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We Love you, Yuko Shimizu !

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Yuko Shimizu -- a Japanese illustrator and instructor at The School of Visual Arts based in New York City -- her awesome works are truly world class! March 28, 2018

Creative Tidbits #205: shortcuts, video, extravvignt lettering, illustration and more

Fred Showker's Creative tidbits

This is why I love doing the creative tidbits. Sometimes we have some simple ones and sometimes complicated ones. This week, we've even got a very cool nne new video you don't want to miss! And, yes, yet another Adobe shortcuts chart to end all shortcuts charts. Jump in and enjoy ... and don't forget to send me your favorites to share with DTG readers.

  • Artist Brian Yap on How iPad Apps Transformed The Way He Works
  • Tobias Saul lettering, typography, illustration excellence
  • HUGE Adobe Shortcuts charts in infographic
  • A great logo Hewlett-Packard isn't using?
March 12, 2018

Creative Tidbits #186: Valentines Madness

Fred Showker's Creative Update

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration It's that time of year and just for fun we decided to get some crazy stuff for you to enjoy! The first item is a killer ... please enjoy that one for sure! ... here we go:

  • Top 10 list of the outrageously expensive Valentines Gifts
  • Lots of free vector starter images for Valentine's
  • Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Be My Valentine
  • A Font with emotion : My Valentines Love
  • Adam McIver 16 Valentines
  • Happy Valentine's Day
  • ... and more !
February 8, 2018

In search of Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, we like to focus on achievements in the visual communications world in celebration of Black History Month. This year we're taking a little different approach in a quest to find creative expressions of Martin Luther King Jr. We've also updated the whole series of pages about Black designers and artists in the world ... January 16, 2018

Create a Gift-wrapped box icon in Illustrator

Here's another of those great tutorials in Adobe Illustrator from Ainsley Bevis. This time it's a gift-wrapped icon, perfect for the holidays, birthdays, or where ever you need gift wrapping. This is the first of three, so watch this column for the next ones. For now, get started . . . December 9, 2017

Vintage Copyright-Free Clip Art and graphic design cuts from the 30s, 40s, and 50s

copyright free clip and cuts

copyright free clip and cuts If you're old enough to remember clip art, you may have invested in some of these too! I've got an entire bookshelf full of copyright-free reference archive books. As I divest myself of my worldly junk, I wonder what to do with such book collections! But they are entertaining and interesting to flip through, and the art is highly usable for anyone still in the design or marketing fields. Some of these pieces are beautiful -- far more beautiful than you could develop at today's rates! They also make excellent idea starters! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

The Amazing Benefits of Posters

We've always said there's nothing like a good poster to make a real impression on the viewers! The study of posters is an entertaining and fascinating exercise in graphic design, typography and visual communications. Thanks to Aaron Robertson for sending this article about designing posters and using an online poster maker for total control and diversity! November 10, 2017

Just when you needed it, here comes a cool new whiteboard animation app called Squig

Squigl is a revolutionary professional whiteboard animation software that requires no technical or creative experience, turning text into video in minutes. The video software market has exploded over the last 3 years. D-I-Y Applications address many stylistic needs, including animated cartoons, picture slideshows, and whiteboard videos.

These tools are driven by professional video editing suites. While this is the right approach for helping professional video editors and graphic designers work faster, there is tremendous need for every day users to create effective whiteboard animated videos with ease and at an affordable price November 2, 2017

GraphicConverter pushes the envelope for image editing even further

Longtime Macintosh developer and publisher, Lemke Software GmbH today is pleased the announce the release and immediate availability of GraphicConverter 10.4.3, a significant update to its award-winning image utility for Mac OS X. Described as the equivalent of a "Swiss Army Knife," GraphicConverter is a universal image editing program that features image conversion from more than 200 graphic file formats into almost 80 different file formats. October 31, 2017

Discover the world of Inktober the creative pen and ink nation

Discover the amazing world of pen and ink artists from around the globe with a tour of #Inktober -- the drawing nation founded by Jake Parker -- and the growing phenomenon of 31 days of ink artistry! October 24, 2017