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How to Make a Duotone Effect in Photoshop

Use a gradient map adjustment layer to quickly amp up the vibrancy or posterize your image https://youtu.be/BHhxZRjS3A4 In the Layers panel, click create new fill or adjustment layer icon and...

How to Select and Change Colors in Photoshop

https://youtu.be/Djm5R-_GQHo

Download YouTube Videos for Free Using VLC

Notice: Downloading videos from YouTube is against their terms and conditions. Download VLC Media Player and open the application Copy the YouTube url (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1BCDEFG23H) In VLC, go to File > Open...

MacOS High Sierra Bug Fix – Desktop & Finder Delay Showing Files

Came across this issue after setting up a Mac using the OS High Sierra. There was a delay in showing saved files and screenshots on the Desktop. Searched for a...

10 Architect Fonts

Just for fun and because my husband is an architect. And we're collaborating on Architect Machines.   Montserrat Questrial Brandon Grotesque Akkurat Bodoni BE Century Gothic Copperplate Eyechart Neutraface 2...

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Getting Started with a Website Style Guide

Style Guide Benefits New brands, legacy brands, individuals, and teams of all sizes can all benefit from brand and web style guides. After all, the key factor is ensuring that...

Create an Adobe Photoshop Action to Efficiently Handle a Repetitive Task

Taking an opportunity to show how quickly one can accomplish a repetitive task in Photoshop by setting up an action. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/CUo5kP9lysw

Using Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) to Customize, Organize & Style Content Easier

Hello, there! I'm excited to share my first course on Skillshare! Advanced Custom Fields is one of my favorite WordPress plugins of all time that I use on almost every...

Nebraska 150 – Legacy of Nebraska – Todd A. Williams Ads

Client Nebraska 150 Foundation History Todd A. Williams is a talented fine artist painter born in Nebraska. His works depict the beauty in the world around him, including the history...

Active Chiropractic KC – Website Refresh

Dr. Steve Anderson of Active Chiropractic in Kansas City, Missouri came to Ashley in 2011 for a website redesign. She rebranded the practice with a new logo and overhauled the...

Free Cross-Browser Compatibility Testing Tools

Here are the top FREE cross-browser testing tools to assure your website looks consistent across most common browsers. This list does not include sites or platforms with a limited free...

Review of Dotcom-Monitor

This week, I am reviewing Dotcom-Monitor, a comprehensive website and application performance, measuring, and monitoring tool for businesses. They focus on 5 key monitoring platforms at an element-level to make...

Multiple Text Columns in Adobe Illustrator

https://youtu.be/jvH7J2fr49I

Food Combinations for Digestion & Metabolism (chart)

7 Websites to Get Free High Quality Mock Ups

https://youtu.be/lCJRWd9jeq0

Create High Quality Mock Ups in Photoshop using PSDCovers Action Scripts

PSDCovers is a resource library of mostly free and high quality mock up scripts you can use at your disposal. For those new to using actions in Photoshop, this guide...

How to Place an Image in Text (Text Clipping Mask) in Photoshop

https://youtu.be/kYpAJ6vJTKE

Add your own design to a t-shirt mock-up in Photoshop (in 1 minute)

https://youtu.be/aS6ldS8yT5k

Remove the background from a logo in Photoshop (in under 30 seconds)

https://youtu.be/32AXnLaU8i0

Black & Decker Cordless Handheld Dustbuster Vacuum Review

I use this handheld vacuum every. single. morning. So quick and easy to clean, as a mom of a 3-yr-old. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlDD7iSfr2g

Back Save / Export an Older Legacy File (.idml) in Adobe InDesign

Whether you're the designer or recipient, it's courteous to back save an InDesign file, in the case that your recipient does not have the Creative Cloud subscription and newest version....

Delete a LinkedIn Recommendation on Your Profile (July 2017)

The recommendations feature on the LinkedIn update is not completely intuitive. I had accepted a recommendation with a few typos and it was difficult to find how to delete this...

5th Annual Block Party & Farmer’s Market (Noyes Home for Children)

Client Noyes Home for Children History The Noyes Home is a 120-year-old organization and a safe, nurturing place for children to be cared for in a positive environment until their...

Love Tribe Apparel

Client Love Tribe History Love Tribe, the new apparel line created by Hybrid Apparel, is "the passionate voice of a new generation of young women poised to take over the...

Convert a Complex Illustration to a One Color Scalable Vector Compound Path

I ran into a challenge as I was working with a detailed illustration for a t-shirt design. The vast number of points and paths kept crashing Adobe Illustrator, despite having...

Quickly Use Content-Aware Fill to Remove or Repair an Unwanted Area in Photoshop

https://youtu.be/H-rFK4-m4SY

Achieve a Realistic Glass Effect Over a Background Image in Photoshop

https://youtu.be/NJTS_JKVAK8

Quickly Create & Save a Favicon for Your Website

A favicon is a small icon in the browser tab of a website – a unique detail that lets a viewer recognize a website in his/her browser at a glance. Learn how...

Samsung Galaxy S8

For a short time, samsung.com was offering a $100 discount and $200 trade-in for your old working smartphone*. I was experiencing some annoyances with my Samsung Galaxy S5 (1st-world problems) after...

CSS A Fancy & Flexible Drop Cap Letter

A drop cap is a fun and elegant design element to add interest to a story. Adding these to your website is just as easy. This video shows an example...

Quickly Whiten Teeth in Adobe Photoshop

https://youtu.be/1gcyBAlgHrg

Quickly Add Bullets to Text in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is not intended as a text layout program; however, I was working on a web page layout and decided to use Photoshop. There are a few different ways...

Adobe InDesign – Create a text box (text frame) with multiple columns

https://youtu.be/QYvYsMS9osA Enhance the typography in your layout by creating multiple columns on the page. Experts claim that a shorter line length, defined by the width of body text, is easier to read...

Adobe InDesign – Add Border (aka rule) to One or Two sides of a Text Box

Create an elegant callout or caption by adding a thin rule to the top or bottom versus a border around the entire box. https://youtu.be/wuqH0sdQpzo

Love Tribe Launch Party with Laura Marano at Macy’s South Coast Plaza

This weekend was an incredible opportunity and several firsts (visiting California, flying out for a client event, traveling alone, and using Uber). Sincere thanks to Avery Ma for his connection to...

AuroMedics ASHP Tradeshow

In August 2016, I started working with AuroMedics. They had already established an updated brand using a pea pod graphic to represent their corporate identity and butler imagery to depict their...

Google Verification for Your Business Address

Whether you have a new business or have moved locations - within the same city, to another state or even to another country - you will want to make sure your...

DIY Photography Light Tent / Light Box

One of my newest clients has asked me to photograph a few of their products. This is actually something new, and I didn't have a lighting kit or a light...

The Five Dimensions of Interaction Design

What is Interaction Design? Interaction Design (IxD) defines the structure and behavior of interactive systems. Interaction designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that...

Website Process

Research & Strategy Every website should have a goal and a purpose, serving relevant content to your audience – a space encouraging learning and a hub for visitors to want...

Color Psychology

Use color with purpose Color is all around us; there's no way of escaping it. With the knowledge of color psychology, one can effectively balance communication and emotions. Take on the world...

Carson’s 2nd Birthday Party

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Carson Turns TWO

Our little bundle of joy is TWO today, and I'm sitting here in the early hours of morning writing this, because I'm that crazy mom up late decorating cake and getting emotional looking...

Google Maps with Multiple Unique Markers using ACF & WordPress

This post is very popular! Please consider donating to allow me to share more of these valuable posts. If you liked this post and want to learn more about ACF,...

Coloring Pages

Download this full set of drawings to print and color! Great for kids and adults alike. You will be redirected to the download link after making a donation. (1/2 of proceeds...

HTML Structure and Search Engine Optimization Tips

Recently, I challenged myself to more clearly define the essentials for developing a sound website structure and add these to daily practice. Documentation is key for clarification (personally), so please...

Perry-isms

For those of you who knew my dad, Perry Beydler. I want to start a list of memories and sayings that he used, to remind us of him and make...

Bone Creek Membership Card Arrived

Today, we received our Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art membership card in the mail that I designed in mid-October. Out of the ordinary printing We opted to try Morning Print,...

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Effective Content Marketing Strategy

Audience Content marketing is for your customers, not your brand. The objective is to distribute content to attract, earn, and engage your target audience, who should have been defined in your brand goals. Inform,...

Shared vs Dedicated IP Address

Domain Names Domain names are easily read web addresses that talk to the server and ask for resources (files, images, etc) through page requests to display a web page. The...

Image and Url SEO Optimization – Difference Between Hyphens vs Underscores

What does Google say? Google searches for relevant content based on keywords found in titles, urls, images, descriptions, and page content. Upon abbreviated research in answering the question about the...

DIY Custom Poplar Wood LED Light Box

Finished dimensions: 19" x 15" x 3¼" This project used: Recycled poplar wood Hardboard 14" x 18" x 3/8" sheet of acrylic 1 roll of LED light strips with wall plug adapter...

How to Quickly Convert a JPG to a Transparent PNG in Adobe Photoshop

https://youtu.be/BEiDlB8avMY

Carson’s 1st Birthday | Part 2

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Carson’s 1st Birthday: Woodland Theme

Carson's 1st Birthday party was a success! Next year, I'm just going to buy a cake and be done. ;) I did make it to bed by 1:00am at least....

Giving New Meaning To What a Birthday Really Is (One Year Ago)

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?" "Your angel will...

Pancakes :: Carson & Mom

Another pancake kind of Tuesday.

Carson’s 1st Birthday Collateral

Getting to do some fun designing – the unpaid kind, which has been much needed. We made the trip to Bethany today, so what better way to use time (3.5...

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