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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WEB Design : When your server goes down, how long until you realize it?

Are you paranoid about your web site? Have you been hacked in the past? If your site goes down, how long will it be before you realize it? Don't know? How much traffic ... how many visitors could not find you? Maybe it's time to start monitoring your web site July 26, 2016

Now we find Desktop-Class Selection Tools in one of our favorite iOS image editing programs : Pixelmator

Now, casual Adobe CC users may just be thinking about stopping the bleeding. We've told you about Pixelmator many times over the years -- now they've announced a new release. This full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for iPad and iPhone brings some new functionality we've all been waiting for. July 26, 2016

Creative Tidbits #211: A great script, tips for swashes, Story Telling, Cloud content and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This is a fun edition! Ilene is back with some swashes, and a good grunge font. The most fun was CEROS a major spam experience -- yet somehow very good! If it moves, it sucks ... well, maybe not!

  • Ilene Strizver writes : Choosing and Using Swash Characters
  • Visual Storytelling: A Primer for Digital Designers
  • Sant’Elia Script (Demo)
  • Spam site of all times
July 26, 2016

Archisketch Adds Apple Pencil and Adobe Creative Cloud Support

Now that the iPad Pro is on the streets, we're really thrilled to start seeing so many software developers adding support! Archisketch 2.01 for iOS, has added support for the Apple Pencil, Adobe Creative Cloud, smart one- and two-point perspectives, "Share Extension" and other advancements to the scale-aware sketching app for Architects and designers. July 25, 2016

Web Design : 6 Tips for Web Designers to Make Your Clients Happier

Web design is a great career field. Still, like with any other professions, web designers have to deal with a lot of issues and challenges, from mastering time-management skills of advanced level to resolving conflicts with difficult clients. Besides, web design is a highly competitive field and to be successful a web designers has to follow the latest industry trends. Here are just some of the most common challenges and issues web designers have to deal with: July 21, 2016

Creative Tidbits #210: Nordic Font, Ads that charge, Lord of the Rings fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Halfway through July and here we are with a font I know you'll like and an even hotter ad for the beach in Rio a magazine charges your iPhone . . . I love July!

  • The Lord of the Fonts: fonts in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
  • Magazine ad that charges your cell phone ??? Sure!
  • Yana Bereziner : Nordic Font
July 19, 2016

Photoshop Madness : Celebrating Summer 2016 3D Technique without PSD 3D!

PSD Summer 2016

This Photoshop tutorial will be teaching you how to create a 3D summer text effect without using Photoshop 3d capabilities! This effect is great for summer party invitations or cards, and can be easily changed to fit any season or holiday! This tutorial assumes you have advanced knowledge of basic Photoshop functions such as adjustment layers and layer effects. July 14, 2016

Let's go to Las Vegas! Did you ever consider a career in Las Vegas Gaming Art?

creative art for slot machines

A booming industry often overlooked is the gaming industry ... no, I'm not talking about video or computer games, I'm talking about Las Vegas! I had the best time photographing these slot machine headers, I began trying to guess the base type fonts and the processes used to print these lighted headers! It's fun and fascinating! July 12, 2016

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for July, 2016

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 26, #7 ~ July
Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields around here are looking forward to this year's Back to Design School issue, and our Fall Fonts Festival kicking off in September!
SURF's UP.. Summer is almost over!

  • 01 JULY 2016 - Digital Photography, photos, and all fun in the sun ...
  • 02 Photoshop Madness : Make Your Own Angry Bird Fan Art With Photoshop
  • 03 60 Seconds 334: Why use Spotify?
  • 04 4th of July Nails
  • 05 Creative Tidbits #209: body painting, Photoshop filters,
    . . . type and typography and more
  • 06 2016 Elections : Now you can dress and undress your favorite candidates
    . . . Trump, Clinton, or Sanders, or all three!
  • 07 Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!
  • 08 This could be the most important drawing software since Adobe Illustrator
  • 09 PSMania yet another image editor for photo enthusiasts
  • 10 Self publishing has come of age, and Textkraft mobile production
    . . . studio makes it happen
  • 11 3rd annual Dronestagram/National Geographic International
    . . . Drone Photography Contest
  • 12 Patina Painting App for Mac Relaunched with New Features
  • 13 July to August... on the road... taking car
July 2, 2016

Illustrator vector cupcakes and muffins!

Getting ready for the summer vacation and all of the cook-outs, receptions, parties and picknics going on, we were delighted when Ainseley Bevis sent in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial with lots of blends, gradients and vector cooking! July 1, 2016