Creative Tidbits #239: gradients, politics, the constitution, the professor filmmaker and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

It's always fun to learn about new resources and people in the graphic arts industry making strong statements, and moving forward. You can easily see, and understand, how politics are playing a real role in today's Graphic Design community! Such is our collection in today's edition : creative inspiration Make America Gradient Again creative inspiration 2017’s Most Powerful Protest Art Is Quickly Making Its Way Into Museums creative inspiration NYC Branding Agency Redesigns The US Constitution, and creative inspiration Outdated Graphic Design Manuals Turned A PSU Professor Into A Filmmaker! Have fun, and don't forget to write! October 4, 2017

Here comes Trapcode Suite 14, from the Red Giant

Yes, they're back with more drop-dead awesome effects and updates to the industry's most essential tools for creating 3D motion graphics and visual effects in Adobe After Effects. With a total of 11 powerful tools for 3D motion graphics and visual effects, release highlights include Trapcode Particular 3.0 and Trapcode Form 3.0, which have both been completely overhauled to offer faster rendering speeds and an incredibly intuitive user experience when building particle effects. Also included is a free update for Trapcode Tao, giving users depth of field effects for more realism. October 3, 2017

Creative Tidbits #238: Lebanese Typography, type in lights, a short type lesson and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

With the Fall Fonts Festival in full swing, we just had to let this Creative Tidbits issue have some typography stuff in it -- and we think you'll be glad we did. Let's ask : creative inspiration"What is Typography? and visit creative inspirationA Lebanese Typography Company, and see some creative inspirationTypography in Lights! Have fun, and don't forget to write! September 27, 2017

AKVIS ArtSuite 12 brings new capabilities to tempt your creative juices with superb visions

creates impressive Photo effects

This is probably the most awaited update in a while from Akvis! ... AKVIS has released their ArtSuite 12, a photo decoration software that offers a rich collection of visual effects and frames in order to make your digital photos top-notch. You'll discover visions you hadn't expected, and take some of your ordinary photos to spectacular photos. September 26, 2017

Photographers and Artists are truly loving what ImageFramer does for their self publishing!

This is a cool app that everyone who takes and presents photographs should try! Plus it's just a lot of fun working with the program, coming up with cool frames for your potos. Check it out, I think you've have a ball! August 28, 2017

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

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics from the Design Center for August 2017

Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields -- Lots of fun this month, and really too many creative updates! Back to school and then on to September for the opening of the 23rd Annual Fall Fonts Festival! Have a great month, and don't forget to stay in touch . . .

Vol 27, #8 ~ August 2017

Table of Contents : What's here:


01 National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy
02 Creative Tidbits #234: Scan Design, Paper marketing, CSS effects a new font and more!
03 Creative Tidbits #235: Getting Rid of Adobe CC? Drones, Maïté Franchi, Legos and more!
04 Creative Tidbits #236: Web design, web type, web circles, cigar packaging and more!
05 Creative Tidbits #237: Searching for Scripts, hand lettering, big grphics, Ramadan and more!
06 60-Seconds #337 : I wonder if Jimmy Buffett ever tried to get Margaritaville on Sirius Radio!
07 Alternatives? How To Ditch Adobe Creative Cloud
08 A new Graphic Design Tool includes a Collection of 6,000+ Free Templates
09 Securely Delete iPhone and iPad with Data Shredder for iOS
10 In-House or Freelance Graphic Designers need high power project planning
11 Does the world need a Object-Based Font Server? You be the judge!
12 Hacker protection Camera Guard blocks webcam and microphone on macOS
13 Rolling into the Fall

Go to : http://www.graphic-design.com/news/1708.html August 1, 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