Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014

You probably don't need a masters' degreee in photography

When I first gave this talk most photographers out there were either in strollers, or weren't born yet. So with all the junk we're seeing in the social media worlds, don't you think it's time for some help? From rough 'selfies' to instagrams intentionally made to look bad, we're wondering what ever happened to the reasons for taking photos? Going on vacation? Study this up before leaving home with your digital camera! May 20, 2014

Lyric's Marketing Tip #7 : Are You What They Like?

Once upon a time, someone said "You are what you eat" ... does that mean that the saying "You are what they LIKE" could be true? Sandy Wright-Hibbard of Lyric Marketing always comes up with such sage advice, The Design & Publishing Center and DTG Magazine are pleased to have Sandy on board for our 19th annual "Designing Women" edition to share this article! February 21, 2014

Photoshop Tutorial: Create rusted metal text

Another of those text effects everyone loves, this time from Auke at Tut Base! In this tutorial you will get detailed, step by step training on how to create Rusted Tex -- It's very easy to follow and you'll have amazing results as seen here! Auke even includes some downloadable textures you'll really enjoy. May 29, 2013

10 Simple Presentation Tips for Professionals

Tim Clukey has been teaching digital media courses for over 14 years at the Plattsburgh State University Communications Studies Department in Plattsburgh, NY. He shares these insights into the application of presentation media. February 21, 2013

Adobe Illustrator Gradient Mesh distorts images

Here's an interesting Adobe Illustrator tutorial that works in most versions of Illustrator after the addition of the Mesh -- and it gives you the perfect opportunity to learn and work with the Gradient Mesh, one of the more illusive tools in Adobe Illustrator's tool box. January 30, 2013

The Top Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Fonts

Jill Bell, typographer and type designer for ITC, Monotype and Adobe, shares her top ten useful tips to help you get to know, love and use fonts better.

November 28, 2012

Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for organizations

As the world continues to shrink, and people continue to migrate away from local organizations and clubs, here are ten things you can do in the coming year to pump some new life into your club. December 28, 2011

Adding Frames and Borders in Photoshop

One of the frequent questions in Photoshop 911 emergency room is how to add borders and frames to images. So, here's a detailed step-by-step tutorial for photoshop beginners on how to add borders and frames to images. Includes photo pointers and detailed instructions thanks to Olga Bogatyrenko of Chasing Moments November 29, 2010

Lightroom 3 Editing Essentials

Scott Kelby shows you how to develop your photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, including setting white balance, seeing befores and afters, and applying changes made to one photo to other photos. Sample Chapter is provided courtesy of New Riders November 27, 2010