Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
  • Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
  • How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
  • How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
  • A Typographic Makeover Of Email
  • ... and more !
July 22, 2014

Photoshop Summer Madness

1406 Photoshop Madness
Yes folks it's summertime, and it's time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . most of these are good, one is very, very good, and a couple are so long your butt will grow to the chair before you finish. Everybody and his brother and all of his cousins are doing Photoshop tutorials these days, it's just real difficult to find the good ones! Let's try :
[_] Create a Surreal "Parting of the Sea" Photo Manipulation
[_] Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Amazing Summer Flyer Design
[_] Create an Ice Cream Type Treatment in Photoshop
[_] Create a Beautifully Designed 3D Starfish Icon
[_] Create a Simple Holiday Postcard in Photoshop
[_] Nathan Brown : People Say We Monkee Around
[_] Photoshop : Adding a warm summer glow
. . . and MORE June 18, 2014

Creative Tidbits #175: summer creative inspiration is everywhere

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Are we having fun yet? I ran across some of these just accidentally on the web, which goes to show: creative inspiration can turn up in some unusual places. Take a drive, have lunch -- I guarantee you'll see something inspiring. Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] 10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers
[+] Meet an Artist: James Williams, multimedia artist of Greensboro
[+] Zimbabwe: Meaning of Colour in Graphic Design (opinion)
[+] Graphic design student uses Lego to reinvent resume
[+] Why Graphic Design Is A Booming Career
[+] Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology
... and more ! June 4, 2014

DTG : Design, Type & Graphics for JUNE 2014

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #6 ~ JUNE

  1. Welcome to JUNE 2009
  2. WIN prizes for sharing your favorite shots
  3. Our friends are your friends
  4. Photoshop : More Spring Color Palette Madness
  5. Create Hot Original Lighting Effects with Photoshop
  6. You probably don't need a masters' degreee in photography
  7. Why Black & White? Commentary by Robert Bruce Duncan
  8. Ask Ted: Is my price to high?
  9. Creative Tidbits #174: Going to the Summer like a visual feast of graphic design
  10. 60-Seconds #312 : The Age of Bad Photography
  11. 11 Desktop Publishing & Design News 1406 : Print publishing in a digital world
  12. Publishing Update : Is there a global shift back to print publishing?
  13. Marketing Update : visual content, QR codes, email etiquette and Facebook is Throttling Marketers
  14. Web Design & Review department with dozens of new items
  15. A new photo blending app for intuitive editing -- called Union
  16. Camera Plus now updated to include AirSnap
  17. &ELSE... News, views, reviews and cool stuff
  18. From the Editor for JUNE -- it's 5-o'clock somewhere
June 1, 2014

Creative Tidbits #174: Going to the Summer like a visual feast of graphic design

Fred Showker's Creative Update

All over America, graphic designers will be taking to the roads, waterways and airways on vacation in a quest for rest, relaxation and creative revival. It's a great time to look around and let your mind go free, taking in all the creative inspiration you can! Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] Graphic Designers Use Icons To Tell Marathon Bombing Story
[+] The Design Deck: a Playing-Card Guide to Graphic Design
[+] 4 Ways to Create Online Video Ads That Work
[+] Technology growth pushes passion
[+] Knitting away the scenery
[+] Shape: Designs for life
... and more ! May 27, 2014

Photoshop : More Spring Color Palette Madness

1405-02 Color Madness
Our next jaunt takes us to some new palettes, a tutorial and a tutorial wannabe. But a special treat at the end is simply a series of others we liked and wanted to share. Don't forget to send in your favorites . . .
* Tutorial : Making a Color Palette in Photoshop
* Tutorial Wannabe : DIY Color Inspiration Palette
* 12 beautiful color palettes
* How to Digitally Paint Hair
* more samples . . .
. . . and MORE May 6, 2014

DTG : Design, Typography & Graphics for May 2014

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #5 ~ May
01. MAY 2014 ... Mother's Day, design graduates get a fresh start...
02 Photoshop Madness : Tutorials and more for color, palettes, brushes and more
03 Tutorial: Create a Colorful Ribbon Flag in Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop
04 21 awesome illustration insights for Spring & Play from the Richard Solomon Agency
05 60 Seconds #311: A Font called Pinto makes a great Happy Easter Card
06 Earth Day Art, Crafts, Education for creatives of all ages
07 Creative Tidbits #168: Direct Mail Brilliance, Ellen's Selfies and Jon Sueda
08 Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends
09 Creative TidBits #170: Designers Ed Benguiat, Alexander Isley and Michael Bierut
10 Creative TidBits #171: Design with Type, design icons, and exhibition graphics
11 Marketing: Mobile Trends, Understand Buyers, LinkedIn Success Secrets, Big Data and more
12 Marketing: Changing Trends, Rebranding, Marketing Budgets,
... Effective Video and the perfect email subject line
13 Marketing: March Madness, Spring promos, looking ahead to the future, Twitter tactics
14 Clone yourself ... double billable time
15 How Digital Calligraphy Can Improve Your Ugly Handwriting
16 &Else
17 Brought to you by the Color Purple and the Letter M May 1, 2014

Photoshop: More Spring Color Palette Madness

1405-02 Color Madness
Yesterday we loaded the first five, but we couldn't stop there, so here's another batch we think you'll like. Don't forget to send in your favorites . . .
* How to make a color palette in Photoshop CS6
* MORE Skin Color Swatches - DeviantNep
* Tutorial : What’s in Your Brush Box
* Webmaster 216 color palette chart
* Mat's Flesh Tones
. . . and MORE April 24, 2014

Photoshop Madness : Tutorials and more for color, palettes, brushes and more

1405-01 Color Madness
Happy Mother's Day . . . happy tutorial hunting! Give her a little color ... or create a colorful Photoshop experience! Lots of spam and craziness out there so be careful. For this issue we decided to play it clean and get you some cool stuff! So here goes:
* Adobe Photoshop - Color Swatches and Color Libraries tutorial
* Pastel Feather Studio created by Monika Dudikeni.
* Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: Color Palette Generator
* Julie Hamilton is Artistically Afflicted
* Color Palette Generator
. . . and MORE April 23, 2014

Creative Tidbits #169: Proper punctuation, testing fonts in ID, and Global Design Trends

If you are a designer or visual communicator in business, then you need to keep up. In this issue we hope to help with creative 2013 a brilliant infographic which illustrates Shutterstock’s 2014 Global Design Trends, creative 2013 our friend David Blatner's quick and easy way to test font choices quickly in InDesign CC, and creative 2013 some musings on the proper punctuation marks from Kathryn Schulz
It's all fun, and you're invited to join us! April 10, 2014