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Holiday Season Retail Therapy in Illustrations from Richard Solomon

So here we are in the throws of the holidays and while an estimated 28 million people will shop online on Black Friday* and Cyber-Monday*, we all can fondly remember, and celebrate the laughs and tears of holiday shopping! For five decades we've celebrated the "Miracle on 34th Street" style holiday shopping -- and thus enjoy this gallery of wonderful illustrations! November 20, 2013

Top-level domains could become important factor in ranking, online brand visibility

Today, the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the thousands of new domain extensions such as '.photography', '.london' etc., that will be flooding into the market over the next few months, took a step forward and entered a new phase where they are open to applications from anyone. November 19, 2013

Tiffen Makes Its Award-Winning Photo Apps Available for iOS 7

Tiffen Photo fx version 5.03 and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra version 5.02 are now compatible with and fully optimized for Apple iOS 7 -- Tiffen Photo fx Ultra recently won the "Best Mobile Photo App of 2013" award from the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) November 18, 2013

Ashlar-Vellum releases Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo for Mac/Windows

Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo, are two new price points in the Designer Elements product line of 3D solid and surface modeling software -- it comes with a 3D mechanical parts library of 149,000 bearings, bolts, nuts and other parts November 15, 2013

60-Seconds 302: Should we colorize history?

Our good friend Chuck Green recently made a post to Facebook about the digital colorization of historical photographs. His complaint was followed by a ponderous tome of learned comments from both sides of the isle. An alarm went off in my head. I'm thinking; hey, everyone already knows about that -- but then, do they? So I went digging for all the "Digital Ethics" information that I've written about since the late 1980s and discovered -- OMG: over a decade has gone by! These "newbies" could very well not be informed about Digital Ethics. November 13, 2013

Photoshop Colorization Madness - Retouching, Tips & Tricks

We read a thread on Chuck Green's Facebook page and becamse so interested in this controversy, we snooped around on the web to see any of the thosands of Photoshop Tutorials took a side. Should we colorize historic black and white images? Well they all seemed to be gung-ho to colorize, with little or no mention of ethics. Even the Civil War web site is full steam ahead . . . and it just about drives you mad . . .
* Colorizing the Migrant Woman using GIMP
* Extensive Black/White Colorization Tutorial
* Colorization Tutorial - How to colorize B/W or vintage photographs
* 60 Second Elements: Splashes of Color in Black and White Photos
* Highlight Color Effect in Lightroom – 5 Easy Steps
* Colorizing Black-And-White Photos
* Reddit Colorization
... and MORE November 12, 2013

Entries flood for the Nanjing 2014 Olympic Medal Design Competition

From Bangladesh to Belarus, entries have flooded in from all corners of the world for the International Olympic Committee’s competition to design the medal for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. And, with just four weeks to go until the deadline for submissions, IOC President Thomas Bach has urged young designers not to miss this historic opportunity. November 11, 2013

DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for November 2013

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #11 ~ November, 2013
01 November: Design Holidays
02 Illustrator and Photoshop Colorful Balls Text Effect for the holidays or any time
03 Photoshop Madness High-End Photo Retouching, Tips & Tricks
04 Photoshop Tutorial : misunderstood emboss and contour now made easy!
05 Creative Graphic Design: video of a yolk, a designer's view, and skinhead culture
06 Learning the art of Branding, design method, planning, presenting and business innovation
07 Adobe Creative Inspiration from celebrities like Deke McClelland and Paula Scher
08 Marketing Update : infographics, mobile mindsets, digital engagement and more
09 Creative Graphic Design: Infographics, Typepedia, and font anatomy
10 Marketing Update : Direct marketing, social media, Infographics and Retargeting
11 301 60-Seconds : Quick, figure this out
12 Creative Graphic Design: Numbers, studios, gallery and virus fonts
13 Marketing Update : Going Social, jumping infographics, push mobile, content is king
14 What do Hand-Held 3D Scanning, Russia and Napoleon have in common?
15 Employee wellbeing influences corporate reputation in social media
16 Getting Schooled in the New Industry Buzzword: Content Marketing
17 To our Friends and Suporters
18 HAPPY HOLIDAYS November and December November 1, 2013

Photoshop Tutorial : misunderstood emboss and contour now made easy!

Here's another notable tutorial by Wu Hui ( Winbluegod ) from Beijing of 4-designer.com. This full Photoshop tutorial will make it easier for you to understand the significant effects of Bevel Emboss and Contour. October 31, 2013

Photoshop Madness High-End Photo Retouching, Tips & Tricks

We're simply going mad trying to separate the good from the junk Photoshop stuff... and we've found some more good ones to pass along . . .
      Kowing this is the season for shooting landscapes, and autum portraits it's a good time to brush up on some deeper, more advanced techniques. We've got several very good onew from college-level doctors, and another from Mr. Photoshop himself, Colin Smith . . . END THE MADNESS ...
* Photoshop Masking Tutorial — Using Masks To Improve Landscape Images
* How to Make Digital Photos Look like Lomo Photography
* Enhance Your Image with Selective Color Adjustments
* Improve Your Landscape Photographs Using Photoshop
* Color Correction Using Levels and Eyedroppers
* Vignetting : the good, the bad and the ugly
* Giving Your Photos A Glow
* Your photos, 300-style!
... and MORE October 30, 2013