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4 Figma Tips For Prototyping Like A Pro

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4 Figma Tips For Prototyping Like A Pro

Figma is an entirely browser-based interface design tool, and one that we’re increasingly recommending to Designlab students. Not only is the platform free—Figma also allows you to collaborate on a file in real with others (like your mentor!) With the release of Figma 3.0, you now have access to a raft of powerful prototyping tools within Figma itself. In this post, we’ve got four tips to help you experiment with more advanced prototyping functionality.... Read more

Collaboration: The New Revolution In Design Software

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Collaboration: The New Revolution In Design Software

The recent release of Figma 3.0, a collaborative interface design platform, reminds us how far software has come since design went digital over 30 years ago. And it’s not just about the superior speed or technical capabilities of the tools we have today; it’s also about a cultural change that goes back to the middle ages.... Read more

Launching Figma 101!

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Launching Figma 101!

Figma is the cool new kid on the block when it comes to design software. To help you master this awesome tool, we’ve put together Figma 101, a free 7-day email course that covers all the basics. It also comes with a heap of bonuses, like keyboard shortcuts cheat sheets and Figma tips and tricks. And one lucky person will win a free Wacom Intuos Pro tablet!... Read more

Launching Photoshop 101!

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Launching Photoshop 101!

Since Designlab was founded in 2013, we’ve provided design education to over 4000 students. One of the things we hear time and again is that people delayed their design education because they were intimidated by the software. Certainly, opening up software as a novice can be an overwhelming experience. So today we’re pleased to unveil Photoshop 101—a free 7-day email course to get you started in Photoshop.... Read more

Draw a Heart in Sketch Using Only 2 Vector Points

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Draw a Heart in Sketch Using Only 2 Vector Points

In the past few years, Sketch has become a crucial tool for digital designers, often enabling quicker workflows than older packages. In this Valentine’s Day special, see how you can use Sketch’s Vector tool (aka the Pen tool) to create a heart shape from scratch using just two vector points. That’s the same number of points as a straight line!... Read more

Launching Sketch 101!

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Launching Sketch 101!

To celebrate our 2017 Best Bootcamp Award from SwitchUp, we’re excited to launch our brand-shiny-new (and free) Sketch 101 email course today! Sketch has become popular in the design world over the past few years, and like Adobe’s Illustrator package, it’s a vector-based image editor. What makes Sketch unique though is that it’s a much more lightweight product than Illustrator, and is optimized for quickly creating wireframes, web layouts, and exporting files to use in digital prototypes.... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 4: Symbols

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Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 4: Symbols

Have you ever decided to make a change in a design project, and found yourself working your way through a screen full of artboards updating Every. Single. Button? Chances are you could have saved yourself a lot of time and frustration – and got a better result – by using the Symbol function in Sketch. In Part 4 of our series of Sketch tips, we’ll give you the lowdown on how to get the most out of symbols.... Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started In Sketch (With Free 99-Point Cheat Sheet)

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Started In Sketch (With Free 99-Point Cheat Sheet)

Whether you’re a total novice, a designer in training, or a seasoned pro switching from another product, this article is for you. First, we’ll introduce Sketch—what it is, why it’s popular, and how to claim a free trial and install it on your Mac. Second, we’ll explore Sketch’s user interface, explain the basics, and walk you through some tips and tutorials. Third, we’ll take a look at some of the app’s more advanced features (Bézier curves and blending modes are especially fun). And finally, we’ll point you to a heap of quality Sketch resources, and link you to our free 99-point Sketch Cheat Sheet to download and refer to as you learn. Sound good?... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 3: Composition, Light, and Shadow

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Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 3: Composition, Light, and Shadow

Welcome to Part 3 of our series of tips to help you use Sketch more productively. In Part 2, we looked at useful techniques for editing objects and exporting graphics. This time, we’re going to focus on how you can apply your skills in Sketch by managing light and shadow in a composition.... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 2: Editing And Exporting In Sketch

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Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 2: Editing And Exporting In Sketch

Welcome to Part 2 of our series of tips to help you use Sketch more productively. Last time, we looked at how to work with objects, layers, and artboards. In this installment, we’ll explore some useful shortcuts for editing elements, and offer advice on exporting graphics.... Read more

Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 1: Getting Started In Sketch

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Sketch Tips To Maximize Your Productivity—Part 1: Getting Started In Sketch

Welcome to Part 1 of our new series of tips to help you use Sketch more productively. In this installment, we’re going to look at some shortcuts to working with objects, layers, and artboards quickly and efficiently.... Read more

Sketch vs Illustrator: which one should you buy?

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Sketch vs Illustrator: which one should you buy?

It’s six years to the day since Sketch first launched. But how does it stack up against Adobe’s Creative Suite workhorse, Illustrator?... Read more

Make Your First GIF

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Make Your First GIF

There’s an app for everything GIF related. GIF keyboards, searches and extensions to easily add GIFs to your e-mails. So why would you want to make a GIF yourself? Because while you make you’re first GIF, you’ll be on your way to learning just how versatile Photoshop CC really is.... Read more