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Free Cool Photo Edges (PSD)

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Today I have to share Cool Photo Edges (PSD) automated PSD template. Template is flexible and you can change dimensions, orientation and pixel resolution. You can quickly preview placed image with all edges (20) in template using Layer Comps. There is also option to use actions to quickly preview all edges in slideshow mode. I have included actions to quickly place/replace image in template and to swap between black and white edge color.

The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.


What is included in the package Package contains PSD file, Photoshop actions and PDF help file with detailed instructions.


Easy Way to Create an eCommerce Site With WordPress (Part 3)

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In the previous two posts (part 1, part 2) I have recommended you WordPress and WooCommerce plugin to create eCommerce site. In this post I will give you a suggestion which additional plugins to install in order to get job properly and easily done.

Which plugins to install with WooCommerce and Storefront Everything that I am recommending you is from my personal experience, you can check my site Photoshop Plus and my progress.

Here is the list with plugins that I have installed and I think that are required and useful for, basically, anyone who wants to build an online store with WP and WooCommerce:

Akismet - this is required plugin to protect your site from spam. It is doing a great job from my experience, just do install it.

Contact Form 7 - simple and lightweight contact form. You should (read must) have a contact form on your website.

Google Analytics by Yoast - another a must have plugin. This is my choice from bunch of similar plugins and it makes super easy everything that I ever …

Filter Forge Filters For Text Effects

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Among many other uses (here is the list with my tutorials), Filter Forge can be used for text effects, don't you know? I did some text effects in the past and re-discovered them recently while creating category thumbs (3) for my site Photoshop Plus.

Which Filter Forge filters to use for text effects In essence, there is no limit which category of filters to use to produce cool text effects. Anyway, you should start with: Effects > Creative or Distortions. Most of the time you can get the right effect out of the box just by applying preset and other times you will need to adjust settings slightly.


There are also filters under Effects > Patterns which can produce cool effects when applied to text like: Chukify, Cross-stich and Puzzle Mosaic.


You can also use Effects > Misc > Plastered Wall, Metalizer and so on to create your effect, it really depends on your project needs.

Starting point Good starting point for your exploration is to type your text against contrasty ba…

Free PSD Template: Single Frame With 4 Lighters

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Today I have to share Single Frame With 4 Lighters PSD mockup or template if you will. Provided file is layered, fully editable and can be used in Photoshop CS6 - CC 2015 (even and earlier versions). Mockup is created to help you when posting your photos online or to be used in print/epub material as a part of the publication. Instead of boring plain photos on your Facebook wall or in your publication you can place that photo in provided mockup and make things more interesting and more appreciated because it looks prettier and more effort is done for presentation..

The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.


What is included in the package Package contains PSD file, Photoshop actions and PDF help file with detailed instructions (in case you need them).


Publish Online Straightly From InDesign

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I found that new feature in InDesign CC 2015: Publish Online is actually quite useful, although you will see: Preview next to this option in the File menu. Adobe officially does not recommend to use this option for production, but I do not see any problem so far.

This option allows users to publish documents and share them straight from InDesign avoiding other platforms like Scribd or Slideshare which I am usually using for my documents. The interesting part is that you can include video, audio content and animations in your documents. After publishing document you can easily share links across social networks or to embed it in your blog post.

How to publish documents online directly from InDesign It is quite simple and easy process as you may expect. Open document in InDesign and go to File > Publish Online (Preview). Another and faster option is to click on Publish Online icon in the top right corner of the application window.


In the Publish Online Options dialog > General yo…

Compositions Using Photoshop and Filter Forge (3)

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We will continue creating compositions in Photoshop with a little help of my old friend Filter Forge. Here are links to check previous two posts with the same topic: part 1 and part 2. In this tutorial I will give you an idea how to combine continuous tone images with Filter Forge filters and some basic Photoshop capabilities. We will create a nice scene with frame sitting on the wood floor with a continuous tone image as background.

Steps to create compositions As mentioned above we will combine two FF filters and one continuous tone image for the background. You can use just any image with any scene that you want to incorporate in your composition, but keep in mind that you should (although it is not ultimate requirement) pay attention on lighting source in the background image to match lighting source of other components created using Filter Forge or Photoshop. The easy solution is to heavily blur background image and to quickly fix the problem because if you change the background…

Free PSD Template: Shelf With Single Frame

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Today I have to share Shelf With Single Frame PSD mockup or template if you will. Provided file is layered, fully editable and can be used in Photoshop CS6 - CC 2015 (even and earlier versions). Mockup is created to help you when posting your photos online or to be used in print/epub material as a part of the publication. Instead of boring plain photos on your Facebook wall or in your publication you can place that photo in provided mockup and make things more interesting and more appreciated because it looks prettier and more effort is done for presentation..

The license is free for personal and commercial projects as and everything else listed in freebies section and on my site Photoshop Plus > Free.


What is included in the package Package contains PSD file, Photoshop actions and PDF help file with detailed instructions (in case you need them).

Easy Way to Create an eCommerce Site With WordPress (Part 2)

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We are going to continue exploring the easiest way to create an eCommerce site using WordPress. So far you should have installed WordPress on your local computer using Bitnami stack what is covered in the first part of this tutorial. In this post I will give you instructions how to install free eCommerce plugin WooCommerce. Along the way I will give you tips which additional plugins you can install and provide you with links to check and some premium themes for WooComerce.

Why to choose WooCommerce I will explain you my thoughts and conclusions on why you should choose WooCommerce and WordPress. First of all, your online store should (read: must) have a blog or news section. There isn't better and more powerful blogging platform. In the matter of fact, most eCommerce solutions, by default, does not take in account blog at all. Huge mistake in my opinion. The second reason is ease of use, number of solutions like themes, plugins and developers who can help you in case something go…