DTG News for February, 2012

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 22, #02 ~ February, 2012

  1. Welcome February ...
  2. Hello? Who loves'ya?
  3. Designing Women are coming
  4. Photoshop Madness: Love you!
  5. BEST: Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places
  6. Painter: Illustrating with Soft Pastel
  7. Photoshop Tutorial: Using Photoshop's Pen Path Tool
  8. Photoshop Tutorial: Creative effects with Photos
  9. Design: Tintbooks Blog Makes CMYK Simple
  10. Multi Media: Unfolding the World of "Bunraku"
  11. &Else: Fanatical Mechanical
  12. Creative Tidbits: February
  13. Web Design: Social Media Updates
  14. Business: Marketing Update : New Year
  15. &Else: Celebrities, Videos, News and more ...
  16. Did Google Search work for you?
  17. Forums: Stay or Fold?
  18. Upcoming in February, among other things ...

DTG NewsletterWelcome February ...

This is the Valentine's, Black History, Super Bowl month. We've got a great line-up of content, and will continue posting throughout the month. Thanks to the proximity of Super Bowl dates, we were even able to squeeze in the Hulu rankings on the top Super Bowl TV ads! Next week, we'll launch our annual Black History Month surf. Have a great February ...

Hello? Who loves'ya?

This month's issue is brought to you by TintBook! See their article "Simple CMYK Color" -- linked below. ALSO ...
50% Off Business Cards - we've cooked up this deal with our friends out at SimplePrint to get you some new cards for 2012 ... you need to go to the site and click on the "50% OFF" link at the bottom of the side-bar. Just scroll down, you'll see it. Copy the code then click the link!

Designing Women are coming

Don't forget March is "Women's History Month" and our 17th Annual Designing Women issue rolls out. If you're a woman in any of the creative design fields, we invite you to get your name in the had for this year's compendium. There are two ways to do this :
1) Send an email with an invitation to view your online portfolio....
* http://www.graphic-design.com/contact.html
2) Send info about your work and best pieces:
* http://www.graphic-design.com/folio_submission.html
3) NOMINATE your favorite Designing Woman!
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/Gallery/designing_women/

Photoshop Madness: Love you!

We're loving Photoshop (and you) for February ... watch these pages for the next few days, there Photoshop 911 and Photoshop Tips & Tricks team! has much more As usual, Photoshop Madness finds the good and the bad, but this time -- PHOTOSHOP MADNESS is where you practically go mad trying to find the most useful stuff for Photoshop!
GO http://graphic-design.com/1202-madness

BEST: Creating Dramatic Images in Wild Places

Even if you don't learn a darn thing -- which I guarantee you will -- this new book by Tom Bol, ADVENTURE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY, is a wonderful visual treat to look at, and a thoroughly entertaining read!
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/photography/creating-dramatic-images-wild-places

Painter: Illustrating with Soft Pastel

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of the PAINTER WOW! Book, is featured in this month's Photoshop and Bookshelf as one of our BEST BOOKS of 2011! She shares her tutorial on Illustrating with Soft Pastels in Painter 12, spotlighting Painter user Pamela Wells, noted artist and illustrator
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/tutorial/illustrating-soft-pastel

Photoshop Tutorial: Using Photoshop's Pen Path Tool

The Pen tool is indeed probably one of the most powerful tools in Photoshop, once you learn how to use it. Special thanks go out to San Weng for sending in this tutorial! http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/tutorial/using-photoshops-pen-path-tool

Photoshop Tutorial: Creative effects with Photos

In this free Photoshop tutorial, Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe, is going to show you some tricks with layers and photo techniques in the process of making a CD cover! http://www.graphic-design.com/photo_retouch

Design: Tintbooks Blog Makes CMYK Simple

Tintbooks has opened their new blog called "Simple CMYK Color" -- it's dedicated to assisting you with CMYK color solutions. Common to complex situations which affect color reproduction will be described on this blog. http://www.graphic-design.com/tintbook

Multi Media: Unfolding the World of "Bunraku"

Bunraku, the second film from acclaimed director Guy Moshe, is a unique blend of cutting-edge computer graphics and choreographed live action, comic book and video game styles, gritty reality and fantasy, and samurai and spaghetti western genres.
GO http://graphic-design.com/Bunraku

&Else: Fanatical Mechanical

House Industries celebrates the craft of Photo-Lettering's past while presenting it in the context of contemporary relevance. David Dodde's prodigious hand-printed panels and substantial scrims mingle with custom lithographic layers and fascinating alphabetic fixtures by fanatical fabricators Marc Wiegers and Roger VanTill of Greenwood Studios
GO http://graphic-design.com/typography/design/fanatical-mechanical

Creative Tidbits: February

This month there's good news and bad news in the creative world, but it's all inspiration ...
* The Death of Logo Design
* Batman: Death by Design
* Janiszewski: Protests in Poland
* A Conversation With Paulina Reyes
* Poca teen wins Toyota Christmas card contest
* Sebastien Thibault : visual intelligence
* The Graphic Design of Tech Brands
* Graphic artist links all races
* Masters of the Cutaway
* Anton Semenov : Gloom
and more creative inspiration!
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/tags/creative-tidbits

Web Design: Social Media Updates

The Social Media world is growing popularity, and all kinds of interesting items adorn this issue:
* 25 Tips and Tricks for Savvy Tweeters
* 25 Social Media Terms You Need To Know
* 10 ways nonprofits can benefit from social media
* 3 Ways to Use Social Media for Product Research and Development
* 5 Tips for Using the New LinkedIn Company Pages
* 5 social media trends for 2012
* Social Media Is Only Part of the Answer
* Social mediation: Managing multiple platforms
* Human media: The new media
* How to change your Twitter handle
* Boost interaction with your Facebook fans
* Google+ launches branded pages
* The discreet shift to Twitter
.... and the emerging world of social networking -- all in the Design Center's Web Design department. http://www.graphic-design.com/tags/mediaupdate

Business: Marketing Update : New Year

Yes, it's now February, and time to start planning and getting your marketing act together!
* Marketing destination: Online community - how to survive and thrive
* Beyond the app store: 3 tips for marketing your mobile offering
* The impact of email marketing maturity on email protocols
* Your email signature is a valuable marketing tool
* Three Reasons to Print Association Newsletters
* 5 Steps for a Successful QR Code Marketing Campaign
* 12 Marketing Predictions for 2012
... and more
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/tags/marketupdate

&Else: Celebrities, Videos, News and more ...

Too many items to list as individual items, so just go to the "&Else" department ...
* 1.86 Million Square Feet of Exhibitsat CES
* Celebrity Guests at CES: Hollywood stars, sports legends, musical icons and entertainers
* CES Videos we loved ...
* Pocket-sized wireless transfers with CloudFTP
* and a lot more!
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/tags/else-0

Did Google Search work for you?

Interesting to note that all of you who responded to our invite to search Google for specific keywords got different results. However the results were NOT different enough to make an issue. You all got basically the same results, but in different order. So, for now, Google is not seasoning search results with advertisers hooks. To our huge amazement however, many of the search results had NOTHING to do with the keywords, and many didn't even contain the search keywords???? Howz that??? We're continuing our investigation and invite your input on weird, strange or misleading searches in Google
GO http://www.graphic-design.com/contact.html

Forums: Stay or Fold?

You may remember from last month -- we asked for your opinions concerning the closing of the Design Cafe and Photoshop 911 discussion forums at www.dtg-forums.com. Although we had a flood of responses, they were mostly mixed and fairly evenly balanced between the YES an NO replies. Many people suggested getting moderators to help, others suggested just keep it and let it go where it will go.

Upcoming in February, among other things ...

* Social Media Update 1202-03
* Photoshop Madness: PSD Doo
* Creative Tidbits: mid month
* Photoshop (Valentine) Madness
* Photoshop Madness: Fail
* 2012 Creative Black History Month
and more

March and April are "Designing Women" months ... when we celebrate International Women's Month. Help us find extraordinary designing women, or register your own portfolio to be featured:
* http://www.graphic-design.com/Gallery/designing_women/

April and May are all about COLOR ... it's spring and everything is new ... including your fresh new color ideas, share them:
* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/color/

June and July are all about Photography
      ... taking photos, digital cameras, photography, and travel. They all seem to go together, and you are invited to share your best tips, tricks, and portfolio samples with DTG readers: Portfolio posts here:
* http://www.graphic-design.com/folio_submission.html
Articles, tips, reflections, etc post here
* http://www.graphic-design.com/submit.html

* What is February?
* FEBRUARY is brought to you by the Letter F
* FEBRUARY is brought to you by the color RED

And, that just about wraps up another edition of DTG News -- have a great February, and don't forget to keep in touch!

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
      Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Parting words ...

... in the famous words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:
      "If art is to nourish the roots of our culture,
        society must set the artist free to follow his vision
         wherever it takes him."

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