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General articles about various freeware and shareware software, contests, galleries and communities. Reviews on software and other products.

* Article Index - Adobe Product Reviews star
Reviews of Adobe digital art and graphics software categorized by subject.

* Article Index - Reviews and Resources star
Reviews of products and resources for the digital artist categorized by subject.

3DTotal.com – Home of the Total Textures Collection star
3DTotal´s Total Textures collection contains high and medium resolution textures that you can use "as is" or customize for your specific needs. The collection has 15 CDs covering various themes for the 2D and 3D CG artist.

A New Approach To Color GenoPal Pro by Genometri star
GenoPal Pro by Genometri is a new type of color selection software that gives you natural looking and harmonious color schemes for your digital art projects.

Adobe Generator and Photoshop CC star
Once you have completed your webpage mockup in Photoshop, your next step is to translate that in to a responsive HTML5/CSS3 design and save all design elements as web graphics. Adobe Generator bridges the gap between design in Photoshop CC and design in Edge Reflow CC.

Adobe Plus Membership Review star
You will want to take a look at the new Adobe Plus membership which gives you access to an ever-growing library of knowledge and resources.

An Overview of Screen Recording and Video Training Software star
When creating a training video, a major part of the process is recording the action on the computer screen as you demonstrate your lesson. Below are some of the most popular choices for screen recording software.

An Overview of Screen Recording and Video Training Software - 2 star
When creating a training video, a major part of the process is recording the action on the computer screen as you demonstrate your lesson. Below are some of the most popular choices for screen recording software.

Author’s Guide to Book Apps by Karen Robertson star
In Author’s Guide to Book Apps, Karen Robertson covers in detail how authors can publish their stories into book apps. She has been through this process herself and shares what she has learned, both good and bad.

Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop star
3DTotal Publishing is well known for their range of books featuring the best digital artists in the game and movies genre. If you are a novice to digital art, you will enjoy the Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop Volume 1, which has a fine introduction to this genre.

CGSociety – Online Digital Art Community star
At the CGSociety.org Society of Digital Artists site you will find high quality artwork from professional and nonprofessionals in all genres of digital art. Although emphasis is on 3D digital art and topics from the film industry, the 2D artist can find much to keep them interested.

Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 Review star
If you're a Paint Shop Photo Pro fan and want to try some other Corel software, the new Paint Shop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate is the way to go.

Design And Sell Your Own Stickers With The Logo Creator star
While surfing the web a few days ago, I discovered a software program that I just fell in love with. I spent the entire weekend designing my very own stickers using The Logo Creator software. One feature of this program that I really like is that YOU can copyright and sell your designs.

Designing with Web Fonts star
What limitations do fonts have on webpages?

Digital Art Galleries and Communities star
One of the best ways to grow as an artist is to share your knowledge and skill with other digital artists. Have you ever wanted to show your artwork and receive some constructive feedback? Well you are not alone. In fact there are websites dedicated to the concept of sharing and learning.

Digital Painting Techniques Volume 4 by 3DTotal star
One aspect of the artist's life is the never-ending challenge to improve one's skills. 3DTotal Publishing's Digital Painting Techniques Volume 4 is a great source of learning and inspiration, especially for those interested in game and fantasy digital illustration.

Digital-Tutors - Beginner’s Guide to Illustrator star
This ten-lesson beginner’s course will teach you the basics of Adobe Illustrator, one of the most popular vector drawing software. Eddie Russell is your instructor for one hour and 39 minutes as he walks you through how to use the Illustrator workspace and basic tools and techniques.

DoverPictura.com Dover Clip Art star
We have a new way to find and purchase clip art. At DoverPictura.com you can browse, purchase and download royalty-free Dover clip art. You are free to use the clip art in your projects or as inspiration for your own artwork.

Edge Reflow CC and Adobe Generator star
Many digital artists create web page layouts in Photoshop as comps or visual representation of a web page design. With the new Adobe Generator technology, the artist has a new resource that will simplify the design workflow by converting the Photoshop layout into a standards compliant web file.

Edit Mode in ZBrush by Pixologic star
ZBrush is a graphics software by Pixologic, Inc. that has been around for some time. Its continued popularity is due to its unique technology which allows the artist to paint with smart pixels called pixols.

Father's Day Card With The Logo Creator star
This is a fast and easy project for you and your child to make together. You will use The Logo Creator software to create a Father's Day image which your child can then email to his father at work or print on a blank greeting card.

Free Illustrator Course at Digital-Tutors star
Digital-Tutors - Beginner’s Guide to Illustrator. This is a great video tutorial course for the beginner or someone needing a refresher course because Russell starts at the very basic level and progresses to the more complex tasks.

iBooks Author Mac App star
Apple has released a new free app in the Mac App Store called iBooks Author which streamlines the process for creating iBooks textbooks for the iPad.

Illustrator CC Fonts and CSS Styles star
Illustrator CC has new panels for converting your design to CSS styles, working with fonts and color schemes.

Illustrator CC What's New star
The new upgrade to Illustrator CC has several new features for text, fonts, brushes and even web page coding. We have a new brush option for painting with images and new ways to convert your design to CSS styles.

Illustrator CS5 – Variable Width Strokes star
Illustrator CS5 gives you more control over the width of your strokes and end points of your paths.

Illustrator CS5 New Artboard Features star
Illustrator CS5 has some new features and enhancements when working with artboards.

IncrediTools Software star[offsite link]
IncrediTools Software is a software company which makes the screen recording software called Flash Demo Builder. They also make InAlbum 3.0 Deluxe, IncrediFlash XTreme, Flash Video Studio, PPT to Flash Studio, IncrediFlash Intro and Banner Studio, IncrediFace and InVideo Studio

Introduction of LightWave 3D by NewTek, Inc. star
LightWave 3D from NewTek is the favorite of 3D artists in fields including games, film, animation and print production. It is the all-in-one software package for modeling, animation, dynamics, particle effects and quality rendering.

jQuery 1.4 Animation Techniques Beginner's Guide star
Book review of jQuery 1.4 Animation Techniques Beginner's Guide.

Karen Robertson - Marketing Book Apps star
How to Market a Book App and Other Kid’s Apps by Karen Robertson is one of the best books about marketing children’s book apps. Book apps is a niche market and Karen has had the experience to write this book. She shares with her readers the many experiences she had with her Treasure Kai book apps.

Lights, Dynamics, Animation, Rendering, Getting Help in LightWave 3D star
LightWave 3D from NewTek is the favorite of 3D artists in fields including games, film, animation and print production. It is the all-in-one software package for modeling, animation, dynamics, particle effects and quality rendering.

LiveBrush - An Adobe Air Based Programn star
Livebrush by David Fasullo is a new way to draw with your mouse. The speed of your mouse determines what you get on your digital canvas.

Livebrush Drawing Software star
Livebrush is an easy-to-use drawing application from David Fasullo.

Making Your Own Training Videos and the Wink Freeware Software star
If you are an educator or need to create training videos for any reason, you might want to try Wink freeware software.

Painting Mode in ZBrush by Pixologic star
ZBrush is a graphics software by Pixologic, Inc. that has been around for some time. Its continued popularity is due to its unique technology which allows the artist to paint with smart pixels called pixols.

Photoshop CC and Camera Raw star
The new built-in Camera Raw filter in Photoshop CC makes working on your photo with the Camera Raw tools within the workspace possible. There are also improvements to the Camera Raw tools.

Photoshop CC January 2014 Update star
The January 2014 Photoshop CC update has a few nice enhancements including the new 3D printing process that allows Photoshop to communicate with 3D printers.

Photoshop CC What's New star
Photographers and digital artists have several new features introduced with Photoshop CC upgrade. One feature is the new Upsampling which will convert a low resolution image to a higher resolution. One of the most used feature has been improved with the new Smart Sharpen process.

Photoshop for Artists by Sylvie Covey star
Photoshop for Artists A Complete Guide for Fine Artists, Photographers, and Printmakers by Sylvie Covey is all about Photoshop from a fine art point of view.

Product Review - Fredrix Archival PrintCanvas - Tara Materials, Inc. star
Fredrix Archival PrintCanvas is double primed with archival, acid-free acrylic titanium. On top of this is an inkjet receptive coating that is a perfect surface for printing a high resolution image from your desktop printer.

Product Review - Lettering Delights – Fonts and More star
Text is a very important part of arts and crafts. Whether you are interested in crafts such as scrap booking, creating images for personal websites or designing projects for print; you can get lots of inspiration and fonts at Lettering Delights.

Product Review – Cartoon Smart Flash Tutorials star
A few days ago, I discovered a fun and educational website called Cartoon Smart. Its creator is a Flash illustrator and animator and has worked in the field of animation since 1999. He created the Cartoon Smart website in 2004 to help others learn Flash illustration and animation the easy way.

Product Review – Introduction to ZBrush by Pixologic star
ZBrush is a graphics software by Pixologic, Inc. that has been around for some time. Its continued popularity is due to its unique technology which allows the artist to paint with smart pixels called pixols.

Project Dogwaffle - Digital Painting Software star
The creator of Project Dogwaffle has released his newest version (v 1.6). If you haven't downloaded the demo for this shareware, take some time to check it out. Project Dogwaffle is no longer freeware but you get so much for the small price that you will think it was free.

Publish Your Digital Art with Blurb star
What is Blurb and how can you use it to promote your digital art.

Review - 21-Day Drawing Challenge star
In this new lynda.com video training, the author Von Glitschka teaches 21-day, or about 50 minutes, tutorial that will help you challenge and grow as an artist. Although the challenges are for traditional, analog drawing, you can still apply much of what you learn to your digital art.

Review - Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 star
I am always amazed at the number of features included in this software for such a low price. What's new in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

Review - The Web Designer's Idea Book star
The Web Designer's Idea Book by Patrick McNeil is a guide to the best website design on the web.

Review of ArtRage Deluxe - Natural Media Software star
ArtRage is a natural media digital art software with several very nice features, some challenging those of Painter and Photoshop.

Review Particle Candy for Corona SDK star
Recently, I have been creating storybook apps with the Photoshop plugin called Kwik by Alex Souza and Corona SDK by Ansca. I was very happy when Mike Dogan at x-pressive.com created a particle engine for Corona SDK because that meant that I could add realistic particle effects to my storybook apps.

Scrapbooking Site at BellaOnline star
Our Scrapbooking site here at BellaOnline is for the traditional and digital scrapbooker.

Scrivener for Research and Multiple Publishing star
Scrivener makes your researching task easier because you can store all types of files inside the Scrivener workspace. Because Scrivener is based on the concept of separation between content and design or layout, you can write your manuscript once and publish in multiple formats.

Scrivener Writing Software Review star
Scrivener, a complete writing studio, is just what I needed to help me write and keep me organized. Scrivener is built on the assumption that the writer will need the flexibility of writing a project in small chunks of text that can be easily repurposed.

Snap Art 3 from Alien Skin star
With Snap Art 3 from Alien Skin you can manipulate your photographs with natural media filters.

Start With Paint - Microsoft's Graphics Program star
In the race for graphic software companies to offer bigger and better products to the digital artist, the small Microsoft® Paint drawing software has been overlooked. This drawing software has been included with the basic Windows® package for several years.

Surfacing, Layout Workspace, Cameras in LightWave 3D star
LightWave 3D from NewTek is the favorite of 3D artists in fields including games, film, animation and print production. It is the all-in-one software package for modeling, animation, dynamics, particle effects and quality rendering.

TestFlight iOS Beta Testing Service star
The people at TestFlight have a free over-the-air testing services, still in beta, for iOS mobile app developers.

The Modeler Workspace in LightWave 3D star
LightWave 3D from NewTek is the favorite of 3D artists in fields including games, film, animation and print production. It is the all-in-one software package for modeling, animation, dynamics, particle effects and quality rendering.

The Photographer's Eye iPad App star
The top selling book The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman is now an iPad app.

Typekit Font Library Service star
Typekit is a font resource for the web designer and an easy way to use designer fonts on your site.

What is TexturePacker star
What is TexturePacker and how can it help you to create optimized sprite sheets.

Your First Steps in Creating A Training Video star
The first step to creating your training video is to set up several options for the recording process.

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