The August edition of Digital Arts hits the shelves today, bringing you an unmissable guide to successful pitching, as well as all the inspiration and information you need to keep your creative juices flowing.

Pitching is a thorny issue for designers at the best of times -- and when cash is tight, deciding whether to pour time and money into speculative work is even more of a headache.

We've talked to leading creatives to find out how they sort out the potential goldmines from the chancers, and how they go about making sure their pitch stands the best chance possible of bringing in work. We also chatted to a client about what they look for in winning pitches -- and what the total turn-offs are.

Armed with our top tips, you needn't feel you're swinging in the dark any more.


This month's industry-beating tutorials include step-by-step instructions on how to create an amazing burning man image that's straight out of Heroes by Fabio Sasso, and how to recreate a marble bust from a digital portrait painting, by CG Addict.

Interactive guru Steve Simmonds, of consultancy Rare Design Associates, shows how to create a trippy 3D tunnel effect in Flash, while in the first of a two-part series, Sam Hampton-Smith helps you take your InDesign skills to the next level, with a brilliant guide to creating PDFs that feature videos, buttons, and rollover effects.

We searched far and wide to bring you our pick of some of the most exciting abstract digital artists out there: intriguingly, our selection is all self-taught. We showcase their incredible freestyle compositions in our inspirational feature.

Lusting after the new MacBook Pro family is as normal as craving coffee in the mornings -- but are they really the best laptops for creative needs? We've looked at all the sizes available to answer your burning MacBook Pro questions and help you decide whether it's worth splashing your hard-earned cash.

In this month's Reviews section, we also uncover a piece of software that we promise will make running your creative projects as simple as can be, and check out the new Anime Studio Pro 6 and Modo 401 animation packages. Plus if you're thinking of upgrading your camera to a digital SLR, we've got reviews of the latest models from Olympus and Sony.

If you're running a small studio or producing prints to sell you can spend a fortune in graphics shops -- if you're doing enough of such prints it may be worth investing in an A3 professional quality printer. In this month's group test, we gather six of the best and put them through their paces.

Our fantastic creative CD comes with £420 worth of brilliant high-res stock images from Snapixel to add to your image library, as well as the full version of DAZ Studio 3, the tool for 3D artists, and over £40 of premium content. There are also video tutorials teaching you the basics of Flash CS4 from Talented Pixie, and our pick of the month's best motion-graphics.

Plus there's all the usual news, reviews, new work, and amazing creative projects you need to keep you fired up and inspired for the next month.

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