DTG : Design, Type & Graphics for July 2014

by Fred Showker

DTG Newsletter ~ Vol. 24, #7 ~ July

  1. Ahhhh... summertime!
  2. What does Freedom mean to you?
  3. Great books for writers, bloggers and communicators for the summer
  4. Photoshop Summer Madness
  5. Connect Film Professionals and Movie Buffs to 45,000 Resource
  6. Your iPad becomes a full featured video production device
  7. Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks Reborn
  8. Publishing Update 1406 : Why Newspapers, magazines, books, print media?
  9. 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
  13. Happy July... get ready for August

DTGnews Ahhhh... summertime! This month, just grab a book and off to the beach you go! Or, you can try any of our fabulous font selections in the Publishers' Warehouse. THis issue is a bit light because I spend most of June out on the water, traveling or cleaning out the Showker Inc. office building.

What does Freedom mean to you?

WIN collectible graphic design, photography, Photoshop, web design books from our treasured collection just by telling us what freedom means to YOU.

Great books for writers, bloggers and communicators for the summer

As we rage through the summer, if you're going to get some beach chair or lawn chair time, you may as well get some benefit for your trouble... these are all impressive for fun and learning :
[_] Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need Paperback
[_] On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition
[_] On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition
[_] How to Write a Damn Good Novel
[_] Naked, Drunk, and Writing
[_] Writing Down the Bones
[_] Story Engineering
[_] Bird by Bird ... and more :
GO Great books for writers, bloggers and communicators for the summer

Photoshop Summer Madness

Yes folks it's summertime, and it's time for some true Photoshop Madness . . . most of these are good, one is very, very good, and a couple are so long your butt will grow to the chair before you finish. Everybody and his brother and all of his cousins are doing Photoshop tutorials these days, it's just real difficult to find the good ones! Let's try :
[_] Create a Surreal "Parting of the Sea" Photo Manipulation
[_] Photoshop Tutorial: Create an Amazing Summer Flyer Design
[_] Create an Ice Cream Type Treatment in Photoshop
[_] Create a Beautifully Designed 3D Starfish Icon
[_] Create a Simple Holiday Postcard in Photoshop
[_] Nathan Brown : People Say We Monkee Around
[_] Photoshop : Adding a warm summer glow
. . . and MORE
GO Photoshop Summer Madness

Connect Film Professionals and Movie Buffs to 45,000 Resource

Drawing from over 45,000 submissions of videos, articles, blogs and podcasts, The Assembly will be the first resource to present fully integrated multi-media capabilities. The app will serve as a hub for members of the film community, industry professionals and experts; a communal space unavailable before.
GO Connect Film Professionals and Movie Buffs to 45,000 Resource

Your iPad becomes a full featured video production device

The Padcaster, the iPad case that transforms Apple's tablet into an on-the-go video production studio, is now shipping its new Padcaster Air model. The apparatus combines the stability of the Padcaster with the superior filming qualities of the iPad Air.
GO Your iPad becomes a full featured video production device

Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks Reborn

Whether you're warming up a scene or building a palette from scratch, Magic Bullet Looks brings professional color finishing to projects of any budget. Completely rebuilt with many under-the-hood improvements
GO Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks Reborn

Publishing Update 1406 : Why Newspapers, magazines, books, print media?

David Pilcher sums it up beautifully, there's just nothing quite like a glossy magazine cover! Standing at the magazine rack/stand in your favorite grocery or pharmacy, you see a broad spectrum of selections in print. They're all beautiful, but they're all practical. Printed brochures, cards, booklets and other marketing materials give you something to hold and touch. But there's more in this edition of DTG Publishing Update:

  • Research proves media brands must supplement — not supplant — print
  • As newspaper revenues decline, print media stocks rise
  • Why You Should Still Try To Get Print Media Coverage
  • The enduring pull of the glossy magazine cover
  • 5 facts about the news business today
  • Papering over e-books
  • Choose Print: Touch
    -- and more ...
GO Publishing Update 1406 : Why Newspapers, magazines, books, print media?

Property Law Primer for Multimedia Developers

J. Dianne Brinson and Mark F. Radcliffe created this masterful, authoritative essay on intellectual property laws in the United States back a decade ago -- but it is still valid in todays content-over-saturated, online world. This is good information for anyone who publishes online or otherwise.
GO Property Law Primer for Multimedia Developers

Artboard: Text Styles, Performance Boost and OS X Mavericks

If you haven't seen Artboard, then you should take a look at this. Artboard is a full-featured graphics design app for creating vector drawings and illustrations. Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, web graphics, and more.

Creative Tidbits #175: summer creative inspiration is everywhere

Are we having fun yet? I ran across some of these just accidentally on the web, which goes to show: creative inspiration can turn up in some unusual places. Take a drive, have lunch -- I guarantee you'll see something inspiring. Follow along with our June Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:
[+] 10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers
[+] Meet an Artist: James Williams, multimedia artist of Greensboro
[+] Zimbabwe: Meaning of Colour in Graphic Design (opinion)
[+] Graphic design student uses Lego to reinvent resume
[+] Why Graphic Design Is A Booming Career
[+] Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology
GO ... and more !

New Scanning Slideshow ready for Photographers

Indie developer, Chris Paveglio has solved a lot of problems for anyone who wants to put on a show of photo images just taken, with little or no muss and fuss! Scanning Slideshow 1.0.1 for Mac OS X is designed to display a slideshow of images, and to update the folder contents/images in the folder live.

Happy July... get ready for August

Well, as the Clappet brothers say: "Once again you've wasted a perfectly good hour reading DTG!" Well, except they say "Listening to Car Talk!" I don't know about you, but it seems like this issue is a particularly good one. I'm always really pleased when so much good participation rolls in from readers. You've got to admit it does get boring seeing my name on the articles all the time. It's great to find so much talent willing to share with DTG readers. Keep up the good work!

If you are headed out on vacation, be careful and take it easy. We want you back in the reader's chair when you get back! Hopefully you'll take your digital camera and you'll share some of the shots with the rest of us when you get back.

Get ready for August's big "Back to (Design) School" issue by sending in your comments and suggestions for the best education resources for graphic designers, illustrators and publishers. Don't forget we'll be giving away some pretty great prizes!

See'ya in August, have a great July!

Thanks for reading

+FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker

Parting words for June...
      "Be careful of what you say...
      you may be asked to repeat it!"
          My Momma


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