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The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast
There are a few people left in the world who actually shaped the evolvement of graphic design and illustration, and Seymour Chwast is one of those people. I, for one, was greatly influenced by his works in the 1960s and early 1970s. Now you can learn and discover this remarkable visual communicator through The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast
Back to (Design) School
This year I'm sharing some book advice and discoveries sent in by readers. (Those who will win our prizes this month.) Then we'll see the latest and greatest special discount from Total Training for DTG readers
Back to (Design) School
Then, we're back again looking for art. We'll visit some old favorites, and discover some new ones. Several from last year have closed shop, and several new ones give you a true shot in the old creative eye-ball. This year we'll even visit "The Museum of BAD Art" ... come on along for Fred's annual art gallery field trip
Photoshop: highlight the Subject, Make patterned backgrounds
When a reader posted this sample to the Photoshop 911 forum, we decided to help out with a tutorial. In this Free Photoshop Tutorial you learn the steps required to simulate the art for this hockey team. It's easy and works in all versions of Photoshop and Elements -- utilizing a patterned, monochromatic background with the subject highlighted with a glow.
Picasa & GraphicsConverter Photoshop Replacements
So you think you cannot afford Photoshop? Well, George has some good news for you, as well as anyone trying to sneak into the image editing field. Both Picasa and GraphicsConverter are considered good replacements for Photoshop, and George shows you just a few reasons for Mac users to see Picasa & GraphicsConverter
Free Image Editors and Photoshop Look-alikes
Following George's story on inexpensive replacements for Photoshop, I thought I would take a look at what's available on line and discovered : Artweaver from Boris Eyrich, Germany, Picnik, Pixlr, Aviary, PhotoPlus 9 -- each with many of the same features you find in Photoshop. Everyone should check out these free online image editors
Total Immersion: Next big technology?
Fred is amazed by the new technology from the Total Immersion company that puts a virtual spin on tangible consumer goods. The possibilities are unlimited, and all it takes is some ingenuity and a desire to learn the trade to get into this up and comimg new wave! Total Immersion: Next big technology
Mattel Avatar brings Total Immersion to toys
If you read the previous story, "Total Immersion: Next big technology" -- then you knew it was coming -- it was only a question of time. Mattel has demonstrated a new line of action figures based on the upcoming epic action-adventure film, "Avatar", that will include virtual reality linked through the immersive technologies of Total Immersion. Watch for Mattel's New Avatars
Adobe Photoshop File Recovery
The worst nightmare of the graphic artist and photographer is having a photo file or Photoshop file refuse to open -- or the entire card refuses to open -- or the card appears to be empty. Don't you hate it when you lose all your photos? It happens to a lot of people. Disk Doctors' Photo Recovery software now has enhanced support for recovering Adobe Photoshop files.
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion
Learn how to take pro-quality shots with your Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500 and get your digital photography questions answered -- it's the book that will give you spectacular results with your new camera. Expert author Ben Long will make sure of that! The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion
Insider Smasher smashes problems for DTP
Have you ever worked for hours and hours only to have your Adobe, Quark or Microsoft file crap out due to some unknown bogyman? If you use Adobe CS4, QuarkXPress 8, and Microsoft Office, Insider Software's Smasher will be a smart addition to your arsenal of DTP tools and help you recover some of those dreaded problems that always happen! Smash DTP Problems
Apple blocking Push Notifications
Careful: if you're using a so-called "hacktivated" iPhone then many apps you purchase may not work. You call support, or inquire in forums, etc., but the fault may not be the app -- but Apple's 'push' servers actually blocking your querry. PoweryBase has tracking data to alert you if Apple is blocking your Notifications
Keynote Zone releases Free Comics Keynote Theme
For those Keynote users out there, here's a free Keynote theme that will put your presentation in the Comics. While not necessarily recommended for all topics, this new theme sports numerous cool features. You can be sure you will end boring PowerPoints captivate your audience when you pop open the Comics Keynote Theme
Photoshop Layered screen captures
For years we've wanted a good, accurate means of capturing pages from the web. A screen grab gives us a single big-mapped graphic. Printing to PDF gives us some text and some graphics, but they are impossible to break apart. But that may all be changing when Layers come to screen captures
Time Tracking and Billing for Mac Freelancers
A critical element of profitability for professionals, particularly freelancers is knowing how much time you've put into a project. The problem with creative freelancers is they usually have a hard time tracking and recording time sheets. Fanurio Time Tracking
PORTFOLIO: What's yours is NOT theirs
Noted author Susan Kirkland often gets email from somebody who's being hassled by a previous client or employer. They are demanding that some piece of artwork be removed from the designer's website because it was done either as an employee, a work for hire or just because they think they can make the demand. This article clears up who owns what and how to handle those requests.
Clipart for Pages and iWork
Everyone loves clip art, right? Jumsoft has expanded its selection of Pages Clipart images designed to illustrate presentations, invitations, Web pages, posters, newsletters, and a variety of other documents. The beauty of this clip art is it's not just for Pages! Clipart for Pages and iWorkNews, Reviews &Else!
Brochure Design Layouts and Templates
These days, survival and success depend on getting your client's jobs through to finished printing with as little time as possible. We have updated our selection of Brochures, Tri Fold Brochures, Newsletters, Business Cards, and all kinds of professionally designed layouts ... and a lot More!
Newsletter Critique & Makeover Clinic
It's been several years since I came in off the road doing my national "Newsletter Makeover Clinics." I had thought that by now, everyone already knows how. Well, today there's a new need for it, so we've opened the clinic again, and can help you take your newsletter or publication to the next level. I guarantee you'll like what you learn at our Newsletter Critique & Makeover Clinic
What's in your portfolio?
Here is your opportunity to show and tell DTG and Design Center readers about your photography, graphic design, illustration or image editing experience and skills! Send in your three or four best pieces of digital photography, image editing, or photo-illustration, and we'll enjoy a field trip to your digital digs...
Previously in the Graphic Design Center:
- DTP Business: Writing Future History
- 60-Seconds: Our future history in jeopardy.
- Photoshop: July Photoshop Madness
- Photoshop tutorial: Cropping Photos To Specific Frame Sizes.
- Photoshop tutorial: Crop while maintaining aspect ratio
- Reviews: Do Good Design, with David B. Berman
- Graphics: Live Illustrator Patterns with SymmetryWorks
- Photographics: Nikon D700 Guide -- the D700 in detail
- 60-Seconds: Who will own the internet?
- The Future: Intelligent Touchwalls
- June Photoshop Madness... Common Problems, Skin retouching and more
- Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failures, and Lessons Learned
- Graphic Design: Ten Characteristics of a Logo That Endures
- MORE: on the next page...
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