Web design

The best screenshot tools for Windows and Mac

What exactly is a screenshot? How do you create one? And how do the different screenshot shortcuts work when trying to create screenshots on Mac and Windows? Besides the built-in features on operating systems, what are the other, third-party options when it comes to screenshot tools? We’ll take you through our introductory guide to making screenshots and the best keyboard shortcuts and screenshot programs to help you. [...]  

Premiere Pro alternatives: free video editing software

Adobe Premiere Pro is seen as the professional standard bearer when it comes to digital video editing. That being said, there is a surprising amount of excellent alternatives to Premiere Pro out there, both for semi-professional and private use. Whether you need it for work, social networks, or simply to have a bit of fun, you can read about the best free video editors on offer here. [...]  

Typography in responsive web design - part 3: technical implementation with CSS

Responsive typography is a much-neglected aspect of responsive web design, but it’s actually surprisingly easy to create a responsive design for both headlines and main text. So what’s the secret? Find out in part three of our series, as we give you a run-down of the implementation of a responsive font and share tips on how to embed CSS commands into your web presence. [...]  

Responsive typography: finding the perfect font

Since the introduction of web fonts, designers have enjoyed a massive increase in options for responsive typography. Their scalability means these fonts are displayed perfectly on every device, making these a perfect solution for responsive design. With thousands of free web fonts available from multiple online platforms, it’s now easier than ever before to find the perfect font for your website. In part three of our series on responsive design and fonts, we’ll show you how to embed responsive typography with just a few simple CSS instructions. [...]  

Alternatives to Adobe Lightroom: editing images for free

Digital photography and image editing software allow both amateurs and professionals to create, edit, and archive stunning images with little effort. But you don’t always have to shell out for expensive packages in order to curate professional albums and optimize images. In this article, you’ll find a list of some of the best free alternatives to Adobe Lightroom that allow users to manage and optimize their images efficiently. [...]  

Photoshop alternatives: Adobe’s competitors reviewed

Adobe Photoshop is considered the industry standard for image editing software, and it’s been that way for many years. But hobby photographers and amateur designers often complain that the program is simply too complex (thanks to its enormous range of functions), or too expensive to warrant purchasing. For this reason, there are numerous Photoshop alternatives, many of which are considerably cheaper, or in some cases, even free to use. Here are our top five. [...]  

Free Adobe InDesign alternatives

For creatives and those who are aspiring designers, many programs from Adobe make up a key part of their standard equipment. InDesign is a very popular tool with large publishing houses as well as smaller publishers thanks to its huge range of functions. But quality (and name) come at a price: monthly fees put a hole in the cash register, especially for small companies and self-employed designers. Luckily, there are some good, free InDesign alternatives. [...]  

Adblockers’ impact on web design and web development

Approximately a quarter of all internet users in the United States use adblockers in order to circumvent pop-ups or ad banners. And while it may be nice to peruse through your favorite content unhampered by advertising, these extensions cut into the profits of both advertisers as well as those running ads on their brand or company. However, only few seem to be aware of the fact that it’s precisely these ads that are responsible for financing such free content. That’s why it’s up to the designer of these apps to come up with viable solutions so that website designers can adjust the today’s rapidly changing internet landscape. [...]  

Adobe Illustrator alternatives: what free Illustrator alternatives are there?

Vector-based graphics programs can be used to create drawings and designs for web-based or print media. Of all of the applications on offer, Adobe Illustrator is by far the most popular with many professionals swearing by it. But the specialist software comes with a hefty price tag. However, there are several lesser-known vector graphic programs available free of charge. So, what free alternatives to illustrator are there, and which functions do they provide? [...]  

Responsive navigation: dynamic menus for mobile

Web design is an increasingly demanding and complex art, especially when it comes to adaptability. Websites must now satisfy far more requirements: they must look appealing on devices of all sizes, be easy for visitors of a wide range of abilities to navigate, and most importantly of all, the user experience must be perfect, regardless of the device used. Responsive design ensures that the content of a website adapts dynamically to the interface of any device, from PCs to tablets to smartphones. This creates interesting new challenges for web designers, particularly in the area of responsive navigation. [...]