DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #12 ~ December

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 23, #12 ~ December

  1. December: Let the holidays begin...
  2. Happy Feet Text Effect Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial
  3. Photoshop Holiday Colorization, Retouching and Tips & Tricks Madness
  4. 60-Seconds 302: Should we colorize history?
  5. Photoshop Colorization Madness - Retouching, Tips & Tricks
  6. Holiday Season Retail Therapy in Illustrations from Richard Solomon
  7. Vintage Holiday Vignettes copyright free images and resource art on CD-ROM
  8. Vintage Greeting Cards offer rich design inspiration
  9. Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools
  10. Vintage Holiday Vector Clip Art and Embroidery Designs
  11. Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages
  12. Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators
  13. What is the best approach to designing a website that clients can edit?
  14. Top-level domains could become important factor in ranking, online brand visibility
  15. Tiffen Makes Its Award-Winning Photo Apps Available for iOS 7
  16. Ashlar-Vellum releases Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo for Mac/Windows
  17. Entries flood for the Nanjing 2014 Olympic Medal Design Competition
  18. Out with 2013, in with 2014

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December: Let the holidays begin...

Welcome to December and the holidays. Now is the time many people are feverishly putting together holiday promotions, and we could all enjoy some idea-starters and cool resources for doing beautiful graphic arts for December. Well, here they are! Don't forget to register with your comments!

Happy Feet Text Effect Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial

It's getting cold, cold, cold, but our friend Ainsley Bevis from BloomWebDesign.net is hot with this great Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop tutorial! You'll enjoy some tricks for 3D, and then the whole piece drops into Photoshop for finishing! Happy Feet Text Effect Illustrator & Photoshop Tutorial

Photoshop Holiday Colorization, Retouching and Tips & Tricks Madness

Here we are in the holidays and wow -- what madness! There are really too many to get in before the holidays are over, but we'll try! . . . Mark Johnson even Retouches Santa, right before your very eyes! Plus others that just about drive you mad . . .
* Colorization: Kate Beckinsale by purplink
* Rachel McAdams Colorization
* Hugo Ceneviva puts Santa in ad
Shakira Colorization
* Holiday Wreath Font
... and MORE Photoshop Holiday Colorization, Retouching and Tips & Tricks Madness

60-Seconds 302: Should we colorize history?

Our good friend Chuck Green recently made a post to Facebook about the digital colorization of historical photographs. His complaint was followed by a ponderous tome of learned comments from both sides of the isle. An alarm went off in my head. I'm thinking; hey, everyone already knows about that -- but then, do they? So I went digging for all the "Digital Ethics" information that I've written about since the late 1980s and discovered -- OMG: over a decade has gone by! These "newbies" could very well not be informed about Digital Ethics.

Photoshop Colorization Madness - Retouching, Tips & Tricks

We read a thread on Chuck Green's Facebook page and becamse so interested in this controversy, we snooped around on the web to see any of the thosands of Photoshop Tutorials took a side. Should we colorize historic black and white images? Well they all seemed to be gung-ho to colorize, with little or no mention of ethics. Even the Civil War web site is full steam ahead . . . and it just about drives you mad . . .
* Colorizing the Migrant Woman using GIMP
* Extensive Black/White Colorization Tutorial
* Colorization Tutorial - How to colorize B/W or vintage photographs
* 60 Second Elements: Splashes of Color in Black and White Photos
* Highlight Color Effect in Lightroom – 5 Easy Steps
* Colorizing Black-And-White Photos
* Reddit Colorization ... and MORE

Holiday Season Retail Therapy in Illustrations from Richard Solomon

So here we are in the throws of the holidays and while an estimated 28 million people will shop online on Black Friday* and Cyber-Monday*, we all can fondly remember, and celebrate the laughs and tears of holiday shopping! For five decades we've celebrated the "Miracle on 34th Street" style holiday shopping -- and thus enjoy this gallery of wonderful illustrations!

Vintage Holiday Vignettes copyright free images and resource art on CD-ROM

Whether you need to whip out a quick newspaper ad, set up a banner for the mall, order up holiday tshirts, or decorate holiday cards and decorations, you'll need some resource materials that are copyright free. The wonderful clip art collections that include Vintage Holiday Cuts are low cost, and provide the ready-to-go creative spark you're looking for. Vintage Holiday Vignettes copyright free images and resource art on CD-ROM

Vintage Greeting Cards offer rich design inspiration

Each year we look at the most fun and most beneficial finds out there for both inspiration and for idea-starters for graphic designers. These are just two of the great selections of vintage holiday collections. When they're from Dover, you also can be sure they are copyright screened. They are so low cost, you almost cannot afford not to get them -- specially now that they're all on CD! Enjoy! Vintage Greeting Cards offer rich design inspiration

Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools

Whether you need to whip out a quick newspaper ad, set up a banner for the mall, order up holiday tshirts, or decorate holiday cards and decorations, you'll be able to create your own clip art in an unlimited supply that are completely copyright free. November 29, 2013Vintage Holiday Photoshop Brushes & Creative Vector Tools

Vintage Holiday Vector Clip Art and Embroidery Designs

This classic collection of vector clip art and embroidery designs is not only very low cost, it's all completely editable. So the base collection becomes a limitless collection of potential original art that you create in Adobe Illustrator or your favorite vector editing program. Okay -- the second package says it's for Machine Embroidery, but designers can easily see there's an entire collection of color palettes and inspiration there, even if you don't actually use the first file! Vintage Holiday Vector Clip Art and Embroidery Designs

Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

This collection is a lot of fun, and we've included these because they're useful in so many ways. Artists and designers involved in any form of illustration, layout, design, screen printing, garment printing, interior design, set design, crafts, scrapbooking, decoupage, assemblage, and others can find these a great source of holiday image. Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Happy Thanksgiving . . . we're enjoying all the art and style from many past Thanksgivings, and featuring this collection of copyright free art for the holiday season. There's a treasure trove of great inspiration for designers, illustrators, crafts people, scrapbookers, and other creatives available out there. . . please enjoy Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

What is the best approach to designing a website that clients can edit?

It's not a new trend. Clients have been asking to 'edit' their own web pages since the early 1990s. The problem was, for years, it was html or nothing! For years we tried them all from 'piggyback' programs to designing and building CGI page generaters from scratch. Then Content Management System concept was born.

Top-level domains could become important factor in ranking, online brand visibility

Today, the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), the thousands of new domain extensions such as '.photography', '.london' etc., that will be flooding into the market over the next few months, took a step forward and entered a new phase where they are open to applications from anyone.Top-level domains could become important factor in ranking, online brand visibility

Tiffen Makes Its Award-Winning Photo Apps Available for iOS 7

Tiffen Photo fx version 5.03 and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra version 5.02 are now compatible with and fully optimized for Apple iOS 7 -- Tiffen Photo fx Ultra recently won the "Best Mobile Photo App of 2013" award from the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Tiffen Makes Its Award-Winning Photo Apps Available for iOS 7

Ashlar-Vellum releases Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo for Mac/Windows

Cobalt v8 Solo and Xenon v8 Solo, are two new price points in the Designer Elements product line of 3D solid and surface modeling software -- it comes with a 3D mechanical parts library of 149,000 bearings, bolts, nuts and other parts

Entries flood for the Nanjing 2014 Olympic Medal Design Competition

From Bangladesh to Belarus, entries have flooded in from all corners of the world for the International Olympic Committee’s competition to design the medal for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. And, with just four weeks to go until the deadline for submissions, IOC President Thomas Bach has urged young designers not to miss this historic opportunity. Entries flood for the Nanjing 2014 Olympic Medal Design Competition

Out with 2013, in with 2014

Pretty soon, we'll end 2013. Did you do something good this year? The world would be a better place if we all adopted the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin:

Each morning he would ask himself
      "What good can I do today?"
... then each evening, before bed, he would ask himself:
      "What good did I do today?"
Try to live by that thought.

This month, catch up on good deeds you passed by throughout the year. Help out at the children's organization, or your local Salvation Army. Take a food basket to your local church's food drive. Turn in all your old, unused coats and sweat shirts to the local Goodwill. Pull out that checkbook and write some checks to your local free clinic, or the Boys and Girls clubs.
      If you want to know what I'm doing, you can catch up with my charitable foundation at www.appleseedsfound.org

And, to you all, we send our warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season -- and best wishes for a healthy and productive new year. We're proud that you've chosen the Design Center community to be part of your life -- and hope to bring you many benefits in the months to come.

I'd like to send you a new graphic design book!
      Here's a reminder that as we move into the new year, it's all about your projects! Designers like to enhance, celebrate or promote during the new year months -- and ward off the winter doldrums! It'll be fun for us all, and I urge you to participate by sending in your ideas, tips, tricks and experiences. Those authors who send letters and articles chosen for publication will receive a Graphic Design Books grab bag from the Design-Bookshelf.com.

December is brought to you by the letter "D"!
 
Stop in and grab your FREE POSTER of the letter "D" and PIN it to your Pinterest! PLUS, we're celebrating New Years with an all new 2014 poster . . . so
GO Click here for your FREE New Years Poster!... PLUS
I've uploaded my annual wall/over-the-door Calendar files for everyone. Download and print for a HUGE rolling calendar of 15 months.

Well, once again 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 December:
  "The excellence of a gift
        lies in its appropriateness
          rather than in its value."
            - Charles Dudley Warne


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