Whether you use the pen craft professionally, or just for personal expression, it embodies a tradition of beauty and discipline that few other crafts can match. Here are my favorite learning guides for mastering the time-honored art and craft of calligraphy, lettering and penmanship -- for young and old! The first time someone sees you writing in pure copperplate and exclaims "Wow, how did you learn that?" you'll know you've gained a skill few others posess. Any of these books will also make a superb gift for anyone on your list. October 27, 2011
In this tutorial, learn how to make a peaceful nature photo manipulation in Photoshop using images, brushes and various helpful techniques. Special thanks to Ainsley Bevis from BloomWebDesign.net for sharing another of her bright, original tutorials! Enjoy October 26, 2011
This edition of Web Update brings yet more great tips and tricks, as well as some in-depth data for all web designers...
* Branding, PR, SEO: Send the right signals
* What's The Difference Between Mobile & Desktop SEO?
* 5 Steps to Link Building with Widgets
* Four Mistakes of the SEO Novice
* 6 Key Findings From The 2011 Local SEO Industry Survey
* Why browsing is so important to content discovery October 25, 2011
Mister Retro's latest Photoshop plug-in is called Retrographer and it allows users to create stunning and authentic vintage photography effects! Users can take complete control over every aspect of creating authentic original looking photography with this simple and powerful plug-in! October 24, 2011
Uncommon has partnered with artist community RedBubble, enabling members to personalize iPhone cases with their designs -- RedBubble received more than 7,000 original designs by independent artists worldwide in just four days October 22, 2011
This Social Media update takes a look at :
* Get noticed on Facebook with Facebook news feed optimization
* Use LinkedIn to improve organic visibility
* Move over social media; here comes social business
* Twitter releases Web analytics tool
* How many social media personalities do I need?
* Trim the pork from your social media
* Tips for nonprofits to ramp up their social media
and the emerging world of social networking ... October 21, 2011
Revealing Login Passwords in Minutes -- Password extraction is possible even if the computer is locked or put to sleep - after a user logs in, password remains in memory October 21, 2011
In a recent Photoshop 911 forum inquiry, a reader asks how to replace the head of Jack Nicholson in a 1920s black and white photo. The poster wanted to replace it with his own head from a recent color photo... here's the Photoshop tutorial October 20, 2011
Did you ever get one of those 419 Nigerian scam emails? Did you know what to do when you saw it? Of course you did. But evidently, many other people aren't as smart as you. If I replied, this is probably what I would write . . . October 20, 2011
Did you look at the white dot in our article icon here? Did you ever have a client ask "What about that blank space?" Welcome graphic design extraordinaire, Alex White, who will answer the question "What is White Space?" once and for all ... October 19, 2011