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Frequently Asked Questions About Using OpenType Fonts

I’ve had some users ask me questions about OpenType fonts recently and wanted to share the answers with everyone about how and when to use them. The questions always revolve around how to access the extended characters. There are three things that must exist to get to those characters. You …

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GDG Fountain Click Extreme Macro for CorelDRAW

Some days I think back to the very first versions of CorelDRAW and all the things that could be done at that time. That was 24 years ago and fountain fills were in the first version. Then there was a big leap a few versions later when more than two …

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Sixteen of the Creepiest Places in the World

With Halloween only a few day’s away, we all are seeing creepy things around us. It got me to thinking about some of the creepiest locations in the world. I spent some time searching around and came up with the following list of sixteen places. For each location, I’ve included …

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Easily Create a Custom Wall Calendar for Your Clients

I recently went to a grand re-opening for a friend print shop. As a gift to attendees, they printed a custom wall calendar for anyone who sent in a picture. You’ll see a photo of one of those custom calendars at right. Do you realize how easy it would be …

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Give Your Designs Good Karma With Two Fonts

We can all use more good karma in our lives, right? Don’t your designs also deserve some good karma? That was my thought when I found the two Karma fonts featured this week. As with some of the previous fonts featured, you can stack copies of text set in Karma …

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HDR Software Tools Redux and Photomatix Pro 4

I’ve written before about some of the software tools available for creating HDR images. HDR stands for high dynamic range photography and can make a good photo really jump out. As a recap, here are links to some of the tools I’ve discussed before. ReDynamix for Pseudo HDR Luminance and …

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Medialink USB WiFi Adapter – Small Size and Fast Speed

Loyal readers are aware that we are Preparing To Move Computer From Windows XP to Windows 8.1 in our office. We actually have a second computer running Windows XP, though it probably hasn’t been powered on in the last six months. Since there is nothing to salvage on that machine, …

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Halloween Treats for Your Designs

Halloween is only a few days away so I wanted to quickly share with you some fonts and artwork for your designs. Fonts Sinister Visions – four free fonts Land Shark – eight free fonts Boneribbon – six free fonts Frizzed BRK – one free font Shock Therapy BB – …

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WMF Files Are Not Good For Anything!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote The Evils of Nodes and How to Minimize Them. As part of that post, I shared the evils of WMF files. Since WMF (Windows Metafile) does not support curves, any line that appears to be a curve will be filled with nodes. Each …

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Value Your Time and Do It The Productive Way

I had a plumbing project that a “professional” had done twice over the past few months and both times it began to leak very soon afterwards. Can you guess that I didn’t trust that professional any more? A few days ago I had a very handy friend help me completely …

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Put A Scare In Your Designs With Halloween Clipart

I looked at my calendar today and realized that Halloween is in less than two weeks. Guess I better start working on a costume and get some candy. If you need to prepare some Halloween-themed designs, make sure to check out the 67 vector graphics in Halloween Unleashed Volume 2. …

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Creating Smoking Designs With Holy Smokes Font

Last week I told you we have a bet in the office based on the number of you who would download the VolkswagenSerial fonts. I took the over and thanks to many of you wanting the fonts, I won the friendly bet. Unfortunately there was nothing more than bragging rights …

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Cave Creek Geek Fights With Metal Cowboys and Indians

Cave Creek can be a very diverse little community. It has a very Western feel with a lot of ranchers enjoying the life of a horseman. See someone in the grocery store wearing chaps and spurs isn’t uncommon. There are also a lot of “cowboys” on steel horses (the motorized …

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Preparing To Move Computer From Windows XP to Windows 8.1

If you are a loyal reader, there are several things you probably already know from previous posts. I’m not a big fan of Windows 8 and I can’t understand why Microsoft would make the horrid mistake of forcing users to an interface better suited for touchscreens. About a year ago …

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