Although much valuable information for all sorts of web and print professionals can be found online, it is often difficult to weed through all the noise and find good quality content. I believe it’s vital that professionals in different creative fields supplement their online learning and research through well-edited and high-quality print publications.
Print magazines, more often than not, are well-researched and are headed by top-notch editorial staff, usually containing information and resources on the cutting edge of their respective industries’ trends and happenings.
To that end, to help you fulfill part of your offline research needs, I’ve compiled a list of print magazines that are of interest to professionals in three different categories: Web Designers, Digital Artists, and Photographers. And be sure to comment so you can tell us your personal favourite print magazine, if you don’t see it listed here.
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Magazines for Web Designers
.net Magazine / Practical Web Design
.net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers, featuring tutorials from leading agencies, interviews with the web’s biggest names, and agenda-setting features on the hottest issues affecting the internet today. If you’re serious about web design, then .net is the magazine for you. This is easily the best and most important magazine for web professionals, and it should be noted that .net is sold as Practical Web Design overseas.
Web Designer will help you design and develop stunning websites, providing exclusive interviews, professional advice, behind-the-scenes features with top developers and agencies, site showcases, plus how-to articles and tips for a variety of design and development software.
Magazines for Digital Artists
The world’s best-selling creative magazine will inspire you, bring you the inside track on the creative industry, and reveal cutting edge skills and techniques. Every issue showcases the best illustrators, graphic designers and web designers from around the world. The tutorials section is the envy of the industry, giving you the skills and inspiration you need to be a better artist.
Photoshop User is more than just an amazing Photoshop resource, it’s also the official publication of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAAPP). Each issue includes behind-the-scenes features, how-to articles, help desk Q&A, step-by-step tutorials, and down & dirty tricks. Photoshop User is widely recognized as the most trusted resource for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom training, advice, and how-to information for the graphic design, photography, and digital arts worlds.
Photoshop Creative provides Photoshop users with lashings of practical advice and inspiration. Whether you’re brand new to the program or simply looking to improve your existing skills, this is the magazine for you. We don’t like to leave anyone out, so we want to make sure there’s something for everyone – from the Adobe Photoshop Elements user right through to those lucky enough to own Photoshop CS3.
Digital Artist is the perfect magazine for anyone who uses their computer as a canvas. It is the only community-focused magazine to cover all art styles and all art software, making each issue a medley of breathtaking images to inspire you to create your own. The magazine includes tutorials and guides, an extensive Q&A section, reports on new artists and their current projects, plus interviews, features, and galleries.
The official Corel Magazine, offering professional tips and techniques, digital art concepts and theory, special effects, and more.
3D Artist is dedicated to bringing you interviews with leading lights in the 3D industry, fascinating features on development and technologies that are shaping what you see on TV and in film, in advertising and architecture and in good old art. The magazine showcases the best and most exciting 3D images every month with a monster 11-page gallery.
3D World is a high-quality magazine crammed full of news, inspiration and practical advice about 3D graphics. Includes news and analysis of all the latest trends in the 3D industry, in-depth reports on the hottest new 3D projects, detailed, step-by-step technical walkthroughs, artistic and creative advice from professionals at leading international studios, and impartial reviews of the latest creative hardware and software.
Layers is the only magazine that covers everything Adobe Creative Suite 4 has to offer. Each issue is filled with top-notch tips and techniques for Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Flash, Acrobat, Lightroom, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and more.
Magazines for Photographers
Practical Photography delivers a diverse range of content that teaches photo enthusiasts to take better photos and how to creatively enhance them in Photoshop.
Photo Technique philosophy is that the photographic medium has never existed on the basis of unrelated techniques or unskilled aesthetics. For that reason, they incorporate the technology and methodology used in creating photographs into two categories. The first is a series of portfolio/article combinations that demonstrate both the means and the end result. The second is expanded technical articles intended to completely follow a process in detail, rather than offer short snip-its or tips. The magazine will never address the interest of a point-and-shoot mentality; the intent is to elevate the magazine to a more professional level.
If you’re a working photographer or have dreams of setting up your own photographic business, this is the magazine for you. Every issue of Photo Pro is packed with inspirational images, expert advice and reviews of the kit that you need to get ahead. There’s also must-read business guidance from successful working photographers. It’s the ultimate manual for modern pros.
Popular Photography is the world’s largest photography magazine and the leading technical authority, buyers guide and how-to resource for the photo enthusiast. Geared toward those who are passionate about photography, each monthly issue presents unmatched technical expertise and a wide range of articles on the technique, craft and equipment used in making outstanding images.
Photography Monthly is the UK’s most interactive photography magazine, featuring expert advice, product reviews, tips and techniques, and more.
Online and on newsstands, Digital Photo (formerly PC Photo) is the top digital photography magazine. Get the latest news, equipment reviews and previews, photography tips and more.
For over 30 years, Canadian photography amateurs and professionals have turned to Photo Life as a partner in furthering their photographic skills. The magazine covers all aspects of photography, including industry news, photographic techniques and tips, field tests, travel, digital, secrets of the trade, and much more. Photo Life has something for everyone, plus it’s supplemented with images from some of the country’s best photographers, including those of our readers.
Photo District News (PDN)
Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for over two decades. Every month, PDN delivers unbiased news and analysis, interviews, and portfolios of the latest photographic work. PDN delivers the information photographers need to survive in a competitive business – from marketing and business advice to legal issues, photographic techniques, new technologies, and more.
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