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DT&G:   Vol. 18, Number 5,   May, 2008   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

DTG MAY : Creative Blast & Design Graduation

DTG MAY : Creative Blast & Design Graduation

Welcome to May

It's our annual "Design Graduation" issue celebrating all those bright new designers, illustrators and visual communicators hitting the streets with their diplomas for the first time! Congratulations on your accomplishment... keep on learning!

ALERT: We did NOT send that spam

I'm sorry to begin the newsletter this way, but please read this. Last week we got spam-slamed into 'sever hell' and it continues today. We thank all those who wrote to let us know. Spam-Slam is a technique used by spammers to evade blocking -- where they use someone's email address in the "Reply To" fields. If you receive spam supposedly from any name at "graphic-design.com" or, "mac-pro.net" do not report or 'black-list' it. Just delete it. REMEMBER: you will receive ONLY ONE email from us per month, ONLY if you are subscribed. PLEASE add graphic-design.com, and mac-pro.net to your spam filter's WHITE LIST. Thank you!

Let me send you a digital photo book, free

Yes, our digital summer begins in June, and if you'll send in a digital photo good enough to publish in the Design Center Gallery, I'll select one of our choice books on digital photography from the Design Bookshelf. Yup, all you have to do is enter here

Our friends are your friends:

When you get posts to your forums like this one, you know you're helping change people's lives:
> Hi there this is a blessing I just came across this site
> and registered -- WOW, somewhere to get help!

However, others have lamented that there's too much lurking and not enough posting. So, get out there and help your fellow person! Get involved in the Design Center discussion forums... DTG Design Cafe and Photoshop 911!

Feature interview: Decoding Maggie

Since this month is "Design Graduation" month, we knew new design graduates would like to get a little insight into how one person grew to become a world-class, celebrated design force. See some spectacular graphics, get a fresh shot-in-the-arm -- ladies and gentlemen, meet Maggie Macnab...

Design Graduates' Business Primer

So you've graduated from Design School (or will soon), you're a new designer, or a new freelancer -- you'll be wanting to jump-start your career! What you need now is some good advice on * How much should I charge? * How do I get new clients? * Lead Services: Pros & Cons" making that a successful Design career...

Design Graduates: Further Education

It's always a valuable practice to continue your education -- get fresh insights, keep up with trends, explore new technologies! Here's one place beginners and veterans can get it all... design-training.com

Add Drama to your Photos with Motion Blurs

Follow along as we add drama to two photos using Adobe Photoshop motion blur filters. We explore the directional motion blur and the radial motion blur as taught by expert Barry Huggins, author of the Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers. Photoshop and the Motion Blur

Balancing the light in Night Scenes

While there are several dozen ways to adjust lighting, (from two to 300 minute tutorials) if the scene is affected by a single overall condition, the solution could be more simple than you think. Here, we'll fix this photo spoiled by artificial outdoor lighting with a single-step lighting adjustment.

New Friend: PhotoshopContest.com

Back in the days of the Design Cafe, "Photoshop Tennis" was popular for idea sourcing and interaction with other peers. There are a dozen such sites online now, but if you want to WIN prizes, then check out PhotoshopContest. Editing images, show off your skills and learn from talented users. Check out this month's Design Center supporter PhotoshopContest.com

Color Schemes with Accents

Industrial Design professor Christiane English uses GenoPal, demonstrating methodology for picking a neutral light color, creating close variations, adding accent, then adding shadow colors to your palette -- all in harmony -- Like a Cherry on Vanilla Ice

Pope Benedict XVI gets The Saint John's Bible

with today's world of instant publishing, blogs, wikis, on-demand printing and all manner of desktop publishing wizards -- isn't it nice to learn that for the first time in 500 years, there is a bible written, illustrated and bound completely, 100%, by hand! The Pope got the first one, but you can get one too...

Business: Advice for Design Creatives

Business news The financial news over the past weeks has left many a business owners panicked -- guess who gets hit the worst? Creatives! But David Giannett says you can actually use the economic downturn to create a better organization and survive

Morphing Images

Morphing is one of the cooler manipulations you can do with images -- changing one image into another image in a series of steps. Until now, here hasn't been much morphing for Mac users. But now, Morph Age Pro now puts face recognition to work for intelligent morphing! Very cool. Morphing Images on Leopard

Field Trip: HUGO AWARDS

Hugo Awards See some spectacular graphics and art at the HUGOs. The aim of the challenge is to give designers, illustrators and photographers the chance to show the world their abilities by the creation of a stunning tribute to the iconic HUGO Man bottle ... and there's still time for you to enter and win $500 at HUGO Create Awards

Web Site of the Month: Duncan Long

Duncan has a unique talent for illustrating in the fashion of the classic book-cover and movie-poster artists... some of the images you'll find in his studio portfolio are hauntingly memorable. While not necessarily realistic, some startle you with their visual message! Have fun visiting the studios of Duncan Long

60-Seconds: Crime gets a free ride from ICANN

Yesterday I reported 832 spams to SpamCop and Knujon. For the past 90 days I've been conducting a casual survey of all that spam (several megabytes a day) to try and determine who is sending what. I don't check all the links, but I'm discovering that ICANN's Domain Tasting policy is actually giving a free ride to online crime!

Review: Cool Web 2-point-0 Clip Art

cool clip art It's zippy, flippy, hippie, and trippie... you'll like Jumsoft's new collection of clip art! They say it's for Apple's Pages... but you can use it anywhere! Here are just a few examples of Cool Clip Art from Jumsoft

Review: Zero-configuration CMS

Sky Blue Canvas I've had bad experience with Joomla... it's geek CMS for geeks -- not normal people. If you want a high-power CMS without the geek, get MovableType... I'm setting up a SkyBlue blog now! And I'm learning that if you want really easy, quick CMS, then you need to check out SkyBlueCanvas

Review: Got kids? Get Doozla

Doozla drawing for kids They say it's a full screen vector drawing application for kids -- but I'll bet adults will like it even more! Doozla features simple free-hand drawing and color tools, webcam & tablet support, entertaining color-in templates and inspiring background images. Doozla Drawing for Kids!

DID YOU KNOW? (Unbelievable video)

Carl Fisch published a fascinating and thought provoking video to YouTube about current and future world trends. NOT TO BE MISSED:

The Design Cafe LIVES

Yes, the email discussion list went down, and is never coming back. We apologize to all those who made the Cafe their favorite spot over the past 15 years. It was one of the longest continually running discussion lists on the web. Some of our readers had been there since the beginning. It was taken out by spammers, and after over 36,000 spams slammed us, the hard drive simply gave up.
      The good news is the CAFE lives on in a new format -- online discussion forums! So, if you miss the CAFE, just log in to : The Design Cafe Online

June in the Designer's Bookshelf

Get ready for summer reading -- the Design Bookshelf 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

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

Hot stuff this month includes: * WOWODC 2008 * Drag-and-drop Website creation * SiteGrinder Photoshop web sites * Download YouTube Videos * Record your screen * Kenbushi Media * FotoMagico Sharing Assistant * SmileLab free * Tagging email power * Video Editing for the rest of us * Download Mac Cult Books... and much more in the &Else news department

Brought to you by the Color Purple and the Letter M

May is believed to have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility -- what a great reason for Mother's Day -- the second Sunday in May. Don't forget to call your Mom!
May is brought to you by the color "Purple" -- a regal color for graduating designers. May is also brought to you by the letter "M". For some entertaining links about Purple, May and the letter M, visit the DTG News Page (Upper right-hand corner)

Looking ahead: June and July

June opens Design Summer and we'll take those digital cameras out for a spin. It's looking like a good summer on the way for graphic designers! With fuel prices what they are, graphic designers will want to stay close to home. What a perfect opportunity to really explore near-by visions with your digital canvas or camera. Don't forget to send a photo that embraces the spirit of JUNE, and you could WIN a digital photography book as our 'thank you' ... just register here

Yes, the Publishers Warehouse is back open with more than 200 new items, including some superb clip art and fonts. And, they've gone to Greece this month where the loading dock is named after that greek goddess Maia.

For now, have a great time in the May 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 May... and MOM:

Youth fades; love droops,
    the leaves of friendship fall;
        A mother's secret hope outlives them all.

           -- -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The folks at the Publishers Warehouse are telling us that the loading dock is ready to go, so add that Greek Goddess' name after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/ and you'll be there!

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