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Creative Tidbits : Type and Art Nouveau

It's a mixed bag in this edition of Creative Tidbits -- we really enjoyed discovering : [] Yet another type guide; [] Message in a bottle; [] The Information Sage; [] Art Nouveau Exhibition reappraised; [] iPhone App Homage To Graphics God Wim Crouwel... ... follow along as we cruise cool stuff from in and around the graphic arts and creative visual arts scene May 31, 2011

Illustrator tutorial: combination lock

Here's another sparkling fresh Adobe Illustrator tutorial from Ainsley Bevis-- this time, she delves into the powers of PathFinder and gradients with some solid tips and techniques on the deceivingly simple illustration! May 31, 2011

Photoshop Noise Reduction

Finally, there's another good noise control filter -- but for Windows only. The Plugin Site has rolled out NoiseControl, which may just be the one that's worth the $49 price! May 30, 2011

PopChar shows your fonts right

PopChar has been around since almost the beginning of the Mac. Ergonis Software has done a swell job for frequent font users, and now had PopChar X 5.2, a new version for finding and inserting special characters. May 30, 2011

Font Preventive Maintenance

Smasher 2, brings Macintosh users automatic preventive font maintenance, previewing and font integrity verification. Smasher works unattended to eliminate corruption of font caches and temporary files so fonts always appear and print correctly. May 28, 2011

Give your text some Soap

Text editing is, or should be, an integral part of any designer's skill, particularly when it comes to jobs with lots of text. Setting up your text to import into a DTP program makes things go so much smoother. The problem is, you never know what you're going to get ... but try a little soap! May 27, 2011

Time to Consider Rebranding?

Is it time for an update? Does your brand need a facelift? Take care and plan ahead -- take the advice of web design specialist Wes Towers writing about one of your most powerful marketing tools : your brand -- May 27, 2011

Reliable Syncing for Mac

Everyone needs a syncing tool for their computer and other devices. And you shouldn't be forced to use the cloud! DropSync a fast, reliable syncing tool for the Mac now promises to make it easy to keep folders in sync between computers, hard drives and remote servers May 27, 2011

Make my day: Clean My Mac

Nothing worse than a dirty Mac. Seriously, your Mac has all kinds of gremlins in there that you don't even know about -- which could eventually screw things up royally! Time to clean up your act! May 26, 2011

CHICAGO DESIGN WEEK

The most unique design event of its kind will take place from Monday June 6 to Friday June 10 when the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) hosts its 2nd Annual Chicago Design Week. May 26, 2011