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Creative Quick Tips

with Justin Seeley

Video: Five tools for wireframing & mockups

Hello there, welcome back to another installment of creative quick tips. Invision app is probably my favorite on this short list of, UXPin is another one that I didn't know about prior to starting Finally, I would be, doing you a disservice if I didn't mention that, there
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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome to the series
    2. How to send feedback
  2. 13m 45s
    1. How to find free stock photos online
      1m 55s
    2. Using the transform command in Illustrator
      4m 14s
    3. Five tools for wireframing & mockups
      7m 36s
  3. 11m 50s
    1. How to create layers from Photoshop Layer Styles
      3m 14s
    2. How to turn Illustrator artwork into Shape Layers
      3m 15s
    3. How to combine vector shapes in Photoshop
      2m 49s
    4. How to use text wrapping in Illustrator
      2m 32s
  4. 15m 41s
    1. How to effectively rotate objects in Illustrator
      2m 39s
    2. How to create interlocking shapes in Illustrator
      3m 29s
    3. How to speed up Photoshop's performance
      3m 25s
    4. How to use tool shortcuts in Photoshop
      2m 52s
    5. How to use springloaded shortcuts in Photoshop
      3m 16s
  5. 9m 27s
    1. How to create a better Twitter avatar
      3m 59s
    2. How to embed videos in WordPress without a plugin
      1m 45s
    3. How to embed real tweets into any WordPress post
      2m 15s
    4. Create your own Photoshop shortcut cheat sheet
      1m 28s
  6. 17m 53s
    1. How to create better Facebook cover photos
      4m 31s
    2. How to use keyboard shortcuts in WordPress
      2m 47s
    3. How to add Apple touch icons to your website
      5m 27s
    4. How to use Font Awesome in design applications
      5m 8s
  7. 8m 50s
    1. How to create your own pixel grids
      4m 25s
    2. How to sample colors from anywhere
      2m 5s
    3. How to create diagonal guides in Illustrator
      2m 20s
  8. 13m 48s
    1. How to round individual corners on Illustrator shapes
      3m 21s
    2. How to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter
      4m 8s
    3. How to use the Shape Builder Tool to recolor artwork
      3m 34s
    4. How to use "Align to Key Object" in Illustrator
      2m 45s
  9. 8m 26s
    1. Exploring the Kuler Panel in Illustrator CC
      1m 50s
    2. How to draw awesome shapes with the tilde key
      2m 12s
    3. How to reset your bounding box in Illustrator
      2m 6s
    4. How to change your artboard color in Illustrator
      2m 18s
  10. 23m 19s
    1. How to use Photoshop and Illustrator to write CSS
      4m 1s
    2. How to create scalable rounded rectangles in Illustrator
      4m 16s
    3. How to use the fill commands in Photoshop
      3m 52s
    4. How to accurately space objects in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    5. Ten WordPress plugins that you should know
      9m 5s
  11. 9m 41s
    1. Unlocking background layers in Photoshop
      1m 8s
    2. Using opacity shortcuts in Photoshop
      1m 50s
    3. Using Illustrator's Glyphs Panel for icon fonts
      3m 15s
    4. Creating flexible buttons in Illustrator
      3m 28s
  12. 6m 31s
    1. Locking artwork in Illustrator
      2m 5s
    2. Five free fonts for your next project
      2m 0s
    3. Improving the SEO of your Muse website
      2m 26s
  13. 17m 7s
    1. Fitting content into your InDesign frames
      2m 37s
    2. Setting up your own Autocorrect in InDesign
      2m 33s
    3. Drawing complex shapes in Illustrator
      3m 14s
    4. Using the snapshots feature in Photoshop
      4m 40s
    5. Creating awesome product shots with Placeit
      4m 3s

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Creative Quick Tips
2h 38m Appropriate for all Aug 05, 2013 Updated Jul 21, 2014

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Join Justin Seeley, staff author and design enthusiast, each week for a new 5-minute, self-contained tutorial that you can use to instantly improve your design workflow. This series covers techniques for print, digital, and web design, addressing the tools that creative professionals like you use most. Learn new ways to leverage layer styles and vector shapes in Adobe Photoshop, work more efficiently with text in Illustrator, and embed videos and even tweets in WordPress posts, and much more. Check back each week for a new installment, and a new design hack.

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Five tools for wireframing & mockups

Hello there, welcome back to another installment of creative quick tips. Today, I'm going to be showing you five wireframing and mockup tools for your next web or, app design project. And so these are going to be a mixture of both desktop and web based applications that you can use to create mockups for, apps, websites or whatever it is that you might be working on. Let's check it out. Number one on the list is something called. Moqups, and it's spelled a little different, this one's actually spelled And it's an online editor that really has a rich feature set.

And I really think it has a great platform to use. It's very simple and it is basic, it's got lots of different just wire frame type applications for it. So you're not going to do any. Sort of UI refinement or anything in here, but this, for the most part, is just a great thing for getting started with any type of mockup that you might want to use. It is, not a free system, by any means, so they do have, three different tiers of plans. They have a standard, which is $9 a month. There is also a professional, which is $19 a month, and an ultimate which is $39 a month.

You can see all of the different breakdowns. You get different numbers of active projects, image storage, archive projects et cetera. And, also if you sign up for yearly plans, you save a little bit of money over the course of an entire year, so, 99 Bucks for the year. 199, for the year for our professional and, 4.19 for a year with the ultimate plan. So again, up to you. This is a great I think starting place for anybody who is new to this, to use for smaller work environments and things like that. It's a really, really great place to start.

Number two is something called balsamiq, and this is something when I first started doing research I had not heard of before but once I got in and started playing with it, I actually liked it a great deal. It is much like Moqups. It's very basic in terms of what it allows you to do, but I love the overall interface of this. And you can see here that there are many different types of things that you can use this for. At very top, all of those things up there like buttons, common containers, forms, iOS specific items, things like that makes it very easy. What I, really, really liked about this platform though was the fact that not only can you get to it from the web, but there is also, a desktop version which is available on Mac, Windows, and even Linux.

So, if you are really wanting to have this type of environment on the desktop and you don't want to spend the big Bucks for some, big wireframing setup, this is a great place to start. It does have a monthly charge associated with it as well if you're going to use the web based. So, Enterprise starts at 249. Agency is 99. Team, 49. Starter is 24. And Personal is $12 a month. All of those have different numbers of people, users, active projects, etc. And so all of that. Is listed on the website, you can check that out.

You can also do volume pricing for the desktop app. The desktop app by itself is 79 Bucks, but you can break it down based on how many people you need right here on this big chart, which is also available on their website. So another great option for you to check out is balsamiq, and that's Invision app is probably my favorite on this short list of, wireframing and mockup applications because it is a really cool interface. And so when you first get to, you can sign up for a free account to see what it's all about.

Watch the video tour and all that kind of stuff. You can see on their website. Some of the bigger brands that are actually using this, so that gives it some, extra fire power as well. When you log in and you get all set up, they give you this demo project that you can look through for a mobile app prototype and this is where you can really dig in and start to see where InVisionApp. Shines. You can see the different screens that have been uploaded for the app. You can view activity, who's been doing what. What kind of comments have they uploaded, what assets have they, been working on. This is a really great collaboration system for you and your team.

And, you can also go into this sort of. Isolated view here to view individual aspects of each screen and you can work on those with other people upload edits and all that kind of stuff. It's a really great platform. Now again, Invision app is free to start but it is definitely not free if you want to continue using it and keep adding stuff to it. So you get one active project with the free account. You also can use the Starter account, which is three active projects for 15 Bucks a month, or the Professional, which is 25 Bucks a month.

That gives you unlimited projects, and archiving, asset management and screen version history. So if you're serious about using this in a team environment to track your project progress, I highly recommend setting up the 25 Bucks a month. Because it just, it's not that much. If you go with the annual subscriptions, you do save a little bit of money. So here again, the free is free. Starter goes to 13 Bucks a month. And then Professional is 22 Bucks a month. The difference is, of course, you shell out the up-front cost of the full year versus just paying on a month-by-month basis.

UXPin is another one that I didn't know about prior to starting this little research project where I was looking for, different things to use. And, once I logged in, I actually thought it was really nice. The interface is really cool and it's got some tools in here that are really going to be great. Especially if you're collaborating with other people. The best part about this though, UXPin, is just this one simple plan with what they say is no hidden fees. You get unlimited projects, unlimited storage, unlimited revisions for 14.99, per month, per user.

And I think this is why I added it to the list. Because this is a killer deal. Because there is no different tiers. Everything is included in this one. Set price for each user, so no matter if you have, one person or ten people, $14.99 a month, per user, per month and you can have access to UXPin. Finally, I would be, doing you a disservice if I didn't mention that, there is a product in the Adobe Creative Cloud that is really great, for wireframing. Now, traditionally that's been, or course, Adobe Fireworks, but Adobe Illustrator CC is quickly becoming.

The, fireworks of the future in my opinion and, Illustrator is a vector application. You can do vector based drawing, vector based mockups in here. Making it easy for you to wireframe and mock things up in here. Multiple art boards allow for multiple screens. You can then share your files via the creative cloud. It's a great collaborative environment and I highly recommend it. The best part is, if you subscribe to Creative Cloud, you'll also get access to other tools, like Photoshop and End Design and all that good stuff. Creative Cloud, some people like it, some people don't, there are individual plans starting at $19.99 a month for a single app.

Which will get you access to Adobe Illustrator. The complete setup would be $49.99 a month, if you're an existing customer, meaning you have one of the existing CSS products from CS3 or later. You can get in at $29.99 a month, if you have a team of people, you can start put at $69.99 per month, per user. And if you are an existing CS customer, you can go, $39.99 per month, per user. And they also have education plans for students and teachers, which I think makes this a killer deal, because if your a student or a teacher, you get it for $19.99 a month.

Or if you want to do a teams account for your university. Or organization related to education, 34.99 per user per month. Again, these are all, different options that you have available to you. I highly recommend Invision app or Adobe Illustrator I think both of those are my favorite on the list, but the rest are just as good I think, and have their own pros and cons. So my suggestion is just to go out. Take a look at several of these. Try out the free trials. See which one works best for you and your organization.

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