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Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools

Whether you need to whip out a quick newspaper ad, set up a banner for the mall, order up holiday tshirts, or decorate holiday cards and decorations, you'll be able to create your own clip art in an unlimited supply that are completely copyright free. October 30, 2015

Pope Francis Visits America -- fun and educational

We don't normally show books like this, but under the circumstances I thought it would be a fun inclusion for our October content . . . or for gift giving. Everyone loves the Pope, and here's the opportunity to invite him into your home! September 25, 2015

Steampunk style, resources and amusements

Steampunk Art Nouveau

If you're a fan of the Steampunk style, then you're in for a real treat. Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery ~ set in an Art Nouveau era as an alternate history. With fall and Halloween just around the corner, here's enough reference material to fill all your steampunk fantasies! Included here is a collection of full page samples along with coloring sheets! Enjoy September 5, 2015

Hand Lettering, Signage, and typography illumination books for everyone

No, don't think books have gone out of style! And, while there are hundreds of thousands of examples and samples of great typography and hand lettering on the web, you really cannot do without these selected books for this year's 21 Anniversary Fall Fonts Fest! Dig in folks, you don't have much time left! August 24, 2015

Citizen Designer : should graphic designers have social responsibility?

Do graphic designers have a social responsibility? Is good design good citizenship? Should graphic designers have a willingness to lie? All these questions are tested and expanded by world-class designer, thinker and author Steven Heller in this interview from the pages of DT&G Magazine May 26, 2015

A Pictorial tour through fashions of the 20th Century

As we embark on this year's "Women's History Month" someone mentioned that fashion plays a huge role in societal development -- and that some of the world's most beloved fashion designers are women! So we pulled from the Design-bookshelf's playbook and opened these books that follow a bit of the path of fashion. The samples we've included here are drawings or actual clip art that appeared in publications. They all give a visual waltz through the 19th and 20th centuries of fashion! Enjoy! February 25, 2015

Easter arts & crafts: April fun for kids of all ages

In time for spring is this collection of art files you can download for fun, learning or even creative idea starters! The sample files -- all nicely drawn! All these come from the superb Dover books, and all of these are very inexpensive books! Have fun, happy Easter! February 24, 2015

Women's History : the heart, art and design of Women Illustrators

Celebrating Women's History Month won't be complete without taking a look at some of the spectacular work created by women in the art and publishing world. Many of us were raised on these illustrations. A whole generation enjoyed books and reading as the favored diversion -- there were no TVs, computers or other visual medias. Enjoy these samples from the book! February 23, 2015

40 Visions of Royalty, Kings and Queens, Kate and her Prince Charming, Queen Elizabeth

What little girl has not dreamed of becoming a princess ... or the Dutchess -- and what little boy hasn't dreamed of becoming the Prince, or even the King of England. Well, these paper dolls and coloring books aren't just about kids. They're a good source of creative ideas for fashion and heraldery! See full size samples from : royalty KATE: The royalty Duchess of Cambridge royalty Kate Middleton Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge royalty Marriage of Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton royalty Kings and Queens of England royalty Diana, Princess of Wales: The Charity Auction Dresses January 5, 2015

Start your year off right with Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad

Fred Showker's Photographic Apps Update

2014 was a great year for Photo Apps, and we're predicting that 2015 will be better yet. By all means, please send us your reviews or favorites so we can share as well and have fun testing these:

  • Magic Hour Lite - Camera & Unlimited Filter
  • Social Network for Amateur Photographers
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Repost for Instagram
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • and MORE ...
December 23, 2014