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DT&G:   Vol. 18, Number 12,   December, 2008   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

December 2008

Here we are... the holidays again

Register for prizes The holidays are here, and we're looking forward to 2009, and to recapping all the best of 2008. Enjoy this month's offerings, and don't forget the Publisher's Warehouse "Gifts" gallery is open, so come on down and get yourself a gift -- our way of saying 'thank you' for being on board all year long!

Feature: Cover Design critique, tips and tricks

designing book covers The recent Wiley Design Challenge saw a great collection of cover designs for Al Ward's upcoming Photoshop for Right Brainers book. We see some outstanding Photoshop work -- but are they good book cover designs? This is a critique and a tutorial to teach and illustrate Book Cover Design Tips & Tricks

What do you need?

These days it's not so easy to get jobs through to finished printing -- but with our templates, you can -- Brochures, Tri Fold Brochures, Newsletters, Business Cards, Letterheads, Postcards, Print Ads, Flyers, Datasheets, Menus, Greeting Cards, Posters, -- and you can select from a great selection of all kinds of professionally designed layouts
Graphic Design templates Layouts for Christmas and the holidays
Graphic Design templates Special iWork / iWeb layouts for Mac users
Graphic Design templates Church and Religious Designs
Graphic Design templates High Tech communications designs
Graphic Design templates Construction, building and contractors
Graphic Design templates Financial Planner Design marketing materials
Graphic Design templates All American Diner, menus and marketing materials
Graphic Design templates Financial Marketing and consulting
Graphic Design templates For Graphic Designers new site layout and subscriptions
Graphic Design templates Home marketing and Real Estate business templates
Graphic Design templates Security Systems, and security professionals marketing
Graphic Design templates Wine Vineyard, food and food service layouts
Graphic Design templates ... and a lot More!

Creating a Logo Using Serif's PagePlus X3

Serif PagePlus Combining text and graphic capabilities, the PagePlus X3 Logo Studio makes it easy to produce logos and taglines either from scratch, from imported artwork, or by using one of the more than 400 template designs. Dale Cook shows how easy it is to use Logo Studio to create a logo using PagePlus

Photoshop Madness... holiday madness

Photoshop MadnessPhotoshop CS4 Tricks with Alex Walker * Content Aware Image Resizing * Sue's Assorted Patterns * FREE Photoshop Christmas Frame Templates * Photo Actions * Camxso Christmas Shapes * Photoshop Brushes * Photoshop Phabric * Putting a face on ... M&M'S * 220 Amazing Free Photoshop Layer Styles * Free Styles and Patterns * Adobe Creative Suite 4 prices and more. If you see a big box over on the right or left for Adobe, click on it!
Enjoy this month's edition of Photoshop (Holiday) Madness

Photo Books make Great Gifts

Photo Books make Great Gifts Now is the time to start thinking about gifts -- particularly if you want very thoughtful yet fairly inexpensive gifts. Planning is important, and as you shoot -- keep your photo book concepts in mind and shoot for the purpose. Here, MJ Johnston shares some tips on photo books

Photographic Greeting Cards

Photographic Greeting Cards You probably have a great treasury of photos that could be put to real use! Here, noted photographer John Huegel shares tips and guides you to create some truly great, high-quality cards you will be proud to send -- and your recipients will by happy to save... Photographic Greeting Cards

Using Cheap Media?

memory cards for digital cameras Are you ready to risk your images just to save a few bucks? Is it Ok to Use Cheaper Media in Your Digital Camera? Andrew Malek provides some advice why you should purchase memory media for your digital camera with caution and try to avoid buying or Using Cheap Media

12 Creative Photography Ideas

12 Creative Photography IdeasYou'll be taking a lot of photos in the weeks to come. Here, photographer John Huegel says "Keep these ideas in mind, to get your creative juices flowing and increase your skills and value as a photographer" Just try some of these 12 Creative Photography Ideas

Photographers using Photoshop

Derrick Story Photoshop CS4 Companion The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, spotlights only the critical tools you'll need most often in one compact reference -- Derrick Story teaches you how to quickly and efficiently organize and edit your photos without compromising the originals. Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers

Deke is back... and even better

Deke McClelland goes One-on-One with InDesign CS4The One-To-One series is the best in the market for learning any of Adobe's Creative Suite. Read the lesson. Watch the video. Do the exercises, and you'll learn Adobe InDesign CS4 from expert and Adobe guru Deke McClelland. Deke McClelland goes One-on-One with InDesign CS4

Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Start a business Just starting out in business? Launching a freelance career? Here are killer mistakes to avoid when starting a business excerpted from So, You Want to Start a Business? by Ed Hess and Charles Goetz 8 Killer Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Gerald Gallo Art Nouveau Ornaments

Gallo Fonts for 2008 Jerry has added more than 141 new fonts to the Gallo collection since we first met him way back in the Fonts Festival of 1998. Just in time for the holidays he brings yet another great picture font -- a collection of Art Nouveau ornaments culled from historic sources, built into an Open Type font Art Nouveau Ornaments

GPU-Powered Photoshop Alternative

Pixelmator is the revolutionary GPU-powered image editing toolPixelmator is the revolutionary GPU-powered image editing tool that provides everything needed to create, edit, and enhance still images - Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, and Magic Eraser tools; improved Hue and Saturation, Replace Color, and Colorize tools; Smart Palette Hide; and more. The upgrade is free. Pixelmator gets better

Graphic ideas for the Holidays

graphic ideas Are you finding yourself a little stretched for time? To get the creative juices flowing, and the projects delivered on time, all you really need is a little script, a little clip art, and a little imagination. Generate some stand-out promotional greetings with these Graphic ideas for the Holidays

60-Seconds: Change is coming

60-Second Window by Fred Showker Although attempting to stay out of politics all together during November, I had to post this 60-Second Window because it does relate directly to the internet, internet users, and your security and safety. The change is coming, folks ... the question is will it be good change or bad change 60-Second Window: Change is coming

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

NEWS This month's &Else includes: * Gift ideas: Photo Books, Photographic Greeting Cards * Using Cheap Media * 12 Creative Photography Ideas * Adopt an Author * Nikon D300 * Canon EOS Digital Rebel * Photoshop CS4 * Make a Splash on YouTube * Cook some Adobe Air * Be a Geek Goddess * VectorDesigner * Pixelmator * Resizing Images Online ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

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

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