Dangerous Cold: Health, safety tips






Centers for Disease Control

With extreme cold can bring dangerous conditions like hypothermia and frostbite. Learn how to identify those problems, treat them and prevent them. Continue reading  

Using A Photo To Mask Itself With Photoshop


Written by Steve Patterson.
In this Photoshop Effects tutorial, we’re going to learn how to use a photo as a layer mask, essentially using the image to mask itself, something that Photoshop doesn’t normally allow us to do. We’ll be using it to give the image a nice soft glow effect, but if you experiment on your own, you’ll find lots of creative ways to use this technique.

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Here’s the photo I’ll be using for this tutorial:

The original image

And here’s the finished result:

The final result

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Mastering Photoshop With Paths


Anomalously residing within the pixel-gridded world of Photoshop are a series of tools waiting to break out of the canvas’ inherent squareness. Mastering these tools opens the stage for a higher level of flexibility, full of clean lines and non-destructive editing. Presented here is a guide to help you build proficiency, increase productivity and demystify the elusive world of Paths.

Photoshop Mastery Series: Paths

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Photo Realistic Drop Shadows in Photoshop


Written by Steve Patterson. Let’s face it, Photoshop’s built-in drop shadow effect has it’s limitations. It’s fine for basic shadow effects, like making text appear to be raised slightly off the background on a web page, but if you’re after something more photo realistic, the drop shadow on its own doesn’t cut it. With a little help though, we can turn those plain, uninteresting drop shadows into something much more realistic looking by “mapping” our shadows onto the image using what’s called a displacement map. Displacement maps are what the pros use to add realism to images, but don’t let that scare you away. You don’t need to be a pro to use them. In fact, they’re really quite simple.

As we’ll see in this Photoshop tutorial, a displacement map is really nothing more than a separate, black and white version of your image which Photoshop uses to figure out how to reshape your shadows so that they appear to be following the natural textures and depths of the background behind them, just like what a real shadow would do. Think of a displacement map as Photoshop moving pixels from “dis place to dis place”. If that sort of makes sense to you, great! If not, don’t worry, it will by the time we’re done this tutorial.

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Here’s my original image, a simple photo of some water:

The original image

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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Masking in Photoshop


Final Image


clippingpathzone_image masking


Several years ago a friend of mine asked me to teach him how masks work in Photoshop. This is my incredibly late response.

We’ll go over the basics of what masks are, what they’re used for and how wielding them properly will take your Photoshop skills to an entirely new level. Continue reading  

Eat This, Feel Awesome.





Slow Cooker Turkey Spaghetti over Zucchini Noodles

Making noodles out of fresh zucchini dramatically cuts down on the carbs and calories in your dinner, while increasing the fiber content. Imagine what an impact this simple food trick could have on your fitness results if you always chose zucchini noodles over traditional noodles. Serving: 6 Continue reading  






Whether you are a business or home PC user, the health of your computer is all-important. Taking the necessary precautions – both in terms of security and good PC housekeeping – ensures your computer works as it is meant to.

This in turn allows you as the user to work online or offline with confidence, boosting performance and productivity. There is little more frustrating than battling with a slow, disorganised computer – but this problem can easily be avoided.

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15 Advantages of Working in a Graphic Design Company



Working in a graphic design company is a fulfilment for many designers. It is where they get experiences that they would not be able to get when working alone. There are so many challenges that one needs to face when working in a graphic design company but after overcoming such challenges it is all worth it. Challenges would include dealing with your boss and co-workers. Not to mention the tons of work that you need to do for you do not have a choice but really do it.

But aside from those challenges, there are also some benefits and advantages in working in a graphic design company. Although you might have known the advantages of freelancing, it is now time for you to chew on the benefits of working in a firm. For this post, you will be able to know the good things you’ll get from your company. If you are at the point of thinking on switching jobs, then this article can help you weigh your decision. Come take a look.

1. Gives you a stable income.

Gives you a stable income
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Fix White Eyes in Pictures of Pets with this Tutorial


Did this ever happen to you? You catch your pet looking irresistibly cute so you grab your camera and snap a picture. When you view it, suddenly instead of looking cute they look like they’re possessed by some demon. Their eyes are glowing white or some other unnatural color.

Don’t panic and call an exorcist, just launch Photoshop Elements to easily fix white eyes. Follow this tutorial to restore your pet’s eyes and their cuteness. 

Open an image of an animal with white-eye. In the Layers palette drag the background layer onto the Create A New Layer icon. That way we will fix white eyes on a separate layer.

The photo below is of our dog Lydia. Lydia is the sweetest golden retriever ever and you can see she loves her creature comforts. But with that white eye glowing it’s hard to imagine how lovable she is.


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Golden Globe Awards Announce 2014 Nominations: See Full List Here!





Waking up bright and early for an exciting announcement, Zoe SaldanaOlivia Wilde and Aziz Ansari gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to read the 2014 Golden Globe Awards nominations.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized television series including NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in the Best Comedy category, while AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and Netflix Original “House of Cards” got a nod with the Dramas. Continue reading