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Not Just for Laughs: How to Make and Use Animated GIFs

Sure, GIFs are best known for their meme potential. But, they’re also a useful, low-lift design tool. We’ll prove it! When Steve Wilhite invented the Graphic Interchange Format, or GIF, I’m pretty certain he never expected it to become such an iconic part of pop culture. But, GIFs are good for more than viral memes. […]

Learn How to Remove a Background in Photoshop

In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to remove the background from an image using the Background Eraser Tool. Creating a transparent cutout is one of the most useful tools in Photoshop. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be a complicated skill to master. You can quickly and easily remove your background in Photoshop, […]

How to Add Dreamy Blur and Bokeh Effects to Your Photos

A cleverly applied blur can give images a special quality that enhances focus, movement, or fosters a dreamlike, ethereal mood. Let’s look at three easy techniques for enhancing your images with blurring in Adobe Photoshop, as well as tips for how to achieve a similar look using free software. Whether you want to direct the […]

Surreal Compositions: How to Blend Images in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to blend your photos together in Photoshop to create a surreal composite image. It’s no secret that Photoshop can create thoughtful visual illusions that make the impossible come alive. Blending two unlikely photos in a composite image is one of the most powerful features of the program. Whether you’re […]

A Graphic Designer’s Journal: Touring Japan Through Design

Noh Balcha explores Japan’s rich culture and learning design influences using PixelSquid—a graphic designer’s travel journal. With the Olympics taking place in Japan this year and COVID-19 still looming over us, the majority of the population will be watching indoors. So, if we can’t travel to Japan, why can’t we bring Japan to us via […]

Download These FREE (and Adorable) Affirmation Cards for Kids

Help a child develop a healthier mindset with these affirmations—complete with animal illustrations!—for daily encouragement. As the saying goes, children are like sponges. So, why not make sure they absorb information that helps them develop a healthy outlook and strong sense of self? One way to do that is by introducing positive affirmations into their […]

Create and Customize a Tie-Dye Pattern in Photoshop

Create and customize your own psychedelic 60s-inspired tie-dye texture in Adobe Photoshop, without all the mess! Tie-dye has made a strong impression down the runway, in graphic design, and everything in-between. This psychedelic trend made a major comeback when our world started embracing do-it-yourself projects in 2020 and is here to stay for the year […]

How to Work with the Patch Tool in Adobe Photoshop

Here’s everything you need to know about the Patch Tool with this step-by-step tutorial to touch up your images. When you take a picture only to later realize it wasn’t perfect, you don’t have to go back and reshoot the photo. Instead, you can use the help of an image editing software such as Adobe […]