60-Seconds #339 : The Anatomy of a Clickbait Predator Spam site, and what to avoid

FLAMED : After getting flamed on Facebook, called a racist and told I did not know what a 'click bait' site is, I had to go look and see if the rules had changed, or if there was some other measurement for click-bait that I did not know about. The purpose of click bait is to get people to open the page, and thereby trip all the revenue links on the page to earn money for the author. Let's see how that works! August 16, 2017

Graphic Novel : Border Worlds: A dark and visionary adventure

Border Worlds Graphic Novel

WITH HER LIFE IN CHAOS AND NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, Jenny Woodlore joins her brother's ramshackle trucking business on Chrysalis, a huge floating platform on the edge of the galaxy — only to find herself in the middle of a cosmic conflict that could change the very fabric of the universe. (Sample Pages Below) August 15, 2017

Is it worth 13-bucks to get your print colors to always match your screen colors?

Digital Color

Investing in your color management is always a good investment -- particularly when you can see your color selections in print. During my DGEF Creative Layout Techniques seminars one of the most frequent questions from attendees was how do your get the print color to look like the screen color? That's always been one of the tough nuts to crack -- and my answer and solution to ALL those screen to print color woes was : See it in print. Period. There is no monitor, and no software that will satisfy your color eye. If this was available then, this would have been what I would recommend. August 14, 2017

Signs of the Times : New NAIL Magazine Celebrates Creatives in the Resistance

nail_magazineFolks, I don't generally run just any piece that appears in my in-box, and certainly I try to steer clear of political issues (particularly in these times) but Ted Leonhardt has been a contributor over the years, and is certainly qualified to grace the pages of DT&G. He's come up with some crazy stuff in the past, but this? Well, this might just top them all! A magazine for creatives in the resistance? I know I'll catch a lot of crap on this one, but go ahead . . . hit me with your best crap! August 10, 2017

MacAdmins Conference Announces 2017 Schedule

educational opportunitiesRESERVE THE DATE: The MacAdmins Conference, one of the world's largest Apple-focused IT events, is pleased to announce the content lineup for its 2017 event, held July 11-14, 2017 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. June 23, 2017

Ad Blockers : Whitelisting ads, killing ads, advertising scorched earth, where will it end?

NO ADS | NO TRACKERS | NO MALWAREOnline social media update from DTG Magazine It's beginning to get crazy -- what the industry is doing to protect the golden egg. If they just used some tasteful advertising, it wouldn't be so bad. But they want to gouge you and prod you and corner you into clicking their buttons. One page I visited recently was so riddled with ads, the content couldn't load. It's ridiculous. At least some people are doing something about it

  • Whitelisting Ads Vs. Scorched Earth: What's The Best Approach?
  • As Apple and Google take aim at ads, publishers tremble
  • Killing the Advertising Parasite
June 20, 2017

Universe All-New, Killer, Text Effects from the Red Giant

Red Red Giant has brought so many cool products, we can't even remember! Just search the Design Center for "Red Giant" ... now they've come with an update to its collection of GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists.Whether it's giving text a retro look a la the 1980s, adding dynamic animations to bring them on and off screen June 19, 2017

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

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

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

05_PHOTOSHOP_TUTORIALS

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