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Photoshop Madness : Spring color palettes, flowers and mothers

Here we are in the spring ... and we're back on the track of wonderful color in Photoshop ... it's also Mothers' Day in May so watch for our Mothers' Day special . . . for now, just don't get yourself into too much Photoshop Madness :

  • Adobe Photoshop - Color Swatches and Color Libraries
  • How Do I Create Custom Color Palettes in Photoshop?
  • Thread: The Zorn Color Palette for Photoshop
  • Handling Colors – Part I: Palettes
  • Picking and using color for color
  • Fun with in-engine color grading
. . . and more ! April 28, 2015

Could Pixelmator Watercolor Painting Technology be the one that replaces Photoshop?

I remember a small program that came along a quarter of a century ago that just blew everyone away. I see hundreds of start-ups -- they come and they go -- but when I see Pixelmator, I'm scratching my head wondering if I'm looking at the next big thing . . . could this be the beginning of the end of Photoshop? April 28, 2015

60-Seconds #322 : I got trapped by Google Adsense & false advertising

Do you remember when Google came out with Penguin, how they would penalize any site with 'false' links? Then all this talk about mobilegeddon, and how Google has become the internet police and the ministry of information -- all about 'honesty' on the web. Google's "honesty" took a big hit when I wanted to contact a Tupperware sales representative in my own town. But, the search results were the last thing I expected -- and certainly the last thing I wanted. April 28, 2015

iOS Photo Booth App - SnapBooth Offers Major New Features

Fans of Eleven17 Technology Ltd.'s no-cost iPhone and iPad app SnapBooth - which is being hailed as a unique "personal photo booth" - can now head to the App Store and download the latest version 3.0, which features several major improvements that have made an already exceptional app even more functional and fun. April 27, 2015

GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software

From the mid 1980s until well into the 1990s, all of my workshops and seminars all around the country were conducted using GraphicConverter. First, there was no other "slide show" software that would run on the first Mac laptop -- which was actually an Outbound. Yes, this was before powerbooks. The sorter helped me sort and organize, the graphics engine let me edit, modify and build titling, and the slidshower helped me click through my presentations. And the slides were so beautiful, nobody ever wanted to see another PowerPoint. Some day, I'd like to meet Thorsten Lemke. He's the hardest working man in software -- he keeps on working and improving GraphicConverter's awesome capabilities. Now, here comes the next version . . . April 27, 2015

Social Media Update : The wires and wireless are buzzing with the next big thing

Social media is hotter than ever! With news of streaming video from Twitter and Facebook, along with some disturbances with Linkedin, every graphic designer needs to stay on top of the social media game. Here are some interesting stories we bookmarked recently -- good enough to pass along to you:

  • Should digital magazine covers be designed different from print?
  • Balancing art and science to track campaign performance
  • 8 indispensable tools every content writer needs
  • Why I Won't Accept Your Linkedin Invitation
  • Top 5 Advantages Of Email Marketing
  • Managing your online reputation
... and more! April 27, 2015

Transform the Photos You Have into the Images You Want

Convert RAW digital photos (and JPEG and TIFFs, too!) into beautiful images with SILKYPIX Developer Studio and SILKYPIX Developer Studio Pro6.The SILKYPIX products are powerful image correction and RAW conversion tools for both professional and hobbyist photographers on the Mac OS X and Windows platforms. April 26, 2015

PaintCode 2.3 adds over 15 new features, including SVG export

PaintCode is a unique vector drawing app that generates Objective-C or Swift code in real time, acting as a bridge between developers and graphic designers. April 26, 2015

Web Design Update: Mobilegeddon, Amorality, Uber, SEO, Web trends and more!

Well the Web jungle drums have been pounding and pounding on just about anyone who will listen with news of Mobilegeddon. The drop-dead date came and went but the world didn't end. Google is doing their best to keep a straight face, but there are a lot of whiners and moaners out there. Either fix it or stop moaning.

I did my own survey last night, and I'm continuing to check out various web sites and I'm finding some, like Adobe and Behance fail miserably, when others like Mashable actually do work. The sad news is when they work, they suck. Take a beautiful site, pump it through Google's blackmail grinder and the mobile version comes out sucking. LOL. April 23, 2015

Recreate the magic of instant printing, with your mobile device and the Polaroid Zip Photoprinter

We've been waiting for this . . . a pocket-sized device allows you to instantly print your photos from today’s most popular smartphones and tablets ... and it's very cool! Who thought of it? Polaroid, of course, the first and only people to invent instant printing. Print and share images anywhere, using your modern mobile device and the Polaroid Zip Instant Photoprinter . . . and I'll bet you're going to want one! April 22, 2015