Photoshop Tutorial: Creating Watercolor, Scatter and Smoke brushes in Photoshop

Our friends out at 123rf.com have sent this tutorial to brighten your brushes collection -- and they even send along links to the suggested files. We all know that understanding how to make your own brushes can really come in handy. After all, many times, you could use a good brush when working in Photoshop August 24, 2015

21st Annual Fonts Festival : Most recommended, top quality fonts for Designers

There are "freebie" fonts lists, and 'freeby' fonts replicator sites coming out the ying-yang. Very few will talk about commercial fonts -- but folks, I'm here to tell'ya the commercial fonts are almost always far, far ahead in terms of quality. Some of the free fonts sites have good looking stuff, but your download them and end up with a mess on your hands. Well, not true of these -- we can stake our reputation on these fonts -- and can guarantee you'll like the way you look when you use them!

  • Twisting and weaving separate strands makes Twine
  • Learn the art of steel quill, and draw Escritura
  • You're gonna love working with Letter Press!
  • Take your publication into the Garden . . .
  • Galeb Texture

This font is called Letter Press August 21, 2015

Output Factory for Adobe InDesign Adds New Variable File Name Options

Well, if you follow the social networking sites, you'd think graphic designers do nothing but web pages, logos and Photoshop manipulations. But it just isn't true. Most graphic designers are still involved with desktop publishing, printing, page layout, and solving the design issues that gives the name to graphic design. Now, automating some of the tedium is a blessing! August 6, 2015

Minder Softworks announces strategic partnership, new application

Got lots of digital assets? Have problems keeping up -- finding what you need? Well, take them all to the Expo. Expo is a next-generation digital asset manager (DAM) for creative professionals that allows graphic designers, multimedia producers, software developers, and anyone who uses digital media to easily manage their digital assets. August 4, 2015

National Coloring Book Day : something for everyone to relax, color and enjoy

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Here we are in the heat of the summer, and August 2nd is National Coloring Day! No matter where you are or what you're doing, it's a refreshing treat to dig into those crayons, colored pencils, markers or your favorite media and do some art. When you get involved and sail into that coloring 'zone' your troubles just drift away. If you need a little help getting ideas or getting started -- or if you've got some bored kids on your hands, have at any of these free samples! July 31, 2015

Think with your Fingers - Diagram Sketching for iOS - Instaviz

When you need software to do a specific job, little else comes close. You want to quickly visualize a concept; illustrate a point; diagram a plan? Use your finger! Instaviz 2.0, a major rewrite of the first and best iOS diagram sketcher. Users can sketch, refine and share their diagrams, mind maps, flowcharts and concept maps even faster and easier on the new version. July 30, 2015

Pop up some sideline income by popping up Logo Pop for FREE

All graphic designers -- whether you are freelance, have your own studio, or work for another agency -- should get acquainted with Logo Pop. This quick, accurate, easy program can take care of some of the light-weight jobs generating revenue, while freeing you up for the more important projects. Check it out ... the price is certainly right! July 18, 2015

Publishing Update 1505-15 : Digital Media, Publishing, content, print, and DTP

Did you remember Mothers' day in your media plans? Never pass up the opportunity to market and spread the PR of your clients. Spring is a fun and lucritive season as people come out of the winter doldrums and begin shopping again. Be on your toes ... May 13, 2015

Publishing Update 1505 : Publishing, content, print, and DTP

Rolling into the summer vacation season, a lot of markets will be picking up that special book, magazine or whitepaper to take along on the trip. You're clients will be wanting to put their best foot forwared. We found these to be excellent reads, and even included some design to go along . . .

  • What is a magazine? Media reporters often see the web as the answer
  • The case for, and against, integrated print-digital newsrooms
  • The Brutally Honest Truth about Ghostwriting
  • 5 Truths of Audience Monetization
  • Common print design mistakes
-- and more ... April 29, 2015

GraphicConverter rises to yet greater heights with the latest upgrade from Lemke Software

From the mid 1980s until well into the 1990s, all of my workshops and seminars all around the country were conducted using GraphicConverter. First, there was no other "slide show" software that would run on the first Mac laptop -- which was actually an Outbound. Yes, this was before powerbooks. The sorter helped me sort and organize, the graphics engine let me edit, modify and build titling, and the slidshower helped me click through my presentations. And the slides were so beautiful, nobody ever wanted to see another PowerPoint. Some day, I'd like to meet Thorsten Lemke. He's the hardest working man in software -- he keeps on working and improving GraphicConverter's awesome capabilities. Now, here comes the next version . . . April 27, 2015