Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Transparency

Transparency

Transparency / Gradient / Opaque / Opacity

You can overlay one image onto another so that the foreground image does not completely obscure the background. Here are a couple of ways this can be done.

One way is to discard the background so an image like a logo or a person can be overlaid onto whatever background or colour is required. PowerPoint slides and web pages are typical examples of where you might want to do this. In this example the logo has no background and overlays the grey lines without obscuring them. This is not really transparency but amounts to a similar effect. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Canvas Resizing

Resize Canvas

Resizing The Image Canvas

Sometimes an image is just the wrong shape. There are two easy ways to deal with this, one is to crop the image and the other is to increase or change the canvas size.

Increasing or changing the canvas size is straightforward enough on images that have a uniform background but images with a variable background are not so easy. I will show you how to deal with filling in the new canvas area where the background is simple and some ideas on how to deal with more complex and variable backgrounds.

The video below explains how to resize an images canvas and work with the new canvas areas. What you will learn is listed below the video. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Resizing

Resize an image

Simple Ways To Resize An Image

Another very common and simple thing that you might want to do to an image is to resize it. This is a very easy and quick to do.

The video below explains the few simple things you need to know to effectively resize an image. What you will learn is also listed below the video.

What You Will Learn About Resizing

What is resizing? Resizing is the process of making an image bigger or smaller. The proportions of the image can be changed but this will usually result in a noticeably distorted image. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Cropping

Cropping

Simple Ways To Crop An Image

Cropping is one of the most common things that people do to images.

The video below explains some simple and fairly basic cropping. What you will learn is also listed below the video.

I will explain more of the available cropping options and advanced features in a future article.

What You Will Learn About Cropping

What is Cropping? Cropping is the process of selecting one or more areas of an image and discarding the rest. For example, if you have an image of a cat and a mouse, you can select just the mouse and discard the rest of the image. Cropping usually reduces the size of an image as a consequence of selecting less than the whole image. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Introduction

Working with images

Working With Images Can Be Easy!

You can do some very complex things with images but most of the time most people only need to apply simple changes to them. This series of articles will deal with those simple popular changes to images that will get you by in the majority of cases. Changes like cropping, resizing, etc.

You can use whatever image editing software you like but in this series I will be using Paint.net because it’s free and easy to use. If you have used Adobe Photo Shop you will find Paint.net familiar but lighter. Paint.net uses less of your computers resources which makes it pleasant to use. READ MORE

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My 10 favourite free utilities

Ok, the picture above has nothing to do with my 10 favourite free utilities, it is in fact part of a campaign that United Utilities held in 2011, they provide water but it’s a lot more interesting than the picture I was going to put up here 🙂  It’s a ploy to get people interested that’s all, did it work, I dunno, perhaps you’ll let me know or tell me off or something!?

When I came to write this and I looked on my computer I realised that I didn’t use that many utilities so I struggled to get to the 10.  Perhaps that means that at least the ones I do have are useful, I don’t know.  Anyway they may or may not be the most cutting edge ones available but they do the job and that’s what’s important!  I have some others but I hardly use them. READ MORE

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