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Published: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:52:26 +0000

 



How to Take a Sceenshot on Windows

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to capture a screen shot of your desktop or an active window to save as an image in Microsoft Windows.



All the Ways to Make a Screen Shot on a Mac

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Here's a summary of all the shortcuts you can use to capture your screen using Mac OS X.



Troubleshooting Photoshop Scratch Disk Problems

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn what the Photoshop scratch disk is, how to deal with the scratch disk full errors, and how to set Photoshop's scratch disk for best performance.



11 Fabulous Free Photo Editors for Windows

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Even if you can't afford to spend anything on software, you can still find free software to help you create and edit your photos and images. See the top picks for the best free photo editors.



Is Your Mac Photo Editor On This List? See the...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

If you can't afford to purchase software, you can still find free software to create and edit images. These are my picks for the top free image editors and painting programs for Macintosh.



Where to Try Photoshop for Free

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Need to download Photoshop? Here are some tips for where to find a free download of Photoshop without risking a computer virus or having your credit card stolen.



How to Add Outlines in Photoshop

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to add a thick outline to text and objects in Photoshop 4 and up without rendering the text layer.



Use the Windows Snipping Tool to Grab Screenshots

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Microsoft includes a snipping tool in Windows Vista and later Windows versions to make capturing screenshots easier. Here's how to find and use it.



Create Grunge or Rubber Stamp Text Effect in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

This tutorial will show you how to apply a rubber stamp, grunge, or distressed effect to text or an image with Photoshop.



How to Install Photoshop Presets Including...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to install preset files to get them working in Photoshop, along with links to where you can find these free goodies.



How to Draw Shape Outlines in Photoshop Elements

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Step-by-step instructions for creating an outlined shape in Photoshop Elements using the shape tool, layer styles, selections, and the stroke command.



Top Solutions to Photoshop Problems

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

As good as Photoshop is, it's not perfect. Sometimes it doesn't work as you'd expect, or perhaps there are things about the way it behaves that are just plain annoying to you. Here you'll find solutions to some of the most common Photoshop problems, and I also give you the chance to spout off about your Photoshop pet peeves.



How to Reduce Photos to Use Online

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

It's important to reduce the size of photos you will be using for email and the Web. Learn how to get your pictures down to an appropriate size for online use.



Photoshop Crop Tool Stuck? Here's the Fix

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

What to do when Photoshop's crop tool does not behave normally.



Use Photoshop to Add Sepia Tone to Your Photo

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Step-by-step instructions tell you how to apply a sepia tone to a photo in Photoshop. A sepia tone can gives a picture a warm, antique feeling and it's not at all hard to do!



How to Make Text Stand Out on Any Background in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to crate text effects using the older and the current versions - Version 14 - of Photoshop Elements.



Wondering What Graphics Software Is? Here's the...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn what graphics software is and isn't, who uses graphics software, and get direction on finding the best graphics software for your needs and budget.



How to Grab a Screenshot on iOS

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to capture a screenshot from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch without installing any third-party apps.



GIF, JPEG, TIFF... What Image Format Should I...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn which format is best for saving your images with these general guidelines and brief file format explanations.



How to Remove Moiré Patterns From...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to use Photoshop to remove moire patterns from photos that have been scanned from books, magazines or newspapers.



The Trick for Putting Text on a Circle in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Logos and other artwork use type on a circle. This tutorial will show you how to put text around a circle with Adobe Illustrator.



How to Create a Soft Fade Vignette Effect in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to create a vignette or soft fade effect flexibly and non-destructively using Photoshop's layer masks.



Wondering What OEM Software Is? Here's the Answer

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

OEM software is sold to computer builders and hardware manufacturers for bundling. There is much confusion surrounding the direct sale of OEM software.



How To Remove the Background in a Bitmap Using...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Step-by-step instructions for dropping out the background color in a bitmap image using the bitmap color mask feature in CorelDraw.



How to Take a Screenshot on Any Device

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

A screenshot is a snapshot or picture of your computer screen. Learn how to take screenshots in Windows, Mac and iOS.



PhotoScape for Windows: a Fun Free Photo Editor

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

PhotoScape is free photo editing software for Windows which is jam-packed with features, while remaining very easy to use.



What Happened to Adobe Photoshop Album?

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Adobe's Photoshop Album was discontinued in 2009. This article offers advice for users who wish to migrate photos from Album to another solution.



Easy Instructions for Copying Images or Text...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Simple instructions on how to copy graphics or text from an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.



How to Use the Stroke Effect to Outline Objects...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to add an outline to text in Photoshop 6.0 and up without rendering the type layer. This technique uses layer styles so the type remains editable and layer styles to create a glowing neon effect.



Religious and Christian Shapes Set for...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Download several sets of free shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. These shapes are based on Christian symbols and includes crosses, doves, fish, stars, and many more Christian objects and symbols.



How to Use Any Image as a Pattern Fill in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to define an image or selection as a pattern that can be used to fill a layer or selection in Photoshop.



How to Change Your Gimp Software Theme

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to change the user interface appearance of GIMP with free themes or by changing the workspace color.



Tips for Getting Around a Locked file in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to work around a locked file that can't be saved in Photoshop.



How to Save Photoshop Files for Older Versions

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to maximize file compatibility when saving Photoshop files that you will need to open in an older version of Photoshop.



Paint.NET -- Learn How to Edit Text

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to install and use the editable text plugin for Paint.NET from Simon Brown to easily go back and edit or reposition your text.



Don't Let This Happen to You! How to Correct...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Are your portrait orientation images displaying sideways on your computer or online? Learn how to get those vertical photos to display correctly instead of sideways.



Is it Legal to Buy OEM Software? Here's What...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

If you're tempted by sites offering OEM software at prices way below the manufacturer's suggested price, read this and know what you're getting into.



A Quick Guide to Using Photoshop Actions in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Tips to help you use Photoshop actions within Photoshop Elements, find Elements-compatible actions, and help for Photoshop users who want to create actions that will work in Photoshop Elements.



How to Save Your Work in Gimp by Exporting It

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

GIMP supports a wide range of file types meaning users should have no difficulty saving their work into a format suitable for the end purpose.



How to Unlock the Background Layer in Photoshop

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Most photos open with the background locked. Here's how to unlock it.



How To View Pictures On Your Computer

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

What to do when your graphics won't open or your file associations stop functioning.



Best Pratices for Transparent Image Use in Design

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Tips for preserving transparency when you have a partially transparent image and you need to use it somewhere else.



Speed Up Your Photoshop Editing with These...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

These are the keyboard shortcuts that I use the most, along with some that I don't use often, but always end up having to look up when I need them.



A Guide to Sizing Images for Online Sharing

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

For posting photos online, you don't need nearly as many pixels as you do for printing. Here are guidelines for what size to use when you share photos online.



How to Combine 2 Pictures onto 1 Page in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

This tutorial will show you how to combine two photos into one document using Photoshop Elements as well as how to add some text to the new document.



Printing a PDF? Try This Awesome Trick

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to select and print a graphic in an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.



Get Free Custom Shapes for Photoshop and...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

A set of free basic shapes for Photoshop and Elements with hearts, diamonds, pill shape, tree, maple leaf, dingbats, shield, musical notes, arrows, and more.



Know the Difference Between Bitmap and Vector...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn about the differences between the two major types of 2D graphics: scalable vector graphics and pixel-based bitmap images.



Apply a Graphic Watermark to Your Photos in GIMP

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

GIMP makes it easy to add graphic watermarks to images to discourage people from misusing them. Learn how to protect your photos.



The GIMP Review: A Free, Open-Source,...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

GIMP is a bitmap/pixel based image manipulation program for photo editing and retouching, and creating images and animations.



Thinking of Buying a Graphics Tablet? Read This...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Find out if a graphics tablet is right for you and learn which features to look for in the pen and tablet you choose.



Top 12 Art-Oriented Software Programs

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

These art-oriented software programs are designed especially for painting, drawing, coloring, and creating original art work. Most of them have tools to mimic traditional artistic media such as oils, watercolors, acrylics, pencils, markers, crayons, chalk, pastels, and felt pens. Many of them also offer a variety of unusual, non-traditional tools. Several are even free!



Simple Steps to Save a JPEG File in GIMP

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

GIMP makes it easy to save image files to JPEG format, compressing them to reduce file sizes for sending via email or cellphone. Here are the steps.



How Many Pixels are Needed for Photo Printing?

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Here's a handy chart to guide you when determining how many pixels you will need for printing standard size photos.



Is Photoshop Worth the Extra Money Compared to...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Is Photoshop worth the extra $500 compared to Photoshop Elements? Check out this overview of the differences and decide for yourself.



How to Add and Save Custom Pattern Sets in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

How to add your own patterns and save custom pattern sets and other presets using the Preset Manager in Photoshop 6 and higher.



The 3 Best Photo Editors for Mac OS X?

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

This article discusses the strengths and weaknesses of several Mac image editors and will help you find the best Mac photo editor for you.



How to Save Images as PNGs in GIMP

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Here we look at the simple steps needed to save a PNG file in GIMP, the free pixel-based image editor, including adjustments for compression level.



Why You Need XnView - A Free Multi-Platform...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

XnView is a fast and free image viewer and converter with support for a staggering number of file formats, operating systems, and languages.



Tips for Getting Truer Colors in Print

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

You may have found that your printer doesn't always print color as you see it on the monitor. Learn the basics of this problem - Why it happens and what you can do about it.



All About Pinta: A Free Graphics Editor for Mac

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Pinta is a clone of Paint.NET for Mac OS X. The free image editor Pinta offers the basic drawing tools that you'd expect from an image editor, as well as more advanced features.



An Easy Template for Creating a Greeting Card...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

This tutorial will walk you through how to create a create a greeting card with Photoshop using a provided template.



This Is What You Need to Know About Graphics...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

These are the basics for learning graphics software. Check out the resources and tutorials to help you get started.



Find Out How Many Computers You Can Legally Use...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Find out how many computers you are allowed to install Photoshop on according to the license agreement.



10 Free Picture Frames in PNG Format to Spruce...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Download ten free transparent picture frame images in PNG format and learn how to use them to add some zing to your photos.



Things to Consider Before You Buy Photo Editing...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Photo and image editors allow you to create and modify bitmap-based graphics and photographic images. Learn how to choose the best image editor for your needs.



10 Great Pressure-Sensitive Graphics Tablets

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

These are the most popular brands and models of graphics tablets available in the US, well-suited to both professional and home users.



Know Your JPEG Files: Surprising Facts and...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

The JPEG image format is one of the most widely used digital image formats. It's also the most misunderstood. Here's a collection of some common misconceptions and facts about JPEG images.



Three Easy Steps to Saving a GIF Image in GIMP

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Files you work on in GIMP are saved in XCF, GIMP's native file format, but GIMP can be used to produce GIF files with these three easy steps.



Free Photoshop Glossy Color Layer Styles

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Download free layer styles for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements by Shelby Kate Schmitz. This set includes shiny, glossy, plastic, gel layer styles in 48 unique colors.



How to Get Free Custom Frame and Border Shapes...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Download free custom shapes for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements by Shelby Kate Schmitz. This collection includes 126 frame and border custom shape designs in 3 sets (42 shapes each).



How to Resize a Batch of Images with XnView

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Many times you may need to resize multiple image files to a common size, either for uploading to a web site, sending to another device with a small screen, or for some other purpose. This is a quick task using the batch processing tools in the free XnView image viewer, but the way this function works may not be obvious.



What Software Should I Use For Drawing Maps?

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

For drawing maps, a vector-based drawing program offers many advantages including the ability to use different line styles, change line widths and colors on the fly, and make adjustments to line placement more precisely.



How to Link Layers in GIMP

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

GIMP's Layers palette is a very powerful feature, but the Link Layers option has been almost hidden. This feature quite simply links two or more layers together so that you can apply transformations equally to each layer without having to merge them first.



How to Correct White Balance with GIMP

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Using the incorrect white balance setting on your camera when taking a photo can result in a color cast. This tutorial shows you how to correct a color cast from incorrect white balance in GIMP using levels and a few other tools.



Deselecting in GIMP and Other Shortcuts

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

GIMP has a number of keyboard shortcuts, including an easy deselect trick. Here's a selection of useful tips that can speed up your workflow.



Tips for Finding a Lost Photoshop Serial Number

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn your options if you've lost your Photoshop serial number. Have you registered the product? Did you install it on another computer?



What is a Watermark and How Do I Add One To My...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to create an effective watermark and apply it to your digital photos or art work.



Wondering What Photoshop Portable Is? Read This

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Information about photoshop portable version and photoshop lite free downloads.



Getting Started With Clipping Masks in Adobe...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

A clipping mask is an easy, nondestructive way to cut a picture into any shape in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.



St. Patrick's Day Presets for Photoshop in...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Here's a collection of brushes, custom shapes, patterns and layer style effects hand picked for St. Patrick's Day. This collection includes shamrock brushes and shapes, plus patterns and effects in green and gold colors for your St. Patrick's Day projects. The presets can be used in Photoshop 7 and up and Photoshop Elements 2 and up.



Fix a Bad Scan with Live Trace in Illustrator

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn from this tutorial how to use Illustrator CS4 to re-create a logo from a poor quality scan, three different ways; automatically trace the logo using Live Trace, manually trace the logo using a template layer, and use a matching font. You'll discover that each way has its pros and cons, and be given a greater understanding of Illustrator as a whole since it involves the use of the Artboard tool, Pen tool, Eyedropper tool, Live Paint Bucket tool, Character panel, Pathfinder panel, Color panel, and more.



How to Pick the Right Page Layout Software for...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

An overview of the various types of software that can be used for page layout, including word processors, desktop publishing software, and more.



What Software Can Create the Wall Street...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

A reader is looking for software that can turn a photo into the type of hedcut portrait you see in The Wall Street Journal, or something that will create an image that will fax well. Read my suggestions for this reader.



The 9 Best Advanced Vector-Based Illustrator...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Illustration or drawing software offers vector-based graphics editing and creation capabilities for creating simple, non-photographic drawings and illustrations such as logos and stylized art. Those in the advanced category are powerful enough for high-end professional design and business use.



Grab These Free Photoshop Highlight and Sparkle...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Download free brush sets for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. This collection includes sparkle brushes which can be used for highlight or reflection.



How to Make a Photo Look like It's a Polaroid

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Download a ready-to-use Polaroid frame template for quickly adding a Polaroid frame to any photo without having to create the frame from scratch.



The Best Ways to Share Digital Photos

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Email is an easy way to share your digital photos, but it can also annoy your friends and family. Explore other options for sharing photos online.



How To Print Multiple Photo Layouts from...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Windows XP has a built-in Photo Printing Wizard to help you print multiple photos in several common layouts. Windows will automatically rotate and crop the pictures to fit the layout you choose. You can also choose how many copies of each picture you want to print.



How to Make Your Photos Bigger With Minimal...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to increase image resolution with minimal loss in image quality to get bigger photo prints at higher quality.



The Corel KPT Collection

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

A summary of The KPT Collection, a unique and sophisticated collection of 24 special effects plug-in filters, with examples of nine effects: Channel Surfing, Fluid, FraxFlame II, Gradient Lab, Hyper Tiling, Ink Dropper, Lightning, Pyramid Paint, and Scatter.



Use Tagging to Organize Your Digital Photos

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Tags are nothing more than keywords used to describe a piece of data. Learn how to tag your photos so you can easily find them when you want them.



The Best Software for Creating Logos

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn what graphics software is best for creating logos and text-based graphics.



Learn How to Smooth Out Jagged Lines in a...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Use this trick to smooth jagged lines in bitmap images. This tutorial uses Paint.NET, but the method works with most image editing software.



Save Time With These Photoshop Fill Tool...

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Here are a few of my favorite time-saving shortcuts for filling layers in Photoshop. They work with Photoshop versions 5.0 and higher.



Free Symbol Libraries for Adobe Illustrator

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Free St. Patrick's Day and shamrock symbols for Adobe Illustrator by Sara Froehlich.



How To Create a Web Photo Gallery With Photoshop

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Post your pictures on the Web using the Web Photo Gallery command in Photoshop 5.5 and up. This command generates an index page of thumbnail images with hyperlinks to all your pictures. Here's step-by-step instructions for using it.



Put Text On A Path Or In A Shape In Photoshop

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Photoshop allows you to put type on a path or into a shape. Learn how to use this feature in Photoshop version CS and higher.



The Value Of Histograms In Color Correction

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

An overview of how to use the histograms in Photoshop, Affinity Photo, On1 Photo in the color correction workflow.



How To Export a GIF From CorelDRAW 11

2017-02-25T11:52:26Z

Learn how to export a transparent GIF from CorelDRAW 11 with these step-by-step instructions.