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George Engel reviews the Kodak ‘Mini Shot’ Camera, compared to the Polaroid Snap

George Engel - digital cameras that print So, I could be wrong but, it appears that Kodak just advertised a new Digital Camera with a built-in printer for $100. Is this a Wow moment or what? Is this a good thing? Worthwhile, or just a laugh-in moment?


Let’s take a look at this... Kodak coming out against the Polaroid ‘Snap’... at $89 (Amazon)?

But is this printing-in-a-Camera thing anything worthwhile or not? Have we been here before? December 22, 2017

A new era of type-design control and power for graphic & web designers from FontLab

FontLab is an extraordinary font creation tool -- and now, FontLab VI for Mac and Windows represents a major advancement in professional font editing. Rewritten from scratch, FontLab VI offers a modern platform not just for established type designers and font engineers, but also for graphic designers and illustrators who wish to customize existing fonts or create their own type designs — including color fonts and variable fonts. Folks, you cannot do this with any other software! December 19, 2017

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

Art for the Holidays: clip, stock, reference, coloring and even Christian images

Clip Art and Christian Images

holiday coloring books We've been having a lot of fun discovering and gathering holiday images for coloring, clip art, or just pure creative inspiration. Among this episode are :
fun holiday files Vintage Christmas Clip Art Collection fun holiday files The Miracles of Jesus fun holiday files Nativity Stained Glass
      Hopefully, you've seen all of our other new collections posted over the past few weeks! We'll list them below! If any of these inspire you to make some great art, please snap a quick photo and send it in! The titles where you can get a lot more of these images is after the gallery ... November 28, 2017

3 Tips to Snap Impressive Product Photos for a Business -- even if you do it yourself!

Product photography has become increasingly more important nowadays, and it is crucial that you showcase your businesses’ products in the best light in order to attract buyers. While it would be nice to be able to pay a skilled professional photographer to snap the photos that you need, that may not be in your budget – so do it yourself with these tips to help . . . November 26, 2017

Cut-out Design, Color, pasting, songs to play, fun to do and have during the holidays

free coloring pages

holiday coloring books Here are some strong idea-starters to get those creative juices flowing ... as well as visual activities that are just plain fun! All are very inexpensive and will make superb gifts. If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! November 24, 2017

Color and light will illuminate your Holidays with these DYI stained glass coloring pages!

free coloring pages

holiday coloring books All crafts, scrapbook makers, artists and illustrators can get inspiration from these wonderful pieces of art! Enjoy this collection of holiday themed stained glass templates and worksheets -- these books are fantastic, and you'll see the pages are on heavy translucent sheets so after coloring, hang in the window for a stained glass effect. If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! November 15, 2017

Vintage Advertising: the best black & white and color ads from the 1800s to the 1950s


great projects I've accumulated an archive of classic and vintage advertising and among my favorites are these gems from Dover. You can learn a lot about graphic deaign, typography, graphics and advertising just by studying successful ads from the past. That's why these are such valuable resources for all illustrators and graphic designers -- not to mention anyone in advertising or marketing! Below, you can share a bunch of samples from the books, but you'll want to get the books for your library! They make excellent conversation and idea starters too! Enjoy! November 14, 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