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Create Hot Original Lighting Effects with Photoshop

Lighting effects for photographs, one good idea leads to another! Mr. Ben Bradley is a graphic designer/ video artist from New Zealand with a story to tell! He was so inspired by this Abduzeedo tutorial called Sparkling Hot Girl, that he made this one, and sent it along to us. May 28, 2014

Creative Tidbits #174: Going to the Summer like a visual feast of graphic design

Fred Showker's Creative Update

All over America, graphic designers will be taking to the roads, waterways and airways on vacation in a quest for rest, relaxation and creative revival. It's a great time to look around and let your mind go free, taking in all the creative inspiration you can! Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] Graphic Designers Use Icons To Tell Marathon Bombing Story
[+] The Design Deck: a Playing-Card Guide to Graphic Design
[+] 4 Ways to Create Online Video Ads That Work
[+] Technology growth pushes passion
[+] Knitting away the scenery
[+] Shape: Designs for life
... and more ! May 27, 2014

Beautiful brushes in a beautiful new interface

With 74 brushes in 6 categories, Pen & Ink now offers the best and most diverse toolset on the App Store, including unique tools like Asian ink wash brushes, a bamboo pen, and a kneaded eraser. The app has been updated with a brand-new look and streamlined workflow, which is both simple to learn and easy to use. May 26, 2014

Publishing Update 1405 : Is there a global shift back to print publishing?

With all the news of security breaches, hacking, loss of privacy, and global spying we may be seeing the shift back to printed publications. Here are several good articles and resources for anyone involved in the print industry:
[+] The No. 1 reason for optimism about the future of newspapers? Our audiences
[+] Printing Profits Still Struggling, but Rebound from Q4-2012
[+] Why you should engage with other print providers online
[+] How publishers can prepare for new advertising sales model
[+] 20 Traits of Successful Nonprofit Publishers
[+] How tablets have changed publishing
[+] Can 30-second ads save newspapers?
[+] Could newspapers outlive the Web?
and more ... May 22, 2014

A new photo blending app for intuitive editing -- called Union

The all-star Pixite LLC photo app has gotten an impressive boost with the launch of Union, a pioneering photo enhancement app designed for intuitive, high-level image stacking, editing and masking. A natural extension of Pixite's established photo editing apps, Fragment and Tangent, Union lets users quickly and easily replace backgrounds and combine photos in unique and creative ways. May 21, 2014

You probably don't need a masters' degreee in photography

When I first gave this talk most photographers out there were either in strollers, or weren't born yet. So with all the junk we're seeing in the social media worlds, don't you think it's time for some help? From rough 'selfies' to instagrams intentionally made to look bad, we're wondering what ever happened to the reasons for taking photos? Going on vacation? Study this up before leaving home with your digital camera! May 20, 2014

PaigeeWorld for iOS - The Social Network for Artists gets a New Look

PaigeeDraw invites you to its very popular social media art app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. PaigeeWorld is a veritable playground for people who love manga and anime and art in general. Users can create profiles, upload their own artwork, "follow" and "like" other artists and collect points that can be used to unlock drawing tutorials. It is an app that is engaging, educational and highly entertaining. May 19, 2014

Why Black & White? Commentary by Robert Bruce Duncan

We are fortunate to bring back Robert Bruce Duncan in his commentary about black and white photography -- originally printed by permission in 2004. We're bringing it back today because the new generation of photographers need Robert's pep talk about the subtle beauty of black and white photography. May 16, 2014

Camera Plus now updated to include AirSnap

Camera Plus, a popular camera app for the iPhone, has just added the incredible new 'AirSnap' - A unique way of capturing on an Apple iOS device using another iOS device. Camera Plus has also gone universal with compatibility across Apple's range of iOS devices like iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display. May 15, 2014

Web Design: New Tlds, domain Landrush, Conversion Rates, WhatsApp, Teen Usage Stats, Google Encrypt, Bloggers Block and more

Spring comes, and we all get lazy! But this is no time to let up on your learning or web design . . . follow along this issue of Web Update :
[*] New Internet Domain Extensions: Don't Get Blinded by the Sunrise or Run Over by the Landrush
[*] Study: Search Campaigns Earn Double Conversion & Revenue Rates When Integrated With Social
[*] WhatsApp by the Numbers: Where It's Popular; Teen Usage Stats
[*] Take these steps toward an effective landing page
[*] Google May Push Sites to Use Encryption
[*] 26 Tips for Overcoming Bloggers Block
[*] The Year of the Social SMB
.... and the continuing online world May 14, 2014