Black Friday: 12 Free Christmas Fonts for Spreading Holiday Cheer


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November 27, 2015



Need to spice up your holiday designs? Check out these 12 amazing free Christmas fonts!

Much like Christmas sweaters, many Christmas fonts are notoriously tacky. However, that’s not to say there aren’t some great Christmas fonts out there. Let’s take a look at a few of the best Christmas fonts online.

Quick Note: While all of these fonts are free for personal use, the commercial limitations vary from font to font. Before you include these fonts in your next project, be sure to check the commercial limitations.

1. Santa’s Sleigh

Free Christmas Fonts: Santa Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh is a simple font that can be used to quickly convey information. The font is perfect for titles and lower thirds.

And the rest here…


Adobe MAX: 200 Hours of New Courses and Sessions Online – Free!


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November 26, 2015

by Adobe and Pro Design Tools

Download the Popular Adobe MAX 2015 Wallpaper (Full-Sized Hi-Res for Your Desktop)

Did you make it to MAX this year? Adobe’s Creativity Conference smashed all records with 7,000 attendees coming together in Los Angeles earlier this month, up from 5,000 just a couple years ago… And that was despite an increase in the cost of a full conference pass to US$1,595.

For the price of that ticket, participants enjoyed major new product launches, inspirational key­notes from creative luminaries, hundreds of enriching training sessions, plentiful opportunities for networking with colleagues, access to the latest cool technology on the pavilion floor, meeting the Adobe product teams in person, the highly-anticipated “Sneak Peek” demos of jaw-dropping new features under development, and of course the famous MAX Bash party. And this year, all attendees also received a free year of Adobe Stock as well as a new FUJIFILM X-T10 camera.

But if you didn’t make it, no worries – believe it or not, you can still tap into many of the best resources from the comfort of your own laptop, tablet, or phone!

The great news is that most of the courses were recorded on video and are now offered online – for free… In other words, pick your favorite Adobe tools and you can learn the latest tips, tricks and techniques from the best instructors in the field right from your desktop. There are six major tracks below (Creative Careers, Photography & Creative Imaging, Web & App Design, Digital Publishing, Graphic Design & Illustration, and Video) with many different topics; most classes are about an hour long and the complete collection of 173 videos runs to over 200 hours of training in total.

Special: Legally download dozens of free Adobe books for a limited time!

Watch the Adobe MAX 2015 Keynotes, Sessions and Tutorials Online, Free!

Experience the Creativity Conference – online.  Adobe MAX gathers designers, developers, industry pros and visionaries to explore the latest technologies, techniques and strategies for delivering cutting edge creative work… Now available on-demand.

One really cool feature is you can download any of these presentations for later viewing offline on your computer… While watching your video online, just right-click on the playing window and select “Save video as…”, and then specify a location to save the video locally to your hard drive. The video will be downloaded in H.264 format with a .MP4 file extension, and can then be played back with almost any media player without an Internet connection, or transferred to a smartphone/iPhone or tablet/iPad for anywhere-anytime viewing.

So if you couldn’t make it to L.A. this year, or didn’t have the $1,595 to needed to attend, didn’t win our MAX ticket giveaway, or weren’t able to catch everything you wanted there, then here are all the best new training and tutorials direct from the show, now free to watch… Totaling 201 hours in duration, that’s 25 eight-hour days worth of content (for real) with unlimited access – exciting enough to keep you busy for a while!

The entire directory to all 173 recorded sessions is given below.  Next year, MAX will be moving to San Diego on November 2-4, 2016 – and you can save $500 by preregistering here!

MAX 2015 – Keynotes

  • Create with Impact – Welcome from Shantanu Narayen and Bryan Lamkin
  • Create with Impact – CreativeSync
  • Create with Impact – Graphic Design
  • Create with Impact – Web/UX Design
  • Create with Impact – Video
  • Create with Impact – Photography
  • Community Inspires Creativity – Welcome and Maira Kalman
  • Community Inspires Creativity – Brandon Stanton
  • Community Inspires Creativity – Elle Luna
  • Community Inspires Creativity – Baz Luhrmann

MAX 2015 – Creative Careers

  • 3D Printing for Hollywood and Beyond
  • Adventures in Book Publishing
  • Change Leadership: An Adapt or Die Bootcamp for Creative Teams
  • Creating a Bulletproof Personal Brand to Stand Out from the Competition
  • Creating Unimaginable 3D Printed Art and Architecture
  • Creative Effectiveness in Latin America
  • The Stunning World of 6K: Creating Powerful Imagery Using RED Cameras
  • Learn from the Best: Meet Face Off Winner Rayce Bird and Compete for Prizes
  • Rethinking Your Career: The New Rules You Need to Know
  • Success Tips from the Top: How to Pursue your Dreams and Succeed
  • The Crazy Ones: How to Build a World-Class Career
  • The New Rules for Getting Creative Work Done
  • Future-Proofing Your Design Team: Three Lessons from an Overnight Rebrand

MAX 2015 – Digital Publishing

  • Advanced Workflow Possibilities with the Adobe DPS APIs
  • An EPUB That Goes with the Flow
  • Creating Content for Mobile Apps with Adobe Digital Publishing Solution
  • Designing Fixed Layout EPUBs with InDesign CC
  • Designing Killer Mobile App Experiences
  • DPS Sneaks!
  • Gotta Have It: Making the Move to Adobe DPS 2015
  • How to Smartly Utilize HTML in Adobe Digital Publishing Solution
  • Making the Leap to Adobe DPS 2015
  • Move It or Lose It: Interactivity Techniques, Tips and Tricks for Adobe DPS
  • No Code Required: Using Designer-Focused HTML Tools with Adobe DPS
  • Optimizing Your Interactive HTML Content for Adobe DPS
  • Panel: Driving Real-World Results with DPS
  • Proving Your App’s Impact with Analytics
  • Pushing Mobile Boundaries with DPS
  • The Art of Mobile Apps: Handing Control to the Creatives
  • Using Collections for Navigation in Adobe DPS

MAX 2015 – Graphic Design & Illustration

  • 25 Golden Tips, Tricks, Triumphs and Threats
  • Adobe Illustrator CC: Work Happy, Not Hard
  • Adobe InDesign CC Power Shortcuts
  • Beyond Infographics: The Future of Visual Communications
  • Color and Creative Cloud: From Instant Capture to Final Production
  • Creative Cloud for Designers: Everything You Need to Create Your Best Work
  • Creative Perseverance: Beyond the Payday
  • Do What I Say, Not What I Do
  • Evolving at the Speed of the Web
  • Exploring Your Creativity in InDesign CC
  • Express Yourself: Let’s Talk About Type
  • From Bold Concepts to Fine Details with DKNG
  • How to Use Type to Seduce Your Reader
  • I Didn’t Know Acrobat Could Do That
  • Illustrator CC: Don’t Just Build…Draw!
  • InDesign CC: Tips and Tricks
  • Introduction to InDesign Animations
  • Just My Type: Commissioning Custom Typefaces
  • Mind the Gap: Becoming a Better Designer by Owning Your Blind Spots
  • You’re Not the Boss of Me!
  • New Adobe Tools to Create a Killer Personal Website
  • You Do You: Everything Else Is Secondary
  • New Ways to Create with the Illustrator Family of Apps
  • Photoshop Shortcuts for Graphic Designers
  • Powering the Creative Cloud Ecosystem with the Adobe Creative SDK
  • Publish Online: Effortlessly Publish and Distribute InDesign CC Documents
  • Subtlety is Everything
  • Succeeding with Creativity in the Enterprise
  • The Delectable Design and Elegant Craftsmanship of Louise Fili
  • The Hidden Talents of Everyday Things
  • The Journey, Not the Destination
  • The Myth of the Dream Job
  • The New Design Workflow with Creative Cloud
  • The Very Real Power of the Connected Creative
  • Typography in the Leading Role: Creating a Type-Based Poster in Illustrator
  • What Print Designers Need to Know About Designing for Web
  • What’s New in Illustrator CC
  • What’s New in InDesign CC

MAX 2015 – Photography & Creative Imaging

  • Adobe Photoshop CC: Productivity Tips, Better Workflows and Fun
  • Awesome Retouching for the Rest of Us
  • Beyond Megapixels: Taking, Transferring and Tweaking Photos from Any Camera
  • Compositing and Digitally Coloring Handmade and Tablet-Drawn Elements
  • Compositing and Graphic Art
  • Create and Animate 3D Characters in Minutes
  • Creating a Successful Stock Photo Business
  • Creating Amazing Panoramas and HDR Images
  • Creating Beautiful Visual Stories
  • Creating Impossible Worlds
  • Creating Photo Real Characters and Creature Concepts in Photoshop
  • Creating Powerful Black-and-White Images
  • Creativity Wherever You Are
  • Enhance, Perfect and Share your Photos – Anywhere
  • Getting Started in 3D Printing with Photoshop CC
  • Using the Lightroom Develop Module to Reinforce the Visual Narrative
  • Igniting the Creative Spark
  • Lightroom for New Users
  • Optimizing Your Photographic Workflow
  • Photoshop Beginner’s Roadmap: Learn the Essential Tools to Start Your Creative Journey
  • Photoshop CC Layer and Mask Fundamentals
  • Photoshop CC – Advanced Tips and Techniques
  • Photoshop for Photographers: When and How to Go Beyond Lightroom and ACR
  • What’s New in Photoshop CC
  • Photoshop Goes to the Movies: How to Easily Create and Edit Stunning Videos in Photoshop
  • Photoshop in Agency Work: Making Images Work for Campaigns
  • Six Things Every Designer Should be Doing in Photoshop CC Right Now
  • Tips and Techniques for Creating Impressive Effects with Photoshop
  • Tips from the Photoshop Playbook
  • Tricks for Creating the Image to Tell your Story
  • Unveiling Photoshop Fix
  • How to Work Creatively with 3D in Photoshop

MAX 2015 – Video

  • Audio Is Half the Picture: Getting Great Mixes with Premiere Pro CC and Audition CC
  • Avoiding the Mistakes: Nine Errors in Production and Post-production
  • Work Faster, Be More Creative: Advanced Editing Techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Channel Your Inner Geppetto! Bringing Puppets to Life with Character Animator
  • Color Catastrophe: Fixing Common Color Problems with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Color Tells a Story: Defeating Your Brain, Evaluating Shots and Making Great Grades
  • Voice Processing Tips and Tricks (with Adobe Audition CC)
  • Creating Music. Creating Video. Bringing It Together with Creative Cloud.
  • Entering 3D: After Effects and Cinema 4D
  • Exploding Your Social Media Channel with Video
  • From Sharks to Superheros: A Day in the Life of a Hollywood Editor
  • Going Mobile: How Adobe Apps Help You in Preproduction, Production and Post
  • More Pop, Less Static: Using After Effects to Make Presentations Pop
  • RocketJump: Tales of a YouTube Sensation
  • Power Tips in Post: Getting the Most out of the Video Tools in Creative Cloud
  • Video Compression in a Post YouTube World
  • Thousands of Frames: Video Color-correction Strategies for Photographers
  • Reinventing the Corporate Interview: Killer Tips for Loving the Task
  • On The Cheap! Getting That Big Interview on a Shoestring Budget

MAX 2015 – Web & App Design

  • 13 Mistakes Designers Make During Client Presentations
  • Adobe Muse 101: Building a Website from Scratch
  • Adobe Muse Power User Tips and Tricks
  • Animating Nickelodeon’s riDUCKulously awesome series Breadwinners with Flash CC
  • Animating SVG with Flash Professional CC
  • Animating with Fresh Styles: Techniques for TV with Flash Professional CC
  • Atomic Design: Crafting Interface Design Systems
  • Banish Your Inner Critic: How to Unblock Your Creativity
  • Beyond Measure
  • Beyond Pixels: Responsive Assets for the Modern Web
  • Crafting Delightful Products: Lessons From a Creative Collective
  • Crafting Interactivity: Improving User Experience
  • CSS3 and HTML for Responsive Web Design
  • Design Space (Preview): A New Photoshop Environment for Web, UI and App Design
  • Designing Better App Icons with Photoshop
  • Designing for Generation Z: How Kids are Rewriting the Rules of Their Own User Experiences
  • Designing Tools at Adobe: Make, Learn, Build
  • Designing with Beautiful Typography in Adobe Muse
  • Dismantling Your Responsive Web Design Workflow and Living to Tell the Story
  • Expand Your Creative Workflows in Dreamweaver with Assets from Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Five Ways to Master Responsive Design
  • Giving Flash Professional Another Look
  • How to Build, Preview and Inspect Web Content Across Multiple Devices
  • Integrating Blogs, Shopping Carts and More in Adobe Muse
  • Make It Happen
  • Making Rich Web Experiences
  • Making the Digital Physical with Material Design
  • Mobile App Redesign Case Study – Target Corporation
  • Modern iPhone App Design: Basic Practices and Modern Techniques
  • Must Have Mobile: Critical Tips for Small-Screen Design with Adobe Muse
  • Photoshop Shortcuts for Web and App Design
  • Practicing Iteration: Why a Designer’s Job is Never Done
  • Responsive Design: From Photoshop to Dreamweaver to Everywhere Else
  • Seven Things Every Designer Should Be Doing Right Now
  • Style Tiles: The Visual Voice of Your Brand
  • Susan Kare’s Iconic Life: Learnings from a Pioneer of Pixel Art
  • The Analog Desk
  • The Future Is Now: HTML5 Advertising with Flash Professional CC
  • The Path to Performance
  • The Pattern Library as a Web Design Tool
  • Typography on the Web
  • Website Innovation with Global Newspaper Le Monde
  • What’s New in Dreamweaver CC
  • What’s New in Flash Professional CC, the Animation Tool of the Future

Watch the Adobe MAX Sessions Now

How to Join Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Free


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November 25, 2015

by ProDeignTools

Get Adobe Creative Cloud Now, Free or Paid

Having originally launched four years ago, by this time you’ve heard of Adobe’s fast-growing Creative Cloud, you’ve dispelled the all-too-common myths out there surrounding it, and perhaps are considering subscribing to CC now that over 5 million of your colleagues already have…

You may also know that Adobe stopped development of the older “CS” releases back in 2012, and that there have been thousands of new product features, enhancements, and performance improvements added to CC since then, as well as integral new services.

But did you know that no matter what you do, you can sign up right now for a zero-cost class of membership that never expires and provides free benefits for life?  Anyone can have this in 84 countries worldwide, even if you still use the older tools instead, or even if you use no other Adobe products or services at all.

Here is all of what you get completely free, permanently:

    1. Two gigabytes of cloud space for storing, syncing, and sharing your files online (same as Dropbox).  The content your Adobe project/data files (like PSD, AI, INDD, or PDF) can be intelligently viewed in any browser, in application-specific ways… Viewers (including clients and non-Cloud members) can easily turn layers on and off, display relevant metadata, make comments, optionally download the files, and more – all without needing any other tools.
    2. Full integrated use of Adobe’s new family of mobile apps (over a dozen strong!), enabling you to sketch, draw, paint, create layouts, edit photos and make videos on your tablet or smartphone. Now powered by CreativeSync technology, your assets and apps are connected across your desktop computers and mobile devices, so you can do great work anywhere.
    3. A lifetime license for Adobe Bridge CC, their flagship desktop media browser and powerful digital asset manager that allows you to efficiently locate, organize, browse, preview, and batch process your content files – including most image, vector, audio and video files. Easily view and manage Photoshop PSD, Camera RAW, Illustrator AI, InDesign INDD, Acrobat PDF, Flash SWF, and many other types of files and documents, all without paid programs. (Yes, it’s free!)
Adobe Creative Cloud Growing Fast, Now Millions of Paid Subscribers (Click to Enlarge)
    1. Unrestricted use of Edge Web Fonts, a vast collection online fonts served forever to any website(s) of your choosing. Now over 500 free hosted typefaces to choose from!
    2. A full non-expiring license for Adobe Edge Animate 1.5 – you can download and use the EA desktop application to create interactive and animated web content with HTML5 technology.
    3. Game Developer Tools to build, optimize, and deliver web and mobile games – including free Adobe Scout and Adobe Flash C++ Compiler.
    4. Free PhoneGap Build capability to create a mobile app with HTML, CSS and Java­Script, and then deploy it to a wide range of devices.
    5. Free for one mobile device: Edge Inspect (formerly Adobe Shadow) to easily preview your work live on your device from the desktop in fast, remote-controlled fashion.
    6. No charge get started with Typekit professional fonts: choose two online font faces from nearly 1,000 available to use on a single website. You can also sync more than 130 great fonts to use in your favorite desktop programs, including CC trial apps, older versions of the Creative Suite, and even non-Adobe applications.
    7. Unlimited access to free Adobe Story screenwriting software to turn your ideas into screenplays and scripts.
    8. Integration of Behance’s community and portfolio capabilities, allowing you to seam­lessly create content, seek feedback, showcase and distribute your work. Behance now has almost 6 million members receiving over 200 million page views per month, and is a fantastic way to get exposure from like-minded creatives.
    9. Plus… fast and easy access to the free trials of all the new CC 2015 tools and services.  Even if you previously ran an Adobe trial in previous years, you still receive a fresh new 30+ day tryout period with the latest CC release. And every time Adobe does a major upgrade to the software going forward (expected to be annually), you’ll get another new free trial.

What’s New in Adobe CC?

How to get all this?  Well if you already have an Adobe ID then all it takes is confirming the free signup. And if you don’t have an Adobe ID yet, then it’s just six fields to fill out and no credit card needed:

Special: Legally download dozens of free Adobe books for a limited time!

Creative Cloud: Compare Free vs. Paid Memberships

If you later decide to join the Creative Cloud as a full paying sub­scriber, then you’ll keep all of the above – plus add the following:

      • Full access to the complete Adobe CC 2015 toolset, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Muse, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat DC Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition, Edge Animate, Typekit Portfolio, and much more.
      • Use of the latest creative technology from Adobe with ongoing upgrades included as soon as they become available – you can always run the most recent product version.
      • You also have the ability to download, install and use older releases like CS6 Master Collection (together on the same machines as CC) if you want or need to.
      • Soon, the Behance ProSite (which is included for paid CC members) will be upgraded to Adobe Portfolio, which gives you a quick and intuitive way to create a beautiful portfolio website to show off your work, without having to write a line of code.
      • Access to 20 GB of online storage and other services from Adobe such as free Creative Cloud Training produced by industry-leading partners.
      • Full access to new and additional products that were never available through traditional perpetual licenses, such as Adobe Muse, Edge Animate, and Story Plus.
      • You can install the desktop programs on up to two of your computers, and easily move the software between different systems as needed.
      • Flexible and modest payments through monthly and yearly subscription options.

And if you ever stop or cancel your paid subscription, you will still retain all benefits of the free membership for life.

Do you have any further questions on what Creative Cloud is about, or how the free membership compares versus the paid/complete membership?  Check out our extensive Creative Cloud FAQ.

BTW: both Bridge CC and Edge Animate 1.5 are completely free for everyone with licenses that never expire!


Final Cut Pro X: Free 15+ Part Color Grading Series


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November 24, 2015

by Color Grading Central

Color Grading Central


When Apple introduced the new FCP X, it came with a newly designed color correction interface. Here you’ll find complete color grading training for FCP X. I hope that you find these color grading tutorials beneficial in your color grading. Here’s tutorial #1: “FCP X Color Grading Tutorial: What is Color Grading?”…

4 Free Final Cut Pro X Infographic Titles


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November 23, 2015

by Stupid Raisins

Stupid Raisins

This is a set of 4 FREE FCPX infographic titles. Animate you data with charts and graphs. Raise the roof!

  • Bar Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Ring Chart
  • Number Chart

How do you install it?

Data Pop Free is distributed through FxFactory and installing depends if you already have FxFactory.

You have FxFactory installed.
  1. Open FxFactory (4.1.3 or newer required)
  2. In the upper right hand corner search for Data Pop Free.
  3. Click on Download.
  4. Once downloaded, you’ll see it in Final Cut Pro X.
  5. You may need to restart FCPX.
You DON’T have FxFactory installed.
  1. Download and install FxFactory.
  2. Follow steps 1-5 above.

How do you use it?

In Final Cut Pro X (10.1 or newer) click on the Title browser. Select Data Pop Free and then drag and drop a template to your timeline.

Depending on the template you’ll have some or all of the following options.

  • Graph colors
  • Graph size
  • Graph position
  • Text colors
  • Text styles
  • Background Colors
  • Background Opacity

If you need more charts and graphs, take a look at paid Data Pop. If you have any questions, suggestions or use this in a video let me know in the comments below.

Using (Free) Stock Footage for Website Backgrounds


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November 20, 2015

by Videvo


The New Age of Web Design: Video Backgrounds and Headers

They say a picture paints a thousand words. If that’s true, then what about video? In this article we explain the benefits of using stock footage to add a video background for your web page.

Here at Videvo, we aim to provide you with free HD stock footage that can be used and adapted in as many ways as possible – and this includes video for webpages. Whether you are designing a personal portfolio or customizing a company site, video can be a valuable addition to help make your webpage look polished, professional and ultimately stand out against others. And it’s now easier than ever before, particularly if you have access to a readily available source of free stock footage from yours truly.

But Why Should I Use Video?

videobgs-1A few things to keep in mind before selecting a featured video clip for your site: More here…



Almost $300 in Free Stuff from the New Color Grading Central


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November 19, 2015

by Denver Riddle
Color Grading Central

Color Grading Central

After 4 years the new completely redesigned Color Grading Central site and experience is here!


Now this is what you need to do in order to redeem the $289 in FREE products.

After visiting the link above you need to click the:

“GET STARTED” Button and sign up as a new member of the new CGC website.

Here are the products that we will be giving away:

  • M31 LUT from OSIRIS
  • ImpulZ Basic LUTs
  • cineLook for FCPX
  • Luster Grade Presets for FCPX & Premiere
  • Luster Film Burns

I think that you’ll love the products (if you don’t already have them) and you’ll appreciate the new experience with all the tutorials at your fingertips.

There’s more great content to come!

I will also be opening up and sharing with you my personal story and challenges I’ve gone through during the course of my career.

But to see that and to redeem your gifts you’ll have to click the on the “GET STARTED” to sign up!

Denver Riddle
Color Grading Central

Metering modes explained and how to know which one to use


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November 17, 2015

by Amy Kolodziej

Clickin Moms


Choosing a metering mode can be as important as choosing an ISO or aperture when you need to nail your exposure. Metering affects how your camera processes the scene, thus giving you a reading on your exposure in camera. I know that with the ability to “chimp”, or stop and look at the back of your dSLR after each image, we can take our meters for granted. As a wedding photographer (and as a mother to two young children that don’t allow “do-overs”), however, I simply do not have the time to second guess myself after each frame.

Most of today’s modern cameras have at least three different metering modes to choose from; matrix (evaluative), center-weighted, and spot. Some cameras are also equipped with a fourth metering type called highlight-weighted metering mode. Both of my Nikon bodies have this newer mode and so I’ve included it here.

Example of in-camera meter

By default, your camera WANTS you to be at a center or zero on the meter. Zero on the meter equates to 18% gray (some may argue 12% gray depending upon camera), which is a happy mid-tone. This makes sense if you are measuring only mid-tones. My problem with this is that often what is most important to me in a scene is not that simple. Skin, for instance, gives completely different “correct exposure” readings on the meter depending on ethnicity. Your meter may also be fooled by the lighting you are using depending on which mode you have set.  This is why it is important to learn the different modes and what results you can expect in each situation.

Click here to see the various explanations on Metering Modes

examples of different metering modes in a backlight situation by Amy Kolodziej


Autodesk Pixlr – A Free Alternative To Photoshop


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November 16, 2015

by Autodesk and Digimedia Dude

Pixlr is a fun and powerful photo editor that lets you quickly crop, rotate, and fine-tune any picture, free.

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Can’t afford Adobe’s Photoshop? Want to work on photos on your web browser without any software installation? Then you should check out Autodesk’s Pixlr, a free alternative photo and image creation tool that works in your browser. In this episode, I give you an overview of this great web app!




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