Free Template Friday #13

ICYMI! Free Template Friday has been moved to the website for future posts.

It’s Friday! And that means it’s time to showcase another beautiful, pixel-perfect, time-travelling, noble – and don’t forget – free template. So, it’s a good day.

This week, we’re taking a look at how to change up your Instagram grid with a shape masking template that will crop your photos into unique shapes with eye-catching backgrounds. While there are only 10 different presets you can use, each one with a different perspective and style, there is a premium version of the file you can purchase which gives you access to over 100 more layouts.

The file comes in .PSD (Photoshop) format and comes in at just under 16mb so it won’t break your internet.

This template is a really great way to change up the look of your feed and will definitely help you stand out amidst the hundreds of thousands of posts each day.

Check out the link below to get started!


1500 Scenes & Presets for After Effects?! Plus Giveaway!

This is probably one of my favorite extensions/add-ons I’ve used for AE in a while, and I definitely recommend it. If you’re just getting started, a bundle like this can save you so much time. Trust me, I’ve spent way too much time trying to make my animation look half decent. With the video library, you can literally drag and drop…

This plugin includes over 1500 scenes and presets for Adobe After Effects. It has templates for Instagram stories, video intros, and TONS of other stuff, plus it’s on sale! Check out the full video below!

Let’s Talk About Free Template Friday

​Just a few weeks ago, I announced that I would be bringing back #FreeTemplateFriday to the channel. I was really excited to get back into it, despite the big commitment of creating something new and fresh every week. What I didn’t consider was that this project would also take up a video slot each week.

So, to compensate for this I have decided to move Free Template Friday’s to blog format only. Don’t get me wrong, FTF will live on, I will simply post about them on my website and share them on Fridays.

This project is interesting because while it does help you guys out (I hope) and adds a new tool to your resource library, it also challenges me to get creative and keep the ball rolling. But let me ask you guys, do you think I should continue to create the templates from scratch OR, would you prefer 1 well-researched free template/resource each week?

HMU up on twitter @MacSquareYT or comment down below. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Is iOS 12 Worth It?! Top 10 Features & Bugs

After one week of using iOS 12, I share my feedback on whether the new OS is worth it as well as my top 10 features. This is the developer preview which means it’s naturally pretty buggy, so I highlight some of my frustrations and whether or not I’ll revert to iOS 11.

New Website + Patreon!

I’ve been working over the past few months to create new places to connect with you guys and build the Mac Square community. Finally, I’m excited to share with you guys these two new outlets!

First, I’m launching my website with additional content, downloads, and updates for you guys to stay connected to the channel. Secondly, I’m opening up my Patreon page for the very first time! This is a place for you to help support the channel, but also get killer rewards in return!

FREE Collage Template for Photoshop!

A FREE Collage template for Adobe Photoshop CC. This project file includes 10 different layouts and templates and supports up to 8 different photos. This photo collage template is really easy to edit and customize. It’s perfect for vertical photos, like portraits!

Plus! We passed 10 episodes of Free Template Friday! If you have a specific request for a template, be sure to drop a comment below!

10 UI Changes in Mac OS Mojave! Dev Preview Hands-On

Take a look at 10 UI features in the latest Mac OS update, Mojave. I got my hands on Apple’s developer preview as soon as I could. There’s a lot more included in this new OS version, but in this video I’m taking a look specifically at the user interface and overall experience of the beta.

Subscriber for more hands-on videos of iOS 12, Mac OS 10.14, and more!

WWDC 2018! Everything You Need to Know

Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference Keynote aired live today on June 4th. This is usually a 2+ hour event, but I’ll tell you everything you need to know in less than 10 minutes! Check out the full video below!

Glitch Your Photos in After Effects // FREE TEMPLATE FRIDAY

This week’s episode of #FreeTemplateFriday lets you bring your photos to life using a partial glitch effect. I’ll break down how the project is setup and show you the basic setup in just a couple minutes. This file is super easy to use and allows for multiple revisions so you don’t have to ever duplicate the file or anything like that. Watch the full video below and check out the template on the downloads page!

WWDC, YouTube Changes, & More w/Go Cell Phone Repair

Join the 10th episode of my monthly livestream where we discuss WWDC 2018 rumors, tech news, and hangout with Mike from Go Cell Phone Repair!

A lot is bound to happen on June 4th at Apple’s annual developer conference so we are excited to talk about our predictions just days before the event. Meanwhile, YouTube has recently unveiled their testing of a new subscription feed much to the dissatisfaction of many content creators – myself included.

For those unaware, a user tweeted at Team YouTube asking why his feed was out of order:

It brought in a flurry of responses from major channels like MKBHD, iJustine, and Casey Neistat as this potential change could really hurt a lot of YouTube creators. Mike and I will be discussing our thoughts on this news along with our YouTube changes and tech news.

Join the stream at 12:30 PM (EST) Saturday, June 2nd!

FREE Thumbnail GENERATOR & Template for Photoshop!

Free Template Friday #9 features a free thumbnail generator and template for Adobe Photoshop. This project file will help you save TONS of time when creating and designing thumbnails. It features 5 different templates along with various icons, overlays, and text effects to speed up your workflow.

Make NEON Objects QUICKLY in After Effects!

Learn how to make neon signs and text fast in Adobe After Effects! This template is the ultimate kit for creating neon objects quickly and it’s incredibly powerful. You can make logos, text, and lower thirds in a beautiful environments with a TON of different effects and looks.

Free Template Friday – Social Media Artwork Template for Photoshop

This week’s Free Template Friday (#8) features a FREE social media artwork template for Photoshop. This project will save you tons of time when designing your header or avatar image for social networks and features layouts for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Also included are guides for YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to show you where desktop, tablet, and mobile devices crop the image and where the safe zones are located. PLUS there’s a free Photoshop action that will speed up the export process!

Glitch Title & Effects Pack | After Effects & Premiere Pro Tutorial

An awesome pack of glitch titles, transitions, and effects for Adobe After Effects. This includes over 60 titles in two styles as well as 30+ transitions. These effects are very easy to setup and can be used in After Effects or Premiere Pro.

Free Template Friday Returns! | Glitch & Pixel Photoshop Tutorial

It’s been a while since I’ve last done one of these…almost 4 years exactly (I know…) But today, it’s officially back with my new tutorial and template, “Pixelize.” You can use this template for WHATEVER you want, and did I mention it was FREE?! Check out the full video below to lear how to create the effect above and to get the file!

Add SHIMMER to PHOTOS! | After Effects Tutorial

Add beautiful shimmer and particle effects to your photos with this crazy cool template! This is a super quick way to bring your photos to life with very minimal work inside of After Effects or Photoshop. There is an AE plugin as well as a PS action included so you can use either app. Check out the full video below:

How I Edit My Videos + Q&A! | Livestream V9

​It’s that time of the month again! Join me on May 5th for the 9th episode of the livestream at 12:30 PM EST. I’ll be sharing my 4 stage workflow for editing videos as well as answering any questions!

SANDSTORM: Dust & Particle Explosion! | After Effects Tutorial

How do you create cinematic particle and dust effects in After Effects? Usually, the answer would be to purchase an expensive plugin which you would likely spend hours learning how to use before you can create anything high quality. OR, you can buy a cheap template that will do all the work for you! Check out this video here to watch the full tutorial:


There are tons of blogs, news sites, or other platforms that do a great job of spreading information. But how often do you remember all of those facts? This free app will literally make you smarter, plus its free! Check out this video to see how it works: