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DTG News for November, 2011

Our November DTG newsletter opens the holiday season with lots of design goodies, including:
01 Design : What is white space?
02 Photoshop : Nature Photo Manipulation
03 Photoshop Tutorial : Replace a Head
04 Photoshop Madness Holidays
05 Typography : Fred's XYZ Blocks
06 Calligraphy & Penmanship Gift Guide
07 Top 10 Steve Jobs Books
08 Celtic Art & Design
09 Favorite APPs for Designers
10 60-Seconds: Hello, my name is Peggy
11 Law: Video Privacy Protection Act Passes
12 Plugins : Retrographer For Photoshop
13 Business: The QR Question
14 Society: Who Buys an iPhone 4S?
15 &Else : Passware Proves Mac OS Lion Insecure
16 &Else : Personalize iPhone Cases
17 Web Design Updates
18 Marketing Updates
19 Social Media Updates
20 Welcome to the holidays ... November 1, 2011

Celtic Art & Design

Celtic design and illustration can evoke an acient look and feel to any project -- or can also give a very modern look! These books offer a huge value in both usable art and inspiration for design ideas -- at very affordable prices. October 31, 2011

Top 10 Steve Jobs Books

Here is my selection of the best books for learning about and being inspired by the late Steve Jobs! I have read or thumbed all (except two, not yet published) of these, and can recommend them for your own, personal benefit -- or as a superb gift for anyone on your gift list this year! October 29, 2011

Favorite APPs for Designers

Now let's take a look at a great selection of apps for designers : * iPad 2 RGB Editing * Halftone Adds Face Detection * Movie Glossy Photo Effects * Slide Show Application with Realistic Physics * Video Frame Grabber & Slow Motion Player * Photos that speak ... and more! October 28, 2011

Calligraphy & Penmanship Gift Guide

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

Nature Photo Manipulation

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

Web Design Update 1110-19

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

Retrographer For Photoshop

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

Personalize iPhone Cases

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

Social Media Update 1110-21

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