The ‘Graphics’ Archives
Posted September 8, 2015 by

How to Add Blur & Vignette Effects with Windows 10 Photos

How to Use Selective Focus and Vignette in Windows 10 Photos

The Windows 10 Photos app comes with intuitive photo editing tools that make it easy to give your pictures an artistic flair. Two of my favorites are the Vignette and Selective focus effects. Vignette creates a black or white tinted edging to your photo that creates the effect of your image fading into the background without a definite […]

Posted September 4, 2015 by

How to Rotate & Crop Photos in Windows 10

Windows Photos Cropping

Rotating and cropping photos are probably the most common fixes that the everyday photographer makes. Cropping has become more and more necessary with phone cameras and social media sharing. Pictures taken with a phone camera need to be cropped to traditional aspect ratios if they are going to be printed and framed. Pictures used on Instagram and other […]

Posted March 6, 2015 by

How to Resize Images from Your Camera or Smartphone

how to compress pictures

Most cameras and smartphones take pictures at a resolution that is far too high for everyday use, and storing these images uses far too much disk space.  Keep reading to find out how to compress pictures to reduce storage yet keep the same picture quality.

Posted April 3, 2014 by

Illustrator: Scale Strokes and Effects

Ai Featured Image

By default in Illustrator, only the fill is resized when you scale an object. Since the object’s strokes and effects are not scaled, you may end up with an odd-looking shape after resizing. This tutorial will help you solve this frustrating problem.

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Posted March 26, 2014 by

How Do I Import or Export Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Set in Adobe Illustrator?

Even though Illustrator’s default shortcuts are helpful, users may still find the need to modify them to suit their workflow. To keep others from spending too much time setting up the necessary keyboard shortcuts, many designers share their own shortcuts sets in a special format that can be imported back to Illustrator later. If you […]

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Posted February 23, 2014 by

How Do I Configure the Wacom Tablet ExpressKeys and Pen for Each Application?

If you usually use your Wacom tablet in combination with the keyboard to work on your desktop computer, you can take advantage of the extra keys on the tablet and the buttons on the pen to perform quick tasks and minimize the need to switch between the tablet and the keyboard. This tutorial will show […]

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Photoshop: Load or Import Actions

animated gif of loading or importing actions in PS

Because Photoshop actions can be used to archive a desired image effect quickly, they are created and shared on the internet to help people save their time when editing a photo. If you have just downloaded a Photoshop actions file, follow the steps in this tutorial to import it to the program.

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Posted January 31, 2014 by

Photoshop: Create Custom Color Swatches

phothsop swatches example

Pick out colors from a photograph and store them in a custom color swatch. The follow techniques work in both Adobe Photoshop CS6 and CC

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Posted November 7, 2013 by

Adobe Lightroom: How to Quickly Review, Select, and Email Your Photos

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Owning a digital camera can allow anyone to take great photos. However, one of the cons of using a digital camera is that we can easily forget how many clicks we have made on a single photo shoot. Using the following techniques in Lightroom, we can pick out and share only our best photographs.

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Posted September 24, 2013 by

Lightroom 5: How to Merge a Catalog from an Older Version

Lightroom Version 5 GeoLocation Tagging

Many of us having been using Lightroom through multiple versions now. Merging version 2, 3, or 4 Lightroom catalogs into the latest version of Lightroom can be accomplished through the following steps. Instructions provided will work for both Windows and Mac systems.

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Posted May 9, 2013 by

Photoshop: Scale Pixel Art without Losing Quality

Pixel art graphics are often very small in size. When you try to scale an image up, it often comes out blurry and unusable. This tutorial will show you how to properly resize pixel art files to any size you want, without losing the quality of the file.

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Posted April 25, 2013 by

Adobe Illustrator: Bigger Layer Thumbnails

By default, Illustrator always displays a thumbnail for each layer to help the user manage the layers more effectively. However, the thumbnail size of the layer may be too small to see. This tutorial will help you increase the size of the thumbnail to your desired size.

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