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Ad Blockers : Google changing their tune, who's blocking and who's not

NO ADS | NO TRACKERS | NO MALWAREOnline social media update from DTG Magazine We haven't had an ad-blocker update since December, and I thought it had pretty much blown over. But now we're finding the industry is pushing back, and even Google is getting in on the act.

  • Watch, pay or go away: Google to enable publishers to charge users with ad blockers
  • Study: Many adopt ad blockers to avoid ads, not bad user experiences
  • Google will block some website ads on Chrome browser
June 15, 2017

Creative Tidbits #230: Classic Fonts Poster, Comic Sans replacement, 404 and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Of course we always like to watch the masters, and see what they are up to -- so I saw this Steven Heller piece and had to pass it along. The guys at Pushpin Studios have been at the top of the game for fifty years and we can all learn a lesson or two from them. We also mix it up a bit in this episode with a good fonts item and an essential web design resource. Have fun!

  • Philip Trautmann creates Fonts out of Passion.
  • How to design 404 pages for your web site
  • Alphabets to Go? Analog to digital?
June 14, 2017

Design Apps: Typography on your photos, great retouching, reflections, montage and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we are, rolling into vacation season -- and you'll have your camera, and maybe even the camera in your iPhone, and you'll want to discover some fun apps that go along with fun on vacation! Some of these we selected because they're great fun and great capabilities right out of the box -- others we chose because of their sophistication and benefit to the designer. The two typography items are home runs, and will make a better rounded experience for adding type to designs and images!

  • Add beautiful text & artwork to your photos!
  • Hyperlapse from Instagram
  • Typography Insight
  • Camera360 Ultimate
  • Photo Reflection
  • A Beautiful Mess
June 14, 2017

335: I've been stung by the Copyright bee. Believe me, that bee sting hurts!

For nearly three decades, I've invited readers to send in their images and referrals to share with DTG readers. It became so popular, and so beneficial for the sender, I got too comfortable with it and even stopped saving the paper trail. Bad decision. A reader sent in a photo some time ago, and in January, we decided to show it in an article in our Gallery. In May we got an email demanding we remove it, claiming ownership. So we removed it and thought all was well. But all was not well, and here's the rest of the story. June 8, 2017

Creative Tidbits #229: 36 Days of Type, Camera Shake, Netflix art of design and more!

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

Here we go into the summer of 2017, and I know many of you are taking extensive vacations, and will be traveling! Here are three good references that you'll enjoy this June. If you do travel and take a lot of photos, please send a few and share with DTG readers

  • Netflix: The Art of Design misses the point
  • 6 Poses You Can Use to Avoid Camera Shake
  • Shot Block: 36 Days of Type
June 7, 2017

Graphic Inspector Now Lets Users Choose Image Editing App

Zevrix Solutions comes with something newsworthy from time to time, but having run their product reviews for a decade, they STILL don't answer my calls, or support the Design Center! After 20 million pairs of eyes sent to them, this is the respect I get. Oh well, their Graphic Inspector 2.2, a feature update is noteworthy. June 6, 2017

Beautiful HD Wallpapers 20,000+ sheets for iPhone 6/6 Plus/SE (and they're all free!)

a web site and iPhone iPad app with wallpapers

I know you've had it with wallpaper sites, but when you can contain thousands of images to select in an app on the iPad or iPhone, it might be worth taking a look . . . check this out June 5, 2017

Photos on iPhone and iPad - interactive and inspirational Book released

iphone ipad photography

I don't know about you, but these days the apps and devices are getting too many features and too many problems to keep up. Yes, there are only ten thousand photo apps for the iPhone. Sheesh ... thanks Thomas Anthony, now you can actually learn something about mobile photography so your images are better, and your life is easier! June 1, 2017

ShotList 8.0 brings order to chaos for movie shoots

If you do video or photography shoots, you always need to be aware of potential troubles. If something unexpected happens during the shoot such as weather, location or cast availability problems) Shotlist makes it easy to rapidly rearrange the shooting order on the spot, and email a full-colour revised schedule to the entire team in a few taps from your mobile device. May 31, 2017

Extraordinary visions of image elements that don't exist ... until you create them

creates impressive light effects

We've told you about some of the crazy things Akvis has been doing with images ... now they're empowering you with a light stick that will generate impressive light effects in a fast and uncomplicated way. The new version includes new futuristic light effects reminiscent of UFO landings lights, starburst, laser beams, and neon flashes. Take advantage of ready-to-use presets to make your photos look extraordinary! May 30, 2017