Working with Type Tool in Photoshop

Type Tool is the tool that lets you add text in your work area. When you are starting to create a design in most of the cases you’ll find yourself working with it. In this article I’ll discuss about the 3 main, powerful elements that you must use in order to avoid design mistakes. Continue Reading

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Direct Technology – Flyer Tutorial

Direct Technology will be a tutorial based on a corporate, modern, fun looking flyer. We’ll use brushes and work with paths, textures and images. Also we’ll keep a color scheme provided by Adobe Kuler. You may feel free to use other shapes in some cases as long as the design remains the same, or you can go ahead and experiment with it. It really doesn’t matter as long as you achieve the effect you wish. Continue Reading

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Easy Web Design Helping the Medical Salary Niche

Web design has become a household term over the years and anyone who has ever used a computer has dabbled in it in one way or another. Before that, it was only used by software engineers and IT professionals as it required a great deal of knowledge that only they had. And the thing is, that aspect hasn’t changed. While everyone calls themselves a web designer nowadays, after making a website or a blog by using templates, they lack the fundamental understanding and knowledge on how web design actually works. It’s like people calling themselves mechanics after just learning to check the oil on their car.

But apart from that, the fact that web design has been brought closer to casual users can only be considered a good thing. Often, people with great ideas may lack the skills to actually turn them into reality. By making the design process easier and more streamlined, everyone gets a chance to do something with their ideas.nurse salary guide

Because web design was made more accessible to the people, the influence of the internet has become much more profound, with everyone shifting their focus toward the virtual world. This is especially evident when you come across a website or blog that is related to something that doesn’t seem even remotely related to computers or modern technology. For instance, if you were to come across a website like this one:, you would be hard pressed to find the connection between IT and nursing, which is what this website is all about.

But, if you take the time to look beneath the surface, you would be able to connect the dots. You see, just like people turn to Amazon or eBay when they want to purchase something, instead of going shopping like they used to, they also look for jobs and any additional information about them online, as well.

This particular website tells you all about how nursing is surely becoming one of the most sought out professions, and the growth is set to continue at least until 2020. There is useful information not just on salaries in general, but salaries in each state, which illustrates how much of a difference location makes.

While nursing is still a hands-on job, the internet can’t help much in terms of teaching you how to do it, at least not yet, but it can be extremely helpful for those who are looking to have a career in medicine, or those who are looking to change their profession. Since there are a lot of factors you have to consider when making such an important decision, websites that are as detailed as this one are practically a gold mine.

We failed to mention that most websites like this one are made by people who are not experts. Instead, they are your regular users who decided to share their knowledge and experience with the world, and in turn, do something that can help others. But, it can also earn them money, but that is an entirely different topic.

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Protecting Your WordPress from Malware

There’s a lot of appeal when it comes to WordPress blogs. After all, installing them is easy, and administering them is even simpler. A good chunk of popular websites run WordPress, and its uses are uncountable. They can be used for blogs, companies, education, media, and more.

Their usage, however, is a weakness as well. People can make malware that can infect many blogs, and it can cause a lot of destruction for owners. Owners must act upon this malware, and fast, or it can spread to your viewers’ computers as well. This means that your visitors now assume you’re some scumbag who wanted to infest their computers. Say goodbye to your site and your trustworthiness! After all, 11,000 WordPress domains have blacklisted by Google, and as many as 100,000 may be infected.

The Case of the SoakSoak Bug

Recently, people have been asking for support concerning an infection. This infection revealed to be coming from malware known as, and it came through a premium plugin. As you should know, plugins are everywhere on WordPress. Admins use them to add many components to their site, from looking at statistics to sizing pictures. Free plugins are susceptible to malware, so it’s common.

But premium plugins are a different story. Take Slider Revolution. Costing $18, it was an investment many admins took if they wanted a great way to display images. While the program isn’t solely to blame when it comes to the SoakSoak attack, it’s a common factor, and it’s safe to say that it’s one of the major culprits.

Note that WordPress wasn’t the only site type that had an infection. This attack was centered around similar weaknesses in a lot of plugins and webhosts.

How Can Malware Affect a Visitor?

If you’re going to visit an infected website with no protection that stops you from doing so, you may see a website that doesn’t look suspicious. There’s no red flashing around, and it seems as though everything is all right. It must have been a false alarm, right?

While you’re doing that, malware is infecting your computer secretly. The page automatically installs the moment malware security 01you land on it. This is known by many as a drive-by download, where you don’t download something by just clicking on it. It’s automatic, and it hits you pretty hard. This malware takes you to, where they put even more malware on your computer without your consent.
That sounds dangerous! How can you handle this?

How to Pinpoint if Your Site’s Infected and Eliminate it

Even if your site isn’t WordPress, you should definitely look at it and make sure that there’s no malware around. If your site is infected, this means that most likely, your readers got the virus too, and if they realize that your website caused them to get malware, they won’t come back.

So how do you remove malware from your site? It’s actually a bit different than removing it from your computer. What you should first do is go to This is a site checker that will scan your website and look for signs of malware as it attempts to load on your browser. The scan is quick, so you won’t have to worry about it wasting your time if it doesn’t fine anything. In addition, you can remove the malware using this site, but you have to pay for that.

So what do we know about the SoakSoak malware?

What it does is that it changes the wp-includes/template-loader.php code.This file has a malware wink that automatically loads to your site. Because it’s infected the template loader, you can’t fix it by changing your theme. So how do you change it? One way is to always backup your site. Your host should do it for you at least once a week. Simply delete your site and reinstall using the older backup. This is the best way to do it for no cost.

If you want to manually hunt for it, go to the swfobject.js script and delete it, as well as the changed code in template-loader.php. Search through your database to make sure that there is no instance of this code. Look at all your files and see if the code is hiding in any of those. This is the best way if you want to manually delete your stuff.

If your site is blacklisted by Google, go to their advice page and see how you can get your website off their blacklist.

So no matter how you host your site, malware is going to be there waiting for a good time to strike. You should not think of malware as harmless. It can do a lot to your site, some of it irreversible. It can turn away visitors and even steal precious data from you. So the best way to make sure that your site is protected is to keep backing it up, keep scanning it, and make sure that everything you install to it is secured. This will help you to prevent most malware attacks. By keeping your site secured, you have a low chance of being attacked, and you’ll be happy that you added that extra security to your site.

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Reasons Why Desktop PCs Will Never Disappear

Even though we live in an era of portable devices, desktop PCs still have their place and purpose. Yes, laptops, tablets and smartphones are small, light, portable, and easy to use, but they are inferior to desktop computers when it comes to digital heavy lifting. Desktops are not as flashy, but they get the job done better than even the best mobile device. For those of you who are serious about design, there is no need to list the pros of desktop PCs. For those of you who aren’t, we have singled out some of the reasons why you should never abandon desktops.

They Are Cheaper

Your average desktop machine is much cheaper than the equivalent laptop. For the same kind of cash, you can wind up with a much more powerful configuration that will blow any portable solution out of the water. Laptops havedesktop-photoshop-02 to be expensive because their components are smaller, which means that the entire process of fabrication costs much more, as well. It is exactly the same when you have to replace one of the components.

Desktop components are not just cheaper, but easier to replace as well. In all fairness, when you get a laptop, you get the whole package: a computer with a screen, a keyboard and a touchpad. On the other hand, desktop are relatively cheap nowadays. Keyboards are dirt cheap. Speakers, too. Even if you buy a 24-inch screen, you will still spend a lot less money than you would on a laptop.

They Are Faster and More Powerful

Desktops are designed to be powerful. Laptops, on the other hand, are burdened with portability and battery life. Processors integrated into today’s laptops have to consume less power. The more powerful they are, the more they will overheat, which is a problem, because you can’t fit a large cooling fan to solve the issue. With desktops, that is a non-issue. Thanks to their large casings, you can pretty much install any kind of processor, overclock it, and then get a powerful cooling system to keep it from melting down.

Professionals Still Rely on Desktops

When it comes to graphics, nothing can replace a desktop. Graphical designer, website builders, architects, engineers and photographers would not be able to do their job as efficiently if it weren’t for custom configurations and large screens. Professionals using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, AutoCAD and similar program suites rely heavily on the capabilities of desktops. Not to mention you can always upgrade, and attach any kind of peripheral to it.

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Photoshop New File Print Settings

There are some things that you want to be aware of when you start creating an artwork that will be printed. Because most of the Photoshop Tutorials on web are not going through a printing process, these details are omitted and in this way the user is getting used to develop over many years without considering some important details. He is reaching the point when, as a graphic designer, his work will be printed and chances to become a total fail will be huge.

To avoid mistakes in the long run we must learn some basic things about printing.

What you see on the screen is different than what you print and this happens because most of the printers (even the high-end ones that cost a lot) can’t perform like a screen.colors


Your monitor is using RGB colors while a printer is performing with CMYK (K is black color). It often happened to me to use RGB instead of CMYK and when I printed the work  a light blue was a dark blue, a yellow to green color was complete green etc. Apart from these, black happened to be a dark blue sometimes and result was catastrophic. It is important to keep in mind when you are creating something that will be printed that CMYK is the best way to go. When you create a New File, just make sure that CMYK is selected.


You started with CMYK and you begin working. Unlike the rest of colors, black has a different approach.

Now you may say ” Hey, but isn’t that black a blue ? “. Well, it is, but is good for print. I personally tested on my CanonMP160 and I had a black with a little bit of blue to be honest, but was black. Don’t think now that a printing company has a compact printer. To be clear on things, go and talk to the company that you will print, otherwise keep it like in the image above.

When it comes to layouts, you must be aware of some guidelines. These guidelines are called Bleed, Trim and Safe. Often you can see them as areas or zones. Let’s look at the image below.cmyk


Bleed area is the portion of your artwork that is bleeding or stretching if you want. To prevent white borders when a business card is trimmed, for example, bleed comes in and is completing the color. This means that your bleed area is not always something that will disappear.

Some use trim areas, some don’t. Often the bleed area from above is called Full Bleed and the Trim Area – Bleed Area.

Trim line is where the material is cut. Maybe now you’ll have a better understanding of bleed. If the trimming is made a little bit more to the left and you lack of bleed area, white borders are appearing. This is why it is important to always keep these guidelines in mind and apply them.

Safe line is the line of the police. No more text and images beyond this point, sir ! You should keep your title, text paragraphs, logos, everything in this zone because only the background can pass. Always make sure that important elements of background are not passing this line. Suppose that you have a man stretching his hands with a blue towel in his back. You may extend the towel until bleed, but don’t let his fingertips pass the safe line.

Now you may ask yourself “Ok, so what do I have to do ? Create these lines everytime ? What are their sizes ?”. Most of the times, the bleed area is a 0,25in, same for trim area, but sometimes other companies that will print your work have their own sizes so, if you can, ask them for a template. If you always go with 0,25in is perfect because these are standard, although when I used to work at a local printing company they had different sizes for bleed.

Anyway, keep it 0,25 or to make it more easier for you, download templates from companies like They have all kind of templates, from tri-fold, bi-fold brochures to business cards. Just register and start downloading templates whenever you need them.
These templates already have the resolution and DPI set, bleed/trim lines are drawn. You only have to start working on your project.

DPI comes from dots per inch and is a measurement tool for pixels if I can say that. For materials like brochures/flyers/book covers 300DPI is enough and very good. If you consider an artwork for a billboard, a mega poster or something bigger, you have to raise to 450 and even 600 sometimes. Be aware that increasing the resolution or dpi also makes your file bigger so prepare for Photoshop to start using more of your processor.

What I told you here are only some basics that you have to keep in mind. Further information is always welcome so I recommend you to take time and take a look at this article “A Guide to Preparing Files for Print“.

Now that everything is clear, you will have a plus when you’ll start another tutorial. Good luck !

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