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Happy holidays from everyone at Strata. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

This year, instead of running a special in the store, we've decided to give you something to give away. Send an e-greeting card to the graphics nuts on your list with a personalized note and a coupon for 20% off anything in the Strata store. Of course, we can't stop you from sending one to yourself.

Are you still using Strata 3D CX 4, Strata 3D Pro, or scarier yet, Strata Studio Pro? Can't think of a reason to upgrade?

Once we've launched a new version of Strata 3D CX, we tend to stop talking about the new features and simply focus on reviews, pricing specials, podcasts, etc. To help those folks that missed the launch material, we've compiled the 10 best reasons to upgrade to "Photoshop's 3D cousin".

Do you own Design 3D[in] and Strata 3D CX 5? You're entitled to a free upgrade to Strata 3D CX 5.5, that contains all the Photoshop CS3 Extended features that were included with it's smaller sibling.

To redeem your free upgrade, just fill out this form with your Design 3D[in] and Strata 3D CX 5 serials, and we'll have a download link waiting for you.

If you need something productive to do over the holidays, why not check out some of the great material over at We've rounded up three great video tutorials below. Enjoy!

Strata 3D CX 5.5 - Baseball Trophy
By Ken Bringhurst
In this tutorial, Ken creates a 3D trophy from sketch to layout, using Strata 3D CX 5.5, Photoshop CS3 Extended and Illustrator.

Drink Squad
By Colin Smith
In this tutorial, Colin integrates a 3D model Volkswagon Beetle into an outdoor photograph, complete with shadows and reflections. Using Photoshop CS3 Extended and Strata Design 3D[in].

Adding a 3D Object to Your Photoshop Document
By Dave Cross
In this tutorial, Dave shows you how to do pixel alchemy by turning a Google 3D Warehouse model of a skull into gold. Dave uses Strata Design 3D[in] and its powerful texturing capabilities to add a gold reflection to the model. Dave then modifies the reflection to give it that heat-tempered look to match the gold text.

Since opening up the Cafe resources to direct submissions, the library has slowly started to grow. First out of the gate is Stephen Paterson with a collection of spherical and cubic backgrounds, like this Cubic background of Avenida Paulista.

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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