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Creative Tidbits #218: Icons, infographics, Black Friday, Podcasts, paper grades and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Well into the holiday season, here are some select holiday goodies, and some other interesting items including those Black Friday infographics! Creative inspiration is where you find it... finding cool stuff over the holidays? Give us a tip!

  • Follow These Three Tips for Designing the Perfect Podcast Icon
  • Do You Know Your (Paper) ABCs? Grade, Basis Weight, and Finish
  • 100 Free Flat Christmas Icons
  • Black Friday Infographic(s)
November 22, 2016

Conversational infographics: Use any of over 3,000 icons in iOS messaging

This is not necessarily a graphic design tool, but surely with over 3,000 icons to communicate with you can do some creative brainstorming. This app for your iPhone gives you the power of infographics on the fly, using icons. November 18, 2016

Calligraphy Penmanship comes to the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

With the advent of the superb Apple Pencil, you now have the opportunity to master beautiful calligraphy and penmanship in the digital world. The new iPad and Pencil are extraordinary new tools for the graphic designer, illustrator and letterhead -- it's time to put them to work! November 17, 2016

Optical character recognition for MacOS Sierra

The client hands you a stack of printed material to digest in the next project. What do you do? The more work you can get done for you, the better you'll be, right? Typing is one chore that really hasn't been innovated. Now, OCRWizard 4.0, optical character recognition (OCR) and PDF document conversion application for macOS could relieve you of at least some of those chores. OCRWizard converts any PDF, scanned documents, or image files (including the picture of business card) into searchable PDF, Word, Pages, HTML, Excel, Keynote, and ePub, etc. on Mac. November 16, 2016

MovieMerge+ brings back intuitive video editing no longer available in iMovie

I don't know about you, but at one time iMovie was a quick and easy movie editing app where you could combine some video takes into meaningful video in just a few clicks. Well, Apple saw fit to keep making it more and more difficult to use -- hoping to push you to their Final Cut product -- and now it's about too frustrating to use. Well, now there's MovieMerge+ October 27, 2016

Working with lots of images? You'll need a light table with real features

Working with lots of images can sometimes have problems. You've tried the icon view, and various contact sheet methods. Both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have their own built in image browsing utilities -- but nobody has come up with the light table functionality we enjoyed for decades in the professional world. October 26, 2016

Creative Tidbits #217: posters, videos, illustration and Saul Bass!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

I hope you have as much fun with this edition as I did ... frankly, I looked up these and spent hours and hours deciding which samples to show -- and an afternoon in that video library! Amazing stuff. Simply amazing stuff! C'mon and jump on in and see what I'm talking about :

  • Required: 50 Posters that Rocked the World
  • The Most Satisfying Videos In The World
  • Saul Bass: 20 Iconic Film Posters
  • Outrageous illustration talent
October 25, 2016

Top Three Entries Showcase the Creativity, Capabilities & Possibilities When Using YUPO

2016_YUPO_Wally_Winners

Yupo Corporation America, a leading global manufacturer of synthetic paper, has announced the winners of the 2016 Wally Awards, the company’s annual design competition. This paper gives beautiful print reproduction -- it's water-proof and tear-resistant -- plus tree-free recyclability! October 22, 2016

Extract and repurpose the images and segments from your video assets -- Deframe them!

When you need to work with images and segments of a video after production, you need the best functionality you can get. Deframe is a video post-production utility that gives you an easy way to extract and repurpose the images and segments within your video assets. October 21, 2016

Ultrapop Infinite - Endless Source of Unique Color Filter Combinations

Although there are all kinds of color filter generators online, and, you've probably developed your own tricks and workflows, you should never pass up the opportunity to work with yet another image manipulation filter. We had a lot of fun with this one, and I think you'll benefit here too! October 20, 2016