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Color Therapy : 40 Excellent coloring pages to color your way to good health!


LITTLE DID I KNOW over the past several years of evangelizing coloring books for kids, I was scooping in a thoroughly adult market -- with a cause, even! Spiked has posted an article about the trend toward "infantilising" -- and we're also told that the popularisation of the idea of wellbeing is itself culturally significant. Okay . . . so color on! November 28, 2015

Converting PDF files to text -- this utility may be your key

When you need to extract text from acquired PDF files, it can be a tedious and frustrating operation. If there are columns, you've got a reall challenge. If they've saved the PDF without editing capabilities, and optimized for web delivery it can be impossible. Now there's help for most situations. November 25, 2015

DT&G Advertising update : Ad Blockers

The online world and its unsatiable hunger for money has broken all rules and enraged the online population to the point of mutany! The design community as well as old school internet purists said all along that you could tell your web page sucks if you have advertising. But the web industry just wouldn't listen. Now, it appears a huge push-back is coming and it will make the connected world a better place. November 23, 2015

Shooting video with low quality audio? You night need restoration!

I see and hear it all the time. Videos that would normally hit the spot -- but don't because of poor sound quality. It's a tough nut to crack, but VideoSoap app offers easy-to-use audio restoration for videos on the Apple iPhone and iPad. VideoSoap is so easy-to-use that even average consumers can use it to fix audio problems, without requiring any audio expertise. November 21, 2015

Creative Tidbits #199: Spec Work, Google Logo, Laser-Cut vectors, Adobe lost fonts and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

The old 'Spec Work' debacle raises its ugly head again -- I cannot understand why people don't learn. We're also looking at the Google logo, and Adobe lost fonts. Enjoy and don't forget to share your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries

  • Is Spec Work Evil? 12 Agency Execs Discuss the Unchecked Problem
  • Create a Laser-Cut Mailer Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • How Magazine Covers Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years
  • Google's new logo: why a meh response is actually good
  • Is this an infographic or worthless misdirection?
  • Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded
November 4, 2015

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 October 31, 2015

Creative Tidbits #198: Photo fright, newsletter design, homeless and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are rolling into the holiday season, but you'll find that creative inspiration for the holidays can work all year long. We have a great line-up this month, which will be in three parts. Enjoy and don't forget to send in your creative inspiration tidbits and discoveries . . .

  • 100 Cameras Were Given to the Homeless in London. Here’s What They Captured.
  • Artist blends figurative and portraiture elements in works
  • 4 Great Design Ideas for Your Association Newsletter
  • Graphic Design Festival Scotland returns to Glasgow
  • How to not be frightened of your camera
October 29, 2015

Artboard Drawing App Update: Photos, Performance, Usability Enhancements

I've told you about Mapdiva before. It's a very cool new program, and now it's been upgraded! Artboard 1.9.8 vector drawing software, features support for Apple's new Photos app, a critical performance update, and several usability enhancements. Artboard is an affordable vector drawing program that is simple to use to get you going fast, yet powerful enough to meet your everyday drawing needs. Broad support is available on the Mapdiva website, with a selection of vector tutorials, getting-started videos, and a free downloadable trial. October 26, 2015

Halloween inspiration, art, activities and download fun for all

Lots of great art, ideas and inspiration can be found in children's books. This collection brings lots of visual fun for Halloween with a great collection of activities and coloring. Grab some free samples, and take a look at these favorites: halloween Wacky Witches Sticker Activity Book halloween Witches Stained Glass Coloring Book halloween The Little Halloween Activity Book halloween 3-D Coloring Book--Happy Halloween halloween Halloween ABC Coloring Book halloween Halloween Scapes
. . . and more! September 30, 2015