December: Design Holidays
- Design Cafe Logo Critique
- Designing Logos
- Fantastic Folds: Part Two
- Chuck Green: Graphic Workshop
- Feature: The Classics come to P22
- MSN Search Engine: How Good Is It?
- Laptops vs. Desktops? Which to buy?
- 2004 BEST Contest:
- 60-Seconds #170 We The Media
- Alien Skin's new Eye Candy "Nature"
- Mail Bag: 2nd Education
- Mail Bag: Help create a photo effect
- Mail Bag: Zombies Spoofing DTG
- Picture to Text Revisited
- The View Pod for Reviewers Online
- Stock Photos again...
- Font Diner is Back...
- Web Site Reviews Actually Work
- Just for You...
Just in time for a "winter wonderland" check out two awesome new filters: the fabulous SNOW filter (Picture), and believe it or not, Icicles! Others include Fire, Drips, Corona, and an all time favorite -- the best Water Drops filter you'll see anywhere. It's all at Alien Skin
That's a tough one, since the writer also needs to cram it all into a year and keep the cost down. My advice would be to do an intensive at-home study regimine for maybe six months and then ask if you really need enrollment in an institution. If you discipline yourself to three or four two-hour learning sessions a week you'll be well versed on the mechanics in that six months. Select your chosen software (I'm partial to BBEdit text coding, to learn CSS and HTML right!) then pick any of the top ranked text books available and take their lessons religiously. Once you have a basis of mechanics, your design knowledge will kick in. A good starting place would be our education series inquiry page or visitphotoshop911.com
I noticed your advertising for OEM software are you aware that these software packages are illegal? Here is the article. So what do you think about this?
We think it's disgusting, dishonest and illegal. However this is the result of Windows computers becoming infected with a virus-like program called a "zombie" -- it sits in wait until the spammer sends the key which initiates sending spam to everyone in the victim's address book. Worse yet, the zombie forges the "sender" address using those same addresses. We get literally dozens each day, some of it sent to us -- from us. Look at the headers and you'll see it was NOT sent from graphic-design.com. All such spam should be reported to the SpamCop who in turn reports it to the manufacturer of the OEM software being pirated. See:SpamCop Full Circle
* Text to image online: an Italian site with the source code: pic2text.divxmania.it
* text-image.com with a similar software package: www.text-image.com, and
* TOOGLE, a Text version of Googles Image Search that creates images out of the very term that was used to fetch those images. We searched for "Santa"
See our column ART TEXT View-Pod Kristina's portfolio County Fair Picnic Font Set" (retro ) and their new sister company called Mister Retro. They also have a series of Photoshop filters called "Machine Wash Image Filters" ... nice stuff Stuart! Give the filters a test drive!
"You reviewed our site and we have updated the site, added in new copy, a few more pictures, and some other items you mentioned on your critique. Thanks for the help! Chris"
Nice job, Chris! See our critique, and see the updated Candles Site.
Remember: you can really help someone by sharing your views and comments on their web site. Pick a reader's site, and go give it a review! Find the ones where the author asks for help! WebDesign and Review
Don't forget, the Holidays Jumpstation and Holidays Loading Dock are open with lots of new and old stuff for you to discover. Gifts, puzzles, clip art, fonts, images, and too many ideas to list -- our gift to you this holiday season. The link is below.
And, as we wrap up another year, let's agree to set our sights on doing the very best we can in 2005 -- for others! Donate your time to your family, and to the needy of your community. Donate some money too.
My holiday gift to the community was to take the children to see the Polar Express movie. I made the arrangements with the local Regal Cinemas, booking two full theaters last Saturday so that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County could bring all their children to the movie! Each child got a "goodie bag" with popcorn, candy and a drink -- but best of all, I provided each family with a brand new copy of the original Caldecott award winning POLAR EXPRESS book as they left the theater! It was a wonderful event to see those children -- some of which had never even been to a movie -- enjoy themselves so much! I encourage you to find some little corner of your world that you can make better by donating your time and money to those less fortunate than yourself. You'll agree it's the most wonderful thing you can do!
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