DTG January 2010

by Fred Showker

............... Design & Publishing Center NEWSLETTER ....................
.................... Vol. 20, #1 - January, 2010 .........................


01. Twenty-Ten we'll do it again

Welcome to a new year and a new decade. This month our cup really
runs over with new discoveries, new learning, and some field
trips that will dazzle your senses. This newsletter is too long
for email delivery, so a number of items posted during December
have simply been left out.

Some readers like to just wait for the newsletter and not
interrupt their schedules chasing articles ... others like to
stay right on top of things, so they're following us on Twitter
(http://twitter.com/DTG_Magazine). Either way we hope you will
stay in touch, and share your comments and suggestions.

Twenty-Ten will not be like any other ten you've known. Rare,
wonderful, enticing new visions await you -- and we'll do our
best to play at least a small part in your benefit and success in
the year to come!



02. Checklist for Year-End

Organizing personal and small business finance all year round makes
year-end tax prep a lot less anxiety-inducing - income and expenses,
categorizing transactions, and monitoring budgets and
savings, and your life at tax time

* http://www.graphic-design.com/business/management/checklist-year-end


03. Twenty-Ten in Black & White

Start the year off with this field trip to the studios of some of the
best digital portrait painters in the world. This special collection
was selected because they leverage black and white - non color
- to create rather special portraits

* http://www.graphic-design.com/gallery/field-trip/visions-black-white


04. Type is more than letters

When is typography more than just letters, fonts and faces? When it's
used in the illustration process as bendable, foldable, curvable,
and moldable. These are superb examples of typographic illustration

* http://www.graphic-design.com/typography/design/type-more-letters


05. Photoshop for Fingerprinting

This Photoshop 911 reader requested information about using Photoshop
to compare fingerprints -- while not generally used for law enforcement,
this tutorial uses Difference blending mode and Hue / Saturation
to compare fingerprints -- or any two images! Enjoy

* http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/tutorial/photoshop-fingerprinting


06. Photoshop Actions Madness

This edition of Photoshop Madness focuses on actions and reflections
... Photoshop reflections, FREE high-quality Photoshop PSD icons,
Photoshop Actions for Amazing Color Enhancements, 50 essential
photo actions, Photoshop clone tool actions and Quick
straighten tutorial for Photoshop Madness

* http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/madness/photoshop-actions-madness


07. Do you have a Photoshop Fave?

If you do, why not share it with all DTG readers? Or, if you,
yourself, should be considered as a fave for DTG readers,
we're waiting for your induction into the
Photoshop Faves column!

* http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/fave_tutorials.html


08. Photoshop Fave: Donal Jolley

Donal Jolley is a freelance designer and accomplished digital artist
based in Atlanta, Georgia. His multi-faceted design and Photoshop
skills allow clients to rely upon him for the most complicated
design work.
See our review, http://ow.ly/RWQL and visit Donal soon!

* http://www.donaljolley.com/


09. Photoshop YouTube Background Tutorial

From one of our "Photoshop Faves", Jordan Charters, comes this Photoshop
tutorial primarily designed for use on YouTube -- however, there
are some good lessons and good techniques in this tutorial

* http://ow.ly/RWQL


10. Mailbag: Color Post Card Printing?

J.M. from Los Angeles, CA wrote in with:

> I discovered your excellent website while researching artistic but
> affordable postcard design/printing. We're a boutique architecture
> firm planning to print Qty 100 of 4 different postcards for
> marketing purposes. Do you have suggestion for good printers?

J.M., there are lots and lots of 'gang' houses out there on the naked
internet, however for this kind of project why not keep the stress factor
as low as possible.

Take your designs, gang them all up on a single sheet, and print double
the amount. Keep the second wave for use later! And, I'll bet there's
an on-demand color printer within ten minutes of your location who
needs the work and will do a superb job.

I always advocate using LOCAL resources whenever possible.
If you were printing 100,000 post cards, that would be a
different answer. But for this project -- go local!

* http://www.p-ar.com


11. Mailbag: February Black History Month

Next month is Black History month, so please send along your tips and
leads to outstanding graphic designers of color.

This letter from Sarah reminded me to alert you all of
this upcoming feature:
> I thought I would send you an additional page that you might
> want to add to your Black History column.
> You don't seem to have any resources on African American cartoonists.
> I found this gem when I was looking up info

Here's Sarah's link:
* http://www.999inks.co.uk/pioneering-cartoonists-of-color.html

So, see how easy it is, folks? A simple post at the Contact button at the web site does the trick.

12. Mailbag: Superimposing Billboard Art

E.A. writes with this problem:
> I took a picture of a road junction and would like to place an imaginary
> billboard on the road side. I want it to appear like the bilboard
> was actually erected on that site. Please tell me what software
> that I need and how I can do this on my own, please

Well, E.A., the answer is Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

You'll need transparent layers for this.
Way, way back in the late 1990s (gosh, a decade ago???) we published
this article about doing exactly what you ask. Of course you'll need
to find an existing billboard to photograph and lay into the shot
of the junction... but it's all done the same way.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/tranformation/index.html


13. Sites: T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S.

Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations -- a series
of experiments conducted at Rice University to determine the
properties of that incredible food, the Twinkie.

* http://www.twinkiesproject.com/


14. Site of the Month

Beginning research for our March issue "Designing Women" takes us
to "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958 - 1968", a major
exhibition at the University of the Arts ... rediscovering the
"Lost Legacy of Women Pop Artists" exhibition of women’s
contributions to Pop Art in the Philly area,
January 22 – March 15

* http://www.uarts.edu/newsevent/6322.html


15. Beware Dangerous Searches

It's amazing how the cybercriminals can infect just about anything.
When a search word becomes popular -- you can bet the crooks are there
waiting to catch you! Here, I look into several warnings about
Google searches that take you directly to malware sites!

* http://www.graphic-design.com/60-seconds/spam/beware-dangerous-searches


16. Record an action in Photoshop

One of our favorite Photoshop books purveys this tutorial on Actions.
Save tons of time and misery by automating tasks in Photoshop
-- learn to record, play, edit, and delete individual actions.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/tutorial/record-action-photoshop


17. 3D modeling solution for Mac

Mac users have long lamented about the lack of a good 3D modeling
solution. PCs seem to dominate the field. Now, Cheetah3D is a super
cool, very popular 3D modeling solution for Mac OS X with material
systems, optimized render engine, extended modeling tools, and more.
IF you think in 3D, check out

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/graphic-design/3d-modeling-solution...


18. My New iPhone

Since most graphic designers are embracing the iPhone, we decided to
test one in the family. It's caused quite a stir ... and it's not
really as intuitive as they lead you to believe.

Out of several help aids for Apple's iPhone, we thoroughly field
tested this one and found to be the best!

* http://www.graphic-design.com/bookshelf/my-new-iphone


19. Fonts: Your Own Handwriting

To answer the many inquiries we get about handwriting fonts, here's
a great idea -- YourFonts.com is an online service that allows
you to make a TrueType font out of your handwriting.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/typography/fonts/fonts-your-own-handwriting


20. &Else NEWS: January

Our news office was busy during December despite the holidays.
Our news box has also grown a lot of spam too. Unfortunately just
submitting your news or press release doesn't mean it will be published.
Items that would not fit in this newsletter:
* Photoshop: Surreal Landscapes
* Edit tabular data on the Mac
* Vector-Drawing for Mac
* Photoshop: Matching Color Schemes
... and many others at:

* http://www.graphic-design.com/tags/news


21. Designing Women: March and April Features:

If you've followed DTG for very long, you will already know about our
"Designing Women" features in March and April celebrating Women's
History Month.

Now is the time to nominate your favorite designing woman for induction
into this years feature. Next to our Fall Fonts Fest in September,
Designing Women is our 2nd most popular month(s).

Submit a nomination at: http://ow.ly/RYEs
or send in your OWN entry at ...

* http://ow.ly/RYFk


22. Twenty Ten to Twenty Twenty

Hope you made your new year's resolution to contribute to DTG this
year. We'd love to see your portfolio, and to read your experiences,
tips and tricks.

January is brought to you by the color BLUE : http://ow.ly/SHfa
January is brought to you by the letter "J" : http://ow.ly/SHhz

Looking forward:

To spread the word about graphic arts, we always ask:
Got tutorials?
* http://bit.ly/8l8AY and
What's in Your Portfolio?
* http://www.graphic-design.com/folio_submission.html

Thanks for reading...

Fred Showker

Fred Showker, Editor / Publisher, DT&G Magazine

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Thought for the new decade:

"Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-- St. Francis of Assisi


PS: if you've made it this far, excellent! The Publishers Warehouse
features lots of great clip art, fonts, and all kinds of Photoshop
stuff! A whole new decade on our way to 2020...
... graphic-design.com/ ... got it?





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