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52 Great Examples Of Urban Photography


52 Great Examples Of Urban Photography

 

The city is living and breathing and you must notice that fact. With the help of a talented photographer you can capture a city’s beauty in a picture and acknowledge its magnificent beauty. In case you were asking you were wondering, various techniques like HDR, black and white or infrared were used on some of these shots. That combined with the photographers’ skills created the results that you see here.

Emptiness amongst the crowd urban photography

Dostoevsky's San Francisco urban photography

The Peak Hong Kong urban photography

A Moment Suspended In Time urban photography

Brussels Chessboard urban photography

Acid Trip urban photography

It's New York, Babe urban photography

afternoon in porto urban photography

London urban photography

Cache cache urban photography

Wuzhen urban photography

Malyi Kamenny Bridge Moscow urban photography

Tannery urban photography

Good Morning, London urban photography

Energize Hong Kong urban photography

wet sunday urban photography

Life in the Fast Lane urban photography

My Sweet Shadow Paris urban photography

Tall City urban photography

Frankfurt - Against The urban photography

Generation of Sleepwalkers urban photography

Catwalk urban photography

The Shape Of City Winter urban photography

The Towering Spirit of London urban photography

Serenity urban photography

Just passing through urban photography

feel dizzy urban photography

The world outside these walls urban photography

Urban Bridge urban photography

Equilibrium urban photography

OpTimiStiC urban photography

Bank of China in Hong Kong urban photography

crossing urban photography

Lviv urban photography

Battersea Power Station urban photography

General Electric urban photography

Discolored life urban photography

civil war urban photography

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights urban photography

Around the Corner urban photography

Staring At The Sun urban photography

Times square rush urban photography

Dove in Paris urban photography

Down the Alley urban photography

Steel Office urban photography

At the lights urban photography

two stairways urban photography

NYC urban photography

Paris III: La Pluie urban photography

Hungarian cityscapes urban photography

Chicago urban photography

Lost in time urban photography

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50 Best Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials


50 Best Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

February 13th, 2011 Posted in Photoshop by Eric Shafer
Photoshop text effect tutorials teach important graphic design techniques, ranging from 3D text effects to vector text effects as well.  In addition to learning how to use vector and 3D effects, many text effects use a photomanipulation and other techniques, and they teach overall design principles such as composition, color balance and typography. 

Here you’re find the 50 Best Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials, in a variety of different styles.  You’ll get hands on practice on how to create awesome designs like these.

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Create an Awesome Funky Text Effect

Create an Awesome Funky Text Effect

Reader Tutorial: Revolution

Colorful Candy 3D Text Effect

Eye Catching 3D Tech Text Effect

Ornamental Gold Text Effect in Photoshop

Rope Text Effect with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop

CMYK 3D Text Effect

Candy Cane Text Effect in Photoshop and Illustrator

3D Nature Inspired Text Effect

Super Glossy 3D Typography in Photoshop

Stunning Liquid Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Beautiful 3D Text Composition in 3D Studio Max and Photoshop

Create a Glossy Extruded 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Dynamic Shattering Text Effect in 3D Studio Max and Photoshop

3D Water Text Effect with Respousse in Photoshop CS5

Blending Xara 3D Type into a Wallpaper Project

Create a Cool 3D Graffiti Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Dark Grunge 3D Text Scene in Photoshop

The Making of Climb – Create an Awesome 3D Text Composition in Photoshop

Create this Dazzling 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

3D Layered Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Festive Ornamental Christmas Text Effect

Create a Stylish Grunge Poster with 3D Typography in Photoshop

Smashing Your Creative Block – Broken Glass Text Effect

Smashing Your Creative Block - Broken Glass Text Effect

Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment

Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment

Amazing Exploding 3D Words in Photoshop

Amazing Explosion 3D Words in Photoshop

Add Fantastic Color to 3D Text

Add Fantastic Color to 3D Text

Realistic Scorching Fire Effect

Realistic Scorching Fire Effect

Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect

Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect

Create an Elegant Glassy Text Effect

Create an Elegant Glassy Text Effect

Awesome Milk Typography Effect

Awesome Milk Typography Effect in Photoshop

Create a Layered Glowing Text Effect

Create a Layered Glowing Text Effect

Create a Richly Ornate Typographic Illustration

Create a Richly Ornate Typographic Illustration

Create a Dramatic Typographic Text Effect

Create a Dramatic Typographic Text Effect

Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect

Create an Elegant 3D Flowery Text Effect

Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography

Create a Dream Design with 3D Typography

The New Way to Create Super 3D Text

The New Way to Create Super 3D Text

Stunning 3D Effect for Text

Create a Stunning 3D Effect for Text

Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text

Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text

Dramatic Text on Fire Effect

Dramatic Text on Fire Effect

Super Frilly Bits Typography

Super Cool Frilly Bits Typography

3D Typographic Effects in Photoshop

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A Slick Supernatural Text Effect

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Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography

Dynamic Watercolor Typography

Extremely Colorful 3D Text Effect

Extremely Colorful 3D Text Effect

Hellish Text Effect in Photoshop

Hellish Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Smoke Text Effect

Create a Smoke Text Effect

Wood Inlay Text Effect

Wood Inlay Text Effect

Destructive Black and White Lettering with a Dramatic Splash Effect

Destructive Black and White Lettering with a Dramatic Splash Effect

Eric Shafer

Eric Shafer is a creative media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. He works frequently in the fields of graphic design, web design, web development, programming, audio, music and computer graphics. He is one of the founders of Presidia, an entrepreneurial team designed at empowering the creative media community.He is also one of the administration team members here at CreativeFan.Visit Authors WebsiteAll articles from this authour

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5000+ Free Photoshop Gradients


5000+ Free Photoshop Gradients

February 6th, 2011 Posted in FreebiesPhotoshop by Eric Shafer
Photoshop gradients are one of the many presets that can be use to create some really creative designs and effects in your photographs or any other graphics.

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Eric Shafer is a creative media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. He works frequently in the fields of graphic design, web design, web development, programming, audio, music and computer graphics. He is one of the founders of Presidia, an entrepreneurial team designed at empowering the creative media community.He is also one of the administration team members here at CreativeFan.Visit Authors WebsiteAll articles from this authour

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10 Premium jQuery Slider Plugins


10 Premium jQuery Slider Plugins

January 27th, 2011 Posted in Tools by Eric Shafer
jQuery sliders enhance the user interface for websites, by providing a convenient way to display important information, images or video while reducing the amount of space required to display the content.  This results in cleaner looking websites, as well as a more usable website.  Awhile back, we posted a roundup of 30 jQuery Slider Plugins, and it was a big success.

So, this time, we collected up 10 premium jQuery slider plugin files that you can download from various sites.  Please note that these are paid plugins, but they are definitely worth the investment in your site.  None of the links are affiliate links, so we’re definitely not pushing you to buy a premium slider over using a free one, but we thought it would be helpful to have the choice.

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li jQuery Slider

liJQuery Image Slider is carefully crafted slider/image rotator, full of features, easy to install and customize. Whenever you need a full featured slider image rotator or you need a simple ad banner, liJQuery Image slider will do the job with ease!

SlideDeck

SlideDeck is a powerful slider plugin made for web designers. With SlideDeck, you can organize any type of web content into a beautiful and user-friendly slider.

Advanced Slider – jQuery XML slider

Advanced Slider is a jQuery plugin that allows you to easily create XML -driven sliders, which are much easier to setup and maintain than sliders that use HTML markup. However, you also have the option to use HTML instead of XML.

Sexy Slider

SexySlider is a JQuery plugin that lets you easily create powerful javascript Sliders with very nice transition effects. Enhance your website by adding a unique and attractive slider!

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jQuery Banner Rotator

Simple logo rotator with 5 transitions including a 3D rotation and unlimited easings.

Avia Slider – jQuery Slideshow

AviaSlider is a very flexible and easy to use Image slideshow plugin for jQuery with a set of really unique transitions that were nver available before, as well as some basic transitions, so the slider will fit into every project.

DDSlider

DDSlider introduces a new easy-to-go slider with 9 different unique transitions (+fading & random—11 total) that support Inline Content. You can also have multiple sliders in the same page.

uBillboard Premium Slider

uBillboard is a slider for WordPress. We have been developing sliders for our WordPress themes for over a year now, and all that experience has been distilled into this one slider plugin. It is a premium quality jQuery-based slider with a nicely polished WordPress admin.

Accordionza – jQuery Plugin

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Eric Shafer

Eric Shafer is a creative media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. He works frequently in the fields of graphic design, web design, web development, programming, audio, music and computer graphics. He is one of the founders of Presidia, an entrepreneurial team designed at empowering the creative media community.He is also one of the administration team members here at CreativeFan.Visit Authors WebsiteAll articles from this authour

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20+ Fantastic Female Fantasy Illustrations and Photomanipulations


20+ Fantastic Female Fantasy Illustrations and Photomanipulations

February 18th, 2011 Posted in Inspiration by Tara Hornor
Fantasy illustrations are a favorite for many, maybe because the imagination can really run wild in the creation process. Add a beautiful woman into the scene, and you have a stunning piece of art that speaks to nearly anyone. Damsels in distress, she-devils, dragon fighters — a woman can become nearly any character desired and viewers still recognize her femininity. This fantastic retention of the female form is exactly what the artists featured below accomplish.

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Female Fantasy Illustrations

The following images are part of an inspiring collection of female fantasy illustrations on deshow.net. Browse through the other images on this site for some more beautiful art. All are free in this collection, so use them for posters, website art, on a postcard printing design, or simply as wallpaper for your desktop.

Brom Art

Check out some incredibly creative dark fantasy illustrations from Brom. The last two images below titled Sekeu and Lady of the Lake are from his novel A Child Thief, a frightening retelling of Peter Pan.

Yuehui Tang

The most eye-catching aspect of the beautiful girl in this illustration is her sorrowful, wistful expression. Her outfit and the swirl effects are also amazing.

Dan Dos Santos

Santos has an incredible portfolio, one that everyone should browse through. His realistic illustrations are very original and full of minute details, brilliant use of color, and life-like characters. All of the images below Santos designed for novels.

Sacha Diener

Much of Diener’s fantasy art depict women at war, but he also draws the occasional angelic female or damsel in distress. No matter the subject, his art is amazingly creative.

Andy Fairhurst

This very talented artist has a large gallery of fantasy paintings and illustrations that you really should check out. His use of color is inspiring, and his images are stunningly realistic.

Tara Hornor

Tara Hornor has a degree in English and writes about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She works for PrintPlace.com, an online printing company that offers brochures, posters, postcard printingbusiness cards and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.Visit Authors WebsiteAll articles from this authour

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Gorgeous 3D Environments Created using e-on Vue


Gorgeous 3D Environments Created using e-on Vue

February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Inspiration by Alex Sawyer
e-on Vue is a computer graphics software package that is designed to emulate nature.  Used in a variety of feature films including Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean, Vue is one of the most powerful environment creation softwares on the market today, perhaps rivaled in popularity only by Terragen.  Vue is a simple program to start using, but it takes significant skill, effort and knowledge to create realistic and inviting environments.  A careful study of nature and analysis of various lighting models, texturing methods, terrain development and other features is the true way to create digital nature.

In this post, you’ll find some gorgeous examples of Vue artworks, ranging from pure Vue environments to matte paintings with Vue as the base.  Vue is capable of creating anything imaginable, from cold mountains to steamy jungles, ocean depths and outer space scenes.

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Snowy Peak by Alexm95

Untitled Volcanic Set by nukeation

Terraforming by Wasteland-3D

TerraNova by Max4Ever

Tropic by Alexm95

Welcome to Heaven by pavel89l

New World by Rich35211

The Tatooine Pinnacles by ExtremeProjects

Pace by nukeation

Vue Competition Entry by aksu

Gates to Elysium by tigaer

Ancient Temples by HardyGuardy

Summer Fields by ExtremeProjects

Cataclysm by BlPh

Wish You Were Here by priteeboy

Misty Morning by Brukhar

Vue 7 by nukeation

Rise and Shine by priteeboy

Terrain Mountain Final by 35211

Costa Rican Grotto by Extreme Projects

12mm of Truth by OPrwtos

Mountain View 8 by alexm95

Vue Architectural Visualization by naborghsoj08

Wish You Were Here by Tigaer

Sanctuary by Drea Horvath

Valis Licentia by Tigaer

Babylon Tower by Wasteland-3D

Desert View by Alexm95

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Introduction to Web Typography


Introduction to Web Typography

February 17th, 2011 Posted in Articles by Adriana Designioustimes
Typography is a vast field covering everything from text for print to web typography, and everything in between.  With all sorts of unique jargon such as kerning and serifs, it can be quite overwhelming to wrap your head around when initially jumping into the design field.  However, having a solid grasp of typography is important for any designer, whether you focus on the web, print or some other medium.

To be frank, on the Web, fonts can look seriously bad. There are a lot of variables regarding the way each of us see them and some limitations when it comes to what we could do about it. There are certain basic typographic rules all the web designer should pay attention to. You have to be very careful and yes, intelligent in order to use fonts in web design.

In this post, we’ll look at web typography and understand which fonts you should use and why.

 

If the fonts you see on the screen look horrible when you navigate the web, that may be only your fault. They’re too small? Blurry? The letters look straddled? Many of these details can be corrected from the user, and when you will fix your own screen, you will get a clue over the number of variables which other users have to manipulate and which will affect the aspect of the web pages you design.

Web is all about reading information, which means that our goal is to make the reading as easy as possible for the readers.

Readability or Legibility

First of all, let’s get things clear about readability and legibility, terms we assign to different things.

Readability refers to how easy it is to read a great deal of text, blocks of copy or whole pages of text. On pages that are covered only with text, the most intelligible is a serif font.

Serif, Readable

Legibility is a function of typeface design and refers to how easy it is for us to recognize short elements of text, like titles, buttons, pointers and so on or we can say that it is an informal measure of how easy it is to distinguish one letter from another in a particular typeface.

Sans Serif, Legible

Readability

There are a series of principles to respect that will guarantee more legible fonts plus a series of factors which make the fonts less legible. Even so, you don’t need to have the entire control over the fonts on a web page, because all these principles differ from the rules of print materials, tested along the time. You should carefully read the following info regarding fonts and their preset sizes within browsers, so that you will understand what you can and cannot control. When it comes to things that you actually can control, try following these principles:

–       In general, in print destined documents, we use serif fonts for large blocks of copy; on the screen though, the sans serif fonts are much easier to read. Choosing a font for a block of copy represents a concern only if you want a font to replace the one preset by the browser or if you create paragraphs or text as a graphic element in programs such as Photoshop. If not, let the visitor establish his own preset font – he will choose the one he is most custom with.

–       Don’t set the font too large – not larger than 14, for the block of text.

–       Don’t set the font too small – not under 10.

–       Never have a large amount of text exclusively in italics, uppercase or small caps and so on. Small parts of such formatting are perfect when necessary.

–       Avoid very long lines of text – never have the text stretch on all the length of the browser window. Long lines make the reading of the next text line on the screen much harder to find. Try to set the text in columns, or at least with bullets, instead of letting it flow over the whole page.

–       On the screen, shorter lines are better than long ones, although you should avoid very short lines of text. We read groups of words, not a word at a time, that’s why very short lines frequently interrupt the mental pattern.

–       Make sure there is enough contrast between the text and the background. The best contrast is between a black text on a white background; other combinations can be successful if there is sufficient contrast. Never put a red text over a bright yellow background or orange, pink and so on.

Legibility

Like in the case of readability, there are some main principles that make a font look more or less legible. Remember that these principles apply to short fragments of text: button labels, lists, pointers and so on.

–       In general, use sans serif fonts.

–       Avoid fonts like Antique Olive, where the superior parts of the letters (the small parts arising over the main body of the letter at letters like d, f or h) are only a bit taller than the body of the letter. This certain characteristic will make the distinction between “h” and “n” harder. Avoid fonts like Hobo, which don’t have inferior lengthening of the letter for p, j, q or other. Avoid fonts like Peignot, which mix uppercase with small caps. All of these make the words less legible, because you have to waste some extra time to decode. You should keep those fonts only for very special occasions and compensate for their lack of legibility.

–       Don’t use only uppercase, except you really need the rectangular aspect of a word written exclusively in upper case. A text written only in upper case is more difficult to read, because every word has the same rectangular shape. Examine the different shapes of the words up and down. We recognize these shapes when we read. But written only in upper case, UP and DOWN have the same shape. Pay attention.

Breaking the Rules

Like any rules, those too can be broken. Although you must know the rules before you can break them and you must have a clear reason for doing that. Do it consciously and after you analyzed it carefully. Compensate the rule. For example, a negative font (a bright colored font on a dark background) makes the text look smaller, but if you really want to use it, compensate by enlarging a little the font and by shortening the rows. If you really want to write the authors with a smaller font, don’t make them impossible to read, using cursive characters, a ridiculous font or very long rows.

To create an excellent aspect of the fonts in a website you must know the fonts in general.

Font Families of Font Faces

Serif Fonts – for example: Times New Roman, Garamond, Georgia; each glyph has some extra features which contribute to a better legibility in case of printing, especially with the strong contrast between the regular fonts and the thickened ones.

Sans Serif Fonts (“sans” being the French word for “without”) – for example: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana; the forms of the characters don’t include serifs and they don’t have any extra lengths, being indicated for the screen. They offer a less intense contrast between the regular font body and the aldines.

Cursive Fonts – they offer a representation of the letter body, suggesting handwriting or feather writing, the forms of the characters being partially or fully connected to each other. These type of fonts can become not legible for small sizes of the characters.

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Fantasy Fonts – for example: Critter, Cottonwood, Star Down – they can contain representations of the characters or other forms associated to each symbol (for example Webdings). You must use them with moderation.

Critter Font by Craig Frazier

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/05/critter_font_by_craig_frazier.html

Monospace Fonts – for example: Courier New, Prestige, Everson Mono – it has the property that each representation of a single character has the same height and width, unlike the previous families which had fonts proportionally spaced (for example, the letter “i” has the width smaller than the “m” in case of the letter body proportionally spaced). Because they suggest, with their shape, the typing machine, the fonts in this category are used to show fragments of source code in a programming language.

As you’ve probably guessed by reading so far, the most appropriate type of fonts to use in web pages is sans serif. Most of the websites use Arial or Helvetica.

Web Safe Fonts

Web-Safe fonts are fonts which are likely to be present on a wide range of computer systems. They are used by web content authors to increase the chances that the content will be displayed in the font they choose. Nevertheless, if it happens that a visitor to a website does not have that specified font, their browser will try to select a similar alternative, based on the author-specified generic families and fallback fonts.

You should choose font types that:

–       Fit the character of your site

–       Are widely available with many browsers and operating systems

–       Are easy to read on any computer screen.

Web-safe fonts for Windows

Serif

  • Bookman Old Style – web-safe for Windows 7
  • Cambria – web-safe for Windows Vista but not for Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Constantia – web-safe for Windows Vista but not for Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Times New Roman – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Georgia – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Garamond – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Palatino Linotype – this font is included in Windows 2000/XP
  • Book Antiqua – this font was bundled with Windows 98

Sans Serif

  • Andale Mono – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Arial – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Arial Black – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Calibri – web-safe for Windows Vista but not for Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Candara – web-safe for Windows Vista but not for Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Century Gothic – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Charcoal – Web-safe for Windows 7
  • Corbel – web-safe for Windows Vista but not for Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Impact – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Symbol
  • Tahoma – Web-safe for Windows 7
  • Trebuchet MS – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Verdana – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Webdings

Cursive

  • Comic Sans MS – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP

Monospace

  • Courier – web-safe for Windows 7
  • Courier New – web-safe for both Windows Vista and Windows 9x/2K/XP
  • Lucida Console – web-safe for Windows 7

Web-safe fonts for Mac

Serif

  • Bookman Old Style – web-safe for Mac OS X 10.5
  • Times New Roman – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Times – Web-safe for both Mac OS X and Mac Classic
  • Georgia – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Garamond – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • New York – These fonts are present in Mac OS X only if Classic is installed
  • Palatino

Sans Serif

  • Andale Mono – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Arial – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Arial Black – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Century Gothic – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Charcoal – Web-safe for Mac OS X 10.5
  • Geneva
  • Helvetica – Web-safe for both Mac OS X and Mac Classic
  • Impact – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Symbol
  • Tahoma – Web-safe for Mac OS X 10.5
  • Trebuchet MS – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Verdana – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Webdings

Cursive

  • Comic Sans MS – web-safe for Mac OS X.

Monospace

  • Courier New – Web-safe for Mac OS X; not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Mac Classic
  • Courier – Web-safe for both Mac OS X and Mac Classic
  • Lucida Console – Web-safe for Mac OS X 10.5

Web-safe fonts for Linux Unix

Serif

  • Times New Roman – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Times
  • Georgia – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Garamond – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix

Sans Serif

  • Andale Mono – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Arial – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Arial Black – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Century Gothic – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Helvetica
  • Impact – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Trebuchet MS – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Verdana – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix

Cursive

  • Comic Sans MS – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix

Monospace

  • Courier New – not so common but generally accepted as web safe for Linux Unix
  • Courier

It’s important to take in consideration the fonts listed above when creating content for your website. Nevertheless, you should include fall back fonts to ensure that user are experiencing the same look. Doing this will ensure that fonts are close enough to avoid any experiences like when the website is damaged due to the usage of a particular font and it is unavailable at the user’s end.

Being a web designer, it’s very important to know which are the web safe fonts. Sometimes, users might not be able to see the content on your website because of the font you used. Using the right typeface is crucial because it influences the way visitors perceive your website/business. In conclusion, it’s important to use fonts which are readable, are appropriate for the character of your website and, most important, are compatible with a wide range of computers.

Adriana Designioustimes

Adriana Marinica is a 24 young blogger, design enthusiast and author. She writes and handles the PR for Designious.comDesignioustimes.com and Vectorious.net.Visit Authors WebsiteAll articles from this authour

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ARTICLES OF THE HUMANITY PHOTO AWARDS 2011


ARTICLES OF THE HUMANITY PHOTO AWARDS 2011

2010-09-16 17:25:10 by:Admin


ARTICLES OF THE HUMANITY PHOTO AWARDS 2011
Mission
To call upon responsible photographers who respect and love life to take their cameras, in the context of stories/portfolios:
To explore and rescue the endangered folk cultures of all the world’s nationalities by means of photography; to profoundly record the changes and evolution of various folk cultures in a genuine and vivid form;
To record, spread and share the multi-cultures of the world to enhance mutual understanding and exchanges of human beings and to promote the world peace and development;
To contribute to the World Folklore Photo Museum with world culture records.
Organized by
THE CHINA FOLKLORE PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION (CFPA)
The UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)
On-line Submission
Entries can only be submitted on-line.
Entrants must register on the website http://hpa2011.worldfpa.org and submit entries in accordance with relevant requirements.
Every entrant can choose different categories and is allowed to submitted no more than 3 entries. Stories/Portfolios entered must contain no less than 8 and no more than 12 images.
Personal information as well as images could be modified or replaced (registered e-mail excepted) during entry period.
Schedule
Entry Period: September 16th, 2010—April 15th, 2011(Beijing Time)
Selection: By mid August, 2011, candidate works for the Nomination Awards and the Grand Awards of each category will be announced after two rounds of evaluation. On September 14th and 15th, 2011, the final evaluation will unveil the Grand Awards of the six categories. The results will be published by stages on the above mentioned website.
Award Ceremony: September 16th, 2011. Humanity Photo Grand Awards Jury’s Special Awards will be announced on the day of Award Ceremony. and
Premiere Exhibition: The premiere exhibition of the HPA 2011 –Memories of Mankind VII, which consists all the prized works (works win the Nomination Awards and the higher ones), will be held together with the final selection and the award ceremony at the same place and in the same period. Some of the prize-winning photographers may have their individual folklore photograph exhibitions at the same period.
Categories
The contest is based on picture stories/portfolios of between 8 to 12 images. Please enter into the following categories:
Portrait & Costume
Portraits of people from different nationalities; costumes and adornments featuring diverse ethnic cultures, including everyday dress, ceremonial dress, hats and shoes, adornments and hairstyle, etc; the make of costumes and adornments; distinctive attire customs such as dressing etiquette and taboos and so on.
Architecture
Traditional dwellings, public facilities, special architecture (e.g. religious buildings) in terms of the construction process, structure, interior layout and furniture adornments of all kinds; the influence of the surroundings reflected on features of the local architecture; dwelling habits of different ethnic groups.
Living and Production Custom
The traditional ways of production and life, including everyday work, such as fishing, hunting, farming, forestry, animal husbandry, handicrafts industry, etc; business trade and transportation; living habits and ways of dieting as well as food making; comprehensive life customs in series, of a specific region, of a nationality or a tribe.
Festivities
Annual and seasonal festivals; festivals on production and recreation, religious ceremonies, temple fairs and other traditional folk activities
Education, Recreation, Sports & Technology
Education, traditional ecology, folk science and technology, folk medicine and sanitation, folk crafts, traditional sports and recreational activities, and local dramas, etc.
Traditional Rites
Including birth, adult rite, wedding, funeral, taboo, worship, morality, respect for the old people, traditional etiquette, and traditional ceremony for individual, family, village or ethnic group, and religious rites.
Awards
Humanity Photo Grand Awards: 6 (one for each category)
Judging Criteria: The final prized work will be selected according to a comprehensive evaluation of itsphotographic technique, documentary value and the difficulty in photographing and can best reveal the mission of the HPA contest.
Prizes: a prize of US$2000; an award certificate;a book/CD-photo collection of the HPA 2011;an invitation to attend the award ceremony and the opening ceremony of the premiere exhibition of “Memories of Mankind VII”;transportation fee and a 3-9 days hotel accommodation;prized works to be put on the premiere exhibition
Humanity Photo Documentary Awards: 60
Prizes: an award certificate; a book/CD-photo collection of the HPA 2011; an invitation to attend the award ceremony and the opening ceremony of the premiere exhibition of “Memories of Mankind VII”; transportation fee and a 3-9 days hotel accommodation; prized works to be put on the premiere exhibition
In addition, photographs of Humanity Photo Documentary Awards will have the opportunities to winJury’s Special Awards, including Detail-Focus Award, Best Story Award, Interview Skills Award, Photo Editing Award, Best Photo and Text Award, and Persevering Tracing Award. Each winner will receive photographic equipment or product which is equivalent to US$500.

 

Humanity Photo Nomination Awards: 100
Prizes: an award certificate; a book/CD-photo collection of the HPA 2011; an invitation to attend the award ceremony and the opening ceremony of the premiere exhibition of “Memories of Mankind VII”; a 3-9 days hotel accommodation; prized works to be put on the premiere exhibition
All the participants except the winners for Grand Awards, Documentary Awards and Nomination Awards will get Commemoration Certificates of the HPA 2011 officially stamped by the two organizers—the CFPA and the UNESCO and be invited to attend the award ceremony and the opening ceremony of the premiere exhibition. (Travel and accommodation expense will be at his/her own.) For those who are not able to attend the ceremony, the CFPA will provide electronic commemoration certificates for them to download and mail on request a book/CD-photo collection of the HPA 2011 contest at a discount charge.
Entry Rules (Please read carefully.)
Entrants
1.       All entries should be submitted on-line. Please register on the websitehttp://hpa2011.worldfpa.org, and submit images through this website.
2.       There are no restrictions on participants in terms of profession, gender, age, nationality, country and region.
3.       The images must be taken by the entrant him/ herself, otherwise the entrant will be deprived of the right to win the prizes in the contest.
4.       Images entered jointly by two or more than two participants will not be accepted.
5.       Please use only Chinese or English to fill in Entry Form. The entrant’s name in Entry Form should be in accordance with that in his/her valid identity certificate.
6.       All entrants will be regarded as those who accept the Articles of the HPA 2011. Any legal responsibility relating to entries, such as copyright, right of reputation and portrait, right of privacy, right of trade mark, etc. will be borne by the entrants.
7.       The contest is open to everyone except the members of the jury and staff of HPA 2011 Organizing Committee.
Candidate Works
8.       Photographs that have won prizes in previous HPA contests are excluded from the HPA 2011, other works are free to enter.
9.      There are no restrictions on the entries’ contents, e.g. country or nationality. (Entries can contain several ethnic groups in one country or one nationality living in different countries.)
10.   There is no time limit as to when the entries were taken. They can be taken on one occasion or over a period of time.
11.   Please specify the category that you would like the entry to be entered. The Organizer and judges are not responsible to re-categorize any entry.
12.   Stories/Portfolios should consist of a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 images. Each entrant is allowed to submitted no more than 3 entries.
13.   Images must be uploaded as .jpg format and at least 2,500 pixels in short side.
14.   Only retouching which doesn’t alter the content of the image is allowed. All entries are prohibited from synthesis, addition, deletion and greatly color changes. Images with added borders, backgrounds or other effects will not beaccepted. To keep the records authentic, composite or splicing images and trick photographs will not be judged.
15.   Each entry should contain caption that truly depicts the content of the photos.
Declaration of the Organizer
16.   No entry fee for this contest.
17.   To guarantee the fairness of the HPA 2011, personal information should not be shown on any place of the photo nor the caption text. Otherwise the entry will not be judged.
18.   The Organizer has the right to repeatedly use entries submitted for the contest in related non-commercial activities, including publications, exhibitions, TV programs, internet, electronic media, etc. and without remuneration to the entrants and the Organizer reserve the right to do probable editing of the entries.
19.   Entries must have been submitted by April 15th, 2011 at the appointed website. (The date when the works are completely submitted is the deemed arrival date.)
20.   CFPA reserves the right of final interpretation of this contest.
Contact Information
CHINA FOLKLORE PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION (CFPA)
Address: Room 315, North Building, No.1 Liupukang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100120, China.
Tel.: +86 10 62252175
Fax: +86 10 62252175

 

Photography Competition


Photography Competition

 

Deadline: March 25, 2011

Entries submitted after that date require a $10 per entry late fee. No entries will be accepted after April 8, 2011.

Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the Communication Arts Photography Competition. Any photograph first printed or produced within the last twelve months prior to the deadline is eligible. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be distributed worldwide in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented.

CA’s Award of Excellence is one of the most-coveted awards in the industry. If chosen, winning places you in the highest ranks of your profession. Ask any creative director which competitions rank as the most influential and they’ll place Communication Arts at the top of the list.

View Previous Winners

What to Enter: Information on eligibility, categories and fees.
How to Enter: Information on preparation of entries and forms.
Photography Competition FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about applications and file formats.

What to Enter

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Any photograph first printed or produced within the last twelve months prior to the deadline is eligible. Entries may originate from any country. Explanation of the function in English is very important to the judges. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of Communication Arts to use them for publication and exhibition.

Photography Competition Categories/Fees
These categories are judged by the Photography jury and will appear in the Photography Annual:
Advertising: $35 single entry/$70 series
Books: $35 single entry/$70 series
Editorial: $35 single entry/$70 series
For Sale: $35 single entry/$70 series
Institutional: $35 single entry/$70 series
Multimedia: $80 single entry/$160 series
Self-Promotion: $35 single entry/$70 series
Unpublished: $35 single entry/$70 series

Late Fees
Entries must be registered no later than Midnight (Pacific Time Zone), March 26, 2010. Entries registered after that date require a late fee of $10 per entry. No entries may be registered after April 9, 2010.

Each photograph is a single entry. A printed piece with several photographs must have a dot or some other mark indicating which specific single photograph is to be judged. If a single photograph isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified.

Campaigns or series are limited to five photographs. If the entry has more than five photographs, indicate which five are to be judged. If this isn’t indicated, the entry will be disqualified.

 


How to Enter

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All competition entries are processed through our online entry system. Printed Call-for-Entry forms are no longer used.

Before you begin the process of entering a competition, please have the following information and materials ready. This will make the process go quickly.

  • – Your contact information for registration and notification.
  • – Title and brief description of each project.
  • – Any digital files you might want to submit saved as RGB (not CMYK) JPG format (maximum 1024 pixels wide X 768 pixels high @72dpi).

 
Entries can be submitted in the following formats:
Unmounted printed samples: ad tear sheets, pages or spreads, brochures, annual reports, posters, books, etc. (pieces over 18″ x 24″ must be submitted as digital files).
Digital files: RGB (not CMYK) JPG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels (72dpi). Digital files will be projected for the judges.
Multimedia entries: Submit multimedia entries on Beta SP NTSC, DVD NTSC (viewable on a standard DVD player) or mpeg files on CD-ROM. Include 4 seconds of black, no slates or bars. Single entries must be on individual cassettes/disks. Series should be edited together on one cassette/disk with 2 seconds of black between each entry. Computer-based formats such as QuickTime or Flash should have a maximum screen size of 1024 x 768.
Please do not send any pieces of art you want returned. NO ENTRIES WILL BE RETURNED. No exceptions. CA is not responsible for damage or loss of any entry. All entrants grant Communication Arts the right to reproduce work selected in the Photography Competition on the Communication ArtsWeb site and in materials used to promote the magazine and/or future related promotions.

Preparation of Packages
Send entries, unmounted, in flat packages only, no mailing tubes (they frequently arrive damaged). Address packages to Communication Arts Photography Competition. Non-United States contestants should mark each package “Materials for Contest Entry. No Commercial Value.” No provision will be made by CA for U.S. Customs or airport pickup. International entries should be sent by international courier. All entries must be received by the deadline date.

Forms and Entry Fees
After choosing a form of payment you will have access to PDF reports summarizing what you entered. If you chose to pay by check, you will have an invoice available for printing. If you chose to deliver entries via mail/courier, you will also have entry forms in PDF format that you will need to print, trim and attach to your entries. Tape an entry form to the back of each entry. If the entry is a print-based campaign, you will tape an entry form to each part of the campaign. Tape an entry form to the outside of each disk/video case. Multiple digital files may be placed on a single disk. Please tape all applicable entry forms one on top of the other so we can flip through them to verify the contents of the disk.

Make checks payable to Communication Arts. Non-United States contestants must send an International Money Order or a check in U.S. funds drafted on a U.S. bank. Please include the check with your entries if you are delivering them via mail/courier. If your payment is being sent under a separate cover, please send your entries now, with a note saying that the check is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online please write the Communication Arts invoice number on the check. The invoice number can be found in the Entry Forms PDF file. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Charges for your entry fees will appear on your statement as “Commarts”). Credit card charges can be done online. We do accept wire transfers, however there is a fee of $25 (U.S.) to cover fees charged by the banks to process the transfer. Please contact our office at (650) 326-6040 (9-5 PST) for instructions.

Mail entries to:
Communication Arts Photography Competition
110 Constitution Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1107 U.S.A.
(Via United States Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. Entrants submitting from outside the U.S. please use an international courier)

Notification of Acceptance
Only accepted entries will be notified two months after the deadline date. Complete credits and any additional material necessary for reproduction will be requested at that time. No additional fees are required. Award of Excellence certificates for the photographer, client and art director of each accepted photograph will be mailed in one month after the publication date.

Questions
If you have any other questions or want to request a call for entries, you can reach us at:
Email: competition@commarts.com
(650) 326-1648 fax

 


Photography Competition FAQs

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Can I get an extension on the deadline?
The deadline will be extended two weeks after the published date, but a late entry fee of $10 per submission is required.

Do you offer a cash prize?
We do not offer a cash prize. The winners are featured in one of our annuals distributed worldwide and on commarts.com, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work distributed worldwide.

Are there additional hanging fees or publication fees if my work is selected?
No. there are no additional fees if your work is selected.

Can I enter one project into two separate categories?
Yes, just make sure when you are doing this you submit a duplicate illustration for all of the categories you are entering. Please attach a separate Entry form on every submission.

What is the difference between the For Sale category and Unpublished?
The “For Sale” category is for work that is already for sale such as stock, greeting cards, posters and fine art. If your work is unpublished then you would enter it in the “Unpublished” category.

Do you accept work on disk?
Entries can be submitted as digital files on disk, although it’s easier to submit them online. Digital files will be projected for the judges. Submit digital images in JPG format with a maximum width of 1024 pixels and a maximum height of 768 pixels @72 dpi. Images with a vertical format must have a height no greater than 768 pixels.

Can I submit multiple entries on one CD?
Yes. Please name the files as instructed on the entry forms generated for you and attach all the entry forms (one for each entry) on the CD case. Please enclose each series in its own folder on the CD.

Will my entries be returned?
Because of the number of entries we receive, it is not possible for us to return any of them.

I have a poster bigger than 18″ x 24,” can I send it in a mailing tube?
We don’t recommend it; mailing tubes (and the posters inside them) usually arrive damaged. If you must send a poster, send it in a flat package.

If my entry is accepted, what will you use for reproduction?
If your work is accepted we will request the most appropriate reproduction materials at that time. Reproduction materials will be returned after the magazine is published.

The entry instructions state, “Do not send original pieces of art you want returned.”
What does that mean?

It simply means that you should not send your original photograph, or black and white print because they will not be returned.

What do you mean by “unmounted”?
We get thousands of entries and they would get very heavy if every entry was mounted on a board. If your entry is very flimsy and you feel it must be mounted on something, please back it with lightweight paper.

I have a single brochure/poster/self-promo piece that has several photographs on it. Why is it a series and not a single entry?
The judges of the Photography Competition are only judging the images, not the typography, design or art direction (entrants who want the design or art direction of their pieces to be considered should enter them in the CA Advertising and Design competitions) Each photograph is a single entry. Therefore, a piece with several images must be considered a series. There is a maximum of five images in each series; if a piece is entered and there are more than five images on it, the five that are to be judged must be marked in some way.

Where do we put creative credits?
Creative credits will be requested if your work is chosen for inclusion in the magazine.

We’re waiting on the check from our accounting department. Can we have an extension?
Please send your entries now, with a note saying that the check is coming under separate cover. If you submit all of your entries online please write the Communication Arts invoice number on the check. The invoice number can be found in the Entry Forms PDF file.

Where do I put the Entry form if I’m submitting digital files on disk?
Put disk in a case and tape the Entry form to the case.

Is there a category for student work?
The Photography Competition has an Unpublished category for student work.

I don’t know which category to put my piece in?
Choose the category that you feel best fits your submission. If we feel another category is more appropriate, we will move it; your work will not be penalized or disqualified.

How does the judging takes place?
The judging process is a two-part system: screening and finals. In screening, the jurors are divided into multiple groups and each category is distributed equally amongst them. Judges are not permitted to vote on work they were directly involved in. In order to move to the final round an entry must get a majority vote of a screening group. Each juror views the entries independently. Print entries are spread out on rows of tables and digital media is projected on a large screen. For the final round the judges are brought back together as one group. Each judge votes “in” or “out” on each entry. After the judges make their selections, their votes are tallied. A simple majority is usually required for a finalist to be selected a winner.

When will we know if our entry was chosen?
If your entry is chosen we will notify you two months after the deadline date. Because of the number of entries we receive, we can only notify people whose work is accepted.

Do I need to get the rights of the subjects I used in the work?
Although you do not need to send us a copy of the release forms for these, we do suggest that you get them. If your work is chosen you will need to grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print based publications, so you would most likely need to have these rights in place to protect yourself.

What rights do I retain if my work is chosen?
You retain all rights of your images. If selected, you will need to grant us the rights to reproduce the image or images for both our online and print based publications.