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DT&G:   Vol. 19, Number 1,   Jaunuary, 2009   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

JANUARY 2009

DTG Best of 2008 WELCOME to the annual BEST edition of DTG Magazine. Here we attempt to pick the best books and resources for Graphic Designers from the past year, and wipe the slate clean for the new year.

Graphic Design templates User Picks Best DTG of 2008 This year we peeked at the server logs and discovered YOUR best picks from 2008 -- most popular articles! So here are the
Graphic Design templates User Picks Best BOOKS of 2008: Out of hundreds of book reviews in 2008, DTG Readers clicked on these the most!
Graphic Design templates 2008 BEST AWARDS : Here's where you'll find the best of the best for anyone in the visual communications field! Best books, Photoshop add-ons, Font of the Year, Web Site of the Year, and so forth. We think you'll like them, and we believe they represent the best value for your dollar.

Photoshop CS4 Review

Adobe Photoshop CS4 George picks up the latest incarnation of Photoshop and shares some of its highs and lows. If you haven't upgraded yet, perhaps you should read this and see if it helps you make up your mind! George reviews Photoshop CS4

Colour My World

Quite unexpected, this article appeared in our mailbox with a note from one "Retired Major Martin" saying "Please publish this." As we read the article, we knew you might enjoy it :
      "... the need for faster and bigger video cards developed into a pixel race game with macho 'whose is bigger' mentalities. Of course, bigger meant more dollars spent." Or, should we call the article "What will the future bring?"

The Inner Life of Martin Frost

The  Inner Life of Martin Frost This book gets a 'BEST' award for its literary illusions presented with totally innovative graphic treatment! Paul Auster's story is ambitiously blended with Glenn Thomas's typography and graphic design in exciting new collaboration -- most importantly, the book is a stunning concoction of wonderful typography configurations, graphic illustrations, and page-layout mastery. You'll be mesmerized by The Inner Life of Martin Frost

Photoshop Ultimate: Plug-in Suite 4

OnOne Photoshop Plug-in Suite 4 Without reservation, we think the onOne Plug-in Suite 4 for Photoshop is the very best value for your buck! That's why it receives a BEST award this year. We try many plug-ins and many are generally very good. But this collection of 6 high-powered plug-ins about covers the range with awesome power, yet are very easy to learn and use. So if you want one install to solve most of the challenges you have in Photoshop, try the onOne Plug-in Suite 4

Designers share their BEST finds for 2008

DTG Magazine SURVEY We asked professionals in Graphic Design Groups on LinkedIn to share their favorite or best discoveries during 2008. From over 100 responses, these dozen will take you to some pretty good stuff. What was in your tool box in 2008? Designers share their BEST finds for 2008

How environments, real and virtual, influence us

Kyle Mueller Is it time to clean up your act? Web Design Specialist Kyle Mueller says yes! "On a web site, color, typography, iconography and other imagery should be considered as carefully as an interior designer considers surfaces, furnishings and art." See how your web environment can affect your bottom line

Fonts: Gallo's Tree Assortment

Gallo Trees Since you can always use more tree graphics -- we present the first new font from Gerald Gallo for 2009 -- a nifty collection of trees from realistic to fantasy, to stylized for logos! Gallo presents the Tree Assortment

Web Critique: DAILY SAVINGS

Web Critique of the Daily Savings web site This is one of those side-scrollers we all love to hate. When first arriving, this site seems to cry out "Help, I'm Tacky!" -- but then playing with the controls, and navigating back and forth, it actually becomes cool! Follow along with out quibbles, then add some of your own feedback on The Daily Savings Website

The Leadership Vacuum

Nick Tassler talks about the future work force What will we lose with the next generation? Nick Tasler, TalentSmart's global research leader takes a look at the future's work force and what exactly constitutes a high quality leader -- but what he finds is a huge gap between Boomers and Millennials in self-management -- which will become The Leadership Vacuum

Mac Poster Machine

Mac Poster making Machine I wrote about Posterino some time ago when it first came out. Now I've been using the latest update to make posters of 'famous' newspaper front pages announcing the Obama election win for holiday gifts to my democrat friends! Once oversized art is produced, just upload to your local Kinkos for output on the wide-format printer. Posterino is so cool, you at least should download the demo and see for yourself! Mac Poster Machine

Free Graphics Software

free graphics software for the Macintosh We've selected the best and most fun graphics add-on software you can get for the Mac. One, we know you'll get a kick out of -- it automatically makes YOUR picture into the graphic poster style of the Barack Obama campaign posters! How cool is that ??? Try some of these -- we think you'll like them -- we always love Free Graphics Software

ContrastMaster for MacOS X

Adjust contrast in your photos on Mac OS X ContrastMaster is a plugin for effective contrast enhancement as well as creating dramatic contrast looks, photorealistic paintings and HDR-like effects. It can turn low-contrast photos into vivid and detailed images and transforms ordinary photos into interesting and dynamic shots. Make it great with ContrastMaster for MacOS X

Another boring PowerPoint? Oh No!

PowerPoint tips and presentation techniques you can learn to improve your presentations It makes you cringe when someone says "watch this powerpoint" because you know it's going to bore you to tears! In these three articles from CIO you'll learn a collection of PowerPoint tips and presentation techniques you can learn to improve your presentations - PowerPoint Tips: Keep Your Audience Awake

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

Programming for non-programmers

programming made easy with Run BASIC Okay, you've got programming-phobia. You'd like to learn BASIC, but there's just too much gobbledygook for you to tackle it. What to do? Run BASIC allows you to apply your desktop programming skills to create web applications without struggling with the overhead of typical web programming frameworks. You'll be programming in no time with Run BASIC

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

NEWS This month's &Else includes: * Creating stunning image montage animations * How fast is your internet? * To-do list to the next level * Cyber Safety News Wrap * Creating Compelling Dynamic User Interfaces * Using Drupal * Designing Gestural Interfaces * Coding4Fun ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

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 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
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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!

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

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...

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Real Help for Photoshop Users

Photoshop 911tips & 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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