Lots to do this time of year... it's the perfect opportunity to promote yourself. Follow along as new entries are posted each week along the way to the end of the year.
Click on the button at the right to send in your BEST OF THE BEST suggestions and discoveries you discovered during 2007.
We'll be giving away prizes all through November and December so submit your entries today!
MAJOR EVENT: Icograda World Design Congress with Maggie Macnab
Special guest author and designer, Maggie Macnab reports on the meeting of the Design World minds at the 2007 Icograda World Design Congress in La Habana, Cuba. Over 600 designers, teachers and related professionals gathered from 57 countries to discuss the current state of design ... Icograda World Design Congress
Holiday Gift Idea using Painter: Photo to Woodcut
Painter is one of the premier natural medial programs, and ideal for converting that coveted vacation shot to a graphic work of art -- follow along as award-winning fine artist, designer and educator Cher Threinen-Pendarvis shows you how noted artist John Derry created his Pagoda Woodcut
Promotional ideas of the season
We're back again with more ideas on using scratch pads for your seasonal promotion -- this time I've included templates, layouts and even a starter kit. If you haven't put your promo into motion yet, perhaps you should ask What's a little padding between friends?
The Padding Magic Padding Press
When you read the padding press articles and instructions here, you might be asking yourself how to get a padding press. Hugh Lyman, engineer and inventor contacted me to show me his new padding press design -- and this is a knock-out -- the one you need is the Padding Magic Padding Press
New Vintage Type - Classic Fonts for the Digital Age
a spectacular new book -- introduces you to the beauty and utility of fonts from the past! From the Victorian Age, to Woodtype, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and even the Eccentric movement you'll find them all in New Vintage Type
Photoshop Saving Photos: Dark, Under Exposed
Low lighting, camera movement, and other woes spoil the photo. Sometimes a photo just looks too dark to save. Sometimes it just can't be saved. But before trashing the photo, here are a number of exercises that show some easy tricks you can employ to save underexposed photos
Photoshop Degrading Color for Hand Tint Look
A Photoshop 911 reader asks how a certain 'tinted' look was achieved in some sample photos... these are near grayscale with muted color. We knew we could accomplish the look by pulling an adjustment layer called the Gradient Map
Photoshop's "Match Color"
A Photoshop 911 reader asks how the "Match Color" function works to save two of his photos. Match Color uses the color map from one photo to change another -- and it works great -- sometimes. But when it doesn't, you have to look for other solutions. Matching Color
Photoshop Collage Mosaic: One Photo to Many
Several readers have asked about breaking apart a single photo so it looks like a collection of snap shots. There are actually a number of ways to do this from the quick and easy "SLICE" method, to the more difficult and time consuming "random" method - we think makes a much better looking Photo Collage Mosaic
Photographically Correct Film Simulator Effects for Photoshop
Alien Skin is back with an all new features list for Exposure 2 Film Stock Simulator! This new effects package plug-in features more than 300 presets for film simulation and a full range of photo lab and darkroom effects... Exposure 2 for Photoshop and compatibles
Business: Rise of the Designer / Copywriter
Marketing-savvy designers who complement their design service with copywriting can expect more lucrative projects and plenty of on-going work. Marketing consultant Shaun Crowley looks at a few copywriting designers who no longer tell their clients "I'm a designer not a writer" -- see Rise of the Designer / Copywriter
Top Level Domains
When you're starting to craft a website these days you have to hit the URL running -- even before you've started the planning and coding process. In this essay, Tim Clukey of the Plattsburgh State University Communications Department, shares these insights into domains on the web. Taking it to the Top: A Short Survey of Top Level Domain Options
Software Review: Klix saved my Photos from doom
How much are your digital photos worth to you? Priceless? An old favorite of George's is resurrected under a new name and new company -- with a Mac OS X version that actually saves your photos from corrupted digital camera media... Klix (Image Recovery)
Tips for Making Software Available for Download
The size of a file has a crucial effect on the amount of time a user needs to download it. Software sales, when counting on downloads to increase in quantity, are influenced by this factor. Adriana Iordan reveals vital information Tips for Making Software Available for Download
Congratulations to this month's winning designers who shared their professional insights with DTG, and anyone considering going into the design biz. (See: Design Pro / Freelancer Survey)
From trying to teach "Design is not pretty pictures... " to dealing with "Bureaucracy" ... and "there are times i'd rather go back to making boxes", this month's designers offer a fascinating look into the Designing Life
WINNERS: This month's contributors will win a free copy of Deke McClelland's latest training masterpiece Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One, or any of our other cool prizes!News, Reviews &Else!
- Alex White: A challenge for designers - type is imagery, imagery is space, and space is type
- Typographic Craftsmanship - Typographic craftsmanship as only Herb Lubalin could do
- Designing Headline & Display Type Tips and Tricks Tutorial
- Using Painter with Photoshop - Painter To Photoshop & Back Again
- Advertising Design and Typography the Holy Grail for graphic designers designing advertising
- Brown without the Blues - Joyce Dalman shows us how to build it
- Humanist Sans: what it is and why you need at least one!
- What's My Font George M Engel shares some rants, pet peeves, and favorite type faces
- Font Review: Canada Type some very cool retro fonts and specialty titling fonts
- Font Review: 2007 Type Fonts from P22 calligraphic Matador to medieval Vale and King's Fount to the Art Deco Obelysk Grotesk
- Book Review: Everyman's McLuhanyou won't know for sure until you re-discover Marshall McLuhan
- Graphic Design Life- graphic designers share their reflections on the Design Life
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Real Help for Photoshop Users
tips & tricks, real-world solutions for reader problems -- as well as resources, tutorials, techniques and effects come your way each and every day in the Photoshop 911 Emergency Room!
Photoshop Questions Need Answers
Photoshop 911 has been overwhelmed with questions from readers -- looking for answers! If you are a Photoshop guru, we urge you to stop in and tackle some of the many Photoshop and Photoshop Elements questions from the Photoshop 911 Help Line. Help us Answer Questions from Readers
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