DTG February 2010

by Fred Showker

............... Design & Publishing Center NEWSLETTER ....................
.................... Vol. 20, #2 - February, 2010 ........................

This Month:
Black History Month
Which type styles are best?
Designing in White ... paper
Throw Your Press Release in the Trash
Russian Paintings
Designing Women
Photoshop Fave: Mark Dunn Photography
Site of the Month: Trampoline
Forum Gallery: Myster Nof
Mailbag: DTG Forums Fiasco
Mailbag: Wrong Decade
Confessions of a Public Speaker
iPhone aids the Color Blind
&Else: News, Views and Reviews
Avatar inspires innovation in 3D
Designer's Geometry Box
We love you! Editor's words, details and subscribe / unsubscribe info

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Welcome to February

Before we get into content, I'd like to send out a big thanks to everyone
following us on Twitter. I've tried to 'thank' each and every one of you,
but I'm not sure the 'reply' thing works. So if you follow, and don't
get a thank you from me, just let me know.

WELCOME NEW READERS - each month a slew of new subscriptions come in, so
if this is your first DTG newsletter, welcome aboard, and thanks for
subscribing. Subscribe and unsubscribe info is at the footer of the email.

We would also like to thank our faithful, ongoing sponsors, DesignQuote.net,
for their unfailing confidence in YOU, the design center audience. I know
that a LOT of you are getting freelance jobs from DesignQuote because we
have a whole lot of clicks going there. So, thanks DesignQuote!

http://www.designquote.net/

If you've got a valuable benefit for DTG readers, and would like them
to know about it -- and get all the benefits DesignQuote does,
just let me know. You'll be helping support the DTG content you's
come to know and love!

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Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month we take this fun and educational field
trip to visit the leading archives and prestigious educational
institutions to discover more wonderful visual art works
by African American Artists & Designers.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/gallery/black-history-month

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Which type styles are best?

Which type face to use has been a frequent question since there were fonts...
and particularly with the advent of desktop publishing.
Everyone is a designer, but not everyone knows which fonts to use.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/typography/fonts/which-type-styles-are-best

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Designing in White ... paper

White space is often called negative space. But in this instance, we're
designing with the pure characteristics of paper, mixed with some
very creative talent. Try some of these and discover
the treasures found in paper

* http://ow.ly/132Ij

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Throw Your Press Release in the Trash

This was originally published as the
Top Ten Reasons to Throw Your Press Release in the Trash,
and I've refreshed it about three times since 1989.
However recently a new generation of press writers
have arrived and need these lessons again

* http://ow.ly/12XVw

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Russian Paintings

In a world now congested with super, expert Photoshop photo manipulators,
this artist defies the digital world with exquisite paintings in the
tradition of the Dutch Masters. No filters, no plug-ins,
just talent: Arthur Brahinskiy

* http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/russian-paintings

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Designing Women

Each year we feature the works of outstanding women in the design,
illustration, photography, typography and publishing fields in honor
of Women's History Month. If you are a woman in the visual arts and
communications fields, this is your invitation to participate
or nominate your favorite designing woman.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/gallery/designing-women/designing-women

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Photoshop Fave: Mark Dunn Photography

This month we visit the web site of Berkshire photographer Mark Dunn.

His site showcases various styles of photography including; macro
photography, HDR photography, infrared photography, architectural
photography and fine art photography.

Mark sent in this tutorial :
> Give your images more "PUNCH" - this Photoshop Tutorial guides
> you through the process to add more punch to your images.
> If you have an image that looks rather flat with not a lot
> of contrast the following steps will help you get
> a more vibrant punchy image.
> http://ow.ly/12HRy ...

Visit Mark's web site at:

* http://www.mrdphotography.co.uk/

If you think YOU should be a Photoshop Fave, then see this:
http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/fave_tutorials.html

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Site of the Month: Trampoline

Andy Clarke brings you Trampoline Design from Winchester, United Kingdom.
We thought it looked pretty swell, not only from the portfolio work,
but the web site itself. At some point we'll take a field trip
there, but for not, just enjoy the sights ...
enjoy the sights ...

* http://www.trampolinedesign.net

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Forum Gallery: Myster Nof

Myster Nof has posted some eye-popping graphics to the forums, in the
Gallery that you may find interesting... so far, Qwasian is still the
leader, but Myster Nof is moving up fast.

http://www.dtg-forums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4184

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Mailbag: DTG Forums Fiasco

Eric from Orlando writes:
> Is your site working? I added a post and a bunch of feedback under
> the Web Critique forum but they seem to be all missing.
> I also noticed that the latest entry is from 12-26.

Sorry, Eric. Like several others, we lost a bunch of posts as we switched
the forums BACK from the original vBulletin into Drupal, then back to
vBulletin again. Unfortunately our previously announced forums switch
didn't work out as planned. So we're continuing with vBulletin --
and unfortunately we lost dozens of posts during the upheaval.
We aim to do better. Forums are :
Photoshop 911:
http://www.dtg-forums.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=5
Design Cafe:
http://www.dtg-forums.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=1

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Mailbag: Wrong Decade

Well, we mess up sometimes, but we're not afraid to admit it.

Gary writes:
> Always enjoy your monthly newsletter ... just wanted to note that the
> new decade begins January 1, 2011--just as the new millennium began
> January 1, 2001, not 2000. Think about it. If we were counting from the
> beginning, the years in the first decade would be
> 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
> Year 11 is the beginning of the next decade.

Makes sense. Oooops!

* http://www.foxmeadowbooks.com/

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Confessions of a Public Speaker

Did you ever have to make a public speaking appearance? Did you feel confident?
Did you freeze up? Did you throw up afterwards? If you speak publicly,
you really need to know how to effectively present ideas to anyone.
What you need is Confessions of a Public Speaker

* http://ow.ly/12Jbx

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iPhone aids the Color Blind

Designed specifically to take advantage of the iPhone's unique capabilities
and peerless interface, Retina helps color-blind users recognize colors
by using the device's camera preview. Check it out

* http://ow.ly/12Jda

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&Else: News, Views and Reviews

this month and else:
* Graphic Inspector
* PhotoBooth for iPhone and iPod Touch
* Premiere Elements 8
* Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac
* Custom Banners for Templates
... and a lot more!

* http://www.graphic-design.com/tags/news

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Avatar inspires innovation in 3D

The awesome new movie "Avatar" is indeed a milestone in cinema
-- so innovative in fact that a new toy line has launched utilizing
"Total Immersion" technologies
... see the move, and watch this technology move!

* http://ow.ly/132Dp

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Designer's Geometry Box

GRIDS: the designer's best friend! This is a new tool for Mac OS users
that provides the ability to map, measure grids -- Web and print designs,
app interfaces, or anything imaginable can all be quickly
viewed under a very flexible grid system

* http://ow.ly/132F9

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We love you!

As I write this, I can see outside my window, the snow gently falling.
Hopefully, spring cannot be too far away.

For Valentine's day, see the publishers' warehouse for a sweet,
downloadable heart basket you can easily make to give your honey some honey.

Don't forget that next month we feature the 15th Annual "Designing Women"
edition in celebration of Women's History month. Nominate your favorite
designing woman, or register yourself.

That's it for February, it's a short month, so it won't be long before
we're back with March. Until then, please enjoy
-- and keep those submissions and emails coming.

February is brought to you by the color RED : http://ow.ly/132hh
February is brought to you by the letter "F" : http://ow.ly/131P6

Looking forward:

To spread the word about graphic arts, we always ask:
Got tutorials?
* http://bit.ly/8l8AY and
What's in Your Portfolio?
* http://www.graphic-design.com/folio_submission.html

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

Fred Showker, Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Last month:
http://graphic-design.com/design/dtg-january-2010

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Thoughts for February:

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you
more than you love yourself."
-- Josh Billings

"Friends show their love in times of trouble,
not in happiness."
-- Euripides

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PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The Publishers Warehouse
features lots of great clip art, fonts, and all kinds of Photoshop
stuff -- as well as our Valentine's basket to show your ... LOVE
... graphic-design.com/ ... got it?

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