Color and light will illuminate your Holidays with these DYI stained glass coloring pages!

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holiday coloring books All crafts, scrapbook makers, artists and illustrators can get inspiration from these wonderful pieces of art! Enjoy this collection of holiday themed stained glass templates and worksheets -- these books are fantastic, and you'll see the pages are on heavy translucent sheets so after coloring, hang in the window for a stained glass effect. If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! November 15, 2017

Vintage Advertising: the best black & white and color ads from the 1800s to the 1950s

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great projects I've accumulated an archive of classic and vintage advertising and among my favorites are these gems from Dover. You can learn a lot about graphic deaign, typography, graphics and advertising just by studying successful ads from the past. That's why these are such valuable resources for all illustrators and graphic designers -- not to mention anyone in advertising or marketing! Below, you can share a bunch of samples from the books, but you'll want to get the books for your library! They make excellent conversation and idea starters too! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Vintage Copyright-Free Clip Art and graphic design cuts from the 30s, 40s, and 50s

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copyright free clip and cuts If you're old enough to remember clip art, you may have invested in some of these too! I've got an entire bookshelf full of copyright-free reference archive books. As I divest myself of my worldly junk, I wonder what to do with such book collections! But they are entertaining and interesting to flip through, and the art is highly usable for anyone still in the design or marketing fields. Some of these pieces are beautiful -- far more beautiful than you could develop at today's rates! They also make excellent idea starters! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

The Amazing Benefits of Posters

We've always said there's nothing like a good poster to make a real impression on the viewers! The study of posters is an entertaining and fascinating exercise in graphic design, typography and visual communications. Thanks to Aaron Robertson for sending this article about designing posters and using an online poster maker for total control and diversity! November 10, 2017

Just when you needed it, here comes a cool new whiteboard animation app called Squig

Squigl is a revolutionary professional whiteboard animation software that requires no technical or creative experience, turning text into video in minutes. The video software market has exploded over the last 3 years. D-I-Y Applications address many stylistic needs, including animated cartoons, picture slideshows, and whiteboard videos.

These tools are driven by professional video editing suites. While this is the right approach for helping professional video editors and graphic designers work faster, there is tremendous need for every day users to create effective whiteboard animated videos with ease and at an affordable price November 2, 2017

Day of the Dead : coloring, stickers, clip art, projects and more

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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures (more).

The holiday begins on October 31st and ends on November 2nd, and we're happy to present these samples from the Dover collection of ~ Dia de los Muertos ~ Pictorial Archives, Adult Coloring Books, Iron-On Transfer Patterns, Stained Glass and more! October 26, 2017

70 Year Old Artist Creates Art Tools for the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil

70 Year Old Artist Creates Art Tools for the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil You can bet when you hear the name "Pirate's Moon" it's really going to be good! Now they have released MyArtTools 1.1.3, an important update to their popular drawing app, created exclusively for use with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. MyArtTools allows artists to take full advantage of the precision of the Apple Pencil, with the large screen iPad Pro. October 5, 2017

Strata Brings Virtual Reality to Designers with inStudio VR

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Strata has been into 3D technology for more than 25 years, now they've released inStudio VR, allowing users to hold design projects in their hands and see them in a retail store, kitchen, living room, and other virtual reality environments. June 26, 2017

Design Apps: Typography on your photos, great retouching, reflections, montage and more

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Here we are, rolling into vacation season -- and you'll have your camera, and maybe even the camera in your iPhone, and you'll want to discover some fun apps that go along with fun on vacation! Some of these we selected because they're great fun and great capabilities right out of the box -- others we chose because of their sophistication and benefit to the designer. The two typography items are home runs, and will make a better rounded experience for adding type to designs and images!

  • Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Typography Insight
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • A Beautiful Mess
June 14, 2017

Graphic Inspector Now Lets Users Choose Image Editing App

Zevrix Solutions comes with something newsworthy from time to time, but having run their product reviews for a decade, they STILL don't answer my calls, or support the Design Center! After 20 million pairs of eyes sent to them, this is the respect I get. Oh well, their Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update is noteworthy. June 6, 2017