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DT&G:   Vol. 19, Number 8,   August, 2009   ~   The eZine for Design, Typography, & Graphics   (since 1988)  

DT&G Newsletter for August, 2009

Back to (Design) School

Well it's that time of year again, and it happens about every August. What better way to learn than from the masters. In this issue we're thrilled to bring you a glimpse into the magical world of Seymour Chwast, one of the illustrators who helped shape the visual communications field for the last three decades. We'll also visit some spectacular art resources for a creative shot-in-the-arm.

Don't forget, the 15th Annual Fall Fonts Festival begins in September, and we're looking for your favorite tips, tricks, pets, views, reviews and resources on type, fonts and typography!

Welcome new readers and partners

Welcome readers! This wouldn't be nearly as much fun if you didn't let us know. A big thanks goes out to everyone who wrote in with your compliments and complaints. Keep those cards and letters coming.

The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast There are a few people left in the world who actually shaped the evolvement of graphic design and illustration, and Seymour Chwast is one of those people. I, for one, was greatly influenced by his works in the 1960s and early 1970s. Now you can learn and discover this remarkable visual communicator through The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast

Back to (Design) School

This year I'm sharing some book advice and discoveries sent in by readers. (Those who will win our prizes this month.) Then we'll see the latest and greatest special discount from Total Training for DTG readersBack to Design School

More Back to (Design) School

Then, we're back again looking for art. We'll visit some old favorites, and discover some new ones. Several from last year have closed shop, and several new ones give you a true shot in the old creative eye-ball. This year we'll even visit "The Museum of BAD Art" ... come on along for Fred's annual art gallery field trip

Photoshop: Subject highlight and patterned backgrounds

When a reader posted this sample to the Photoshop 911 forum, we decided to help out with a tutorial. In this Free Photoshop Tutorial you learn the steps required to simulate the art for this hockey team. It's easy and works in all versions of Photoshop and Elements -- utilizing a patterned, monochromatic background with the subject highlighted with a glow. Photoshop: Subject highlight and patterned backgrounds

80% Off Adobe Creative Suite series

We don't often have a headline like that, but in this case it was really special enough to break the rules a bit. In the name of "Back To School", Adobe is offering DTG readers up to 80% off selected Adobe product kits so all you students out there can enjoy it. Just look for the ADOBE button at the Design Center

Back to School! Adobe Student Editions

Picasa & GraphicsConverter Photoshop Replacements

So you think you cannot afford Photoshop? Well, George has some good news for you, as well as anyone trying to sneak into the image editing field. Both Picasa and GraphicsConverter are considered good replacements for Photoshop, and George shows you just a few reasons for Mac users to see Picasa & GraphicsConverter

Free Image Editors and Photoshop Look-alikes

Following George's story on inexpensive replacements for Photoshop, I thought I would take a look at what's available on line and discovered : Artweaver from Boris Eyrich, Germany, Picnik, Pixlr, Aviary, PhotoPlus 9 -- each with many of the same features you find in Photoshop. Everyone should check out these free online image editors

Total Immersion: Next big technology?

Fred is amazed by the new technology from the Total Immersion company that puts a virtual spin on tangible consumer goods. The possibilities are unlimited, and all it takes is some ingenuity and a desire to learn the trade to get into this up and comimg new wave! Total Immersion: Next big technology

Mattel Avatar brings Total Immersion to toys

If you read the previous story, "Total Immersion: Next big technology" -- then you knew it was coming -- it was only a question of time. Mattel has demonstrated a new line of action figures based on the upcoming epic action-adventure film, "Avatar", that will include virtual reality linked through the immersive technologies of Total Immersion. Watch for Mattel's New Avatars

Auto-fill step & repeat for labels

Our friends and long-time sponsors, World Labels, have produced a pretty cool mini-app for handling your step and repeat label work. These fillable PDF label templates for U.S. letter-size label sheets allow you to fill in your information in one field and watch as your information automatically fills all label fields within that sheet! This is really pretty cool.

Website of the month: Simon Page

This website has the portfolio of Simon Page, graphic designer and technophile from the UK. The site focuses on many unrelated things, but not only is the portfolio work very interesting, the interface is way cool. Check it out at simoncpage.co.uk

Mailbag: Field trip to see Alan Babbett...

Alan has been in the pages of DTG several times over the years, and we really had a good time getting re-acquainted with his awesome works. He is currently showing work from his Photo Blendo Series. Whether you think the photography is cool or not is totally your call. Alan Babbett's Photo Blendo

Adobe Photoshop File Recovery

The worst nightmare of the graphic artist and photographer is having a photo file or Photoshop file refuse to open -- or the entire card refuses to open -- or the card appears to be empty. Don't you hate it when you lose all your photos? It happens to a lot of people. Disk Doctors' Photo Recovery software now has enhanced support for recovering Adobe Photoshop files. recovering Adobe Photoshop files.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion

Learn how to take pro-quality shots with your Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500 and get your digital photography questions answered -- it's the book that will give you spectacular results with your new camera. Expert author Ben Long will make sure of that! The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion

&ELSE... freebies and cool stuff

This month's &Else includes: * 4 Ways to Edit the Read-only PDF files * Taking payment Online * Barcodes for QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign * Client Folder Maker for Mac OS X * Architectural Photography * PixPop iPhone Picture Puzzle * iFinance 3 * Keynote Themes * Triggerhappy Status Symbols * Apple Juicz Lite battery power * DutyWatch Employee Monitoring * Free Barcode Scanner for iPhone ... and a dozen others! News, Reviews &Else!

Brochure Design Layouts and Templates

These days, survival and success depend on getting your client's jobs through to finished printing with as little time as possible. We have updated our selection of Brochures, Tri Fold Brochures, Newsletters, Business Cards, and all kinds of professionally designed layouts ... and a lot More!

What's in your portfolio?

With our most popular months coming up, this is your opportunity to show and tell DTG and Design Center readers about your typography, lettering, calligraphy, graphic design, illustration or image editing experience and skills! Send in your three or four best creations, and we'll enjoy a field trip to your digital digs...

August and end-of-summer

The 15th Annual Fall Fonts Festival ... Each year we feature fonts and typography in our September and October issues -- and we enjoy readers who share their favorite links and works focusing on fonts and typography. Send in your favorites, and maybe you'll be one of our monthly winners!

Enjoy this month's newsletter, and have a great August.
Go forth and be creative, and don't forget to write!

thanks for reading...

Fred Showker
Fred Showker

Fred Showker, Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

Thoughts for August:

"To produce great work, it takes the inspired mind of the artist to
    direct his or her talent to the technical mind on the other end.
      However, we should not use bells when
        only whistles are required.

          Seymour Chwast

PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The Publishers Warehouse features lots of great clip art, fonts, and all kinds of Photoshop stuff! Don't miss the Desktop Publishers' Jumpstation -- this month's name came from Augustus, right? ?

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Participate in your Design Center

Lots of fun and information for all... don't forget, any community is only as good as the participation of its members. We invite your tips, tricks, comments, suggestions and camaraderie.