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Free typography resources: The big list

Everyone, even non-designers, can agree that the smallest typographical change can make a world of difference (*cough* <i>Warren Beatty</i> *cough*). …

10 of the best new graphic design tools for February

Just when you were starting to think February might be a slow month, along comes a slew of innovative new tools for graphic designers to crank things …

Graphic Design

Watch How Photoshop Can Transform a Dull Photo into a Vibrant Image That “Pops” (VIDEO)

Everyone wants to create dramatic images with vibrant, natural colors that "pop.” And as you’ll see in the video below, there’s a bit more involved …

8 Tech Tools To Communicate Your Ideas More Effectively

Love it or hate it, presentation matters. To quote the poet William Carlos Williams, sometimes “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it.” Here are eight tech tools to help you communicate your ideas more effectively (and, dare I say, beautifully).<p><b>1. Lucidchart</b><p>The tool …

Infographics

An Inexpensive Chandelier, DIY Leather Boxes, a Brilliant Box Joint Jig Design & More

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>DIY String Light Chandelier for $40</b><p>Linn from Darbin Orvar creates an inexpensive, rustic-looking chandelier using …

30 of the Most Important Photoshop Features and How to Use Them

Nate Dodson over at TutVid just put together one of the most comprehensive overviews of Photoshop’s key tools and features we’ve ever seen. 30 …

17 Free Desk Plans so You Can DIY One Today

17 Free DIY Desk Plans<p>DIY Desk Plans In All Sorts of Style<p>Updated May 09, 2018<p>These free DIY desk plans will give you everything you need to …

The 8 best tiny home hotels around the world

Tiny living goes international<p>The tiny home movement is gaining ground across the United States, whether it’s the popularity of micro-focused TV shows or the growing number of tiny home resort communities popping up from Portland to New York. We’ve rounded up the best tiny home hotels in America …

How to Make Money on YouTube, More Bike Modifications, a Bench with a Surprise & more

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>"Upcycled Skateboard-Cargo-Rack-Mudguard-Thing"</b><p>Laura Kampf continues upgrading her "Swiss Army bike," this time …

Woodworking

Make Complex Cuts With This Dirt-Cheap CNC Router

This sub-$500 CNC machine can cut complex shapes out of wood, a great addition to any workshop.<p>We feature a lot of how-to and diy projects here at <i>Popular Mechanics</i>, but many of them require an expensive piece of equipment: a CNC router. These computer-controlled cutting machines can create highly …

Cool Wood Projects for Guys, Build Your Own DIY wood Countertops

<b>Cool Wood Projects for Guys, Build Your Own DIY wood Countertops —</b> Learning how to build diy wood countertops for your cool wood projects not only …

Free Wall Mounted Bike Rack Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about wall mounted bike rack plans. If you want to organize your bikes in a professional manner and to save …

Woodworking

10 Awesome Woodworking Projects for Every Skill Level

From novice to advanced, these woodworking projects will challenge and delight.<p>Woodworking is an amazing hobby—as well as vocation, that can last a lifetime. These 10 woodworking projects are straight from our editors, and are accessible to woodworkers of all skill levels. Most projects include …

5 Places to Find Your Next Woodworking Project

Start your woodworking journey here.<p>After acquiring some tools and building a few basic wood projects, you'll want to test your skills by building larger and more complicated projects. There are a ton of great resources available online, but it can be overwhelming when you start searching. Here are …

Tools & Craft #18: Let's Build a Ridiculously Simple Chair

...from the book "Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects"<p>A couple of posts ago I wrote about Playatech furniture, which is made of interlocking …

Get a Well Rounded Workout With These Stability Ball Exercises

Exercise balls are a great way to shake up your workout. Roll one behind your back for a wall sit, a gentler version of a squat. Or put your feet on …

25 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

If you’ve been dreaming of building your very own tiny house but you don’t have a clue where to begin, Pin-Up Houses is an awesome starting …

20 Easy DIY Gutter Garden Ideas

Do you admire the Hanging gardens of Babylon which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world? Maybe we cannot replicate the same put you still …

Landscaping

7 Portable Snacks for Healthier Midday Munching

When a midday snack attack strikes, be prepared with good-for-you treats—both sweet and salty. Sure, it might be easy to satisfy between-meal …

Healthy Eating

3 Reasons You Need to Learn Succulent Gardening

Now that we’re shrugging off our puffer coats and saying so long to our wooly scarves, all we’ve got on our minds is GREEN. Our Succulent Gardening Online Class ($19) is taught by La Fleur Kitchen Creative Director and Botanical Designer Cherie Marquez, and guys, we think it’s the perfect skill to …

Gardening

Build This Sexy Modern Bench Using Nothing But 2 x 4s

This lovely bench seat only looks expensive.<p>"Less is more" definitely applies to modern furniture. But despite its simple lines, modern style furniture can be expensive. This well-designed bench, on the other hand, looks great and only takes a few hours to build while costing less than $50 in …

How to Glue Panels Without Clamps, Make a Leather Backpack and Create Your Own Pencils in This Week's Makers Roundup

Leather Backpack With Two-Way Straps and Brass Fittings<p>This one's a doozy. Here Jimmy DiResta uses an interesting technique to shape leather for a …

More Great Gluing Basics with Steve Ramsey

We’ve done a number of pieces recently on different types of glues, glue tips, tricks, and hacks. Since glue is such a fundamental part of so many types of making, and understanding it can make your work so much easier and more effective, there is always a lot more to know. In this YouTube video, …

Woodworking

DIY - How to Make Outdoor Bench - Quiet Corner

Every porch needs a bench, at least that’s what Steve and I decided the other day. Actually Steve has had the concept for this bench in his head for …

Your Next Project Should Be This DIY 3D Router

CNC routers are great but can be time consuming and overkill when you simply need to make a few simple cuts. This 3D router keeps your project moving forward and there's no software to fiddle with.<p>CNC routers are amazing machines that can make intricate and precise cuts at the touch of a button. …

How to Make a Spline Jig for Picture Frames and Boxes

The Vintage Design Archivists You Need to Follow

While Instagram started life as a platform for sharing moments captured in the present, over time it has taken on a secondary, but no less valid, …

New York City

Creative Layout Ideas From 50 Beautiful Print and Digital Photo Collages

<i>Collages uses diverse imagery and styles to produce a beautiful image layout.</i>They’re often related to scrapbooks but they also find a lot of purpose …