JUNE 2017 ... DESIGN Graduation is over, and we're going on DESIGN VACATION... graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields -- JUNE Colors : What's in YOUR palette! Send us your samples for DTG readers and win a prize!
GREATJUNE is brought to you by the colors in "SAND" as in "sandy beaches" How many colors of Sand? Well, we don't know, but here's a sandy palette see if this matches your idea of sandy beaches? DTG FACEBOOK FaceBook Group RSS

101 Photoshop Tutorials: From Competent to Magnificent; basics; masks; retouching

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You can really never have too many Photoshop tutorials, but it's tough weeding the good from the bad! Thank goodness Brenda Barron has done a lot of hard work culling just the best of the best. Special thanks to Ashley Denham of Who-Is-Hosting-This.com, for sending us this article. She ran across a 2006 web page in Photoshop911 and thought DTG readers would really like this. We agreed! We're thrilled to introduce Brenda Barron to Design Center readers May 23, 2017

Generate abstract paintings full of imaginative shapes and expressive color

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I was at an art fair on Las Olas recently and booth after booth was selling spectacular oil paintings. I noticed how "perfect" they were, so I went in for a very close look. Wow -- nobody else noticed, but these were digital paintings -- and they were flying off the shelf at anywhere from $200 to $20,000. Hello!
      Then I get this note from Akvis and I'm thinking ... maybe I ought to give up this internet publishing and sell oil paintings in Key West. It would probably pay for my retirement! May 18, 2017

Marketing Update May: Print, Visual, Email, Digital Ads, avoiding Facebook and more

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As we move toward the buy seasions of back to school and the holidays, marketing strategy should change. Many now are saying let's get away from Facebook -- with the news that Facebook delivers only a fraction of the views you think they're getting, your money might be better spent elsewhere. But read the news, test the rules and keep on keeping up :

  • Display Advertising Statistics for Different Types of Digital Ads
  • Why Visual Communication Will Dominate Marketing tomorrow
  • 7 Tips to Running a Successful Email Marketing Campaign
  • Here’s Another Way Digital Could Complement Print
  • Why Publishers are Shifting Away From Facebook
  • 5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Website
May 16, 2017

Now, your iPhone is a webcam, and can send live video where you want it to go

Maybe you really don't need a webcam. Maybe you just need one for a short use or specific use? PixWebcam turns any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into an ad-hoc webcam for taking photos in definable intervals. Photos are then uploaded to various channels like Dropbox or Twitter. May 5, 2017

Ah, Provence! That charming region of France now can frame your prized photos!

If you like to enhance your imagery, or photos, or you just want a bit of pinash for gift photos, then these romantic and adorable picture frames capture the essence of French countryside living. For flat prints or canvas, add an artful balance between rustic and chic. Get inspired by the authentic Provence motifs! May 3, 2017

We were thrilled with this new writing app which automatically formats your content

In a world of content management systems, auto style sheets and all manner of automation, some things work, and some things don't. I got so tired of flaky Wordpress default formatting I had to go back to doing it myself. This app really looks promising. May 3, 2017

Marketing Update : Hashtags, Video Content, mobile, performance measurement and more

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Marketing update for graphic designers An understanding of PR and marketing go hand-in-hand with graphic design, especially once you get into branding and product markings. In the connected world, with social media and consumer input on such a wide-spread scope, all the rules have to be considered with a grain of salt and a lot of testing! What's hot these days :

  • 4 things every event professional should know about social media measurement
  • Why publishers are rethinking their pursuit of huge numbers
  • How to Use Hashtags to Improve Your Social Media Marketing
  • How Visual Advertising Will Change Marketing In 2017
  • 4 Ways to Totally Nail Your Video Content Marketing
  • How Publishers Can Increase Their Mobile Advantage
May 2, 2017

Clone that SD Card and don't look back . . .

 Twocanoes Software Releases SD Clone 3 for Mac When you need to clone an SD Card, you want it to copy quickly and accurately -- if you do it often, you'll want to check out SD Card cloning software for Mac. SD Clone 3 includes new features for cloning memory cards faster and easier than ever, including enhanced capabilities to shrink SD card data, verify card capacity and clone a single card to multiple cards simultaneously. May 2, 2017

DT&G : Design, Type & Graphics for April / May, 2017

Graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, typographers, digital artists and everyone in the creative fields -- Spring Colors : the 22nd Annual Designing Women issue continues! Send us your samples for DTG readers to share and discover your skills and talents

Vol 27, #4 ~ May, 2017

Table of Contents : What's here:

  1. April, almost May
  2. 22nd Annual Designing Women : Michela Picchi, Amanda Jane Jones and Amy Cox
  3. Creative Tidbits #226: James Niehues, DeviantArt, Logos, Iceland design
  4. Creative Tidbits #227: Free Fonts, logo tips, Fake News, Photoshop Ethics and more!
  5. Photoshop Tutorial: The Essential Guide to Creating Vintage-Style Posters
  6. 60-Seconds #341 : Is this really necessary? What are they thinking?
  7. Designing Women : Sisters Gulassa, Missy Meyer, Gemma O’Brien and Mahima Mahajan
  8. Where do designing women come from? Designing Girls!
  9. DT&G Magazine Designing Women Friends on Facebook
  10. April, May and on and on
  11. Thanks for reading... and Happy April/May

GO DT&G : Design, Typographics & Graphics for Spring , 2017

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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