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Generate abstract paintings full of imaginative shapes and expressive color

abstract cityscape oil painting

I was at an art fair on Las Olas recently and booth after booth was selling spectacular oil paintings. I noticed how "perfect" they were, so I went in for a very close look. Wow -- nobody else noticed, but these were digital paintings -- and they were flying off the shelf at anywhere from $200 to $20,000. Hello!
      Then I get this note from Akvis and I'm thinking ... maybe I ought to give up this internet publishing and sell oil paintings in Key West. It would probably pay for my retirement! May 18, 2017

Marketing Update May: Print, Visual, Email, Digital Ads, avoiding Facebook and more

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As we move toward the buy seasions of back to school and the holidays, marketing strategy should change. Many now are saying let's get away from Facebook -- with the news that Facebook delivers only a fraction of the views you think they're getting, your money might be better spent elsewhere. But read the news, test the rules and keep on keeping up :

  • Display Advertising Statistics for Different Types of Digital Ads
  • Why Visual Communication Will Dominate Marketing tomorrow
  • 7 Tips to Running a Successful Email Marketing Campaign
  • Here’s Another Way Digital Could Complement Print
  • Why Publishers are Shifting Away From Facebook
  • 5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Website
May 16, 2017

Now, your iPhone is a webcam, and can send live video where you want it to go

Maybe you really don't need a webcam. Maybe you just need one for a short use or specific use? PixWebcam turns any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into an ad-hoc webcam for taking photos in definable intervals. Photos are then uploaded to various channels like Dropbox or Twitter. May 5, 2017

Ah, Provence! That charming region of France now can frame your prized photos!

If you like to enhance your imagery, or photos, or you just want a bit of pinash for gift photos, then these romantic and adorable picture frames capture the essence of French countryside living. For flat prints or canvas, add an artful balance between rustic and chic. Get inspired by the authentic Provence motifs! May 3, 2017

We were thrilled with this new writing app which automatically formats your content

In a world of content management systems, auto style sheets and all manner of automation, some things work, and some things don't. I got so tired of flaky Wordpress default formatting I had to go back to doing it myself. This app really looks promising. May 3, 2017

Marketing Update : Hashtags, Video Content, mobile, performance measurement and more

marketing for profit

Marketing update for graphic designers An understanding of PR and marketing go hand-in-hand with graphic design, especially once you get into branding and product markings. In the connected world, with social media and consumer input on such a wide-spread scope, all the rules have to be considered with a grain of salt and a lot of testing! What's hot these days :

  • 4 things every event professional should know about social media measurement
  • Why publishers are rethinking their pursuit of huge numbers
  • How to Use Hashtags to Improve Your Social Media Marketing
  • How Visual Advertising Will Change Marketing In 2017
  • 4 Ways to Totally Nail Your Video Content Marketing
  • How Publishers Can Increase Their Mobile Advantage
May 2, 2017

Clone that SD Card and don't look back . . .

 Twocanoes Software Releases SD Clone 3 for Mac When you need to clone an SD Card, you want it to copy quickly and accurately -- if you do it often, you'll want to check out SD Card cloning software for Mac. SD Clone 3 includes new features for cloning memory cards faster and easier than ever, including enhanced capabilities to shrink SD card data, verify card capacity and clone a single card to multiple cards simultaneously. May 2, 2017

Penmanship for iOS: Draw fascinating variations with simple pen pressure

I wrote about this new app in 2016, when they launched Calligraphy Penmanship for iOS devices. Its most important feature is based on the pressure control of the Apple Pencil on the screen of the iPad Pro. In fact, for writing Penmanship, angle and azimuth sensitivities are not helpful to produce beautiful shades of stylish letters. May 1, 2017

Nothing beats fun communications like Comics ... try Comic Draw, the Comic Creation App

Comic Draw, a full-featured comic creation and publishing application for iPad makes it real fun to generate awesome comics and comic style layouts. April 27, 2017

Creative Tidbits #228: Free Vectors, Tumblr Type, Creativity, Sketch and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This issue focuses on essays that are important to the overall scheme of graphic design. But it's not all work and no play -- we got free vector art along with insights into a really fun drawing app that does other stuff too!

  • 20 Free Vector Pallet Wood Textures in AI, EPS & PNG Format
  • I didn’t know Sketch could do that!
  • Creativity on Demand
  • Stereotype Tumblr
April 25, 2017