AUGUST is BACK to (Design) SCHOOL This month's topic is all about learning! And, as usual our readers have all joined in with some rather wonderful insights into the way they learn, favorite training resources, and keeping a sharply honed edge on graphic design and communication arts. ... grab your best and then share your creations with DTG readers and win a prize! AUGUST is brought to you by the colors GREEN for education
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Graphic Design : How to edit vector pattern files in Illustrator

Thanks to Adrian Bidea of VectorPack.net for sending in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, with tips on editing pattern files in Adobe Illustrator. Quite often some of the problems involved with Illustrator patterns is getting them to fit the overall scene correctly. You either have to rework the pattern, or create a new one. This tutorial will make life much easier.... December 31, 2013

Online Social Media Update : Off and running into a new social media year 2014

So we're starting off our Social Media update for 2014 and the while Facebook, Google and LinkedIN still rule, the runnersup are nibbling away at the user base. We're looking forward to keeping up with new social media trends all through the news year!
* Social Media Usage Up 800% For U.S. Online Adults In Just 8 Years
* Crafting alluring and effective posts on social media
* How to Ensure Your Future Blog Posts Are Popular
* Embed Tweets on your website and blog
.... and the continuing world of social media and networking December 31, 2013

Creating a unique triangle mosaic using Photoshop

In this Photoshop Tutorial from Wu Hui, we see a unique procedure for producing a triangle mosaic that does not rely on Photoshop's automated routines. Not only do you learn the functions -- it demonstrates how you can utilize Photoshop without filters or styles and actually obtain better results. December 30, 2013

Marketing Update : New year, new game, another chance at Marketing, and Advertising success

Don't be fooled by the business doldrums of the winter months! There are real opportunities for January, February and March. Here's our first marketing, public relations and advertising update for the year ... go for it :
* Ask yourself these questions before posting about the news
* Mobile ad spending is through the roof. That’s a big deal.
* Top Tips for Writing Successful SMS Marketing Messages
* 9 steps to effective business emails
* 3 Media Kit Must-Haves
... and more December 30, 2013

Web Design : Sorting out the players Facebook, Linkedin, Reddit, InstaGram, YouTube, Google+, Yelp and 6,000 others

It's going to get ugly . . . how can you keep all these separate, and who knows which one might rise to the top of the heap. But when there are that many, there's a good opportunity to align with your target market. Web Design gets uglier but more fun at the same time
* Pinterest drives more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit combined
* Eating My (Key) Words: Changing The Way We Think About SEO
* The only tool you need to succeed on Twitter
* 9 Link Building Lessons We Learned As Kids
* Importance of 404 error pages
.... and the continuing online world December 27, 2013

Calling all film-makers! Viewster launches Online Film Fest competition offering $100,000 prize money

Calling all film-makers! Viewster launches Online Film Fest competition offering $100,000 prize money --- plus you get the chance to impress the producer of '21 Grams' Ted Hope! December 22, 2013

Rolling into 2014 with lots of advice for web designers

With traditional web sites going the way of the dinosaurs, there's lots to learn and lots to keep up with in the brave new Web 2.0 world of blogs, social media, hashtabs and the new stuff coming out every day you didn't have a clue about ! This is one of four, upcoming:
* How to Set Up a Hosted WordPress Site
* How to Use Google Trends for SEO
* #Hashtags? #WhatsTheBigDeal?
* 5 Reasons You Need A Blog
* 404 page best practices
.... and the continuing online world December 20, 2013

How LinkedIn's Legal Issues Affect the Network's Users

For millions of users, the business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn has been a way up in the world, creating connections that result in employment, sales, and advancement. According to Visual.ly*, the site creates ten million endorsements each day amongst the two hundred million users while one in three users visit the site daily. December 19, 2013

RIT acquires famed Kelmscott/Goudy hand press in Christie’s auction

The Kelmscott/Goudy hand press will finally find its home in the renowned Cary Graphic Arts Collection -- The highest bidder at the Christie’s auction for the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion iron hand press No. 6551 was Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection. The press, manufactured by Hopkinson & Cope in 1891, sold for $233,000 on Dec. 6. It will arrive on the RIT campus within the next few weeks. December 18, 2013

Convert lettering, type, photos, drawings, or art into Artistic Chalkboard designs and signs

s we highlighted in the Gallery for the Fall Fonts Fest, chalk art is a growing craze that really takes a lot of talent. Well, now there's a very cool App for Macintosh and Windows that may reduce a lot of the need for talent because it actually simulates chalkboard art! Amazing! December 17, 2013