DTG News and Else
DT&G:   Vol. 15, Number 12,   December, 2005   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

holiday giftsDecember: From the Editor

& ELSE:

Design Holidays

All during the month you'll find new offerings in the Design Center -- and don't forget to pick up your holiday gift in the Publishers' Warehouse downloads department. So stay tuned and enjoy. If you have a holiday message or promotion you'd like to share with DTG readers, just Let us know!

Each year I like to share some of my favorite design projects perfect for holiday promotions or greetings... here are four easy techniques for your own self promotion... Unique Greetings with Fantastic Folds

Special Event: Photoshop Photo to Pencil Sketch

One of our most frequently asked questions is how to convert a photo to a pencil sketch or drawing... to the rescue comes Tim Shelbourne who shares a full pictorial tutorial from his Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook! This is the best tutorial online for learning how to Convert a Photo to a Pencil Sketch

Self Promotion: Soft Soap

One of the all-time best self-promotions comes from the 1970s and the Mabey Trousdell studios -- reminding us of the top four prerequisites for a squeaky clean self promotion ... SOFT SOAP Let the boys do your work!

Photoshop Madness for the Holidays

So, you'd like to do some art for the holidays? You're looking for the coolest stuff in the world of Photoshop? From home-made paper to 3D constructions to retouching rollovers, perspective tools, to a visit to a Photoshop pro... just keep singing... "Oh there's no place like Photoshop for the Holidays!

You Asked for it: the dreaded iPod TV Effect

Ever since we first mentioned the iPod TV Commercial Effect we've been showered with requests for it! But we didn't have to do it -- instead, we've picked the best out of fifty online tutorials for replicating the dreaded iPod TV Commercial Effect

The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book

... expert designer and artist Elizabeth Bulger will make you a little more creative with your images -- make your software and hardware investment pay off with these wonderful crafts projects using the Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book

Slideshows in a Picture Frame

just plug in a memory card and you've got a really cool way to show your digital photos -- in their own wood picture frame complete with sound and video... Image Moments

PMDA Announces Person Of The Year Awards

Given to Photo Luminaries for Lifetime & Technical Achievement and Professional Photographers. PMDA has announced the prestigious Awards given to outstanding individuals and services in the photographic industry PMDA Awards

Web Spyware & Malware Quiz

Most people who think they know all about spyware, Trojans, viruses, and other malware really don't. Joel Walsh helps you make sure you know who your enemies are with his Spyware & Malware Quiz

Help us find the BEST OF 2005

What are The BEST of the BEST? - you can win in January's online give-away by sharing your favorite software, hardware, fonts, graphics or web sites for 2005. DTG readers want to know what YOU call the Best of the Best...
* 2005's best Shareware
* 2005's best Software
* 2005's best Hardware or Gizmo
* 2005's best Web Site
* 2005's best Stock Photography, or
* 2005's best Clip Art, or
* Your finest Graphic Design Accomplishment during '05
* How about the WORST?
Then put your comments HERE and you're entered for prize drawings! Submit Here

HELP, I'm Drowning

Photoshop 911 has been overwhelmed with questions from readers who need help! As many as 900 a week. If you are a Photoshop guru, we urge you to help us provide good answers to questions from the Photoshop 911 Help Line. It doesn't take but a few minutes Photoshop 911 Questions from Readers

Friends: Photo Key royalty free images

Hook up with thousands of royalty free images on a subscription-bases -- stock photos when you need high quality images. Their commitment is to provide you with one of the best stock photos on the web, through an ever expanding competitive database of high quality photos and exceptional topics... Photo Key

Sounding off: The New Mr. Goodbar.

Gordonfrom Los Angeles, CA writes in to 60-Second Window to say:
      "Meet the New Mr. Goodbar. He is lurking on the Internet, preying on professional women with money and assets. He may not murder you, but he´┐Żll take your money and leave you feeling like a fool."
...which is not necessarily about graphic design, but valid and a good message for everyone to keep in mind.

Mail Bag: SpamSieve 2.4

Michael Tsai writes in to alert us that a new version of SpamSieve just hit the street. If you're not a spam fighter, and you're not helping the fight against spam -- and would rather just not deal with it, then look into this powerful Bayesian spam filtering program. SpamSieve works with any number of mail accounts, of whatever types are supported by your e-mail software (e.g. POP, IMAP, Hotmail, AOL). SpamSieve

Mail Bag: RE: Legacy of Illumination

Brigid from Santa Rosa, CA writes in to say:
      "Just wanted to thank Laura and whoever else is responsible for putting out the Anthony Cole site. This excellent work is a real inspiration for me. It is so good to see how a more contemporary illuminator, obviously artistically mature, works with this ancient art. Many thanks!
...Boy you got that right... and do we ever love to get mail like this!Anthony Cole

Stuff: Cool InDesign Plugins...

Kris from Porirua, Wellington New Zealand wrote in to alert us:
      "you might want to take a look at these cool InDesign plugins... they're free for InDesign CS and CS2 -- pay particular attention to the "Puzzle Generator * Wow... our readers will like these...

Stuff: Cool Web Site for creative ideas

Thomas from Avignon, France writes in to tell us about his "little" web site where he sells various prints and Tshirts. He invites all designers to submit designs for sale -- and when visitors vote on your design, it gets published and you get 10 pieces and royalties. Pretty cool. Best of all, the visuals are stunning! (You can even get a Patric Nagel knock-off poster!) Visit AMKAshop.com

Visual Puzzler

See what this "anagram" says, then look out for my review of the fabulous anagrams book in next month's issue. Cool!

From 2005 on into the night

2005 has been a momentous year -- with so many good things yet so many bad things. From natural disasters to human drama, the year ran the gambit on all fronts. Before you say good night to 2005, I urge you to get out there and do something good for someone. Call around your local area and ask ... "How can I help someone?"
      Then just decide that you're going to do something big for someone each month, and something small for someone else each and every day of 2006. Make us proud.

The Holiday Gift section is open in the Publishers' Warehouse, so don't forget to swing over there (to the "Loading Dock") and pick up your gift.

Be sure to send in your favorites from 2005 so we can build the BEST of 2005 issue for January. Remember, when you register, you're in line for any of our great gifts.

Please have a wonderful year-end, a joyous holiday, and a fulfilling and prosperous 2006. From all of us here at the Design & Publishing Center and DTG Magazine, we bid you well.

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Parting words for December and "Gifts"...

"The excellence of a gift lies in
      its appropriateness rather than in its value."

          Charles Dudley Warner

"The artist is nothing without the gift,
      but the gift is nothing without work."

          - Emile Zola (1840-1902)

PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for December will be set to "noel" in celebration of the holidays. Just add the word "noel" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/

WHO IS Fred Showker?

Participate in your Design Center

Lots of fun and information for all... don't forget, any community is only as good as the participation of its members. We invite your tips, tricks, comments, suggestions and camaraderie.
HOW TO ADVERTISE: When you advertise, your small contribution to the Design Center helps us continue the mission... and get's you lots and lots of traffic and visitors to your web site! Just ask us how.