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American shoppers seem to feel more bounce in their step, rising consumer confidence numbers show. But experts say even after a better-than-expected Black Friday turnout, it’s going to take big discounts to get recession-scarred shoppers to part with their cash. “The tougher the economic conditions, the more price sensitive consumers are and the higher the margins that retailers are willing to give up,” says Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO and founder of CardHub.com.

The good news for retailers: Consumer confidence for November leaped to 56 – above expectations of around 45 and up from a revised October in 40.9, according to the Conference Board. The figure is watched closely by both retailers and economists as a key indicator of how Americans are feeling in the crucial five weeks before the holidays – the busiest shopping season of the year. Some say consumers will need a push to open their wallets. “We could see record-high holiday sales this year with razor-thin profit margins,” says Mark Perry, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC.

The economic backdrop is still a worry: high unemployment at home and an escalating debt crisis in Europe. “The economy is still weaker than many people had hoped and consumers will have an expectation that prices will also be lower than last year,” says Doug Lockwood, chief investment officer for financial advisory group Hefty Wealth Partners in Auburn, Ind. “While consumer confidence may have risen, we’re still a long way off from splurge buying for the holidays,” says Sherif Mityas, a partner at Chicago-based consulting group AT Kearney. “Consumers are still buying mostly on deals and off their shopping lists.”

Then why the spike in consumer confidence? Even with a relatively high 9% jobless rate, it’s down from around 9.8% a year ago, and the private sector has been adding new jobs at an average rate of 150,000 jobs each month for the last year, Perry says. “For the 91% of Americans who have a job, it’s a great time to be a consumer,” he says. “Interest rates are at historical lows for those purchasing cars or homes, and intense retail competition translates into rock-bottom prices for consumer goods like electronics and computers as we saw with sales on Thanksgiving weekend.”

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      Looking for a Icon creator software……know of any good ones?
      Can anyone point me in the right direction for a good software?
      Living life one step at a time! Reply Iridox
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      Posts 124 Posts Device(s) 9530 (Storm) Join Date Joined Dec 2008 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Liked 0 Liked PostsCarrier Verizon 03-26-2009, 05:00 PM #2
      Adobe Illustrator…
      make a 50×50 transparent png and have fun
      I’m finally starting to like this phone. Reply Johnny-5
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      Posts 517 Posts Device(s) 9530 (Storm) Join Date Joined Nov 2008 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Liked 0 Liked PostsCarrier Verizon 03-26-2009, 05:04 PM Thread Author #3
      Originally Posted by Iridox Adobe Illustrator…
      make a 50×50 transparent png and have fun
      Really? hmmm….didnt think Illustrator was capable of doing things like that. Ill have to try it when I get home.
      Thanks for your input
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      Illustrator is a 600.00 dollar program. Any cheaper alternatives?
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      Microangelo is a cool icon editor program. Illustrator makes nice clean icons. You can then take the ai icon into irfanview to save it as an icon file.
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      Posts 243 Posts Device(s) 9530 (Storm) Join Date Joined Nov 2008 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Liked 0 Liked PostsCarrier Verizon 03-27-2009, 01:25 AM #7
      I’ve been using iconfx. Pretty basic but does what I’m looking for. I’ve also used sib in combo w the fx. Found them all in google
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      Reply Bwahaha
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      ww.gimp.org
      Pretty close to photoshop..But FREE
      Tried to post link,but not enuf post count..
      Reply Johnny-5
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      Thanks everyone for your posts….Ill be looking into them later today.
      Thanks again!
      Living life one step at a time! Reply CamasStorm
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      Can you also use Photoshop for icons, in place of illustrator?
      BlackBerry Storm 2 Reply rottencorpse
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      Posts 51 Posts Device(s) 9530 (Storm) Join Date Joined Feb 2009 Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts Liked 0 Liked PostsCarrier Verizon 03-29-2009, 09:36 AM #11
      photoshop cs4 is what I use….you can find "less expensive" versions at mininova.org
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      Do people use 3ds max for icons?
      Btw I use photoshop cs3
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      Originally Posted by fatpiggy888 Do people use 3ds max for icons?
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