DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for December 2014

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #12 ~ December

  1. Greetings and welcome to December and the Holidays!
  2. 25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration
  3. Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others
  4. 429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!
  5. Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!
  6. Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!
  7. 60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop
  8. Typography : many styles and combinations make this a true vintage collection!
  9. Typography : Adorn your designs with borders, banners and catchwords collection!
  10. Counting on your support
  11. A Quarter Century online ... and more

Greetings and welcome to December and the Holidays!

DT&G Newsletter for January 2015This issue was nearly as big as our Fall Fonts Fest issue, but rather than split into two, we just cut out all the fluff and edited it down to under 17K. When was the last time you got an email newsletter this trim, with this much great stuff??? Well, last month's DTG, of course.

Most people by now know that "DT&G" (or 'DTG') means "Design, Typography and Graphics" ... a journal I started in 1988 as a PDF-file distributed on disk. (Actually, it was not a PDF because Adobe hadn't invented PDF yet!) Along with DTG came 60-Second Window -- my blog (before blogs were invented) originally published on the MNS disks, and America Online. In 1990, we took both DT&G and 60-Seconds online and here we are, 25 Years later! A quarter of a century online. In January we'll begin the 25th anniversary of DT&G, 60-Seconds and the Design & Publishing Center Online. Please, if you read anything in this newsletter, read my closing comments at the end. . .

Happy Holidays ... enjoy!

25 awesome examples of fantasy illustration from The Golden Age of Illustration

From the Art Nouveau period, famous fables and tales were enjoying a true revival, and of course those books had to have cover illustrations and plates that would tell the story. These artists have delighted a dozen generations -- yet their work seems as fresh and inviting as it did the day the books hit the shelves. These were some of the leaders of the "golden age of illustration" -- Please enjoy these from Arthur Rackham, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Willy Pogány

Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes and others

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Duh! The holiday push started before Columbus Day this year, I feel like I'm already pooped out. But Photoshop Madness relentlessly marches toward the end of the year and all we can do is hang on for life! Of course, this issue finds the dregs along with some really welcome talent. Not everyone is a PSD knock-off site -- we've found a couple that are worthy! Pig out over the next four pages with :
* 10 Steps To Create A Personalized Snow Globe
* Motion Blur Effects in Adobe Photoshop CC14
* Five photos come together to make one
* Ooooops... tutorials not tutorials
* Christmas Card Photoshop Tutorial
* The Dimwit Diary - fellow madness
* 50 Best Happy Holidays Wallpapers
* Before and After the Apocalypse
* Black or White ?? Which One
* James Willan fun times . . .
* . . . . and more !
GO Photoshop Madness : in the holiday spirit from dimwits to families to snow globes

429 Professional Photoshop Styles - never make styles from scratch again!

Speaking of Photoshop Madness??? I guess you saw our previous Photoshop Styles downloads but now we have a new collection. If you have ever attempted to make a new Photoshop or Illustrator style, you probably know what a pain it is. Any of these 300 styles for Photoshop can be easily modified to create thousands more. You may never have to make another style from scratch -- ever!
GO >429 Professional Photoshop Styles

Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." . . . until now!
GO Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign?

Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa : Adobe Illustrator vector files for the Holidays!

When the holidays roll around you find clients and users alike scrambling for art. Now you can fill all those demansds from this very cool vector collection. Here we're talking about a collection of 196 top-quality Christmas vectors that will save you precious hours of work! In this set you will get a lot of vectors with Santas, Snowmen, Winter Ornaments, Winter Seamless Patterns, Kids and a lot more!
GO Candy Canes, Bells, Ribbons, and Santa

60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop

As many of you know I've been an avid spam fighter and anti-spam advocate since the dawn of email. You may remember several articles I've written over the past two decades about SpamCop. Well, with great sadness, in this edition, I bid farewell to Spamcop.

Typography : many styles and combinations make this a true vintage collection!

Born on my birthday, August 18, in Seoul, South Korea, Hyung-Seung Lee could quite possibly be one of the "new masters" of this typography generation. In 2013, Hyun-Seung Lee, and two friends Dae-Hoon Hahm and Min-Joo Ham, together, designed the Core Bandi font -- and what? They're already color separated for flat-ink screen printing! WOW
GO Typography : many styles and combinations make this a true vintage collection!

Typography : Adorn your designs with borders, banners and catchwords collection!

Ladies and gentlemen, meet graphic designer and font virtuoso, Ms. Laura Worthington. We ran across Laura two years ago during the Fall Fonts Festival, and I earmarked her for a future piece. Well, during prep for December, I peeked in on her and WOW -- discovered "Adorn." Wow! This is not just a font, it's a period design genre! Wow! This is not just a font, it's a period design genre!

Counting on YOU for your SUPPORT :

We get a few pennies each time you click on the tall ad to the right, or, purchase fonts from our FONT sponsor. Also, if you purchase any of our bundles, mentioned above, we get a couple of bucks. But if you really want to help, visit this page and we will recognize you as an upstanding member of the visual communications field.
GO Help support your Design Center

19. A Quarter Century Online

After all these years, I still have names in the database who have been aboard since the beginning. That's a warm feeling -- to know that we've been doing the right thing all along. The world has changed, and so has online life. In the beginning we scarcely could convince people to get an email address. I must have asked the question a million times : "Do you have email yet?" ... and now I can scarcely get anyone's attention -- they're too busy with their noses stuck in their smart-phones. Sheesh.

This is the Holiday season and although it's the time most people really open their eyes to helping other people -- the holiday frame of mind should go on all year long. Do yourself a favor -- go out and do something good for others. Donate to charity. Volunteer your time. Give a helping hand. These acts of kindness will give you a warm reward -- the kind you won't get anywhere else.

PLEASE READ my 60-Second Window #138 from December 6th, 2001:
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/60-seconds/138.html
(It may look a little strange on your browser, it was coded in 2001 to the level of those days!)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

Thanks for reading

+FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for December...


      I've always respected those who
      tried to change the world for the better,
      rather than just complain about it.
         Michael Bloomberg

What did you miss last month?

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Don't forget ... we encourage you to share your discoveries about favorite or famous graphic designers and illustrators with other readers. Just contact me.

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