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Fastest way to fade an image

Sometime I see other users suggest convoluted ways to fade images. I propose that CorelDRAW’s Interactive Transparency Tool is the fastest way to get the job done. Note that this method is also non-destructive. In this example, I simply selected the bitmap, then the wine glass and then dragged across …

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Add It All Up With an Inexpensive Desk Calculator

Let’s get a couple of things out of the way up front. Some of you will want to remind me there is a calculator app on the computer. Yes, I’m aware of it and do use it occasionally. Others may tell me there is a calculator app on their phones. …

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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer v9 Released

Xara today announced the release of the latest new version of their creative design software, Xara Photo and Graphics Designer v9. Below is the press release. I’ll try to get a review posted in the near future. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is ideal for any graphics enthusiast, small company …

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There Can Be Real Costs to “Free” Clipart

Anyone can do a Google Search and you just might find the graphic you need is available as a free download. Unfortunately users probably don’t understand that some of those free graphics may not be even remotely free. Why? Because you’ll waste a lot of time editing the graphic to …

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Tune In With the Radio Days Font

I remember many days as a kid with my ear pressed to the radio listening to that night’s broadcast of a Kansas City Royals game. The voice describing the action was that of Fred White and he sadly lost his battle with melanoma a couple of days ago. This got …

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Do You NEED the Full Version of Photoshop?

I got an e-mail from someone who described themselves as a “Photoshop hobbyist” who used the software to create “grandchildren’s birthday cards.” This person was quite upset about Adobe moving the Creative Suite applications, including Adobe Photoshop, to the cloud along with monthly rental fees. This brings up an important …

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Use a Card Reader For Reading Data on All Cards

Some people connect their cameras to a computer via USB cable. Sure, that’s one way to do it. I prefer simply taking the memory card out of the camera and moving the data to the computer using a card reader like the one shown at right. I won’t try to …

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Hi, May I Help You? BBQ and Graphics

Growing up in Kansas City, I got a chance to eat at several of the world’s best barbeque restaurants. To this day, Gates Bar-B-Q is my favorite and I encourage you all to give it a try if you are visiting Kansas City. And to those who are in Kansas …

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We Are All Helpless Against Murphy’s Law

Do you ever have days where nothing seems to go right? I think we all have them and they tend to come in bunches. Now we’re not talking about really bad stuff. This is the kind of thing that just makes you shake your head and wonder if there is …

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Give Mom a Bunch of Bugs for Mother’s Day?

I want to wish all mothers, mothers-to-be and anyone else in a motherly role a very Happy Mother’s Day. Some mothers are deathly afraid of bugs. Bugs didn’t really phase my mother at all. Heck, I think she’d be pretty excited about the latest Clipart Unleashed collection focused on bugs, …

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Ode to the Ball Point Pen

Something really horrible happened a couple of days ago. A tool that I use everyday just stopped working. This tool is so important that I keep a second one on my desk and it stopped working on the same day. Oh no, what am I going to do! That’s right, …

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What Exactly Is Cloud Software? Is Adobe’s Move Crazy?

Two days ago I wrote How Do You Document Software Without a Version? So far the post has gotten a number of comments and only a couple of them addressed the questions I posed. Most of the comments are instead the commenter’s disagreement with “cloud” software as a whole. Some …

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A Lineup of Canon DSLRs for Doing Product Shots

I’m working on a piece for a magazine where I’m going to talk about various elements required to do product shots. It is very important to have a camera that allows you to manually set things like the aperture and shutter speed. This post is not something to teach you …

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How Do You Document Software Without A Version?

Adobe made an interesting announcement yesterday. Their Creative Suite is no more. You read that right, there will be no more versions of the Creative Suite. Going forward, all new versions of TPFKACS (the products formerly known as Creative Suite) will be known as Creative Cloud (with no version number?). …

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