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Photoshop Video

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Whether you’re new to Photoshop, or have been using it for a long time… these tips should help you become even more proficient. Keep sending in those top five lists!

  • When trying to fade an image, do not change the opacity of the layer use the eraser tool. This is because if you have more than one image on one layer, you can have the different images a different opacity level. To do this click on the eraser tool and go to the top tool bar (unless you have moved it), lower the opacity, and erase. You can also use this to blend images and get rid of “boxyness” (when the image is square and you want it more roundish) if that makes sense.
  • When cropping full images do not use the eraser tool, use the vector tool. It is much more accurate and only cuts out exactly what you need. The eraser tool, in my opinion, should only be used for fading and touching up images, but never to do a full cropping job.
  • ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS! Be aware of what layer you are selected on. I’ve seen other people many times and myself start using the vector tool to crop out images, only to find out I was on the wrong layer and had to redo it all over again. You may also run into problems if you want to flatten two layers, but select the wrong ones and find out later when it is too late that your layers are now messed up.
  • When using the magic wand tool, remember that it really isn’t magical. If you are using it too get rid of an unwanted background, make sure that you close up all of the openings of the wanted image. This can be done rather easily by using the pencil tool.
  • Always put images on different layers. This will give you more freedom t change the way the images are placed in the final image. If you put them all on one layer, you can usually never change it much.


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NAPP: Photoshop Association

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A community member writes: “I recently went to a seminar by the NAPP. NAPP is the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I joined them last year. Here are my reasons for joining NAPP.”

  • NAPP produces a magazine called Photoshopuser that is packed cover-to-cover with in-depth Photoshop® tutorials and tips written by the most talented designers, photographers, and leading authors in the industry.
  • NAPP offers a member’s only website http://www.photoshopuser.com/ with weekly feature tutorials. Each week there are two new video tutorials that allow you to watch how experts produce amazing images. As well as weekly tutorials that show the steps involved to created incredible photos. A member’s forum provides a way members’ can assist each other with specific issues using Adobe Photoshop program. There are many other features of the website which could be it’s own list.
  • NAPP associated with Kelly training produces seminars illustrating different aspects of Photoshop, which travel around the United States. The three tours are Photoshop CS3 Power tour, Photoshop CS3 Creativity Tour, and Photoshop CS3 Tour for Photographers. A benefit from membership is you currently receive a twenty-dollar savings on the $99 price.
  • NAPP has a twice a year convention on Photoshop and April 2-4 2008 it will be held at the Orlando Convention Center. For three inspirational days you will learn from more than 40 of the most recognized and respected names in the industry, including Scott Kelby, Terry White, Fay Sirkis, Joe McNally, Bert Monroy, Jay Maisel, Dan Margulis, Jeff Schewe, and more. NAPP member receive a substantial discount on the admission price for the three-day event.
  • NAPP has negotiated discounts on hardware, software and services from top organizations such as Adobe, B and H, Office Depot, Dell, Apple, Porter Case, Alien Skin, Site grinder, Lucas Art for a total of 92 different discounts.


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Photoshop Help

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Using Photoshop can be daunting, at best. It’s not the easiest program in the world to learn. However… it does produce excellent results. Here are some tips to help you become more familiar with Photoshop, and all it can do for you.

  • Know the Basics I cannot stress enough how important it is to learn the basics. If you are looking to use Photoshop for what it’s worth, you need to know how things work and how to get around the workspace with ease. Later, as you progress into more advanced areas of Photoshop , or if you are working on a time limit, knowing exactly what route you need to take will save you a lot of time and help you achieve the desired goal.
  • Take Advantage of Digital One of the amazing things about editing digitally, is the fact that you have complete control over your work. Unlike painting or drawing, if there’s an area of your project in which you are not happy with, you can simply delete or modify it using the magic of layers. Don’t be afraid to add as many layers as you wish, to separate every aspect of your project. Photoshop even gives you the ability to sort your layers in folders for organization and easy access.
  • Learn, Learn, Learn There is an infinite amount of resources both online and off line, which will teach you everything you need to know about how to USE Photoshop . Whether you prefer written instruction or visual, you’ll find all you need scattered across the internet. Some places, such as YouTube may offer video tutorials demonstrating certain aspects of Photoshop , but if you are looking to learn as much as possible, there are several paid resources which offer high quality training videos.
  • Don’t Limit Yourself Even though Photoshop can do a whole lot in terms of editing, you don’t necessarily have to only use Photoshop . There are other programs such as Adobe Illustrator which can be useful if you need to work in vector format. Adobe Flash, if you need animation or dynamic web content. Or Adobe Dreamweaver if you are looking to publish your work to the web. The great thing about using each of these programs for what they excel in, is that they are all cross compatible. Switch from one to another with great ease!
  • Be Creative There is no limit to what you can do. Let your mind wander and have fun with your designs. Don’t be afraid to go above and beyond, but always remember to stay professional. Be sure to follow basic color guidelines to make your work easy on the eye and user friendly.


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What is a PDF?

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PDF stands for Portable Document Format. Saving a document in this format ensures that it will look the same when viewed on another computer as it did on the original computer when created. It will also have a MUCH smaller file size, hence the “portable” part of the name. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a device-independent and display resolution-independent fixed-layout document format. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a 2-D document (and, with Acrobat 3-D, embedded 3-D documents) that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2-D vector graphics that compose the document.

If you want to view a .pdf file, you’ll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, or even the Foxit Reader. Of course, the free versions of both of these programs will only allow you to read the document, not edit or create a .pdf of your own. For that, you will need full paid versions. Also, for a Mac user, there is a .pdf viewer built right in, so you don’t have to download anything at all!

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Creating Flash Files for Free

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Flash isn’t just a super hero. It’s also a program that helps you create rich media experiences, while having small output file sizes.

Since its introduction in 1996, Flash technology has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages; several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, various web-page components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.

Adobe Flash Player (formerly known as Macromedia Flash Player) is probably the most widely recognized Flash program. It’s an excellent program, for sure. However, you’re going to pay quite a chunk of money for it.

There is also a lesser-known… but in my opinion, better… program called Swish. Now with support for components, a content library and assets, a new effects browser, in place text editing, video/image/sound effects as well as an improved interface, script editor, drawing tools and internal player. The drawback, of course, is that it costs around $150.00.

Why pay this much for a program to create simple Flash files? If you’re an average user, or need to create simple things, why not use a completely free program? Enter Powerbullet Presenter. Powerbullet Presenter is a small, simple and free program for creating presentations in the Flash format. You don’t need any experience to create slick animated presentations by simply typing, clicking and dragging. Most commonly-used operations are available with a button click or two, and there are handy keyboard shortcuts for most operations. For instance, using the up and down arrow keys – in conjunction with the Control and Shift key – dynamically increases or decreases the font size, giving you instant feedback.

Why pay hundreds of dollars for a program when you can get an excellent alternative for free? Check out the Powerbullet Presenter before you create your next Flash project.

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Tweaking Acrobat PDF Adobe Reader

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Almost every computer has a .pdf reader on them these days. Lately I’ve been having trouble with Adobe Reader not printing my .pdf documents properly, and I had to do a lot of investigating as to how to fix it.

Three of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, and Wirelesspacket.

Every time I would try to print a PDF document, the text would come out all gobbledy looking. Nothing would line up where it should, and it was just a bunch of garbage. I wasted a lot of time and paper before finally finding the answer. In Adobe Reader, go to the print dialogue, and click the Advanced button. Once there, put a check mark into the box next to where it says print as image. This will make all your text and everything print onto paper exactly as it appears on the screen.

Another good PDF reader is the free Foxit reader. It’s a viewer and printer for PDF’s, very small in file size, and works faster than the Adobe counterpart.

You can find a huge list of different types of PDF reader and converting programs on Wikipedia. Here you’ll see everything from open source, to Proprietary programs. There are recommendations for absolutely every platform you might be running on your computer, as well.

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What is Adobe Air?

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – A few of my friends joined me on Skype last night to discuss some of today’s hot Tech topics. This video covers the release of the second beta of Adobe Air.

Four of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, Wirelesspacket, and last but certainly not least… Datalore.

In this video, we discussed the newest beta release of Adobe Air. Adobe Integrated Runtime is a cross-OS runtime environment for building Rich Internet Applications, using Flash, Flex, HTML and Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application.

Users interact with AIR applications in the same way that they interact with native desktop applications. The runtime is installed once on the user’s computer, and then AIR applications are installed and run just like any other desktop application.

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Adobe Flash Privacy Settings

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – If you’re watching this video, then you’re probably using Flash player. David wrote in wondering how to adjust the privacy settings, and whether his personal history is viewable by Adobe.

Adobe’s Flash Player is a widely used program that allows you to watch videos on any number of websites. It can also be used to play online games, as well.

You can easily check your Flash privacy settings by going to this video, or any online video, and right clicking on it. This will open up a small settings box, and from there you should click the “Advanced” tab. This will take you to Adobe’s site, where you can adjust your privacy settings, and view your history. On that page, it will straight out tell you that all information is stored locally… on YOUR machine… and not on their actual site. They do not access it for any reason, nor do they use it in any way, shape or form.

Instead of asking “who here uses Flash?”, the question of the day is… who doesn’t?

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Problems with Adobe Aren't Adobe's Problems?

Equi Sumo, on the new problem with Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1:

I cannot say I have come across this actual problem myself, but have just been through a nightmare couple of weeks with MSs security updates not installing properly. The symptoms were so similar to what you described, that I thought I’d pass the details on.

Uninstalling or rolling back seemed to just make things even worse for me as well. Fortunately I had a back up that wasn’t too old, so tried to use that, but XP had become so unstable, that Acronis couldn’t run and even the /repair option on reinstalling Windows failed. Ended up vapeing the lot and doing a clan install, followed by Acronis to get the back up back on. I had it on a 2GB flash drive, but for some reason that kept coming up as no OS – ???

Drive too big to be recognized by my BIOS or something??? Will have to work that out when I get chance…

Anyway, after an 80 hour headache, I sorted the mess out into THREE completely unconnected problems – Sods law, No wonder it wasn’t making sense – What’s the chances of three concurrent problems?

The problems like the Adobe ones, all came down to my anti-malware. In particular it seemed to be Spybot – SD doing exactly what it is meant to do – It was stopping some things being changed on my system. Unfortunately it was failing silently. MS confirmed the updates had been successful, but they hadn’t been installed correctly. Some of the effects were nothing short of bizarre – Like the start Menu would come up, but actually clicking on anything froze the system so hard, that it could only be relieved by pulling the power plug.

Now I don’t know how far to go in installing programs – When they say to quit all other programs, it seems like the main ones to quit are your anti-malware programs. That is just giving free rein to any malware hidden in the install though.

Incidentally, when the MS security updates first went it, they changed Task Manager to a MUCH more limited version. No way to shut the computer down from it for one thing. Not only that, but there is no apparent way out of Task Manager itself either (there’s only one way, right click on the tiny green icon at the bottom of the screen). At first, I thought it was something to do with my installation problems, but it has also appeared on a neighbour’s computer who updated the same night (he has no problems with his system though). About three days later, when I updated my old back up, it did not change Task Manager that time, or since… However, my neighbour is still stuck with his limited version of TM and there’s no updates I’ve been able to find to get the old functionality back – Have you heard anything of this?

“Greenarrow1” shifts the blame to Microsoft…

Since you did not denote whether this is Windows Vista or XP Pro I can say this Vista has a problem with Adobe products. Microsoft also has a problem releasing codes to vendors and/or vendors having problems creating upgrades for use with Vista. I am not going to rant on Vista but due to areas of this OS having flaws which have not been corrected vendors are having a hard time trying to upgrade their programs to work with Vista. There is also the partner issue which MS seems to be adamant about.

Honestly, after testing Vista from the gate I feel this OS is not ready and should have never been released until it was stable enough to support the software that vendors have so the user could have a operating system experience without all the problems that are arising. MS failed to release proper coding to allow the vendors to create drivers or whatnot to support Vista. Releasing this info after the fact was not a very good way for MS to go as most vendors are trying to play catch up while some have said we will do it when we have time or just not do anything at all. Maintaining a monopoly on everything that works with Vista is going to back fire right into MS face as evident by computer makers reverting back to XP Pro on their systems. There just seems to be so much Windows ME showing in the release of Vista.

There will be more very high critical problems with Vista, just wait as security is finding problems now and vendors are creating problems because of improper use of coding which is falling back on MS’s lackadaisical attitude.

Troubleshooting Adobe Acrobat 8 Problems

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Alex has called in with a problem regarding Adobe Acrobat Pro 8. Unfortunately, it’s not one I’ve heard of or come across. It may be a situation where he has to wait for an update from Adobe.

Every time Alex starts up his newly purchased Adobe Acrobat Professional 8, it will give him an error message that “Adobe has encountered a serious error….”. He clicks out of it, and the program closes. Then… a Windows memory error comes up! He’s tried uninstalling, but it won’t let him. An update to version 8.1 is when the errors started, and rolling back actually made it worse.

I advised Alex to try running it under Windows Compatibility mode. In order to do this, you locate the actual program .exe, and right click it. Choose “Properties” and then in the “Compatibility” tab, you can choose to have the program run under a different Operating System. Now of course, it doesn’t actually use a different OS. What Compatibility Mode does is to make the program THINK it’s using something else. Unfortunately, this didn’t work for Alex, either.

I have a feeling he’s going to have to wait for Adobe to come out with a fix for this problem. Thankfully, Alex had the presence of mind to send Adobe a lengthy email telling them in detail what the problem is. If any of you have ideas, or have seen this problem before, please let us know. Drop in the chat room, send me an email, or leave me a video response!

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