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In marketing Strata's products, we've always found that it's much more compelling to show a real world project done by one of our users than it is to talk esoterically about the product's feature set. You use our products to create amazing imagery and prove how powerful the applications are every day. So it seems Strata should turn the spotlight on your efforts far more frequently than we do.

If you'd like to make a little extra money off the jobs you've already completed, please visit our Case Study Submission Form and tell/show us a little bit about the jobs you're most proud of. We're very interested in projects that utilize Strata's products in conjunction with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and other graphics applications.

In the interest of fleshing out the competition, the due date for challenge entries has been extended to December 10th. Anyone can win these challenges, don't miss your chance.

The challenge theme is to integrate a 3D object into a photo in a way that represents the holidays for you. Whether that means building 3D snowmen for your front lawn, or putting Santa's sleigh at a parking meter in front of Macy's is completely up to you.

Prizes include a Digital Camera, a NAPP membership, training material from Scott Kelby and Dave Cross, and more.

Did you skip Strata 3D CX 5? Are you still using Strata Vision? As a customer that doesn't upgrade regularly, you can help us find out why. Tell us a bit about your workflow and receive a coupon for $50 off of your upgrade to Strata 3D CX 5.5.

The coupon expiry has recently been extended to December 16th, so get those surveys in now.

Bert Smets is CEO and Creative Manager at Bert Smets Productions, with a focus on children's edutainment and merchandising. Being active in the worldwide children's market since 1988, Bert Smets worked as an illustrator for numerous European children's magazines and publishers. His animation series Hopla can now be watched in more than 35 countries.

With the release of the new 3D[in] Photoshop CS3 Extended plug-ins, we've opened a new site to host tutorials and other videos by Colin Smith (, Dave Cross ( and of course, our in-house talent.

A handful of great new tutorials are online right now to help you get the most out of your 3D[in] purchase. Start pushing the envelope.

A great reflection or lightdome map can really set your render apart from the crowd. Adrian Lamb has provided a rich and clear cloud map for your reflective objects.

Remember, any StrataCafe member can upload textures and models to the resource pool. Help make the Cafe the best resource for working designers using Strata 3D.

Take part in our simple user survey for a 35% discount on Chris Tyler's new "Art & Science of Strata 3D CX", with 125 more pages on modeling, rendering and texturing in Strata 3D.

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