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The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in your Camera Bag

Apple's popular iPad and iPad mini tablets are incredibly useful tools for photographers on the go. Instead of hauling a laptop, you can tuck a lightweight iPad in your camera bag and take advantage of its large screen, third-party software apps, and online access to effectively complete and share your work away from the studio. September 27, 2013

Graphic design logos, branding and logotype design training for young designers

No fonts fest about type, typography, lettering, calligraphy and fonts would be complete without a collection of books about logotypes, symbols, logos and branding. Type and typography plays a huge part in identity design. This year, there are lots of new entries -- some even spawned by the internet. Beware though -- many of today's self-anointed internet designers really don't know much about real design or logos. Take their writings with a grain of salt, then rely on the masters September 26, 2013

Type, Fonts, & Lettering from the Blue Pencil to the London Underground

Continuing our surf for cool type & fonts stuff we find totally delicious foods from typography and a delicious lettering body painting! Here, check out these :
* Blue Pencil no. 19—Lettering by Andrew Haslam
* 9 Classic Posters From the London Tube's 150 Year History
* The Art of Hand Lettering
... and more September 25, 2013

The Surf Goes On : Web Fonts, Font Deck, and Sewing Type

Almost at the end of thise year's surf, I find one of my all-time favorites, Margaret Cusack! But that's not all, and we've got even more type, fonts, lettering, calligraphy and cool typography stuff coming your way! Here, check out these :
* Typography in Thread : Margaret Cusack
* Font Deck : one solution for fonts online
* Excellent pieces on Web Fonts
* Five simple steps to better typography
... and more September 25, 2013

The Next Type, Fonts, Lettering & cool stuff Surf

Okay, so we found these and really liked them (out of hundreds we checked out) -- enjoy the continuing surf for cool type & fonts stuff . . .
* Inconspicuous vertical metrics
* Hey, You've Got Some Font on Your Face
* Bunch & Repeat : Fonts & Fashions
* 10 Common Typography Mistakes
... and more September 25, 2013

Type, Fonts, & Lettering fat and happy, even Comic Sans

Continuing our surf for cool type & fonts stuff we find totally delicious foods from typography and a delicious lettering body painting! Here, check out these :
* When was typography fattening ? With Dessert Girl
* Creator Of Most Loathed Font Defends Comic Sans
* Bernard Maisner: master calligrapher and stationer
* The History and Future of the Chalkboard
... and more September 25, 2013

Photoshop Madness for High-End Photo Retouching & HDR techniques

We're back, catching up on unfinished business from our last Retouching post several weeks ago. We promised some good HDR and Retouching techniques -- so here they are, even one from Mr. Photoshop himself, Colin Smith . . .
* Using the HDR Feature in Photoshop CS2/CS3
* How to Create Professional HDR Images
* Infrared Photo Effect in Photoshop
* What is HDR and why do we need it?
* Results Using Layers in Photoshop
* Exposure blending tutorial
... and MORE September 24, 2013

Bringing to life a world-wide zombie invasion 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt

Discover the remarkable things they're doing these days with 3D scanners and printers. The movie industry is rapidly adopting the new technologies -- as you'll see in this piece about making Zombies for the box office hit 'World War Z' starring Brad Pitt! (links to trailers included!) September 20, 2013

DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac

Many, many times we get email or forum postings lamenting about the high cost of the Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe products... and now you can't even buy them, you "rent" them from the 'cloud' . . . so we've done a little digging and testing and you can try these for highly functional surrogates for Illustrator :
* iDraw: powerful feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app
* If you're not a design pro, you may need Logo Design Studio
* Animate : Bring your imagination to life!
* TouchDraw : structured 2D vector graphics
* Clipart Collection by UAB Macmanus
* VectorPro Color
. . . and more September 19, 2013

Photoshop Madness : Even MORE Text Effects

We're back, to wrap up the 19th Annual Fall Fonts Fest with this madness of yet more text effects -- even a retro one that's actually not, and one from the cleaned-up Photoshop Planet guys . . . ENJOY:
* Beautiful Glossy Text Art Using Photoshop
* Easy Way to Work on a Great Text Art
* How to Design a Retro Style Text
* Elegant Text Effect for 2013
* Glowing Rusty Text Effect
* 3D Sliced Text Effects
... and MORE September 18, 2013