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Design Apps: Typography on your photos, great retouching, reflections, montage and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are, rolling into vacation season -- and you'll have your camera, and maybe even the camera in your iPhone, and you'll want to discover some fun apps that go along with fun on vacation! Some of these we selected because they're great fun and great capabilities right out of the box -- others we chose because of their sophistication and benefit to the designer. The two typography items are home runs, and will make a better rounded experience for adding type to designs and images!

  • Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Typography Insight
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • A Beautiful Mess
June 14, 2017

Penmanship for iOS: Draw fascinating variations with simple pen pressure

I wrote about this new app in 2016, when they launched Calligraphy Penmanship for iOS devices. Its most important feature is based on the pressure control of the Apple Pencil on the screen of the iPad Pro. In fact, for writing Penmanship, angle and azimuth sensitivities are not helpful to produce beautiful shades of stylish letters. May 1, 2017

Nothing beats fun communications like Comics ... try Comic Draw, the Comic Creation App

Comic Draw, a full-featured comic creation and publishing application for iPad makes it real fun to generate awesome comics and comic style layouts. April 27, 2017

Creative Tidbits #228: Free Vectors, Tumblr Type, Creativity, Sketch and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This issue focuses on essays that are important to the overall scheme of graphic design. But it's not all work and no play -- we got free vector art along with insights into a really fun drawing app that does other stuff too!

  • 20 Free Vector Pallet Wood Textures in AI, EPS & PNG Format
  • I didn’t know Sketch could do that!
  • Creativity on Demand
  • Stereotype Tumblr
April 25, 2017

Free Explosive and Holographic iMessage Sticker Packs

Red Giant has just released Blockbuster and Holomoji, two all-new sticker packs for iOS users. Designed by Red Giant filmmaker Seth Worley and iOS developer Micah Lanier, the sticker packs leverage the very best of Red Giant motion graphics and visual effects to bring a sense of Hollywood action to iMessage conversations. April 24, 2017

Creative Tidbits #227: Free Fonts, logo tips, Fake News, Photoshop Ethics and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go ... running a little late on this one, should have posted it last week! But hey, I'm just having too much fun with Designing Women and the spring of things! Here, follow along:

  • Light & Feather: 4 Free MockUps
  • 25 logo design tips from the experts
  • The strange story of the world's most famous logo
  • Art Nouveau and Ballpark style from
  • Fake News? Rethinking The Ethics Of Photoshop
April 15, 2017

Discover the fine arts of rock and stone painting!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

While working up some pages and Creative Tidbits for our Designing Women special I discovered the art of painting stones. I had no idea it is such a popular and wide-spread practiced art and craft. Although searches bring up literally millions of images, it is not a new art. It's one that's been practiced for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the highlights we found.

  • Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
  • How to paint rock mandalas
  • Meditative Mandala Stones
  • The Art of Stone Painting
  • Cindy Thomas Rocks
  • A gallery of pages and samples
February 15, 2017

Creative Tidbits #225: Signatura, Logos, InfoGraphics, Art Photos, PSD GIFs and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

What's more fun than Cinemagraphic GIF files, moving? Well, we've got those, along with another free font and some art photography you can enjoy. I've provided a link to see all the images as thumbnails too! Along with that we see another of those "minimal" logo collections -- are they really logos? We'll see, and we'll have a great time this this issue.

  • 85 Great Art Photography Examples For Inspiration
  • How To Create GIF Using Adobe Photoshop?
  • InfoGraphics components you might like
  • Signatura Monoline Free Typeface
  • 10 Free Minimal Vector Logos
February 14, 2017

Creative Tidbits #224:Color Searches, Portfolio, Templates, free fonts, history lesson and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This week's Tidbits has something for everyone! We really enjoy learning opportunities, and Hannah Poindexter's piece is very good and should be part of our legendary "Brief History of Typography" series in the Type Department. Yes, and speaking of type, we do have a free font this time, and a free DTP template as well as more tips on creating your online portfolio.
      We always welcome your suggestions and ideas and items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet
  • This one searches Flicker to find your colors
  • Essential Steps to Making a Killer Portfolio
  • Clean Design Free Resume Template
  • Lively Serif goes Deco
February 7, 2017

Creative Tidbits #223: Online Portfolios, Design cannibalism, White House Photos and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Off to a great start, and here comes February! My favorite item in this edition of Creative Tidbits is the Photo exposition from the 2016 White House photographs -- WOW! Yes, and a free font, some excellent Photoshop Text effects and how to 'fix' Design cannibalism ... a great issue this week and remember, you can always suggest items for the DTG Creative staff to visit and review! Just lead us there!

  • 6 Steps To Creating A Knockout Online Portfolio
  • Rosarina Font: speak softly, carry a big stick
  • 2016 White House in Photographs
  • Problem: Design cannibalism
  • Photoshop Cool Text Effects
February 1, 2017