DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for August, 2014

by Fred Showker
DTGnews August Back to SCHOOL While you're churning your way through August, we'll be posting educational pieces and getting the research and content together for September. This will be the 20th Annual Fall Fonts Fest, and we're going to have a superb time! Please enjoy August. And, don't forget to pick up your FREE "Letter A" poster

Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness

Well, as you know, all good things must come to an end ... so it's true with Summer giving way to fall ... time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . and since many of you are working on "Back to School" promotions, here are some very cool files to get you going
* Create a Bulletin Board With Realistic Shadows, Part II
* Create a Handmade "Back to School" Style Postcard
* How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Printables
* School Doodles Brushes in simple drawings
* Vector Back to school Background
* Back-to-school psd clipart
. . . and MORE   Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness

60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions

Not a single soul responded to last month's question about link removal requests. I'm laughing because just as I said, everyone is afraid of Google. Chuck Green, owner of the Jumpola web site had asked a question on Facebook. The comments to that question inspired me to share my experiences with Amazon affiliates, Google, Panda, Penguin, SEO, searches, link removal requests, and the cybercrime industry. 60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions

Let me send you $391 for back to school

this deal is a secret deal for DTG users only, but you better act quickly, before it closes. You pay handling which is merely $9. The raw cost of this package is over $400, so in essence I'm giving you $391. Let me send you $391 for back to school

Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration

Learning happens. We're in the summer travel times and have vetted these books for family fun, learning and a little bit of preoccupation! "When will we get there" is a common question, but when you've got some really great project books like these, you've always got an answer.
* Roadside Attractions Coloring Book: Weird Wacky Landmarks Across the USA!
* Creative Haven Art Nouveau Fashions Coloring Book
* Masterworks: Color Your Own Cezanne Paintings
* Animals of the Forest, Wetlands and Desert
* Tarot Designs Coloring Book
* Butterflies Coloring Book
. . . and more   Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration

600 Vector fonts for

... screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors
      If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways   600 Vector fonts for

Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
* 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
* Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
* What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
* Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
* Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
... and more !   Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes,

. . . pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media
      Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like.   1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes,

Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
* Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
* Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
* Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
* How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
* How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
* A Typographic Makeover Of Email
... and more !   Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

Thanks to Shweiki Publishing for passing along these tips -- all of which are free online services that can take the place of ones you have to pay for. Even if you're a pro, these services are good to know about. If you try any, please let me know your reactions!   7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics   Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices

In the "day" we had many, many restaurant clients. We had restaurants sometimes that would occupy the same building as the previous restaurant. I only wish we had a collection like this one in those days. We had to hand-draw, or clip from the Yanblan Archives, or some of the thousands of pages of Dover Books I had purchased to cut apart. Thank goodness these files are here today in vector format! July 18, 2014   Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices

Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos

When I combined a sign and screen printing shop as part of the graphic arts production facility, there was a steady stream of clients needing quick, good looking graphics very cheap. What do you do? We were competing with traditional sign shops on price and turn around. There's no time for a company profile design statement interview. He needs 40 styrene, screen printed shelf-talkers by Thursday at 7am, and today is Tuesday. What do you do?   Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos

MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting! iOS, Mac or PC

There are any number of natural media software packages -- most costing many times more as this . . . for 'natural media' painters, MyBrushes for Mac, iOS and Windows has a simple and easy interface -- you don't need knowledge of color system such as RGB, HSV and others. Just look at these samples

&Else : Learning from past articles

&Else : Learning from past articles . . . just a few notable articles from 312 issues of DTG Magazine   312 issues of DTG Magazine

GO Author Steven Heller on design responsibilities

&Else : Learning from past articles . . . just a few notable articles from 312 issues of DTG Magazine .... What is good design? Is it rightness of form or aesthetic perfection? Is it flawless conception or intelligent usability? The converse, bad or poor design is design that doesn't work. So, is bad design bad citizenship? In fact, bad design is just plain mean while good design presumably serves many citizens.

GO When Good Color Goes Bad Mike Davis, of Colorprep writes . . . Your photographer dropped off the digital camera shots you selected. No scanning needed -- they're RGB tiffs. His accompanying guide prints look pretty sweet.   He mentioned that the "raw files" were also on the disk if needed and that they're like "digital negatives".

GO 5 Steps to a Stand-Out Website -- Educator Tim Clukey writes : With over 35 million websites available today, it is increasingly difficult to get your website noticed. Web design is an important part of the equation when trying to get one's information out to the masses. Tim Clukey Tim Clukey -- 5 Steps to a Stand-Out Website

GO A Designers Education -- Several years ago, Gary Dickson shared some true lies, and we wanted you to benefit from it ... Gary writes : Someone made a comment that went something like this --
      "why would anybody be stupid enough to pay for an education in graphic design or for that matter pay a designer to work on a project, when you could go buy some software and a book and just start designing stuff on your own."   Gary Dickson - A Designers Education

SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL

YES, it's that time of year again, when we celebrate all things about fonts, type and typography! You can WIN some of our valuable prizes, including the highly collectable "International Type Founders" fonts book by sharing with DT&G readers... we're turning to YOU to share your comments about type and typography! Just REGISTER FOR PRIZES here with your comments about:
[*] Favorite fonts, and where to download them
[*] Most thrilling typography layout
[*] Unique and creative use of type
[*] Pros and Cons of different type faces
[*] Typography that sucks ... the Good, Bad and Ugly ...
and if you post your content item here, along with your link and your name, etc., you might just pick up a selection from the Design Bookshelf!

  20th Annual Fall Fonts Fest

Happy August... get ready for September

August begins to signal the end of summer.
It also signals the opening of lobster season in the Bahamas! And when the butter starts to bubble... you know they're right!

August is brought to you by the color "Green, which is the color of the lime wedges in our Margaritas as we sail around Fort Lauderdale, and hit the sand bar in Miami!
GO http://bit.ly/1pClC1W
August is brought to you by the letter "A, as in 'Augustus'
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/Type/the_letter_A_poster.html
August was named in honor of Augustus in 8 BC because in his rise to power, the city of Alexandria fell.
GO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria

For now, have a great time in the August DTG

Thanks for reading

+FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker


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