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DT&G:   Vol. 18, Number 8,   August, 2008   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

August 2008:
Back to (Design) School

It's August, and many people are turning their focus back to school! So take off, designers -- we're going back to design school with: Best online Video sources * Graphic Design & Layout learning * Type Layout, Typography, and design with letters * A Roadmap to Successful Online Learning * A Tour of Museums and Galleries for learning * and some musings about online learning -- follow along


Back to Design School ... online and at home

Do you really have to go to school to learn more about design? Yes, it's best... but the next best thing is self-learning -- and here, Fred recommends the best online video training, training/learning books and even a visual extravaganza to help sharpen your creative edges. Free video tutorials, chapters, advice for those who want to go Back to (Design) School

Newsletters: Graphic Design for Hard Times

Newsletter designor... let design and layout save you from the slump! You may have forgotten -- during economic down-turns, the newsletter is one of the best vehicles for pumping up identity and loyalty in both commercial business and organizations. Here, we look at enhancing the design of a nonprofit newsletter for real impact and results -- first in a series Designing your newsletter

Learning: 7 Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3

George Engel is the Naked Serviceman George M Engel takes a look at Scott Kelby's 7-point system for working with digital photos. He says: "I would classify it in the Intermediate to Professional user level... a typical Scott Kelby Photoshop book: Great graphics; Extremely well put together; Comprehensive and well thought out. 7 Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3

Fractals Part 2 : Infinite Art Equals Infinite PossibilitiesFREE FRACTAL


Fractals can be the graphic designers' best friend! In part 2 of the series, creative digital artist Pam Blackstone discusses the real design possibilities of using fractals to describe tone, mood, and even image. She also points out why this is such a versatile file format for Infinite Possibilities

Luba Lukova: Social Justice 2008

Luba Lukova Somewhere between Picasso's wood-cut years and German Expressionism, Luba Lukova has carved a deep niche in social graphic design -- one that will not be erased for decades and generations to come. The messages are stark, undeniable, and slam you right between the eyes. If you cannot own it, at least see Social Justice 2008 Luba Lukova

Worldwide Identity, Inspired Design from Forty Countries

World Identity, Inspired Design from Forty Countries There is more to being a designer than using tools to re-form and regurgitate our thoughts. There is more to design than balancing concept with execution. Maggie Macnab reviews a blockbuster book by Robert L. Peters that examins the very intent of design with regards to Worldwide Identity

Photoshop Madness... it's a jungle out there

Photoshop MadnessIt's been quite a while since our last edition of Photoshop Madness because the Photoshop 911 folks were deeply involved in getting the forums up and running. * Photoshop Scalped and Hijacked * The Art & Times of Rodny Mella * Bert Monroy on Creating Photorealistic Reflections and Shadows * Creating Realistic Water in Photoshop * Real World Image Sharpening Tips * Art (bling) is where you find it . . . What Photoshop Madness have you encountered? Let us know about it ...
Enjoy this month's edition of Photoshop Madness

New Poster from Peter Max

Peter Max Poster An innovative team of vendors came together to produce a limited edition Peter Max poster, using one of the greenest workflows available -- created by Max to celebrate The Green Media Show - the poster is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished with a zero carbon footprint. And, you can get one free ... The Green Media Show

Peter Max: Living Legend

Peter Max When I learned about the latest Peter Max poster, I couldn't resist chasing down the source of this living legend. Even if you weren't around during the '60s and '70s, the lively vibrance of his art transcends all ages and backgrounds. It's just fresh and invigorating! I think you'll like it! Peter Max

What's in your portfolio?

Here is your opportunity to show and tell DTG and Design Center readers about your photography, graphic design, illustration or image editing experience and skills! Send in your three or four best pieces of digital photography, image editing, or photo-illustration, and we'll enjoy a field trip to your digital digs...

Web Design & Reviews new site critiques

web critiqueThis month's Web Design Review forum looks at more than 60 web sites for readers, with hundreds of tips and insights ... we'll see everything from the Hyperstellar site to a total remake discussion of the Sending Love site. You'll see beginners' personal sites, my beloved angels site, and get reflections on how to improve delivery, as well as a quick lesson in site validation for a 3D modeling site.. It all happens in the Web Design Critique department of the Design Cafe

Newsletter Critique & Makeover Clinic

It's been several years since I came in off the road doing my national "Newsletter Makeover Clinics." I had thought that by now, everyone already knows how. Well, today there's a new need for it, so we've opened the clinic again, and can help you take your newsletter or publication to the next level. I guarantee you'll like what you learn at our Newsletter Critique & Makeover Clinic

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

This month's &Else includes: Call for Speakers * GraphicConverter update * Batch Resize Photos * Tiled image of images * Draw on your iPhone * Print Perfect Pictures * Silver Efex Pro photographic plug-in * Flashforward * Color Efex Pro 3.0 ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

Photoshop 911 forum topics

Photoshop 911 ForumsWe've had several hundred new members in the past few months, and discussions are getting a lot of help to a lot of new users ... from colour to black/white ; Problems with Image Processor ; CS3 Brushes ; help with transparency ; JPEGs opening in landscape ; Removing Colours from jpeg ; corrupt files ; CS2 not saving EPS as JPG ; and even simulating dymo tape! If you're not a member yet, you may be missing some valuable help from all the pros in the Photoshop 911 Forum

The Designer's Bookshelf for 2008

New Books in the Design BookshelfThere's so much new, we cannot do it in a single page... every department has some very hot new titles... * Graphic Design * in Desktop Publishing including InDesign and QuarkXpress * in Adobe Photoshop & Photography * in Web Design and Multimedia * in Graphics and 3D Rendering * for Business, Mac users, General Computing and the iLife
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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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