Seashore: Simple GIMP Image Editing for the Mac

Seashore: Simple GIMP Image Editing for the Mac

When I previously reviewed the powerful but geeky GIMP image editor, I found fault with the difficulty of installation and unfamiliarity of the structure for novices and especially for Mac users. As it turns out, Mark Pazolli has adapted the basic GIMP engine to create Seashore, an image editor for the MacOS which addresses many of the concerns I had …


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Classic Font: Offenbach Chancery

Our featured classic font for this month is a special selection for Christmas, one of our most popular fonts for designing seasonal cards, our classic blackletter style font, Offenbach Chancery. Offenbach Chancery is based on samples of 18th century German gothic calligraphy. It has a simple and elegant lowercase character set with ornate and decorative uppercase characters. It’s one of …


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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has made a very impressive transition from writing popular graphic novels like Sandman to some very successful adult-oriented fantasy novels, including the recent Anansi Boys. Along the way he’s also produced all sorts of other interesting expressions of his storytelling skills, including movies based on his books like the forthcoming animated film based on his childrens graphic novel …


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New Font: Atkinson Egyptian

We’ve done several fonts based on lettering from early 20th century sign designer Frank Atkinson, including Atkinson Eccenteric and Plowright. Along the way we also developed a font based on one of Atkinson’s lettering samples which he called Atkinson Egyptian, despite the fact that the only relationship it has to what most people call ‘egyptian’ type or lettering is that …


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Classic Font: Skull and Bones

In honor of Halloween our featured classic font for this month is the playful yet Macabre font Skull and Bones. As you might suspect from the name, the characters in this font are made up of combinations of skulls and bones, including leg bones and gruesome articulated spines, as well as some merry little stylized skulls. It’s rather like a …


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New Font – Crane Gothic

New Font – Crane Gothic

One of the artists whose works we’ve been acquiring actively in the last couple of years is influential arts and crafts era illustrator, author and designer Walter Crane. Crane’s childrens books, illustrated classics and collections of Shakespearean woodcuts are outstanding examples of the best of work of the artist as craftsman and are characterized by both technical skill and a …


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Review: Compositor

In my ongoing quest for a low priced and powerful alternative to Photoshop I recently stumbled on an interesting graphic design package called Compositor from Artly There Software. The name Compositor is a reference to the process of photo compositing where images are combined together to create a new composite image, as in blue or green screening in movies. You …


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Ladies of Grace Adieu by Sussana Clarke

Sussana Clarke developed a unique alternative version of 19th century England with a touch of faerie and magic in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and continues that setting with a collection of charming short stories in The Ladies of Grace Adieu. The sheer length of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and the Dickensian style in which it is written makes …


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Classic Font: Valdemar

Halloween is coming up in a month and it seemed appropriate to make our featured classic font for this week fit with that theme, and with its enormous popularity Valdemar seems like the perfect choice. Valdemar started as a set of embellished uppercase characters with bits of clockwork and odd design motifs worked into the character forms to give them …


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Sighting: Platthand in Dr. Parnassus

It probably doesn’t mean that it will play a role in the film itself, but it was interesting to spot our Platthand font being used in the title graphic on the website for former Monty Python Terry Gilliam’s new film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Dr. Parnassus is a fantasy film set in a circus and is the last feature …


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Waldeck Font

Waldeck is a gothic font based on 17th century German calligraphy. It has elaborate, decorative uppercase characters and stylish but fairly simple lowercase characters, plus some unique features, including custom decorative descending flourishes for several of the characters. It’s a nice change from some of our recent releases. Ultimately it will probably end up in a future expansion for our …


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Designers: GIMP is Not the Answer

Just as I did a while ago with Desktop Publishing programs, I’ve started a search for a low-priced or freeware alternative to Photoshop with which both Mac and Windows users can do effective graphic design work without having to pay an outrageous price. By my calculation, if you bought Photoshop and kept it up to date over the course of …


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