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DT&G:   Vol. 17, Number 4,   April, 2007   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

DT&G Newsletter for April

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April: Designing Women & COLOR

April continues our "Designing Women" series, and the topic is "COLOR" -- Designing Women Ronnie Lipton, Leatrice Eiseman, and Adriana Iordan -- all leading experts in the design field -- bring references, articles, tutorials and lots to learn about graphic design and color!

Selecting a Color Palette

It's not hard to persuade a designer that color matters. But persuading Fortune 500 companies? You might be surprised. Color consultant and Designing Woman Leatrice Eiseman has carved out a major career in helping companies "make correct choices in colors that sell." ... Expert Advice from a Color Consultant

Do colors influence web site visitors?

Designing Woman Adriana Iordan from Avangate B.V. joins us to share professional insight into choosing colors for your web site -- including the meanings of color, societal impact, rules to follow and how color influences web site visitors!

Editor's Choice: The Practical Guide to Information Design

This is the definitive, behind-the-scenes guide to mastering information design -- helping graphic designers make the transition into information design for the knowledge age. Another milestone book from Designing Woman Ronnie Lipton... The Practical Guide to Information Design

Designing Women: Veerle Pieters

Veerle Pieters, a graphic designer and web designer living in Belgium, caught our attention with her fresh Illustrator design portfolio, and her lively blog featuring many great articles and tutorials... Veerle Pieters

Photoshop: Carved in Wood

A reader wrote in with a client who wants his web site menu buttons to be on a tree -- looking hand-carved. So, this tutorial gives you nice sign boards with the type routed in to nail to the tree. Carved in Wood

Photoshop: Changing Colors

We get quite a few requests for this kind of technique for people colorizing houses, cars, people's clothing, and from time to time a boat or two. In this tutorial, we must change the color of a boat, then apply lettering to the side to show the client the finished lettering job.

Photoshop: Clipping Path makes a Hole in the Doughnut

More frequently asked questions: "...if I were creating a clipping path of a donut, how would I put a path around the outside and the inside of a donut?" In this tutorial, we using image clipping paths to create a hole where the background shows through!

Photoshop: Saving an old, faded photo

Photoshop 911 question: "... I've read plenty of tutorials on how to repair dents and scratches with the clone/stamp tool, but haven't found anything to help with the color problems" In this tutorial, we bring this old photo back to life with a lot of adjustment layers

April Onslaught of Adobe CS3 Products

In case you didn't see the live web-cast demonstrations of the new Adobe product line -- here are all the detailed releases: Adobe Delivers Two Editions of Photoshop CS3 along with a powerful InDesign CS3 Release and an entire new Creative Suite 3 Product Line, including Creative Suite 3 Design Premium products, Creative Suite 3 Web Premium, Creative Suite 3 Production Premium. They're posted with an overview in the Adobe Directory.

Business: Becoming a Publicity Designer

Shaun Crowley has brought a whole series best-practice tutorials for all freelance artists. This month Shaun focuses on freelance designers who specialize in marketing materials. They are in high demand, and can just about write their own ticket if they know How To Be A Publicity Designer

Mailbag: OpenType Demystified

Our good friend and typography goddess Ilene Strizver wrote in to say she has posted a six page feature that explains OpenType. Find out why it's is becoming the font format of choice for type-savvy designers everywhere. Download the PDF: OpenType Demystified

Color It! 4.5 for Max OS X

Wow! A name from the past arrived in my mailbox today, Wayne Davis! We haven't heard from Wayne since Y2K, but he's been busy. His firm, Digimagearts has completely overhauled a program called "Color IT" -- many of you may remember ColorIT! as the very cool Photoshop surrogate from the 1990s. It's back, and greatly enhanced. Check it out at: www.digimagearts.com

Mailbag: Gorgeous Photography from National Geographic

My industry insider Karen Thomas posted me last week, and I just had to pass along to you -- the gorgeous new photo library featuring National Geographic Photos. From animals to underwater to storms and nature, now you can share some of the finest photography in the world...

Website of the month: Silja Goetz Illustration

for a fresh burst of some very sparkling graphics visit the web site of Silja Goetz. She's a freelance illustrator from Madrid/ Spain (born in Regensburg/ Germany) and comunication design graphic designer for Allegra Magazine in Hamburg. Nice stuff. For a slideshow see: http://www.siljagoetz.com/01new/visor.htm or visit Silja at www.siljagoetz.com

Mailbag: Quiz and Stump the Chump

Last month's mailbag "stump the chump" for Illustrator tips for doing match forumlas was a bust. We got about 60 responses, none of which actually answered the question. Sorry.
Additionally, if you've taken our "Design Quiz" expecting to get a test score we're sorry but the CGI broke, and trashed more than a thousand tests. We still can't get it to work -- however, for the MAY issue, we'll have the quizzes back up, complete with scoring. Stand by.

Mailbag: Printed DTG issues

Too many people each month request a "print" sample or issue of DTG. Once again, remember that we stopped printing and PDF editions of DTG back in the mid 1990s. It's all web based now.

Mailbag: Getting Started in Graphic Design

Last month's letter from a reader just starting out in the field of freelance graphic design prompted a topic in the Design Cafe. We're inviting some of you old veterans of the industry to come in and share some of your wisdom to help these young up-and-coming designers get off on the right foot. Post at:www.dtg-forums.com

Are you smarter than a 5th Grader ...

No, it's not Jeff Foxworthy's new TV show... but it may as well be. If you read some of this month's comments from readers you see a few snags: some of the web owners aren't too happy with their Web Site Critiques

& ELSE...

This month's &Else includes: I-SPY Prevention Act of 2007 * Print with any printer in the world * Travel and PHOTOGRAPHY Off the Charts * PitStop with Adobe Acrobat 8 support * New Life for Old Photos and a half dozen more! &Else!

In this month's Loading Dock download section, you'll find a ton of new clip art samples, and a collection of all-time favorite Photoshop PDF tutorials you simply download. You know where to look!

As we head toward spring, and summer, those graduates will be pouring out of school and hitting the streets for jobs. Congratulations on a great job in your education -- now we'll be looking forward to seeing the great work you do in the future.

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...

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Parting words for April...

"It's not getting what you want...
      it's wanting what you got!

            - Sheryl Crow

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

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