Monday, July 30th, 2012

Create an Outlook task from an Outlook email

When you’re reading an email message in Outlook, often you will realize that you need to create a task in relation to that email’s contents. To do this, with the email open on the screen, click the Message tab and click the Follow up icon.

From the list select a task date for managing that email task. If you click Custom, you can select an appropriate flag for the email such as Follow Up, Forward or Reply and set the Start Date and Due Date for completing the task. Enable the Reminder checkbox and you can set a reminder time for the task. Click Ok to enter the email as a task.

Helen Bradley

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Replace a Sky in Photoshop

How to convincingly replace a poor sky in Photoshop. You’ll need your photo and nothing else – we make the blue sky in the tutorial.

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Helen Bradley

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Fixing Animal Eyes in Lightroom

Learn how to add impact to your animal and bird images with this smart and easy Lightroom fix.

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Helen Bradley

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Trevor’s Tip of the Week – Brush Size

(Photo by: Jorge Vicente)

Change the size of your brush, eraser, or any tool that is brush based quickly by press the ] key to increase the size and the [ key to decrease the size.

Helen Bradley

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Moo comes to Lightroom

Yeah! The folks at Moo have released a Lightroom plug in that makes it easier than ever to get photos to Moo.

Visit this page and grab the zip file – click the Zip button to get it.

Unzip the contents and rename the folder moo.lrplugin

Then launch Lightroom and choose File > Plug-in Manager and grab the plug in folder. That’s all you need to do. It will be installed and ready to be used.

Just select the images to send to Moo, choose Export and select the Moo Export Plug-in from the Lightroom Presets in the Export dialog.

Helen Bradley

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Configure PowerPoint 2010 Animations

In earlier versions of PowerPoint you could select the size for a Grow/Shrink animation. In PowerPoint 2010 it seems these features are more limited – that’s not the case but to make them more useful you need to know how the animations can be configured.

On a slide with a full size image on it, click the Animations tab and select the Grow/Shrink animation – it is an Emphasis effect.

If you select Effect Options you will see that you can select Both so the animation grows in both directions. Now select Larger or Huge. In most cases, Larger will be sufficient but notice that it appears as if you can only choose Larger or Huge as bigger sizes and that there is nothing in between these two settings. This is where you can get misled.

Click the Animation Pane icon to display the Animation pane. Right click the entry for your image in the Animation Pane and choose Effect options. See that the Size is set to 150 % but you can set it to any value of your choice using the Custom option.

For example, set it to 75%. Here too you can add Smooth Start and Smooth End to the effect and a Bounce to the end of it.

In most cases, you’ll want your animation to start immediately the slide appears so click the Timing tab, set the Start option to After Previous. Set the Duration value to your choice of speed and click Ok.

It’s best to test your animations using the slideshow preview rather than the animation pane.

Helen Bradley

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Painting with Photoshop Art History Brush

Learn how to make a convincing painting from a photo in Photoshop using the Art History Brush tool.

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Helen Bradley

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Faux HDR Effect in Lightroom 4

Learn to make a faux hdr (high dynamic range) effect in Lightroom 4.

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Helen Bradley

Friday, July 20th, 2012

5 Cool Excel 2010 tips and tricks

Here are five cool tips, tricks and keystrokes to help your day go faster in Excel:

Display cell formulas and not results

If you want to see the cell in your worksheet display formulas rather than the results of those formulas then  you can do it one of two ways.

Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + ~ to toggle formula display on and off

You can also use Formulas > Show Formulas

Start a new line

When you need to add a line break to a cell to start a new line of text press Alt + Enter in the cell. If you just want to wrap a long piece of text in a cell right click the cell and choose Format > Alignment tab > Wrap Text.

Copy the contents of the cell above

To copy the contents of the cell above into the current cell press Control + ‘.

Moving around super fast and super smart

To move from one sheet in a workbook to the next (or in reverse), press Control + PgDn and Control + PgUp.  To move to the next open workbook press Control + Tab or Control + Shift + Tab.

Super quick mouse free SUM formula

Skip taking the mouse to your Ribbon to add a SUM function and do it with a simple keystroke instead. Type Alt + = and Excel adds the SUM function automatically to the current cell. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Helen Bradley

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

pptPlex-cool PowerPoint Presentations

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Helen Bradley

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