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Keyboards Short, Long, Fat, Thin, Loud, Soft And More

By Arthur H. Bleich– For years I wanted to take a circular saw and cut the numerical pad off of my keyboard. The the last time I used it must have been…I don’t even remember. But there it sat, just taking up space and putting my mouse just beyond a comfortable reach. Then, one day, tucked away on the Web, I found two companies you’ve probably never heard of– Fentek and Matias. Fentek has the largest collection of specialized PC (and...

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Photos To Art Prints In Eight Simple Steps

By Brady Wilks– A digital inkjet wet transfer print provides a look that no other process can achieve. Due to the variations that an artist can use to manipulate the print and its unique visual aesthetic, this alternative photographic process is a powerful and viable option for an artist’s expression. The process is simple and your supply list is short. You will need an inkjet printer; wax paper or a pack of printer labels (address, CD,...

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FREE GIFTS! The Nik Collection from Google and Nik Tutorials from GreyLearning

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you know just how coveted Nik imaging software programs are. Google bought Nik in 2012 and has announced that as they focus on long-term investments in building photo editing tools for mobile use, including Google Photos and Snapseed, they’re going to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available free. Actually, insiders say Snapseed was the prime target but Google had to take the...

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Tri-Fold Brochures Can Yield Big Profits

                                                                                       By Arthur H. Bleich– My first introduction to tri-fold brochures came in pre-web times when I was on an extended assignment to Alaska and based in Sitka. The Chamber of Commerce had placed some small ads in travel magazines to promote their beautiful town as a tourist destination. The response was overwhelming but...

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The History of Photography in 5 Minutes

I came across a gem of a video the other day and thought I’d share it with you. But to digress a bit, its title brought back some great memories of Don Novello, a comedian whose character, Father Guido Sarducci, made millions of viewers laugh in the late 70s and early 80s when he appeared on Saturday Night Live and many late-night talk shows. The good “Father” spoke with an Italian accent and purportedly was a reporter from a Vatican...

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Paper Crafts: Make Your Own Valentine Puzzle Purse

  Red River’s greeting card papers are perfect for Valentine’s Day cards  but for something really special,  use Red River’s 12×12-sized paper to make a Valentine Puzzle Purse that will enthrall your beloved and endear you to them forever. Puzzle Purse Valentines made their first appearance in Jane Austin’s time and were the rage from 1700s until the mid 1800s.Back then,  when romance was an art, sweethearts...

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Pros Choose Tony Bonanno To Print Their Best Images

Flip a Tony Bonanno coin and it’s a winner either way it lands. Heads, it’s an internationally renowned photographer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico who travels worldwide to shoot architecture, travel, documentary, corporate events, editorial and fine art photography. Tails, a talented digital print maker who works with both Epson and Canon large-format printers and outputs images for other pros. Bonanno is recognized as a Master Printer...

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Try Soft Light For Great Portraits

By Arthur H. Bleich– In the early days of amateur photography, enthusiasts were always being warned to “keep the sun at your back” because films were slow and  needed lots of light to record a decent image. But before photography became the beloved hobby of the masses, Victorian studio photographers had discovered that the best way to light their subjects was to avoid the sun altogether. They set up indoor studios with huge,...

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Paper Crafts: Make Bookmarks With Red River Paper

How many of you out there make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you have new goals to eat healthy, exercise more, get more rest, or read more? I made some bookmarks using a few of my photos along with some inspirational quotes and you can too!     I used Microsoft Word to design my bookmarks but you can use any software you wish. I opened up a new document and made sure that it was in “Landscape” mode. Under the...

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Paper Crafts: Pallet Christmas Tree With Paper Ornaments

Have you seen those adorable Christmas trees made out of pallets? We decided to make some for ourselves, two trees to be exact, and also decided to add a some decorations to it. First, you will need to obtain a pallet, you can either purchase one or go to a warehouse and ask if they are throwing any away. Second, with a power saw, and using safety goggles, very carefully cut the pallet into a tree shape. Third, to paint the pallet...

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