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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Selection Brush

We’ve conquered the Magic Wand. We’ve lassoed the Lasso. Now it’s time to continue on our journey and unearth another of the Photoshop selection tools! This week we will discuss the Selection Brush, a classic choice in the arsenal, and give you the tips you need to use it effectively. But first, let’s recap why we may need these tools in the first place. If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common editing actions, so it’s important to know which individual tool is best for your needs. Whether...

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Gantt charts help manage business progress

Construction, health care and engineering are among the common industries that consistently have long-term project plans in place. At the Digital Workshop, we’re lucky to work with some of the biggest regional names in these industries to help them improve their project management and software skills. One of the major reporting views that long-term projects utilize is called a Gantt chart. As the default chart view in Microsoft Project, and available in other project management applications, the Gantt chart has a long history of providing a graphical diagram of your project’s status and...

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SmartArt a hidden gem for business publications

Business processes, hierarchies and goals can be difficult to effectively communicate. While many applications on the market can help you in the design process, the cost of entry for these can far outweigh the need. For example, you might have a medium to large business hierarchy diagram that is constantly changing. With employees constantly coming and going, you need an easy way be sure that the information in the graphic is kept up to date. If this is a need that your business has, Microsoft Word, the most popular word processing program, has many features that can help you get started....

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Decoding Photoshop Selection Tools: Lasso

Last time we looked at one of the more magical selection tools available in Photoshop, and we will continue on our journey this week! When you need to change or move a select portion of your image, there are several tools to choose from, and each has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. For this tutorial, I’d like to explore the Lasso tools (there are three variations) and give some examples of when to use them and when not to use them. So saddle up and get your lassos ready! This triad of tools consists of a basic lasso, a polygonal lasso, and a magnetic lasso. Let’s give you a brief...

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Personalize your Personal Computing Experience Using Google Labs

If you ever feel like your computer isn’t working with you and your work flow, remember that PC stands for personal computer. The computer, be it Mac- or Windows-based, can be customized in countless ways to make sure it works for you — and not the other way around. The same can be said for almost every software program. Online services are no different. If you check the settings, options or preferences for any program, you will find a wealth of choices you may control. Google Apps is one of the most popular suites of online applications, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive and more. If you’ve...

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10 Great Apps to Boost Your Productivity: Part II

A few weeks ago, we introduced 5 out of 10 of our favorite apps in Part I. And we promised we’d give you 5 more. In case you need a little extra productivity boost, here they are!   6. Stayfocused This is a handy little app for any of us who log onto our computers with the intention of working only to find ourselves scrolling through Facebook or Buzzfeed. Living in the era of incessant distraction makes it difficult to accomplish our tasks, whether that be creating reports, designing a logo for a client, or writing the first chapter of our novel. Well, here comes an application...

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