AUGUST is BACK to (Design) SCHOOL This month's topic is all about learning! And, as usual our readers have all joined in with some rather wonderful insights into the way they learn, favorite training resources, and keeping a sharply honed edge on graphic design and communication arts. ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize! AUGUST is brought to you by the colors GREEN for education
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New found free Script fonts for the 20th year!

If you've followed the design center and DTG for more than a few years, then you know there's a real soft spot in our hearts for scripts and handwritten fonts. With a million fonts in the world, hand-lettering is the only real way to be unique . . . these are just a few of the new scripts we've discovered for this year's event . . . August 27, 2014

P22 respecting traditional typography values with today technology

We've been friends with Jimy Chambers and the P22 fonts foundry for nearly 20 years! We've discussed article ideas, looked at antique fonts, and exchanged countless emails. I've come to respect Jimy and the P22 gang for their interest in preserving the true principles and values of typography and font design. August 27, 2014

Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Okay, we've put aside the foolishness and included only acceptable tutorials this month in celebration of the 20th Annual Fall Fonts Festival ... text effects go hand-in-hand with fonts, lettering, typography and calligraphy -- and Photoshop is almost everyone's favorite way to accomplish the impossible ...

  • Create Awesome Splashing Water Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Colorful Plexi-glass Text Effect using Photoshop
  • Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment
  • Create Colorful 3D Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Rescue Shadow Detail in Photography
  • Create a Silver Style Text Effect
  • Create 3D Text Art in Photoshop
  • 3D Textured Text Effect
  • Curled red ribbon
  • . . . and MORE
August 26, 2014

Marketing Update : AdWords Etiquette, Content Skills, and do we really trust advertising?

Effective marketing comes in many different shrouds ... from content to comments, beware what you say, where you say it and who you say it to! It's all about trust and skills. Follow along as we dig deeper into end of summer marketing :
[*] Make Hidden Persuaders Work for You: Aroma, Music, Color, Font
[*] The 5 pillars of effective content marketing etiquette
[*] 5 Marketing Skills That Digital Journalists Will Need
[*] Google Goes All in on Mobile Apps With AdWords Updates
[*] Do Americans Trust Advertisements? by Ayaz Nanji
[*] How To Choose The Right Medium For Your Message
... and more August 26, 2014

Photo Editing App Insta Split for Instagram Released

For all those users of Instagram, Insta Split Photo Editor for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad allows the users to blend several photos in a single frame. The app has many (18) layouts each of which can be adjusted for the size. With this app, maybe we won't see so many horrible Instagram photos! August 25, 2014

JumboZilla: Thousands of Super Premium Design Resources worth $11,227 - Just $129

To celebrate "Back to Design School" the Design Center and DTG Magazine has partnered with one of the leading deals websites in the entire design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. But these are not just designers -- they're illustrators, typographers, photographers, journalists, art directors, painters artists, publicists, marketers, scrapbookers, craftspeople, sign painters, fabricators, CnC machine oporators, and visual communicators from all corners of the world. What we've cooked up for you -- with this coupon -- will blow your mind! August 22, 2014

Help from ColorLogic's color management for more consistent color results

ThePowerXChange, the source for extended technology, is excited to announce the availability of the ColorLogic product range. ColorLogic's color management products are easy to use, can be easily integrated into any production environment, and operate reliably for consistent results. August 22, 2014

Creative Update 179 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Before we jump into the Fall Fonts Fest, let's finish out the summer with some creative tidbits from life size poster models to packaging to freelancing, we'll see people doing great stuff all over the world ... just follow along:
[_] Why does Birmingham employ more architects than other metro areas, but fewer graphic designers?
[_] Jean Peterson Design's Award-Winning Wine Label Series Featured on International Website
[_] Chapchinstudio constructs poster for 2014 tehran graphic design week
[_] Ultimate design & Lettering inspiration is found in packaging
[_] 5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance Graphic Design Work
[_] Bubbles, swirls, and blossoms
... and more ! August 20, 2014

Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" August 19, 2014

Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season

We're almost through the summer "dog dazze" and now ramping up for the biggest marketing quarter for the year, pay attention :
[*] 6 strategies to assess if a bold new idea is worth the risk
[*] Priceline Seeks Results From Facebook as Google Wins Ads
[*] Media relations techniques that don't involve pitching
[*] 5 ways to build brand awareness through content
[*] 5 Little-known YouTube Features for Marketers
[*] Metrics That Matter
... and more August 19, 2014