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Graphics Software Beginner Basics

Whatever your graphics software of choice is, this is the place to start learning. Just pick a subject and start digging in.
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Understanding Layers in Your Image Editor
If you've never explored layers in your graphics software, you are really limiting yourself. This article provides a basic for understanding layers in many image editing programs.

A Few Simple Things to Greatly Enhance Your Pictures
You may not think you need to do any out-of-camera photo editing before you print or share your photos, but there are a few, simple things you can do to make those good photos so much better.

Why is my Picture Turned Sideways?
Are your portrait orientation pictures displaying sideways on your computer or online? Learn how to get those vertical photos to display correctly instead of sideways.

The Pitfalls of JPEG Compression
JPEG compression makes your pictures nice and small so you can fit more on your storage card, but too much compression can damage them beyond repair.

Quick Photo Fixes
As hard as we try, not every photo comes out perfect. Thankfully, today's photo editing software makes it easy to correct a myriad of mistakes. Here are some software solutions to many common photo problems.

How To Email Optimized Pictures From Windows Vista
Windows Vista has an automated function that will resize, optimize, and email a group of pictures without altering your originals.

The Pitfalls of JPEG Compression
JPEG compression makes your pictures nice and small so you can fit more on your storage card, but too much compression can damage them beyond repair.

Adobe Photoshop Basics Class
This free online class consists of eight self-paced lessons that will give get you up and running with Adobe Photoshop. For versions 5 through 7.

Organize Your Photos with Photoshop Elements
Are you drowning in digital photos and looking for a better way to organize them? If so, this free e-mail course is for you! In just two weeks of daily lessons, you will learn how to utilize all the features of Photoshop Elements 3's Photo Organizer to get your photo collection organized and begin enjoying your photos more.

Answers to Common Questions About Digital Images
Learn how to properly size digital images and other important information about working with digital images.

The Right Way to Email Digital Photos
Sending pictures by email is an easy way to share your digital photos, but make sure you do it the right way so you don't annoy your friends and family.

Top Digital Camera Newbie Mistakes to Avoid
Digital photography brings with it a lot of freedom, but it also opens up a whole new world of technology that can be confusing to the newcomer. The resources in this article with help you overcome and avoid the most common digital camera newbie mistakes.

Beginner Photo Editors for Macintosh
These Macintosh tools offer bitmap-based image editing, photo enhancement, and graphics creation capabilities for the beginner. I selected these top picks based on how easy they would be for a graphics novice to learn and use, but I also looked at how flexible they would be for the long term.

Beginner Photo Editors for Windows
These Windows tools offer bitmap-based image editing, photo enhancement, and graphics creation capabilities for the beginner. I selected these top picks based on how easy they would be for a graphics novice to learn and use, but I also looked at how flexible they would be for the long term.

Facts About Bitmap Images
Learn about the qualities of bitmap (or raster) images, one of the two major types of 2D graphics.

Facts About Vector Images
Learn about the qualities of vector-based and metafile images, one of the two major types of 2D graphics.

Getting Started Scanning
Beginner's suggestions and guidelines for using your scanner. Includes scanning resolution for email and the Web, saving your scans, and printing digital photos and scanned images.

How to Convert Graphics
Learn how to convert graphics between various formats, identify file formats, and find the software you need for converting images.

How To Email Optimized Pictures From Windows XP
When sending pictures by email, it's important to reduce the size of your pictures so they transfer faster and are more viewable on the recipient's screen. Windows XP has an automated function that will resize, optimize, and email a group of pictures without altering your originals.

How To Learn to Use Graphics Software
Learning graphics software isn't impossible. Anyone can do it with some determination and these simple steps to help you on your way.

Make Files Open in the Program you Choose
Learn how to change file associations in Windows so that certain files can be opened by the program of your choice when they are double-clicked.

Opening Images
What to do when your graphics won't open or your file associations stop functioning.

Quick Photo Fixes
As hard as we try, not every photo comes out perfect. Thankfully, today's photo editing software makes it easy to correct a myriad of mistakes. Here are some software solutions to many common photo problems.

Removing Backgrounds and Maintaining Transparency in Graphics Software
An overview of the various approaches you can take for removing a backgound from an image and maintaining transparency when moving images between programs.

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