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What’s happening at Fred Showker's Design & Publishing Center for the month of April.

April: Spring Colors
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, spring is beginning to bloom. With spring comes lots of opportunities to refresh that old promotional package and do some renewed design.

During March we invited readers of the Design Cafe list and DTG readers to share a comment or suggestion about color palettes and ideas they use to sell their client's message for a Springtime Promotion.

So take a look at this month's contributors and see how they are Designing Spring!

Quark XPress, InDesign & PageMaker Ideabooks
Here comes an absolutely fabulous trio of books! Each book includes more than 300 ready-to-go templates on CD-ROM for the most sought-after graphic design projects -- from the legendary Chuck Green and his incredible Idea Books.

Editor's Choice: Celebrating U&lc
This stunning new book from John Berry will enlighten the graphic design field with the story and wonderful visuals from the pages of U&lc, the ITC publication that literally changed the face of graphic design as we know it today: U&lc Influencing Design & Typography.

Photoshop: Beauty Retouching
Remove blemishes from photos? Give skin the fashion magazine look? Now we invite you to see some spectacular retouching from the incredibly talented photo retoucher from Designing Woman in Vinica, Croatia, Marija Matijasec -- as she shares some of her tricks on Beauty Retouching.

Design: Color with purpose
See how careful planning of the photo shoot can save money on great shots. Then a single sheet solution that prints, trims and folds to do a lot more on less money. This catalog printing project for a small business delivers all the collateral materials they need on a very limited color printing budget...

Designing Women: Carol Catiller
Carol Catiller is the creative mind behind ArtMuvz Illustration Studio in Winterhaven Florida. Carol's art is popular for its fresh and innocent appeal. She sells her art on T-shirts, and all kinds of other imprinted goods via the web site. Carol shares some insights into ArtMuvz Studio.

Web Site Critique: Lessons in Color
In this critique Bennie C. Taylor visits the "Night Photography by David Baldwin" web site and sets the stage for a lesson in color. The photography is striking, but the presentation may be improved with some brief Lessons in Color.

Web: Spring HEX Color Charts
The WEB department is forever getting inquiries from readers about how to build this or that color. Many want to have a matching PMS color too. Mr. Pixelsmith has gone to great effort to put together over 1,000 HEX colors in these 21 HEX Conversion Charts.

Free, Downloadable Symbols
The IAN Symbol Libraries has just completed a major update and the total number of symbols has increased from 1000+ to 1500+. The libraries remain completely free for all users!

Security: Silence on the Wire
There are many ways that a potential attacker can intercept information, or learn more about the sender, as the information travels over a network -- this ground breaking security book goes beyond the norm to examine computer vulnerabilities.

Security: Protect Your Identity (WIN)
This new internet protection suite includes all the tools needed to track spyware and combat phishing scams, spam to protect your identity. Phishing and harmful spyware are dramatically on the rise. Protect yourself.

Did you have your break today?
It is very easy to fall into bad habits when using a computer for hours on end. You care about what you are doing, so can sometimes push yourself too far, or over-strain yourself. This nifty little (free) utility reminds you to take a break.

May is for Mom and Graduation
Congratulations goes out to all our 2002 graduates -- whether graduating from High School, College, University or other institution of education.

During April we invite all upcoming graduates to participate by getting in touch and perhaps sending in some samples. DTG readers would like to know about your education experience and where you're headed! Of course, if we publish your folio, you'll win in our monthly prize drawings. ... Pros can enter too... just tell us what you expected when you graduated, or what you look for in a prospective employee! As usual, stories, tips and insight is always very welcome by DTG readers.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms in the audience today!

And, congratulations to all the 2005 graduates.

Go forth and be creative.

... your spring color kind of guy editor ...

Fred Showker

Parting words for spring...

" An optimist is the human personification of spring"
Susan J. Bissonette

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