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  • Mon, 19 Feb 2024 07:48:15 +0000: Create a Progress Stepper Component (Perfect for Forms) - Envato Tuts+ Tutorials

    A progress stepper component is a tool added in forms to streamline user interaction by breaking tasks into manageable steps. It offers a straightforward navigation, visually tracks progress, and enhances the user experience.

    This tutorial will cover building a progress stepper component with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

    What We’re Creating

    By the end of this tutorial, we will have this final stepper component.

    HTML Structure

    The HTML structure will be made up of the following elements:

    • Four circular div elements to represent the 4 steps in the navigation process.
    • Two horizontal bars.
    • Previous and Next buttons to navigate between the steps.
    • A message component to display any info messages.
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        <div class="container">
    
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          <div class="progress-container">
    
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            <div class="progress-bar"></div>
    
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            <div class="status-bar"></div>
    
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            <div class="circle active">
    
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              <span> Step 1</span>
    
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              <i class="fa-solid fa-check"></i>
    
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            </div>
    
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            <div class="circle">
    
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              <span> Step 2</span>
    
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              <i class="fa-solid fa-check"></i>
    
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            </div>
    
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            <div class="circle">
    
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              <span> Step 3</span>
    
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              <i class="fa-solid fa-check"></i>
    
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            </div>
    
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            <div class="circle">
    
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              <span> Step 4</span>
    
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              <i class="fa-solid fa-check"></i>
    
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            </div>
    
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          </div>
    
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          <div class="buttons">
    
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            <button class="prev-btn">Previous</button>
    
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            <button class="next-btn">Next</button>
    
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            <button class="submit">Submit</button>
    
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          </div>
    
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        </div>
    
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        <div class="message">
    
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          <i class="fa-solid fa-check"></i>
    
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          <p>Your details have been submitted</p>
    
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        </div>
    

    Styling with CSS

    Let’s start by applying the following styles to the body to ensure the contents will be centered.

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    body {
    
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        min-height: 100vh;
    
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        background-color: rgb(231, 233, 242);
    
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        display: flex;
    
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        justify-content: center;
    
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        align-items: center;
    
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        font-family: "Roboto", sans-serif;
    
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      }
    

    Then, we will have a container to hold all our elements:

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    .container {
    
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        width: 700px;
    
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        height: 300px;
    
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      }
    

    We will have another container that uses Flexbox to ensure the circles representing the different steps are spaced evenly along the horizontal axis.

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    .progress-container {
    
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        width: 100%;
    
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        display: flex;
    
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        justify-content: space-between;
    
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        margin: 50px auto;
    
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        position: relative;
    
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      }
    

    Let’s make the div elements representing the steps circular by providing equal dimensions and a border-radius.

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    .circle  {
    
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        width: 50px;
    
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        height: 50px;
    
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        background-color: white;
    
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        border-radius: 50%;
    
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        position: relative;
    
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      }
    

    We also need to ensure that the icons are positioned at the center of the circles and the span is directly below its corresponding circle. By default, all the icons will be invisible.

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      .circle span {
    
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        position: absolute;
    
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        top: 150%;
    
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        left: 9%;
    
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        color: #141d0d;
    
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      }
    
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      .circle i {
    
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        position: absolute;
    
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        top: 35%;
    
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        left: 35%;
    
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        display: none;
    
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      }
    

    By default, the first circle will have the icon visible and will also have a green background.

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    .circle.active i {
    
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        display: block;
    
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      }
    
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      .active {
    
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        display: block;
    
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        background-color: #43880f;
    
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      }
    

    The buttons will have the following styles.

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    .buttons {
    
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      display: flex;
    
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      justify-content: center;
    
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      align-items: center;
    
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      position: relative;
    
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    }
    
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    button {
    
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      color: white;
    
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      width: 100px;
    
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      padding: 10px 20px;
    
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      margin: 20px auto;
    
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      border-radius: 3px;
    
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      background-color: #43880f;
    
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      border: none;
    
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    }
    
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    .next {
    
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      color: white;
    
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      /* background-color: rgb(87, 87, 202); */
    
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    }
    
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    .submit {
    
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      display: none;
    
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    }
    
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    button:disabled {
    
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      cursor: not-allowed;
    
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      background-color: gray;
    
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    }
    

    By default, the submit button will be hidden. It will be displayed when a user finishes all the steps required.

    The horizontal bars (progress-bar and status-bar) will be positioned behind the circles. The first bar (.progress-bar) will be inactive, while the second bar (.status-bar) length will be animated depending on the user’s progress.

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    .progress-bar {
    
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    width: 99%;
    
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    height: 5px;
    
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    background-color: grey;
    
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    position: absolute;
    
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    top: 50%;
    
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    left: 0;
    
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    z-index: -1;
    
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    }
    
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    .status-bar {
    
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    width: 100%;
    
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    height: 5px;
    
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    background-color: transparent;
    
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    position: absolute;
    
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    top: 50%;
    
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    left: 0;
    
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    z-index: -1;
    
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    }
    
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    .animate {
    
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    animation: fill 0.5s ease-in-out 0.4s forwards;
    
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    }
    
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    @keyframes fill {
    
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    100% {
    
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      box-shadow: inset 0px 0px 0px 30px #43880f;
    
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    }
    
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    }
    

    Finally the message component  will have the following styles and will be  hidden by default:

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    .message {
    
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        width: 500px;
    
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        height: 300px;
    
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        border-radius: 5px;
    
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        border: 2px solid;
    
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        gap: 10px;
    
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        display: block;
    
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        text-align: center;
    
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        padding: 100px 5px;
    
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        display: none;
    
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      }
    
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      .message i {
    
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        margin-bottom: 50px;
    
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        font-size: 25px;
    
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        padding: 20px 20px;
    
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        background-color: rgb(230, 111, 196);
    
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        border-radius: 50%;
    
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        animation: fillIcon 0.8s ease alternate;
    
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      }
    
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            @keyframes fillIcon {
    
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        0% {
    
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          transform: scale(1);
    
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        }
    
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        100% {
    
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          transform: scale(1.2);
    
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        }
    
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      }
    

    JavaScript Functionality

    Time to get this thing working! The first thing we need to do is get the elements:

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    const progressBar = document.querySelectorAll(".progress-bar")[0];
    
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    const StatusBar = document.querySelectorAll(".status-bar")[0];
    
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    const circles = document.querySelectorAll(".circle");
    
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    const previousBtn = document.querySelector(".prev-btn");
    
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    const nextBtn = document.querySelector(".next-btn");
    
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    const submitBtn = document.querySelector(".submit");
    
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    const message = document.querySelector(".message");
    

    Create a variable currentStepIndex to keep track of the currently active step in our progress component.

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    let activeStepperIndex = 0;
    

    Next, add a click event listener on the Next button. When the button is clicked, the currentStepIndex will increase by 1, effectively moving the progress indicator to the next step..

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    nextBtn.addEventListener("click", function () {
    
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      activeStepperIndex++;
    
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      updateStepper();
    
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    });
    

    The UpdateStepper() function will display the check icon depending on the new value of the currentStepIndex.

    Define a function called updateStepper().

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    function updateStepper() {
    
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          circles.forEach((circle, index) => {
    
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            const textI = circle.querySelector("i");
    
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            if (index === activeStepperIndex) {
    
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              previousBtn.style.backgroundColor = "grey";
    
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              textI.style.display = "block";
    
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              circle.classList.add("animate");
    
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            }
    
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            if (activeStepperIndex === 3) {
    
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              nextBtn.style.display = "none";
    
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              submitBtn.style.display = "block";
    
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            }
    
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          });
    
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          // previousBtn.disabled = activeStepperIndex === 0;
    
    
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        }
    

    Inside the function, we will use the built-in  forEach() method to iterate through each circle 

    • If the current index matches the activeStepperIndex, we will display the check icon to the corresponding circle and also animate the circle.
    • If the activeStepperIndex is the last, we will hide the Next button and display the submit button.

    We also want to show the visual representation of the status bar.  Update the event listener for the Next button, as shown below.

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    nextBtn.addEventListener("click", function () {
    
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          activeStepperIndex++;
    
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          console.log(activeStepperIndex);
    
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          const percentageWidth =
    
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            (activeStepperIndex / (circles.length - 1)) * 100;
    
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          StatusBar.style.width = percentageWidth + "%";
    
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          StatusBar.style.backgroundColor = "green";
    
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          updateStepper();
    
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          previousBtn.disabled = true;
    
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        });
    

    The visual adds a green backgroundColor to indicate the progress made through the bar. The width is obtained by dividing the activeStepperIndex by the total number of steps  (circles.length - 1 to adjust for zero-based indexing) and multiplying by 100 to get the value in percentage.

    For example, if the step is at step 2, the width will be 33.3 %, and so on.

    Finally, when the submit button is checked, we will display the message  component to the user letting them know that their details have been successfully submitted.

    Let’s add an event listener to the submit button . 

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    const message = document.querySelector(".message");
    
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    const container = document.querySelector(".container");
    
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    submitBtn.addEventListener("click", function () {
    
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      message.style.display = "block";
    
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      container.style.display = "none";
    
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    });
    
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    });
    

    Inside the function, we are making the message component visible while hiding the stepper component.

    Conclusion

    In this tutorial, we have learned how to build a stepper component without any additional frameworks. Hopefully, you can now create even more advanced stepper components.

  • Thu, 15 Feb 2024 20:31:42 +0000: Learn How to Use SmartArt in MS Word - Envato Tuts+ Tutorials

    Are you looking for a way to make your Word documents more visual? Try adding SmartArt graphics for the perfect visual touch.

    This SmartArt graphic is waiting for text to be added.This SmartArt graphic is waiting for text to be added.This SmartArt graphic is waiting for text to be added.
    This SmartArt graphic is waiting for text to be added.

    Use SmartArt in Word to communicate your idea with graphics. SmartArt comes with Microsoft Word. SmartArt can save you time when adding high-quality graphics and diagrams.

    In this tutorial, I'll show you how to add Word SmartArt to a template for some added visual interest.

    What Is SmartArt in Word?

    Microsoft Word SmartArt refers to the graphics that come with Microsoft Word. The SmartArt graphics can be used to represent information and ideas visually.

    SmartArt in Word includes graphics like organization charts and Venn diagrams to show specific information. Other graphics can enhance information or lists. Besides MS Word, SmartArt graphics can be used in:

    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Outlook
    Company Profile Word Template is from Envato Elements.Company Profile Word Template is from Envato Elements.Company Profile Word Template is from Envato Elements.
    Company Profile Word Template is from Envato Elements.

    The template used in this tutorial will be the Company Profile Word Template. This template is a company profile that comes with 24 pages. It can be used in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word. This template is A4 international paper size. It comes with picture placeholders, so you can easily add an image of your choice.

    How to Use SmartArt in Word

    In this tutorial, I’ll use Microsoft Word version 16.82 on macOS. If you've got a different operating system or a different version of the software, your results may be different.

    Here’s how to use SmartArt in Word:

    First, we'll be editing page 11. I'll edit this page to talk about the process of the services provided to the client. Graphics can draw the reader's attention to your main point. Let's get started:

    Here is what page eleven looks like with no edits made.Here is what page eleven looks like with no edits made.Here is what page eleven looks like with no edits made.
    Here's what page 11 looks like with no edits made.

    Let's get started on our Microsoft SmartArt changes:

    1. Insert a Graphic

    Click on the insert tab.Click on the insert tab.Click on the insert tab.
    Clear the default text.

    First, make edits so that you can fit your SmartArt. The page above was cleared so that the SmartArt graphic could be added. Later, I'll add more text.

    Next, click on the Insert tab above the ribbon. Next, click the SmartArt button on the ribbon in the Illustration group.

    2. Select a Category

    Select a category of SmartArt graphic.Select a category of SmartArt graphic.Select a category of SmartArt graphic.
    Select a category of SmartArt graphic.

    When you click on the SmartArt button, you’ll see eight categories. Each category has many different graphics you’ll have access to once you select a category. The categories are:

    • List
    • Process
    • Cycle
    • Hierarchy
    • Relationship
    • Matrix
    • Pyramid
    • Picture
    In this tutorial the basic process graphic will be used.In this tutorial the basic process graphic will be used.In this tutorial the basic process graphic will be used.
    In this tutorial, a Basic Process graphic will be used.

    For this tutorial, we’ll choose the Process option. Let’s choose the first Process option, Basic Process, from the Process menu.

    3. Adjust the Graphic

    After you add your graphic adjust it. After you add your graphic adjust it. After you add your graphic adjust it.
    After you add your graphic, adjust it to fit on your page.

    Use the white box around the graphic to adjust or move the graphic. You can move the whole graphic when your mouse turns into the cross arrows. If you move the handles in the corner, you'll adjust the size of the SmartArt graphic.

    How To Add Text to the SmartArt Graphic

    After adding a SmartArt graphic, you may want to add text to it. Text can help you explain or label what is going on in the graphic. Here’s what to do:

    1. Use the Text Pane

    Open the text pane.Open the text pane.Open the text pane.
    Open the text pane.

    Around your Microsoft Word SmartArt is a white box. Click on the arrow to the left. This opens the SmartArt Text panel.

    In the panel, you see bullet points with text next to it. Each bullet point aligns with the SmartArt graphic box. So, the first bullet is the text for the first box in the graphic, the second bullet is the text for the second box, and so on.

    2. Enter Text

    Enter your text.Enter your text.Enter your text.
    Enter your text.

    To change the text in Word SmartArt, click the text in the first bullet point. Start typing your text, and it'll appear in the first box of your SmartArt graphic. Repeat this step for all of the boxes.

    How to Add or Delete Shapes

    You can add or delete a shape once you’ve added your SmartArt graphic. Here’s how:

    1. SmartArt Tools

    This is the SmartArt text box menu.This is the SmartArt text box menu.This is the SmartArt text box menu.
    This is the SmartArt text box menu.

    Open the SmartArt Text box panel. Open this menu by clicking inside a box in your SmartArt graphic. At the top, you’ll see six icons. They are:

    • add
    • delete
    • promote
    • demote
    • move down
    • move up

    Click on an icon to change the order of your steps, remove a step, or add a step.

    You can also add or delete a shape from the ribbon. First, click on your graphic. Then click on the SmartArt Design tab above the ribbon. You'll see some new options to the left on the ribbon.

    2. Add or Delete a Text Box

    Add a shape by clicking on the green plus. Delete a shape by clicking on the red arrow.Add a shape by clicking on the green plus. Delete a shape by clicking on the red arrow.Add a shape by clicking on the green plus. Delete a shape by clicking on the red arrow.
    Add a shape by clicking on the green plus. Delete a shape by clicking on the red arrow.

    To add a new box to your graphic, press the green plus icon in the SmartArt Text panel. Or press the add shape icon on the ribbon (to the left) to add a shape to your SmartArt graphic in Word.

    To delete a shape, click on the red minus button in the SmartArt Text panel. 

    How to Change the Colors

    If you want to change the SmartArt Word graphic colors to match your document, you can. Here’s how:

    1. Use the Design Tab

    To change the colors click on the design tab.To change the colors click on the design tab.To change the colors click on the design tab.
    To change the colors, click on the Design tab.

    Click on your Microsoft Word SmartArt graphic so that the SmartArt Design tab shows. In the ribbon, you’ll see a Change Colors icon. Click on this icon.

    When you click on the Change Colors icon, you’ll see a popup with several color options. Choose the color option that you want.

    Final Product

    Here's what the template page looks like with the modified Microsoft SmartArt graphic on the page.

    This is what the final product ended up looking like.This is what the final product ended up looking like.This is what the final product ended up looking like.
    This is what the final product ended up looking like.

    The Microsoft SmartArt graphic above was used to explain a process in this final product. But there are many SmartArt graphics that you could have used. Here's another type of SmartArt graphic I created for a process showing Venn Diagrams:

    Venn Diagram Smart ArtVenn Diagram Smart ArtVenn Diagram Smart Art
    Notice the overlapping images. This could indicate overlapping steps in the process.

    Learn More About Microsoft Word

    Do you want to learn more about Microsoft Word? If you do, then read these helpful articles:

    Plus, don't miss this article that's full of Microsoft Word tips

    Microsoft Word Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Want to learn more about Microsoft Word? Here are some common questions and answers:

    1. How Do I Create an Outline in Microsoft Word?

    Outlines are a great tool to help you sort your thoughts before you start writing. Microsoft Word has Outline View, which helps the user create an outline easily. For more information, read this article:

    2. Can You Quickly Insert a Video in Word?

    Yes, it’s easy to add a video into Word. Video can help you enhance your document by adding entertainment. You can add a video by adding the link or embedding the video into the document. To learn how to add a video to your Word document, read this tutorial:

    3. How Do I Change the Language In Word?

    If you want to change the language of Microsoft Word, you can. It can be helpful to use the software in your native language. There are a couple of ways you can change the language. To learn how, read this tutorial:

    4. Is It Possible to Change the Default Font?

    If you frequently use a font, it might be easier to set it as your default font. Fonts are important and can set the tone of your document. Here’s how to change the default font:

    5. How Do I Check the Word Count on My Document?

    If you have a word limit that you're aiming for or want your document to be a certain number of words, then you need to check the word count. You can check the word count of your Word document in multiple ways. For a tutorial on how to check your word count, read this:

    Envato Elements Is the Best Source for Microsoft Word Templates (With Unlimited Use)

    Do you work in Microsoft Word often? If you create many Word documents, you could benefit from premium templates. Premium templates save you time because you start with a well-designed base. Then, all you need to do is add any text or images in the placeholders. a

    If you'd like to add a personal touch to your template, you still can. A good premium template is easily customizable.

    Find MS Word Templates

    To gain unlimited access to premium templates, you need to pay a low monthly fee and become an Envato Elements subscriber. Once you become a subscriber, you can access tons of premium content, such as Microsoft Word templates, fonts, audio, stock images, and much more.

    If you aren’t sure what digital assets would work for your project, then try the new AI search feature. It’s easy to use. All you have to do is add your project details in the search box and click search. Then, you’ll be directed to digital assets that will work for your project!

    Download a Premium Microsoft Word Template Today!

    In this tutorial, we've discussed "What is SmartArt" and explained how to use it to enhance a Word template.

    If you use Microsoft Word for your projects, then try downloading a premium template today! Using a template will help you save time and make creating a professional final product easier.

    So, take advantage of the great deal that is an Envato Elements subscription, where you get unlimited digital elements. Download a premium Microsoft Word template and sign up today!

  • Thu, 15 Feb 2024 01:34:07 +0000: How to Warp Text in InDesign - Envato Tuts+ Tutorials

    Do you want to learn how to create a wave warp on text in InDesign? This is an easy thing to do in programs like Adobe Illustrator. You can pull it off in InDesign too, but there are a few limitations to keep in mind.

    Remember that Adobe InDesign is more text-oriented, so our tools and settings might be a bit different from other programs. 

    Let’s get started with our tutorial on how to warp text in InDesign!

    How to Create Warped Text in InDesign

    Step 1 

    First, you need to open a new document in InDesign. 

    Step 2

    Now, let’s create a wave shape with the Pen Tool (P). 

    Create a wave in InDesignCreate a wave in InDesignCreate a wave in InDesign

    Step 3

    Click and hold the Text icon on your toolbar and select the second tool called Type on a Path Tool.

    Select Type on a Path ToolSelect Type on a Path ToolSelect Type on a Path Tool

    Step 4

    Now move your cursor to the beginning of your waved line until the cursor gets a + sign. This means that you'll be able to write on top of the line. 

    Move your cursor to the beginning of your wave.Move your cursor to the beginning of your wave.Move your cursor to the beginning of your wave.

    Step 5

    Go ahead and type your text. For our tutorial on how to warp text in InDesign, we'll be using the Wiskind font from Envato Elements. 

    Wave line exampleWave line exampleWave line example
    Apply your text to the wavy path we've just created. Get the Wiskind font available on Envato Elements.

    Step 6

    Finally, we're going to remove the stroke line:

    1. Click on Window > Properties to open the Properties settings.
    2. Ensure that your wavy line is selected.
    3. In the Appearance section, click on Stroke
    4. Our stroke weight is currently at 0.99 pt. Go ahead and change the Weight value to 0

    Now your line is invisible!

    Stroke Settings in InDesignStroke Settings in InDesignStroke Settings in InDesign

    To improve the results, we’ll duplicate our warp text in InDesign and add a background color to make it look cooler. 

    Now You Know How to Warp Text in InDesign! 

    You're done! Learning how to create a warped text in InDesign is such an easy thing to do. I hope you use this trick in your future design projects. 

    Discover More Tutorials on Envato Tuts+

    If you enjoyed this tutorial on how to warp text in InDesign, I encourage you to explore more of our tutorials on Envato Tuts+. You may discover valuable insights that can elevate your creative processes.

  • Wed, 14 Feb 2024 13:33:43 +0000: Learn How to Build a Career as a Freelance Presentation Designer - Envato Tuts+ Tutorials

    Got a knack for PowerPoint design services? Love working with clients to make their presentation dreams come true? It's only natural that you might be thinking of a career as a freelance PowerPoint designer. 

    Intro how to build a career as a freelance presentation designerIntro how to build a career as a freelance presentation designerIntro how to build a career as a freelance presentation designer
    Let's learn more about the path to becoming a professional PPT designer in this tutorial. (Illustration: Envato Elements.)

    In this tutorial, you'll learn tips to be a successful PowerPoint designer. PPT designers offer their services to clients. This helps their clients deliver impactful, confident presentations.

    I've also interviewed leading experts from presentation design agencies. They've lent their PPT designer expertise to give you pointers and advice. These are successful pros who offer PowerPoint presentation services. Read on to get their expert PPT designer tips.

    What Is a Freelance Presentation Designer?

    What is a PPT designer, and what does it mean to be a freelance PowerPoint designer?

    Freelance presentation designers may offer their services for hire. They might also build presentation products for sale. 

    Many freelance PPT designers have left behind full-time presentation designer jobs. It's common to "hang up your own shingle" and offer PowerPoint presentation services on a freelance basis. 

    Freelance presentation design workFreelance presentation design workFreelance presentation design work
    Offering freelance PowerPoint presentation services can help you pursue your design passion. (Image source: Envato Elements.)

    Here are some career paths to explore your options as a PowerPoint designer:

    • Offer freelance presentation design services. Typically, freelance presentation designers will price per project. There are defined deliverables, and payment occurs at set project milestones.
    • Build products for sale. You can also create a product portfolio that you sell. For example, you could build a library of flexible pitch deck templates that you sell at a fixed price. This leaves customization to the buyer.
    • Start a presentation design agency. In this route, you partner with others to create an agency. An agency is simply a group of creative professionals. This works well if you have diverse client needs that require multiple professionals to accommodate. 

    Before you launch your freelance PPT designer career, it's important to acknowledge the challenges. You'll spend more time on tasks like marketing, sales, and bookkeeping, for example. If your passion is only for the design work, it might be best to stick to full-time PowerPoint designer jobs.

    If you still feel the itch to offer your own PowerPoint design services, you're in the right place. We're going to share tips that you can use to become a freelance PowerPoint designer.

    Learn more about the art of closing freelance deals with this helpful post:

    How to Become a Professional Presentation Designer (with Pro Advice)

    Let's walk through the steps you need to become a freelance PowerPoint designer. You'll see expert tips from those who have done the same. We'll break this process down into steps that anyone can follow to transition from presentation designer jobs to freelance roles.

    1. Start With Your Why

    I strongly believe in starting with a why for your business. This idea was popularized by Simon Sinek's famous TED Talk, which has accumulated over 11 million views.

    Launching your own business can be challenging. It takes perseverance to find clients who need presentation designers. Before you start your journey, you need to have a compelling why.

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    Start with a "why" statement as you launch your freelance PowerPoint designer business. (Image source: Envato Elements.)

    Here are some great examples of “why” statements for presentation designers:

    • I want to create a business that balances work with my life.
    • I want to save others time and let them do more of what they’re best at.
    • I want to earn more income than I currently can in my job.
    • I want to create presentation designs that inspire confident presentations.

    Your why won't be the same as every other freelance PowerPoint designer. It's okay to build a "why" that is truly specific to you.

    For freelance presentation designers like Kristian Olson, the "why" was driven by a market opportunity:

    When I realized how much graphic designers despise PowerPoint and that the people who mostly use PowerPoint are not graphic designers, the lightbulb went off in my mind. It’s supply and demand.

    Think of this as the center point around which every other decision is made. When you’re unsure how to handle a situation or what your next step is, come back to your why.

    2. Build Up Your Portfolio

    Many PPT designers feel a “chicken and egg” type scenario plays out as they launch their business. They need clients to get work, but they have to show potential clients past work to land them.

    So, what do you do when you launch your presentation design agency? You need to build up a portfolio that puts your best foot forward.

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    You need a solid portfolio to launch your PowerPoint design services. (Image source: Envato Elements.)

    A presentation portfolio is key. But so is how you share it. I highly recommend creating a simple website to showcase your work. So does Adrienne Johnston, a professional presentation designer:

    I built a portfolio website to establish an online presence. That portfolio included anonymized past client work and some practice work that I made feel more authentic by creating branding for.

    When your dream client comes calling, you need a place to send them to show your work. Build a portfolio with your featured work that you're proud to share. It's one of the keys to winning more business.

    3. Define Your Offering

    Eventually, a client is going to ask you: "What types of PowerPoint presentation services do you offer?" It's important to have an answer!

    It takes time to refine your offering. Don't worry too much about creating a detailed list of every service you could offer. Instead, start by letting your first few clients dictate what you want, and then revise your "menu" over time.

    An important part of defining your offering is choosing what not to do. You can’t be all things to all people. There will be times that you might feel like what you're asked to do is beyond your sweet spot.

    It's okay to be flexible with your PowerPoint presentation services. Just make sure you don't commit to work that you can't fulfill. While it's tempting to take on more work, some projects will simply be a distraction.

    4. Find Your First Client

    There’s no magic formula to finding your first client. It’s truly one of the most challenging parts of being a new PPT designer. Here are a few ideas to land freelance presentation designer jobs:

    • Take on pro bono projects. Volunteer work can pay dividends. Not only will you contribute to a great cause, but you’ll also meet more people in the process. Pro bono projects, those performed for free, give you a chance to build up your portfolio while also networking.
    • Create portfolio pieces for fictitious clients. Who says that you've got to find your first client to do great work? Take one of your favorite brands and build out a fictitious presentation template for them. Then, share it with others.
    • Leverage existing contacts. You might already have your first lead for a potential client. If you left a full-time job, work your network for any open design needs.

    Finding your first paid client is a challenge. When you feel discouraged, don’t be afraid to go back to your why.

    Consider these inspiring words from design expert Tom Caklos:

    Don't be discouraged when you hear "NO" a lot. That's the part of the process. Think of it like this: by each "no," you are getting closer and closer to "yes!"

    You launched your career as a freelance PowerPoint designer for a reason. With perseverance, you'll find clients that help you reach your goals.

    Check out this excellent guide for even more ideas to find your first freelance client:

    5. Retain and Grow With Clients

    There's a classic saying in business: it's easier to keep a client than it is to find a new client

    In my own freelance practice, I've certainly found this to be the case. But to retain and continue to earn work, you have to stay connected.

    It's ideal to set up check-ins with your top freelance clients. Set reminders or use a simple CRM system to help you monitor your client connections. It's okay to send check-in emails periodically to assess needs. Doing so will keep your offering top-of-mind for your key clients.

    Learn more about landing and servicing major clients with this expert advice from Andrew Blackman:

    6. Define a Growth Plan

    When you start your business, it can be hard to imagine staying busy. Getting your first client is the hardest step, but word of mouth can spread your success stories quickly. As word spreads, it's important to build a conscious growth plan that charts your course.

    Making a growth plan is another occasion when it’s important to go back to your “why.” If, for example, your “why” was to balance work and life more, your growth plan should fit the vision.

    It's important to make time for periodic planning sessions. It's easy to become so busy with the design work that you lose sight of your overall goals. By carving out time and intentionality for business planning, you keep your "why" in focus.

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    Plant seeds for growth in your freelance presentation design business connected to your "why." (Image source: Envato Elements.)

    There’s one problem I hope you face as a professional PPT designer: having so much success that you have too much work!

    Over time, it’s ideal to continually optimize your client portfolio. If you have more work than time, then it’s time to raise your rates. Remember that your time is finite, and every project has an opportunity cost. That means that every project you say “yes” to means saying “no” to someone else.

    Presentation expert Tania Izquierdo offers these tips to lean on others as you grow your business:

    I work hard to control the possible growth and volume of work available to me at all times, collaborating with other potential professionals or delegating resources whenever I see it is necessary, or hiring professional services such as advertising and legal advice which I believe will help my business continue to grow properly.

    7. Keep Your Skills Up-To-Date

    As your business grows and scales, one thing is crucial: you need to keep your skills up to date. Many freelancers become so focused on the work at hand that they neglect to learn new skills.

    With a skill acquisition mindset, you can even branch out beyond being a PPT designer! After all, there are other popular apps like Apple Keynote and Google Slides. If your clients shift to these apps, you can keep working with them.

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    To land more PowerPoint designer jobs, keep adding to your skillset. (Image source: Envato Elements.)

    It’s tempting to use all your available time to do client projects as a PPT designer. But to win more PowerPoint designer jobs, you can add more skills to your tool belt. Maybe you can become an animation expert, for example.

    No matter what you want to learn, the key is to make it a priority. Put scheduled time on your calendar that’s dedicated to browsing, collecting design ideas, and learning new skills. Then, test your new knowledge with clients. You might be amazed by how much your work improves over time!

    Keep your skills up-to-date with the latest presentation design trends:

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    New skills can help you land more freelance PowerPoint designer jobs. We've built up a deep library of the best PowerPoint resources in our collection, How to Use PowerPoint (Ultimate Tutorial Guide.)

    We've got you covered with the tutorials you need to become a PowerPoint professional. See more of the top tutorials to level up your PPT designer skills in the tutorials below:

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    With our collection of ready-to-go templates, you'll find creating presentations easier than ever. Choose a template, customize it with your content, and you're ready to present. It's a time-saving solution that gives you pro results with less work.

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    Unlock the full potential of your presentations with Envato Elements. Join today and start using premium PowerPoint templates and more!

    You Just Learned How to Become a Freelance PowerPoint Designer 

    Ready to launch your own PowerPoint design services? You're sure to land presentation designer jobs based on the tips in this article. Start with your why, and you may be amazed by where you land.

    Now, it's your turn to launch your career as a PPT designer. It's time to put some of these skills into practice. Use the expert advice to start building a business plan for offering your own PowerPoint presentation services today!

  • Wed, 14 Feb 2024 05:26:01 +0000: Top Adobe Hacks We Wished We'd Known Sooner - Envato Tuts+ Tutorials

    Wondering what Adobe hacks could save you time or simplify your workflow? Our instructors share their top Photoshop tips, Illustrator and InDesign hacks, and more!

    Watch the Top Adobe Hacks You Need to Know 

    1. Photoshop: Create More Undo Steps

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    One Adobe Photoshop hack I wish I'd known sooner is that you can create more undo steps! Photoshop allows you to create more undo steps, which can be handy if you make frequent mistakes.

    To do so, go to Select Edit > Preferences > Performance and increase the history states to any number you wish, up to a maximum of 1,000. 

    This is great for when you are in the zone or if you forget to save a previous version of your file. However, bear in mind that the more states you add, the more likely Photoshop is to slow down. It's a good failsafe, but it's always better to save different versions of your file frequently if possible.

    Interested in more Photoshop tips? Take a look at this complete guide:

    2. InDesign: Make Grids With the Rectangle Frame Tool

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    This Adobe InDesign hack is a game-changer and takes full advantage of the Rectangle Frame Tool.

    Instead of creating frames one by one and resizing them separately, now we can create multiple frames that are evenly spaced by pressing the left, right, up, and down arrows as we draw up the frame. This is great if you're working on multiple images that need to be on a grid. 

    We have more great resources that cover InDesign tips and hacks here:

    3. Premiere Pro: Change Captions to Graphics

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    I've edited exclusively in Premiere Pro for 15 years, but I recently made the switch to DaVinci Resolve. Since I switched, they've actually started giving some meaningful updates to Premiere Pro. One thing I like way better in Premiere than Resolve is the auto transcript to captions workflow.

    My Premiere Pro hack that I wish I'd known way earlier is that there is now a button to turn those captions into editable text layers! It means you can get some really customised, interesting on-screen captions and text callouts that are synced perfectly with the voiceover track.

    This Premiere Pro hack is great for social videos but could be even better for lyric music videos.

    4. Photoshop: Paint With Adjustment Layers and Masks

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    My Photoshop hack is that I like to paint using Adjustment Layers inside a group with a mask.

    This Photoshop hack is excellent for creating a number of different skin effects, and this is how I can keep a certain level of photorealism in my images. It's an incredible hack for any photo editor, both people doing intense SFX-type stuff and photographers who want to add beauty makeup.

    Here are some more great Photoshop tips you can learn:

    5. Illustrator: Change the Default Text Settings

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    I'll start with something that might sound a bit silly, but it took me years to ask myself if it's possible to change the default font settings when you add new text in Illustrator. As you probably know, by default, any new text that you add uses the Myriad Pro font with a pretty small font size. 

    You can easily replace these settings by going to Window > Type > Character Styles to open a panel, and then from a fly-out menu select Character Style Options. Go to Basic Character Formats, and here you can adjust the default font settings. Remember to click OK, and you're done.

    The next Adobe Illustrator hack is about selecting an object. For a long time, when I had two overlapping objects and I needed to select the one at the back, I used to go to the Layers and look for that object to select it. 

    Instead of wasting your time like I did for way too long, you could hold down Control, click the front shape to select it, and then click once more to select the object that lies behind it. It's that easy. 

    Finally, one last Illustrator tip that I missed for too many years is the Draw Behind command. Instead of drawing something and then moving it behind your design, you can click the Draw Behind command, and now any new object that you add goes behind the rest of your objects. 

    If you'd like to learn more Illustrator tips, here are some great resources for you:

    6. InDesign: Take Advantage of Select Subject

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    One of my favorite InDesign hacks is the Select Subject feature, which is connected to the Text Wrap panel in InDesign. It functions similarly to Photoshop’s Select Subject: it outlines the object in the image to help you quickly and easily wrap text around the object.

    This hack has made my workflow easier because I don’t have to use the Pen Tool to trace objects anymore. This is great for designers who spend time creating publications where text is often overlaid on top of images.

    Need more InDesign tips? We've got you covered here:

    7. Illustrator: Save Multiple Artboards

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    One Adobe Illustrator hack I wish I'd known sooner is the ability to save a document containing multiple artboards into separate AI files. This is especially useful if you want to send each design separately, and it's also a good way to stay organised with your work.

    To do this, go to File > Save As, just as you would normally. Then, in the Illustrator options, make sure to select Save each artboard as separate file. This will also add a number to each file to help you stay organised. 

    If you liked this Adobe Illustrator hack, here are more Illustrator tips that you can use:

    Many of the graphics used by our instructors in this video are from Envato Elements, so be sure to check it out! With one subscription, you'll have unlimited access to assets such as graphics, add-ons, and fonts. That's millions of creative digital assets, with simple commercial licensing, and you can cancel at any time.

    Discover More Adobe Hacks and Tips

    Our instructors covered their top Adobe hacks and Photoshop tips today, but if you want to go deeper and learn more, the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel is here for you:

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