CDPUG Blog

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Take Control of PDFpen 8

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If you want a PDF editing and manipulation tool that sits between Apple’s free Preview and Adobe’s $450 Acrobat Pro DC, look no further than Smile’s $74.95 PDFpen and $124.95 PDFpenPro. There’s even an $19.99 iOS companion in PDFpen for iPad & iPhone.

To help PDFpen users make the most of their apps, we’ve just released Michael Cohen’s Take Control of PDFpen 8, with 188 pages of comprehensive documentation. Thanks for telling your MUG about it—I’ll send you another message shortly for forwarding to your group mailing list. Remember to cut out your username at the bottom of that message (look for the scissors line) before passing it on!

-Adam

Slack: Group messaging service

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Slack, a group messaging service that has become wildly popular in business and academia, and is making inroads into clubs and hobbyist. Slack marries some of the best features of email and instant messaging, and does so in a way that can improve communication and cut back on email overload. Plus, you can set up a public Slack team for free.

Using the advice in Glenn Fleishman’s Take Control of Slack Admin, you could set up a group. His Take Control of Slack Basics documents how to use Slack from the ground up, so there’s lots of help for making your members comfortable in the new environment (and yes, we have super special bulk pricing for non-profits like MUGs).

Slack is new and therefore a little scary, but given the challenges user groups face, trying something new isn’t a bad thing. It’s likely that some of your members are already using Slack at work, and even if it’s just helpful to your officers at first, it’s worth investigating what it would be like to use Slack with your group. We’ve become fans here at TidBITS and Take Control, and you could even invite our authors into your Slack group for scheduled live chats.

And you can join us in our free public SlackBITS group!

-Adam Engst

 

Lesa Snider is offering 64 Free Paper Textures

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Here’s a useful addition to your design arsenal: 64 textured papers, each one a 2100 x 1500 pixel image suitable for printing. Company Folders provides these images so you can see what your designs might look like on their folder stock — but you can use them as backgrounds or texture maps for any project!

Some of my favorites are Eco Kraft, Jute Vellum, 10 colors of Linen, and 8 colors of Felt. Their website shows previews of each paper, so you can decide whether you think they’re worth downloading.

Here you can download professional, full-size photographs of the 64 high quality paper stocks we offer.

  • Get a basic sense of the look and texture of each stock in Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
  • Add them to die-cut templates to see how your printed design will look on a particular stock
  • Use them in mockup templates to demonstrate your final product to others

Download all images here:

http://www.companyfolders.com/design/paper-textures?mc_cid=bd432b7df9&mc_eid=ce995397fb

CDPUG’s the E! – May 2016

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May 2016

contents: programming | calendar | what’s news | hotlinks | general  info | facebook | twitter | blog

The 12th Annual CDPUG Showcase

Special Location: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern in University Circle

Date: 05/26/2016

Meeting Type: CDPUG General Meeting

Reception Starts: 6:00 p.m., Dogs, Tots and Soft Drinks served.

Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern. Underdog Room.

11625 Euclid Avenue, University Circle, OH 44106

Free Parking directly across from the Cleveland Institute of Art  just across the street after 6pm

Driving and Parking Directions

Speaker(s): CDPUG Members & Special Volunteers

Cost: Free for members and speakers. $10 donation suggested for guests.


Join us at our very special meeting featuring our members—and a few select non-members—portfolios presented in a Five-Minute Portfolio format. They will share their best work, what they enjoy, or who they are — using 20 slides that will auto-advance every 15 seconds — for a total of five high-energy minutes that will put the spotlight on their individuality and creativity. It’s an easy and really cool way to introduce themselves to their peers, for everyone to make new contacts, and gain important potential referrals.

Call For Entries Deadline:

Closed.

Read more on our webpage.

Please help with an RSVP! Room capacity is 47 for the Underdog! While an RSVP is not required for our members and guest to attend, it is strongly encouraged! We order our food, based on the number of RSVPs we receive. So, to make sure that we order enough food for all who attend, please RSVP at the following link: Click here to submit an RSVP. Thank you for your help!

Calendar

Upcoming meetings and reminders include:

June 30th TBA

July 28th The Demise of 9 to 5 and The Rise of the Gig Economy

August 25th – Computer Ergonomics

September 29th – Business Coaching. Tentative

Community dates of interest  (See our website for current listings)

May 25th (Tonight) – 3D Printer Meetup / Cleveland 3D Printing Meetup | B3 Design Center, 2332 Prospect Avenue E., Cleveland, Ohio / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Additional Info

June 8th – Avast Security / NEOPC  | Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio / 7:00PM-8:30PM  Additional Info

June 11th – Avast AntiVirus / GCPCUG  | CSU Student Center-3rd Floor, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio / 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Additional Info

VARIOUS DATES clevelandtechevents.com

What’s News and more

Your Design Portfolio is in a pile…

With hundreds of other ones and the reviewer is in a hurry. How does it look? Marc Hemeon’s Periscope stream provides an educational experience on how to see the world through someone else’s eyes and in doing so, see your portfolio in a more illuminating perspective. There are many takeaway lessons here. Read on…

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire this year?

Traditionally held in the spring, the popular multimedia, multi-technology do-it-yourself event is tentatively to be held on November 5th according to their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/makerfairecleveland). If you have never attended one, you have missed out on 3D Printing, robotics, handcrafted goods and art, wearable technology and so much more. Visit their official page here to learn more: https://makerfairecleveland.com

Designing Case Studies That Attract More Clients…

Whether you’re looking for a studio job or trying to get some new freelance clients, we all need a good portfolio. You should be creating in-depth case studies around your work—and they should document your process and market your services on your website. This is much better than just having a gallery as your portfolio for several very important reasons as explained on Invision’s Blog.

30 Really Useful Design Resources for Creativity and Productivity…

From The Next Web Blog, comes a compilation and comprehensive list of software, apps, tools, skills, websites and resources that “no designer can live without”. That being said, there are some 10 key areas covered and there are some gems in here. See if you agree with their 30 List.

Do you have a topic you’d like to see at one of our meetings or have something newsworthy? Drop us a suggestion or a link with the subject line of "NEWS" to ezine@cdpug.org

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Tips for Freelance Designers…

Going out on your own? Good luck! You’ll be wading in with many others, but with the field of graphic design constantly and rapidly changing, you have to be willing to focus on your skills, push your limits and find your niche. Here are 10 simple tips on becoming successful from Digital Doughnut.


About CDPUG

For more news, job postings, networking opportunities, and archives of past meetings, please log onto our ever improving site: CDPUG.org

The Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) , is a non-profit, professional development and networking organization that provides educational information about digital publishing. Our meeting topics are diverse and platform independent. Memberships are available. For more information about CDPUG and meeting schedules, visit our website: CDPUG.org

CDPUG meets on the last Thursday of each month at the Garfield Heights Public Library. Reception: 6:00 pm. Meeting: 6:30 pm. Meetings are FREE to members and public. Donations to help with food and refreshments are encouraged. Individual memberships are $40.00. Corporate memberships for 3 individuals at the same company are $100.00. Membership has its benefits.


General E-zine Info

Deadline for e-Zine submission is two weeks prior to end of month to make it in the next publication. ASCII or plain text is preferred. Send submissions to ezine@cdpug.org with CDPUG/e-Zine as the subject line. Keep all submissions short and to the point.

The e-Zine is available in text format as well in case your browser cannot handle html. You are receiving this e-Zine as a member of CDPUG or as requested. Your privacy is very important to us. If you prefer not to receive this Publication, you may opt out by sending an e-mail with the subject line of "Please Remove Me" to ezine@cdpug.org

Digital ArtZ E-zine Edition,  May16, Volume 14, Issue 5 /  © 2016 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group

Are Your Bits Flipped? Overcoming Tech Misconceptions

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This time we have something a little different, a book from Joe Kissell called Are Your Bits Flipped? It’s not a classic Take Control book of steps and screenshots, instead taking a conversational approach to the general topic of overcoming tech misconceptions.

Just as a single “flipped bit” in a piece of computer code can bring an otherwise reliable app crashing to a halt, a single misconception in your understanding of personal computing technology can cause all manner of problems — including lost data, wasted time, and constant frustration as you live and work in today’s increasingly digital world. In this unique title from Take Control, which is packed with little-known facts and debunked beliefs, tech expert Joe Kissell untangles common confusions surrounding the high-tech products and services we all rely on every day.

By eliminating your tech misconceptions, you’ll:

  • Avoid common errors that waste precious time or result in data loss.
  • Make decisions based on an accurate understanding of how things work.
  • Find yourself asking for — or paying for! — computer help less often.
  • Have clear explanations on hand when others ask you for help.
  • Better understand tech topics in the headlines — encryption, passwords, privacy, and more.
  • Make a stronger impression at a job interview, user group, or wherever your tech skills may be judged.

Some of the 16 chapters in this 190-page book are updated and expanded versions of essays originally published in TidBITS.

CDPUG the E! – April 2016

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APRIL 2016

contents: programming | calendar | what’s news | hotlinks | general  info | facebook | twitter | blog

Presenting with Purpose

NOTE: Last minute topic change and location

Date: 04/28/2016

Meeting Type: CDPUG General Meeting

Reception Starts: 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Garfield Hts. Public Library

5409 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH 44125

Driving and Parking Directions

Speaker(s): Tony Ramos, a Graphic Designer and Visual Explainer. The Presentationist on Twitter, @tonyramos.

Cost: Free for members and guests. Complimentary food for members


Slideware such as PowerPoint, Keynote, and Prezi have no doubt changed the way in which we present ourselves and our stories to each other. With each new version or application, however, come even greater choices about how to (and what to) show. Through his presentation, "Presenting with Purpose," Tony Ramos will help you focus your talk and your slides, using timeless principles of storytelling and attention-keeping. The result: audiences will respond to your call to action, whether it is "hire me", "get to know me", or "learn from me."

Additional meeting info & last minute updates:

Read more on our webpage.

Please help with an RSVP! While an RSVP is not required for our members and guest to attend, it is strongly encouraged! We order our food, based on the number of RSVPs we receive. So, to make sure that we order enough food for all who attend, please RSVP at the following link: Click here to submit an RSVP. Thank you for your help!

Calendar

Upcoming meetings and reminders include:

May 26th May Membership Showcase. Location to be announced.

June 30th TBA

Community dates of interest  (See our website for current listings)

April 27th (Tonight) – 3D Printer Meetup / Cleveland 3D Printing Meetup | B3 Design Center, 2332 Prospect Avenue E., Cleveland, Ohio / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Additional Info

May 11th – General Q & A / NEOPC  | Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio / 7:00PM-8:30PM  Additional Info

May 14th – Customizing Windows 10 / GCPCUG  | CSU Student Center-3rd Floor, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio / 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Additional Info

VARIOUS DATES clevelandtechevents.com

What’s News and more

5 Key Trends in Design Leadership…

Corporations are shifting from engineering driven to design driven, product-centric to customer-centric, marketing focused to user experience focused. Whether they’re selling cars, phones, or lightbulbs, companies have made design integral to their business. So now what? How do you get ahead when design is no longer the competitive edge but the barrier to entry? Here, they’ve identified five trends at the intersection of design thinking and leadership and how to make the most of them. Read on…

30 iPad Apps for Presenting your ideas and stories…

With an iPad and these applications, you probably don’t need to carry a laptop around. Here are 30 useful iPad applications for Business and Presentation you might find handy on your next project pitch or business trip. Think: high speed, low drag!

Creative Bloq’s 10 Best New Graphic Design Tools…

for April as compiled by writer Julie Sagar. Highlights from this collection include: design on the move with the new iPad Pro, create faster graphics with the latest CorelDRAW Suite, spruce up your studio space and more. Also noteworthy is an Apple Pencil alternative called Joy Factory Pinpoint Precision Stylus. The Tools.

Live Stream Event: Illustration with CC Mobile Apps…

Join Adobe live on Twitch to watch their live streaming event on May 3, 4 and 5. Watch eight professional illustrators create with Creative Cloud apps on their mobile devices and share their drawing techniques. Each artist will create a masterpiece using a combination of Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Capture CC. Curious who they’ve flown to San Francisco? Here’s are the details: Adobe Live Stream May 3-5 Event

Do you have a topic you’d like to see at one of our meetings or have something newsworthy? Drop us a suggestion or a link with the subject line of "NEWS" to ezine@cdpug.org

Hotlinks

The Art of Zigor Samaniego…

You would think with a name like Zigor Samaniego, that would be enough to pic your interest about this amazing artist. Zigor is a freelance graphic & 3D illustrator based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Focusing his work in graphic design, 3D, calligraphy and lettering; Zigor has worked with brands like American Express, Volkswagen and more. But it is his work with combining 3D and Typography that is the most striking and gets him the most notoriety. See his work here.


About CDPUG

For more news, job postings, networking opportunities, and archives of past meetings, please log onto our ever improving site: CDPUG.org

The Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) , is a non-profit, professional development and networking organization that provides educational information about digital publishing. Our meeting topics are diverse and platform independent. Memberships are available. For more information about CDPUG and meeting schedules, visit our website: CDPUG.org

CDPUG meets on the last Thursday of each month at the Garfield Heights Public Library. Reception: 6:00 pm. Meeting: 6:30 pm. Meetings are FREE to members and public. Donations to help with food and refreshments are encouraged. Individual memberships are $40.00. Corporate memberships for 3 individuals at the same company are $100.00. Membership has its benefits.



General E-zine Info

Deadline for e-Zine submission is two weeks prior to end of month to make it in the next publication. ASCII or plain text is preferred. Send submissions to ezine@cdpug.org with CDPUG/e-Zine as the subject line. Keep all submissions short and to the point.

The e-Zine is available in text format as well in case your browser cannot handle html. You are receiving this e-Zine as a member of CDPUG or as requested. Your privacy is very important to us. If you prefer not to receive this Publication, you may opt out by sending an e-mail with the subject line of "Please Remove Me" to ezine@cdpug.org

Digital ArtZ E-zine Edition,  April16, Volume 14, Issue 4 /  © 2016 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group

Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition

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And now for something that’s largely not work-related—the Apple TV! Our latest book, Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition, by Josh Centers, provides comprehensive coverage of the fourth-generation Apple TV, including all the tricks with the Siri Remote and details on the just-released tvOS 9.2.

Take Control Books Spring Sale

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As you may have already seen, we just kicked off a big 50%-off sale for the next week, with every Take Control book on sale. Since this is a better deal than the standing 30% discount for MUG members, it would be great if you could alert your group to the sale. If you want a URL to send out in Twitter or post on Facebook, use this coupon-loaded link:

http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-mar-2016-sale-mug

For email, I’m going to send you another message in just a minute that’s designed to be forwarded to your group mailing list. There’s no need to crop anything out of it other than your username at the bottom—in this case, I figured two messages would be easier for everyone to deal with. If that’s true in general, just let me know at ace@tidbits.com and I can see how well that works in the future too.

Thanks so much for your help—our authors appreciate MUG support immensely!

Cheers… –Adam

 

CDPUG the E! – March 2016

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MARCH 2016

contents: programming | calendar | what’s news | hotlinks | general  info | facebook | twitter | blog

Innovation Center Orientation

Cuyahoga County Library Garfield Heights Branch

Date: 03/31/2016

Meeting Type: CDPUG General Meeting

Reception Starts: 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Starts: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Garfield Hts. Public Library

5409 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH 44125

Driving and Parking Directions

Speaker(s): Garfield Heights Library Staff and CDPUG’s own Henry Lee

Cost: Free for members and guests. Complimentary food for members


The Cuyahoga County Public Library has recently opened it’s first Innovation Center at the Garfield Heights Branch where CDPUG quite conveniently holds our monthly meetings. The Innovation Center is a place where Graphic Artists can match inspiration with equipment and training. Come attend an orientation on the 3-D printers and scanners, laser engravers, vinyl cutters, and embroidery machines. There are even Macs and PCs with Adobe Creative Suite software, along with an Audio and a Video Recording Studio.

In addition to the equipment orientation, talented member and past president of CDPUG, Henry Lee will include a brief introduction to the 3D modeling program SketchUp. Henry will share his insights on using SketchUp with the equipment in the Innovation Center.

Additional meeting info & last minute updates:

Read more on our webpage.

Please help with an RSVP! While an RSVP is not required for our members and guest to attend, it is strongly encouraged! We order our food, based on the number of RSVPs we receive. So, to make sure that we order enough food for all who attend, please RSVP at the following link: Click here to submit an RSVP. Thank you for your help!

Calendar

Upcoming meetings and reminders include:

April 28th Keynote and Presentation Skills for the Graphic Artist. At the Apple Store.

May 26th May Membership Showcase. At Keith Berr’s Photo Studio.

Community dates of interest  (See our website for current listings)

March 30th – 3D Printer Meetup / Cleveland 3D Printing Meetup | B3 Design Center, 2332 Prospect Avenue E., Cleveland, Ohio / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Additional Info

April 2 – Office 365 / GCPCUG  | CSU Student Center-3rd Floor, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio / 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Additional Info

April 6 – Managing Your Time With Outlook-Harry Lader, Ph.D. / microBites Training | Buy Rite Office Products, 23715 Mercantile Rd., Beachwood, Ohio / 4:00PM-5:15PM  PWYW (Pay What You Want). Proceeds benefit Wounded Warriors Family Support.

April 13 – Benefiting From Digital World For 2016 and Beyond / NEOPC  | Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio / 7:00PM-8:30PM  Additional Info

VARIOUS DATES clevelandtechevents.com

What’s News and more

Call for Artists…

Oatey Co. has an exciting project in the main lobby of their new World HQ. More info can be found in the link below. If you know anyone who would be interested, be sure to send it their way!

Learn more.

The Ten Commandments of Business Card Design…

No matter how well-designed a card can be, it still has to serve its purpose as a personal marketing tool. Here are a few best practices to guide you.

Personal Growth Tip: 7 pro tips for staying competitive as an artist…

Designer and illustrator Carla Latsky explains how to stay one step ahead in the fast moving creative industries. You may know your tools well and how to choose them but how do you stay competitive? She is quoted as saying “It’s all about the everlasting relationship between art and technology”. Her advice and 7 top tips? Read more here.

Missing out on our monthly meeting or need more info?

Learn more about SketchUp and what it can do for you to help express your ideas in 3D whether it’s on screen, on paper or in real life. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. Visit Trimble’s webpage for SketchUp and download your copy today, watch getting started videos and access 3D Models and tons of help and resources. The ease of use, learning  and huge community support makes SketchUp the app of choice for 3D beginners and for those who want to print in 3D.

Do you have a topic you’d like to see at one of our meetings or have something newsworthy? Drop us a suggestion or a link with the subject line of "NEWS" to ezine@cdpug.org

Hotlinks

3D Print Your Own Toys…

Autodesk Tinkerplay is a free app that lets you design and customize your own creatures and characters on your mobile device and make them real using a 3D printer. The app is available on virtually all of the major mobile platforms: iOS, Android and even Windows mobile. We were wondering when an app like this was going to appear as it was a foregone conclusion with the falling cost and wider availability of 3D Printers. Want to take Tinkerplay for a spin? Visit 123Dapp.com or look for it on your mobile platform store.


About CDPUG

For more news, job postings, networking opportunities, and archives of past meetings, please log onto our ever improving site: CDPUG.org

The Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) , is a non-profit, professional development and networking organization that provides educational information about digital publishing. Our meeting topics are diverse and platform independent. Memberships are available. For more information about CDPUG and meeting schedules, visit our website: CDPUG.org

CDPUG meets on the last Thursday of each month at the Garfield Heights Public Library. Reception: 6:00 pm. Meeting: 6:30 pm. Meetings are FREE to members and public. Donations to help with food and refreshments are encouraged. Individual memberships are $40.00. Corporate memberships for 3 individuals at the same company are $100.00. Membership has its benefits.


General E-zine Info

Deadline for e-Zine submission is two weeks prior to end of month to make it in the next publication. ASCII or plain text is preferred. Send submissions to ezine@cdpug.org with CDPUG/e-Zine as the subject line. Keep all submissions short and to the point.

The e-Zine is available in text format as well in case your browser cannot handle html. You are receiving this e-Zine as a member of CDPUG or as requested. Your privacy is very important to us. If you prefer not to receive this Publication, you may opt out by sending an e-mail with the subject line of "Please Remove Me" to ezine@cdpug.org

Digital ArtZ E-zine Edition,  March16, Volume 14, Issue 3 /  © 2016 Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts

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Holiday photo projects are incredibly fun to make and folks love getting them. In this book you’ll learn how to create unique projects such as:

  • Pillows
  • Tote bags
  • Purses
  • Magnets & stickers
  • Canvas prints
  • Skins for laptops and portable devices
  • Postage stamps
  • Mugs
  • Keychains
  • Playing cards
  • Tree ornaments
  • Dry-erase calendars
  • Notepads
  • Wine and beer bottle labels

You’ll also learn how to create spectacular cards and personalized calendars in Apple’s Photos for Mac and iPhoto.

Then, you’ll learn step-by-step instructions for creating unique, do-it-yourself projects such as photo napkin rings, photo gift tags and wooden photo cubes.

Along the way, you’ll also learn many valuable tips for improving the overall look of your projects, including:

  • Adjusting the color of your photos so they harmonize together
  • How to save your files for successful printing
  • The best ways to add text to photos
  • How to remove color from parts of your photo
  • Unusual (and impressive!) card designs

Please see the Table of Contents below for a complete list of topics.

This is an eBook available in formats compatible with various book readers from Kindle to iBooks that you can read on a computer, tablet or even a smart phone. After you make your payment you will receive an email with a link to download the eBook in the format of your choice.

http://photolesa.com/books/skinny-holiday-photo-gifts

Its price is $5.99, it has 81 pages, and is available in PDF or EPUB format.

Table of Contents: 

First things first: where to print your project

 

Fix up your images

 

The biggest tip in the book: color harmony

 

Use maximum quality JPEGs

  • How to export to JPEG format

How to order unique photo gifts online

  • Using photos from your Instagram account
  • Ordering from services linked to Instagram or Facebook
  • Apple’s Calendars and Cards

How to create calendars and cards in Photos for Mac and in iPhoto

  • How to create a calendar in Photos for Mac
  • How to create a calendar in iPhoto
  • How to create a greeting card in Photos for Mac
  • How to create a greeting card in iPhoto

How to create unique holiday cards in Photoshop Elements

  • Pop Art holiday card
  • Partial color holiday card

Design tips for creating holiday cards in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

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