Download of the Day: Abstract Grunge Vector Box Freebie

Abstract Grunge Vector Box Freebie

Join us every Thursday, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re sharing some hand drawn, abstract grunge vector box freebies for downloading and enjoying immediately! Check out the Arsenal for more vectors known the ’round the world for being the best of the best.

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Did you know that all of Go Media’s vectors are royalty free? We have thousands of hand-crafted illustrations like these you can use in your work, so definitely head over to the Arsenal to check them out.

Love our products? Access our huge product library ($11k in resources) and exclusive content for only $15/mth. Yes, seriously. Learn more now.

Here’s your download >> Abstract Grunge Vector Box Freebie

Have a great day, everyone!

How to Make More Money in Graphic Design - Quoting

Want to be more profitable? Improve your quoting practices with these 3 tips.

How to Make More Money in Graphic Design – Quoting

An excerpt from Go Media President William Beachy’s Drawn to Business

If you’re looking for ways to make more money and become more profitable as a freelancer or agency owner, there are several ways to improve your practices.

Whether you use a flat rate system or bill hourly (check out this article we wrote with a rundown on both), accurate estimating is key. One of the most vital involves your initial conversations with the client and how you decide to quote the project. We’ve uncovered some tips and tricks to help us sell ourselves accurately and thus increase profitability.

Break the project down into subsections and quote those separately
When quoting the entire project at once, you may be cheating yourself, losing out on all the time you spend on preparing projects, meeting with clients, strategizing, etc. Take the time to break the project into subsections including wireframing, design, development, revisions, strategy, etc. so that you can more accurately gain an understanding of your time and costs. This is especially important for big projects with many phases and moving parts.

Take the emotion out of quoting
When quoting a project, it’s easy to “emotionally quote,” or go with your gut feeling on what something should cost. Or, to either empathize with your client’s budget or feel tempted to raise it dependent on what you assume they can afford. To more accurately quote the project, it’s important to take the emotion out of quoting by relying on historical data and by asking yourself questions like, “How long has it taken you to complete this type of project in the past? How has this changed?”

Consider every detail
Make sure you’re upfront with your client and review as many details about the project as possible. “This is a big one for us,” says Go Media Account Manager, Lauren Hudac. “With web projects in particular, we spend quite a bit of time in the ‘Discovery Phase’, ensuring we have all our bases covered. This ensures there are no surprises for us, or our clients, once we dig in. Our proposals are very thorough, outlining each and every deliverable. We’ll get our hands on a competitor proposal from time to time and are always shocked at the lack of detail.” There are also queues outside of the project scope that might influence how you’re quoting. Here are some examples of questions to ask yourself when quoting your next gig:

  • What exactly is the product I am designing?
  • How many separate layouts or pages do I have to design?
  • Does it require an illustration? If so, how detailed?
  • What’s the turnaround time for this project? Rushed? Relaxed?
  • How well thought out is their concept? Am I going to have to do any thinking?
  • Is the client high maintenance? Do I have to spend lots of time talking to or babysitting the client?
  • Does the client seem decisive or indecisive? Can they make decisions quickly?
  • Are they providing the content and if so, how well-organized is it? Is this going to turn into a job in and of itself?
  • What’s their personality like? Are they friendly and fun to work with or are they negative and unpleasant?

(Yes, you can increase your rates on clients you don’t particularly have fun with.)

With these tips in your back pocket, you can quote more accurately and with less emotion, so that you’re more profitable overall. Go forth and earn more!

For more insights about growing your own million dollar freelance business or design firm, pick up Drawn to Business.

Want to work with Go Media on your next project? Please contact us now!

Inspiration of the Day: 9/28/2016 – All the Kawaii

Kawaii Inspiration

Every Wednesday, we scour the web for the best in inspiration from designers killing it at their craft. Please enjoy this incredible art and join us on Pinterest, where we’re dedicated to collecting our own work, as well as the work of those we most admire.

Kawaii is the name of the game today. How will this inspire your next design?

Header image by Clémentine Derodit

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day creatures by yoyo the ricecorpse
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Bae bae cats personal project by Beatriz Alvarez
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The Little Mermaid by Jerrod Maruyama
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Fantome D’oeuf Enamel Pins // www.alxndra.com by Alexandra Cook
Space bug 34 by Yoyo The Ricecorpse
Space bug 34 by Yoyo The Ricecorpse
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“Al Mond” almond glass of milk Art Toy by Maria Filipe Castro
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Mogu All by Taka Yamaguchi
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Little Heads by Clémentine Derodit
The Secret Life of Sushi by Jonas Mosesson
The Secret Life of Sushi by Jonas Mosesson
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dial dial dial…. by Ziqi Wu
Cowly and Carmi 3D by Charuca Vargas
Cowly and Carmi 3D by Charuca Vargas
Mon-Mon by Patricia Mafra and Goncalo Nobre
Mon-Mon by Patricia Mafra and Goncalo Nobre
Banh Mi Boi by Kevin R. Johnson
Banh Mi Boi by Kevin R. Johnson
SUMMER 2016 WORK by Mitsumi Flores
SUMMER 2016 WORK by Mitsumi Flores
There´s no place like home by Azul Piñeiro
There´s no place like home by Azul Piñeiro
Kawaii mood! by Pupa Pupapop
Kawaii mood! by Pupa Pupapop
OWÖ by Micaela Carbajal
OWÖ by Micaela Carbajal

Have a great day, everyone!

5 Benefits of Online Tutoring

The Benefits of Online Tutoring

Online tutoring isn’t new. With hundreds of tutoring sites popping up all over the web, this is the best time to become a tutor! Who wouldn’t want to work from the comfort of home or their local coffee shop? I’m relatively new to the tutoring game, but I’ve learned there are plenty of perks to the job. Here is what I think are the five best benefits to being an online tutor:

Make your Own Schedule. Currently, I’m a full-time student, so working a part-time job was difficult for me. If I wanted off for a holiday or a personal event, I would have to request off weeks in advance or pay someone to take my unwanted shifts. With online tutoring I get to choose when and where I want to work. When I need to travel somewhere, this doesn’t mean I need to postpone work and forgo getting paid. Even when I fly across several states to visit my family, I still have the luxury of working online to make some extra money. With the flexibility of online tutoring, you could even add this as a second source of income. I have several colleagues who use online tutoring along with their regular jobs as a way to make some extra money for vacations and holiday gifts.

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Rewarding Experience. Most tutors will agree that helping students learn is a rewarding experience. A lot of students will reach out to you at times they are frustrated or stressed out about their school work. Even by helping them solve one answer, you are lifting a weight off their shoulders and making their day a bit easier. By sharing your knowledge, you also help students learn and grow in their academic field. My favorite part of tutoring is when a student finally understands a concept that we have worked through together. You get a sense that you are making a difference in your students’ lives.

Become a Better Communicator.Tutoring is not always an easy task. Just because you think the way you approach a problem makes sense, does not mean it will translate that way to the student. Once you get experience tutoring, you learn different ways to communicate. This may force you to see from the student’s perspective. You may need to break up a subject matter into the most basic elements or get straight to the point. Approaching problems different ways not only makes you a better communicator, but also sharpens your skills in whatever subjects you specialize in.

Build a Network. Most tutoring sites allow you to establish a reputation and network of students. As you help students with their studies, they will leave good reviews on your profile or request you as their regular tutor. Having a good reputation usually results in students willing to pay a premium price for your tutoring services. These students may even recommend you to their friends and other student, further expanding your network.

Getting Paid. Not all tutoring sites are created equally, but for the most part, tutors make good money if they have previous tutoring or teaching experience. Tutor Me has a great payment setup through PayPal. All tutors are paid $18 per hour. Time is accumulated based on time spent working with the student or time spent writing a student’s written lesson. Payments are paid weekly. 

Hopefully this advice has helped you. If you do plan on becoming an online tutor here are some of my favorite tutoring sites: TutorMe and eTutorCloud. Good luck with your endeavors!

Free Seamless Wave Pattern Vector

Download of the Day: Hand Drawn Seamless Wave Pattern

Free Seamless Wave Pattern Vector

Join us every Thursday, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re sharing a hand drawn seamless wave pattern modeled after Japanese wave patterns we’ve been into lately. Check out the Arsenal for more vectors known the ’round the world for being the best of the best.

Here’s what you’ll get with today’s download:

Free Seamless Wave Pattern Vector

Did you know that all of Go Media’s vectors are royalty free? We have thousands of hand-crafted illustrations like these you can use in your work, so definitely head over to the Arsenal to check them out.

Love our products? Access our huge product library ($11k in resources) and exclusive content for only $15/mth. Yes, seriously. Learn more now.

Here’s your download >> Free Hand Drawn Drawn Seamless Wave Vector

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Inspiration of the Day: 9/21/2016 – Japanese Inspired Illustration

Japanese Inspired Illustration & Design

Every Wednesday, we scour the web for the best in inspiration from designers killing it at their craft. Please enjoy this incredible art and join us on Pinterest, where we’re dedicated to collecting our own work, as well as the work of those we most admire.

This week, we’re really into Japanese inspired illustration, so that will be our guide for today’s post. How will this inspire your next design?

Inspiration of the Day: Japanese Illustration

Ukatma by Mika Hirasa (Hero images also by Mika Hirasa)

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“Tokyo Storefront” illustration series by Mateusz マテウシュ Urbanowicz ウルバノヴィチ
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Snow Maiden by Rob Kimmel Design
Inspiration of the Day: Japanese Illustration
Old Comic Page “I never give up this fight!” by AKIRA yonekawa
Hokusai Cthulhu by Marco Mottura
Hokusai Cthulhu by Marco Mottura
Daruma by Liz Joyce
Daruma by Liz Joyce
Original Cat Illustration-TABINEKO October by Toshinori Mori
Original Cat Illustration-TABINEKO October by Toshinori Mori
Significant Figures - Daruma by Zara Picken
Significant Figures – Daruma by Zara Picken
HAIKU POEMS illustration by Barbara Togel
HAIKU POEMS illustration by Barbara Togel
Bumble Bee Guardian by Russell Mountford
Bumble Bee Guardian by Russell Mountford
Big Fest Robo by Katya Chinaski
Big Fest Robo by Katya Chinaski
illustration for Japanese style house by Kubra Aslan
illustration for Japanese style house by Kubra Aslan
Koffing by MUTI
Koffing by MUTI
Handmade Linocut Prints by Olivier by Atelier Sentô
Handmade Linocut Prints by Olivier by Atelier Sentô
Custom Skateboards by Juan Arias
Custom Skateboards by Juan Arias
Illustrations for e-book "成すも成さぬもないのだが" #4 by Tomoko Inaba
Illustrations for e-book “成すも成さぬもないのだが” #4 by Tomoko Inaba
Spring illustration for anime portal by Ana Mirko
Spring illustration for anime portal by Ana Mirko
Food & Friends by María Magaña
Food & Friends by María Magaña
Sweet by Thomas Rouzière
Sweet by Thomas Rouzière
Yōkai Series: Futakuchi-onna by Richard Longhi
Yōkai Series: Futakuchi-onna by Richard Longhi
Japanese Dragon by Paul Trubas
Japanese Dragon by Paul Trubas

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How to Save During Your College Years

College can be one heck of a roller coaster for everyone involved: from the parents who have had to invest in their child’s well-being up to that point, to the young adults who will finally get a small taste of the real world. We all go to college with different levels of preparedness and with very different expectations of what we will encounter. But that’s okay, though; we all go through some struggles on our way to adjusting for this period of our lives.

For starters, our academic performance can be a constant source of stress for us. Homesickness and nostalgia affect us, especially if we are traveling through state-borders to our schools. Fitting in and making friends can be tough, as well; we are surrounded by so many people and finding a few buddies to click with can be unreasonably challenging, and loneliness can sometimes be expected even when we find ourselves in a crowded common room. Then, there’s our finances. Most of us don’t get the privilege of going to college on a free-ride scholarship or with a specialized fund for all our wants and needs. And this, combined with it all, can make college an overwhelming experience.

The good thing about this is that it serves as a small stepping stone towards venturing into the real world. Once out of college, we will find ourselves with similar issues: performance problems at work, loneliness in our personal lives and financial falls and rises. The real world is harsh, but there are things that we can do to make it easier when we are out there in battle. Luckily for the college student of today, there are ways for them to make it through.

Where Do I Start?
First, you need to start by figuring out exactly where and what you need help with. And believe me, there’s nothing wrong with needing help. We all have different areas in our life that we struggle with and some things that just come naturally to us. All you need is to learn your weak spot, and work to build muscle there. This might be a long process though, and some habits would have to change, but it’s all worth it in the end.


For Your Academic Performance
There is countless advice out there on how to make studying more efficient or how to enhance your learning experiences. These advices tend to be handed out in a very general and unrealistic form. Not every student learns the same way – we all have different learning styles. However, there are some tips we can all keep at hand when it comes to improving our academic performance:  

  • Always be punctual. It doesn’t matter if you’re attending a lecture or a study group, you will always benefit from being on time. This way, you won’t have to worry about missing any bit of information that might serve you in the future.
  • Keep a planner! Write down the important dates in your student calendar, from midterms to essay due-dates to the times of the week you can dedicate your full time to study. This will help you keep everything organized and free of last-minute surprises.
  • Use your free time wisely! If you have any extra breathing room, you can always employ it in activities that will help you maximize your skills. This doesn’t have to be strict study-time; you can organize group meetings for collective work or take on some time to read through some extra-curricular texts.
  • Ask for help. Don’t feel discouraged to reach out for academic help. We tend to trail on our studies at times, and midnight will suddenly strike – post your question and receive on-demand help from tutors at Studypool. It’s helped me countless times, when I have had no time.

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For Your Financial Performance
College students are one of those demographics of people who have a lot to give to the world’s market but too Little time to do so. It’s a hectic schedule once your graduation date draws closer and closer. But a lack of time is not an excuse to do nothing about improving your finances, especially when there are many options available that do not require that much time invested. Here’s a few I’d like to share:

  • Sell your textbooks. We all know how expensive some of our college textbooks can be and, worst of all, we also know that some of them will only be of use for one semester (or a couple of weeks in a semester). If you find yourself with a Sociology 101 textbook that you no longer need, you can always sell it off to someone who will. Sure, you will not regain the entire amount that you paid for it, but it’s a better purpose for the book than serving as one more decoration on your library.
  • Take on tutoring on the web. There’s in depth knowledge within college students that can undoubtedly be exchange for some cash, by tutoring other students. On the other side of the coin, you can create a profile on Studypool and become a tutor. The platform allows maximum flexibility since you get to choose what questions to work on with a set delivery time, and you pick the subject. It’s pretty straightforward – make money by tutoring other students that need help.
  • Donate your body to science. Well, you don’t have to turn in your entire body but you certainly can exchange certain, ahem, bodily fluids in exchange for money. From blood to semen to your ovules, there are parts of your body that can become a last-resort attempt at getting quick cash. You can also have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping someone else in the process.

Throughout your life as a college student there will be an infinite amount of obstacles that you’ll find on your way to success, but you need to stay firm and steady in your desire to get there. Don’t waver on your principles or your goals. But do modify your daily habits (if you need to) in order to achieve them. It will all work out for the best in the end, when you see yourself getting closer and closer to your goals.

Free Star Vector Pack

Download of the Day: Star Vector Pack

Free Star Vector Pack

Join us every Thursday, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re sharing some gold star elements we created exclusively for you. Check out the Arsenal for more vectors known the ’round the world for being the best of the best.

Here’s what you’ll get with today’s download:

Free Star Vector Pack

Did you know that all of Go Media’s vectors are royalty free? We have thousands of hand-crafted illustrations like these you can use in your work, so definitely head over to the Arsenal to check them out.

Love our products? Access our huge product library ($11k in resources) and exclusive content for only $15/mth. Yes, seriously. Learn more now.

Here’s your download >> Star Vector Pack from Go Media’s Arsenal

Have a great day, everyone!

Inspiration of the Day: 9/14/2016 – DIY Business Card Designs

Business Card Inspiration 2016

Every Wednesday, we scour the web for the best in inspiration from designers killing it at their craft. Please enjoy this incredible art and join us on Pinterest, where we’re dedicated to collecting our own work, as well as the work of those we most admire.

Today we’re going to narrow in on folks who added some handmade love to their business card designs. How will this inspire your next business card design?

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Colorful Business Cards by Robin Gillet and Estelle Phillibert
MYLÈNE POISSON SOMMELIÈRE by Caserne, Elizabeth Beudoin, Ugo Varin, David Tremblay
MYLÈNE POISSON SOMMELIÈRE by Caserne, Elizabeth Beudoin, Ugo Varin, David Tremblay

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Custom Ring Stamp Card by Mikey Burton
Custom Ring Stamp Card by Mikey Burton
Matière Noire Handmade Business Card by Burak Kaynak
Matière Noire Handmade Business Card by Burak Kaynak

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Spray Painted Business Cards by IS Creative Studio
Spray Painted Business Cards by IS Creative Studio

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Hilary’s by Ghost

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DIY Business Cards by Lark and Linen
Handmade business cards by frametouch
Handmade business cards by frametouch
Handmade Hello! Logo Design and Hand Sceenprinted business cards by Jade Jefferies
Handmade Hello! Logo Design and Hand Sceenprinted business cards by Jade Jefferies
Painted Business Cards by Art Bar
Painted Business Cards by Art Bar

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Stamp Business Card by Giulio Mosca
Stamp Business Card by Giulio Mosca
Hand transferred business cards by Foreign Policy
Hand transferred business cards by Foreign Policy

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Watercolor Splatter Business Cards by Rebekah Murray
Watercolor Splatter Business Cards by Rebekah Murray
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Indigo Dipped Business Cards by Jessi Gilbert

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WordPress takes a leap with desktop application, Calypso

WordPress takes a leap with desktop application, Calypso

WordPress.com launched a new version of its platform in the form of a desktop application called Calypso. This new interface is built using JavaScript and WP REST API instead of PHP and MySQL. This means that Calypso is a browser based client for the API, making it more flexible for mobile-friendly WordPress Website Development. Moreover, it integrates a thin layer of Node.js on the server to develop the initial web page while the actual programming runs in the client as a Single Page Application (SPA), making use of various other open source JavaScript modules.

This revolutionary innovation has certainly gained attention but received mixed reactions from the users and developers across the world. Some have appreciated the efforts, some are confused, and the rest have no clue about it.

Learning more about Calypso
If you are one of those who has no idea what Calypso is, it’s time to dig deeper into this new platform.

To start off, Calypso is an open source platform, which means you scan the code and learn from it. It also helps you think about new applications you may develop with it. It is made available for desktop publishing on GitHub under the GPLv2 (or later) to users on all major operating systems including Mac and Linux.

“WordPress.com for Desktop is an Electron wrapper for Calypso, the new WordPress.com front-end,” according to GitHub repository. The application offers an amazing writing and editing experience that reflects WordPress.com’s new architecture. Aside from publishing, it lets users view stats, customize themes, manage websites and browse the Reader.

Key features of the platform:

1. Multisite Support
It is developed to support multiple websites built on WordPress.com with Jetpack enabled. This way webmasters can easily administer websites along with content management.

2. Fast and Agile
Being developed using JavaScript, WordPress.com REST API, and a few other advanced technologies, the application is designed particularly keeping speed in mind. The pages are loaded almost instantly while augmenting the overall user experience.

3. Real Time Experience
Calypso allows you to see the changes done on the page in real time even the smallest changes without having to refresh the page a few times. So, no more hitting the refresh button over and over again.

4. Responsive
If you are a big fan of WordPress and looking for a responsive solution, Calypso is your one-stop solution. Now, without having to bother about choosing a responsive theme or a plugin to make your existing site responsive, you can build, manage and access the WordPress.com site on almost every device.

How can you use it?
If you own a website on WordPress.com, you are already using it. WordPress.com has been changed over the span of last 18 months to support this desktop application. However, in order to use Calypso based editing and management tools, you would need to install and set up the Jetpack plugin on your website.

Now log in to your WordPress.com website or simply download the desktop app.

Upon logging in, site stats will be the first screen you will see. Don’t worry if there are no stats to be shown on the screen. Your website might not have any stats to show especially if it’s a newly created one.

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Creating and Editing content

Calypso has almost the same interface as that of a self-hosted WordPress website but with more advanced features.

Step 1: In order to add a new post, click on the add button in front of the Blog Posts option on the left column in the admin panel. Upon clicking, you will notice an editor on the right side with plenty of options including HTML editor.

Step 2: Now, fill in your title and the body of the content in the relevant places as you would do on a self-hosted website built using WordPress. It also allows you to add appropriate formatting using the formatting options available.

Step 3: To add any image to the content, click on the small icon to the left of the paragraph heading bar. A media uploader will pop up which will look pretty familiar. Click the add new button to add a new image to the uploader and hit insert.

Step 4: Once you are done with your post, you are all set to publish it. Now with this new WordPress desktop application, you get a publish button on the left column instead of the right side meta box. Apart from the preview and publish button, you also get to options like categories & tags, featured image, sharing, post format and more options.
Also, there is not a save as draft option since it automatically saves your post as a draft in the background.

Step 5: If you are like me, you probably want to add categories and tags to your content to make it more user and search engine friendly. When you click categories & tags, its options will slide down. Search the category in the search bar to find the most relevant category and check it to apply it to your post. You also get a tag bar below the category option where you can add as many tags as you want.

Step 6: Now click featured image tab to set a featured image for your post. Upon clicking, an image uploader will again pop up from where you can insert the featured image into your post. You will notice your featured image appearing at the top of the editor.
For more options such as adding an excerpt, changing discussion settings, and editing the slug, click on the more options tab.

Step 7: Now the final step is to preview it before publishing as we usually do with our post and pages to ensure that everything looks good through the Preview button beside Publish. You can also schedule the post by clicking on the calendar icon next to Publish button.
Similarly, you can add new pages to your website.

How is Calypso different from the standard WordPress dashboard?
This is one example of using Calypso for your website. The interface, prompts, and text used on inputs is slightly different from the actual WordPress dashboard options. You probably have noticed an “Add New” term instead of “Upload” to make it more user-friendly.
In the add media option, there are 5 different options included all, images, documents, videos, and audio. This enables you to easily add media files of a specific type. Moreover, Calypso does not have a button for creating a gallery. Select more than one image from the uploader and hit continue. It will automatically create a gallery for you and let you even edit the gallery layout.

What does the introduction of Calypso mean for WordPress.org?
While developers around the globe are busy understanding the working and code of Calypso, WordPress.org users are wondering what is it’s future.
WordPress.org powers more than 25% of the websites today including WordPress.com. Since both Calypso and WP REST API are gathering a lot of attention, it has launched 4.4 version of the software with REST API in its core architecture.

The evolution of WordPress.com is one example of how REST API can be used in WordPress and what all can be achieved with it. Since Calypso offers a more liberal architecture, it allows developers to build more compelling publishing user experience.

Although Matt’s announcement that Calypso may become a part of the WordPress core if the community wants, we cannot jump to any conclusion. Also, the WordPress.com website accounts that the decision as to whether to make Calypso codebase a part of WordPress core or not is also entirely dependent on the WordPress community.

Calypso has opened gates for the future possibility for developers, only if they are ready to improve their REST API and JavaScript’s skills. It is all set to be the next big thing in the WordPress development industry.

Creating Typography Animation Using Photoshop

Typography Animation

Web designers, creative artists, creative directors, and graphic artists, use the art of typography to create digital art. Photoshop is one application by Adobe that is widely used to create high quality works of art for print as well as the web.

Typography fonts are used in advertisements and promotions of brands as they attract attention. This can include creating metallic effects, 3D or 2D effects for the fonts. Movies, television, and many other visual platforms can use these effects to display animated text. Typography is an intricate art of designing letters that beckon attention of the viewer. An artist must know the nuances of typography to be able to create effective word art. You can create umpteen effects of the word art using animation and filters in Photoshop. Many tools and layers work together to form a final output that looks stunning and is eye catching. You can blend backgrounds, pictures, and brush strokes in letters using Photoshop.

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Some examples of how Typography is used in Photoshop

For instance, if you want to create a word that reflects the vintage or the Victorian era, the colors, patterns, and text style must also represent that era. To get started, you can cut and paste the text in Photoshop. Before getting started, you can sketch a rough combination of these words to get an idea about the font style and other detailing. Photoshop is filled with many tools and layers. You need to have basic knowledge of Photoshop and know how to navigate and use these tools. This is the best visual tool you can have to create animation text for television, internet, or any other visual platform.

Creating moving text can be simply defined as animation text. You can make letters fly, shrink, move, laugh, or give them any expression that is human like, using animation in Photoshop. You can use any background, color, pattern, or design to create an animation text. To convey the emotion, the choice of animation can be used on the text. It gives emotions to letters and characters, helping television, web, and the visual broadcast produce emotional content through text.

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Open Photoshop and create a new document choosing the dimensions of this new document. Fill the background with the color or pattern of your choice. Choose a font style and type any word you want. Also, choose the size of the font. Depending upon the types of animations you want to apply, create that many layers for that word. Select the work and go to filter and choose a filter of your choice. There are various choices of filters that you can experiment with.

You can also use brushes that come with symbols and predefined artworks. You can create layers for the brushes of your choice above the text layer. Create different patterns for each layer. Now the final step is to animate the entire word that is designed and textured as per your requirement. Go to the Windows menu and click on the animation option. Create three or more frames of the same text. You can choose the time frame and also the style of animation for different frames. You can cut and paste text and create layers, backgrounds, and animate them too. Finally, you must save your work to a gif format of the file. This is the format for animation files. You can now use your imagination and work on any text and word styles possible and animate them.

You can use these styles for the web creating visual styles for businesses, or individual artists. This type of text also expresses the personality of the individual as well as the business. It makes the copy of advertising and promotion more attractive and readable. It is professional as well as a creative way of displaying the brand to the world.

Download of the Day: Texture Sample Pack

A Free Texture Pack to Make Your Thursday

Join us every Thursday, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re sharing ten textures we created exclusively for you. Check out the Arsenal for more textures known the ’round the world for being the best of the best.

Here’s what you’ll get with today’s download:

Free Texture Pack

These texture samples are from the following categories: dust, motion blur, paper, smoke, paint and fur.

We truly believe that you can never have too many textures. If you’re like us, then head over to our Arsenal, home of the world’s best design resources, where you can soak up thousands of textures (and counting) you can’t find anywhere else.

Love our products? Access our huge product library ($11k in resources) and exclusive content for only $15/mth. Yes, seriously. Learn more now.

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Inspiration of the Day: 9/7/2016 – Beverage Packaging Design

Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration

Every Wednesday, we scour the web for the best in inspiration from designers killing it at their craft. Please enjoy this incredible art and join us on Pinterest, where we’re dedicated to collecting our own work, as well as the work of those we most admire.

Today we’re going to narrow in on killer beveraging packaging design inspiration. Let’s take a look at what our fellow designers are doing over at Dribbble, shall we?

Cover image and beverage design packaging designed by your friends here at graphic and web design studio Go Media.

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Cans by Emrich Office
Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration
Trophy Room Strong Ale for designbrawl.com #SBDesignBrawl by Luke Flowers
Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration
Moet Packaging by Valentina Badeanu
St. Laurent Gin ‘sneak peek’ by Chad Michael Studio
Good Fizz by Lydia Nichols
Miller High Life & Harley Davidson by Derrick Castle
Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration
One Last Shot by Joseph Alessio
Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration
CopperMuse Rum by Emrich Office
Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration
Bib & Tucker Bourbon by Tom Lane
Beverage Packaging Design Inspiration
CopperMuse Honey Dill Vodka by Emrich Office
Belgian Golden by Jeremy Taff
Elephant Sloe Gin by Simon Frouws
Independence White Rabbit by Canales & Co.
Duran by JC Desevre
Wine Design by Chad Michael Studio
Wine Design by Chad Michael Studio
Legend Winter Ale by Gardner Design
Rubro Ice Tea by Simon Frouws
Rubro Ice Tea by Simon Frouws
Swell Cold Brew by Mark Caneso
Swell Cold Brew by Mark Caneso
Tabu Vodka by Matt Vergotis
Tabu Vodka by Matt Vergotis
Forest Grown by Jared Laham
Forest Grown by Jared Laham
Couteau Wines by Emrich Office
Couteau Wines by Emrich Office
Thrasher: Session IPA from Defiance Brewing Co. by John Stadler
Thrasher: Session IPA from Defiance Brewing Co. by John Stadler
Crafty Cider Bottle Design by Scott Biersack
Crafty Cider Bottle Design by Scott Biersack
Lake Tahoe Brewing Craft Beer Can Design by Tyler St.Pierre
Lake Tahoe Brewing Craft Beer Can Design by Tyler St.Pierre
Cameron's Brewing Company by Dave Rodgers
Cameron’s Brewing Company by Dave Rodgers

Have a great day, everyone. See you next Wednesday for more inspiration!

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Download of the Day: Triangle Seamless Pattern Vector Freebies

Download of the Day: Triangle Seamless Pattern Vector Freebies

Join us every Thursday, when your friends here at the Arsenal take over the Go Media blog to share insights, tips, freebies or other fun to brighten your work day.

Today we’re sharing two seamless patterns we created exclusively for you. Check out the Arsenal for more seamless patterns and vectors known the ’round the world for being the best of the best.

Here’s what you’ll get with today’s download:

triangle seamless pattern

Here you go: Triangle Seamless Pattern Vectors from Go Media