Design, Typography & Graphics News for AUGUST 2013

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #8 ~ AUGUST

  1. BACK TO DESIGN SCHOOL . . .
  2. Getting ideas and design inspiration by looking at unusual beer bottle label designs
  3. Product labeling and packaging study for inspiration and design ideas
  4. Best books for learning Design, Typography & Graphics
  5. Photoshop (Video) Madness for Back to School
  6. Tutorial: Using Adobe Photoshop to Draw a Paint Brush
  7. PSD Tutorial : 4 dotted line drawing methods in Photoshop
  8. Natural Newborn Baby Photography: A Guide to Posing, Shooting, and Business
  9. 60-Second Window #300 : Junk Mail Names
  10. Jordan Rudess brings musical apps to the iPad or iPhone that WOW the world
  11. Creative Graphic Design: Learning Design, Typography & Graphics
  12. Creative Inspiration: Sagmeister Happy Show, Design for Good, Awards and more
  13. Creative learning: Harry Potter design, HOW Design, UCLan Graphic Design, and Awards
  14. Modern Photo Editor for iOS: Full Resolution Image Editing to 8 MP
  15. &Else . . . News, Views & Reviews
  16. ALERTS POSTED : Protect yourself and friends from online evils
  17. SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL
  18. August is racing toward the fall . . .


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BACK TO DESIGN SCHOOL . . .

Welcome to August and our annual back to (Design) school edition. Enjoy

Getting ideas and design inspiration by looking at unusual beer bottle label designs

Okay, you saw our previous post taking a surf tour of Tequila labels, right. Well, this time we're looking at beer bottle labels and how they can be a source of graphic design inspiration. Enjoy! Getting ideas and design inspiration by looking at unusual beer bottle label designs

Product labeling and packaging study for inspiration and design ideas

One of the best ways to learn and practice design, typography and illustration is to emulate (not "copy") the works of others. Like this collection of wonderfully unique and rare bottles and bottle labels for Tequila! Here are designs you probably won't find in your local stores . . . enjoy

Best books for learning Design, Typography & Graphics

Each year I like to do a round-up of the design books we've reviewed -- but this year is different. There have been so few published I'm including several from previous years. While the digital book, ebook and Kindle books have become hugely popular -- when it comes to learning graphic design, printed books still have the most power for learning. Buy any (all) of these, and you'll automatically know more than most other designers in your market.

Photoshop (Video) Madness for Back to School

Here's a special edition of PHOTOSHOP MADNESS specifically focusing on VIDEO training. There are 100,000 videos on the open web, all claiming to be the 'best' Photoshop training . . . some are really good, like those from Russell Brown, or Lynda Weinman, and others really, really suck, like those with horrible microphones, terrible screen graphcs or moderators you cannot understand or who cannot speak proper English. But these are pretty good :
* How To Get Started With Photoshop CS6 - 10 Things Beginners Want to Know
* Photoshop CS6: Photoshop: How to use the Color Replacement Tool
* Colorizing Black and White Images with Adobe Photoshop Touch
* From Lynda.com : Photoshop CS6 Brightness interface
* Photoshop - Dramatic Broken Glass
* Photoshop CS6: Using Presets
... and MOREPhotoshop (Video) Madness for Back to School

Tutorial: Using Adobe Photoshop to Draw a Paint Brush

We're back with another good tutorial for "Back to Design School" month, and this time we're with Santosh Kashyap from TutorialBunch.com, and his tutorial on drawing a paint brush. It's interesting because of some of the techniques you'll be happy you learned. Tutorial: Using Adobe Photoshop to Draw a Paint Brush

PSD Tutorial : 4 dotted line drawing methods in Photoshop

Here's another notable tutorial from Winbluegod from 4-designer.com. This full Photoshop tutorial covers 4 different drawing methods for creating dotted lines in Photoshop. We know it's easy to generate all kinds of dotted lines in Illustrator, but Photoshop just doesn't have that skill set. So Winbluegod has these alternative methods for dotted lines in Photoshop. PSD Tutorial : 4 dotted line drawing methods in Photoshop

Natural Newborn Baby Photography: A Guide to Posing, Shooting, and Business

Little toes, pursed lips, and tiny hands -- newborn photography is a rapidly growing market and professional photographers are eager to jump in. To work with and pose a 5- to 10-day-old infant demands special skills, keeping the child safe and the new parents comfortable, while capturing the subject’s raw and natural beauty. Natural Newborn Baby Photography: A Guide to Posing, Shooting, and Business

60-Second Window #300 : Junk Mail Names

You know you've made it when Google recognizes ghost names you made up a decade ago. But there's more to this story -- as I discovered one of my pseudo names from the past is a real live person! Yikes!!!

Jordan Rudess brings musical apps to the iPad or iPhone that WOW the world

I know that many of you are musicians or involved with audio production in some form or another. These apps are the ultimate for anyone even slightly interested in music . . . Jordan Rudess is the icon of the biz! Enjoy . . .
* Immerse yourself in the wonders of a visual/audio experience like no other!
* SampleWiz inputs, outputs, generates, samples simultaneously
* MorphWiz is the second app to bear the Jordan Rudess name
* Tachyon - unique musical expressive power for iPad
* Aurora Sound Studio makes great music on your iPad
* Geo Synthesizer : all that is good in synth
Rock on, baby!Jordan Rudess brings musical apps to the iPad or iPhone that WOW the world

Creative Graphic Design: Learning Design, Typography & Graphics

It's back to (Design) School time again, and we're touching on hundreds of different learning opportunities this month, so hang on to your hats and follow along . . .
* Learning lessons of design and delivering the message
* Lots and lots of portraits on DeviantArt.com . . .
* Portfolio Help from Adobe CS6
* If Facebook Had Designers
* How to learn Photoshop
* A-Z of Unusual Words
... and more !Creative Graphic Design: Learning Design, Typography & Graphics

Creative Inspiration: Sagmeister Happy Show, Design for Good, Awards and more

Hope you've had a great summer, as many of us continue back into the school season, here are some great inspirations and idea starters for August . . .
* Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show Is at the Chicago Cultural Center
* 'Revel on the Block' promotes creativity, community and local business
* Students Recognized by 'Design for Good' Project
* Winners of SEGD Global Design Awards 2013
* Trust me, you’re not a graphic designer
* Contemporary Arts Museum gets graphic
... and more Creative Inspiration: Sagmeister Happy Show, Design for Good, Awards and more

Creative learning: Harry Potter design, HOW Design, UCLan Graphic Design, and Awards

We're rolling into the school season with Back to Design School, here are some great inspirations and idea starters to get you moving to September . . .
* Meet The Duo Behind The Graphic Design Wizardry Of "Harry Potter”
* The Next Closest Thing to HOW Design Live
* The first issue of Container 'magazine'
* Talent Spotters: UCLan Graphic Design
* New - Xara Page & Layout Designer
* Jamie wins top national award
... and more

Modern Photo Editor for iOS: Full Resolution Image Editing to 8 MP

Indie developer Jeffrey Sun brings you the Modern Photo Editor 1.7.1 for iOS, an update to his powerful, full resolution, image editing app, which is one of the few apps of its kind capable of processing and saving photos shot at full resolution on the iPhone's 8-megapixel, iSight camera.Modern Photo Editor for iOS: Full Resolution Image Editing to 8 MP

&Else . . . News, Views & Reviews

Our &Else column this month is full of very interesting and cool stuff including
* Design on the road: Pen-sized Scanner Scans a Full Page at 600dp in 4 Seconds
* NevronMotion Transforms Mocap in LightWave - capture motion for 3D rendering
* Artivist Announces Celebrity Honorees For 2013 Artivist Awards
* Lightwave : Award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering
* Leading Photo and Video Pioneer Expands Retail With Cube 3D
* Package Central Is Updated to Support Adobe InDesign CC
* Tiffen Photo fx Ultra Wins a Highly Coveted TIPA Award
* and more ... &Else . . . News, Views & Reviews

ALERTS POSTED : Protect yourself and friends from online evils

As many of you may already know, I'm a volunteer for the User Group Network News Service since 1994. As part of that community service, I work with Safenetting.com, Knujon.com and SpamCop.net identifying cyber threats, and warning the community. I've started posting alerts to both the UGNN Facebook page, and my own page at Pinterest. There are three new threats today, all intending on spoofing well known retail merchants : Kohls, Apple's iTunes, and PayPal. Please be careful -- and DO NOT CLICK on any links you get in email, until you fully understand where those links will take you. See the UGNN Safenetting Pinterest page -- and please share, pin or post those notifications. The more people who know about the threats, the less victims will join the ranks of cybercrime statistics. ALERTS POSTED : Protect yourself and friends from online evils

SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL

YES, it's that time of year again, when we celebrate all things about fonts, type and typography! You can WIN some of our valuable prizes, including the highly collectable "International Type Founders" fonts book (2 of these) by sharing with DT&G readers. I'm giving away as many prizes as we have entries until I'm all out of prizes. So we're turning to YOU to share your comments about type and typography! Just REGISTER FOR PRIZES here with your comments about:
  * Favorite fonts, and where to download them
  * Most thrilling typography layout
  * Unique and creative use of type
  * Pros and Cons of different type faces
  * Typography that sucks ... the Good, Bad and Ugly ...
Post Here to WIN : SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL

August is racing toward the fall . . .

Before you know it, August will be over. Enjoy the last vestages of summer while you can. It's a busy month for everyone.

AUGUST is brought to you by the color GREEN -- quite often the color representing education, learning, and growth! Green is also the color of Peridot, which is the official August Stone
      * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peridot

And, as for this month, well, you've already wasted a perfectly good hour reading the DTG newsletter. Hopefully all is not wasted and you've gained at least one helpful tidbit of info.

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

      Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine Parting words for August as we contemplate education and learning...
      "I have never let my schooling
        interfere with my education."
            Mark Twain


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