Monthly Archives: July 2014

Animating in Photoshop

Adobe has stopped development of Flash, and it will gradually disappear. I have just found out that you can do frame-based animation in Photoshop CS6 and CC, but it is a slow, labor-intensive process. I might someday animate some text, but that’s about all the use for it I think I will ever have in my job. I have been working with Photoshop since 1998, and I have spent several thousand hours working with it, but I keep finding out about more things you can do with it. I don’t think I will ever feel that I am an expert in using it. It’s like trying to learn everything in the old Encyclopedia Britannica.

How to Move Your iTunes Library to Another Computer on the Same Network

You have been keeping the 20,000 songs in your iTunes Library on an old computer that is on a network and you are about to get a new machine. How do you move your huge song collection to the new computer? Actually it’s easy.

1. First, make sure all your iTunes files are in the same location. Open iTunes and select Edit > Preferences on the menu at the top of the screen. When the Edit Preferences screen opens, open the Advanced tab. Check Keep iTunes Media Folder Organized if it is not already checked.

Open iTunes Preferences Advanced

iTunes Preferences Advanced









2. Open Edit Preferences again and select the Advanced tab once again. This time click on the button to the right of Change Media Folder Location and select the drive where you want to store all your iTunes files on the new computer.

Change media folder location

Change Media Folder Location









3. Select File > Library  > Organization from the menu at the top of the screen, and then select Consolidate Files.

Consolidate files

Consolidate Files







To access the tutorials Apple has online for moving your iTunes library, follow these links:


High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR)

When we shoot an image with a digital camera the levels of luminosity and exposure are limited. That’s just the nature of the beast. High dynamic range (HDR) processing allows to shoot a series of images, or shoot one and adjust luminosity and other settings in Photoshop, then combine these images into one image that will look much sharper and brighter than any of the individual images. The HDR plug-in is included with Adobe Photoshop. I will write more about it later.


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Epson Artisan 50 Color Inkjet Printer

 have an HP color laser printer at home that does a fairly decent job of printing graphic images, but it does not give you high-quality color copies. We have another model of HP color laser printer in our media center, but it also will not print high-quality color images. Let’s say I design a graphic for a flyer or poster that has some special effects such as gradient overlays. When I print it the gradient does not print, and the light blue shirt a character is wearing will print much darker and duller. It you want your printouts to look good, you have to use an inkjet printer, which means if you print a lot of color copies, they are going to cost you a lot of money. This morning I ordered an Epson 50 color inkjet printer. It cost $214. Usually the inkjet cartridges that are shipped with printers do not have much ink in them. For certain printers, though, you have to install these cartridges or your printer will not work at all. I also ordered a set of color cartridges: 1 cyan, 1 light cyan, 1 magenta and 1 light magenta, and 1 yellow. They cost $86. I also ordered a black cartridge; it cost $21. I will only used this printer for jobs that required high-quality output. 

My printer will use 6 cartridges. Some inkjets use 4, some use 8. I will report on the quality I get with my first print job, a flyer I designed.

RGB Color Vs CMYK Color

RGB stands for red, green, and blue. These colors are optimized for display on computer screens and websites. You create colors by adding varying amounts of these colors. For example if you add 255 luminance levels of all three, you produce pure white. Red, green, and blue are sometimes referred to as primary colors, though if you ask a graphic designer what the three primaries are he or she will say red, yellow, and blue.

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Colors created from them are used in printing. In the CMYK process other colors are produced by subtracting specified amounts of these four colors.

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors

Color palettes for web sites, posters, flyers, etc., are built from the twelve primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, also called the twelve purest hues. The primary colors for graphic design are red, yellow, and blue. These are not the same as  RGB colors (red, green, blue) which are optimized for computer monitors. The secondary colors, or hues are: orange, green, and purple. Orange is produced by combining red and yellow. Green is a combination of red blue. Purple is made by combining red and blue.

There are six tertiary colors:


A graphic designer can produce millions of color combinations by combining these twelve colors.