DTG News and Else
DT&G:   Vol. 17, Number 1,   January, 2007   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

Starting the new year off right... & ELSE

Welcome to January, 2007
      I'm happy to send the newsletter directly to your email, if you'd like. Some 50-thousand other people actually prefer it in email! Just ask!


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Top winners in the DTG / Design Bookshelf "BEST AWARDS"

Designing the New Year... 2007

Welcome to 2007. It's a new year and we've been busy setting up for a new era at DTG Magazine.

Since we moved to the web from AOL in 1994, many thousands of people have enjoyed the camaraderie of discussing design and graphics in our email discussion listserv "THE DESIGN CAFE." You knew about that, right? Now you can join the discussions, real-time, at your choice to join or not to join!

A big THANKS goes out to Nicholas Pregeant (Innovativeweb.us) who has toiled tirelessly along with DTG staffers to bring THE DESIGN CAFE FORUMS to life.

We've contracted the most prestigious bulletin board software in the world, vBulletin to provide the back-end engine, deployed on a dedicated server at DTG-forums.com as a place for YOU to chat about all facets of the visual communications fields. We've even included the sister forums for Photoshop 911.

DTG Forums DTG-forums.com JUST went live last week, so activity is just beginning. This is the FIRST public announcement. However, that's where you should go to ask your questions and discuss the field. It's easy to use, and it's the same DTG interface you've become comfortable with over the years. In fact, if you want to interact directly with me, that's where I'll be!
Design CAFE
Photoshop 911: Photoshop or Photoshop Elements questions:
I hope to meet you there!

DTG Picks the BEST

DTG and the Design Bookshelf select the Books Of The Year for designers, visual communicators, Photoshop users, digital photography and desktop publishing -- including the Web Design Book Of The Year, Most Creative and Best Value in web design published during 2006... in the Design Bookshelf www.design-bookshelf.com

BEST Natural Media Plug-ins

Hardly a week goes buy without someone writing in for a quick, easy way of converting digital photos or Photoshop images into art. Most frequently they ask about pencil or pen and ink sketches. This year's BEST IMAGE EDITING software is a draw between Akvis and Alien Skin natural media plug-ins www.graphic-design.com/DTG/

Designers Share "BEST" products & the Holidays

This month designers reflect on holiday design and list Alien Skin's Blow-Up, iView Multimedia, XPlorer2, Ventura Publisher, SOHO Organizer, iStockPhoto and DreamsTime stock photo houses as their Favorites from 2006.

Using gradient paragraph rules

This time, David Bergsland, resident InDesign expert, recalls one of the unique features of InDesign -- the ability to make gradient strokes -- and then puts them to work building Gradient Paragraph Rules Gradient Paragraph Rules

The NEXT Photoshop Madness

YES, it's time again for Adobe to relieve you of some more of your hard-earned money -- of course, you have lots left over after the holidays, right? It's "YAP" (Yet Another Photoshop upgrade) time ... and all the links that are fit to see are in this month's Photoshop Madness

12 most common eBook design mistakes

The Dean of Desktop Publishing, Roger C. Parker returns with this tutorial to help make your electronic publications attention-getting, attractive, and easy to read... all part of his recent book Design to Sell 14 most common eBook design mistakes

Getting Paid

You may think you're just designing a logo -- but Dan Antonelli returns to point out it's really a lot more than that; and he shares his 9 Tips On Getting Paid For Your Work

Business: How to boost your freelancing job opportunities

Last month's advice from Shaun Crowley is a best-practice promotion for all freelance artists. Now Shaun zeros in on the key elements to selling your serivces with this tutorial: How To Write Marketing Copy That Sells Your Freelance Design Services

& ELSE...

This month's &Else includes: AKVIS Decorator * B/W Styler Plugin * PulpMotion * Creative Forecast 2007 * Adobe InDesign PreFlighting * Landscape and Garden Design * Mastering Landscape Photography * Picture Roller * TeachMeIT * Restore Deleted iPod Files * iPod Missing Manual * Disco ... and more! &Else! &Else!

Letter as Image/Image

opens next week at the Society of Illustrators in NY, followed by a presentation and talk at Cooper Union on 1/9. http://letterasimage.com

New Online Arts Community

Create instant online galleries; browse artists work; share constructive criticism; meet artists, art dealers and buyers; and make commission-free sales. http://www.thefineartoriginals.com

Aging Photographs

When I'm 64... how will I look? This mailbag item comes from K.P. in Lakeland Florida, who writes, as so many other people have:
I am looking for a program to see what i will look like in 10-20 years as well as family members. Also do they have a programs that you can take a picture of a long ago family member to see who they looked like as a kid?

True, until now there have been no iron-clad solutions for aging. Since running an article on "Aging Software" we have had hundreds of inquiries from people wanting to know what they would look like in their old age -- and even as babies. So here's a little update on the software available for aging photos

Transition: Bruce Fraser dies at 52

The universally respected author and digital imaging expert Bruce Fraser passed away at home in the company of his wife and friends on December 16, 2006. He had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer earlier this year. There will be a tribute event at Macworld Expo, January 10 Click here for the full story...

Welcome Friends and Patrons...

Helping support your Design Center this month are:
Sheet-labels.com factory direct labels, and Adam Gray
http://www.sheet-labels.com/ and friend and reader, Nina Beheim at wavecable.com
Are you a Design Center friend?

Ready-to-go Layouts & Designs

For the second year, StockLayouts, is supporting the Design Center with their agency-quality templates and royalty-free layouts. Go to their web site, and you'll even find many great downloadable layouts for FREE! These layouts are above the rest because they include all of the stock photos and artwork you'll need. Superb! www.stocklayouts.com

Designer of the Month:

Welcome Michael Samuel, new member in the DTG community, and graphic designer for over 25 years. Michael works in every area of graphic design, but specializes in logos, lettering, type and corporate identity. We loved the "Lettering" department. Young and old designers alike will get a creative shot in the arm by visiting Michael at:
If you want us to visit your web site or portfolio, just sign in at: http://www.photoshop911.com/register.html or Web Design Pros

Making new friends...

I pretty much said everything in the first item above -- but I really am looking forward to meeting and greeting with you in the Design Cafe. This has been something we've wanted to do for several years -- and decided that 2007 would be the year. Log in, register, contribute and let's make it a huge success -- like the Cafe listserv has been for years!

And, once again you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info.

Thanks for reading...

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Parting words for the New Year...

  "If you don't have something nice to say,
    don't say anything at all!"

        - Author unknown.

PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for January will be changed to "cold". Just add the word "cold" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/

WHO IS Fred Showker?

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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.