20+ Best Instagram Filters for Photoshop

Filters are one of the best features of Instagram. Everyone loves the idea of prettifying their photos in an instant and sharing them with their friends and family. But have you ever wanted a set of Instagram filters for Photoshop? I know I have. The good news is, you don’t just need the Instagram app to apply filters to your photos. You can actually create even more beautiful photos with customizable filters using Photoshop actions and upload them to not just Instagram, but any other social network you want. We handpicked a collection of free and premium Instagram Photoshop actions for creating creative and stylish Instagram filter effects in Photoshop. With a single click, you can apply these effects to your photos and customize them to your preference. Instant Hipster – 27 Photoshop Instagram Filters Instant hipster comes with a collection of 27 different Photoshop actions that allows you to Read the full article…

How To Build A Virtual Reality Model With A Real-Time Cross-Device Preview

How To Build A Virtual Reality Model With A Real-Time Cross-Device Preview How To Build A Virtual Reality Model With A Real-Time Cross-Device Preview Alvin Wan 2018-11-06T23:50:16+01:002018-11-07T10:45:16+00:00 Virtual reality (VR) is an experience based in a computer-generated environment; a number of different VR products make headlines and its applications range far and wide: for the winter Olympics, the US team utilized virtual reality for athletic training; surgeons are experimenting with virtual reality for medical training; and most commonly, virtual reality is being applied to games. We will focus on the last category of applications and will specifically focus on point-and-click adventure games. Such games are a casual class of games; the goal is to point and click on objects in the scene, to finish a puzzle. In this tutorial, we will build a simple version of such a game but in virtual reality. This serves as an introduction to programming Read the full article…

The Value Of Storyboarding For Product Design

The Value Of Storyboarding For Product Design The Value Of Storyboarding For Product Design Joshua Bumcrot 2018-11-06T14:15:20+01:002018-11-07T10:45:16+00:00 When you think of the word “storyboarding,” you probably think about film, media, and video creation. Historically, this is what storyboards have been used for, but who says we can’t use them for product development as well? Storyboards are an effective communication and product development tool for digital marketers, content creators, user experience specialists, and product managers. In this article, I’ll teach you why storyboarding is valuable to the product development process, as well as why it can reduce interdepartmental miscommunications as well as overhead costs. Below is a comic of a clear and common situation experienced by most companies. Words can only go so far as to effective explanations and miscommunications are are a common occurrence in the product development world. As you read the article, keep this image in mind and Read the full article…

The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders

The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long time toymakers and a flurry of new market entrants have piggybacked on the popularity of smartphones and apps, building connected toys for even very young kids that seek to tap into a wider ‘learn to code’ movement which itself feeds off worries about the future employability of those lacking techie skills. Whether the lofty educational claims being made for some of these STEM gizmos stands the test of time remains to be seen. Much of this sums to clever branding. Though there’s no doubt a lot of care and attention has gone into building this category out, you’ll also find equally eye-catching price-tags. Whatever STEM toy you buy there’s a high chance Read the full article…

Déraciné is a short, somber VR story from the creators of Dark Souls

The first virtual reality experience created by From Software, the studio behind notoriously punishing action role-playing games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, Déraciné isn’t what you’d expect. It’s not violent or particularly challenging. In fact, it has more in common with narrative-focused indie games like Gone Home and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture than the rest of From’s catalog. So it’s important to go into Déraciné with the right expectations. No, it’s not Dark Souls in VR. Instead, it’s a beautiful, bite-sized story that explores the fantastical through an experience that feels surprisingly at home in VR. Déraciné takes place almost entirely within the confines of a small boarding school. You play as a faerie, a magical — and… Read the full article…

Fortnite’s cube monsters aren’t gone just yet

Fortnite’s monstrous “Fortnitemares” event concluded over the weekend with a dramatic explosion that not only changed the island, but it also rid it of the zombie-like creatures that had invaded. And while those creatures — known as cube monsters — aren’t in Fortnite’s main battle royale mode anymore, that doesn’t mean they’ve disappeared completely. Today, developer Epic launched a new limited-time event in the game called “team terror,” in which two squads of 32 players each try to eliminate each other. The twist is that the map is also infested with cube monsters that are trying to kill you. The new mode comes as part of the game’s latest patch, v6.22, which also introduces a number of other, smaller changes. There’s a new heavy… Read the full article…

The best 8K and 5K monitors in 2018

Chances are you’ll have heard of 4K – after all many of us now have 4K TVs – but what about 8K? Naturally display manufacturers always want to upgrade us to the latest standards, but as creatives we’re obviously interested in the latest upcoming standards. The best Black Friday monitor deals 2018 While we’ve seen some 5K monitors appear – and we’ll look some of the models available below – 8K should be seen as the next step from 4K for TVs and video production and will become standard in the computing world, too. But although we’re starting to see some 8K displays become available, there’s hardly any 8K video content out there. That’s not such a problem in the computing world as it simply means you can fit more pixels – and so more desktop and higher resolution content – on your screen. But it does mean that mass Read the full article…

The Short History of Website Building [Infographic]

You’re reading The Short History of Website Building [Infographic], originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! Website design has come a long way in a relatively short time. From zeros and ones to lines of code to intuitive website builders, designing for the web has become more accessible. But how did it all evolve? From significant … Read the full article…

How ipapi.com Taught Me to Value Users

You’re reading How ipapi.com Taught Me to Value Users, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! One of my favorite tools in my API toolkit is ipapi.com. This REST API transforms raw IP data to valuable sets of information. The service automates IP address validation and geolocation lookup and offers more than 45 data references per … Read the full article…

Three New NES Games, Including Metroid, Are Headed to Nintendo Switch Online Next Week

Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee will all be headed to the Nintendo Switch Online – Nintendo Entertainment System library next Wednesday, November 14. Joining the ever-growing list of NES titles that are playable with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, these three follow last month’s additions of NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon’s Key, Super Dodge Ball, and the surprise inclusion of The Legend of Zelda SP which starts Link with every item in the game and 255 rupees. Read the full article…

Riot Games Sued for Gender-Based Discrimination

Riot Games has been sued by one current and one former employee and has been accused of “endemic gender-based discrimination and fostering a “men-first” environment.” As reported by Kotaku, the lawsuit follows another investigation by Kotaku that delved into a sexist culture at Riot Games, the publisher of titles such as League of Legends. The class-action lawsuit filed against Riot Games states that, “like many of Riot Games’ female employees, Plaintiffs have been denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women. Moreover, Plaintiffs have also seen their working conditions negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games.” Read the full article…

Déraciné Review

Déraciné is haunting, and not just because you play as an invisible ghost-like figure wandering the halls of a boarding school. It’s thanks to a smart focus on character and place that come together to produce an eerie, surprisingly moving fairytale that, mostly, overcomes its pedestrian use of VR. Déraciné is fairly conventional in the “how” of its VR interaction: you teleport from spot to spot, using two spectral hands to interact with key items. There’s no health or mana bar, no fights to prepare for — rather, as a spectral faerie caught between time, you’re free to move about the mansion setting at a leisurely pace. Across a number of chapters, FromSoftware and SIE Japan’s five or six-hour adventure functions like a point-and-click adventure you just so happen to be physically standing in the middle of. Find an item in one room that can lead to opening a chest in another, Read the full article…