What to Look for in a Desktop Computer


Desktop computers give you an at home setup that’s often more powerful than a laptop and a lot easier to upgrade over the years. Purchasing a desktop PC can seem incredibly intimidating, especially if you’ve never purchased one before. Here’s everything you need to know to help you make an educated purchase decision and find the right desktop PC for you.

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The 8 Best Social Networking Sites for Graphic Designers to Showcase Their Portfolios

When it comes to professional networking, LinkedIn is everyone’s go-to social network. However, If you’re a creative professional, specifically a graphic designer, you might need a more inspirational platform where you can showcase your work and display all your creative talents.

We’ve put together a list of the top social networking sites for graphic designers where you can place your design portfolio and network with other designers online. 

1. Pinterest

Best for: visualizing your ideas and projects.

Pinterest started as a visual bookmarking tool. As it gained popularity it turned into a social network for creative professionals and a great tool for any designer. 

There are multiple ways that you can use Pinterest professionally as a designer:

  1. Showcase your work via your pinboards.
  2. Follow and connect with other designers whose work you find interesting. 
  3. Get inspiration from other users sharing their works in a form of mood boards
  4. Exchange professional contacts and educational resources with other graphic designers online.
  5. Use promoted pins for marketing purposes and getting noticed.

Getting started with Pinterest is easy. All you need is to fill out the signup form on the site and you can start networking. 

2. Dribbble

Best for: quickly exchanging bite-sized information.

If Pinterest operates in the form of pins, Dribbble’s currency is “shots” – users share screenshots or small images of their designs on the platform and give each other feedback by leaving comments. Dribbble was previously named “Twitter for designers” as everything here is bite-sized. Small images, short comments — the whole concept of the site is very precise and straightforward.

There are members on the site called “scouts” — people looking for designers for a project, which makes Dribbble even more lucrative for creative professionals.

3. Behance

Best for: getting your work noticed.

Behance is one of the most widely-known portfolio websites for designers to showcase their work and discover talented professionals.

Thanks to a large community of designers and other creative professionals on the site, your work is more likely to get noticed here. If you’re looking for exposure and want to get a job or a project, Behance is your best choice. However, make sure to put the examples of your best work on display. Otherwise, you might get lost in the competition.

4. 99designs

Best for: getting your first design gig.

If Dribble is Twitter for designers, then 99designs is Upwork (a remote job board) for designers. 99designs isn’t so much about sharing examples of your work with other designers. The site focuses more on connecting graphic designers with people looking to hire them for a project. 

To be an active member of 99design, you need to create a graphic design portfolio on the site, and then take part in creative contests where a group of designers completes a small project and the winner gets the prize money. 

5. Cargo 

Best for: making your portfolio stand out.

Cargo is a perfect networking platform for those looking to create a graphic design portfolio that’s truly outside the box. This platform allows you to set up your portfolio website with your own URL using one of the Cargo templates. The best part is that you can sign up and get started for free.

Cargo also has a network of creative professionals who can follow you and leave feedback on your work to help you improve your portfolio. 

6. Fontli

Best for: working with typography.

Fontli is not for a wide range of graphic designers but for those who work with fonts and call themselves typoholics. The whole app is organized in a similar way to Instagram: the users create their profiles where they share examples of the fonts they’ve created or the fonts they’ve come across that they like. 

A feature that makes Fontli stand out is the ability to ID a certain font or typeface. You can upload a picture of a font and use photo tagging to get it noticed by more people on the app and get help identifying the typeface. However, since typography is rather niche in comparison, the community is not as large as on other platforms. 

7. COLOURLovers

Best for: finding and sharing the best color combinations.

COLOURlovers is a networking website for illustrators, graphic designers, and other creative professionals where they can share color patterns and palettes, discuss the latest trends, and experiment with colors.

COLOURlovers is a useful online resource for people working on a design project of any kind, whether it’s a portfolio, a website design, or a booklet. You can create your designs right on the site and get feedback from other users. You can also use some of the color patterns and shapes that other users created and shared on the network. 

8. SlideShare

Best for: finding educational content.

SlideShare might seem like a different breed compared to other sites on this list. SlideShare is a platform where professionals share their knowledge and experience in different spheres in a form of slides. The site has a dedicated Design section that any graphic designer will find useful.

For beginner designers, SlideShare can offer plenty of growth opportunities. There’s a lot of educational material and other experienced designers on the site to learn from. For designers looking to get more exposure and start selling their work, SlideShare can offer a great boost for business as well as brand recognition. You can also create or upload your portfolio on SlideShare and follow other users that you want to connect with. 

Time to Start Networking 

Smart networking can get you the contacts you need, as well as your first big project. Showcasing your work is a big part of it, and a great way to get exposure and start making a name for yourself. When you put your work up online, don’t forget to protect any copyrighted content that you’ll be sharing with other users. 

What platforms do you use for networking? Are you using the same or a different service to showcase your portfolio? Share your experience with networking in the comments section below. 

Windows 10 Photos App Missing? Here’s How to Reinstall Photos App

 

Microsoft Photos is a stock app on Windows 10. It is present on Windows 10 when you install the OS and it is the go-to app for viewing photos if you have nothing else installed. If you choose to install a different photo viewer, you will have to change the default one on Windows 10 i.e., change it to something other than Microsoft Photos.

Microsoft Photos app has disappeared

Windows 10 Photos App Missing?

Stock apps on Windows 10 are present out of a box but many of them can be uninstalled. If you want, you can remove the ones you do not need but Microsoft Photos is one of the core apps on the OS so uninstalling it isn’t that easy (though still possible). If you can’t find the Microsoft Photos app, try the fixes below.

1. Reinstall Photos App on Windows 10

It’s possible that you’ve uninstalled the Microsoft Photos app, or an app that you installed did it for you. In that case, you will have to install the app again. You can do this from the Microsoft Store or via PowerShell.

To install Microsoft Photos from the Microsoft Store;

  1. Visit this link to the Microsoft Photos app in your browser.
  2. Click Get.
  3. Open the Microsoft Store app when prompted by the browser.
  4. Click Get and then Install.
  5. Microsoft Photos will be installed.

If you’re unable to install Microsoft Photos from the Microsoft Store app, you can install it via PowerShell.

  1. Open PowerShell with admin rights.
  2. Run this command: $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘AppxManifest.xml’.
  3. Microsoft Photos will be installed.

Note: Restart the system if the app doesn’t appear.

2. Reset Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store app may cause problems with other apps. The Microsoft Photos app may very be present on your system but the Microsoft Store may prevent it from opening. Try resetting the app.

  1. Tap the Win +R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, enter wsreset.exe and tap the Enter key.
  3. A Command Prompt window will open and close on its own.
  4. The store app will be reset. Try opening the Microsoft Photos app.

3. Run Windows Store app troubleshooter

The Microsoft Photos app is a Microsoft Store and Windows 10 has a troubleshooter that can help resolve problems with these types of apps.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Select the Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Click Additional troubleshooters.
  5. Run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter.
  6. Apply all fixes that it recommends.
  7. Restart the system.

4. Try a different photo viewer

If you’re still unable to open and use the Microsoft Photos app, you can install a third-party photo viewer. There are plenty of great alternatives to the Microsoft Photos app. We recommend giving IrfanView a try.

Conclusion

The Microsoft Photos app is the best photo viewer that Microsoft has ever developed. In fact, many Windows 10 users often complain about it. That said, if you’re determined to use it and it doesn’t reappear with any of the fixes listed above, create a new user account and it will be present in it. You will have to switch to using the new account.

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