Creative Update #176: Creative tips, tricks and inspiration

It's been a busy summer, but we still have time to search for creative inspiration! Creativity comes when you least expect it, be ready. Follow along with our July Creative Tidbits with these and other creative starting points for all designers and creative visual communicators ... here we go:

  • Got a Presentation to Give? Here are the 10 Most Common Concerns
  • Using InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop Together
  • Find the Right Imagery for Social Media Branding
  • How a Publication Redesign Impacts Advertising
  • How to Take an Infographic from Good to Great
  • A Typographic Makeover Of Email
  • ... and more !
July 22, 2014

Design vector elements for infographics, textures, backgrounds, cartoons and devices

The world of graphic communications has become more complicated than ever in the history of mankind. But one true fact still remains: the understanding of an object, idea or concept is made easier and more complete through the use of simplified visual graphics. Today they're called "infographics" and here are 2,000 vector files you want for generating all kinds of infographics July 20, 2014

Summer Reading for fun, learning and graphic inspiration

Learning happens. We're in the summer travel times and have vetted these books for family fun, learning and a little bit of preoccupation! "When will we get there" is a common question, but when you've got some really great project books like these, you've always got an answer.

  • Roadside Attractions Coloring Book: Weird Wacky Landmarks Across the USA!
  • Creative Haven Art Nouveau Fashions Coloring Book
  • Masterworks: Color Your Own Cezanne Paintings
  • Animals of the Forest, Wetlands and Desert
  • Tarot Designs Coloring Book
  • Butterflies Coloring Book
July 15, 2014

MyBrushes Unique Painting Tool for natural media painting! iOS, Mac or PC

There are any number of natural media software packages -- most costing many times more as this . . . for 'natural media' painters, MyBrushes for Mac, iOS and Windows has a simple and easy interface -- you don't need knowledge of color system such as RGB, HSV and others. Just look at these samples July 8, 2014

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! June 27, 2014

Photoshop Summer Madness

1406 Photoshop 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 June 18, 2014

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. June 17, 2014

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. June 16, 2014

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 June 12, 2014

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. June 10, 2014