Thanks to Shweiki Publishing for passing along these tips -- all of which are free online services that can take the place of ones you have to pay for. Even if you're a pro, these services are good to know about. If you try any, please let me know your reactions! August 5, 2014
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01 August Back to SCHOOL
02 Photoshop BACK TO (Design) SCHOOL Madness
03 60-Seconds #313 : Google Link Removal schemes raise a lot of questions
04 Let me send you $391 for back to school
05 Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration
06 600 Vector fonts for
07 Creative Update #177: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration
08 1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes,
09 Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration
10 7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design
11 Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices
12 Classic Vintage vector design elements, ornaments, cartouches, illustrations and devices
13 Logo Builder for thousands of quick, profitable, quality logos
14 MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting!
15 Author Steven Heller on design responsibilities
16 5 Steps to a Stand-Out Website
17 A Designers Education
18 SEPTEMBER: FALL FONTS FESTIVAL
19 Good learning ... August 1, 2014
600 Vector fonts for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting and anywhere you need clean vectors
If you're in the design business, and happen to do arts and graphics for screen printing, CnC machine cut work, laser cutting, engraving, embroidery, vinyl cutting, or frisket cutting, then you really do know the real value of clean vector fonts. Most of the amateurs these days achieve unique decorative fonts by layer styles and other "cheats" ... but when you need clean vectors, the amateurs don't cut it. You need real vector fonts. You get vector fonts one of two ways July 29, 2014
From tips for freelancing to secret messages in logos, the Creative Tidbits quest rolls on through July and into August with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
- 4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them
- Photo Posts Spark the Most Engagement on Facebook
- What Secret Message Is Hiding In The Wendy's Logo?
- Natasha Law : delicate lines, fields of color
- Proven: Great Copywriters Wield Great Power
- ... and more !
1,800 vector illustrations, typographs, logotypes, pictograms and illustrations for infographics, ads, web or print media
Yes, and while we're going back to (design) school, what do designers need more than anything? Good inspiration, that's what. So, here's another huge collection of top-quality vector illustrations we think you'll really like. July 28, 2014
It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
- Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
- Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
- Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
- How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
- How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
- A Typographic Makeover Of Email
- ... and more !
The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics July 20, 2014
In the "day" we had many, many restaurant clients. We had restaurants sometimes that would occupy the same building as the previous restaurant. I only wish we had a collection like this one in those days. We had to hand-draw, or clip from the Yanblan Archives, or some of the thousands of pages of Dover Books I had purchased to cut apart. Thank goodness these files are here today in vector format! July 18, 2014
When I combined a sign and screen printing shop as part of the graphic arts production facility, there was a steady stream of clients needing quick, good looking graphics very cheap. What do you do? We were competing with traditional sign shops on price and turn around. There's no time for a company profile design statement interview. He needs 40 styrene, screen printed shelf-talkers by Thursday at 7am, and today is Tuesday. What do you do? July 16, 2014
DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #7 ~ July
01 Ahhhh... summertime!
02 What does Freedom mean to you?
03 Great books for writers, bloggers and communicators for the summer
04 Photoshop Summer Madness
05 Connect Film Professionals and Movie Buffs to 45,000 Resource
06 Your iPad becomes a full featured video production device
07 Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks Reborn
08 Publishing Update 1406 : Why Newspapers, magazines, books, print media?
09 Property Law Primer for Multimedia Developers
10 Artboard: Text Styles, Performance Boost and OS X Mavericks
11 Creative Tidbits #175: summer creative inspiration is everywhere
12 New Scanning Slideshow ready for Photographers
14 Happy July... get ready for August July 1, 2014