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DT&G:   Vol. 18, Number 6,   June, 2008   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1990)  

DTG June : Summer Reading & Photography

Welcome to June

June is when many people hit the road, or at least start getting out on some trips and vacations... in the U.S. school is out for the summer, so it's a great time to enjoy the sun where ever you happen to be.

WIN prizes for sharing your favorite shots

Here is your opportunity to show and tell DTG and Design Center readers about your photography, graphic design, illustration or image editing experience and skills!
      In July, we'll be showing DTG Reader's photos and art! Send in captions for the art you would like to submit -- be sure to include your web site address, and gallery along with keywords and description. Once we receive that, we may contact you to send the art. Then, DTG readers will really enjoy a field trip to your digital digs... Get your DTG Gallery folio NOW.

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!

Digital Photo Fixes for Beginners

This series looks at several areas where beginners really need quick and easy solutions... here we cover exposure, levels, cropping, sizing, scaling, flash corrections for fall-off. And, by popular demand, we'll show you the digital step wedges we use to save a bunch of paper and ink ... Easy Photo Tricks

Illustrator CS3 Live Color

Design guru Geoff Blake joins us for a look at some awesome color power... Geoff sez:
      "You're gonna love Illustrator's new Live Color command. It remaps the colors in your artwork -- reducing artwork to a specific number of colors with just a few mouse clicks, creating eye-popping color combinations" This month's feature author

Blow up those JPGs

One of those frequent questions we get all the time is "How can we enlarge our JPG images, or shots downloaded from the web?" Sooner or later, if you have a digital camera and a computer, you're going to want to enlarge an image. This time we're challenged with enlargements over 1000 percent... but we solved the problems with a good dose of Genuine Fractals

Sizzling hot eye-candy titles

just in time for summer...
Take your art and . . . STICK IT! in a journey into the art form of stickers and street art! ~ Translating Hollywood the design, art and times of movie posters ~ Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes ~ The Amazing Pixel Popping Paparazzi - Pixel Based Illustration & Design book! ~ The rebirth of Elvis and Jimi Hendrix... and more! See: Eye Candy Books for Summer

Picking up the Pieces of my Life

This month George relates a little problem he had downloading some graphics for his May newsletter -- which turned into big problems after turning off his Windows anti-virus software... Lessons learned ... again! What has George gotten himself into this time ?

Ultimate photo retouch kit

we've been experimenting with some very cool plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, and Fluid Mask looks like a home run for creative professionals, photographers, graphic designers, and image editors who need to do image extractions and creative enhancements quickly and flawlessly. And here's a great bundle of retouching tools

Business: The Land of Difficult People

From Tibet to Mexico to the Balkans, every culture has its own cherished folktales. Now, Terrence L. Gargiulo and Gini Graham Scott, Ph.D share their wisdom for dealing with typical workplace characters drawn from the world's treasury of folk stories -- welcome to the Land of Difficult People

Stylish image editing

While everyone was thinking Adobe makes the most stylish and cool software, brothers Aidas and Saulius Dailide will have nothing of it! Their awesome product is not only a revolutionary image editing program, it's GPU-powered to boot! If you're running a Mac, you might want to look at this gem before actually buying anything else... Pixelmator

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

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

This month's &Else includes: Free Clip Art from Jumsoft * Remove grain from photos * Comic Life * Slideshow Magic * Viveza and Aperture * Pixelmator Draftsman * DrawIt * Pageflex with Adobe * Mystical * Logic Pro * Backscatter Spam ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

Mailbag: The world of Pinhole Cameras

Thanks to reader Michael M. from La Palma, CA, you can discover "World Pinhole Cameras Day" -- A pinhole camera uses a very small hole to create a lens for the light to enter and expose the film. These Readymech Cameras can be downloaded and printed at your computer, built, and used to make your own pinhole camera! Check out each camera, as some have examples of photos taken by readers (Michael is one of this month's winners!) The world of Pinhole Cameras

Mailbag: unique backgrounds of Cynthia

Cynthia wrote in this month, and added to her comment that her site was under construction. While this usually sends us running in the other direction, we decided just to take a little peek. What we found was a delightful little slide show on the front page! Didn't have to dig any deeper. Great show, Cynthia (Cynthia is one of this month's winners!) Field Trip

Ask for Creative... the world responds

Here's a completely new concept -- well, not really new -- but it's a new web site with an unusual twist on contracting art, design and graphics. Whether you need a new logo, website, marketing materials or a custom illustration, just tell the folks at CrowdSpring what you need, when you need it and how much you'd like to pay. They turn it loose to the world of creatives, and you select the one you wish to pursue. Some designers may scream at this -- please send your comments -- but we're going to test it just to see how it works. We'll follow up next month with the results.
Click on some of their completed projects and see what they've done so far. (Can you say consignment?) www.crowdspring.com

RE: Sending your Complaints

Sometimes books we list may not appeal to certain people. Or, you may find typos, mistakes, or other problems with products we endorse, simply because we haven't read every single word. We do indeed investigate each and every product you read about in DTG magazine -- however that's not the same as an intense user. YES, we do sincerely appreciate your feedback, and we want you to tell us when a product does not live up to your expectations, or our review. However, if you are not pleased with a product, the manufacturer or publisher should also hear your complain. This way we can help in making the field of products better for everyone.
As always, just click any "contact" link in any Design Center web site. We read each and every inquiry.


Did you know? June is named after the Roman goddess Juno -- patron of Rome -- a busy chic - daughter of Saturn and sister (but also the wife) of the chief god Jupiter - and, the mother of Juventas, Mars, and Vulcan. Whew! But we don't care... it's 5-o'clock somewhere and we're hitting the beaches!

June is brought to you by the color "SAND" as in "sandy beaches" ...
      How many colors of Sand? In the Editor's column, in the upper left column, you can see a sandy color palette. See if this matches your idea of sandy beaches?

NEXT MONTH: we'll be showing off reader photos, graphics and web sites submitted during May and June. We really love visiting the works of our readers, so don't forget to get in touch and invite us over. You may just be selected for a Design Center Folio!

Yes, the Publishers Warehouse is back open with more than 100 new items, including some superb clip art and fonts. And, they've gone to Rome this month to honor that busy chic Juno.

For now, have a great time in the June DTG
Don't forget to stay in touch, and thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

Fred Showker, Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

A Thought for JUNE, honoring teachers...

Teachers who educate children
      deserve more honor than parents
        who merely gave them birth;
          for bare life is furnished by the one,
            the other ensures a good life.
              -- Aristotle

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 Roman Goddess' name after the last slash in www.graphic-design.com/ and you'll be there!

WHO IS Fred Showker?

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