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18th Annual Top Typography Books in Review

It's that time again, and the year 2012 was a good year for typography books! Of particular note, there are another dozen good ones that don't hit the shelves until after November 1st ... so watch our November issue! Out of a slate of hundreds, here are our favorites for this year:
* Vintage Type and Graphics: An Eclectic Collection of Typography, Ornament, Letterheads, and Trademarks
* Design Elements, Typography Fundamentals: A Graphic Style Manual for Understanding How Typography Affects Design
* Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography and Graphic Design Influence Behavior
* Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS
* Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
* Typographic Design: Form and Communication
* Typography : Graphic Design in Context
* Vintage Commercial Art and Design
* Custom Lettering of the 40s & 50s
* Just My Type: A Book About Fonts
* The Little Black Book of Design
* Typography Sketchbooks September 28, 2012

Hermann Zapf: Design at Hallmark Cards

Author Rick Cusick discusses the art of "Lettering" in new book published by RIT. Hallmark helps us appreciate the small moments in life -- with greeting cards and special messages garnished with designs and lettering that enhance the full reading experience -- and we can thank Hermann Zapf. September 27, 2012

Infographics 101: Using Pictures to Communicate

Infographics 101: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect With Your Audiences -- explains what infographics are, how they are put together, and how you can use them in your business. August 30, 2012

Effects in Adobe InDesign CS6 : Transparency

This excerpt from Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book shows you how to apply transparency by using the nine transparency effects in InDesign. Transparency can be a highly powerful visual device to use in your publications! July 25, 2012

Adobe InDesign CS6: Paragraph Composers & Tabs

The powers of desktop publishing programs is in their ability to help automate much of the tedium and repetitive tasks associated with DTP. Now, Adobe InDesign CS6 borrows all the best capabilities from RSG, PageMaker, FrameMaker and QuarkExpress to evolve the ultimage publishing platform. In this edition, you'll be learning about and working with paragraph composers and tabs in InDesign CS6... July 25, 2012

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was designed from the ground up, specifically for digital photographers. As we follow this summers photography, and learn some powerful techniques that lets photographers import, sort, and organize images, Martin Evening blazes the way! ALSO : included here a complete tutorial on tricks for importing images ; a FREE downloadable PDF chapter from Martin's book ; and a FREE tutorial from Jeff Revell : "Why You Should Be Shooting Raw" ... rounding out our summer photography section! June 26, 2012

Two Simple Steps Can Save Your Photos

MOST OF US TAKE FAIRLY LOUSY PHOTOS most of the time, and we aren't sure what our options are when the pictures don't turn out the way we hoped. But professional photographer Khara Plicanic will help you out with some of her insightful tips & tricks June 25, 2012

HDR: The Pros' Hottest Post-Processing Techniques

When it comes to HDR, only three key ingredients are needed: hardware, software, and post-processing technique. Well, it does take a little talent ... but with a shot-in-the-arm from Rafael, those summer photos will take on a whole new life! Here's the poop ... we'll even throw in a whole 2nd bonus article : "Working with Color in Photoshop" along with a downloadable tutorial on Rafael's "Austin Capitol" project! June 22, 2012

Photography : Visual Stories

The main thing that separates photographer amateurs from the pros is their ability to tell a story using the lens. If the viewer gets it -- you're a success. If the viewer doesn't, then you need this book from Vincent Laforet March 27, 2012

Managing your digital assets

As a digital photographer or videographer, you product massive amounts of data in the creative process. Protecting and preserving those assets is paramount. IT professional Ben Greisler has some insight and advice on successful digital lifecycle management. March 21, 2012