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Even the best software in the world can take a lot of time to learn, but our thoroughly tested tutorials let you sharpen your skills and finish your projects faster. No matter what your current skill level is, these simple, step-by-step guides help to turn complex projects into learning experiences, and our authors are standing by to answer your questions and comments.

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DaVinci Resolve Not Opening: Possible Reasons & Fixes

I’m an avid fan of DaVinci Resolve. It’s definitely one of the smoothest editing software I’ve used, and there’s a fully functional free version.  Despite the constant updates, sometimes technology still fails. I hate it when I’m working on a project and my...

How to Fix “Media Offline” Issue in DaVinci Resolve

There is nothing more frustrating than loading up a project that you have spent hours on and seeing that nothing will play, because it says, “media offline”. However, I have great news for you, fixing this problem is as easy as re-linking the media.  My name is...

Does DaVinci Resolve Have a Watermark?

DaVinci Resolve is a video editing, VFX, SFX, and color grading software used by beginners and professionals alike. To answer the question, both the pro and the free versions of DaVinci Resolve do not have a watermark. My name is Nathan Menser. I am a writer,...

How to Name Artwork in Procreate

Open your Gallery, find the icon of the artwork you wish to rename, tap on the name of the artwork, and type in the new desired title. Once you have completed this, tap on Done and it will automatically save the artwork name for you.  I’m Carolyn and I've been...

How to Fill a Shape in Procreate

Filling a shape in Procreate is easy. You can tap and hold your color disc in the top right-hand corner of the screen, drag it over to the shape you wish to fill and release your tap. This will automatically fill that shape or layer with the active color you chose....

Does Procreate Need Wi-Fi or Internet?

Nope! Procreate does not require wifi or internet access to be used. However, you must be connected to wifi in order to download the app. But once the download is complete, you are free to go offline and will have full access to all of the app’s awesome...

How to Move Your Lightroom Catalog

Do you need to move your Lightroom catalog? Though the process is simple, it can be nerve-wracking if you don’t understand what you’re doing.  Hello! I’m Cara and the first time I moved my Lightroom catalog, I lost a bunch of information because I didn’t know what I...

How to Export Presets from Lightroom

Do you love Lightroom presets? So do I! They are such a huge timesaver in Lightroom. With one click, suddenly the bulk of my editing is done on dozens of photographs. Hey there! I’m Cara and I use Lightroom almost daily in my work as a professional photographer....

How to Remove Glare from Glasses in Lightroom

Did you know you can remove glare from glasses in Lightroom? Photoshop is generally thought to be the king when it comes to edits like this, and it is. But that doesn’t mean that Lightroom is powerless.  Hey there! I’m Cara and I do the bulk of my photo editing...

How to Share Presets on Lightroom Mobile

“That’s an amazing preset!” Says your photographer friend. “Would you mind sharing it with me?” You’d love to help your friend, but you’re not sure how to share presets on the Lightroom mobile app.  Hey there! I’m Cara. Most of the time Lightroom makes things super...

How to Remove Shadows in Lightroom

Shadows are great for adding drama and depth to an image. But sometimes the shadows can be too strong. You actually want to see the details in that part of the image, right? Hello! I’m Cara and while I love a good shadow as much as anyone else, sometimes that shadow...

How to Add Text in PaintTool SAI

Typography is a necessary element at an artist’s disposal. From logos to webcomics, the ability to add text to your documents can change a piece entirely. Thankfully, adding text in PaintTool SAI is easy. With the Text tool, you can add and edit the text to your...

How to Edit a Video in Lightroom?

Did you know that you can edit videos in Lightroom? Lightroom allows you to use some of the tools in the program to make the same edits to videos that you can make to still images.  Hello! I’m Cara and I’m a pictures gal. I don’t work much with video, so it’s handy to...

How to Make Image Background Transparent in PaintTool SAI

Picture this: You’ve just created an awesome design and saved it as a png. However, when you open the file you notice a white background that you wanted to be transparent! What do you do? Fear not. Here’s how to make an image background transparent in PaintTool SAI....

How to Use Magic Wand in Paint.NET

The Magic Wand tool is the quick and easy option out of Paint.NET’s four selection tools. It’s ideal for selecting large, distinct areas, for when you’re selecting based on color, or when the big picture is more important than the details.  While the tool might...

How to Change Colors in Paint.NET

One of the great benefits of digital art over traditional art is how easy it is to change the colors of your artwork. Understanding this technique opens up infinite artistic possibilities; you might use it to experiment with the colors in your paintings, make basic...

How to Change Page Size in Adobe InDesign

Page size is the most fundamental design element in any InDesign document since you can’t make anything else without a page!  You can always set the page size during the new document creation process, but sometimes a project brief can change after the design...

How to Resize an Image in Adobe InDesign

Images are an essential part of most page layouts, so there is a wide range of tools for resizing images in InDesign. No matter whether you need precision resizing or a quick automatic adjustment, one of these tools will do the job. Let’s take a look at the various...

How to Rotate Video in Final Cut Pro

When editing a movie in Final Cut Pro, it is likely you will want to rotate a video clip. It might be because the clip was recorded on a mobile phone in landscape or portrait mode and when imported to Final Cut Pro it is off by ninety degrees. Or perhaps the horizon...

How to Export MP4 Files from Final Cut Pro

As an Apple product made exclusively for Macs, Final Cut Pro defaults to exporting movie files in Apple's own .mov format. But exporting in the .mp4 format to share with Windows-based computers or upload to websites that require it is easy – once you know where to...

How to Make an Email Signature in Canva

You can create a personalized email signature on Canva using premade templates that are available in the library. These templates are customizable and easy to edit for your needs. Hi there! My name is Kerry, and I’ve been working in the world of graphic design and...

45 Most Useful Final Cut Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

There are many places around the internet where you can find a list of keyboard shortcuts for Final Cut Pro, and Apple itself publishes a comprehensive list online. But these lists can be daunting. What are the ones you really need to know? Over the decade that I have...

How to Flip or Rotate an Image in Canva

To customize your projects even further, there is an option to flip or rotate any element in Canva by clicking an element and using either the rotator handle or flip button.  My name is Kerry, and I’ve been working in the world of graphic design and digital art...

How to Animate Text in Canva

You can add animations to your text in your Canva projects by highlighting the text box and clicking on the animate button at the top toolbar. You will be able to navigate through choices of animation options that you can apply.  My name is Kerry, and I’ve been...

How to Fade Audio or Music in Final Cut Pro

When we fade an audio or music track, we are slowly changing its volume so the sound "fades" in or out.  Over the decade that I have been making home movies and professional films I've learned how fading audio or music can help your movie have a more professional...

How to Split a Clip in Final Cut Pro

One of the basic skills of video editing is learning how to split one of your video clips into two separate clips. Once split, you can trim each independently, stick another clip in between the split clips, change the speed of one, or even add a visual effect. But all...

How to Add Text in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro makes it easy to add text to your movie. Whether it is an opening title sequence, end credits, or just putting some words on the screen, Final Cut Pro provides a variety of good-looking templates and makes it easy to modify them to get just the look you...

Is Final Cut Pro Good for Beginners?

Final Cut Pro is not the only professional-grade movie making app out there, but it is the best one for somebody looking to make their first movie.  I have been making home movies, and professional films for nearly a decade. I feel lucky I made my first movie in...

Where Are Lightroom Presets Stored?

What would you do without all your Lightroom presets? Presets speed up editing in Lightroom considerably and many photographers would be devastated to lose their favorite presets. But, if you don’t know where your Lightroom presets are stored, you can’t switch them to...

How to Turn Off Hyphenation in Adobe InDesign

Whenever you work with a large amount of body copy in InDesign, you’re almost guaranteed to start seeing hyphenation throughout your text as InDesign tries to balance the length of each line against the width of your text frame.  In many situations, this is a good...

How to Add Page Numbers in Canva

While there isn’t a specific page number tool that can be clicked to automatically add numbers to your pages in Canva, there are a few easy methods to complete this task! My name is Kerry, and I’ve been working in the graphic design and digital art industry for years....

How to Add a Border to Your Work in Canva

There are a few different methods that you can use to add borders to your designs in Canva including the use of premade shapes, border templates, and line structures.  My name is Kerry, and I’ve been dabbling in the world of graphic design and digital art for...

How to Add a Text Box in Canva

Adding text to a Canva project is one of the most utilized features on the platform. While the reasoning for adding text varies from project to project, it is important to understand the different options for taking this action. My name is Kerry, and I’ve been working...

How to Export Procreate Files

Exporting files on Procreate is easy. Simply click on the Actions tool (wrench icon) and then select Share. This will show you a drop-down list of all the available file formats. Select the format you want. An options box will appear and you can choose where you want...

How to Save or Back up Your Procreate Work

You should be saving all of your work both on your device AND in a secondary location like iCloud. To save and backup files on your device, open your Procreate gallery and select the files you want to save. Select Share, choose the file type and click Save to Files....

How to Use CMYK vs RGB with Procreate

Open your Gallery and tap the plus sign in the top right-hand corner, and select the New Canvas button on the top right-hand corner of the drop-down menu. Under Color Profile, you will be able to choose RGB or CMYK. This must be done at the start of your...

How to Center Text in Paint.net

Paint.NET doesn’t have a built-in alignment tool, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way to align text to the center. Paint.net hosts plugins, which can be found on the paint.net Forum. For aligning text, I recommend installing the Align Object plugin. Knowing how to...

How to Use Procreate Without Apple Pencil

There are two ways to use Procreate without the Apple Pencil. You can either draw and create using your fingertips or you can invest in an alternative brand of stylus. I recommend the latter as Procreate is designed to be used in conjunction with a stylus, for best...

How to Liquify on Procreate

To liquify on Procreate, choose the layer you want to manipulate. Then tap on the Adjustments tool (magic wand icon) and a drop-down menu will appear. Select the Liquify tool. Adjust your settings preferences and apply pressure to your canvas. I’m Carolyn and I’ve...

How to Name Your Files and Stacks in Procreate

To name your files and stacks in Procreate, open your Procreate gallery. Underneath your stack, tap on the text. It will usually say Untitled or Stack. The text box will open and you can now type in the new name of your stack and select Done. I’m Carolyn and I’ve run...

How to Erase on Procreate

To erase anything on Procreate, select the Eraser icon on the top right-hand corner of your canvas. A drop-down menu will appear. Once you have selected the brush you wish to erase with, use your finger or stylus to click on your layer and begin erasing. I’m Carolyn...

How to Color Match on Procreate

To color match on Procreate, tap on the Eyedropper tool (square icon) in between the Opacity and Size tools on your sidebar, a color disc will appear, hover the color disc on the color you would like to match and release the tap. This color is now active. I’m Carolyn...

Can You Use Procreate on MacBook?

The simple answer is no. Procreate is an app designed solely for Apple iPads. There is no desktop version of the app available and it doesn’t look like the makers of Procreate have any intention of creating one. So no, you cannot use Procreate on your Macbook. I’m...

How to Unstack in Procreate

Open the stack you want to edit, hold your finger down on the artwork you would like to move, drag the artwork to the top left-hand corner of your screen, and hover it over the left-hand arrow icon. When the Gallery opens, drag and release your artwork in your desired...

Differences Between Procreate and Procreate Pocket

The main difference between the two apps is that Procreate was made for the Apple iPad and Procreate Pocket is designed for the Apple iPhone. They are both essentially the exact same digital art app but are designed to be used on different devices. I’m Carolyn and...

How to Back up Your Lightroom Catalog

How awful would it be to lose all your editing work? Have you read our article on where Lightroom stores edits? Then you know that the program creates small instructional files rather than making changes to the original image file. These small files are stored in your...

Where Does Lightroom Store Photos and Edits?

Have you ever opened a photo after editing it in Lightroom, only to wonder what happened to all your edits? Or perhaps you have a recurring nightmare about losing hours of editing work because it didn’t save properly? Hey there! I’m Cara and today I’m going to...

Why is Lightroom So Slow and How to Make It Faster

Does Lightroom sometimes run at the speed of a sloth? It really puts a cramp in your creative style when you sit there twiddling your thumbs waiting for your edits to be applied.  Hey there! I’m Cara and I’ll be the first to admit that I am not patient at all...

How to Curve Text in Canva

If you want to alter the shape or flow of text in your design, you can curve text by using the curve text feature in Canva. This feature is only available to users with access to premium tools. My name is Kerry, and I’ve been involved in digital art and graphic design...

How to Draw on Canva

If you want to draw on your project in Canva, you must add the Draw app that is available to download for subscription users. Once downloaded, you can use different tools such as a marker, highlighter, glow pen, pencil, and eraser to manually draw on your canvas. My...

How to Curve Text in Procreate

I've been utilizing the curve text tool in Procreate for over three years to create posters, book covers, and Instagram branding for small businesses. This unique feature of the app offers a graphic design technique that users like myself find incredibly useful and...

How to Upload a Font on Canva

While Canva has a selection of included fonts, you can upload additional fonts into Canva through either your Brand Kit or project canvas. However, this action is only available for subscription users. My name is Kerry, and I’ve been exploring the world of digital art...

How to Add Transition in Adobe Premiere Pro

Transition can take your project to a final level, limit the jump cuts in your project, and make it look professional and amazing. The easiest way is to right-click in between the two clips and apply the default transition which is a cross dissolve transition. I am...

How to Zoom in on Timeline on Adobe Premiere Pro

In Adobe Premiere Pro, your Timeline is basically where you perform all your magic. Before you can edit any layer, clips, or footage in your timeline, you have to zoom in on the timeline to see what you are about to do for more accuracy and precision.  To do this, you...

How to Zoom in on Adobe Premiere Pro

You want your viewers to see a particular entity in your project, how do you do that? You zoom in! Just by clicking on the clip, setting your anchor point then navigate to your Effect Control Panel, and keyframe the scale to have your in and out point set. I am Dave....

How to Copy and Paste in Procreate

The easiest way to copy and paste in Procreate is by clicking on the Actions tool (wrench icon). Then select Add (plus icon) and scroll down to the Copy selection. Open up the layer you wish to paste and repeat the first step but select Paste instead of Copy. ...

Is Procreate Worth it for Beginners Who Can’t Draw?

Learning to draw is an exciting journey for any new artist. Some people choose to draw with pencil, some start with charcoal, and nowadays, some choose digital drawing programs like Procreate. This begs the question: Should I try Procreate if I’m not already skilled...

How to Change the Opacity of a Layer in Procreate

Changing the opacity, or transparency, of individual layers in Procreate is an easy and useful feature of the program. Many Procreate artists use layer opacity to create sketch guides to structure final linework. It can also be used to adjust the intensity of added...

How to Group and Ungroup Layers in Procreate

Grouping and ungrouping layers in Procreate is a beginner’s task! All you need is an iPad and the Procreate app. In this article, we will show you a detailed step-by-step guide on how to do this. In addition, you will learn how to name your groups in Procreate as...

How to Make a Perfect Circle in Procreate

One of the greatest advantages of digital art is the ability to create perfectly symmetrical elements with ease. Even in organic art styles, the ability to effortlessly create a circle is incredibly useful - a basic skill that is best learned early on. In this...

How to Merge Layers in Procreate

Merging layers in Procreate is a common and crucial part of the design process, it’s also as easy as snapping your fingers! All you need is the Procreate app open on your device and your two fingers. I’m Carolyn Murphy and my digital illustration business relies...

How to Add Text in Procreate

To add text in Procreate, first click on the Actions tool (wrench icon) in the top left hand corner of the screen of your open canvas. Then select 'Add' and then 'Add Text'. A text box will appear and you will have the ability to type the words you need and edit their...

How to Color Fill in Procreate

Procreate is a great app that has become a dream tool when creating digital artwork. Coloring your piece has never been easier when you use the Color Fill option that is available in the program! My name is Kerry Hynes, an artist, and educator with years of experience...

How to Select Multiple Layers in Procreate

The process of selecting multiple layers in Procreate is easy, if not intuitive. Like many tasks on Procreate, there’s a learning curve even if you’re familiar with other drawing software. This process will work the same on every version of Procreate. With regular use...

How to Blend Colors in Procreate 

When starting a painting in Procreate, the concept of blending colors isn’t immediately apparent when starting a painting. However, there are various methods in blending that can be really simple to more advanced which will result in helping your artwork achieve the...

Is Digital Art Easier than Traditional?

From primitive cave paintings and perfected oil portraits to installation art and performance pieces, digital art is the newest medium to hit the art world. Is it easier than traditional art? That all depends on what you consider ‘easy’.  If you consider ‘easy’...

Is Procreate Good for Graphic Design?

Procreate is a digital painting app that is great for artists that love to illustrate and draw. Many artists choose to use Procreate because of its simple interface and because they prefer to work on the iPad. However, Procreate can’t do all professional graphic...

Is Procreate Easier than Adobe Illustrator?

The answer is yes, Procreate is easier than Adobe Illustrator.  When it comes to graphic design and art, there are plenty of programs out there for both amateurs and professionals. Procreate has become a popular app to create digital artwork, especially...

Is Buying Procreate Brushes Worth It?

The answer is, sometimes, and only when you have Procreate experience. The drawing app comes with over 200 default brushes. These brushes are excellent and worth trying.  Even though I’ve already bought many Procreate brushes myself, I can say that the ones I’ve...

How to Split a Clip in DaVinci Resolve

Splitting a clip in DaVinci Resolve is a simple task. By learning how to split, you will learn one of the most important, and most often used tools in editing. My name is Nathan Menser. I am a writer, filmmaker, and stage actor. When I am not on stage, on set, or...

How to Export in Davinci Resolve

When it comes to exporting in Davinci Resolve, it couldn’t be easier. Sure there are a lot of options, and right now, you may be swimming in them, but fear not dear reader, because you’re in good hands with me.  My name is James Segars, and I have extensive...

Is DaVinci Resolve Good for Beginners? 

DaVinci Resolve is an excellent, multifunctional video editing tool that works well for pros and beginners alike. Whether you are just learning to edit or color grade, or you have been doing it for 10+ years, DaVinci Resolve is a great software to use. My name is...

Is Adobe Premiere Pro Good for Beginners?

In the pantheon of NLE (Non-Linear Editing) Systems, Adobe Premiere Pro, despite its "Pro" moniker, is actually quite friendly to beginners, providing you have some base knowledge with regard to editing software. My name is James Segars, and I have extensive editorial...

How to Reset Layout in Adobe Premiere Pro

Resetting layout in Adobe Premiere Pro is incredibly easy. All you have to do is follow a few simple steps and you will be able to redesign your screen layout and return it to its original form when desired. Video editing is a very personal process and every editor...

How to Export Video from Adobe Premiere Pro

You’re done editing and you want to export your project, congratulations, you’ve already done the tough part. Welcome to the simplest part of the whole project. Call me Dave. As a professional video editor, I’ve been editing for the past 10 years and yes, you guessed...

Is Adobe Premiere Pro Easy to Learn?

Of course yes! Well, it does depend on how dedicated you are and how well you really want to learn it. But if you are committed, in just three days, you can be a PRO. I am Dave. A professional video editor and an expert in Adobe Premiere Pro. I’ve been editing for the...

How to Export Adobe Premiere Pro for Youtube

To export your Premiere Pro project for Youtube, go to File > Export > Media. Ensure you untick Match Sequence Settings if it’s clicked. Change Format to H.264. Preset to Youtube 1080p Full HD. Change some settings to give you the maximum quality then Export....

How to Export Adobe Premiere Pro to MP4

Exporting your Premiere Pro project to MP4 is very easy. Go to File >  Export > Media then change your format to H.264, preset to High Bitrate, and click Export. My name is Dave. I'm an expert in Adobe Premiere Pro and have been using it for the past 10...

Where Does Adobe Premiere Pro Export and Save Projects?

The best way to find your saved projects or exported files is to search your directory. You can search for Output Name if it’s your first time using Adobe Premiere Pro. Another option is to go to your Documents Folder > Adobe > Premiere Pro > Version Number (22.0)....

What is a Sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro?

Think of a sequence as a basket where you have all your items assembled. A sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro is where you have all your clips, layers, and objects. This is where you stitch them together to make a complete project. Call me Dave. I’m an expert in Adobe...

What is Adobe Premiere Pro Used For

You must be wondering why Adobe Premiere Pro is popular and what it’s used for. Well, apart from just video editing, Premiere Pro is used for tracking, MultiCam video editing, auto color correction, tracking and rotoscoping, adobe dynamic link, etc. My name is Dave....

How to Edit RAW Photos in Lightroom

At some point in your photography journey, you will switch to using RAW files. These files contain much more information than a JPEG file and give you far more flexibility when editing the image.  Hey there! I’m Cara and I’d been photographing for a couple of...

How to Duplicate a Photo in Lightroom

Have you ever wondered how to duplicate a photo in Lightroom? Though the technique is simple, the answer isn’t readily apparent.  Hey there! I’m Cara and I’ll be honest. In my work as a professional photographer, I have almost never had the need to actually...

How to Make a Contact Sheet in Lightroom

Contact sheets are a throwback to the days of film photography. They are simply a sheet of same-size images that offered a quick way to preview the images from a roll of film. From there you could choose the images you wanted to print bigger. So why do we care today?...

How to Edit Portraits in Lightroom

There are thousands of ways to edit portraits in Lightroom. That’s part of the beauty of the program. Every photographer can add their own “special sauce” to their images to create something unique.  Hello! I’m Cara and I’ll admit that it took me a few years to get a...

How to Stack Photos in Lightroom

Do you ever feel like your workspace in Lightroom is just too cluttered? I get it. When you’re working with a few hundred images at a time, it can get overwhelming.  I’m Cara and I’ll be the first to admit that the number of photos I take adds up quickly. I suppose...

How to Outline Text in Adobe InDesign

Adding a colored stroke around the outline of your text is simple enough, but when people talk about outlining text in InDesign, they’re typically referring to a special process that converts text characters into vector shapes.  This process has some upsides and...

How to Hyperlink in Adobe InDesign

Hyperlinks are one of the cornerstones of the digital world, showing up everywhere from your computer’s file browser to your favorite website to your ebook reader - and even in InDesign. While most of us call them links nowadays for short, hyperlink is technically the...

How to Import a PDF in Adobe InDesign

InDesign is extremely complex in some ways, and yet in others, it can be extremely simple. Importing files for use in your InDesign document is always done the same way: with the Place command.  But there are a few extra things to consider when placing a PDF file in...

Can You Use Procreate on Windows?

The simple answer is no. Procreate is exclusively available on Apple iPad and iPhone as it is designed for iOS only. That means you cannot simply purchase and download Procreate on a Windows PC or laptop. I’m Carolyn and working online as a digital artist for over...

Does Procreate Come with iPad Pro?

No, unfortunately, the big price tag attached to your iPad Pro does not include Procreate. You will still need to pay the one-time fee of $9.99 to download the app to your device. I’m Carolyn and I’ve been a digital artist for over three years. My entire digital...

Is Procreate Only for iPad?

Procreate is currently only available on Apple iPad and iPhone. That means if you are using a desktop or Android device, you will not be able to purchase or download the Procreate app on your device. There are no official plans to launch the Android or desktop version...

How to Resize an Image or Layer in Pixlr

Pixlr is a popular web-based photo editing tool. It has a premium option, but you don’t need to sign up for it to use the basic features. If you want to resize a photo without committing to downloads, new accounts, or complicated software, Pixlr is a convenient...

How to Rotate Text in Pixlr

Rotating text in Pixlr is easy. Pixlr is a convenient tool with some limitations, but it is ideal for simple design tasks like text rotation. You won’t need to download or purchase anything or create an account, you’ll pick it up easily. Rotating text is a great way...

How to Resize an Image in Photopea

As long as you share pictures digitally, you will almost inevitably need to resize an image at some point. If you’ve been struggling to find the tools for this, Photopea is a convenient solution – it’s a free online photo editor which means you won’t need to download...

How to Cancel Canva Subscription

While having a Canva subscription can be beneficial to your graphic design needs, there are ways to cancel your subscription if you no longer need the premium version of the service. Canva Pro features will remain in effect until the end of your billing period. My...

How to Remove Background from Pictures in Canva

On Canva you can remove the background of an image with ease by clicking on the image and editing it using the background remover tool. With just a click, artificial intelligence can highlight the background and remove it from a picture. My name is Kerry, and I’ve...

How to Make a Background Transparent in Canva

If you want to create a transparent background you have access to Canva Pro, Canva for Education, Canva for Teams, or Canva for Nonprofits. You can remove or delete backgrounds to create and download files with transparent backgrounds. My name is Kerry, and I’ve been...

How Much Does Canva Pro Cost? 

While Canva is free on all devices, the Canva Pro version does require a subscription which costs $12.99/month or $119.99/year for one person. That means that you will have to pay to use extra features, such as special templates, icons, and customizations. My name is...

How to Curve or Arch Text in Adobe InDesign

InDesign is an excellent typesetting tool, but it has so many features that it can feel a bit overwhelming for new users. Once you get used to working with the Type tool, you may start to wonder how you can break up your linear and angular layouts with some more...

How to Make a Triangle in Adobe InDesign

While I never really enjoyed math in school, geometry lessons were always a welcome change. I didn’t expect to find much practical use for it later in life, but my love of design has brought things to a strange full circle.  Creating triangles in InDesign can be...

How to Link Text Boxes in Adobe InDesign

Even if you’re working on a two-page document in Adobe InDesign, linking your text boxes together can make your life much easier.  Text boxes are more properly called text frames in InDesign, and they’re quite easy to link together if you know where to look. ...

How to Draw a Straight Line in PaintTool SAI

Whether you want to draw your own perspective grids, line your own comic, or design your new logo, the ability to create straight lines is a necessary skill for the digital artist. Thankfully, drawing a straight line in PaintTool SAI takes only seconds, and can be...

How to Move Objects on Multiple Layers in PaintTool SAI

Working on multiple layers while drawing is great...until you have to move them. Thankfully, moving multiple layers in PaintTool SAI is easy. My name is Elianna. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and have been using Paint Tool Sai for over 7 years. In the...

How to Get Smooth Lines in PaintTool SAI 

Have you ever looked at a piece of digital artwork and wondered what black magic the artist used to get their smooth lines? Well, I’m happy to tell you that it is not black magic, and with a few simple steps, you can create smooth lines too.  My name is Elianna....

How to Change Lineart Color in PaintTool SAI 

There are several ways to change the color of your lineart in PaintTool SAI. You can accomplish this using Lock Opacity, the Hue and Saturation filter, the Color blending mode, and the Color linework tool. My name is Elianna. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in...

How to Recover Unsaved .Sai Files

Picture this: You have just spent hours on a digital painting in PaintTool SAI when your laptop suddenly shuts off due to low charge. “Oh no!” You think to yourself. “I forgot to save my file! Was all that work for nothing?” Fear not. You can recover your unsaved .sai...

How to Add Columns in Adobe InDesign

InDesign is often used to set large amounts of text, but as any dedicated reader will tell you, line length has a huge impact on a document’s readability. Lines that are too long cause the eye to lose its place within the text, and over time this can cause eye strain...

What is a Gutter in Adobe InDesign?

Almost every new user who learns how to use InDesign also has to learn quite a bit of typography and typesetting jargon, which can make the process a bit more complex than you might expect.  In this case, we’re not talking about the gutters along your roof or in the...

How to Make a Clipping Mask in InDesign

Masks are one of the most useful tools in any graphic design workflow, and InDesign is no exception. They give you complete control over the shape of each individual element and how each one interacts with the rest of your layout.  InDesign uses a slightly different...

What is Slug in Adobe InDesign?

Despite being a modern page layout application, InDesign is still inevitably filled with jargon from the world of typesetting - even when the terms don’t make a lot of sense in the current usage. This can sometimes make learning InDesign a bit more confusing than it...

How to Organize Photos in Lightroom

How many photos do you have in your Lightroom catalog? Can you find everything easily? Hey there! I’m Cara and I know how it goes. When you first start using Lightroom, you’re excited and amazed by the impressive capabilities of the program. You just start throwing...

How to Get Lightroom for Free Legally

Is photo editing software necessary? In this digital age, it pretty much is. If you want to create stunning images that stand out from the crowd, you’ll need more than excellent technical skills with a camera.  Hey there! I’m Cara and as a professional photographer, I...

How to Cancel Lightroom Subscription

Time to say goodbye. While Lightroom offers many amazing features, not everyone can justify paying a monthly subscription.  If that’s you, you’re wondering how to cancel your Lightroom subscription. Hey there! I’m Cara and I have used Lightroom extensively for...

How to Do a Word Count in Adobe InDesign

Whether you need to stay under an editorial word count, you’re on a quest for brevity, or you’re just plain curious, it can be useful to know exactly how many words are in your InDesign text.  InDesign handles the word count process a bit differently than a word...

Where is Split Toning in Lightroom & How to Use It

Today, I’m going to share with you a secret that many photographers are dying to know.  There’s a “look” or rather several “looks” that cause photos to stand out. You automatically know when you see an image edited by a photographer who knows this secret. There’s...

How to Wrap Text in Adobe InDesign

Images are at the heart of many good InDesign layouts, but you don’t have to be stuck with boring old rectangles. Adobe InDesign has a great set of tools for creating complex text wraps that help integrate your visual and typographic elements into a more dynamic...

How to Fix Overexposed Photos in Lightroom

As photographers, we look for light. Sometimes, we struggle to find it. And sometimes we end up with way too much light in the image. Hey there, I’m Cara! I tend to err on the side of underexposure when taking my images. It is generally more possible to get details...

How to Change Text Color in Adobe InDesign

Color is one of the most important tools in any designer’s toolkit, but working with color in InDesign can be confusing for new users.  While you’re still getting used to how everything works, InDesign’s color options can seem to work almost at random, which quickly...

How to Fix Grainy Photos in Lightroom

What happens when you take an image with the ISO cranked up unnecessarily high? Or when you underexpose an image too much and try to raise the shadows too far in Lightroom? That’s right, you get a grainy photo! Hey there! I’m Cara and I understand there are some...