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Install Software computer without Disk Drive

Tutorial written by PlasticNev

How to install software to a computer without a disk drive……

How to install a disked program, driver or other software, including the operating system, on to a computer, netbook, or similar that has no disk drive, using a memory stick or flash drive.
In windows XP. (Vista and Windows7 is similar)

To do this we do need a computer that does have a disk drive either CD or CD/DVD drive fitted.
Start up that computer first with the netbook or similar also ready.

Next is to have a flash drive, pen drive, memory stick or whatever name it has, they are all the same thing for this purpose. Make sure there are no files already on it, store them if needed and delete, or better, reformat the flash drive.

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The next thing is to plug the drive (memory stick) into the computer with a disk drive if not already done so, and make sure it is truly empty.

Once that has been done the next thing is to insert the software disk into the disk drive, the computer will recognise there is a disk and start to open the content, with some software a small window may open stating it is initialising installation, don’t worry about that it will go in a few seconds, this will be followed by a window telling you what the software is, and with the usual buttons to click if it were being installed, and will also have a cancel button. It is that button we need to click to close and stop the installation. It can be done at a later time if installation is required on that computer also.

We then need to click on the main “Start” button – bottom left, then click on “My Computer” or “Computer” if Win 7 or Win 8.
The disk drive should be there and also show the disk contents. Right click on the drive, do not double click, that will re start the attempt to install, right click only.

From the menu that opens, choose “Open”, do not choose play or run for the same reason as above.
The window should then show various files or folders all with different names, some software disks will have many folders and some, especially just driver software, may only have one folder.
Go to the “Edit” button top left and choose “Select all” All files and folders should then be highlighted.
In the left pane choose “Copy Selected Items”, a list should open, so scroll down to the flash drive, it should show as “Removable disk (G:)” the (G:) may be any other letter from “D” onwards depending on what other drives are installed.

Click on the Removable disk and then click “Copy”. Another small window should open showing the progress of the copy process, this may take some time depending on the size of the files and folders to be copied.
Once the copy is finished. Click the “Safely remove hardware which should be on the bottom right of your task bar, when it says it is safe to remove, unplug the flash drive from that computer, it is now ready to be plugged into your netbook or other disk driveless computer.

In some cases, the computer may recognise that it is an installation when the drive is plugged in, but that is rare, it usually opens a window with various choices. You need to choose “Open folder to view files”
In amongst those files, you may have noticed earlier there will be one that suggests it is the installer, that is the file to now double click. The installation should now start.

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Take Ownership of a File or Folder – written by KenB

 

How to Take Ownership of a File or Folder – the simple way.

This guide was written for Vista. The method is the same for Win7 – the boxes may look a little different.

Before you read on – you are advised to make a backup of your Registry.
The process below makes changes to the Registry and it is always good practice to make a backup.
I have never heard of any problems with the TakeOwnership software – but it does no harm to be careful.

Click on the link below:
How do I backup the Registry?

To continue …..

If you are unlucky, you may experience the problem of not being able to access; save; change or move a file or folder.
The access permissions may have been altered.
This can sometimes happen if you move data from a hard drive to a CD then to a hard drive again.
Sometimes there is just no logical explanation.

Taking ownership of a file or folder in Win7 can be a complicated process.
There is, however, a small piece of software that makes this a lot easier.

Download the software from here:
Click here to download

You will see this download box:

Take ownership of a file or folder

 

Click on OPEN.

Take Ownership of a file or folder

 

Then click on “Install TakeOwnership.reg”
The software makes changes to your Registry.
Before it installs you will see this message:

Take Ownership of a file or folder

 

Click on “RUN“.

When the software is installed all you need to do to take ownership of a File or Folder is to Right Click on it.
You will see something like this:

Take Ownership of a file or folder

 

Click on “Take Ownership” and you are done.

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Lightworks Video Editor Pro. Is a fully professional digital video editing software and is as expected from the title, is up to fully professional standards. The company are very proud of the fact that some very notable movies have been edited by some of the top Oscar winning editors using Lightworks.

More company information available and also it can be downloaded from this link here.

So, how did I find working with Lightworks?

I can say it does stand up to the advertised standards, and is indeed a fully professional video editor.


Due to this and similar to other professional software, there is quite a learning curve involved in being able to get the best out of it. However it is not that difficult to get to grips with at least the basics, meaning that with a few clips to experiment with and following the tutorials, you can soon be doing some good work. I honestly found getting to grips with Photoshop Elements more difficult than learning the basics of Lightworks.

You will find on their website links to Youtube hosted video tutorials, there is a quick start guide for a quick get up and running PDF document, plus also the full user guide also in PDF, available to download along with full guides regarding installation and activation of the software.

There is also a large number of other helpful Video and written guides from other happy users. A written guide regarding initial set up and basic tutorial, along with more in depth help can be found here. A search of YouTube will reveal many other helpful and more advanced tutorials.

I went out with my video camera and took a few shots of some local fountains, on a pretty dull sort of day. Then set to with editing them into something useful. Having not yet finished that, I can only show a couple of intermediary screen shots, however, they will give you an idea of what can be done within each clip during the editing process.

For a rather dull day, as in this screen shot.

Lightworks Screenshot

You can then use colour correction to liven up the colours, here of course well over the top just to demonstrate.

Outdoor Showers Lightworks

Or even go entirely the other way and emphasise the dull day by going to full black and white only.

Outdoor Showers Black and White

There are many other effects can be added to your edit, including the usual fade out to fade in to the next clip when adding more clips.

At the end of it all, I am extremely impressed with this video editing tool and what can be achieved with it.

There is only one minor, and I do mean minor gripe, unlike many other editors that can automatically sense the video’s frame rate in frames per second, (FPS) in Lightworks you do need to know what the frame rate is of all your clips, and set the project to work with that. That does mean all clips have to be the same rate, however if all from the same camera that is not a problem. (There are also various free video converters that can also convert to a standard rate. AVC, or Adapter being two).

To find out what the frame rate is of a clip already downloaded to your hard drive, right click on the file, select “Properties” then the “Details” tab, it should show you there what the frame rate is in FPS.

To conclude, other than the minor gripe about frame rate recognition, it is a superb video editor, and for anyone wishing to do some serious video editing, I can recommend it to any one.

Nev.

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Animated Snow Christmas Card – by PseFrank

 

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Animated Snow ……

It’s that time of year again, when many of us will be thinking of sending Christmas cards to our friends and family. This tutorial shows how using Adobe Photoshop CS5 we can make animated snow. The tutorial will also work in other versions of Photoshop, although in older versions the user interface may vary.

What we’ll do to produce animated snow …

Choose and resize an image –- Add text to our card –- Add falling snow –- Animate our card
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1. Make a copy of your chosen image and open it in the Photoshop Editor.2. Hit Alt + Ctrl + I on your keyboard to open up the Image Size dialogue.
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Make sure that Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are both checked. Set the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch. Type 1000 pixels into whatever is your images longest edge (Width or Height). Select Bicubic Sharper.Click OK.
Now save your image.

With the image at the correct size, and just the Background layer showing in the Layers palette, we can start adding the snow layers.3. At the bottom of the layers palette click on the Create new layer icon. It’s the small square icon. See below marked in red.
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A blank layer will appear above the background layer.4. Hit on your keyboard to get the default colours of Black over White. See bottom of tool bar.Hit Alt + Backspace to fill the new layer with black.From the options bar near the top of your screen go Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Enter a value of 73% and check Gaussian and Monochromatic…..Click OK.Now go Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter a value of 1.6 pixels. Click OK.At the top of the layers palette click the down facing arrow beside where it says Normal. From the drop down menu choose Screenfrom the blending options.Hit CTRL + L on your keyboard to open up the levels dialogue. Under Input Levels you will see three boxes. Type in these values from the left…90 – 1.00 – 110. Click OK.5. Repeat steps 3 and 4…Four more times. Ok…just to recap. You should now have a total of 6 layers. Starting at the bottom…The Background layer, plus 5 black layers with white speckles on them. (The top layer should be selected)Adding a little fallen snow at the bottom of the image
6. Click the Create new layer icon. Change the foreground colour to white. (Hit X on keyboard) 
Chose the Brush tool from the tool bar. Make your brush soft and about 100px in size. Move the brush from one side of the image to the other, turning it up a little at each side. If you make a mistake, hit Ctrl + Z to undo the last action. If you want to undo more than one step, then hit Ctrl + Alt + Z.Adding the text layer
You’ll find the text tool in the tool bar on the left of your screen. It’s the icon with a capital T. Font and text size can be chosen from the options bar near the top of the screen. After typing your text there are also options to apply effects.To choose a text effect click Window > Styles. The styles palette will appear above the layers palette. After you have typed your text, click on any one of the styles icons to apply that style. To see more text effects click the small arrow in the top right hand corner of the styles palette.

7. Choose the Text tool from the tool bar. After choosing your font and text size type in your Christmas message. With the message typed, click on the arrow at the right hand end of the options bar to confirm. Add a text effect if you wish.

So now you have 8 layers in the layers palette. Background, 5 snow layers, 1 fallen snow layer, and the text layer.

Animating your card/image
8. Click Window > Animation
Turn off layers 2, 3, 4, and 5 (That’s the layers named Layer 2, Layer 3, etc.)

Note: Clicking the eye icon beside a layer will turn that layer off. Clicking again will turn the layer back on.

Click on the small arrow in the top right hand corner of the animation window. From the menu select New Frame.

Now turn off layer 1 and turn on layer 2.

Click again to open up the animation menu. And once again select New Frame.
Turn off layer 2 and turn on layer 3.

Click yet again to open the animation menu. Select New Frame.
Turn off layer 3 and turn on layer 4.

Click to open the animation menu. Select New Frame.
Turn off layer 4 and turn on layer 5.

Click on the first Frame to highlight it. Now while pressing down the Shift key click on the last Frame. This will select all of the frames.
Click on the small arrow in the bottom right corner of any frame to alter the delay time on all frames. This should be 0.2 seconds.

Ok…you have the 5 frames you need for your animation. If you make a mistake, go to the animation menu and select Delete Frame or delete animation. Then start over.

The big test 
9. Click on the small green arrow in the centre of the animation control bar to play your animation. When you’re totally happy click again to stop the animation.

Saving for the web 
10. At the top of your screen click File > Save for web and devices
Starting from the top of the area to the right.
From the file type menu choose GIF.
Under Image size change the value in the width box to 600 pixels.

At the bottom of the screen you will see a Preview button. Clicking this will open a browser page that shows how your animation will look.
If you choose to use the preview, then you can close it by clicking the X in the top right corner.

11. Now save your animation.
Note: At a size of 600pixels your animation will be too big for most web sites/forums. So this copy is for home, friends and family.

After saving your animation click File > Save for web and devices again.

This time, under Image size type 400 pixels in the width box. This size should be acceptable on most web forums.

Save your animation as before, but this time add “Web” to the file name.

 

You’re done!
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Layers Palette – a Photoshop Tutorial by PseFrank

 

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When an image is opened in the Photoshop editing area the layers palette will reflect this by showing a thumbnail. The thumbnail is called the Background Layer. The layers palette is the section on your screen over on the right hand side.

There are many things that can be done to an image via the layers palette, but for now we’ll just concentrate on its basic use.

What’s this then…?

Q) Why do I need to use the Layers Palette?

A) By using the layers palette you are giving yourself lots of choice. These are choices you won’t have if you don’t use layers.

Example:

As you can see from the image below the layers are stacked on top of each other with the Background layer always being the bottom of the stack.

 

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Q) Why isn’t there a little eye icon next to the background layer?

A) Clicking on the Eye Icon turns that particular layer off. When a layer is turned off it cannot be seen on your main screen, and cannot be changed in any way. Clicking on the small empty box will turn the layer back on again.

Note: When you open an image, always duplicate the background layer (CTRL + J), and turn the layer off. This will protect your image from accidental damage. Even better still, never work on the original image, always make a copy to work on.

Q) I don’t like that horrible green colour. Is there a way I can easily change it?

A) Yes there is…That’s the beauty of working with layers, you can edit any of the layers at any time.
To change the colour of Layer 1 (The green layer), just click once on the layer to make it the active layer. Change the foreground colour in the toolbar to the one you want, and hit ALT + BACKSPACE on your keyboard…Job done!

Q) How do I make a blank or transparent layer, and then colour some of it in?

A) To make a blank layer…In the layers palette click on the Create a new layer icon. It’s the small square one. Now make a selection the shape you need. Choose your colour and hit ALT + BACKSPACE on your keyboard.

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Q) In the layers palette, how do I reposition a layer?

A) There are two ways of moving a layer to a new position. The first method is to click Layer > Arrange > Bring Forward. The shortcut for this is Ctrl + ]. (That’s Ctrl plus the right bracket key) This will move the selected layer Forward/Up one position.

The second method is to click on a layer and either drag it upwards or downwards with the mouse.


Q)
 Sometimes it takes a long time to finish an edit. How can I save my work so that when I go back to it on another day I still have all the layers intact?

A) If you want to save an incomplete edit with the layers intact you must save it as a .psd file. At the top of your screen click File > Save. Choose the place where you want to save your image to.
Give your file a name that means something to you. For example: The FPH Edit. Make sure that .PSD is selected as the file type. (.PSD should be selected by default)

Now click Save.

Photoshop will automatically open your .PSD file when you double click on it next time.

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Print Wireless without a Wireless Printer

How do I print wireless without a wireless printer

This tutorial assumes that you have a desktop machine attached by a cable to the printer.
It is also assumed that you have a wireless network via a router.
( this is a standard set up )

Your first job is to make sure that the appropriate printer drivers are installed on both machines.
The Desktop machine will, no doubt, have the corect drivers already.
If the laptop does not have the same Operating System as the desktop then you will need to visit the printer manufacturers website and download the drivers for your laptop.

Please be aware that if your Printer is an older one and your laptop has Windows 8 on it – you may be unlucky and there may not be drivers available.

Do not be tempted to use drivers that are not designed for your operating system.

On the Desktop go to Control Panel > Printers ……right click on the printer icon > Sharing > Share this Printer.

Give it a Name …………… and make a note of this.
[Let’s assume you call it Epson }

Find the Full Computer Name for the Desktop.
Start > Right click on “Computer” > Properties.
It should be here. Make a note of this ………..exactly as it is written including capitals.
[Let’s assume the full name is MyDesktopComputer ]

You will need this noted information next.

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Print Wireless without a Wireless Printer continued …..

Now on the Laptop:

Start > Control Panel > Printers > Add a Printer …….[ this is in the toolbar at the top ]
Create a New Port …..this should be “Local Port

You will be asked to type in the Port Name. This is important and you need the information from above.
The Port Name looks like this:

\\MyDesktopComputer\Epson ……. ( obviously put in your own names that you noted earlier )

You may be prompted to install the Printer Drivers. ( I know you have already done this )

You will be prompted for a Printer Name. This will be attached to the icon produced on the Laptop in “Printers”

You should then be able to print a test page.

Be aware that the machine connected to the printer will need to be turned on.

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Recycle Bin Missing from the Desktop by KenB

If you have somehow deleted the Recycle Bin and find the Recycle Bin missing and it is not showing on the desktop try the following:

Right Click on a blank section of the Desktop.
Then click on Personalize.

You will see this:

Recycle Bin Missing

Click on Change Desktop Icons

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Then, if there is no check mark in the box next to Recycle Bin, click the box > Apply > OK

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You could also try the following:

Edit the registry to restore the Recycle Bin

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To edit the registry to make the Recycle Bin icon reappear on the desktop, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

4. Right-click the registry key that you located in step 3, point to New, and then click Key.
5. Type {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}, and then press ENTER.
6. Click the new {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} key that you created in step 5.
7. In the right pane, double-click the (Default) entry.
8. In the Edit String dialog box, type Recycle Bin in the Value data box, and then click OK.
9. Close Registry Editor.

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Making a cloned hard drive using Macrium Reflect

by PlasticNev

As well as a system image which can be created and stored on an external hard drive for later or rescue use, a different approach is to clone your existing drive completely onto another different hard drive.
You would do this either as a fully exchangeable drive to be put to one side, so it can be swapped in at any time of major trouble such as a failed drive, or as could happen with the latest malware, and find all your files encrypted.
You can also make a clone from an existing small drive when it is getting too full, and put the clone on a larger hard drive for fitting in its place..

Please read through everything and please be sure you understand each stage of making a cloned hard drive before continuing.

You will need a spare hard drive either as big as the system one, or larger. and of the same type, either IDE or SATA.
One of these three, an adapter from IDE or SATA to USB, an enclosure for the spare drive to USB, or a hard drive docking station.
For now we will assume an enclosure with the spare drive fitted to it.
It is a good thing at this point to plug it in to the computer and allow Windows to see it and install drivers for it. Once that is done unless you are going to continue straight away, use the “Safe to remove” system to disconnect it from the computer.

OK, start up the computer and once fully booted up, (If it isn’t already) plug in the USB enclosure complete with the new drive in it. Autoplay may open a window for the new drive, if it does dismiss and close it as it isn’t needed. (Make sure no other device is plugged into any other USB ports or card slots, other than keyboard and mouse if they are USB.)

Next is to open the Macrium reflect program.
You should see this page open, if not click the “Disk Image” tab to open it.

Area “A” will be your existing drive, it may be slightly different from mine here as it depends on the number and sizes of partitions.

Area “B” should be your new drive in its enclosure, unlike mine it should show as empty. (Mine is a previous clone as I am showing my rescue drive)
It should also show the model number of the new drive, make a note of that in case you need to search for it.

Click on the Making a Cloned Hard Drive images to enlarge.

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Click anywhere in area “A” to make sure that is selected, underneath it you should then see as in my picture as ringed “C” and click on “clone this disk.”

You should then see this next page open. check that there is a tick in all the boxes as you can see here, to be sure all will be copied as the clone.
Click on the “Select a disk to clone to”

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Hopefully you should see something like this, if not you may get the system window open and you will need to search for the new drive, hence why I said to make a note of the new drive model number.
Otherwise Macrium normally knows which it is and shows this providing no other storage medium is plugged in to a USB port or memory card in a slot.

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As shown click anywhere to select it and the next should be as here.

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If there are any partitions, which in your case there should not be, click on the red crossed item “Delete existing partition” and in your case with no partitions it should then look like this.

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Make sure there is a tick in the box for “copy selected partitions when I click next”, it usually is by default, but no harm to make sure.
If all is as above at this point, click the next button on the bottom right, and you should then see a list similar to mine which is listing the existing partitions to be cloned to the new drive in its enclosure.

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Click the “Finish” button bottom right and it will then start to create the first stages of the clone, it may show a box asking to either format or over write the contents of the destination drive, accept it by clicking yes or whatever it says to mean yes, and it will carry on.
Depending on how much data is on your drive it will take some time, mine being fairly large does take a few hours, yours may be less than that.

Once the clone has been completed, and it does tell you, close everything concerned with Macrium, then have an explore of everything that is on the new drive to check it out.

If happy all is as it should be, use the safe to remove system to disconnect the external USB enclosure.

The next is a good thing to do to make sure the clone was fully successful.

Shut down and then remove the power plug and battery from the laptop or if a desktop disconnect the mains power at the wall.

Remove the now cloned drive from the enclosure, adapter, or docking station. If a laptop, you will have to remove the drive from it first and then install the clone drive.
If a desktop, you only need to remove the cover, then the plugs from the existing drive and temporarily connect the clone drive.
Replace the battery and power plug if a laptop, or reconnect mains power if a desktop.

If everything went correctly, the laptop or desktop should now boot up from the new drive.

If all is correct, it is maybe a good idea to check the full system at this point by running the System File Checker, or sfc /scannow as it is called, to verify the integrity of the operating system.
It may also correct any slight corruption if any has occurred during the cloning process.

This concludes the tutorial on making a cloned hard drive.

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Making Selections – a Photoshop tutorial by PseFrank

 

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There are many ways of making selections in Photoshop. What we’ll look at here is the most common ways of selecting parts of an image and also how we can change the properties of our selections to suit different situations.

 

THE MAGIC WAND TOOL
The magic wand tool has got to be one of the easiest ways of making selections in Photoshop. You’ll find it in the tool bar bundled with the QUICK SELECTION TOOL. The magic wand works very well when there is plenty of contrast between the subject you want to select and its background. In the example below I’m going to use the wand to select me and my aeroplane.
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At first glance it looks like we have a plain white background. But on closer inspection you will see that there are traces of a bluey/greeny colour on the background. When there is an inconsistency in a background that stops you from making a clean selection with the wand, it can often be overcome by altering the wands Tolerance. Have a close look at the image below.
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As you can see from the blown up sections of our example image, when the tolerance was set at the photoshop default of 32, it didn’t quite select all of the background. By changing the wands tolerance to 50, everything was selected as desired.Raising the tolerance selects More, and lowering the tolerance will mean that Less is selected. Experiment with this setting on an image of your own. Often, clicking in a different place will alter the result as well.Adding or Subtracting selections
If you look at the image above you will see a set of 4 rectangular icons in the options bar. Each of the icons when selected does something different.
Here’s a blow up:
1) New selection
2) Add to selection (Already selected in the image)
3) Subtract from selection
4) Intersect with selectionExplanation of settings one to four
1) Brand new selection2) Click on this icon when you want to select another area of your image and not lose the first selection.
This is handy when you want for example… to select a persons eyes.3) If you’ve selected too much or you want to subtract from the inside of an existing selection, this is the tool to use.
Example: If you had selected a persons eyes, but wanted to alter just the whites of the eyes. You could select the inner coloured parts, and these areas would not be affected by the alterations made to the whites.4) When you make a selection over the top of part of an already selected area. The only selection you will be left with is the section where the two selections overlap each other.What does Anti-alias do?
When the Anti-alias box is checked/ticked your selection edges will be smoothed/softened. This is usually a good thing. Examples of when not to check this box would be when selecting text or small graphics.What does Contiguous mean?
In its simplest form contiguous means touching or joined. For example, if two people were holding hands, then they would be contiguous. But if they were standing apart, they would not be contiguous.If you look at the plane image you will see that the background is divided into 4 areas. 3 are between the wings of the plane, while the fourth is the outer area surrounding the plane. If Contiguous was left unchecked when using the wand tool…All 4 areas would be selected in one click of the wand. (Everything that is white or nearly white).The down side to this is that if there is any white (Or nearly white) areas on the plane its self, these would be selected as well. So by checking/ticking Contiguous and then making 4 separate selections we can be sure that only the background is selected, and not any areas of the plane its self.Remember…to make multiple selections the second (Add to selection) icon must be checked/selected.
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PhotoShop – Working with Multiple Images in CS5 –  ( by PseFrank )

Although these instructions are written for Photoshop CS5, they will work for most other versions of CS as well. If you have problems with your version. Please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Description: When working in Photoshop there are many times when we need to open two or more images in the editing area. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions along with some helpful tips.

 

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How do I…?

Q: I want to be able to have two images in the PhotoShop editing area at the same time?

A: Near the top of your screen click Edit > Preferences > Interface and under Panels and Documents uncheck (No tick) Open Documents as Tabs. Click Ok.

Q: Sometimes when I have more than one image open in the Photoshop editing area at the same time. The one on top covers the others so I can’t see them. How do I work on the ones underneath?

A: There are two ways of getting over this problem. The first is to simply left click on the information bar at the top of your image (Where it shows the file name) and then drag the image to one side.

The second is to change the size that the image is showing on your screen (i.e..from maybe 100% to 50%). To do this press and hold down the Ctrl & Alt keys on your keyboard and then Tap either the Plus or Minus (“+” or “-“) keys to go bigger or smaller.

Note: Clicking anywhere on an image in the editing area, will make that image the Live Image and the one that shows in the layers palette. (And on top in the editing area)

Q: Can I use my mouse to zoom in and out of an image in the Photoshop editing area? And if the image is really blown up big. How do I get to the parts I cannot see?

A: You can use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out of an image. You may need to alter your preferences to achieve this. Go Edit > Preferences > General and under Options check mark (Tick) Zoom with Scroll Wheel. Click Ok.

If your image is blown up so large that you cannot see all of it (Sometimes necessary for fine work) you can move to another part of the image by pressing down and holding the space bar on your keyboard and clicking and dragging the image. 

Holding down the space bar will also temporarily disengage whatever tool or brush you are using at the time. The cursor will change into a small hand.

Note: When you release the space bar whichever tool you are using will re-engage in the place where you have your cursor. So when doing this, move your cursor back to where you want it before releasing the space bar.

 

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