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DT&G:   Vol. 17, Number 6,   June, 2007   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

DT&G Newsletter for June

Discuss it in the DTG Forums

Come on in and discuss your favorite web sites, design problems and experiences. Also visit the Web Design Critique department and give your opinion of sites posted by readers -- or, have your own web site reviewed. The discussions are already in progress at DTG Forums...

Can I send you a new book?

We're always looking for friends to link to because DTG readers like to discover new and exciting web sites beyond our monthly Mailbag and Site-of-the-month.
* Link to your favorite article in the Design Center,
* Send a link to YOUR page (where the link is found)
* Include your mailing address (U.S. and Canada only, sorry.)
* Note your 'passion' in computing topics
* and a new book from the Design Bookshelf is on its way to you! Questions?

Dive into June & Summer

Where ever you go this summer, it's easy enough to take along DTG and dive into all sorts of cool stuff in the visual arts field. Here's just a sampling of what's in store for you...

Photoshop Watercolor Filter

Sooner or later, you're going to have a photograph that suggests an artistic treatment. Photoshop expert Roger Pring joins us to give you some starter points on... Photoshop's Artistic Watercolor Filter

Transforming Vector Objects

One Photoshop 911 forum reader asked why the round corners distort when transforming the shape. The key to changing the aspect ratio of a shape is an old Illustrator rule: move the anchors, don't stretch the shape. This makes it easy to Transform Vector Objects in Photoshop

Beach Blankets and Business

You'd love to spend a week lounging on the beach with your family. Problem is, you're an entrepreneur with no time for such frivolities. Right? Wrong! Ty Freyvogel shares six summer suggestions for entrepreneurs who want to pursue profits and still have a life

Predict CMYK Color with Confidence

Remember, we told you about Tintbooks last year... today, print manager Joyce Dalman writes about the comprehensive CMYK Graphic Design Tool for building the color you want using CMYK so you can Predict Color with Confidence

Warping Images in Photoshop

With Adobe Photoshop's Warp tools you can make an image adhere to almost any surface or shape using the custom warp mesh -- or select from an array of pre-defined warp shapes like arches and flags to Warp Images in Photoshop

Growling Gut Instincts

Stacey Dyer, TripleFrog LLC, picked up on our several articles in our business department and relates her frustrations with employment in the graphic design field. It began with a need to make some changes and ended in a lesson On Changing Jobs & Email Etiquette

Summer Reading List! Dive into

Photoshop with: Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers * Photoshop CS3 For Dummies * Photoshop CS3 Workflow, and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Workflow -
* Digital Photography including field guides for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, and Canon Speedlite System
* Design & DTP there's an all new Print Production Handbook and the awesome Visual Selling: Capture the Eye and the Customer Will Follow
* Graphics explosion of 3D books for Maya, SolidWorks, Facial Modeling and Visual Effects
* Business Department we feature How to Start and Operate Your Own Design Firm, Second Edition
. . . all happening at the Design Bookshelf

Critique: Position your Site, Visually

A web designer wonders why his site isn't keeping many visitors. Fred illustrates how you can't keep visitors if you squash their curiosity the first moment they arrive. This isn't about "appeal" ... it's about Visual Positioning

Review: Epson R260 Printer

A little wit and common sense as author and computer guru George Engel, asks: WHY WOULD A GRAPHICS-WISE GUY throw away a perfectly good Photo Printer that's getting 5740 x 1440 dpi pictures? George Engel tells all...

60-Seconds: Protect yourself from yourself...

Do you gamble online? An old internet controversy is rearing its ugly head again. Who should be protected? The user or the purveyor -- the line is drawn in the sand between the pros and cons of online gambling...

How to Write End User Agreements

Whenever you install software on a computer, you will have to face the inevitable: agreeing to the EULA (End User License Agreement). Avengate.com's Adriana Iordan will help you write a more effective EULA

The camera that plays games

Quite frankly, we didn't believe this new camera until we actually played some games! The new DXG 589V has added the ability to become the Gameboy of the family along with 5mpx photos, video, audio recording, and even MP3 playback. It's the perfect family vacation companion... DXG-589V, digital camera/camcorder plays games

60-Seconds: Washington to London

In this 60-Second window, I was astonished by Google the other morning... here's a look at my humorous discovery that Google Maps does indeed render the shortest distance... even if a bit impractical! You'll enjoy this...

Mail Bag: Eye candy for June...

A reader sent this link and we were astounded. Here's a little project for your 'beach blanket' experience. (We have one reader, David, who has named 60% of them! )take this print along and try to name the celebrities...

Mail Bag: Talent this young?

My brother, Joe, sent this one in, and the subject line simply said "WOW..." We agreed, and thought all visual artists and designers should see this -- not for the reason for the topic, which is of religious nature -- but for the real talent here... (WMV video)

Mailbag: What about PagePlus?

John writes:
      "I have been an adherent of PagePlus since it first appeared and have published several small editions of books using it. I read a lot about InDesign, Quark and Publisher and I have tried them all. I have yet to find any program that is as user friendly or quick to use, even by the amateur. I would like to see the occasional mention of it in your column -- which I have subscribed to for some years now.

We really stay too busy with InDesign and Quark, however, if any of our readers would like to contribute tips or information about PagePlus, the best place to do it is in the Design Cafe!Got info on PagePlus? Let us know.

Website of the Month: Bolzanogold

Horkay Istvan from Budapest Hungary sent in his website for a look-see and we were mesmerized by some of the stunning visuals you'll find there -- like the one you'll see here ... Check it out...

Soap Box: Link Blackmailers & Mail Bag

Every week we get at least a half dozen emails saying: "We've linked to your site, please link to ours" ... we go there, but find no such entry. It could be any one of many automated "link exchange" web bots which send emails and forms to thousands of web sites randomly just to try and get a link. Nearly 100% have nothing to do with the Design Center or DTG -- but claim to "be an ideal link partner."
I've opened a new discussion topic in the Design Cafe about exchanging links, pros/cons and gotchas.

Another rant, while I'm on the soap box...
So many people write a second time asking why we didn't respond the first time. Many others want to know why their link or reference was not in the "MAIL BAG" department of the newsletter.
      One answer is we can only get to so many -- so we go for the ones most urgent, or those most relating to DTG's readership. NOTICE: we also give preference to those who have clicked "Subscribe" to the DTG News. If you clicked "NOT" to subscribe, chances are we won't get to you. Besides, if you don't want to subscribe, then you're not interested in being in the Mail Bag anyway!Do you have a tip? A story? Share it with the rest of us...

&Else:

Own a Color * 12 Mistakes Presenters Make * Drop the PowerPoint Crutch * Tips for Online Advertising * Closeup Shooting photography * B/W Styler for Mac Photoshop * CDFinder * LightZone Photo-Editing * Judiciary Committee says "NO" to Spyware * Adobe CS3 for $89? ... a dozen more &Else!

As we head into summer, people in the Northern Hemisphere will be heading out for leisure... take along your favorite Design book... learn some new CSS tricks, discover new fonts, catch up on all those Photoshop tutorials you've downloaded... there's lots to dive into in the graphic arts and design fields -- and we're here to help!

Oh... and if there are any readers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who know of some great beaches or marinas to access with a boat... please pass them along.

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 June...

"When a man knows deep in his bones what is right
      -- and keeps acting on it --
          he avoids the trap of compromise.
              He remains incorruptible"

                - Advertising genius, Leo Burnett

PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for June will be changed to "dive_in" on or around the 3rd of June -- with lots of new additions for you to dive into. Just add the word "dive_in" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/

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