DTG News for November

by Fred Showker

............... Design & Publishing Center NEWSLETTER ....................
................... Vol. 19, #11 - November, 2009 ........................

01. NOVEMBER

First, I'd like to thank all our new readers, and subscribers.

If you're wondering WHY you got this newsletter, we finally imported the
names from entry forms on Photoshop 911.com. So, if you entered a tutorial
or an Embergency post there, and did not check the unsubscribe,
you got subscribed. You can unsubscribe at the end of the newsletter.

Thanks to all readers and participants, we love you all!

This month, we investigate the design principles of negative space,
and gets ready for the holiday season! Be sure to send in your favorite
holiday promotions, self promotion ideas, or excellent discoveries
in negative space. We'll be sending out prizes for the
best posts or comments!

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02. DTG Forums: Cafe & Photoshop 911

In a few days the forums at www.dtg-forums.com will disappear and
new forums will open at www.graphic-design.com.

Read my full account on the move - where, how, what for

* http://www.graphic-design.com/photoshop/dtg-forums-cafe-photoshop-911

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03. Negative Space: nothing says a lot

Someone asked about "Negative Space" and then blogs all over the place
picked up the buzz word -- but nobody actually delves into the psychology
and philosophy of designing with negative space. It's one of the
most powerful tools a graphic designer's toolbox.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/desktop-publishing/negative-space-n...

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04. Designing Spaces

in logo designing, as well as other design and page layout projects
you can leverage the space that contains nothing -- Negative Space.

Here are some examples of brilliant use of negative space.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/graphic-design/designing-spaces

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05. Logos: of Negative Space

Designing a logo is a process that combines a thorough understanding of
the essence of the client's message. When a designer sends the message
utilizing multiple images within a unique single image
-- we call that a "world class logo"

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/graphic-design/logos-negative-space

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06. Parkol: graphic design & negative space

Further explorations into the design of negative space takes us to the
design studios of Nick Senin Parkol from Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Nick demonstrates how negative space affects the content
and message of graphic design

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/desktop-publishing/parkol-graphic-d...

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07. Negative Space: the book

World-renowned illustrator's new book negative space showcases a collection
of Norma Bar's Most Impressive Social & Political Art
... Here are some examples of brilliant use of negative space.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/negative-space-book

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08. Photoshop Tutorial: Brushed Silver Text Effect

In this etc tutorial we will be creating a brushed silver reflective
text effect. We will also be creating the accompanying abstract
reflective watery background scene.

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

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09. Beyond Digital Photography

Cher Threinen-Pendarvis and Donal Jolley share their extravagant talents
to show you just some of the possibilities in transforming you
digital photos into true works of art.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/bookshelf/photoshop-books/beyond-digital-p...

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10. 60-Seconds: Twitter Tweet Jerks

As a relatively new Twitter user, I'm disturbed at some of the practices
showing up in the tweet stream. Yes, it's good finding so many wonderful
resources ... but some of the tweeters just aren't "our" kind of people

* http://graphic-design.com/60-seconds/society/twitter-tweet-jerks

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11. Elements Plus filters, masks and more

Andrei Doubrovski's latest Adobe Photoshop Elements Plus kit includes
smart filters, vector masks, and many more advanced tools normally
hidden under the hood -- unlocking undocumented advanced
functions in Photoshop Elements

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/graphic-design/elements-plus-filter...

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12. Photo idea: Photo Tent Layout

We've had a number of readers refer back to this page, unable to find it.
One of the more popular layouts we've presented over the years is the
Digital photo tent display - great novelty, and a wonderful gift idea

* http://www.graphic-design.com/design/resources/photo-tent-layout

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13. Time Billing for Freelancers

Who has the most problem keeping up with time tracking, invoicing, billing,
and profitability? Creatives? Desktop Publishers? Graphic artists?
You bet.
Fanurio time tracking and billing software may be your solution

* http://www.graphic-design.com/business/freelancing/time-billing-freelancers

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14. Dutch Skies 360 DVD

This is one of the more unique offers we've seen -- the Dutch Skies 360
Volume 1 DVD, features affordable, royalty free HDRI images in the sIBL
2.0 format -- that can be used for visual effects, 3D,
architecture, game development etc.

* http://www.graphic-design.com/photography/resources/dutch-skies-360-dvd

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15. &Else News for November

Since the new layout of the Design Center, we're handling the news a
little differently -- there's no specific news page. Our tagging system
now gathers all the articles based on topic or keyword,
so it's easy to find the latest news.

We're also uploading articles on a regular day-by-day basis rather
than waiting until the end of the month for one big upload.
The past few weeks saw these among others:

* Remove red-eye with ease
* Master Panoramic Photography
* ArtOptimizer for Illustrator
* HDR Photography for Mac OS
* Palm Pre: The Missing Manual
* Geocoding for iPhoto
* Photography effects for iPhone
* Mobile Design and Development
* Art Fotografic releases Album
* Anti-Malware in Snow Leopard
* Map drawing for the Mac
* DiskLibrary now Snow
* Scribbles: Draw outside the lines!

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

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16. Photoshop: 911 tip of the month, Slicing

Annoying Gray Boxes -- One frustrated reader shouts:
> Where did these little gray boxes come from
> and how do I get rid of them????"

Ahhhh the Slice Boxes again. Careful what you click.
In a Photoshop Class at JMU, students are forever lamenting about
the boxes appearing for no logical reason.
Once they appear you think you can't get rid of them.

Those boxes appear when ever you click the SLICE tool.

So, if you accidentally click that tool, whether you notice the gray
boxes immediately or not, you can go to the menu:
View > Show and choose Slices

That should make them go away.
The new forum is open, but it's now empty
-- we invite you to post your Photoshop 911 calls at

* http://www.graphic-design.com/forum/367

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17. Fun & Games: Thweet Tweets...

http://bit.ly/2sBsj = HOW Logo awards- Thanks LogoMotives
* http://bit.ly/2SRbvi = Photoshop Madness - free plug-ins
* http://bit.ly/1XgqNZ = Katrin Eismann's tutorial removing backgrounds
* http://bit.ly/3xHfJ5 = Free Photoshop Brushes: 40 Splatters, Strokes
* http://bit.ly/1BFi8M = Effective Beauty Retouch in Photoshop
* http://bit.ly/8l8AY = GOT TUTORIALS? Submit your tutorial

If you TWEET on TWITTER, then TWEET at us:

* http://twitter.com/DTG_Magazine
* http://www.twitter.com/Photoshop911

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18. November opening the holidays

Thank you all for your help and feedback during our first month under the
new CMS system. Things are running smoothly, although my Google rankings
have fallen through the floor. Oh well, Google rankings aren't everything.

If you're a nice guy, you'll put a link on your site to the Design Center
... show it to me, and I'll send you a little something to say THANKS!

Don't forget to check out the new forums experiment.
The old ones will go away in just a few days.

Opening the Holidays: During this time of year we like to investigate
cool self-promotional ideas for the holidays, and again, discovering
little known tips and tricks for using Photoshop and InDesign for
those promos. Please don't forget to tell us about your ideas or
favorite discoveries.
http://graphic-design.com/content/contact-graphic-design-center

November is brought to you by the letter "N"
* http://bit.ly/1Cgmme
and the color brown the color of a nice, roasted turkey!
* http://bit.ly/m0HQJ

Contact us, share, tweet, or even author your own articles for DTG
and the Design Center. Just click any of the links at the top of
the right-hand columns on any page.

And, remember: 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

Thought for November:
"You can only protect your liberties in this world
by protecting the other man's freedom."
- Clarence Darrow

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!
November is the Thanksgiving month -- the month to give thanks.
So to access the loading dock, just put the word "thanks" after
the ending slash in http://www.graphic-design.com/ ... got it?

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