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Best Apps for Graphic Designers

A million palettes in your pocket is a big promise. But these apps can do that and quite a bit more. And, they're so cheap, you can check out several. How handy is it to have a color specifier to refer to while working -- without leaving the screen you're on? * myPANTONE? X-Ref * Grab the color you want * Palettes Pro Universal * Color Mood Designer * My (Your) Color Season ... and more April 6, 2011

Marketing Monday : April kick-off

This marketing update cleans up some good content items I've collected since February, but are still important reading for graphic designers, media people, and those in marketing and advertising ... April 4, 2011

Designing Women: Jane Conner-ziser

We get so wrapped up in Photoshop stuff, we often forget about the extraordinary work being done in Corel Painter! One particular artist will totally sweep you away, so I knew I had to get her into this year's Designing Women. . . ladies and gentlemen, meet : Jane Conner-ziser! March 31, 2011

Own a Color

This article, contributed by Jonathan Munk, was first published in 2007. In reviewing this year's color issue, we find Jonathan's words are even more true than ever! Follow along as Jonathan Munk shares these important considerations for your logo and identity program... March 30, 2011

COLOR! New era, new tools

Never before have designers had such a broad and exciting landscape of color palette tools. With mobile devices, iPads, iPhones and iPods, the designer can rule the color world for just a few dollars. Here are the top apps we found for your mobile device ... * myPANTONE makes it all accessible * colorSutra * Color Stream - palettes from scratch * Colormixer sketch pad for color * Cliqcliq Colors - color picker * Fonts And Colors Reference for designer's... and more! March 30, 2011

YOLO 2011 Color Predictions

Have you ever actually tried to match inks, paints, color swatches, and chips across multiple media -- like paper and the web? Take a look at Yolo's color predictions for some juicy inspiration March 30, 2011

New profits: Design in Metal

One area usually untouched by the graphic designer or design studio is architectural lettering. However if you've got clients who own buildings, or are planning to move into new quarters this the perfect opportunity to pick up a couple hundred (thousand) dollars with only a couple hour's work. Follow along ... here's how it works March 29, 2011

Creative: Design inspiration for April

This issue of Creative Tidbits brings more Designing Women, and even the Fashion Color report for fall... along with * Why I Draw * Will Crowdsourcing Replace Graphic Designers? * Rethink your design thinking * Royal Couple Wedding Monogram Contest * A Little Culture With Your Beer? * the "Enfant Terrible" of Graphic Design * ... and more! March 29, 2011

Color: from the experts

For this year's color edition, we gathered our favorite book excerpts by the experts in digital imagery. Enjoy : * Converting to Black and White Using Camera Raw * Cropping to a Specific Size in Adobe Photoshop CS5 * Dealing with Ghosting in Merge to HDR Pro in Adobe Photoshop CS5 * Keeping Great Color When Emailing or Posting Photos to the Web * Using the Color Replacement Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5 * Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas on Color Replacement * Using the HUD Color Pickers * Converting Color When You Print ... and more March 28, 2011

Publishing Update March 28

What does it take to improve readership and traffic? Content, of course! This edition we've got some content oriented info as well as some PDF and eBook insights ... * Honor Thy Content: The Five Commandments of Editorial Excellence * So the Publishing Business Didn't Die, After All * Magazine readers engage more with interactive than static print ads: Adobe * Apple's bet on publishing * Printing Employment Shrinks, Shipments per Employee Rise * Tear down this PDF * Will Ebooks Jeopardize the Carbon Reduction Goals of the Book Industry? * Publishing experts take dim view of Apple's new rules for iPads and iPhones -- and more ... March 28, 2011