Jul 28

Comic-Con: Marvel debuts 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' footage, dates 'Guardians' 2

Comic-Con: Marvel debuts 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' footage, dates 'Guardians' 2
Marvel is famous for its Saturday Comic-Con International panel, and this year, the comic book studio didn't disappoint — confirming that “Guardians of the Galaxy 2″ will open on July 28, 2017, and debuting new footage from Joss Whedon's highly …
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Comic-Con 2014: George RR Martin says he's the first comic book fan
His name may be mostly associated with fantasy these days, thanks to HBO's “Game of Thrones,” but George R.R. Martin and comic books go way back. Way, way back. “I'm actually the first comic book fan,” Martin told the crowd at a Comic-Con panel …
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Jul 19

New Xara Photo and Graphic Designer v10

(PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Xara announces the release of the latest new version of their creative design and photo editing software, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer v10 – an easy-to-use program that provides all the tools for a range of graphic design and photo editing tasks. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is ideal for any graphics enthusiast, small company or academic user.

New shadow and highlight tools provide the user with precise editing control over specific areas of their photo that are in deep shadow or bright light. Bundled with this release is a new Photoshop plug-in called PhotoLooks from Red Giant (previously sold by Red Giant for $ 199) for users wishing to intensify the mood of their photo via various color and lighting effects or adding a popular film look from soft lighting to Hollywood drama. The plug-in includes over 100 pre-sets inspired by real commercial projects, from wedding vignettes to popular cinematic looks.

A new way to enhance by color provides a way to selectively enhance or process areas in an image based on its color. So for example, users can just click on the sky, and all similar blue areas are now active, and further adjustment of any photo enhance control (e.g. brightness levels, saturation, blur/sharpen, tinting, re-coloring etc) will now apply to all those blue areas.

Xara SmartShapes are a new and innovative way to draw aesthetically attractive shapes on a document, that require no knowledge of any drawing tools, and furthermore, they remain fully customizable. Users can quickly and easily create and edit some of the most commonly required shapes. The library of SmartShapes will grow over time, but starts with text panels, speech bubbles, arrows and more. Xara has also introduced a quick and easy way to insert graphical symbols from a large and growing Font Awesome selection.

The automatic panorama stitching has been improved to automatically detect the position of stitched images and it also produces higher quality results. This release also includes a new online content catalog, support for the automatic rotation of images from iPhones and other cameras with orientation sensors, a new insert menu, improved import/export support for .doc and .docx files, RTF files, and significantly improved PDF import that allows almost all PDF files to be edited.

Charles Moir, Founder and Managing Director said, “Photo & Graphic Designer is different and superior to standard photo editors because it’s not only a great photo editing tool but its also combined with powerful vector graphics and illustration tools.”

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 costs just $ 89.99 for US customers,

Jul 17

Latest Comics News

Marvel Comics makes Thor a thunder goddess
Marvel Comics announced Tuesday that the hammer-wielding Norse superhero will be a woman in upcoming comic book issues. Marvel was thin on details explaining the switch, but said in a press release that "no longer is the classic male hero able to hold …
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Brian Rood Creating Three Covers For America's Army Comics
The United State Army announced today that illustrator Brian Rood has signed on to create three covers for their ongoing free digital comic book series, America's Army. The first to feature one of Rood's covers is America's Army #10: Point of Contact …
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Jul 14

Who Is Ms. Marvel? – Comics History 101

Comics History 101: Rumors say she might be getting her own movie eventually, so here’s everything you need to know about Ms. Marvel!
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He was namedropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now here’s everything you need to know about Marvel’s Doctor Strange!
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Jul 12

Tim Storrier wins Archibald Packing Room Prize with portrait of Sir Les Patterson

Tim Storrier wins Archibald Packing Room Prize with portrait of Sir Les Patterson
But that 23-year hoodoo may be broken after the Art Gallery of NSW's head storeman, Steve Peters, awarded the $ 1500 prize to Tim Storrier on Thursday for his portrait of Barry Humphries' alter ego, Sir Les Patterson, in a stained suit and wielding a …
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Things to do today on Cape Cod
The Cape Cod Museum of Art will host a joint reception for the exhibits “Modernism and the Cape Cod Landscape,” “Personal Reflections: A Retrospective Collection by William R. Davis,” and “Treasures from the Cahoon Museum of American Art” from 5:30 to …
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Entertainment listings, July 10-17, 2014
Activities include: pottery demonstration, dance arts performance, scenes from Disney's "Peter Pan Jr." and art activities. Hosted by Champaign Park District. Historic Buildings at ….. Also performing: Tim Harmston (NBC, Comedy Central and "Last …
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Jul 10

Original Art Gift Ideas to Make Your Loved One’s Heart Beat Faster This Valentine’s Day

New York, New York (PRWEB) January 31, 2014

All year long, the gift of original art can be one that truly touches the heart and feeds the emotions. From fun and flirty to sensual seductive flowers to living large with a favorite treat captured forever on canvas, here are just a few ideas from Elisa Contemporary Art to make this Valentine Day unforgettable:

Jul 03

Crazy characters characterize costume contest

Crazy characters characterize costume contest
The Marine Corps Community Services sponsored event provided Marines, sailors and their families with an opportunity to showcase their homemade outfits and connect with other comic book enthusiasts. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. … The event …
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Pinay comic book artist Lizz Buenaventura's colorful journey
For every superstar comic book writer or artist currently churning out a monthly bestseller, there are perhaps hundreds or even thousands of aspiring creators waiting in endless lines at conventions and talent searches, hoping that their portfolio …
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