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Are you being held hostage by Adobe? InDesign? No more!

One of the worst things that happens to graphic designers is the dreaded "Version Racketeering." I don't know who first coined that phrase, but the Title 15 of the U.S. Federal Code defines racketeering as engaging in such practices as extortion. Racketeering legislation came into being as a result of someone forcing someone else to pay money to avoid something unpleasant, harm or punishment. Version racketeering says ... "pay us money by upgrading or we won't let you open this file." For years, Adobe and Microsoft have been the chief extortionists in the software industry, but many others practice it as well. I often thank Barebones Software for BBEdit, because it opens most all files, and GraphicsConverter because it opens any image file. No such luck for Adobe InDesign extortion though . . . until now! November 6, 2014

60-Seconds #317 : Goodbye SpamCop

As many of you know I've been an avid spam fighter and anti-spam advocate since the dawn of email. You may remember several articles I've written over the past two decades about SpamCop. Well, with great sadness, in this edition, I bid farewell to Spamcop. November 4, 2014

25 Awesome illustrations for 'family' ... happy Thanksgiving

This time of year brings us closer to family -- and we thought this would be a superb time to share these extraordinary illustrations with you! Richard Solomon is the artists representative, and has given permission to share these with DTG readers. Which are your favorites? Please enjoy! November 1, 2014

DT&G : Design, Typography & Graphics for November 2014

01 November: Design the Holidays
02 25 Awesome illustrations for 'family' ... happy Thanksgiving
03 Photoshop Food Madness : Food Photography, retouching & styling
04 Creative Update 180 ~~ Graphic Design Creative Inspiration
05 The Essential Handbook for all Creatives and Innovators: The 46 Rules of Genius
06 Scott Kelby books for Photographers - one or the whole set!
07 Picture your Mini-Me - your own 3D statue of yourself!
08 Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing
09 New Graphic Novel CARBON says it's 'Time To Cut The Crap...' and the Carbon Emissions
10 Ultimate Halloween Masks as created with Photoshop
11 In the Bookshelf and Gallery for the holidays :
12 20th Annual Fonts Surf Recap:
13 iPhone, iPad, Android and Apps for November and Thanksgiving
14 Thanksgiving
15 Hope you enjoy our November issue . . . November 1, 2014

Creative Update 180 -- Graphic Design Creative Inspiration

Fred Showker's Creative Update

2015 is upon us and it's a good idea to start thinking about our creative strategies for the coming year. I am on all kinds of feeds that bring in all kinds of creative info and inspiration. It's what my Creative Updates is all about:
creative tidbits Art exhibit, 'Hometown Heroes,' is free and open to the public at Silver Lake College
creative tidbits New Metropolitan West Space Debuts With Versace Event And WorldStage Installation
creative tidbits Disney Fan Turns Himself into Big Hero 6's Hiro Hamada with 3D Printed Costume
creative tidbits Alice Babidge reinterprets a midcentury classic for Cult's ‘Chairity' Project
creative tidbits Student Wins Best in Show, Is Finalist in National Graphic Design Competition
creative tidbits The Human Printer: Making digital-quality images with nothing but marker pens
creative tidbits Enterprising eighth-grader launches his own publishing press
creative tidbits How Detroit artist Ed Fella made his mark in graphic design
creative tidbits Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design
creative tidbits Designing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
creative tidbits Paper Cut-Out Typographies Inspired by Polish Architecture
creative tidbits Why I Will Never Hire An Art School Graduate
creative tidbits Textured Art: Local artist Dinett Hok ... and more! October 31, 2014

Scott Kelby books for Photographers - one or the whole set!

Working our way to the holidays, we're on the look-out for gift ideas for graphic designers, photographers and creatives. A good choice would be any of the Scott Kelby books ... or the entire set:

  • The Photoshop Elements 12 Book for Digital Photographers
  • The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
  • The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes
  • Adobe Photoshop for Lightroom Users
  • The entire boxed set of FOUR books!
  • . . . and more!
October 31, 2014

Vintage Thanksgiving Art, Crafts Clip & Coloring Pages

Here are some layout pages to keep the kids occupied today, and for artists, craftspeople, designers, illustrators and other creative inspiration into the future. This classic collection of Thanksgiving art and drawings is not only very low cost, it's all completely editable. The books they represent are a treasure of fun for all. October 30, 2014

Vintage Thanksgiving Vignettes for Designers and Illustrators

Thanksgiving is upon us, and these images have a lot of creative input. When they're from Dover, you also can be sure they are copyright screened. They are so low cost, you almost cannot afford not to get them -- specially now that they're all on CD! Enjoy! October 29, 2014

Dan Winters: The Road to Seeing

You don't get this opportunity very often, so you have to take advantage while you can. Dan Winters' Road To Seeing is a monumental work of contemporary photography that everyone who handles a camera needs to see. This is not only a visual testament to the photographic art, it will become a collectors treasure. Be aware: it will not be available for long in this hardbound format. October 29, 2014

Photoshop Food Madness : Food Photography, retouching & styling

I feel like I worked you a little bit hard with last month's madness so I decided to lighten up this month -- with the holiday season upon us -- and cover a topic dear to us all : FOOD! Yes, it's time to look at Photoshop Food Madness! The big surprise is how many non-Photoshop people are out there doing photoshop tutorials about food! Some better than Photoshop people! Pig out over the next four pages with :

  • Fixing Blow Outs in Photoshop (Photo Editing Tips for Bloggers)
  • The Two Most Important Tools Food Photographers Must Know
  • How to Brighten Food Photography with Photoshop Elements
  • Food Styling and Photography – Ratatouille in the Making
  • Creating Depth Of Field With Filters and Masks
  • Artificial Lighting Tips for Food Photography
  • Food Photography: Photoshop Editing Tutorial
  • Creating A True .EPS File Using Vector Masks
  • Basic Photoshop Tips for Food Photography
  • How to make syrup text in Photoshop
  • Photoshop Before & After: Salmon
  • Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect
  • How to Photoshop Food
  • . . . . and more !

October 28, 2014