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Photoshop Fonts, type, lettering effects tutorials Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness

Okay, we've put aside the foolishness and included only acceptable tutorials this month in celebration of the 20th Annual Fall Fonts Festival ... text effects go hand-in-hand with fonts, lettering, typography and calligraphy -- and Photoshop is almost everyone's favorite way to accomplish the impossible ...

  • Create Awesome Splashing Water Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Colorful Plexi-glass Text Effect using Photoshop
  • Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment
  • Create Colorful 3D Text Effect in Photoshop
  • Rescue Shadow Detail in Photography
  • Create a Silver Style Text Effect
  • Create 3D Text Art in Photoshop
  • 3D Textured Text Effect
  • Curled red ribbon
  • . . . and MORE
August 26, 2014

Marketing Update : AdWords Etiquette, Content Skills, and do we really trust advertising?

Effective marketing comes in many different shrouds ... from content to comments, beware what you say, where you say it and who you say it to! It's all about trust and skills. Follow along as we dig deeper into end of summer marketing :
[*] Make Hidden Persuaders Work for You: Aroma, Music, Color, Font
[*] The 5 pillars of effective content marketing etiquette
[*] 5 Marketing Skills That Digital Journalists Will Need
[*] Google Goes All in on Mobile Apps With AdWords Updates
[*] Do Americans Trust Advertisements? by Ayaz Nanji
[*] How To Choose The Right Medium For Your Message
... and more August 26, 2014

Photo Editing App Insta Split for Instagram Released

For all those users of Instagram, Insta Split Photo Editor for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad allows the users to blend several photos in a single frame. The app has many (18) layouts each of which can be adjusted for the size. With this app, maybe we won't see so many horrible Instagram photos! August 25, 2014

JumboZilla: Thousands of Super Premium Design Resources worth $11,227 - Just $129

To celebrate "Back to Design School" the Design Center and DTG Magazine has partnered with one of the leading deals websites in the entire design community, with an extended family of more than 300,000 design enthusiasts. But these are not just designers -- they're illustrators, typographers, photographers, journalists, art directors, painters artists, publicists, marketers, scrapbookers, craftspeople, sign painters, fabricators, CnC machine oporators, and visual communicators from all corners of the world. What we've cooked up for you -- with this coupon -- will blow your mind! August 22, 2014

Help from ColorLogic's color management for more consistent color results

ThePowerXChange, the source for extended technology, is excited to announce the availability of the ColorLogic product range. ColorLogic's color management products are easy to use, can be easily integrated into any production environment, and operate reliably for consistent results. August 22, 2014

Creative Update 179 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Before we jump into the Fall Fonts Fest, let's finish out the summer with some creative tidbits from life size poster models to packaging to freelancing, we'll see people doing great stuff all over the world ... just follow along:
[_] Why does Birmingham employ more architects than other metro areas, but fewer graphic designers?
[_] Jean Peterson Design's Award-Winning Wine Label Series Featured on International Website
[_] Chapchinstudio constructs poster for 2014 tehran graphic design week
[_] Ultimate design & Lettering inspiration is found in packaging
[_] 5 Ways to Showcase Your Freelance Graphic Design Work
[_] Bubbles, swirls, and blossoms
... and more ! August 20, 2014

Graphic Designers Ask : How much should I charge

This is probably on of the most frequently asked questions in the graphic design business. Everyone is looking for a silver bullet -- but there are no silver bullets. About ever five to ten years someone asks the question and I answer it. I've done so for almost 40+ years. They asked it again in the Design Cafe, so I provided this answer to "how much should I charge?" August 19, 2014

Marketing Update : End of Summer, on to big marketing season

We're almost through the summer "dog dazze" and now ramping up for the biggest marketing quarter for the year, pay attention :
[*] 6 strategies to assess if a bold new idea is worth the risk
[*] Priceline Seeks Results From Facebook as Google Wins Ads
[*] Media relations techniques that don't involve pitching
[*] 5 ways to build brand awareness through content
[*] 5 Little-known YouTube Features for Marketers
[*] Metrics That Matter
... and more August 19, 2014

Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox

Graphic Designers should all know about DropBox, and at least try it. This app will add so much more functionality to your online photo storage. From printing to showing, here's an elegant way to browse your photos and videos both online and offline August 18, 2014

Awesome new features, Pixelmator may be the Photoshop Killer!

The Pixelmator Team has done all graphic artists a favor. Their new Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone is an amazing update to its (already) fast, innovative, and powerful image editing app, featuring an all-new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature. August 15, 2014