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

Artboard: Text Styles, Performance Boost and OS X Mavericks

If you haven't seen Artboard, then you should take a look at this. Artboard is a full-featured graphics design app for creating vector drawings and illustrations. Design logos, posters, floor plans, technical drawings, fun fashions, web graphics, and more. June 6, 2014

Softimage Artists can now Crossgrade to LightWave 11.6 Software (special offer)

The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today a special program for current Autodesk Softimage software users to "Join the Rebellion" and move to a full seat of LightWave 11.6 software for the special crossgrade price of $495 (USD). March 13, 2014

Shaderific now supports iOS 7, 64-bit and anaglyph 3D rendering

Gryphos GmbH (Hamburg, Germany) has released Shaderific version 3.1, a major update of its OpenGL ES 2.0 shader development application for iOS. Shaderific provides the full range of shader development with the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) on tablet computers and mobile devices. Vertex and fragment shader code can be created, edited and compiled on the device and all changes are visible instantly. There is no need to use a personal computer (laptop or desktop) in the shader development process anymore. March 1, 2014

Graphite v9 may be the AutoCad killer you've been looking for

I've heard a lot of moaning and groaning that there are no decent AutoCAD-compatible programs for the Macintosh. But now Ashlar-Vellum is showing a pretty good release of Graphite version 9, their 2D/3D wireframe drafting program on both Mac and Windows. Graphite v9 precision CAD software includes a number of enhancements and new features. February 24, 2014

DTG Picks : Vector Drawing Apps for the Mac

Many, many times we get email or forum postings lamenting about the high cost of the Adobe Illustrator and other Adobe products... and now you can't even buy them, you "rent" them from the 'cloud' . . . so we've done a little digging and testing and you can try these for highly functional surrogates for Illustrator :
* iDraw: powerful feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app
* If you're not a design pro, you may need Logo Design Studio
* Animate : Bring your imagination to life!
* TouchDraw : structured 2D vector graphics
* Clipart Collection by UAB Macmanus
* VectorPro Color
. . . and more September 19, 2013

Now You Can Sketch Portraits Like a Pro

Use your device's camera to snap a picture, then the snapshot becomes your subject. Magically "sketch" the photo's subject using one of handPaint's many tools (magic brush, neon marker, sketch pen, or magic pencil) to create hand drawn effects with photo quality precision. August 21, 2013

iDraw now imports/exports Adobe Photoshop!

iDraw is a powerful Mac graphic design and illustration application that features the unique ability to import layered Adobe Photoshop PSD files, preserving vector paths and layer style effects as editable objects. This light weight, heavy duty app is really worth a look August 20, 2013

Procreate app Sketch, paint, create wins Apple's Design Award at WWDC 2013

We're really digging Procreate. This app for iPad is widely recognised by illustrators and artists as the most advanced creative app available -- now they've won acoveted Apple Design Award at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
photographic over painting June 12, 2013

Photoshop designers now have an accurate way to preview designs on the iPhone

Going mobile -- designers need to be able to "see" mobile design and interfaces! Photoshop designers now have an accurate way to preview designs on the iPhone while designing apps, mobile websites, and social media graphics on the Photoshop canvas in real-time. April 28, 2013