An extension for Photoshop called Photoshop Elements (version 8 and newer) allows users to create images that are free of watermarks and other additions. It is also free.
Creating a photo-shopped image
Illustrate your creative ideas with images! To begin, open an image in Photoshop and follow these steps to create a Photoshop-ized image:
1. Choose File⇒Open.
2. Navigate to the folder containing the image you’d like to use to create the image.
See Chapter 5 for more on file-naming tips.
3. Select the image to open it in Photoshop.
4. When the image opens in the Photoshop window, you see an editing canvas, as shown in Figure 8-1.
**Figure 8-1:** Open a photo in Photoshop for the first step in creating a photo-shopped image.
Photoshop Elements is a very easy-to-use editing program, so follow these steps to create your image:
1. Choose Edit⇒Convert to Photoshop (CS6) or Edit⇒Canvas Size⇒Canvas Size (PC) or Canvas⇒Canvas Size (Mac).
The Canvas Size dialog box, shown in Figure 8-2, opens.
**Figure 8-2:** Choose a canvas size to create a photo-shopped image.
2. Click the Cancel button to stay with your photo or to continue with the conversion to Photoshop.
Photoshop Elements provides other options for converting the image into a Photoshop file, such as PDF, TIFF, and JPEG, but this is the quickest path.
3. Enter the desired dimensions for your image in the dialog box.
You can resize the image here. Simply enter the new dimensions. If you want your image to be kept inside the current canvas, the x or y dimensions are optional. If you want the new image to be resized to the page or to fill the current canvas, you must enter at least one value.
4. Click OK to begin the conversion.
The image is now converted into a Photoshop file.
5. If the file was saved in either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop (CS6), you now have a Photoshop file ready for editing.
For more details on using Photoshop Elements, see Book III, Chapter 7.
Photoshop Elements can be used only
We have created a list of essential Photoshop Elements tips and tricks that we found useful. At the end of the article you will find a link to free cloud storage.
Below you can find 50 useful Photoshop Elements tips and tricks.
1. Align images
To align images:
1. Open the image into Photoshop and select the image(s) to be aligned.
2. Highlight Align Left/Align Right from the Arrange menu and place them over the edge of the selected images.
3. You may need to set some other parameters. If so, select the one(s) you want to adjust from the Align Left/Align Right menu and press CTRL+T (Option+T) to open the Tool Options panel.
4. Adjust and click OK.
5. Print the image and enjoy the alignment.
You can add borders and any other graphic elements to your images using Adobe Photoshop elements.
As an example, let’s say you want to insert a collage of your images into a page of text. First you will need to open one of the images, and add a rectilinear 1 pixel border to the left and right edges.
Next, you want to have the collage located 5 pixels from the left edge.
The next step is to change the color of the inserted collage.
To do this, use the magic wand tool to select the collage (make sure you select it properly so that it only covers the area you want).
Next, change the color mode to grayscale and press CTRL+I to invert the colors.
Finally, make some tweaks to the color and lightness/darkness of the collage.
See the complete tutorial here.
2. Fatten images
To adjust the blur of the image:
1. Select the image you want to be blurred.
2. Open the Blur menu, select the Gaussian Blur type, set the number of pixels in the blur filter, and click OK.
3. Press CTRL+K (Option+K) to open the Keyboard shortcuts.
4. Type 4 and press Enter (Return). You will see the Keyframes panel.
5. Select the end keyframe and change the Preview toggle button to show the first, last, and current keyframes.
Temporary lowering of the lumbar spine to prevent lumbar disc herniation during an operation for esophageal cancer.
The incidence of esophageal cancer in men is much higher than that in women, and an upper abdominal operation is often required. To prevent occurrence of lumbar disc herniation, we devised a method of temporarily lowering the lumbar spine as follows: (1) after the operation of the lower esophagus and gastro-esophageal (GE) junction, the vertebral body of the L4-5 intervertebral disc is resected; (2) after a few days, the disc is reconstructed; and (3) the spine is raised to its original position. As of August 1994, 10 patients have undergone the above-mentioned operation. Their mean age was 67 years, and the duration of surgery was 470 min. Feeding was initiated within 1 day. One patient was in a prone position for 46 hr during surgery. The duration of hospitalization was 15 days (11-18). There were no complications in nine patients. In the other case, a thoracic disc herniation occurred. In this patient, after the operation of the upper abdominal organ, there was considerable residual abdominal space. Therefore, the abdominal wall could not be closed after reconstruction of the thoracic disc. Although the patient complained of lumbago in the postoperative period, the symptoms disappeared with conservative treatment alone. The temporary lowering of the lumbar spine to prevent lumbar disc herniation can be performed easily and safely in an awake patient under local anesthesia.Building a Canadian-Made, High-Tech Unit Can Be Done for Under $800
One thing we noticed in terms of Canadian vehicles and other industries is that they have big American-made competitors to compete with. Well, there’s another one now!
While you can find a good deal on the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and even the new Nissan Rogue up in the United States (well, still are), if you want a Canadian-made, high-tech unit in your next vehicle, there’s a company that has the details to help you get one for under $800.
The company is C&C Automotive, based in Newmarket, Ontario.
A Honda-powered, navigable unit of the same size and shape as the United States Chevrolet Traverse is just $825 Canadian and includes
Company’s Share Network notifies local ISPs to block illegal VoIP call services
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CAPE TOWN – Landline and internet service providers (ISPs) in Cape Town will this week be alerted to the launch of a new national campaign aimed at blocking illegal VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call services in the greater Cape Town region. The company doing the alerting, Verus Share Network, says its campaign will focus attention on the serious impact that such illegal VoIP call services have on the quality of landline and broadband services in the country. “The new campaign will be supported by a regional VoIP hold-up call facility that will be able to coordinate with regional ISPs to block VoIP services that are not registered with the appropriate telecom regulator,” says Verus Share Network chief operating officer Samuel de Koker. De Koker says that in a statement issued in conjunction with the launch of the campaign last week, that the regional VoIP hold-up call service would also require VoIP call services to ring on all landlines in the country. “This illegal VoIP call service robs South Africans of their quality of service and does not respect the privacy of consumers,” says De Koker.
Verus Share Network says the VoIP hold-up call service is expected to make approximately 400 calls to ISPs around the region this week and for the next 12 weeks.
“There are thousands of VoIP call services operating in South Africa and many are not registered with the appropriate telecommunication regulator. Therefore, we believe these VoIP call services are in violation of the regulatory framework and are doing a disservice to consumers by denying them essential broadband service,” says Verus Share Network deputy group CEO, Lawrence Hartley.
“In addition, such VoIP call services are not a secure way for consumers to make and receive sensitive calls and that is not something we as a society can allow.
“Verus Share Network will not tolerate VoIP call services that allow VoIP call services that are not authorised or registered by the appropriate telecom regulator and those call services which use untrusted public or private networks. We hope the regional VoIP hold-up call facility will also encourage VoIP providers to register with the relevant telecom regulators.”
However, a representative for the Department of Communications’ division that would be responsible for registering and regulating VoIP
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