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

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Yes, it's true... another year gone by !
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01. Seasons Greetings from DTG & The Design Center...
All during the month you'll find new offerings in the Design Center --
and don't forget to pick up your holiday gift in the Publishers'
Warehouse downloads department. So stay tuned and enjoy. If you
have a holiday message or promotion you'd like to share with
DTG readers, just Let us know!

Each year I like to share some of my favorite design projects perfect
for holiday promotions or greetings... here are four easy techniques
for your own self promotion... Unique Greetings with
Fantastic Folds
www.graphic-design.com/DTG/Design/holiday_projects.html
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02. Special Event: Photoshop Photo to Pencil Sketch
One of our most frequently asked questions is how to convert a photo to
a pencil sketch or drawing... to the rescue comes Tim Shelbourne who
shares a full pictorial tutorial from his Photoshop Photo Effects
Cookbook!

This is the best tutorial online for learning how to Convert a
Photo to a Pencil Sketch
www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/pencil_sketch/index.html

Special thanks to O'Reilly Publishing and Tim Shelbourne for
making this tutorial possible for you...
www.oreilly.com/catalog/photophotofx/
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03. Self Promotion: Most important points in a self-promotion
One of the all-time best self-promotions comes from the 1970s and the
Mabey Trousdell studios — reminding us of the top four prerequisites
for a squeaky clean self promotion ... SOFT SOAP

When you see this, you won't believe it's real. But it is:
www.graphic-design.com/DTG/Design/self_promo_box.html
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04. Photoshop Madness for the Holidays
So, you'd like to do some art for the holidays? You're looking for the
coolest stuff in the world of Photoshop? From home-made paper to
3D constructions to retouching rollovers, perspective tools,
to a visit to a Photoshop pro... just keep singing...
" Oh there's no place like Photoshop for the Holidays!
www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/photoshop_madness.html
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05. You Asked for it: the dreaded iPod TV Effect
Ever since we first mentioned the iPod TV Commercial Effect we've been
showered with requests for it! But we didn't have to do it --
instead, we've picked the best out of fifty online
tutorials for replicating the dreaded
iPod TV Commercial Effect
www.graphic-design.com/Photoshop/ipod.html
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06. The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book
... expert designer and artist Elizabeth Bulger will make you a little
more creative with your images -- make your software and hardware
investment pay off with these wonderful crafts projects using
the Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book
This month's Editor's Choice
www.design-bookshelf.com/Graphics/
elements_crafts/index.html

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07. Slideshows in a Picture Frame
just plug in a memory card and you've got a really cool way to show
your digital photos -- in their own wood picture frame
complete with sound and video...
www.graphicdesign.com/photographic/
image_moments/index.html

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08. PMDA Announces Person Of The Year Awards
Given to Photo Luminaries for Lifetime & Technical Achievement and
Professional Photographers. PMDA has announced the prestigious
Awards given to outstanding individuals and services
in the photographic industry
www.graphic-design.com/photographic/PMDA/index.html
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09. Web Spyware & Malware Quiz
Most people who think they know all about spyware, Trojans, viruses,
and other malware really don't. Joel Walsh helps you make
sure you know who your enemies are with his
www.graphic-design.com/Web/malware_quiz.html
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10. Help us find the BEST OF 2005
What are The BEST of the BEST? - you can win in January's online
give-away by sharing your favorite software, hardware, fonts,
graphics or web sites for 2005. DTG readers want to
know what YOU call the Best of the Best...
* 2005's best Shareware
* 2005's best Software
* 2005's best Hardware or Gizmo
* 2005's best Web Site
* 2005's best Stock Photography, or
* 2005's best Clip Art, or
* Your finest Graphic Design Accomplishment during '05
* How about the WORST?
Then share your comments and you're entered
for prize drawings! ...Submit Here:
www.graphic-design.com/registration.html
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11. HELP, I'm Drowning
Photoshop 911 has been overwhelmed with questions from readers who need help! As many as 900 a week. If you are a Photoshop guru, we urge
you to help us provide good answers to questions from the Photoshop 911 Help Line. It doesn't take but a few minutes Photoshop 911 Questions from Readers
www.photoshop911.typepad.com/questions/
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12. Friends: Photo Key royalty free images
Hook up with thousands of royalty free images on a subscription-bases --
stock photos when you need high quality images. Their commitment is
to provide you with one of the best stock photos on the web,
through an ever expanding competitive database of
high quality photos and exceptional topics... Photo Key
www.photo-key.com/
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13. Sounding off: The New Mr. Goodbar.
Gordonfrom Los Angeles, CA writes in to 60-Second Window to say:
"Meet the New Mr. Goodbar. He is lurking on the Internet, preying
on professional women with money and assets. He may not murder
you, but he'll take your money and leave you feeling like a fool."
...which is not necessarily about graphic design, but valid and
a good message for everyone to keep in mind.
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14. Mail Bag: SpamSieve 2.4
Michael Tsai writes in to alert us that a new version of SpamSieve just
hit the street. If you're not a spam fighter, and you're not helping
the fight against spam -- and would rather just not deal with it,
then look into this powerful Bayesian spam filtering program.
SpamSieve works with any number of mail accounts, of
whatever types are supported by your e-mail software
(e.g. POP, IMAP, Hotmail, AOL).
c-command.com/spamsieve/
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15. Mail Bag: RE: Legacy of Illumination
Brigid from Santa Rosa, CA writes in to say:
"Just wanted to thank Laura and whoever else is responsible for
putting out the Anthony Cole site. This excellent work is a real
inspiration for me. It is so good to see how a more contemporary
illuminator, obviously artistically mature, works with
this ancient art. Many thanks!
... Boy you got that right ... and do we ever love to get mail like this!
www.graphic-design.com/Gallery/anthony_cole/index.html
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16. Stuff: Cool InDesign Plugins...
Kris from Porirua, Wellington New Zealand wrote in to alert us:
"you might want to take a look at these cool InDesign plugins...
they're free for InDesign CS and CS2 -- pay particular attention
to the Puzzle Generator http://www.rorohiko.com/sudoku.html
* Wow... our readers will like these...
tinyurl.com/e3htm
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17. Stuff: Cool Web Site for creative ideas
Thomas from Avignon, France writes in to tell us about his "little" web
site where he sells various prints and Tshirts. He invites all
designers to submit designs for sale -- and when visitors vote on
your design, it gets published and you get 10 pieces and
royalties. Pretty cool. Best of all, the visuals are stunning!
(You can even get a Patric Nagel knock-off poster!)
tinyurl.com/aklzg
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18. Visual Puzzler
See what this "anagram" says, then look out for my review of the
fabulous anagrams book in next month's issue.
tinyurl.com/dee75
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19. Else: Thinking about a digital camera?
Lopa Bhattacharya writes about the latest technologies and coolest
features of sleek and sophisticated cameras in all pixel categories,
from one to ten megapixels...

Then, I'll add the most recommended cameras!
www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/digicam_tips.html
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20. Employees Time Billing on the Mac
Simplify yet another step in the payroll process for your Business --
save time and money on processing your employee hours,
overtime and payroll... Mac and Windows
http://www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/
virtual_timeclock.html

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21. Video Game Violence...
Daniel Punch makes observations about Video Game Violence to be
considered before letting kids play them
www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/game_violence.html
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22. Helping Windows users switch
As easy as Mac OS X is to use, making the jump from Windows is still
a daunting proposition -- unless you have help from
Scott Knaster and his latest Take Control book...
www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/switch_to_mac.html
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23. Mastering Elements of Elements 4
this update to the bestselling "Photoshop Elements 3 Missing
Manual" from Barbara Brundage, carefully explains each and every
feature of Elements 4
www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/mm_elements_4.html
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24. Organizational Gold Mine for Photographers
Every time you shoot, scan, or store a photograph, you are
involved with DAM or digital asset management... you'll be
needing this book!
www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/dam_book.html
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25. Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 One-on-One
Yes, Deke is back with another barn-stormer -- not only do you
get the lessons, you get the DVD with more than two hours of
video training plus lots of files!
http://www.graphic-design.com/news/2005/
elements_4_one.html

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35. From 2005 on into the night
2005 has been a momentous year -- with so many good things yet so many bad things. From natural disasters to human drama, the year ran the gambit on all fronts.

Before you say good night to 2005, I urge you to get out there and do
something good for someone. Call around your local area and ask ...
" How can I help someone?"

Then just decide that you're going to do something big for someone each
month, and something small for someone else each and every
day of 2006. Make us proud.

The Holiday Gift section is open in the Publishers' Warehouse, so don't
forget to swing over there (to the "Loading Dock") and pick up your gift.
Be sure to send in your favorites from 2005 so we can build the BEST of
2005 issue for January. Remember, when you register, you're in line
for any of our great gifts.

http://www.graphic-design.com/registration.html

Please have a wonderful year-end, a joyous holiday, and a fulfilling and prosperous 2006.

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