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Lomography Giveaway: Two Diana F+ Deluxe Kits

I am super excited to announce our latest partnership with you guys. The kind folks over at Lomography have given us two of their latest Diana F+ Deluxe Kits to give away to you here today! I had so much fun playing around with the Diana F+ and I can't wait until two of you lucky winners get that same chance! We are pleased to announce the arrival of the Diana F+ Deluxe Kit. Now, for the first time the Diana F+ can be found together with all her accessory kinsman. That’s correct – every Diana F+ accessory you can think of is right here ready to roll. Go forth and diversify your Diana F+ experimentation with the comprehensive collection of tools and accessories. Along with the Diana F+ camera, the kit also includes: • Diana Flash • Hot shoe adaptor • Cable Release Collar and cable release • Diana 35mm Back+ 4 masks for 4 formats • Viewfinder Adaptor • Universal Viewfinder • Fisheye Viewfinder • Splitzer • Diana F+ 20mm Fisheye Lens • Diana F+ 38mm Super-Wide Lens • Diana F+ 55mm Wide-Angle Lens + Close-up Lens • Diana F+ 110mm Telephoto Lens To be in the running all you have to do is fill out this quick form below. Winners will be announced here in exactly one week. Good luck! Fill out my Wufoo form! Additionally, you can also save $10 on them by registering to the Lomography site here. Lomography also just launched this little guy last Thursday, that shoots movies of 144 frames on any 35mm film. So, be sure to check that out too!

Drive Poster by James White: 3 Posters Giveaway - Winners

As you have probably seen, James White designed another great movie poster. This time the poster is inspired by the movie Drive. If you haven't seen the movie yet, you should because it's one of the best movies of 2011, especially in terms of style. James was also generous enough and he is giving away 3 of these beauties to us. In James' words I finally got a chance last week to sit down and watch Nicolas Winding Refn's film DRIVE, after big recommendations from Jason 'Hobo With a Shotgun' Eisener. Every so often a film comes out where midway through I think "Man, I'd love to design a poster for this thing" ... obviously, I muttered those words during DRIVE. I immediately got to it. Shown above is the Signalnoise movie poster for DRIVE. Since this is an unofficial poster I created without approval from any of the production companies behind the film (yet?), the first print run will be incredibly small. I'm talking, like 20. Each poster will be hand-signed and numbered, to make it official. The poster stands at 24" x 36", official movie poster size. I will be giving away 3 of these first run posters via this giveaway, right here. To enter is easy, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email address. Simple as that. Just 1 comment per person please, no blanket coverage or I'll show up at your desk with a hammer. Contest will be open until Sunday evening, October 30. Winners will be chosen at random and announced Monday at 12pm EST, October 31. Halloween! Thanks so much, everyone. The response to this unofficial DRIVE poster has been incredible and I'm looking forward to getting them into peoples' hands. If you want to see some behind the scenes shots and get more info, check out the blog post on Signalnoise (http://blog.signalnoise.com/2011/10/24/drive-movie-poster/). So drop those comments and best of luck to all of you. -- James Update Big congrats to Noel_didier, Uncleoflies and DJSoundwav who will receive a super limited edition DRIVE poster. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating! Signalnoise Studio - http://www.signalnoise.com James White on Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/Signalnoise James White on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/signalnoise James White on Google+ - http://www.gplus.to/signalnoise

Future of Web Design NYC 2011 - Giveaway Winner

It's that time of the year, FOWD Future of Web Design is coming back to New York city and once again we did a giveaway to bring a luck winner to the event. The event will take place from November 7-9 in New York City and for those who don't know FOWD is one of the best web design events out there, check out what's going on. Find out more at futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2011 The Winner We put all the entry names together and randomly picked a winner, in case that the winner is not able to make it we will pick another winner and so on until we find a winner that will sure make it to the event. The lucky winner is: Lolapop (you will be contacted via email) Thanks to everyone who participated, you guys are awesome! The Conference This year’s conference will take place at New World Stages in New York on 7th + 8th November. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th St, between 8th and 9th avenue at World Wide Plaza. Find out more at futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2011 The Speakers They’ve got an amazing line-up for you this year. It’s two full days across two tracks, with a great mix of big industry names and some hot new talent, our ‘Rising Star’ speakers! Jonathan Berger Josh Clark Joshua Davis Steve Fisher Jesse Friedman Andrea Graham Aaron Gustafson Whitney Hess Randy J. Hunt Brandon Mathis Cameron Moll Sarah B Nelson Jason Pamental Nick Pettit Dan Rose Tina Roth Eisenberg Dave Shea Kevin Systrom Nick Walsh Aaron Weyenberg Tim Wright Find out more at futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2011

Future of Web Design NYC 2011 - Giveaway

It's that time of the year, FOWD Future of Web Design is coming back to New York city and once again we are doing a giveaway to bring a luck winner to the event. The event will take place from November 7-9 in New York City and for those who don't know FOWD is one of the best web design events out there, check out what's going on. Last year I had the privilege to attempt the event and the experience was priceless, two days of non-stop design talks, it's amazing to see the best guys in the industry talk and inspire you one after the other. FOWD is a must go for me, it's and event that you can learn so much and boost your self to become a better designer that last for months. Find out more at futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2011 Here are 5 Reasons Why You Need To Be There The Conference This year’s conference will take place at New World Stages in New York on 7th + 8th November. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th St, between 8th and 9th avenue at World Wide Plaza. Find out more at futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2011 The Speakers They’ve got an amazing line-up for you this year. It’s two full days across two tracks, with a great mix of big industry names and some hot new talent, our ‘Rising Star’ speakers! Jonathan Berger Josh Clark Joshua Davis Steve Fisher Jesse Friedman Andrea Graham Aaron Gustafson Whitney Hess Randy J. Hunt Brandon Mathis Cameron Moll Sarah B Nelson Jason Pamental Nick Pettit Dan Rose Tina Roth Eisenberg Dave Shea Kevin Systrom Nick Walsh Aaron Weyenberg Tim Wright Find out more at futureofwebdesign.com/new-york-2011 Giveaway First I would like to ask everyone to not enter the giveaway if you not going to be able to go, check out the event date and location, make sure you can make it before you try to win it. The two day pass event is worth $895.00 and we want to give it away to someone that will make the best use of it. The winner will get a free 2 Day Conference Pass, the conference will take place Nov 7th + 8th How to Win To enter the giveaway is easy. Answer this question on the comment area: "What's the future of Web Design" and share on twitter "I wanna go to #FOWD for free with @abduzeedo" All it takes it's a cool answers and some lucky as we will select the best answers and randomly pick a winner out of them. Winner will be announced next week so you have time for arrangements. Good Luck Guys!

Interview with Shelby White (Wanken) + Giveaway

Shelby White also known as WANKEN is visual designer and photographer currently living in Portland, Oregon. His blog is part of a quality content that will surely inspired your retro side on visuals and photography and more. He's also the creator of Designspiration.net, image-based inspiration resource that is really on the verge of taking our internet image research experience to a whole new level. For more information on Shelby White, check out his blog Blog.Wanken.com or follow him on Twitter @shelbywhite. You can also check out his website Designspiration.net or follow Designspiration on Twitter @designspiration. Shelby White (Wanken) - Image by Ian Matteson 1. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself? Where you studied, what courses you took? I'm a visual designer and photographer working under the moniker Wanken and currently living in Portland. I also am the founder of Designspiration. Wanken originally started as a video production venture by brother and I in 2004. After a while video production become less of an interest so I took Wanken and ran with it in a different direction involving design and photography. In 2007 I moved to Seattle to get a bachelors degree in graphic design at the Art Institute. At the time I was heavily into photography but had no interest in going to school for it. Since the degree was so focused, most of the classes revolved around the principles of design. 2. You're also a writer for the ISO50 blog; tell us a little bit about that story? I followed ISO50 Blog for years and actually started WANKEN around the same time. Gradually I was finding that my interests were quite aligned with Scott's and Alex's. Randomly one day I received a message from them asking if I was interested in coming on as a writer. At first I almost ignored the message because I thought someone was playing a joke on me. 3. Could you describe for us your typical 'Start to Finish' workflow on a project and what programs do you use the most? Every project is different but I try to stick to a similar process each time. I start with defining a clear goal of what the project needs to do. I really believe this is essential. After defining goals I try to get ideas out of my head as quickly as possible by sketching. This goes for any print or web work. Actually, it goes for anything you do. Filtering out bad ideas quickly is the next step. If I really believe an idea is worthwhile, I'll take it through questioning as if I'm trying to hire it. If the idea or feature isn't doing the job that it should be, then it should be fired. When I first started designing I had to use Paint because I didn't have Photoshop. Now I regularly use Aperture, Illustrator, Indesign, Photoshop and Coda. I work between two stations: a Mac Pro desktop and a MacBook Pro laptop as my travel station. The laptop serves more of a developing station and the desktop is the design/photo station. As of right now the majority of my work is being done on the MacBook Pro. 4. Where does your inspiration come from? A portion of my inspiration comes from specific aesthetics of design or photos. The rest that I have control over, comes from imaginative interpretations of feelings or nostalgic moments that I've had. The most typical and clear form of inspiration I get, is from reading about Mid-century or Swiss design. Regularly I'll sift through archives over 10,000 images and only ended up with 4 images that truly inspire me. For now I may have found what inspires me, but it will continue to change. Of course I have to mention that I browse Designspiration on a daily basis in search of inspirational images. What is the concept of Designspiration.net? Designspiration.net is an image-based inspiration resource that allows anyone to search and explore images to get inspired. The site is aimed at helping inspire students and professionals in all of the creative industries: architecture, design, fashion, photography, etc. There are a number of features to better the experience on Designspiration: the live search function which allows you to just start typing at anytime to search, searching by color, using the keyboards arrow keys to go to next/previous posts & pages and then the ability to traverse the site using tags. I've written a detailed article about the time it took for me to build the site and the process behind it. The project overall took around 2,000 hours to complete and exposed me to more great design than I knew existed. 6. What are your plans for the future; any new projects? As of right now you can expect to see some Wanken t-shirts being launched by the new year as well as more posters. I've been working on the Designspiration iPhone & iPad app. The site itself will receive some updates as well to enhance the experience. Wanken will also get some new updates. 7. How does your job as an designer influence your life; do you feel that you see things differently? Since I've gone through school, I've definitely had to change the way I look at things. During my first year in college I would return home and see the design of local businesses and just hate it. There definitely is a point when you have to learn to disconnect from design just enough so you're able to enjoy things for what they are. About half way through college when I started revisiting my entrepreneurial interests, I also realized the importance of knowing more than just design. Knowing about business, social media and just about people has really helped me. 8. Once again, thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming designers? I have three pieces of advice that I've found enormously helpful: learning by trial and error, aligning your goals, and being positive. Learning by trial and error is something I can't stress enough. I've done it and succeeded so there's no reason you can't do it too. It's natural that you may be afraid to try new things but you can't be worried about failing. The fact is, you'll most likely fail at first, but get past it quickly. The only way to get better is to try and try again—you have nothing to lose. Alongside trial and error learning is aligning your goals. Figure out what your larger goals are for what you want to do or who you want to be. Align yourself with your larger goal and you'll find yourself creating smaller goals that fall perfectly into place. Sounds cheesy doesn't it? Wildly successful people don't question whether or not they can do something or if they'll hit their mark, they know they will because they've aligned themselves to do so. Learn to focus your positive energy. The more positive you are the easier it will be for you to envision your goals and to reach them. Be positive, but remember to be honestly honest with yourself because if you have your positive energy flowing and you don't know how to do something, you will be able to do it. Giveaway To end this interview, Shelby was kind enough to make a little giveaway to our readers. He's giving away this beautiful poster entitled: "The Typefaces of the World". To participate is simple, just leave a comment with your valid email in the comment box below and we'll pick one lucky winner by the end of this week. Good Luck!

Bundle Giveaway by Fusion and Carbon Ads - Winners

Fusion and Carbon Ads joined their force to make an awesome bundle to give you 10 reasons to fall in love with productivity and increase your effectiveness in your daily routine. We have 5 licences to giveaway so you can get your hands on this Productivity Bundle. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update The winners are LadyArum (ladyarum@gmail.com), SmokingDesigners, Andres Quintana (andres@iamzb.com), NathanDillaha (nathandillaha@gmail.com) and Kristy Marr (kirstymarr@gmail.com). Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send you your productivity bundle via your email! Here's some images of what's the content of the productivity bundle About Fusion Ads Our passion is to serve ads that are downright gorgeous, accepting only relevant advertisers of the highest calibre. We choose from among cream-of-the-crop publishers who exclusively show only a single ad per page. For more information about Fusion Ads, you can visit his website at FusionAds.net or simply follow them on Twitter @Fusion . About Carbon Ads Carbon Ads is an ad tech company behind a new kind of advertising network. Carbon connects advertisers to highly-relevant users through targeted verticals we call Circles. These circles are made up of influential publishers who lead or are engaged within their industries. To their audiences, Carbon brings well-designed, value-focused ads, displayed one per page above the fold, for quality brands, products and services that readers actually need and want. For more information about Carbon Ads, you can visit his website at CarbonAds.net or simply follow them on Twitter @carbonads . There's also another contest on 10ReasonsToFallInLove.com , one chance to win an iPad 2.

Poster Giveaway: Beyond Earth by Stephen Di Donato - Winners

Dreams are something that should be part of our life goals. When you truly love and passionate about something, nothing should stop you to do anything possible to realize your dream. Montreal based graphic designer named Stephen Di Donato, realized one of his dreams and create this beautiful series of posters entitled: Beyond Earth A series of posters greatly inspired by the retro of late 1950's and mid 1970's. We have 2 Beyond Earth posters to giveaway of your (4) choice and also 2 sets of Beyond Earth postcards to giveaway also. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update The winners of the poster (of your choice) are Marin Martinovic, Simon H (simonh40@gmail.com). And the winners of the postcards are 1125kyle (1125kyle@gmail.com) and Nicole (nikovinci@gmail.com). Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send you your posters and postcards in the mail! After recently finding old science fiction magazines dating back from the 1980’s, it reignited my childhood memories of my curiosity of our solar system and of limitless imagination. I began researching heavily on NASA missions and came to the realization that the late 1950’s to mid-1970’s were exciting times for new discoveries, for real photographic images of planets and for limitless possibilities. This gave me the incentive to start a personal project based on what I knew very well as a child (creating simple ideas/drawings from imagination) and what I recently researched (the execution of early NASA missions in the infancy of space travel). Stephen Di Donato About Beyond Earth on Kickstarter Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. The Beyond Earth Project on Kickstarter. For more information about Stephen Di Donato, you can visit his website at StephenDid.It or simply follow him on Twitter @sdidonato .

Happy Sunday Giveaway: Winners

As part of Sticker Mule's redesign they're giving three readers $100 in free custom stickers. It's been a week since we announced the giveaway and now we're back with the lucky winners! Shiny free stickers go out to Neal Mullen (@AshfallDesign), Nick Fratter (@inveniodesign), Roberto Torres (@robctorres). Thanks to everyone who participated and stay tuned for the next giveaway. Happy Sunday! Oh and in case you missed it last week here's a little peek at what they've done:

Happy Sunday Giveaway!

Sticker Mule is launching their redesign soon, and wants to kick off by giving 3 readers $100 in free custom stickers. If you haven't heard of Sticker Mule yet, it's a good time to give them a try. They’re a custom sticker printer with a lot of love for the design community. They'll make your artwork print ready for free, and provide a free online proof with every order. Check out some of their handy work: For your chance to win simply leave a comment and RT this post. Three winners will be announced here in exactly one week. Also: the Sticker Mule team wants to thank the design community for their support thus far, so they're giving everyone 20% off when they relaunch. Just signup here. Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday Giveaway: Winners

Last Sunday the kind folks over at COLOURlovers gave us 5 licenses of their new Seamless Studio app to give away to you here on Abduzeedo. In case you missed it last week Seamless Studio is a desktop Mac/PC app that makes it super simple to design great-looking vector patterns for all kinds of design projects. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our five winners are Ignacio Varone (@nachovarone), Rye (@Coleman811), Diogo Duarte (@diogoduarte), Jeany Ngo (@gojeanyn), and Jonas Fleuraime (@just_evolve). Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday Giveaway!

Today we'd like to share with you guys an awesome new product launch announcement that we think you'll love. COLOURlovers Seamless Studio is a desktop Mac/PC app that makes it super simple to design great-looking vector patterns for all kinds of design projects. The app contains many new features including the ability to build custom shape libraries to use in patterns, import vector shapes, draw custom wavy, sawtooth, straight, dashed & dotted lines, upload pattern templates directly to COLOURlovers to share with the community, and export infinitely scalable SVGs, which can be opened in Illustrator and other programs. Not sold yet? Check out these awesome patterns others have built with it: The kind folks over at COLOURlovers have given us 5 licenses of the app to give away to you here today. For your chance to win, simply RT this post. Winners will be announced here in exactly one week. Happy Sunday!

UFeedMeBack Giveaway Winners

It's time to announce our five lucky winners for the UFeedMeBack Giveaway! In case you didn't catch the last post on UFMB here's a quick recap of who/what they are: UFeedMeBack is a straightforward consulting tool that gives it's members (invite only) access to request feedback from well-known designers (feedbackers) who are willing to share some of their wisdom with the goal of helping others in the design community who are eager to learn and grow. So we had 28 comments, after asking the random number generator to give me five numbers I came up with these winners: 1. Millard 2. Richard de Ruijter 3. YuliusstaR 4. Nick Fratter 5. SIMON from ScCDesign Here is what I need you guys (the winners) to do. I need you to send me an email at nathan[@]abduzeedo.com so that I can connect you with UFMB and get you the $20 in credits you've won. As for everyone else, please feel free to stay connected to UFeedMeBack by applying for their service here.

UFeedMeBack Giveaway

So...who/what is UFeedMeBack? UFeedMeBack is a straightforward consulting tool that gives it's members (invite only) access to request feedback from well-known designers (feedbackers) who are willing to share some of their wisdom with the goal of helping others in the design community who are eager to learn and grow. Pretty cool idea, right? I thought so... I think it's been a few months ago now that UFeedMeBack (UFMB) contacted me about doing a giveaway as a way of introducing their new service to the Abduzeedo community. My first thought was that they've got a really cool idea and a not so catchy name. Nevertheless, because I know how helpful it can be to have someone to bounce ideas off of - especially someone who's opinion you respect - I got really excited about introducing this service to you guys. And just to be clear, yes, this is a sponsored post. However, all the opinions I express here are mine and the goal is to get some thoughts and comments from you guys too...as well as give away $20 worth of credits to 5 commenters so you can test the service out for yourselves. So how does UFMB work? Once you've signed up you'll want to get started by setting up your profile and submitting a design to get feedback on. Then you get to choose the feedbackers that you want to give access to your design. Once your design is uploaded the feedbacker(s) you've chosen can view it and make comments like this... Their comments will show up below your submitted design for you to view and discuss like this... Once you've received some constructive criticism from the UFMB expert who took on your design, you're able to make changes and resubmit. Each submission costs $2 - plus whatever the feedbacker charges. I've been told that the recommendation from UFMB to it's feedbackers is to charge 10% of their hourly consulting rate...so you can expect something around $10-$15 per submission. Who are the feedbackers? Here is a list I received of all the feedbackers currently on the site. Of course, the goal is to constantly be attracting big names in the design world - so I'd expect this list to grow with time. Nick La - @nickla (creator of webdesignerwall - bestwebgallery - themify ) Adelle Charles - @adellecharles Josh Brewer - @jbrewer (designer at twitter) Yaron Schoen - @yarcom Rogie King - @rogie Tyler Galpin - @TylerGalpin Robin Raszka - @robinraszka Sean Farrell - @brand_clay Josh Hemsley - @JoshHemsley Jeff Broderick - @brdrck Ismael Burciaga - @ismaelburciaga Andy Budd - @andybudd Andy Rutledge - @andyrutledge Iris Sousa - @irisedasousa Gedy Rivera - @gedyrivera Matthew Smith - @squaredeye - Creative director at Zaarly Sarah Parmenter - @sazzy - Speaker & Owner of You Know Who Design Andrew Cornett - @amotion Designer at Kickstarter Drew Wilson - @drewwilson Everaldo Coelho - @_everaldo currently working at Apple Lea Alcantara - @lealea Vin Thomas - @VinThomas How do you participate? It's pretty simple. All you need to do is go to www.ufeedmeback.com and apply for the service, which is free. After reading this post and checking out their site, leave a comment below with your thoughts and/or questions. We'll then use a random number generator to choose five commenters and award them one invite each and $20 worth of credit to give the service a test run. Looking forward to your thoughts!

Filter Forge Contest Winners & Free Patterns for Download

A few weeks ago we held a design contest sponsored by Filter Forge with the prize being a free copy of their software up for grabs to the top three contestants. However, just in case you didn't catch that first post, here's a brief explanation of who/what Filter Forge is: Filter Forge is a high-end graphic software allowing you to create visual effects, enhance photos, generate textures, and process images. It features 7500+ free ready-to-use realistic and abstract textures and effects, and a powerful visual editor to create custom ones. Filter Forge can operate as a standalone application or as a plug-in for Photoshop and compatible hosts, under Windows or Mac OS X. So, without further ado, here are your Filter Forge contest winners: Jerry Maninang Gaggo Ponti DOTY (email address, didn't send name) If you are one of the above three winners I will be sending your email addresses to Filter Forge today so that they can send you the serial numbers that validate the trial software you downloaded! Congratulations! Additionally, I'd like to mention that Filter Forge has some new free patterns that everyone can download. They recently released "Freepack 6" which contains nine seamless patters. I've include some samples below. [Download here]

Book Giveaway Winners - Book #Three by Radim Malinic

A few weeks ago, we made an interview with Radim Malinic, an illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. Now he's back this week with a Book Giveaway for his Book #Three, a collection of commercial and experimental work done by Radim during the last couple years. The interview with Radim Malinic / Brand Nu can be viewed via this link http://abduzeedo.com/interview-radim-malinic-aka-brand-nu. We have 5 "Book #Three" to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update: The Winners are JMerrill, Femi, Cruz Barcelona, Sonic21 and Franz Jeitz. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send your Book #Three from Radim Malinic To get more information about the Book Three, you can click on this link Brandnu.co.uk/Book-Buy . Several self-initiated experiments, unpublished elsewhere, which show the passion and excitement that Brand Nu applies to seeking new techniques to add to his ever expanding creative arsenal.About the Book Three Book #THREE by Brand Nu from Brand Nu on Vimeo. About Radim Malinic Radim Malinic / Brand Nu is an award winning art director, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, England. Under the name of Brand Nu he works with leading household brands as well as upcoming business, playing a crucial part in the formation of brand language, product advertising, print illustrations and web solutions. Radim Malinic has firmly established himself over the last few years as one of the most successful and prolific commercial illustrators working today. His award winning work is renowned worldwide for its innovation, passion and attention to intricate detail. For more information on Radim Malinic, check out his website BrandNu.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @brand_nu. You can also check out his personal website at RadimMalinic.co.uk and the website of this studio Black Sands at Black-Sands.co.uk.

Filter Forge Launches 3.0 Beta and New Abdz Contest

Hey everyone! More good news from Filter Forge; after the great response and high participation we got on their last contest a few months back, they've decided to run another one here to celebrate the launch of their new 3.0 beta. If you didn't catch it last time, here's the rundown on the Filter Forge software: Filter Forge is a high-end graphic software allowing you to create visual effects, enhance photos, generate textures, and process images. It features 7500+ free ready-to-use realistic and abstract textures and effects, and a powerful visual editor to create custom ones. Filter Forge can operate as a standalone application or as a plug-in for Photoshop and compatible hosts, under Windows or Mac OS X. So what does the launch of their new 3.0 beta mean for you guys? Two things... 1. If you participate in this contest you could win a free copy of the commercial version of Filter Forge 2.0 now, and a nice discount on the 3.0 software when it goes commercial. 2. You can download the free 3.0 beta and regardless of whether or not you win this contest, submit a "bug report" to Filter Forge and they'll give you the commercial version of 3.0 for FREE when it's released. [details here] Contest Guidelines Similarly to our last contest, you'll be using the Filter Forge software to create your own custom filter(s) and/or use one of the 7500 filters that come with their software to create an original piece of your own. You may submit up to 5 filter examples, but you must include a before and after image for each filter you use. The top three submissions will be awarded a free license for their downloaded Filter Forge software, a value of $399! How to Participate A free fully-functional 30-day trial version of Filter Forge 3.0 beta is available on their website. CLICK HERE to download that free trial so you can use it to create your submission according to the guidelines above. Send your submissions to nathan@abduzeedo.com by June 17th (This Firday!) with "Filter Forge Contest" in the subject line to participate. Some Awesome Examples From The Filter Forge Gallery: Snake scales created with Filter Forge. Modeled in Hexagon, textures created with Filter Forge. Modeled in Hexagon, textures created with Filter Forge. Recommendations The Filter Forge Watercolor filter is so realistic that it's scary. It is soooooooo GREAT! Trust me, you definitely need to check this out. — Russell Brown, Senior Creative Director, Adobe Inc. www.russellbrown.com Filter Forge's amazing node based editor has been invaluable in giving us the power to create textures that make the most of today's real-time pixel shaders. — Karl Wickens, Visual Effects Lead Artist, Electronic Arts www.ea.com This is really a fantastic piece of software, I highly recommend everyone checking it out if you're into pattern/texture map creation. — Neil Blevins, Technical Director, Feature Films www.neilblevins.com Filter Forge is – by quite a margin – the most powerful plug-in we've looked at here. That's because it's a tool for creating plug-ins, both generative texture-creation tools and effect filters. — Neil Bennett, Digital Arts www.digitalartsonline.co.uk Filter Forge is an incredibly powerful new Photoshop Plugin. It's simply amazing. It gives you the power to create your own filters (you must run them from inside Filter Forge though) without any programming knowledge at all. — Enrique Flouret www.photoshoproadmap.com

Ebook Giveaway Winners - Thread's Not Dead by Jeff Finley

The T-Shirt industry is grossing at such an incredible rate these last few years. Everyone would love to get through the mysteries behind this business full of richness and opportunities. Jeff Finley, the man behind Go Media, recently launched his ebook Thread's Not Dead. An ebook about the essential strategy from the success and failures of some of the best in the t-shirt design scene We have 5 ebooks Thread's Not Dead to giveaway. To participate is very simple, just leave a comment in the comment box below with a valid email so we can contact you. Update: The Winners are Finestshirts, Ciprian Manolache, Istone012, Jwtdesign and Levon Cross. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everybody for participating. I'll contact the winners and we'll send your Thread's Not Dead Ebook! To get more information about Thread's Not Dead, you can visit ThreadsNotDead.com . Design, freelancing, band merchandise, personal branding, marketing, sales, printing & production, retail, e-commerce, and moreKey topics of Thread's Not Dead About Jeff Finley Jeff Finley is a designer and co-owner of Go Media. An Ohio native, he has a background in illustration and cg animation and has a passion for business, marketing, social media, and building communities around brands. He's been designing professionally since 2004 and got his start working with punk rock bands and indie clothing brands. Jeff was one of the original members of the t-shirt design community Emptees and won t-shirt of the year in 2007. In addition to designing shirts for major label bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and even Britney Spears, he has designed and consulted with several indie apparel brands like Declaration, Disciple, Cure Apparel, Paint the Stars and more.  He's also founder of Weapons of Mass Creation Fest in Cleveland, Ohio in United States. For more information about Jeff Finley, you can visit JeffFinley.org , also check out the website of Go Media at GoMedia.us or simply follow him on Twitter @jeff_finley . This upcoming June, Jeff Finley will be throwing the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, a grassroots arts, design and music event. For more information, make sure to check out WMCFest.com .