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What's happening at Fred Showker's Design & Publishing Center for the month of May?

May is all about Design Graduation

Every year about this time design schools all over the country spew forth a new army of fresh talent who will hit the pavement looking for the ice-cream, apple-pie jobs in the sky.

They say one in every 1,000 will actually make it. Graduates: Congratulations -- this month is for you...


Fresh out of Design School?

Gary Dickson is back with a thoughtful look at learning to be a designer and what it means to be a designer... who I am, as much as what I do...


For Graduates who aspire to Greatness...

Here's a spectacular tour of the Masters who put the "Graphic" in "Design" over the past three decades... Michael Doret, Daniel Pelavin, Tom White, Tom Nikosey and Gerard Huerta all take center stage in the Design Center Gallery


Gala Opening Night for LA's design glitteratti

On the evening of Thursday April 6, LA's design glitteratti pursued by persistent paparazzi turned out in fine form to celebrate the opening (includes slide show!)


Is there a Newsletter in your Design Career?

The Dean of Desktop Publishing, Roger C. Parker joins us with a tutorial to help make your newsletters attention-getting, attractive, and easy to read... all part of his new book Design to Sell -- 12 most common newsletter design mistakes


May / June Graduates take note:

For all those creatives looking for jobs... Dan Tanenbaum reviews the importance of developing a marketing strategy and the options available to get your website and your work seen by hiring eyeballs. If you build it, will they come?


Planning on Printing a Self Promotion Piece?

Then you'll need this. After thousands and thousands of jobs for designers from every facet of the business world, you'd have it down pat, right? So, it's true with the Print Lizard's collection of Best Rules For Printing Your Piece Perfectly


May Photoshop Madness

Photoshop Madness * Photoshop Tennis... * Layer blending modes * Ultrawide Sharpening * Vibrant Mix * Sophisticated Ladies Brushes * Custom Shapes and Layer Styles * Adobe Exchange Studio * Shooting Photos for Mother's Day * low-light photography * Scan Backgrounds * Grassy Field * Visual BURST of LIGHT * Photoshop PROS and much more...


Photoshop Elements 5

Photoshop Elements gets 100 new tools! Get the Upgrade Here


Photoshop Blending Modes

Unlike Photoshop's built-in filters, blending modes don't change the actual pixels that make up an image, so their effects are completely reversible. Photoshop expert John Beardsworth shares his blending modes expertise for Quick and easy Powder Pastels


Centering the Radial Blur in Photoshop

A reader writes that the "book" tutorial doesn't work correctly on his image. So, here's a little trick to get the effect you want when Photoshop doesn't want to cooperate...
Centering the Radial Blur


Image to Surface Shape in Photoshop

A game of Photoshop Tennis in the Design Cafe prompts a tutorial on how a picture was turned into the cover of a book. This tutorial covers a number of techniques from transform to layer masks...


Building Colors on Uncoated Stock

Remember, we told you about Tintbooks last year... well, they've now completed the first comprehensive CMYK Graphic Design Tool for printing on Uncoated Paper.


60-Seconds #182: New Phishing Threats

This month I actually have two columns, both about online crime and Phishing.

"It Wasn't The Tax Man" looks at phishing attacks that claimed to be the IRS *

#181 "In your own defense" is primarily for users of eBay, PayPal,, iTunes, VISA (or other Charge Cards) CHASE, Wachovia, (or other online banking).

You need to read these.


Sale Books...

I've just uploaded 37 all new reviews to the Design Bookshelf -- this spring has been really one of the best for good design books in a long time. But as the new books come in, we're running out of places to put last year's books. The people reading this newsletter can check our clearance desk for some pretty swell book deals. We'll be adding to the list on an ongoing basis. Watch out, these are first-come basis, so that good one might be gone when you get there.

And, remember that you're supporting the Design Center when you buy a book though the Design Bookshelf.


Google Gone Bad?

I'm getting very fond of a new search engine called "Clusty".

Why? Because Google seems to have become contaminated with thousands of "Ad" sites which are posing to be "index" sites. No, I'm not swearing off Google. Don't get me wrong, they're still the best search engine on the planet.

But I've been tracking the results here for several weeks with some rather grave concerns. The top ranking "finds" (unless it's a direct hit,) more and more frequently are sites with no usable content and lots and lots of paid Ads.

Thousands of web users are now setting up sites with nothing but interlinked advertising. You can't click on anything in the sites without going to another advertising page. Yesterday I searched for a Photoshop related search phrase and was taken to a jewelry directory. Even though the word "Photoshop" was in the "must contain" field of Google, the word did not appear anywhere on the page. That's called "search engine spamming" and evidently Google has become so large they are no longer policing their own policy.

And, that's bad news for the internet population. So, give a try to Clusty and let me know what you think.


Thanks for reading...


Your humble but soon-to-be the father-of-the-bride, Editor

Parting words for Mother's Day...

"The God to whom little boys say their prayers
has a face very like their mother's."
- James M. Barrie

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