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Computer Arts is a monthly magazine aimed at graphic design and illustration students and freelancers worldwide. The publication offers a wide range of features, from the Exposure section covering new illustration trends, to design studio and industry reports thrown together with a bundle of up-to-date tutorials on current graphic and illustration styles and underground trend movements that are making it mainstream. Computer Arts try to pack in as much information and useful tips as possible in every issue and every designer out there, no matter their skill level and experience will always find something new and helpful inside the pages.
The magazine also comes with a free CD that usually contains all the tutorial files on disc, along with various free design resources and utilities, such as brushes, layer styles, textures, stock photos, trial and full software, along with open source projects, videos and book extracts.
If you're looking for a quick injection of an inspiration fix, you will often get inspired by Computer Arts if you find yourself hitting a creative block, so it is always best to keep various issues of Computer Arts at hand. The magazine will give you a new lease of life if you're stuck for ideas.
As an avid reader of Computer Arts for close to a decade you will notice, once you become a regular reader, the same topics are often covered and featured at least once year, but reworded and including a slightly more up-to-date version. These topics that are often covered multiple times and in some cases, a little too much, are the likes of 'How to create a portfolio', 'How to setup a design studio' and 'How to stay on top', type of articles, some readers consider too repetitive. But needless to say, new readers find these articles useful and the older readers need to skim through them in hope to find something extra that might be of use to them.
All-in-all, if you have never picked up a copy of Computer Arts, or its sister magazine, Computer Arts Projects, now is a great time to start, as if you are passionate about graphic design and illustration this is the mag for you.
Computer Arts is a colourful and beautifully laid-out magazine relating to the ever changing world of creative design.
Costing £6 and released monthly, the publication begins with a section called 'Exposure' which showcases new illustrative talents. As a designer, I often gain inspiration from these pages, and flicking through this section can be a good antidote to a creative block.
Like many magazines, the Letters pages give readers the chance to write in and express their views on a range of design related subjects. There is a prize for the best entry, which generally consists of a moderately expensive item linked to the field of new media - a camera, or some editing software for example.
The News section runs through the worldwide design-based events which have occurred since the last issue - in the edition I have in front of me, the focus is on 'Secret Wars' - the illustrative version of a live MC battle which takes place between two graffiti artists.
Computer Arts always features a series of tutorials which help the reader gain experience in Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and a selection of other design based computer programmes. I have found this section to be really helpful in the past, and it has allowed me to extend my creative skills and stay ahead of the game. The magazines also comes with a CD full of video tutorials and demo software to try.
The end section of the publication reviews a range of products including design books, software, computers, monitors, printers and a range of other new media related peripherals. The reviews are of a high standard, although they can be a little short.
The magazine as a whole is well arranged and always eye catching - in fact, the only bits that don't look so good, are the numerous independent adverts which are quite prevalent throughout the pages.
Computer Arts is an excellent Magazine which all budding designers should take a look at. Personally, it keeps me up to date with what's going on in the ever changing world of design, which is a must, as many clients often want a contemporary feel to their commissions. Highly Recommended.
As a graphic designer, I am always looking for inspiration to help keep my ideas fresh and up to date, as well as finding new ways to streamline my design and typographical skills further. So I sometimes turn to magazines to see what's hot and what's not at any time.
I find Computer Arts to be the best magazine on the market for all creative people, from graphic designers to illustrators, to web designers and programmers. It offers excellent tutorials every month from a leading designer in their field, who lays out the process in easy to follow steps with any additional resources available on the free cover CD. On the CD, you'll also find free stock images, free type faces and also showcases of new work every month.
I used to read Creative Review, which I feel lost it's appeal to me as an overall design magazine and has become more of a gallery for showcasing work, rather than help with many day to day problems every creative may come up against. I gave Computer Arts a go one month and have never looked back. Sure I still dive in to an alternative publication every now and then whilst in WHSmiths, but I will always go back to CA.
I have noticed an improvement in my own design work and have managed to get to my 'creative destination' quicker with the help of tips and tricks found in the magazine, so as a designer it has proven to be a most valuable read.
So you wanna be a design super star? This review is for the wannabe and newbie designer. Definitely, Computer Arts is the best computer design magazine for professionals in 2 worlds. I know from my own experience that many newbies do feel attracted to buy this magazine as a learning resource for maturing artistic and software skills. My advice is: save those precious £6 now and go for real beginner?s books on the software you feel most sexually attracted to (you got to have it with passion). Please don?t feel left out, I am just trying to help you aim right before you shoot (read my review on Computer Arts Special, perhaps that is more your stuff). Basically, Computer Arts magazine is aimed to the following audience: - People working with design for at least 3 years - People who are platform independent and know how to go around any programme if they need to use universal settings such as hue, saturation and levels, for example - People who are looking for something out of the tutorial model. Yes there are tutorials in the magazine but they are really advanced - People more interested in the ideas and conception behind the designs than in the techniques. Once again, there are tutorials in the magazine but newbies might be disappointed with the amount of interviews, software and hardware reviews and all that blah, blah, blah professional people are looking for - People who like typography to the point of finding completely normal to have a whole page, sometimes two for the sole purpose of hosting the title of an article - Designers and artists who want to feel really depressed with the fact that other designers and artists can do in a couple of hours that nice composition you are still imagining So if by any chance you are a professional in the creative field and happen to be involved with computers you would like to know that CA is a dynamic magazine which is not afraid of experimenting with the latest creative trends o
n itself, perhaps it can become your ultimate source of inspiration as well. They have recently updated their design and topics include digital video as well. A nice new addition to the magazine structure is a Q&A section which covers packages from Flash to 3D to Video. The monthly CD brings the tutorial files and excerpts from books, really cool stuff indeed. Another great section in the magazine is the ?Exposure? one which features work of new designers that submit their works to the magazine and the ?Profile? section, featuring well-know designers, their works and thoughts. If you want to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest news and trends of the computer creative world and keep yourself sharp with new skills and techniques in various fields, CA is the magazine for you. Web Resources: Please visit their website before you buy any issue, they have tutorials there as well!!! http://www.computerarts.co.uk/
You may have read Johndonut's opinion on Computer Arts magazine. Don't expect this op to be as good! All I can do is agree with him, that Computer arts IS the authority on all things to do with art. Combining reviews, tutorials, previews and editorials on a whole range of art related topics, Computer Arts provides you with a unique outlook into the digital world. Now onto what you actually get with the mag. You may know that this magazine costs £5, and that might be comsidered as a bit expensive for some. However, once you realise the contents of this thing you won't be moaning for long. Every montyh new tutorials are added to the monthly flavour as it were, and they even have special edition magazines that focus on a particular aspect! My favourite "Special" magazines are the Dreamweaver and UltraDev ones, and the 3D special. With each mag you get a fab cover CD, full of applications that you'll need to make the tutorials inside come to life on your PC. If you can get over the price, buy it now! Or, to save money you could always subscribe...!
Whether you like it or not, art plays a part in everything we see everyday. Everything down to the label on a tin of beans has been designed with tender loving care, and now computers have become more powerful the art of design has moved over to a new platform. Computers make it possible to design anything in a relatively short amount of time, and with a greater level of professionalism. No matter what business you're in, the chances are you'll be using a computer. You may want a web site made for your company, or you might just want to design a birthday card for your little Nephew Freddie. Well, for those of you who want to be able to take control of the way you do things on computers, there's a magazine that covers everything for desktop publishing to how they make computer generate adverts on the tele. Computer Arts is a fantastic magazine which is world renowned for being the authority on all things computer generated. Every month it come packed with various tutorials and it comes with a cover cd, full of programs to make your life as a designer a lot easier. So, what exactly is in Computer Arts that would make me want to buy it? Well, for a start it has a monthly round-up of all the latest news in the media world. If Adobe takes Macromedia to court, it'll be in here. However, news isn't just the boring stuff - have you ever seen an ad on the TV and wondered how it was done? Computer Arts tells you how it was made and who mades it. No more sleepless nights then! Unlike other magazines that have list after list of dull information, CA combines reviews of hardware with light hearted articles, providing overall a more interesting read. CA, like every other good magazine has a feedback section to allow readers to write in and share their opinions. Located immediately after the news area of the magazine, "Letters" are an integral part of the magazine - highlighting issues and challenging opinions on
the computer designing world. Ever wondered who designs the spectacular front cover illustrations? Write in! A nice touch to the magazine is that fact that every month the front cover image seems to be the central feature for the issue. For example, at the time of print the most recent copy of CA is based on Pixel Art - so, what are the tutorials themed on? Icons! By providing insight into the month's topics and combining the articles with history, current projects and tutorials, CA does a brilliant job of providing an info source that isn't boring to read. In addition to the other sections in the site, every month CA profiles a company or design studio in order to find out how things tick in the professional world of CGI. Once again, by combining news, images and information, CA manages to shed light on the topic without dazzling the reader to a crisp. As you might have started to notice, Computer Arts magazine always ties things together. If you read an article on a company that airbrushes images to perfection, the chances are that you'd feel like doing a bit of computer generate airbrushing yourself. Well, in case you don't know where to start CA provide a tutorial for your use, straight after a relevent topic. The fantastic thing about this magazine is the fact that it combines tutorials with news, information and other elements. However, it doesn't just stick to 2D cartoon drawing. CA covers a whole range of different topics that could be condisidered as computer art. 3D modelling, games creation, illustration, web design, web programming, animation - you name it, it's there. The great thing about this is that if you're interested in any one topic related to art on computers, it'll probably be in there. This way the magazine appeals to a whole range of people - and while you're reading it, the chances are you'll probably become interested in other types of computer creation. The maga
zine also manages to turn a simply topic into a multi-faceted subject. Looking for information on web design? CA will give you tutorials, tips and tricks for photo editing, information on suitable hardware, ideas for creating attractive colour schemes, name of places to buy web software, info on setting up a server, and news on new technologies emerging. As in many magazines published by Future Publishing, CA provides you with the option to recieve copies direct to your door before they hit the shops. By doing this you'll save a fair few quid - £20 in fact. You can buy the magazine worldwide, and for a good reason. CA comes with a dual format CD, so that it's of use to PC and Mac users alike. Every month there's always a letter in the letters section from an American reader - they don't have anything that comes anywhere close to Computer Arts over there! Computer Arts is a information packed adventure for all you budding designers out there. With all the news, hardware reviews and tutorials (not to mention the cover CD), you'd be a fool to miss out.