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Jagged Vector Edge

Here’s a video showing how to create a jagged vector element. As a vector shape, it’s highly scalable and can be easily re-colored.

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Building a WordPress Site

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a class where I built a live WordPress Web site as part of the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo. For those who want to see the site we built, click here. Note that this site will be deleted after a few months. …

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CorelDRAW Envelope

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Here’s an animation showing a comparison between the use of CorelDRAW’s Perspective Effect, or using a custom shape as a guide for the Envelope Feature instead. Notice the difference in the letters between the top two examples. The third example shows how a custom Envelope shape can do much more …

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Photo-Paint’s Imposition Feature

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There’s quite a bit of power and utility available in the print engine for both CorelDRAW and Photo-PAINT. A user in the public forums had a question about how to compile a folder full of images into one single image. Watch this video to see how the Imposition Feature works …

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Tech News Digest for February 17, 2017

Last week Verizon came out with unlimited data and this week Sprint and AT&T have responded. Twitter can make big money, if they follow a plan. Want to stop scam calls? A programmer has the problem solved. What’s coming with the next iPhone and Samsung phones? I have several articles. …

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GoPro Karma Drone Flies Again

The original release of the GoPro Karma drone happened a few months ago. Almost immediately sales were halted due to an issue with crashing. That’s definitely a bad thing for a drone. An investigation found that the problem could be solved with a piece of tape. Now the fixes are …

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Working With Zip Files Is Basic Computer Skill

It happens too often. A user downloads a file from one of our Web sites. Soon afterwards we get a message telling us that they tried to open the file in an application and they were told it was corrupt. First, let me make it clear that there are corrupt …

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Tech News Digest for February 10, 2017

I was traveling this week so I don’t have as many articles as usual. Even though they are few in number, I think there are some really interesting ones. One explains the new trial versions from Affinity. I have purchased both Designer and Photo and find them to be very …

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Fast 64 GB Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drive

I met with a client last week who had purchased a new laptop. The old laptop only had USB 2.0 ports while the new one had USB 3.0 ports. We were using USB 3.0 flash drives. This meant it took a lot longer to copy data only the flash drive …

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The Dreaded Double Spaces After Punctuation

There are some memories from my childhood that are very vivid. One of those is sitting in a typing class and learning how to work a typewriter. While it probably didn’t seem important at the time, that skill has helped me as a writer. There were a handful of things …

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Tech News Digest for February 3, 2017

Even the technology news was again filled with a lot of politics. I tried to sort through it to find news that wasn’t political and that wasn’t easy. You’ll also find a couple of great tutorials that should be especially interesting to designers. Do dogs have a music preference? Mine …

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Bringing Ethernet Adapter to Newer Laptops

I’m going to be sitting in a room full of people next week and demonstrating to them how to build a Web site with WordPress. Maybe a few of you will be in the room. The last I heard, there were still a very small number of spaces available in …

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Most Popular Passwords of 2016 are Horribly Insecure

No matter how often you hear about it, people are still using horrible insecure passwords. In related news, those people should expect that their accounts will get hacked if they haven’t already suffered multiple hacks. The list of most popular passwords of 2016 has been released and it really isn’t …

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Corel Updates ParticleShop Plugin, Offers New Brushes

About a year and a half ago, Corel released the ParticleShop plug-in. It brings the particle brush technology from Corel Painter to other image editors via the plug-in. According to the product update, “ParticleShop 1.5 includes new brushes that generate continuous brushstrokes from discrete spots of color or speckles. With …

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Tech News Digest for January 27, 2017

For the millions upon millions of people using Windows on their computer, it is very important to know how it works. New versions are scary, new features are added non-stop and I’ve got info on both in this week’s headlines. You need tech support and your computer needs to be …

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Wacom Drawing Tablets to Meet All Budgets

If you are working with artwork or photos on your computer, you should be using a graphics tablet. It is a far more natural way to interact with your computer when compared with a house. Best of all, you can use a tablet and mouse at the same time. I’ve …

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Tech News Digest for January 20, 2017

Sure, the biggest news this week is in the world of politics. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of other news in the geeky tech world. I found tips to stop hacking, a way you may be able to be paid for buying milk, phone news, social media news and …

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