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DT&G:   Vol. 17, Number 7,   July, 2007   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

DT&G Newsletter for July

Welcome new subscribers & Friends

Before getting into this month's content, I wanted to send a special welcome to all those who have subscribed or become active in the Design Center.

DT&G email newsletter, and update to THIS PAGE will hit around the 4th of the month... watch for it.

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?

JULY: A digital summer

Hopefully you're having a great June and July... here in Virginia, USA, it's hot and muggy -- perfect days to capture that steamy, early morning fog and late-afternoon thunderstorms with their spectacular lightning. What's it like in your part of the world? I'm sure there are lots of opportunities to capture fantastic digital photos, and for graphics and illustration of the season.
      This month's topic features lots of references on digital photography and photo illustration using Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Don't forget to share your experiences either in the Design Cafe, or in Photoshop 911 forums... Above all, have a great July!

Photoshop Elements QuickFix & Color Corrections

SHOOTING photos this summer? You can dramatically improve the appearance of all your summer photos with just a click or two -- even if you have no idea of what you're doing. Let image specialist Barbara Brundage show you how in this 7-page chapter on QuickFix & Color Corrections using Photoshop Elements

Photoshop blending Photos to Sketches

Turn your summer photos into works of art by combining the Find Edges filter and the Overlay blending mode in Photoshop. Noted Photoshop guru John Beardsworth shows you how with these recipes for Blending Photos to Sketches

Web Critiques: Soft Soap? Eye Candy? School Buses?

When Earth Sisters Essentials requested a critique of their web site, they didn't suspect to get a win-fall of reviews...
Then there's the "Eye Candy" designer's site that brings mixed reviews from the Cafe... we'd like your opinion on this one as well! Just log into the Design Cafe Web Design Critique department

Sequential Photo Action

If you're shooting fast action sports, take these tips from Photoshop 911. This question came from a forum reader -- in the process of answering, we discovered the stunning photography of Kevin Batangan, Photojournalist, and Kevin's tips on capturing motion using Photoshop and Sequential Photos.

Photoshop Frames, Borders, Matts and Layers

A reader asks how to duplicate a bordered, matted photo. He had created it before, but could not remember how. Photoshop 911 analyzed it and offers this tutorial on the techniques involved for Frames, Borders, Matts and Layers!

Design Pro or Freelancer?

Each year we get a ton of inquiries from people who want to migrate into the design profession. They write asking questions about what it's like to be a designer. You can help us paint a picture of the Design Life by filling out our brief survey. We'll start an ongoing page which includes the best, and perhaps the worst, of your comments... anonymously of course. We'll also send out prizes to those who provide particularly insightful responses. So, help out by completing the Design Pro / Freelancer Survey

Who loves you?

Of course, DTG couldn't continue online if it weren't for our loyal readers and supporters. We're fortunate that our contributors want to help you get the most out of the design center.
* Sacramento Full Color Digital Printing
Thanks to SFCDP for providing support for our summer issues -- and if you buy or broker printing, you owe it to yourself to check out their low-cost, full color digital business cards and brochures -- tell them DTG sent you!

TintBooks sez Thank You

You know that I wouldn't endorse anything that I don't believe in personally. Of the hundreds of companies wanting to get their buttons on the DTG web site, precious few ever actually get there. Why? Because I have to use, review, and approve the product as "good enough" for YOU, our readers. TintBooks is such a product. And, we thank all those of you who have gone with TintBooks. THANK YOU! www.tintbooks.com

Take your camera... it's a digital summer

You do take your camera along, right? The best shots are the ones that happen when you forgot and left your camera at home. So don't leave without it -- You never know when that ultimate shot will present itself.
Here's a little help for anyone with a digital camera:
* Low Budget Shooting? here's your one-stop source for an array of useful and inexpensive photographic tools.
* 40 Digital Photography Techniques along with dozens of tips for taking better pictures and getting creative with digital photography
* Got print photos? Not to worry -- The Microtek ScanMaker s450 is an affordable scanner to meet the diverse needs of a home office . . .
* And here's the cure for photos that didn't quite turn out right -- the AKVIS Noise Buster Noise Suppression for Digital and Scanned Images -- removes noise while keeping fine details of a picture . . .
* yes, there's more in the &Else news Department

Business: The ultimate design brief

Your design can only be as good as the brief you worked from. Shaun Crowley shows how you can elicit these kinds of briefs by providing clients with The ultimate design brief

Customers & Gaboon Vipers

A little humor from the pages of the Naked Serviceman -- those customers that are like nails scratching on a blackboard when they call.. You pick up the phone and you recognize the voice -- and know that you've been struck by another Gaboon Viper

Business: AdWords Campaigns?

There can be no good commerce without proper marketing. Adriana Iordan shares tips and techniques for proper marketing to boost sales

Business: Designing an interactive PDF newsletter

Publishing expert Rob Cubbon shares tips and tricks on how to use Adobe InDesign to make an interactive screen resolution PDF ... Designing an interactive PDF newsletter

HEX Color Problems are back

It's been some time since we saw HEX color issues in the inquiries mailbox. However, there's one that appeared the other day and we wanted your help in figuring out what's wrong. I posted a page in Photoshop 911 that gives the details -- see how these colors look in your browser...

Graphic Artist of the Month: Sherry M

Sherry M, located in Canada, has 25 galleries and 276 images online -- some of which are truly extraordinary. Sherry says:
      "My photography evolved from a need to have reference material for my non-digital art, and in turn my digital art has evolved from my photography. One thing always seems to lead to another!
There are many, but our favorite is her Digital Photo Art Portfolio

Mail Bag: "Where can I get a job?"

Folks, the Design Center is NOT hiring. You can save some time by NOT sending us your resume. We got another 160 this month -- totally unsolicited.

HELP WANTED: if the Design Center or our full-time design firm wants candidates, we'll post at DesignQuotes.net. I have personally written checks to designers who answered our four job listings at DesignQuotes.net over the past several months. Those jobs totalled nearly $20,000. I've had such a good experience, I'm convinced that DesignQuote has evolved the ideal online job site. I'm so convinced, that I've started listing the most attractive job openings for our readers.
So don't send your resume. Just go to the DTG Jobs Listings Page and GET A JOB

WIN: Fonts Festival and Holiday Design

As you know our annual "FALL FONTS FESTIVAL" will hit this September and October. Don't forget to share your favorite fonts, type and typography tips, or opinions on using fonts! You can register to WIN at the registration page.
Our "Designing the Holidays" theme takes you through November and December, and we're looking for samples of your favorite Holiday Promotions, or a peek at your upcoming holiday designs. Share samples of holiday designs and graphics you've received! You can sign up and register atgraphic-design.com/holiday_design.html

A Penny for your iPhone

I had a call yesterday from good friend and Mac User Group treasurer, Mark Niseley. He asked if I was going to the ATT store for the roll-out of Apple's new iPhone. Well, considering all the hype, I said yes, I'd go. Now this city is very small. There isn't even an Apple store here. I figured we would waltz right in and get the scoop, while poor souls have been camping out for two days in the major cities just for a glimpse of this new gizmo. It wasn't a landslide, but there were about 50 to 75 local geeks all lined up at the door waiting for the 6 PM opening.
      When we finally got into the store, I was well rewarded for the wait. The iPhone is, indeed, as awesome and sexy as all the media hype had portrayed. It's a spectacular technical design and achievement. No, I didn't buy one. But I did see at least a dozen iPhone bags walk out the front door. The Design Center's server guru, Brian Davis, bought one -- you know, he's always wanting to be on the bleeding edge -- but I think I'll wait for reports from Brian on how good the reception is, and how well it performs over the months to come. It will be interesting, and I'll keep you posted.
      I'll be posting photos and a more complete story in the User Group blog this weekend. Tune in for my reactions: www.ugnn.com

&Else:

Both the Publishers' Warehouse and the News department have been heavily updated. Be sure to check out our pictorial archives in the Publishers' Warehouse for dozens of images from all kinds of topics. And, as usual, all the best from the June headlines are in out news department, &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 July...

"I know it's only half past twelve,
      but I don't care,
        It's 5 o'clock, somewhere!"

                - Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

PS: if you've made it this far, the Loading Dock address for July will be changed to "freedom" on or around the 4th of July -- with lots of new additions for you to dig into. Just add the word "freedom" after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/

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