20+ Best Watercolor Photoshop Actions

Whether you’re designing a unique website background, a poster, sketch, or a creating an artistic photo composition, using a watercolor Photoshop action can make your design stand out from the crowd. A watercolor effect it’s not an easy effect to master when created from scratch. It takes a lot of work, time, and skill to achieve a realistic watercolor effect in Photoshop. The good news is that using a watercolor Photoshop action can help you skip the learning curve and experiment with a watercolor effect in just a few clicks! In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best watercolor Photoshop actions you can use to turn your photos into watercolor art, craft amazing backgrounds, and do much more. Have a look and start downloading. You can grab all these Photoshop actions for a single price when you subscribe to Envato Elements. Photo Painter Photoshop Actions This is a bundle Read the full article…

Building Mobile Apps Using React Native And WordPress

Building Mobile Apps Using React Native And WordPress Building Mobile Apps Using React Native And WordPress Muhammad Muhsin 2018-05-11T15:15:56+02:002018-05-12T08:00:26+00:00 As web developers, you might have thought that mobile app development calls for a fresh learning curve with another programming language. Perhaps Java and Swift need to be added to your skill set to hit the ground running with both iOS and Android, and that might bog you down. But this article has you in for a surprise! We will look at building an e-commerce application for iOS and Android using the WooCommerce platform as our backend. This would be an ideal starting point for anyone willing to get into native cross-platform development. A Brief History Of Cross-Platform Development It’s 2011, and we see the beginning of hybrid mobile app development. Frameworks like Apache Cordova, PhoneGap, and Ionic Framework slowly emerge. Everything looks good, and web developers are eagerly coding away Read the full article…

Google I/O Developer Roundup: What’s New?

Google I/O Developer Roundup: What’s New? Google I/O Developer Roundup: What’s New? Rachel Andrew 2018-05-11T12:30:47+02:002018-05-12T08:00:26+00:00 The Google I/O keynote opened with an animation asking us to “Make Good Things Together,” and in this article, I’m going to round up some of the things announced in the Keynote and Developer Keynote, that are of interest to Smashing readers. The announcements in the keynote were backed up by sessions during the event, which were recorded. To help you use the things announced, I’ll be linking to the videos of those sessions plus any supporting material I’ve been able to find. I would love to know which of these announcements you would like to find out more about — please do leave a comment below. Also, if you are an author with experience to share on any of these then why not drop us a line with an outline? The Keynotes The main Read the full article…

Things Designers Should Know About SEO In 2018

Things Designers Should Know About SEO In 2018 Things Designers Should Know About SEO In 2018 Myriam Jessier 2018-05-10T14:25:45+02:002018-05-12T08:00:26+00:00 Design has a large impact on content visibility — so does SEO. However, there are some key SEO concepts that experts in the field struggle to communicate clearly to designers. This can create friction and the impression that most well-designed websites are very poorly optimized for SEO. Here is an overview of what we will be covering in this article: Design mobile first for Google, Structure content for organic visibility, Focus on user intent (not keywords), Send the right signals with internal linking, A crash course on image SEO, Penalties for pop-ups, Say it like you mean it: voice search and assistants. Design Mobile First For Google This year, Google plans on indexing websites mobile first: Our algorithms will eventually primarily use the mobile version of a site’s content to rank Read the full article…

MapleStory gets an extra life with a mobile game and 3D sequel

Logging onto MapleStory back in 2004 was like entering a different world, one filled with magic, community, and ridiculously cute child-like avatars. Today there are dozens of games that offer a similar, and often better, experience. But in the early 2000s, the free-to-play, casual multiplayer MapleStory was singular, attracting fan videos, art, and later on YouTubers. By 2009, MapleStory had reached an incredible 92 million players. A notable 36 percent of those players were under the age of 18, and many of them likely grew out of the game over time. While millions still play the game, its audience is a fraction of what it once was. Today, a cult following of 14 million players remains, and Nexon, MapleStory’s parent company, has failed… Read the full article…

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Bethesda Debuts More, Very Obvious Rage 2 Teases

Update #2: Bethesda has only continued to tease what all but certainly looks like the return of Rage. New photos continue to pop up on the Bethesda Twitter account, featuring the bright pink paint used in previous teaser images. Most notably, a pair of photos feature CG characters inserted into real-world situations, both of whom look like they’re pulled straight from the world of the original Rage. Check out all of the teaser images so far in the gallery below. Of course, Bethesda has still not officially announced Rage 2, or any other new entry in the Rage universe, so these images could be related to another project. However, the frequency of the images likely means some sort of announcement is soon to come. Read the full article…

Contributing To MDN Web Docs

Contributing To MDN Web Docs Contributing To MDN Web Docs Rachel Andrew 2018-05-09T13:20:47+02:002018-05-11T10:39:59+00:00 MDN Web Docs has been documenting the web platform for over twelve years and is now a cross-platform effort with contributions and an Advisory Board with members from Google, Microsoft and Samsung as well as those representing Firefox. Something that is fundamental to MDN is that it is a huge community effort, with the web community helping to create and maintain the documentation. In this article, I’m going to give you some pointers as to the places where you can help contribute to MDN and exactly how to do so. If you haven’t contributed to an open source project before, MDN is a brilliant place to start. Skills needed range from copyediting, translating from English to other languages, HTML and CSS skills for creating Interactive Examples, or an interest in browser compatibility for updating Browser Compatibility data. Read the full article…

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Monster Hunter is coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer

The entire time I played Monster Hunter World on the PS4 back in January, I wished I could have a similar experience on the Nintendo Switch. Now, Capcom is making that happen… sort of. Today, the developer announced the series’s debut on Nintendo’s tablet in North America, but it isn’t a port of World. Instead, it’s a follow-up to the 2016 Nintendo 3DS game Monster Hunter Generations; the sequel already launched in Japan last year under the name Monster Hunter XX. It will be called Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate when it debuts in English. While it’s great to see the series shift to the Switch, fans of World should be careful. While that game merged the iconic Monster Hunter gameplay with a structure that felt more fluid and… Read the full article…

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5 simple ways to avoid creative burnout

As an independent creative professional, and because of the number of hours per day I work, I face the very real potential for burning out. The secret of avoiding burnout isn’t luck, it’s a deliberate decision to keep the fire burning. Burnout is a state of total exhaustion that not only effects you emotionally, but also physically and mentally. It happens when you work yourself too hard. It also happens as a result of being stressed for long periods of time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working from home or as the creative director of a big agency, burnout evaporates your motivation. To put it simply, burnout sucks the life out of you. Watch your stress levels Stress might very well be unavoidable. There are times when our careers and our personals lives crash in such a way that we feel stressed. For example, imagine your boss or client is Read the full article…

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Rocket League Outlines Summer 2018 Roadmap

Psyonix has released the latest roadmap for the upcoming content coming to Rocket League over the next few months. Detailed on the Rocket League website, the summer 2018 roadmap starts in late May with the start of season 8’s competitive season. Players can expect their season 7 rewards as well as a brand new arena, new in-game music, and more. June will bring a summer-themed event and new licensed DLC. On June 8, the RLCS World Championships will kick off in London and will be streamed live on Twitch. As per usual, July will see the annual Rocket League birthday celebrations with anniversary events and loot. Read the full article…

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New Steam Link app will let players stream games from their PCs to Android and iOS

Steam is bringing mobile game streaming to Android and iOS with a new Steam Link app which will let gamers stream games off their Mac or PC over the internet to their smartphones. The app is scheduled to launch at the end of the month during the week of May 21st, with Android support initially offered in beta. No LTE streaming (yet) There are a few caveats — you’ll need to connect your phone to your PC through a 5GHz Wi-Fi network or wired Ethernet connection, so you won’t be able to just stream Call of Duty to your phone when you’re out and about over LTE. As for controllers, Steam says that you’ll be able to use the Steam Controller, MFi-compatible iOS controllers, and more, although the company hasn’t clarified a full list of what… Read the full article…

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Conan Exiles Review in Progress

Robert E. Howard’s Conan universe was an unforgiving place filled with dangers around every corner. Conan Exiles lives up to that reputation. It’s not just the other players and NPCs in the world that make this survival game rough; it’s the wolves and giants and other terrors stalking the deserts and forests around you. And even if you manage to survive all that, a sandstorm or the brutal northern cold might lay you low. It just came out of early access yesterday with a load of new content, but here’s what I’m thinking about it so far. Conan Exiles captures the tone of Howard’s hard world right from the start, casting you as a criminal who’s crucified and left to die naked along a highway that last saw better days a century ago. Unlike Funcom’s other Conan game, the MMORPG Age of Conan, though, it focuses more on mood rather Read the full article…

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