the one exactly below. It is a photo of Adrian and his son sitting at a poker table. He was inspired by Annie Leibovitz for this picture. The photographer created a similar background with 3D software and put his son and himself in the scene. You can see Adrian’s photography, video, and tutorials on his website. For his full collection of artwork, check out his profile on 500px. In a nutshell, have collected his best works to inspire you:

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We hope you found the tutorial useful. How long does it take to capture the perfect picture and process it? Tell us more about your creative process. Share this post on social media to inspire others. Don’t forget to subscribe for daily snippets of creative designs!

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6 Old School Marketing Tactics That Still Work on Social Media

It seems like everywhere we look there’s some new social media or marketing tactics being touted as the next big thing.

As marketers and businesses, we’re constantly looking for ways to reach our audience in creative ways and so we often jump around from strategy to strategy – often leaving what used to work in the past.

But what about those marketing tactics that once worked like a charm?

Today on The Science of Social Media we’re dusting off and breaking down 6 old school marketing tactics that still work like a charm on social media. Plus, we’re exploring exactly how your business can implement them in new, fun, and creative ways.

Let’s dive in!

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6 Old School Marketing Tactics

What you’ll learn in this episode

What follows is a lightly edited transcript of the conversation between Hailley Griffis and Brian Peters. Short on time? No worries! Here are four quick takeaways:

  • Why having real, authentic conversations with your audience is key
  • How to focus on creating memorable social media and marketing content
  • Why repurposing evergreen content is still a highly relevant marketing tactic
  • Television advertising and social media: Why and how they’re related

Must-read resources from the episode

  • 5 Old School Social Media Tactics That Are No Longer Effective (And What To Do Instead) – Buffer Blog
  • Social Media Engagement is the New Social Media Marketing: How To Do It Well – Buffer Blog
  • 6 Shortcuts to Speed Up Your Social Media Scheduling Process – Buffer Blog
  • 10 Old-School Marketing Tactics that Still Work – GrowthHackers

6 Old school marketing tactics that still work on social media [complete podcast transcript]

Hailley: Hi everyone! I’m Hailley Griffis and this is The Science of Social Media, a podcast by Buffer. Your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and learning.

Brian: Welcome to episode #105! I’m Brian Peters and this week we’re going old school marketing tactics. Well, not totally. We’re going new school with some old school flair. Remember all of the stuff that used to work on social media? Well, some of it still does, and quite effectively I might add.

Hailley: Yes, really excited for this one, Brian. I think we all get caught up in thinking about what’s next on social media and we forget that some of the tactics that helped us once are still very relevant today.

Let’s kick of the show!

Hailley: There are few greater joys in a marketer’s life than experimenting with a new technique—and having it work like a charm.

You feel like a cross between a scientist, an artist, and a magician, am I right?

Brian: Couldn’t agree more.

Hailley: And as many of us do (after a little celebrating of course), we officially add the new tactic to our marketing tactics repertoire and then start searching for the next thing to experiment with.

But because you’re always looking forward, you might not notice that the marketing tactics that worked so well in the beginning has now become, dare I say, obsolete.

Brian: With that in mind, we took a look back at the strategies and tactics that we used a few years ago to see if they still worked.

What follows are 8 old school social tactics that are still as relevant as ever in 2018.

Are you ready Hailley?

Hailley: Absolutely.

Marketing Tactic #1: Having real, meaningful interactions and conversations with your followers

Brian: Remember social media before there was a tool for every single one of your needs? Back when gaining just 100 followers on Twitter and having a single conversation was a huge milestone.

Well, believe it or not, real conversations and interactions are more important than ever on social today.

Hailley: Agreed, automation has made our lives so much easier and our marketing so much more effective, but that also means a personal touch goes a lot further these days!

As our colleague and blog editor Ash Read once said in an article, “It feels amazing to know that our favorite brands and personalities value our support. And sometimes all it takes to show that is a personal response.”

This strategy definitely requires more time, energy, and resources than setting up an automate message to new followers or fans, but it’s well worth it in the long run.

Brian: Couldn’t agree more – that’s been one of the cornerstones for us at Buffer on social media over the years and it has led to an incredible amount of word-of-mouth marketing.

Note: We’d love for you to check out Buffer Reply. One of the fastest-growing social media and customers service engagement tools on the market.

Marketing Tactic #2: Focusing on creating memorable and shareable content

Hailley: We talk about this a lot here on the show – and yes, it’s fairly obvious, but I think this one is what has always made social media so great.

You want people to engage with your content because, well, they want to. With that in mind, focus on making it as shareable as possible.

Brian: Yeah so get this.

A recent analysis of 65,000 articles found that a piece’s virality comes down to two main factors: arousal and dominance.

Which sounds a bit strange haha but in plain English, arousal means “riled up.” Feelings like anger and excitement are high-arousal emotions. Dominance, on the other hand, is the feeling of being in control.

When you’re inspired or joyful, you’re experiencing high dominance; when you’re scared, you’re experiencing low dominance.

Hailley: Articles that perform the best on social use a high-arousal, high-dominance combo.

And you’re probably wondering what that would look like!

Well, and here’s a throwback post for you, a photo of Vin Diesel with his daughter racked up 8.1 million interactions (making it the fifth most popular Facebook post of 2015), thanks to the strong, positive emotions it generated.

But strong, negative emotions can be powerful marketing tactics too—take the Dove “Choose Beautiful” campaign, for example. That social campaign put a spotlight on low self-esteem and it turned out extremely successful.

Brian: Yep!

Marketing Tactic # 3 – Use influencers and partnerships to expand your reach

Brian: Before influencer marketing was one of the hottest topics in social media, brands and marketers were partnering up to amplify their reach on social.

That tactic is still alive and thriving today and we actually use it all of the time here at Buffer.

Hailley: They key here is to think quality, not quantity when it comes to influencers and partnerships.

Before you team up on a social takeover, article, or research study, ask yourself, “Will this truly benefit my audience?”

If the answer is “yes,” you’re in good shape.

That means their content or expertise is an optimal fit for your audience—so you’ll benefit whether or not the influencer promotes it. And you also want to make sure that your content will benefit their audience as well.

Brian: Exactly! When both parties in the partnership are genuinely excited and passionate about the project, it will go so much further than if you were just forcing it for the sake of collaborating.

Your audiences will be able to see right through that as well.

Seek out potential partners that has an active, engaged audience as well as a great reputation in the industry. Both of those factors are key things to have going in.

Marketing Tactic #4: Repurposing top performing evergreen content

Hailley: We actually just had the pleasure of speaking with the team over at Ahrefs and they shared some great insights into how they’re doing social media strategy and this one was one of their top tips.

Sometime in March this year, they decided to run what they called a “re-circulation” experiment where they decided to dust off their underutilized social accounts and lightly repurpose their top performing content from over the years in quirky and fun posts.

Brian: What was interesting is they said to make things easier, they didn’t set any hard KPIs or goals. They just wanted to highlight cool stuff that they might have missed and see how things went from there.

Turns out, plenty of these posts were really well-received and performed really well.

Initially, they were simply aiming to see if there were any changes in the number of people who liked or shared their content. And guess what? You guessed it, the data instantly confirmed what they were hoping to see: a definite boost in overall engagement and link clicks.

Hailley: I love that.

This one is super important because as marketers and businesses we spend a ton of time, energy, and money on marketing tactics aimed at creating great content then it’s on to the next thing.

What we forget is that a lot of the content we create still has a ton of life in it. All it takes is a quick update to make sure everything is still relevant and some brainstorming on ways to repurpose and repackage the content.

Brian: Great point. And repurposing might involve experimenting with new headlines or creating a video to accompany the post or even creating a podcast episode from it. So many ways to get the most out of your content.

Marketing Tactic #5: Share for a benefit

Brian: As we chatted about last episode, giving your audience an incentive to interact with your content is an old school way of generating engagement that still works today in 2018.

Hailley: Going back to our friends over at Ahrefs, they wanted to figure out a way to get 1k re-tweets on Twitter and increase brand awareness around their product at the same time.

So what they did is they had their founder and CEO Tweet out something along the lines of, “hey, we’ll increase limits on the standard Ahrefs plan if this Tweet gets 1,000 Retweets.

And it was super sly because they were going to increase the limits either way, but they also wanted to figure out a fun way to draw some attention to that fact.

Brian: Yeah such a solid PR move. One of my favorite marketing tactics!

There’s an interesting part of that story as well…

The initial Tweet only collected about 100 re-tweets which is good given that Dmitry doesn’t really have a large following on Twitter.

To give it a little boost, they pushed it out to their users via an Intercom announcement and also shared it in their private Facebook Group. That ended up boosting the Retweet count to nearly 700.

Hailley: Funnily enough, at this point the Tweet jumped up another 500 re-tweets in no time at all to total almost 1.3k;

They were joking that they suspected that someone lost his or her patience and purchased re-tweets on a service like Fiverr or something.

Either way, they made good on their promise and it was a success on both social media and for their customers.

Brian: Great stuff. I didn’t even know you could buy retweets.

Marketing Tactic #6: Television advertising

I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, but Brian! social media isn’t television. What in the world could you mean?

Hailley: We’re thinking it, Brian!

Avid listeners of our show might remember episode #101 where we talked about IGTV and how that’s becoming the new norm for television.

Well that’s still the case, but platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have long been a go-to place for people to go to catch up with the favorite influencers, mini series, and now shows.

Brian: Exactly, and so advertising in general is a one of the most old school marketing tactics on social media, but 1) it still works, and 2) brands now have the opportunity to sort of view social media as the modern day television.

That means they have the opportunity to create pre-roll ads on YouTube, ads on Instagram Stories, and eventually ads on IGTV because you better believe that those are going to be a huge part of Instagram moving forward.

Hailley: Yup and while many brands treat social media users and TV viewers as if they are two separate audiences, posting television content to YouTube is an excellent way to increase the reach of existing campaigns.

For example, Super Bowl commercials like Mountain Dew’s PuppyMonkeyBaby became a viral phenomena by hitting both platforms.

And I’m sure you’ve seen the great commercials that Grammarly runs on YouTube. Those have been wildly successful for them.

Brian: Love it. We’re all TV advertisers now haha!

One last takeaway here is to remember that while implementing these old school tactics, continue to test and refine your approach.

Define the criteria you want to measure at the outset of your new campaign. Whether the goal is brand awareness or increased sales, set KPIs to follow and measure your success against those numbers.

Then, get creative!

Hailley: Thank you for tuning in to The Science of Social Media today. The show notes for this episode are available in either iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’ll include links to all of the marketing tactics resources we covered into today’s show.

If you ever want to get in touch with me or Hailley, we’re always here for your on social media using the hashtag #bufferpodcast. You can also say hi to us anytime and hello@bufferapp.com

Brian: As always, thank you so much for your iTunes reviews! It’s so awesome to read through all your kind comments there – and we actually do read through all of them so thank you.

Don’t miss next week’s episode where we’ll be diving into the psychology behind social media and what makes people take action on different social channels.

Until next Monday, everyone!

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About The Science of Social Media podcast

The Science of Social Media is your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and inspiration. Every Monday (and sometimes more) we share the most cutting-edge social media marketing tactics from brands and influencers in every industry. If you’re a social media team of one, business owner, marketer, or someone simply interested in social media marketing, you’re sure to find something useful in each and every episode.  It’s our hope that you’ll join our 16,000+ weekly iTunes listeners and rock your social media channels as a result!

The Science of Social Media is proudly made by the Buffer team. Feel free to get in touch with us for any thoughts, ideas, or feedback.

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20 Graphic Design Tutorials to Improve Your Skills

A good designer is constantly learning new tricks on how to apply different effects to a photo or built a form from scratch. Some of you may search for various tutorials just to improve your skills, or maybe you need to know some specific technique for your current project.

In any case, on this list, we have handpicked 20 latest graphic design tutorials to take your skills to a whole new level.

Here you’ll see Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials on how to create a movie poster from an image, apply endless photo effect, create geometric pattern and text effect, build a retro logo, and much more.

1. Create an Action Packed Movie Poster in Photoshop

2. Create a Mini Planet Using Photoshop’s 3D Capabilities

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3. How to Create a Steampunk Type Treatment in Photoshop

4. Create an abstract liquid effect

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5. Create a Studio Sports Portrait

6. Create a Powerful Human Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

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7. How to Create an Endless Picture Within a Picture Illusion in Adobe Photoshop

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8. How To Create a Geometric Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

9. How To Create Digital Particle Waves in Adobe Illustrator

10. How to design graphic figures

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11. How To Create an Editable Retro Text Style in Illustrator

12. How to Create a Quick & Easy Duotone Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

13. How To Create a Vintage Film Title Text Effect in Photoshop

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14. Create mixed inks with InDesign

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15. How to design a typographical poster using Adobe InDesign

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16. Create special print finishes in InDesign

17. How to create a retro logo with Affinity Designer

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18. Mock up AR graphics with After Effects

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19. How to Draw a Colorful, Fun, Illustration in illustrator tutorials

20. Create a Painted Portrait Effect in Illustrator Using the Bristle Brush

21. Photo Manipulation

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30 Cool Weather Mobile App Designs for Your Inspiration

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When we all make plans for holidays, there’s one thing we are most interested in: weather. It’s summer, it’s hot, the water feels amazing today, but how about tomorrow? Today we have put together a steamy list of weather mobile app design for your inspiration, even if you are on holiday!

Let’s think what mobile apps you use every day? The most popular widely used everyday apps are Camera, photo editing apps, email app, social media apps, and without a doubt a weather app. Although it’s not always 100% precis as a clock, the weather app can still guide us when planning the next day or week.

These days designers try their best to make a weather app not only useful but beautiful and colorful. Some designers use cities and their attractions to show weather for a certain area.

Sometimes, they choose a background for the app depending on weather conditions, it could be sunny, cloudy, rainy, and snowy. Besides, there are some apps with amazing animations, for example, when objects appear or thunderstorm shines in the background. Scroll down to see our collection of inspirational weather app designs and concepts.

Lonely Mountain Weather Concept

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GIF for the Weather App

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Weather App (washing machine)

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Weather App

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Weather App (washing machine)

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Marline is Available TODAY

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Weather App Concept

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Weather UI

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Cloudy with a chance of Doge – So Rain

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Weather iPhone App

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Weather app concept

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Weather App

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day-night-weather

Weather App Concept

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Weather – UIKIT APP

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Weather App

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Weather app

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Weather App

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Weather App

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Weather Forecast Animation

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Weather Concept

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Weather App

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Weather app for fun

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Weather App

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Weather App by goumy

beijing

Weather app

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City Weather App

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World Weather

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Weather App

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Weather App

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We wholeheartedly hope that you enjoying and found useful this article. We try every day to shed a light on the things that could make a difference in the life of you, our designer readers. We also invite you to share this article with whom you thing could benefit from it. This way will help us continue writing about meaningful information, resources, and news for you all.

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25 Manipulation Tutorials to Take Your Photoshop Skills to the Next Level

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We’ve put together an amazing list of Photoshop manipulation tutorials that we hope every designer, beginner or master, will find it useful. 

There are several essential skills that make a designer successful. Every single one is crucial and has a lot of power when used appropriately. A skillful desinger:

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most potent design softwares in the world and one of the most popular. And there is a reason for that. With Photoshop you can create about anything your mind can come up with.

You can retouch a photo, apply filters, design a logo or website, use Photoshop actions and edit a bunch of images at once, crop the picture, and much more. In order become super knowledgeable and to create design in a no-time, you have to practice daily. What better ways for doing that than following a step-by-step manipulation tutorials?

In this list, we have shared 25 fantastic manipulation tutorials which will stretch your creativity and help you think out of the box. You are going to create hologram effect, create a melting camera, build a surreal landscape and make a fantasy deer.

1. Add a Hologram Effect to a Photo Using Photoshop

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2. Digital Painting Lesson: How to Create a Photo Realistic Portrait

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3. How to Make a Melting Camera Scene

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4. The Ultimate Guide to Adjustment Layers – Gradient Map

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5. Photoshop tutorial: Advanced compositing techniques

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6. How to Digitally Add Shallow Depth of Field

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7. Create a Colorful Out of Frame Animal Composition

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8. How to Create a World Under the Sky using Photoshop

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9. How to Create a Stunning Surreal Landscape

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10. Create an Epic Beach Disaster Scene

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11. Design a Conceptual Album Cover in Photoshop

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12. Create a Devastating Tidal Wave in Photoshop

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13. Create a Surreal Smoking Photo Manipulation

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14. IMAGE DESIGN: NOW YOU CAN CREATE A SURREAL BOTTLE OCEANSCAPE

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15. Photo Manipulate a Surreal Sky Station Scene

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16. Amazing Light Photo Manipulation Tutorial

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17. Learn How to Photo Manipulate the Colorful Portrait ‘Transcendental’

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18. Create a Fantasy Deer Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

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19. How to Create an Amazing Watercolor Artwork in Photoshop

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20. How to Turn a Photo Into a Beautiful Painting in Photoshop

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21. Create a Coffee Cake Photo Manipulation

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22. Create a Surreal Rock Formation in Photoshop

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23. Human Scarecrow – Manipulation Tutorial

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24. Making Your First Photoshop Manipulation

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25. How to Make a Fish Jump Out of Water

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Would you like to share your tutorial with us? Drop us an e-mail at webdesignledger.blog@gmail.com and we will make sure it reaches to other designers.

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How Car Next Door Use Buffer to Build Trust on Social Media

Car Next Door is a car-sharing platform that enables customers to hire a vehicle from a community of local owners and its long-term objective is huge. In fact, when Kate Trumbull, the company’s communications director, told us their vision, we were kind of stunned:

Our mission is to free people and the planet from the ‘one person, one car’ mentality.

Now that is an audacious goal.

Getting cars off the road, reducing pollution and waste, and building more connected communities might seem like a huge endeavor for a small business of about 40 people, but Car Next Door has already come a long way:

We started out with a small pilot in a few Sydney suburbs. We did a lot of face-to-face local marketing: literally going to markets was actually a big part of our strategy! We would be really excited every time someone booked a car and we knew all of our members by name. We held a bush dance for our community early on – one of our members catered for it.

Now there are more than 80,000 borrowers and 1,500 cars listed on Car Next Door. More than 160,000 trips have been booked on the platform.

Scaling trust and engagement through social media

So, how do you scale such personal service and engagement (like a bush dance)?

To find out, we asked Kate about the role social media plays in their marketing strategy:

Social media serves the dual purposes of creating social proof and ongoing engagement with our audience. Social proof is important for us – peer-to-peer car-sharing is still really new in Australia and people can initially be a little uneasy about it. Being able to show that we have active social media channels with thousands of followers adds to the perception of legitimacy for people who are just discovering us – it shows that we’re established and increases trust.

On a day-to-day level, it also allows us to stay top of mind with our audience. We know that most of our borrowers drive really infrequently (most of them around once every 3 months or less). We want to make sure that when they do need a car, they’re getting one from us rather than somewhere else. Sharing regular content with them helps with ongoing engagement with our brand and, ultimately, our product.

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Engagement is a keyword for Car Next Door, and it isn’t just limited to the marketing team sharing content:

Nearly everyone at the company is involved in social media either directly or indirectly. A lot of our members and prospects also use social media as a customer service channel, so our Member Experience and Sales teams are regularly responding to enquiries. We also have a private Facebook group for our car owners, and every team helps manage that channel – even our CEO regularly jumps in to respond to questions or feature requests.

From time-consuming, manual posting to calm social scheduling

Being keen to learn more about how Buffer has changed the way they work, we asked Shannon, their social media manager, about how they managed their social media before they discovered Buffer:

It’s a bit hard to remember actually … we did it manually. I think I used a spreadsheet at one point. It was too time-consuming, and it was hard to schedule things for out of work hours.

It’s a story we hear quite a lot; time being spent in spreadsheets and navigating between social networks, time that could be better spent when you’re a fast-growing business with a big mission:

Buffer made it really easy to set and forget our social scheduling. Having the posting schedule set up for each channel makes it so easy to add things to the queue – whether it’s content we’ve created or something I’ve seen elsewhere. I like the clear visual of the queue – at a glance, I can easily see what’s being posted when and if anything needs adjusting.

What does a typical day of social media scheduling look like for Car Next Door? Here’s a little insight from Shannon:

Anytime I or someone else in the team publishes a new blog post or another piece of content I’ll add it to the queue in Buffer. If it’s evergreen content (which it almost always is) I’ll schedule it a few times over the next 3-4 months in different formats – a link directly to the post, with a graphic we’ve made in Canva, with a different caption, etc. The rest of the slots I’ll fill up with reposts of photos or videos our members have shared, recent media coverage of Car Next Door, and curated content that will be of interest to our audience.

I also use the analytics features to see our top performing posts from the last few months and re-buffer anything that did well. I often find that our top-performing posts will continue to perform well on a second or even third share. Finally, a couple of times a week I’ll quickly check on the queue and rearrange anything or fill any empty slots.

Handy social media scheduling tips from the Car Next Door team

  • Use a tool like Canva to create channel specific graphics
  • Use analytics to find and reshare your best social media posts
  • Experiment with different content formats
  • Keep an eye on your queue of posts to ensure you have a consistent presence

We were also curious about Shannon’s favorite Buffer features and how they make her life easier:

The flexibility of the posting options is really helpful. I use the Buffer queue as a standard, ongoing schedule that chugs away in the background and I use the ‘share next’, ‘share now’ or ‘schedule post’ options for time-sensitive content. For us, this is usually for a long weekend when we share something designed to encourage bookings, or for specific days like Earth Day or Valentine’s Day when we might want to share something specific. Being able to manage both the regular evergreen content and the date-specific content in one place makes it really easy.

I also love the Chrome extension – when I find something I want to share it just takes a minute to add it to the queue for any of our channels, all without needing to leave the page.

A comprehensive presence with minimal time

Finally, when asked how has Buffer helped Car Next Door to move towards their social media and overall business objective and Kate explained:

Buffer keeps everything in one place and kept things simple. It helps us to maintain a presence across a range of social platforms with minimal time and fuss. It keeps our social media time costs down while allowing us to keep a steady flow of content going out.

About Car Next Door

Car Next Door makes it simple to turn any car into a shared car, empowering people to save money, reduce waste and create cleaner, greener, and better neighborhoods.

Find them on:

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30 Beautiful Beach Drone Photos That Will Make a Great Wallpaper This Summer

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Because it’s summer, we are trying to keep your vibes up and your inspiration going with 30 beautiful drone photos that will make a great wallpaper this summer. 

 

Thanks to remote-control drones you can take a bird’s eye view photo easier than ever before. Photos of the landscape taken from above become so popular these days and affordable due to the growth of technologies. Hence the super edited wallpapers are not a thing anymore, and people choose real photos of real places instead, a beach drone photo are the best option this summer. I know, these photos will make you want a summer leave as soon as possible, but seeing them daily on your desktop should constantly remind you that hard work pays off.

“The beach is not a place to work; but to read, write or to think.”
― Anne Morrow LindberghGift from the Sea

Almost all landscape pictures taken from above look awesome, but when it comes to beach photography – it looks especially fantastic. Especially in the photos we are featuring today, the clear blue of the ocean contrasted by the golden sand or he emerald green of the forests is just stunning. Take a deep breath and dive into these 30 free stock beach drone pictures that you can download.

So, scroll down and click the ‘download’ button!

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Photo by Richard Lock

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Photo by Ahmed Saffu

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Photo by Andreas Gücklhorn

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Photo by Aaron Burden

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Photo by Jakob Owens

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Photo by Rajvinder Singh

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Photo by Syd Sujuaan

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Photo by Rebecca Georgia

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Photo by Martin Sattler

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Photo by John O’Nolan

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Photo by Syd Sujuaan

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Photo by Lance Asper

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What is your favorite seaside destination? Where do you plan on going this summer? Tell us in the comment section below! Also, take a drone with you and capture some amazing shots yourself. We are very eager to see them!

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15 Best Sites to Listen to the Music for Free

Music is a universal language people from all corners of the globe will understand. These days music is available for us freely and unlimited, like it, has never been before. We listen to the music when we are sad and happy when we are boring or work when we celebrate or dance.

n this list you will find 15 best sites to listen to the music online on your mobile or desktop computer. Whether you like rap or pop, rock or jazz, everyone will find some songs they are going to like here.

1. Spotify

Spotify is an amazing site allowing you to listen to music everywhere you go, download songs and listen offline. Listen to Spotify on desktop or take it anywhere and enjoy it on your phone. It’s clearly Alexa’s favorite streaming service if you ask her to play your favorite playlist, she’s happy to comply.

“Spotify Premium is just $9.99 per month. That’s a bargain. But Spotify just seriously sweetened the deal. On April 10, Spotify and Hulu announced a bundled deal that unlocks both services—Spotify Premium and Hulu (with Limited Commercials)—for just $12.99 per month.” – The Daily Dot

 

2. SoundCloud

SoundCloud is social media platform for music. You can create and share playlists, follow playlists and profiles of other people, and listen to the unlimited amount of music. You may have heard the coined term “soundcloud rapper”. It’s a great platform to support aspiring artists making music! There are some incredible remixes you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

“SoundCloud Go, a new subscription tier launching first in the U.S., will give users access to some 125 million tracks including premium licensed content on demand, starting first in the U.S. at $9.99 per month (or $12.99on the iOS app after Apple’s transaction fee)” – Tech crunch.

 

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3. Pandora

Pandora is a free audio streaming site where you can listen to your favorite tracks and find music you like. It’s sleek look is easy and functional so anyone of any age can use it. If you want, you can listen to Pandora One, the premium version of Pandora which includes the ability to:

  • Unlimited personalized stations
  • Up to 4 stations for offline listening
  • Unlimited skips and replays
  • Higher quality audio
  • Listen with no ads

Subscribing to Pandora One costs $3.99 per month, or $36 per year. This means that listeners paying yearly are getting 12 months for the same price as 9 months of Pandora One at the monthly price.

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4. 8tracks

8tracks give you access to music from different genres for only 14 days free, then you need to pay $4.99 per month.

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5. TuneIn

TuneIn is a free site to find and listen to local and global radio stations.

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6. Last FM

On LastFm you can listen to the music you like and then download it free. It’s available as an app for iOS and Android.

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7. Deezer

Deezer is similar to Last FM and Spotify. You can listen to the music online and offline there, but you need to pay monthly fee.

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8. Dash Radio

Dash Radio is internet radio site. Open it and listen when you are driving a car, for example.

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9. Mixcloud

On Mixcloud you will find different podcasts, DJ’s music sets and other unlimited music stuff.

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10. Musicovery

Musicovery is a beautiful colorful site allowing you to find music which fit your mood today.

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11. iHeartRadio

Tell iHeartRadio the genre you and it will pick the music you are going to like.

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12. DI.FM

DI.FM is an internet radio site with multiple channels. Just choose the stations you like.

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13. Gaana

Gaana is a commercial site which offers both free and premium solutions to listen to music.

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14. Napster

Napster has millions of tracks to play when you want and where you want.

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15. Slacker

On Slacker you can listen to fantastic playlists created by experts.

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30 Free Script Fonts You Can Use for Your Designs

Free Script Fonts

 

For today’s snippet of creativity, we searched the web for the best free script fonts that will for sure add a sparkle of awesomeness to your design. Check them out below!

 

Since time immemorial, people have been fascinated by calligraphy and writing. Calligraphy is “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner” according to Claude Mediaville. There are two types of writing: cursive writing (script typefaces) and typography (print typefaces). Script typefaces mimic one’s handwriting. Now in the digital age, script fonts try to imitate the fluidity and gentleness of hand strokes. Well, everyone knows that handwriting can tell a lot about one’s personality. The same principle applies to digital fonts. Plus, script fonts add a natural creative vibe to any design.

“…there was practically one handwriting common to the whole school when it came to writing lines. It resembled the movements of a fly that had fallen into an ink-pot, and subsequently taken a little brisk exercise on a sheet of foolscap by way of restoring the circulation.” 

― P.G. WodehouseThe Politeness Of Princes And Other School Stories

Classic calligraphy was used for wedding and event invitations, logo design, religious art, announcements, graphic designs, and so much more! With increasing demand in hand-lettered designs, script fonts are now the latest trend. They are a perfect choice for postcards, flyers, website headers, titles, social media covers. Even quotes sound so much better if they have a nice design. We have thus collected 30 free Latin script fonts that you can use for your future designs. Feel free to experiment with then and see which works best for your design.

Campground

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BEAUTIFY – FREE SCRIPT FONT

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Kitten

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BONFIRE

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THE WOODLANDS

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Mightype Script

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Streamster Typeface

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Mocking Bird Font

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Qaskin Black

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SALMELA

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Boutique Script

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VERONA LOTTE

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Better Together Script

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Andrea Script

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Monogram Script Font

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Rising Star Monoline Script

 

Serendipity Script Free Font

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The Clockwise Script

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Lauren Script Font

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Angelface

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Reckless Brush Font

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Jennet

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Allura

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Shania

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Rowo

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Hello Stockholm

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Iced Tea- A Free Font

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Awesawez Script

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Anton

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Rainwood

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Are you into calligraphy? Which is your favorite script typeface? Why not try to create your own typeface? Here’s a guide to modern calligraphy for beginners. Tell us all about your passion for calligraphy in the comment section. Make sure to say us ‘thank you’ by sharing this post on social media. Also, subscribe for more daily snippets of creative designs!

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