July 30 Meeting: The Art, Technology, and Process of Custom Signage


Step outside of the cubicle and away from the computer on Thursday, July 30, as we learn about what goes into designing and creating a custom sign. Rodney’s Custom Cut Signs is a nationally recognized sign manufacturer and it’s partner company, Ink … [Continue reading]

Microsoft Office and Adobe together at last!


Oooh! A meeting about using Microsoft products…how fun! Said no one, ever. … [Continue reading]

Design Currency: Understand, define, and promote the value of your design work By Jenn Visocky O’Grady, Ken Visocky O’Grady

Designers are sometimes seen as ephemeral beings concerned about fonts, pixels, and pretty colors (and like to use phrases like "the emotional brand experience.") Things that, to the rest of an organization, may seem like trivial matters when … [Continue reading]

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual

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Photoshop CC The Missing Manual is an amazingly information-dense manual. So much, that it's almost intimidating. However, the author does such a wonderful job at guiding the reader through the underworld of Photoshop, that you'll find yourself … [Continue reading]

Explore It! Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing


In a nutshell, software testing is exploring software in a variety of circumstances to discover what things can happen. I originally got this book because I thought it would be helpful for me when I beta test plugins. I really had no idea what a … [Continue reading]

The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop


This book is aimed at an intermediate user. This book has hundreds of pictures and specific tasks are made easier to accomplish by giving them a title that makes sense, such as: Gray Day Recovery, How to Remove Vignettes, Portrait Tone and Contrast, … [Continue reading]

Member Spotlight: Marc Gura


Raleigh IDUG is full of talented designers who have created amazing projects. We recently chatted with Marc Gura, who works as a designer for Sensus, a Raleigh company that helps utilities and consumers make the most of finite water and energy … [Continue reading]

The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers


I had first heard of this book via the American Society of Media Photographers' Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow (dpBestflow®) project -a Congressionally-funded project through the National Digital Information Infrastructure and … [Continue reading]

WordPress: The Missing Manual

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A few years ago, when I started creating my first wordpress site, I was told it would be easy. Because wordpress is based on themes! So just buy the theme you want (from a super-smart developer) and then add your content. Voila! A custom website! … [Continue reading]

February 7 Meeting: Recreating Raster Logos

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Do you have clients send you low-res raster logos? Do they change the file extension from JPEG to EPS and try to fool you? Would ASCII art be more useful than the pixelated GIFs they send you? Well, don't just grumble about their files. Do something … [Continue reading]