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DT&G:   Vol. 18, Number 3,   March, 2008   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  



March 2008: Designing Women

Again we top the record for content and special events! In celebration of Women In History Month, once again we bring you some of the most influential names in the creative industry -- Those Designing Women!

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Be a Digital Dreamer...

Brian and our good friends at aDigitalDreamer.com have returned with their support for the third year in a row. Such support, year after year, from top companies in the graphic arts industry is a strong vote of confidence in DTG and the Design Center. A Digital Dreamer.com bring top-drawer career articles, graphic design schools and even jobs. They'll help you become a designer, and then become a better designer. When you visit, let them know you really appreciate their support for your design center! aDigitalDreamer.com

This month we salute Women in history

The National Woman's History Project recognizes the achievements of women in all facets of life and present vital new opportunities for girls and young women.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts offers a stunning permanent collection of visual arts! Try their video tour of the museum, and peruse the many artisits' profiles.
Participate in the DTG Gallery for Designing Women. Submit your entries today!

Designing Women 2008

Who has a powerful part in history? Visual communicators, that's who! And, as part of Woman's History month, we invite you to visit select professional women web designers and developers, who have taken their time to share their visions with you -- featuring Judy Ariel Thomas, Kasey Robinson and Deborah Pang Davis in Designing Women, 2008

Design competitions

Your opportunity to get global exposure, and have your work seen by some of the most influential graphic arts industry players in the world.Don't miss these deadlines...

Feature: Sareh Khajehnouri

Sareh Khajehnouri is an artist currently based in Washington DC. Her extraordinary visions echo her native background in Tehran, Iran. Her advertising design sparkles, but her photo-illustration reveals a subtle yet striking depth in visual exploration. Lavish the works of Sareh Khajehnouri

Designing Women: Contemporary Native

PART TWO of this month's entry features Patricia (Trish) R. Schaefer, a Native American, who shares her story of what it's like to grow up on a reservation in South Dakota -- and to become a design professional! Designing Women: Contemporary Native

Photoshop: Creating Mirror Reflections...

A frequent question is how to create the realistic mirror surface reflections of an isolated image -- as popularized by Web 2.0, and Apple iPhone marketing. This tutorial shows you the easy way, and the best way in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to make Photoshop Mirror Reflections...

Clip from one... add to the other

What happens when you have two photos of two people and you need to join them into a single photo? Here, we illustrate a quick and easy way to bring another person into your photo, and make them look naturally at homne... clipping from one, and adding to the other!

Creating a Custom Drop Shadow

Photoshop's shadow layer effect does not always provide the correct shadow. The pros know you need to know how to produce realistic drop shadows by hand. Learn how to generate shadows for multiple surfaces, and projection distances by Creating your own Custom Drop Shadows

Economic Apocalypse: Eight Steps to Survive It

The private business sector is in trouble, and the final showdown is coming. If you're one of the 75 percent of mid-sized companies that's not increasing in value, it's time to adapt or die. Private business guru Rob Slee explains what you need to do right now to stay alive. Become a Midas Manager

Reviews: Alternative Vector Drawing for Mac

Once there was only one drawing and one painting program for the Mac. This month we look at several newcomers that give Mac users some exciting choices:
ZeusDraw is a vector drawing program with great brushes and a host of other features...
DrawIt presents an impressive assortment of professional grade vector features...
iMaginator and Create are two powerful new publishing tools from Stone Works' and
DropFrame is a cross-platform application that allows you to easily add a picture frame to your images.
All three reviews in this month's DTG Reviews

Direct Marketing Primer

Lynne Saarte and Janice Jenkins present a four-page primer on direct response marketing. First, Janice addresses "generation y" marketing. Topics covered are using your database, marketing with postcards, and measuring your direct response marketing campaign.

The Designer's Bookshelf for 2008

There's so much new, we cannot do it in a single page... every department has some very hot new titles... * Graphic Design * in Desktop Publishing including InDesign and QuarkXpress * in Adobe Photoshop & Photography * in Web Design and Multimedia * in Graphics and 3D Rendering * for Business, Mac users, General Computing and the iLife ... and they're all in the Designer's Bookshelf

Site of the Month: Daniela Stockenhuber

In a Designing Women issue in the past we visited Daniela's studio -- now, we invite you back because she's completely launched a major update along with new URL of her portfolio site Artworks in Austria. Check it out!www.stockenhuberdesign.at

Auto Trace better than Illustrator?

We told you about Vector Magic in a previous "Designers' Favorites" article. Now, they have lifted themselves from Stanford University to expand and improve services. As you remember, Vector Magic does a great job (better than Illustrator's Live Trace) converting raster images to vector images because of the highly developed tracing algorithms only Stanford geeks could invent! Unfortunately, now they have to charge to support the presence. So you'll pay a couple of bucks for expert conversions! What more could you ask? Register before March 5th and get TWO free tracings!

Best Flash Animation!

Frequent Design Cafe friend Mim passed this one along saying ... "it's been added to my list of favorites. Enjoy!" WOW... now it's one of ours too. You'll love this little animation hosted on StumbleUpon.com

STAR Hot Forum Topics: Web Design Critiques

-- There is always a collection of new sites to review and reviewers who are sharing some rather special insights into web design!. This is all taking place in the Graphic Design Cafe!

STAR Hot Forum Topics: Photoshop 911 -- Photoshop 911 forum discussions continue with lots of help for readers. From batch renaming to saving for the web issues, dig in if you're a Photoshop user!

DTGees, TypeTees, mousepads & Mugs

Of course you don't have to be a winner to own a collectable Tee or Mug from the Design Center. Remember you can purchase these and help support the Design Center all at the same time! Fonts Fest Tees here... DTGees: Type & Design Tees here

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

This month's &Else includes: Image Processing for Leopard * Blue Crab * SuperSync * Azkend Game * SmartBackup * AddMovie * Free "How-To" Podcasting Guide * Direct Mail management for Mac OS X * Hard drive diagnostics * ShoveBox * Deke McClelland * Developing a Business Plan * and a lot more... ! News, Reviews &Else!

The 20th Year for Design, Type & Graphic

Yes, it hasn't really felt like 20 years since the first issue of DTG was sent out on MNS disks, and shared by all our Dynamic Graphics seminar attendees! It's been a pleasure, and we hope you stick around for the big celebration in the Fall! But first, let's talk about spring time...
* Designing Women - our annual tribute to women in the visual arts continues in April and we've got more great portfolios to review -- a favorite, Maggie Macnab returns with more of her superb insights!
* Spring Color - our annual look at colors and color trends. Join the fun and suggest your favorites and why
* Digital Summer - once warm weather hits we'll be on the road with the digital lifestyle.

For now, have a great time in the March DTG

Once again you've 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

Fred Showker
Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

A Thought for March... and the future:

The future is not some place we are going,
    but one we are creating.
      The paths to it are not found but made,
        and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination."

            John Schaar

PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The folks at the Publishers Warehouse have set up the Loading Dock for March and changed the address to "janus" ... so, just add the word janus after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/

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