What's happening at Fred Showker's Design
& Publishing Center for the month of June?
It's June, and in many places, people will be planning or
embarking on summer vacations! When the designer goes on vacation,
all design problems may be left behind at the office or studio
or, perhaps a little bit of the studio will come along.
During May, DTG readers were asked to relate tips, stories
and antidotes about their reflections on taking a vacation.
Do you get away from it all or do you continue to think
about design in your travels?
So, take a look at how June's winning designers take their
Steve H Takes a book along...
Roger E also takes along books...
David C "Degauses" his mind...
Jackie gets her best ideas on vacation... and
Sarah tries to leave it behind but doesn't always succeed!
the Editor: Digital Photo Vacation
Packing up and heading out for vacation this summer? Take
your digital camera and take some great photos with these
brief Digital Photo Tips.
While we're at it, I'll also steer you toward a free digital
photo management program, and provide some links to other
shareware/freeware downloads for your digital life.
Then, 60-Second Window this month asks if you think it's getting
more difficult to recognize reality in photographic journalism
Guest: Beauty Retouching in Photoshop
How do you remove blemishes from photos, give skin the glamour
look, or just get the fashion magazine look? Well so many
people ask that question, we went straight to the source:
Suzette Troche The Glitter Guru for "Beauty Retouching"
Choice: Logos & Fonts
I predict this book by Leslie Cabarga will become a required
classic for the graphic artist, designer, desktop publisher
and signer. RUN, don't walk to get this book NOW!
Benefits Of A Buddy For The Solo Designer
Are you a home-based studio or freelancer? The benefits are
many, but feeling isolated can spell trouble. Janet Bertucci
and Julianne Nardone recommend you find a Design Buddy!
The Gentle Art of Feathering
Quite often we get calls to the Photoshop 911 hot line wanting
to know how to make those nice gradual gradient edges to photos.
Most of the time people call them "fogged" edges. Whatever
name you give them, you can do it with Photoshop or Elements
Evans: Tomatoes anyone?
This month Joyce takes a look at the Tomato-Cages web site
with a healthy reminder of the right recipe for success. Even
Fred can't argue, all web designers need to look at Tomato
Web Sites for June:
DTG and WebDesign and Review readers have posted their sites
for your review and comment! Please pay particular attention
to our non-profits, and education sites they have requested
Most people forget about their digital camera until photo-ops
come along. That's certainly a shame; because most of the
best opportunities happen almost every day when you are living
don't forget Fred's Editor's Column "News & Else"
- The famous Design Mail Bag,
- Rollovers Revisited;
- How to build Silver and Gold Colors?
- Spammer Sent to Slammer: 3 to 7
- MAC OS X: Welcome to the real world
- Gmail fingers in cookie jar
- Another Nikon arrives...
- Better back it up
- Humor: iTune Mixes that Suck
Getting Ready for July & "Summer Reading"
JULY is the patriotic month in the U.S.A. because it was in
July of 1776 that our Declaration of Independence was signed.
In all countries however, designers are called upon to design
patriotic images for that country's celebration.
This August the Olympics will travel to the original location
for the Olympics, Greece -- a super opportunity for designers
around the world to promote their homeland. Now, share your
ideas, examples and favorite Patriotic Designs...
During July we'll also show you the inside story on "TOTAL TRAINING"
and Deke "Dr. Photoshop" McClelland's finest hour. We'll also
give away a whole collection of Total Training DVDs featuring
- Favorite posters, book covers, magazine covers on Patriotism
- The approach you might take in a patriotic design
- Favorite variations or themes using your country's flag
- Designers: Pros and Cons of patriotic design
- Opinions: when is patriotic design good? Bad?
You do NOT want to miss that.
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