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John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

The 10 Best Illustrator Plugins 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

Adobe Illustrator is known by many in the digital arts industry as the most powerful vector program available. It’s amazing in its scope, but as with all applications, there will always be areas where it falls short for some people. That’s where plugins come in: there are so many third-party programs that you can install to […]

The Best Photo Editing Softwares 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro-photographer, a keen hobbyist, or an occasional selfie-taker: at some point you’re going to want to organize and edit your images.Anybody with even a passing interest in photography knows that camera technology is improving at a shockingly fast rate, and even smartphones now have the ability to take […]

The 8 Best 3D Printers 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

You don’t have to go back too far to find a time when 3D printers were merely a fantasy, with replicators best left to the Star Trek universe. And just as quickly, they went from imaginary to real, then from gigantic machines restricted to rich tech companies to what’s available now for your own home.Whether […]

The 6 Best Slide Scanners 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

We’ve previously written an article on our favorite scanners, but this post is specifically for scanning slides. Whether you’re a photographer that prefers to shoot on analogue 35mm cameras, or you have old negatives that you want to digitalize, a scanner of this type is a can’t-live-without piece of kit for backing up, printing and […]

The Best Cameras For Youtube 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

Since its formation in 2005, YouTube has given birth to a whole new genre of celebrity. It’s now possible to make a living from posting videos to the sharing site, and with the likes of Zoella, Casey Neistat and Markiplier earning mega bucks from their channels, it’s no wonder that interest in vlogging has increased […]

The 5 Best Printers For Art and Artists (2019)

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

Art is no longer confined to paintings and sculpture. Over the past decade or so, many creatives have decided to go digital. Whether you’re a graphic designer, digital painter, or you hand-create art before scanning it into your computer, the chances are that you’ll want to print your work on a fairly regular basis.If you’re […]

The 3 Best Calligraphy Pens 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

Many people tend to think that calligraphy is a dying form of art, but others myself included beg to differ.Although technology is making the art of calligraphy a bit reduntant, the elegance of beautifully written words makes it adorable. It is so simple, one requires only a nib and ink to transform words and letters […]

The Best Printers for Graphic Design 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

If you’re a graphic designer and you work with large-scale prints, obviously you’re going to need a printer that’s capable of delivering your images. One option is to use a commercial printing service, but as your business grows and your output increases, having your own artist printer makes much more sense from an economic standpoint. […]

The 7 Essential Photoshop Plugins 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

Photoshop in itself is a creative powerhouse and a ‘can’t live without’ tool for photographers and designers. But, there are countless plugins available that will allow you to get even more out of Adobe’s photo editing software.We’ve rounded up seven essential Photoshop plugins that will help you take your images to the next level.7. OptikVerve […]

The 5 Best Monitors For Graphic Design 2019

By John Thatch / January 1, 2019

As a designer working in the digital sector, you’ll know that having the correct equipment for the job will make the difference between a frustrating day at the office and an enjoyable creative experience. We’ve previously covered the best laptops, computers, and printers for graphic designers, and next, we’re going to break down the world of […]

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