Nowadays, Photoshop is an integral part of a designer’s toolkit. Its use can be invaluable for enhancing a portfolio and for editing the images you want to include on the web, in blogs, or print materials.
Best Photoshop Tutorials: Photoshop 101
Another tool that has captured the fancy of many designers is Illustrator. It can be used to create and edit vector graphics, create interactive experiences, and make web and print graphics.
You don’t need to be an illustrator to use it, and it is extremely easy to learn once you are done with the tutorials that give you all the information you will ever need.
The Tools You Need to Know
1. Adobe Photoshop Elements
Photoshop Elements is a long time mainstay of the photography and editing software industry. Its popularity really took off when it first came out in 2007, when it allowed photographers to do even more than Photoshop did.
2. Google Chrome
Google Chrome is a free browser that supports the latest web standards and lets you surf the web with all the latest features. It’s also packed with features like tab syncing, extensions, integration with Google, and many more.
It also includes an open source developer platform called the WebKit which is based on Apple’s Safari web browser.
3. Microsoft PowerPoint
PowerPoint has been around for a long time and has evolved in an interesting way. While it is still using the old monochrome format, it now has support for color and even video. It can also be shared easily and customized by other users.
4. Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is another tool that’s used every day. You may use it to view PDF documents on the web as well as to read scanned PDFs. It also includes an online tool that allows users to upload and convert images into the popular JPG format.
5. Adobe Lightroom
Many designers who work in the digital space find themselves working with photos. Lightroom is used to organize and edit photos on the desktop. It supports more than 90 different file types, and offers features such as batch editing, color-correction, and date stamping.
Lightroom also allows users to change the color of an image while it is in the background, which is important when working with photos.
6. Adobe Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver is an
Adobe Photoshop is a professional graphics editor for professional photographers, graphic designers, web designers, and media editors. It includes the following basic features:
– Warp tools: Resize and rotate an image.
– Selective erase tools: Erase pixels, polygons and lines.
– Scaling: Generate a photo with a zoom factor.
– History: Create layers.
– Toning tools: Lighten and darken an area of an image.
– Tools: Nudge, move, crop, rotate, distort, rotate, resize and sharpen an image.
– Blending modes: Blend colors, transitions and styles.
– Expert tools: Adjust layers, rotations, selections, masks, levels and histogram.
– Special effects: Adjust color, contrast, brightness, temperature and exposure.
– Effects and filters: Create various visual effects like lens flares, rain, snow, water effect and much more.
– Additional features: Adjust blending options, general image, file format and destination.
Adobe Photoshop can be used on most platforms such as Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and Google’s Chrome.
Adobe Photoshop is available for free on Mac and Windows.
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We will explain some basic Photoshop actions for beginners.
Step 1. Open Photoshop
In the bottom right of the screen, click on the pencil icon to start Photoshop.
Step 2. Start New Photoshop Document
Click on File and then click on New or press Ctrl + N on the keyboard.
Step 3. Set Width and Height
Click on the Width and Height drop down menu.
Step 4. Save As
Click on File and then click on Save As or press Ctrl + S on the keyboard.
Step 5. Resize Image
Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
Move the cursor on the image to select the area that you want to resize.
Drag it to resize the selected area.
Step 6. Rotate Image
Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
Move the cursor on the image to select the area that you want to rotate.
Drag it to rotate the selected area.
Step 7. Crop Image
Philadelphia has one of the best bakeries in the country, but there’s also a phenomenon sweeping across the whole country – food trucks. They’re popping up in big cities everywhere, and here in Philly, there’s even a monthly event where we can sample some of the best dishes the city has to offer. Last week, we had the opportunity to see a Smorgasbord at the Fisherman’s Wharf event, and they brought a special guest to the scene. Smorgasbord and Oven & Moon owner Ben Levison took some time to talk to us about how he got into cooking, the business, the food, and more.
Chris: A big congrats on the expansion! How did you get into it, and how has it been going?
Ben: Thanks! I’ve wanted to be a chef for as long as I can remember. I’ve always cooked, but I’ve always had people around that helped me in any way shape or form. I had a friend at [Bachelor of Science] University who took care of my kitchen and living room while I was going to class all at the same time. I worked in high school as an “intern,” and I’ve worked in restaurants since. I went to culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Providence, which is where we opened the restaurant a couple years ago. It’s been fun; it’s been great.
Chris: What’s the story behind Oven & Moon? I’ve been to a couple of events, and I thought I heard you were a Philly guy, but I didn’t realize until now!
Ben: We have two locations [in Philadelphia, now] and plan on opening one more soon. I lived here all my life, and I was going to have to go out of state to open a location. Then I decided, “hey, why don’t I just open one here?” It took us a little bit of time to get going; we tried to do it the slow way. [We] didn’t want to pressure ourselves too much and come up with something that’s going to be wrong. We were trying to go and hire the right people and the right kind of people that we knew would make the restaurant successful and do it in a way that we know that it’s going
Italian export, the ‘€’pegged pound’down
By Ben Wright
6 July 2011
Italian exporters are experiencing a renewed bout of export-driven inflation.
The Italian government introduced record-high import tariffs on car parts in April 2011. The move has raised prices on products exported from the EU, including rubber, metal, plastics, mechanical components, among other things. These non-food imports, particularly from eastern Europe and China, account for more than 30 percent of Italy’s total merchandise imports.
Italians have been prohibited from exporting goods and services to the EU market for years. Now, with the invigoration of the currency markets with a drop in the value of the pound, export income has shrunk.
In a matter of weeks, firms began exporting domestic products to the EU market. And, while exports have been boosted in recent months, the tariff increases mean that companies that rely on consumer goods for their exports have slashed prices and raised their margins. These price increases must be reflected in consumer prices, which are now rising faster than wages.
At the same time, economists and politicians have declared that the government’s price hikes are necessary.
Sergio Mattarella, the Italian president, has insisted that the previous Conservative government increased prices on car parts because it was engaging in a policy of “export or die.” The new Socialist government, headed by Prime Minister Mario Monti, has stated that the price hikes in goods that the previous government had already planned were too small. Monti declared: “The [previous government] has thought of the economy, of exports, of the one percent, of the 10 percent.”
Monti’s argument is, in fact, in disagreement with reality. The budget deficit has reached 10.4 percent of GDP, the highest it has ever been, and the government is forced to impose a series of price hikes on consumers for the foreseeable future.
This is the first time in recent Italian history that serious fiscal problems have been faced. The crisis was triggered by the global financial crisis of 2008. The previous government attempted to shift the burden of the global recession onto domestic populations by imposing an array of austerity measures and, now, these measures are combined with a series of exorbitant price hikes.
In response to the sharp drop in Italian inflation from 6.2 percent in March to 5.7 percent in April,
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