Convert lettering, type, photos, drawings, or art into Artistic Chalkboard designs and signs

creating chalk board inspirations

As we highlighted in the Gallery for the Fall Fonts Fest, chalk art is a growing craze that really takes a lot of talent. Well, now there's a very cool App for Macintosh and Windows that may reduce a lot of the need for talent because it actually simulates chalkboard art! Amazing! August 18, 2017

Graphic Novel : Border Worlds: A dark and visionary adventure

Border Worlds Graphic Novel

WITH HER LIFE IN CHAOS AND NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, Jenny Woodlore joins her brother's ramshackle trucking business on Chrysalis, a huge floating platform on the edge of the galaxy — only to find herself in the middle of a cosmic conflict that could change the very fabric of the universe. (Sample Pages Below) August 15, 2017

Is it worth 13-bucks to get your print colors to always match your screen colors?

Digital Color

Investing in your color management is always a good investment -- particularly when you can see your color selections in print. During my DGEF Creative Layout Techniques seminars one of the most frequent questions from attendees was how do your get the print color to look like the screen color? That's always been one of the tough nuts to crack -- and my answer and solution to ALL those screen to print color woes was : See it in print. Period. There is no monitor, and no software that will satisfy your color eye. If this was available then, this would have been what I would recommend. August 14, 2017

A new Graphic Design Tool includes a Collection of 6,000+ Free Templates

I don't often recommend sites or programs that take the talent out of the equation for producing good graphic arts. You'll remember that no template, and no tutorial and no YouTube can get you through a successful appendectomy or tooth removal. Yes, Crello lets anyone produce graphics -- but in the hands of a trained graphic designer, some rather extraordinary things can be produced! Take a look July 13, 2017

Creative Tidbits #233: Design on a Grid, Crazy ideas, designing condoms, Girls and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

If you look at this week's snippet, you learn an important lesson about creativity. (The snippets are the little 'sayings' or pull-quotes over to the right) So we're having a great time discovering truly creative ideas, and truly crazy ideas as well. I'd really like to learn about your ideas -- and share them with DT&G readers!

  • Coming up With Crazy Ideas (Just Like Albert Einstein)
  • Meet the Boy Behind the Design of HBO’s Girls Titles
  • Designing the Next Generation of Condom Packaging
  • Carbon Crown / project typography
June 29, 2017

Strata Brings Virtual Reality to Designers with inStudio VR

Strada 3D

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

Universe All-New, Killer, Text Effects from the Red Giant

Red Red Giant has brought so many cool products, we can't even remember! Just search the Design Center for "Red Giant" ... now they've come with an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.Whether it's giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen June 19, 2017

Red Giant Films Channel Trailer

Rock - n - roll

We really liked this trailer showing special effects from Red Giant! Enjoy -- this is pure entertainment!
      Stay on top of production-proven special effects tools for digital video & film professionals. Plug-ins for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Avid, Final Cut Pro and more. June 16, 2017

Creative Tidbits #230: Classic Fonts Poster, Comic Sans replacement, 404 and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Of course we always like to watch the masters, and see what they are up to -- so I saw this Steven Heller piece and had to pass it along. The guys at Pushpin Studios have been at the top of the game for fifty years and we can all learn a lesson or two from them. We also mix it up a bit in this episode with a good fonts item and an essential web design resource. Have fun!

  • Philip Trautmann creates Fonts out of Passion.
  • How to design 404 pages for your web site
  • Alphabets to Go? Analog to digital?
June 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #229: 36 Days of Type, Camera Shake, Netflix art of design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go into the summer of 2017, and I know many of you are taking extensive vacations, and will be traveling! Here are three good references that you'll enjoy this June. If you do travel and take a lot of photos, please send a few and share with DTG readers

  • Netflix: The Art of Design misses the point
  • 6 Poses You Can Use to Avoid Camera Shake
  • Shot Block: 36 Days of Type
June 7, 2017