Exploring Adobe Photoshop CS3: Droplets, Automating Your Tasks

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adobe Droplets

In Part 1, we created a Watermark Action for one or two images. Now what if you have to watermark tons of images? It would still be hard to open your files one by one and hit the play button tons of times.
So, enter the Droplets.

Droplets allows an Action to be done on a set of images. It automatically performs the Action you selected on the images you wish to process. This could be done by either dragging your images to the Droplet icon (which we will get to later), or by selecting all open files in Photoshop.

First, we have to create a Droplet. File – Automate – Create Droplet.

A window will then appear containing the following sections.

Save Droplet In

Select where you would want to save your Droplet. The Droplet would appear as an executable file. It has an icon of its own outside of Photoshop, meaning your Droplet will remain in view whether Photoshop is running or not. For this demonstration, let’s say we save the Droplet on your Desktop and name it as Watermark.

Play

Set: Select the folder of your Watermark Action, if you created one, otherwise it would appear in the Default Folder.

Action: Select the Watermark Action.

For now, we will only mark the “Include All Subfolders” and “Suppress Color Profile Warnings” options. You can then later experiment with the other Droplet preferences.

Droplet in Photoshop

Destination

Select a destination where you would like to save your Action-Performed projects. For this sample, create a Watermarked Folder on your Desktop.

You may leave the Override Action “Save As” Commands unmarked since we have not done any Save As commands while recording the Watermark Action in Part 1. However, if you did save your file during recording, marking this checkbox would mean automatically saving your file in the Destination Folder (which is the Watermarked Folder you created on your Desktop) regardless of where you saved your file during recording. But if you do mark the checkbox, if your recording does not contain any Save As commands, your watermarked files will not be saved whether you have indicated the Destination Folder.

File Naming

This is where you specify the filename format you would like to use for watermarked images. To keep thngs simple and short, select Document Name for the first box and extension for the next box and leave the rest empty. Take note that you may save your filename will appear as the option you select – lowercase, uppercase, day before month and the like.

  • Starting serial#: We leave this as 0.
  • Compatibility: Select your operating system. Right now, I am using Windows.
  • Errors
  • Here you may either Stop for Errors or have it written in a file.
  • Click the OK button when you are done.

droplets demonstrate

You would then notice a Watermark icon on your Desktop. To get things going, you may either double-click on it to start the Watermark Action on all open files (these files must be saved first) or drag a folder of images to it (remember that we checked the Include All Subfolders option, so all contents of your folder will be watermarked). Either way, Photoshop would start to automatically watermark your images.

If the Save As command isn’t included in your Watermark Action (which is not if you followed exactly the steps in Part 1), the Save As Window will continually appear after every watermarked image.

Since watermarking is usually the last step in creating images, it would better to add a Save / Save As command to the Action. However, if your Action is to be done at the middle of your work, a Save As command would not be really needed to be included in the Action and it would be better to mark the Override Action “Save As” Commands to prevent the Save As prompt each time.

Once done, check your Watermarked Folder on your Desktop and you will see your images all watermarked.

Aside from watermarking, you could use Actions and Droplets in cropping and resizing (which could really be handy when making thumbnails or a photo album), adding color, textures and more complex tasks. More time could be saved and getting the job done is a lot easier.

Microsoft Excel Tutorial: How to Use the Control Toolbox

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Microsoft Office Excel Control Toolbox

The Microsoft Office Excel Control Toolbox has many controls and this tutorial describes what each control does and how you can use them.

1. Open Microsoft Excel

For this tutorial, you can use a pre-existing Excel file but I always like to create a new file so I don’t end up making undesired changes to the currently existing file, so open Microsoft Excel to create a new file.

2. Click View – Toolbars –  Control Toolbox

This will bring up the Excel Control Toolbox with different buttons for each control. Below is a list of each control with a brief description. (Note to make changes to any control, either click on “Properties” or right-click the control and click Object – gt; Edit). To use the buttons, click on one of the control buttons and then click anywhere on the worksheet to place the control on the worksheet.

Control Toolbox

Design Mode: Lets you make changes to any control on the worksheet. When you are in design mode, you have the ability to make modifications to all the controls on the sheet.

Properties: You can set the individual properties (like height, color, width, font, etc) for all the controls currently on the worksheet. From the dropdown of the properties window, you can select which control you want to change, and below you can make the changes to the different available properties.

  • View Code: This is an advanced feature that you can use with macros.
  • Check Box: You can create a standard checkbox.
  • Text Box: Create a standard textbox.
  • Command Button: Create a clickable button.
  • Option Button: Create a standard radio button.
  • List Box: Create a standard list box.
  • Combo Box: Create a standard combo box / drop-down menu.
  • Toggle Button: Create a standard toggle button with on/off type functionality.
  • Spin Button: Create a standard spin button to increment/decrement quantities.
  • Scroll Bar: Create a standard scroll bar to move up/down.
  • Label: Create a standard label with static text.
  • Image: Create a standard image to include pictures.
  • More Controls: Depending on what you have installed on your machine, you will see hundreds of additional controls you can include in your workbook!

Most of these controls from the Excel Control Toolbox are pretty self-explanatory, and in order to understand how to correctly use them requires actual hands-on practice. I would suggest keeping your Control Toolbox docked at the top with the other toolbars so you can easily access any of the controls when you need to.

You can use the controls from the Control Toolbox listed above to make your Excel worksheet more interactive and user-friendly. You can also provide additional functionality by adding control to your worksheets.

A Review on Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk 15.6″ Full-HD Gaming Laptop

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Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk

You could well argue that Dell laptops are bulky, and not your choice if you are looking for portability and business use. However, if you are looking for the ideal gaming experience, there is nothing better than the Dell Alienware series, yet.

Dell Alienware – The Gaming Behemoth You Need to Own

Dell acquired Alienware in 2006 and became the first company to introduce gaming laptops in the market. After this, they have been manufacturing world-class gaming laptops for many years. The first gaming laptop to be introduced was the Alienware M15x which was a heavy and big 15-inch laptop. However, the laptop has been discontinued.

On the other hand, today gaming laptops are slim and trim which have powerful systems. It is magnificent to see how far the gaming laptop industry has come from those days to now. So are you wondering the reason for this history lesson? We will tell you.

Today, we give you the review of one of the leading and most talked about the laptop in the market currently: The Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk.

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Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk Review

The Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk is a powerful gaming laptop which is for you if you are looking for a laptop which has more power than the normal laptops, spectacular design, and forward-looking capabilities. You get a storage capacity which is true to your needs and a computer compatible with your intense graphics games. You also have a good power supply unit offering you with a top performing gaming PC.

Amazing Specs

The Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk offers you a 8GB DDR3L RAM with an internal storage of 256GB SSD. Other than that it has a powerful 6th Generation Intel i5-6300HW Quad Core processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card so you can load games faster and play without any interruptions. To enhance your gaming experience this 15.6 inch laptop has a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920*1080.

Design

Being a part of the Inspiron 15 700 series, the Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk has a slick design which is matte black in color. The thickness of the laptop is less than an inch with the aluminum surface and the edges neatly cut and curved. This makes it easy to slide the laptop in your backpack or sleeve. This laptop is mainly to be used as a desktop replacement and therefore weighs a little on the heavier side at 5.67 pounds.

Dell Inspiron i7559-2512BLK gaming laptop

Screen

The Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk features a full HD display screen with a resolution of 1920*1080. It has an IPS display which gives different viewing angles, profound contrast and rich color display. If you think that the IPS display will produce reflections and glare, then you are wrong. Dell has used an anti-glare technology in their Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk which will reduce any kind of glare and reflections.

Dell Inspiron

Performance

The Dell laptop is combined with 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6300HQ and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card which ensures enough power for heavy games and graphics like Fallout 4, Grand Theft Auto V. Apart from gaming, it is also a great productivity laptop for your daily tasks like Photoshop, Illustrator, editing and much more.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard is comfortable which has adjustable backlighting for you to play games in the dark also. The trackpad is located towards the left rather than the center.

Final Verdict

We all know that a good gaming computer should be equipped with a satisfactory CPU, GPU, motherboard and a hard drive that is sufficient enough for storage purposes. The Dell Alienware series though offers a lot more than that and unless you want to move it around a bit, it’s one of the things you would need to satiate your gaming hunger.

The Dell Inspiron i7559-763blk, the right choice for all you gamers out there, is one of the most affordable choices in the gaming laptops. It is packed with strong performance, power, long-lasting battery life and much more. The latest processor, Full HD display screen and good speakers will take your gaming experience up a notch.

Have you thought about getting one for yourself yet?

Is a 14 Inch Gaming Laptop Screen Size Best for Gaming?

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14 Inch Gaming Laptop

Wondering whether it is worth investing in a 14 Inch gaming laptop screen size for your gaming needs? It may all depend on your personal preference, as we would see below.

If you’re a gamer, you would know that a gaming laptop is very different from the normal laptops – you need to take a look at everything from the design to its powerful components. Some, for instance, offer high-pressure Static ring RED LED fan with low noise and anti-vibration adds on to its features providing tough competition to its competitors.

This blend of power and design attract gamers to buy a gaming laptop for their needs rather than the normal laptops. Along with this, if you purchase this computer on Amazon, you get a one year warranty on parts plus a lifetime tech support free.

Are 14 Inch gaming Laptops Worth It?

What do gamers for when deciding on a gaming laptop?

For one, they prefer a laptop which has a good graphics card, high-resolution display, and ample storage. The question is, which size will be perfect?

Why is 14 inch Screen on a Gaming Laptop Good Choice?

Confused as to the size you need for your gaming laptop? gAMING Laptops can range from 13 inches to a massive 18 inches. We will tell give you reasons as to why a 14-inch gaming laptop screen may be ideal for your gaming needs.

super powered 14 inch gaming laptop

Thin and Lightweight

14-inch gaming laptops are designed in such a way that they are very thin and slim. On an average, these laptops weight under 5 pounds. Therefore, they are very light-weight which makes it easy to handle.

Portability

If you are someone who continuously likes to move around, then a 14-inch gaming laptop may be the best size for you. The screen size is small, and the laptop is thin and lightweight.

This makes it very easy to carry around and can easily fit anywhere without taking up much space, making it more portable than most other gaming laptops.

Long battery life

The 14-inch gaming laptops are mainly made for convenient portability, and therefore the manufacturers have put in the long-lasting battery life feature.

On an average, gaming laptops last about 7 hours and 38 minutes in one charge. A gaming laptop lasting this long while on the go is the best a gamer can ask for.

Razer Blade

Graphics

While you may think that a small laptop will mean that the graphics will be low, that is not true.

Most of the 14-inch laptops have NVIDIA GTX 1060 or GTX 1080 graphics card installed in them – the same as your 15.6 inch model offering a strong gaming performance for you. Play games like Witcher 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda without sacrificing on the gaming experience.

The Top Things to Love About 14 Inch Gaming Laptops

  • Sports powerful i7 processors, compatible with 3D graphics
  • Sports latest graphics card, including a GTX 1080 is an amazing video card that is great for VR
  • Offers a choice between DDR3 and DDR4 RAM, can can help you with all your multitasking needs
  • Good storage space on offer, just like the bigger screen size ones, as much as 2TB of hard drive space and more
  • Surprisingly portable for your needs.

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Should You Go For It?

Some 14 inch gaming laptops even offer the Intel core i7700K quad-core processor and offer as much as 2 TB storage capacity or more. With a gaming pro motherboard and Windows 10 Professional 64bit, 14-inch laptops are a good choice.

If you aren’t really obsessed about the screen size and are looking for more portability, there is no reason to not go in for a 14-inch gaming laptop falls in the mid-size category which is the most flexible laptop.

The laptop is large enough to be used as a desktop laptop while also small enough which can be carried around and used on the go. In addition to the convenience, it has long battery life, thin, lightweight and great graphics feature.

If you are confused about the size of the gaming laptop, you may want to consider buying a 14 inch one.