20+ Best Free Photoshop Actions 2019

Photoshop actions are quite useful when optimizing photos, applying effects, and editing graphics. For this collection, we’ve handpicked some of the best free Photoshop actions you can download and use with no price to pay! Whether you’re a professional designer or a complete beginner, Photoshop actions can help you save a lot of time. Simply put, Photoshop actions pack hours worth of design work into a single-click so that you can achieve professional-level effects without an effort. In this post, we’re featuring several different types of free Photoshop actions. You’ll find them categorized into different effects and styles below. Have a look and start downloading. Unlimited Downloads of 500,000+ Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets, Graphics, Templates & More If you’re looking for high-end results with your photos and images, it’s a good idea to choose from one of the many affordable premium Photoshop actions available through Envato Elements. Here are a Read the full article…

Fresh Spring Vibes For Your Desktop (March 2019 Wallpapers Edition)

Fresh Spring Vibes For Your Desktop (March 2019 Wallpapers Edition) Fresh Spring Vibes For Your Desktop (March 2019 Wallpapers Edition) Cosima Mielke 2019-02-28T10:05:48+01:002019-02-28T09:28:09+00:00 Spring is coming! With March just around the corner, nature is slowly but surely awakening from its winter sleep. And, well, even if spring seems far away in your part of the world, this month’s wallpaper selection is bound to at least get your ideas springing. Just like every month since more than nine years already, artists and designers from across the globe got out their favorite tools and designed unique wallpapers to cater for some fresh inspiration on your desktop and mobile screens. The wallpapers come in versions with and without a calendar for March 2019 and can be downloaded for free. A big thank-you to everyone who submitted their designs! As a little bonus goodie, we also added some favorites from past years’ March editions Read the full article…

Breaking Boxes With CSS Fragmentation

Breaking Boxes With CSS Fragmentation Breaking Boxes With CSS Fragmentation Rachel Andrew 2019-02-27T14:00:00+01:002019-02-28T09:28:09+00:00 In this article, I’m going to introduce you to the CSS Fragmentation specification. You might never have heard of it, however, if you have ever created a print stylesheet and wanted to control where the content breaks between pages, or multi-column layout and wanted to stop a figure breaking between columns, you have encountered it. I find that quite often problems people report with multicol are really problems with browser support of fragmentation. After a quick rundown of the properties contained in this specification, I’ll be explaining the current state of browser support and some of the things you can do to get it working as well as it can in your multicol and print projects. What Is Fragmentation? Fragmentation in CSS describes the process by which content becomes broken up into different boxes. Currently, we have Read the full article…

The Shadow Ghost turns cloud gaming into a seamless experience

French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, is launching a new set-top box to access its cloud gaming service — the Shadow Ghost. I’ve been playing with the device for a couple of weeks and here’s my review. The Shadow Ghost is a tiny little box that doesn’t do much. The true magic happens in a data center near your home. When you sign up to Shadow, you don’t even have to get a box. You can simply subscribe to the service without any hardware device and use the company’s apps instead. Shadow is a cloud computing service for gamers. For $35 per month, you can access a gaming PC in a data center and interact with this computer. Right now, Shadow gives you eight threads on an Intel Xeon 2620 processor, an Nvidia Quadro P5000 GPU that performs more or less as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, Read the full article…

Nintendo unveils ‘Pokémon Sword & Shield’ for Switch, saying a ‘new journey’ will begin this year

Nintendo abruptly broke its silence today regarding the next core entries in its popular Pokemon franchise. The next original role-playing games in the series are now officially known as Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and will release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch towards the end of 2019. “This year, a new Pokemon journey will begin for all of you,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Co., introducing the new games. This marks the first original Pokémon release on the Switch, as last year’s Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were enhanced remakes of earlier titles for the Game Boy. Sword and Shield were initially announced for the Switch at E3 2017, but no further information had been released on the subject until today’s early-morning livestreamed conference. Sword and Shield, according to producer Junichi Masuda, are “new entries in the Pokémon series, that will get any player fired up and Read the full article…

Fortnite dance lawsuits are bad for copyright and bad for culture

Fortnite is one of the most popular and profitable video games in history, and its publisher Epic is copying creative work from children and independent artists without paying them. So it’s not surprising that seven people have sued the company, claiming Epic broke copyright law by turning their dance moves into Fortnite emotes. These suits are exploring interesting new legal territory. But if they succeed, it could be bad for dance, bad for copyright, and bad for the culture these lawsuits are ostensibly trying to protect. For anybody who’s not familiar with Fortnite, emotes are short avatar animations that players can buy or earn. Like other cosmetic in-game items, they’re often fun because they’re familiar. You can get generic… Read the full article…

I used a Mercedes-Benz as a Mario Kart controller, and it was amazing

The whizz-kids at Daimler Research Group have done something that’s equal parts silly and ingenious: they’ve adapted a version of Mario Kart (the open-source SuperTuxKart) to work on the MBUX infotainment system of a Mercedes-Benz CLA. It plays the game on the screen to the right of the driver, who can control it with the car’s steering wheel and pedals. The interior lighting system activates in sync with the starting signals in the game, the seatbelt tightens anytime you crash in the game, and the air conditioning blows cool air at you with an intensity matched to your speed in the game. I played it and I loved it. The game’s frame rate isn’t perfect, and by the time I got to Daimler’s MWC booth, the seatbelt integration wasn’t working,… Read the full article…

Slack sparks further outrage with tweak to new logo

You’ve got to feel sorry for whoever mans Slack’s Twitter account. Only recently they were at the coalface of dealing with angry tweets from designers outraged that the workplace chat app had changed its logo. And now they’re having to go through it all over again thanks to a tweak to the design that aims to make the logo easier to spot. This latest update to the logo design is a change to the background colour of the mobile app icon, which has switched from a plummy purple to a crisp white. The audacity. Back in January, the new Slack logo, which was created by the app’s in-house design team in collaboration with Michael Bierut and Pentagram, was met with widespread disapproval by the design community. Many were sad to see the old logo go, and criticised the new one for looking generic. Avid readers of Creative Bloq might remember Read the full article…

7 fantastic design fails – and what we can learn from them

Design is a problem-solving process. It’s about coming up with the best solution for the client (whether they realise it or not), on time and on budget. Sometimes though, the process always quite go to plan. Sometimes a solution can go so off brief that outsiders are left wondering how and why the work was ever signed off.  Fortunately, however, one designer’s misfortune is another designer’s free lesson on what not to do. From print ads to packaging designs, here, we’ve rounded up seven whopping design fails and what we can learn from them.  01. Ropest font Joining up letters can change the way they look, folks We totally get that this font is supposed to be made of rope, and is therefore called, Ropest. But the ligature between the ‘o’ and the ‘p’ makes the ‘o’ looks so much like an ‘a’ that we can’t help seeing a different Read the full article…

How Black Women Made The Sims 4 Their Own

Since The Sims entered the video game market in 2000 on the PC, it has defied easy categorization. Designed to be a mix of an architectural simulator and a high-tech doll-house, The Sims’ release marked some of the most extensive customization in a video game at the time. All iterations of The Sims since have continued the trend. There is no definitive story mode or sense of linearity; the draw is in the details. Your sim pays their bills, cleans themselves, eats, and remembers if they had a sour social interaction with another sim. Players have a great deal of freedom to guide their sims in whatever way they wish. Whether that’s toward success — through wealth, fame, family, popularity, a stylish vampire coven, or unbeatable cooking skills — or death. You can kill your sims in progressively stranger ways (because, at some point, we’ve all put our sims in Read the full article…

IGN Can’t Draw: Our Imaginary Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Evolutions

Since this morning’s reveal of the three new starters in Pokemon Sword and Shield – the grass chimp Grookey, the fire rabbit Scorbunny and the water lizard Sobble – there’s been a lot of discussion around what their evolutions might look like. After all, Pokemon always start out cute and cuddly but can end up as imposing, muscle-studded beasts. We at IGN decided it would be a fun experiment to draw what we think Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble’s evolutions might look like, but the catch is…not a lot of us can draw. Please enjoy IGN Can’t Draw: Our Imaginary Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Evolutions Edition. Read the full article…