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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Have Tools Handy For Working On Computer

Rosewill 90 Piece Professional Computer ToolkitSome of you love to work with tools and some are you are probably hesitant. It is always a good idea to have a computer toolkit available. Maybe all you need to do is open up the case to blow out the dust.

Of course you might be changing a component or even building your own computer. Regardless of the task at hand, it is much easier when you have tools designed for the task.

Today I've selected two very reasonably priced toolkits and you can decide which one is right for your needs. Keep the kit of your choice near your computer and you'll be ready when you need it!









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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diagnosing a Locked CorelDRAW File

I had a loyal reader contact me about a problem he was having when trying to e-mail a file to a vendor for output. He had a logo in CorelDRAW that he converted to PDF. When he tried to attach the PDF file to an e-mail, he was always told that the file was in use by another program.

With the information I was originally provided, I didn't have any great answers others than trying to figure out what program was still using the file. Before long, he wrote back to tell me how it got resolved. The logo had a graphic element that was provided to him as a bitmap. He re-created that element as a vector. Below the graphic was a line of text that came to him as vector shapes. Since it was vector, he hadn't tried to re-create it.

It was that text causing the issue. As soon as he re-created it from scratch, he could attach the file without issue. Sometimes you just have to keep digging to find the answer!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Aliens Seamless Textures To Invade Your Designs

Whether filling an area of a brochure or vehicle wrap, applying a cool surface to a 3D rendering or just modifying your Windows desktop, seamless textures provide infinite possibilities. A new collection of seamless textures featuring 144 different alien patterns has been added to our Textures Unleashed collections. If you aren't aware of the many ways you can use seamless textures, we have a number of free tutorials available for different software.
Make sure the visit the Textures Unleashed Volume 16: Aliens page where you can see a larger sample than the one shown below as well as download a free PDF catalog showing all 144 of the included textures. If you want a DVD with four sizes of each texture including the ultra detailed 2048x2048 files, we've got that for you. There is also a "Lite" version of the collection including just the 256x256 tiles that you can download soon after ordering.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Arizonia Script Font For Your Design Desert

Download Arizonia FontMost of you know that our office is in Arizona. So I just couldn't refuse a font with the name of Arizonia as today's free font. I'd love to tell you a good story about how the name relates to our state, but I just can't see the connection. What I can tell you is that it is a nice script, handwriting font. Get your free copy!

Not sure how to download and install these free fonts? Make sure to read Downloading Fonts, Installing Fonts and Spam Filters for detailed instructions. Need help setting up an account for free stuff? Read Do You Have Account For Free Stuff On Graphics Unleashed?
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cave Creek Geek Loves the Kansas City Royals

The Cave Creek Geek grew up a huge Kansas City Royals fan. Back in those days they had some great teams and players. Unfortunately the team went through a long funk after the Geek moved to Arizona. Twenty-nine years of futility ended this year and the Royals have clinched a spot in the World Series. If you haven't been watching, the team has amazing pitching, great defense, blazing speed and a group of players that even opposing fans have grown to love. As a long suffering fan, I couldn't be prouder of my team.

Last year I got to go to a couple of games at Kaufman Stadium and filmed a video telling you all about the massive scoreboard in center field. Let's go Royals, take the crown!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Zoom In Tight With Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camer

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital CameraMost of us probably carry a digital camera with us most everywhere in the form of a smartphone. The quality of pictures and videos from smartphones continually is improving, but they are too small to contain the optics for megazoom. Manufacturers of smartphones also leave out other features to try and keep prices reasonable.

On the high end are DSLR cameras. They certainly cost more and they don't fit in your pocket. That's where a camera like the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS comes into play. Calling it a pocket camera may be stretching things a little or maybe I should say it will stretch your pockets. If not in your pocket, you can easily carry it around your wrist on a strap. It is 4.4 x 1.4 x 2.6 inches and weighs 9.4 ounces.

The feature that really jumps out to me is the 30X optical zoom. I currently have a Canon pocket camera with 10X zoom that is pretty amazing. For those who are curious how that translates to a DSLR lens, it would range from 25-750mm! I also notice the pop-up flash on this camera has a lot more light output than what is in my current camera. More cool features are the built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity so you can connect to computers and phones to transfer photos and even to share photos online.

You can also control the camera from your phone. Put the camera on a tripod and trigger it from your phone! This functionality can take selfies and group shots to a whole new level.

If you want stills, it shoots 16.1 megapixel images. Videos can be shot up to 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. It is currently priced at $299 at Amazon which isn't bad for everything this little camera can do!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Separate Parts of a Bitmap in Corel PHOTO-PAINT

Do you have trouble getting good artwork from clients? Go ahead and nod your head. Even when you get good artwork, do they sometimes ask you to do things that aren't easy based on what was provided? Yup, nod your head again.

I was given a logo as a Photoshop file. It contained what to the naked eye appears as two lines of text, but in reality was just a single object (layer). It had plenty of pixels to get the detail wanted and there was no background so I didn't have to worry about deleting the white box.

I opened the file in Corel PHOTO-PAINT and it was fairly easy to create two separate objects (layers) from the one provided. Note that while you see a white box behind the logo in my screenshot, it was only added so it was easier for you to see the logo in the screenshot.

Using the Rectangle Mask tool, I drew a rectangle around the top "line" of the logo as you can see below. Then I selected Object | Create | Object: Copy Selection. Once I had the new object, I drug it outside of the window to create a new file.

Garment Printer Logo

This process was repeated with the second "line" of the logo. Now I had two separate files, each one containing one line of the logo. I brought each of those lines into a new file so that I could scale them individually. This allowed me to easily get what the client requested. If you need to learn more about using Corel PHOTO-PAINT, get a copy of Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 Unleashed.

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