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Keyboard Commands That Will Save You Time

Everyone wants to work faster on their computer. In business scenarios, we all embrace shortcuts that can save time and headaches. While there’s almost always more than one way to perform a command on the computer, some shortcuts are considered better than others. Everyone works at a different pace, but some universal shortcuts will save you time and frustration. First, every computer (whether Mac or PC) has similar, related shortcuts. The major difference is that on a PC you use the “Alt” and “Ctrl” keys as keyboard modifiers, while on the Mac you use the “Apple” and “Cmd” keys. If you look...

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Getting Picky with It: Photoshop’s Pen and Magic Wand Tools

Out of everything Adobe Photoshop enables you to do, selecting objects in an image will probably be one of the most commonly used functions. It’s one of the fundamentals of photo editing, after all. By cutting, copying, pasting and deleting selections, you can pick and choose what parts of an image you want to isolate or remove. The Ellipse and Rectangle Select tools might be handy, but they limit you from selecting complex objects. That’s where Photoshop’s Magic Wand and Pen tools swoop in to save the day.   Magic Wand First, we’ll show you how to use the Magic Wand to make selections....

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Trading Places: Dropping Photoshop Files Into InDesign

If you’re trying to use multiple Adobe Creative Suite programs together, one of the first things you should become familiar with is the Place tool. Place functions similar to the Open tool. The biggest difference however, is that the Open tool lets you open a document as a new file, while Place lets you stick an image, text file or other materials into an existing document as a new layer. InDesign is a robust layout tool for fliers, ads, magazines, etc. Photoshop lets you edit images to add effects, combine multiple images together, perfect a photograph, etc. Illustrator offers many tools to...

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Breaking Away From Automatic DSLR Modes: Working with Aperture

A decade ago, digital single-lens reflex cameras (also known as DSLRs) were used mainly by professional photographers and cost about $3,000—and only had 3 megapixels. Today, many popular camera manufacturers offer consumer-targeted entry-level DSLRs for as little as $500—with a whopping 18 megapixels. Many people have invested in DSLRs, but how many really know how to use them? With so many shooting options, non-professional photographers overwhelmed by their camera’s horsepower tend to rely on the camera’s automatic settings. While there’s nothing wrong with that, if you own a DSLR, you’re...

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Four Free Macintosh Apps You Can’t Live Without

After making the decision to purchase a new Mac machine, you will want to load it up with all of the latest and greatest applications to get the most out of it. While the Mac App Store is more limited than its iOS brethren, there are still plenty of great choices. Additionally, there are plenty of great options available through third-party sources that will definitely trick your machine out. In this first installment, we will discuss four FREE applications that every Mac owner should download. 1. Evernote Evernote is truly a note-taker’s dream. Simply speaking, Evernote allows users the...

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Smartphone Blowing Through its Battery? Try These Tips

I know only one guy who still doesn’t have a cellphone. He’s a holdout from a different generation, but he’ll have to cave eventually. In many homes, including mine, cellphones have replaced land lines because they’re easier to manage and more functional. Smartphones have also become the new norm. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 46 percent of Americans now own the mobile devices. But with new technology also comes new problems. The top issue with smartphones tends to be their short battery life. When you become a power user, you’re on your phone...

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