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Photoshop has become the standard of the industry when it comes to graphics and digital image editing. When we speak of power, versatility and innovation, very few programs can hold a candle to what Photoshop is capable of doing. Its commands and tools are so easy to learn that even beginners can use this program without the benefit of a formal class.Photoshop (also known as Adobe Photoshop) was created by Adobe Systems and was intended at first for image editing for pa...

Photoshop: Changing The Way We Make And See Images

Photoshop: Changing The Way We Make And See ImagesPhotoshop has become the standard of the industry when it comes to graphics and digital image editing. When we speak of power, versatility and innovation, very few programs can hold a candle to what Photoshop is capable of doing. Its commands and tools are so easy to learn that even beginners can use this program without the benefit of a formal class.Photoshop (also known as Adobe Photoshop) was created by Adobe Systems and was intended at first for image editing for paper printing. It wasnt too long before it was used to create and edit images to use for websites.The best thing about Photoshop is not only the integrated tools and devices you can use to tweak images and create your own, but because of the flawless interaction of its commands and tools. Given one image, you can do virtually anything you want with the confidence that Photoshop tools will follow your command and produce an edited picture the way you want it to appear.Export-readyWhen it comes to exporting its images, Photoshop allows seamless program shifts among other Adobe software used in image editing, authoring and animation such as Adobe Illustrator, ImageReady and After Effects. Photoshop files (.PSD or Photoshop document format) may be manipulated to produce special effects such as adding textures and changing backgrounds. Non-linear editing is also a breeze.Another advantage of Photoshop is that it can work with several color models such as RGB, CMYK, Lab, Bitmap, Duotone and Grayscale. This allows any user a lot of flexibility in terms of image editing, giving him the power to play with every type of photo image there is.The newest version of Photoshop is v. 10, also known as CS3. It's integrated with Adobe Creative Suite, hence the 'CS'. The most popular, though is the CS2 which was made available in 2005. It has successfully integrated new tools and former plugins like color replacement, warping and multiple-layer select.How it has changed the industryWhen it comes to image post-production, Photoshop has given professionals and amateurs a magic wand with which to alter and improve images. Since the advent of digital photography in the 90s, Photoshop has been the standard with which photographers improve finished photo quality.Photoshop is also changing the art scene, allowing artists to create original pieces or artwork using program tools. Photoshop artwork has appeared in books, comic books, architecture designs and more notably, in special-effect films.Photoshop has become so popular that the word 'photoshopping' has already ingrained itself in our vocabulary. Photoshopping has actually made careers, fed media frenzy, made paparazzis happy and changed the way we see things, often literally. In pop culture, Photoshop in becomingly increasingly prevalent, appearing in almost every other photo for image-hungry consumers to devour. The irony is, Photoshop is so popular that images have to appear that they havent undergone tweaking in order to be declared as Photoshop-perfect.Cracking the Photoshop Easter eggsAs with some of the most popular software, Photoshop comes with a few Easter eggs, hidden gems of humor and help tips that can be accessed with a few strokes of the keyboard. The first ones came with Photoshop v. 2.5 and subsequent Easter eggs have appeared with every version that came along. The latest Easter eggs are with the CS2 (the Adobe SpaceMonkey) and CS3 (the Adobe Red Pill).Photoshop may be used by Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Mac OS X. Linux users can use Photoshop v. 9 and lower.

Broadband Internet TV

Broadband Internet TV

With the growing proliferation of broadband Internet in every household, it is a natural phenomenon for services that have traditionally been delivered via analog means to be alternatively delivered via Internet Protocol (IP). One of these services is the broadcast of television programs via broadband Internet instead of radio waves. This is called Broadband Internet TV.The major advantages of broadband Internet TV are:Broadcasters can reach a wider audience without having to worry about the additional cost needed, since the viewer pays for the broadband access. This translates to a bigger opportunity to generate more income from advertising.The viewer need not be at home to be able to watch his favorite TV shows since all he will need is Internet access. Again, because the Internet is so pervasive, it now becomes possible to be anywhere in the world and still be up-to-date with the latest news, sitcoms and other TV shows that you would normally watch at home. This brings rise to the opportunity for broadcasters (assuming that their business model does not rely mostly on advertising revenues) to charge subscriptions for remote access to their shows. Using encryption, data for shows. The viewer can be selective as to the shows he/she wants or allows his children to watch. Filters can be applied to block or limit access to certain shows.There are, of course, disadvantages to broadband Internet TV. For example, to be able to access broadband Internet TV, of course, assumes that there you have access to broadband Internet with speeds of at least 256kbps. This is a relatively slower speed than that which was required a few years ago when 512kbps was the minimum broadband speed was needed. Better compression technology makes streaming video at lower speeds possible. Nevertheless, broadband access is still a requirement.Another disadvantage of broadband Internet TV is that it requires that you either have a computer with the appropriate decoding software, or a set-top box with decoding software. The latter is needed if you want to use your television set as the display medium.Also the broadband Internet TV output resolution is currently inferior to that of radio broadcast technology. This is because higher resolution requires more file storage space that translates to more bandwidth to get a real-time streaming video experience. Also, the bigger the image, the finer the resolution needs to be so that it does not break up during display. Again, this translates to bigger file sizes and bigger bandwidth requirements. "Broadband Internet TV" is offered in two modes: Free and Subscription Based. The Free mode is the akin to the conventional free-to-air television programming, where all you need to have is a television set configured to the broadcast system in your area (e.g., NTSC, PAL/SECAM, etc.), a television antenna to capture the broadcast, and electricity. Subscription mode is similar to the model of cable TV, where a monthly fee is paid for a set of channels, with extra charges levied for premium channels on a pay-per-view or monthly basis.

How Safe Is Your Computer - You Be The Judge

How Safe Is Your Computer - You Be The Judge

Is your computer safe from a virus? You might say yes, but do you know that for sure. If you do not have anti virus protection installed you are leaving yourself susceptible to a computer virus. Trust me you do not want a virus on your computer. Depending on the virus it could cause some real damage to every aspect of your computer. A really harmful virus could completely disable your computer, causing the need for a new hard drive or even motherboard. Your computer can become infected with a virus in a variety of different ways. Such as via email, downloads, or even hackers. Just visiting a certain website could give you a virus, if they have downloads that are unseen by the eyes. The only way to protect yourself from a potential harmful and costly "computer virus" is to install "anti virus" protection. This protection comes in the form of antivirus software.This is the only way to protect your computer from being infected with a virus. What is great about some of this protection is that, thanks to the internet, you can find free antivirus software. Of course, not all anti virus scans are free, but great majorities of them are. You may think that "free antivirus software" has only one function, to find and rid your computer of viruses. While this is one of their functions, in most cases it is not the only one. Many of the latest antivirus software come with many other features that can help protect your computer while you are using it. For example, not only will some find and eliminate the viruses already on your computer, but it will also monitor your computer from that point on blocking any viruses that are coming in. Most will scan your downloads and email to ensure your computer remains safe and virus-free.Most of the free antivirus software also scans and eliminates instances of annoying adware and spyware. Both of these work to slow your computer down and make your time on the computer a whole lot less enjoyable with unwanted popups and advertisements. Your best defense from a virus is good, solid, and reputable antivirus software. You can find software and anti virus scans all over the internet. It is wise to choose your anti virus protection based on recommendations from other users, ease of use, price, as well as reputation. By doing so you will protect yourself from a computer virus and enjoy safety and peace of mind during your internet travels.

Home Network Data Storage

Home Network Data Storage

If you have two or more computers at home that are wired together to share resources, then you have a home computer network. Anyone who uses a computer, which encompasses almost everyone, should be aware of the need to back up important data. There are options available for network data storage that may not be available for the single computer. The first step in deciding how to conform your network "data storage" is to determine the type of backup you should use. Usually a backup is done by making a copy of all of the existing files, like a snapshot in time, and then adding backups of the changes as they occur. The other decision to make is the location of where to keep the backups.Here, There and EverywhereIf you don’t store very much on your home computer network, you may be able to manage your home network data storage project on DVD’s. With a small amount of information needing backup, you might just use rewritable DVD’s and make a full copy of chosen files as needed. If there is one or more computers on your network that is primarily used for internet use, email, web surfing and games, then the need for data backup is limited. The benefit of this type of home network data storage is that you have control over whether or not to back up a file and you choose how often to do the backups. The downside that many people don’t update their backups often enough and frequently the discs become lost or damaged due to inadequate storage practices. The next step up is to create a server to store backup files for all of the computers on the network. A server is simply a hard drive, and software is available for small home networks. There are also network-attached storage (NAS) devices which act as a dedicated backup server. The benefit here is that the software can be set to automatically perform backup procedures at regular intervals. The drawback is that the backups are in the same place as the computers, and may fall victim to whatever type of disaster makes it necessary to use the backups. Finally, there are remote services that will automatically use the Internet for home network data storage. Once signed up, the user is charged according to the amount of storage is needed. The benefit is that data is stored remotely and the updates are automatic. Drawbacks are that large amounts of data can be costly and that it’s only as reliable as the company. The decision on the type of home network data storage to use is based on the needs and resources of the network users.

Office 2007 Update Will Take A Lot Of Getting Used To

Get ready for Office 2007, the most sweeping update to Microsofts popular suite of productivity applications.An extensive re-education awaits those who will upgrade to the new Office 2007. Its truly a redesign. The menu bar and navigation buttons for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for example, look completely different.But before buying, Id suggest you do think about whether you're willing to spend the time learning new ways of doing things. Office 2007 has a great many new features and controls.Theres something else thats very different: Microsoft uses a different format to save files with Office 2007 that, without a special viewer that will have to be downloaded, makes them unreadable with earlier versions. When saving a document with Office 2007, you have the option of saving as a previous version which makes them compatible with earlier versions but Im betting this change alone is going to cause massive amounts of confusion among the early adapters.That said, the beta of Office 2007 that Ive been testing for the past couple of weeks is faster, more powerful and lots more intuitive and interconnected to other programs and files. Once you figure it out.There are lots of subtle new features, too, like built-in blogging functionality and something called the ribbon that replaces the traditional toolbar and gives greater control over each programs various functions.Office 2007 is the biggest change Microsoft has ever made to the interconnected suite of software tools so many of us depend upon.So big, its going to take a learning curve to master.Buying Office 2007 also promises to be confusing. There will be no fewer than eight versions to choose from, all aimed at different markets ranging from home and student users, to small businesses, midsized companies and corporate conglomerates. Depending on what software you have bundled into Office, the prices will range from $147 to $679.

Nokia N73 - Smart Indeed

The Nokia N73 is geared more towards a photographer on the go than someone needing to network and stay in touch. This mobile phone is definitely a smart phone with an exceptional quality of camera included. The 3.2 MP phone has a Carl Zeiss lens and a 20x zoom, a second lens for self portraits, and photo editing software in case you need to make touchups. The display of the phone acts as the viewfinder in landscape mode, but operation resembled a natural camera thanks to external buttons. The phone can capture video clips as well. A removable cover protects the main lens. Other features include a mini USB port and 42 MB of internal memory, as well as an expansion slot for Micro SD. This mobile phone is Bluetooth 2.0 ready and you can not only snap shots, but listen to your favorite hits from the music player wirelessly. These qualities make the N73 a great choice for those who enjoy a good multimedia experience. Also, the high-quality camera will appeal to many people who enjoy taking pictures on the go or traveling extensively and who don't enjoy carrying too much gear.One disadvantage of the N73 is that you will need the ear buds included with the phone to act as antennae to pick up FM tuning signals. Other downfalls are the N73 mobile phone not having external options for music controls such as pausing, stopping, or skipping songs. One would think that needing external controls besides volume would be a natural one, but it seems that developers felt being able to play music loudly or quietly was enough for consumers.There is, however, an equalizer to fine-tune the sound of music. Real Player is integrated on the N73, for those who like that particular software.You can use the N73 as a modem for your PC, and the phone is also user-friendly for internet browsing and emailing, thanks to Symbian OS 9.1. QuickOffice is loaded for document viewing and covers a wide range of file formats. The N73 comes in two color combinations: Silver and plum, and white and red. Neither are particularly sleek combinations compared to other phones, but the colors do look nice nonetheless. This mobile phone is referred to as candy bar, measuring 4.3 x 1.9 x 0.7 and weighing 4.1 ounces.Despite the major drawbacks of cramped keys and the need for external controls for music and entertainment enjoyment, the N73 is a good smart phone with plenty of solid features for multimedia.

Summary

Photoshop has become the standard of the industry when it comes to graphics and digital image editing. When we speak of power, versatility and innovation, very few programs can hold a candle to what Photoshop is capable of doing. Its commands and tools are so easy to learn that even beginners can use this program without the benefit of a formal class.Photoshop (also known as Adobe Photoshop) was created by Adobe Systems and was intended at first for image editing for pa...