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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Add Icy Effects to Your Text

Icy letters can be a great addition to winter postcards, Christmas cards or any cold weather photos. This simple tutorial for Photoshop will show you how.

And you're done! Play around with the colors, might make a great Halloween effect as well!

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Adobe CS4 64-bit – Not for Mac? Part 2

Following on from Mondays Post…

Photoshop offers huge speed advantages for those who typically work with large images on systems with RAM of about 32GB and up. Even normal users will possibly see a performance increase of 8% to 12% when using the 64-bit version of Adobe's software compared to 32-bit.

Regrettably this means Mac OS X users will not be able to take advantage of the performance gains in CS4; those who do manipulate massive images on their Mac's may need to use Windows until CS5 is released further down the road.

A Note: Ironically, when Photoshop was initially released back in 1988, the software was available for Macintosh only. The product didn't even ship for Microsoft's platform until 1992, when Adobe ported Photoshop 2.0 to Windows.

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Airbrushing can be really fun sometimes, you can create spectacular photos using shading, airbrushing and mixing these techniques. Here is an airbrush technique right here:

Set the brush as above and brush across the canvas until you have a similar look to the one below. Apply the filter > Distort > Ripple Effect with the standard settings repeat a further four times.

Apply the Filter > Blur > Radial Blur Zoom 50% click Edit > Fade Radial Blur > 75%. Set the eraser as above and brush lightly across the canvas until you have a similar look to the one below. Apply a Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Set the radius so you get the required detail of airbrushing Apply Edit > Transform > Distort to create the required shape depending on the blur applied it should come out something like below.

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Are you an Ebay novice?

Are you looking for selling tips or struggling to make your first listing.

Don't know whether to sell by auction or Buy It Now?

These are all questions that people new to Ebay ask all the time. Selling on Ebay is very simple and can prove to be very lucrative but can also be a minefield if you don't know what you're doing.

A lot of selling expertise on Ebay comes from trial and error. Try listing with different titles, different descriptions and different pictures and see what works best for your niche. This means you may incur listing fees quite quickly so we would always advise starting with 99p auctions that are now free to list and therefore allow you to experiment at no cost – If it sells great! If it doesn't then no loss!


Assembling “reverse phone directories”

Assembling "reverse phone directories"–databases which link business, residential, and cell phone numbers to their owners' names and personal information—researchers collect personal data from government sources, public information, brokers of marketing data, and other reliable sources. Many local merchants use their directories to personalize their service and grow their business. Many ordinary people use online reverse phone directories to make sure they have correct and up-to-date addresses for stores, services, and friends. Just as importantly, though, with online access to reverse phone directories, people can protect their own privacy. Not everyone wants his or her private data available to the general public. Therefore, reverse directory services allow customers to restrict access to their own information, keeping themselves safe from intrusion, interruption, or worse.

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Beauty Salon

Betty, owner and operator of all the moms' favorite beauty salon, explains why she signed-up for online access to a reverse phone directory: "Sure, we take walk-ins; they're about thirty per-cent of our business. When a new customer walks in, we make sure we get a name and a phone number. Then, after we've done the nails and the nice cut and color, we use the phone number to get an address, and we send the new customer a little thank you note. We tell the little woman she's always welcome, we hope she loves her chic new look, and she oughta call us for an appointment next time she needs a little pampering. The walk-in becomes a regular in no time."

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Become Adobe Certified.

It can be difficult to get ahead in today's market. To stand out and be noticed. More than ever, you need a clear and focused way to tell the world about your expertise. The solution? Become Adobe Certified. Adobe certification is an industry standard of excellence, and it's the absolute best way to communicate your proficiency in leading products from Adobe.
As an individual, an Adobe Certified credential allows you to:

As a business, use the Adobe Certified credential as a benchmark so you can:

Be Gone Acne!

Nothing can make you want to toss a photo aside like the presence of acne on the subject of the picture. Don't delete or cast aside that image yet, as you can fix that by touching up that photo in editing.

First, select the picture with the offending acne. Then click on the "Healing Brush Tool" and set the brush size to 5px for an example.

As you choose the brush size, set the "Hardness" to 100% and the "Spacing" to 25%. Press ALT while you click the mouse over a non-blemished area and click over the acne area to "clear up" the skin.

To remedy the areas with two different colors of blemishes, set the "Hardness" to 66% in order to blend the areas for a much more realistic effect. Finally click on Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to balance the colors out. The Hue slider for example can be adjusted to even out the reddish colored blemishes.

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Between Color and Black and White

Once you do the basic color improvements, here's what you do:

  1. Create a new Channel Mixer Adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Channel Mixer).
  2. Then click to check the box that says Monochrome to make the picture black and white (but don't click OK yet).
  3. You may want to adjust the weights of each color in the black white configuration depending on the picture, then when it looks good to you click OK.
  4. Then make a duplicate of your first layer (the layer containing the picture, not the adjustment layer), make sure you have the right layer selected when you try to make the duplicate. (Layer>Duplicate Layer).
  5. Then move the duplicate layer above the channel mixer layer by clicking on it and dragging it.
  6. Then while you still have that layer selected, change it's mode from Normal to Overlay.

After you made those changes your layers should look something like this.

Your picture should now look like its somewhere between color and black and white. If it looks a little too intense try downing the opacity on the top layer a little bit to let more of the black and white through.

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Business Start-Up Checklist

Below are some of the tasks involved in starting a home-based business.

You will need to take additional steps if you have employees, will incorporate, or will have a business partner. Refer to this checklist often when starting your business to check what steps you need to take next.

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Business Start-Up Checklist for Secretarial Services

Below are some of the tasks involved in starting a secretarial business.

You will need to take additional steps if you'll have employees, a business partner, or will incorporate. Since laws vary by state, check with your city and county to find out what legal requirements you'll have to comply with.

Refer to checklist often when starting your business to check what steps you need to take next.

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Colorize Portions of Black and White

This tutorial is to help you learn how to make certain spots color after you have converted a color photo to black and white. OK after you have the picture that you want to work on open in Photoshop:

  1. Convert the photo to black and white using a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer, If you need help with this step please refer to our Conversion to Black and White Tutorial.
  2. Make sure you have Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer selected in the Layers menu.
  3. Click on the Brush Tool,
  4. (make sure the colors you are working with are black and white).
  5. Using the color black, carefully brush over the parts of the picture that you want to be in color, (you made need to adjust brush sizes for the small details). When you do this the parts that you brush should turn back to color.

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Create a Simple Wooden Frame

  1. Open Photoshop. Open the image to create Plain Wood frame.
  2. Create New file with 640 X 480 Pixels and drag the image on it using Move tool.
  3. Create a new layer in the middle of background and image layer. Keep it Selected. You can name it as a BASE frame layer if you want.
  4. Draw rectangular selection around the image for frame using Rectangular Marquee Tool, on the BASE frame layer.
  5. Edit > Fill > Pattern
    (Select Pattern from the Use drop down and Select Wood from custom pattern)
    Deselect using CTRL + D
  6. Layer > Layer Style > Bevel and Emboss (Style : Inner Bevel)
  7. Create another layer above BASE frame layer and draw another rectangle on it using Rectangular Marquee tool. It should be smaller than the rectangle on the BASE frame layer. Fill it with the same wood pattern used for the BASE frame layer. Deselect using CTRL + D.
  8. Layer > Layer Style > Bevel and Emboss (Style : Inner Bevel)
  9. Select image layer
  10. Layer > Layer Style > Bevel and Emboss (Style : Pillow Emboss)
  11. Image > Trim to trim the image.

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Creative Suite Online

CS4 is also ground-breaking through the use of artificial intelligence – the upgraded program is designed to optimize photo editing with better focus, depth and resolution optimization. In pre-release testing it was found that many images which originally came out as not workable were altered into relatively clear pictures using this feature set.

In keeping with the trend to online serves, the new online feature Kuhler (Cooler) allows you to share, collaborate and review other artists work, along with downloading public use templates to augment your images.

In closing, Adobe has done a fantastic job with CS4 and it is a strong buy for photographers, graphic designers and hobbyists alike – if you're running Vista on a newer machine and often use Photo Shop or Illustrator, then CS4 is a must buy for your collection.

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Dodge/Burn Tools

The most obvious tools for dodging and burning are the Dodge and Burn tools. Choose Dodge to lighten and Burn to darken. Options include Range and Exposure.

Range – Here you can choose Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights. Dodging and burning will emphasize these tones.

Exposure – Here you can determine the strength of the dodge/burn tools. Default is 50%.

You can retrace to build up dodge/burn effects in a painterly fashion. The default exposure of 50% works well in this regard. Excessive dodging or burning can be undone with Ctrl-Z (undo) or backing up to a previous version in the History palette.

The Dodge and Burn tools change image pixels. This makes it difficult to undo or make changes at a later date. Although you can control range and exposure, the controls are somewhat primitive. You cannot, for example, increase or decrease contrast.

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Drain cleaning service

Joe the Plumber explains how he and his team use their online access to a reverse phone directory: "Once we leave the shop in the morning, going out to clean drains and fix pipes, we don't want to go back. We're all over the city, all over the county, sometimes all over the greater tri-state area. But our dispatch girl keeps us right on top of what's happening. "A customer calls-in, see, says she has an exploding toilet and needs help asap. Our girl gets her name and our caller id gets her number. Then, Miss Dispatch checks the reverse directory for the exact street address, making sure we got it exactly right, ya know? From there, our little sweetie gets us turn-by-turn driving directions from one job site to the next—no muss, no fuss, no bother. And we got our little housewife's toilet all fixed-up and cleaned-up in no time flat. "Best of all, when we finish a job, we can send a little note to the customer, sayin', 'Hey, thanks for usin' our service, and we usually send 'em a coupon for the next time."

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Ebay has sites all over the globe

Ebay has sites all over the globe and is the biggest online auction site in the World. Nothing competes with it.

Set up in 1995 it now has in excess of 50 MILLION registered users and has sales in the BILLIONS of dollars.

Opening an account on Ebay is totally free of charge and allows you to bid, buy and sell on Ebay across the globe to an audience of millions. Because of this fact there are hundreds of thousands of people Worldwide who make their full time living from Ebay alone, some of which make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and some that even make millions.

It is now such a large avenue that even huge corporations and high street shops sell on Ebay as well as their own websites.


Elements 3

The latest entry level image editor from Adobe Systems is called Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. The software package is sort of a cross between Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 and Photoshop Album. You get a host of image organization cum image editing tools.

Photoshop Elements 3 has a very simple user interface and is clearly geared towards for beginners. But don't be fooled – the tool has some very powerful and flexible tools which even intermediate level users can make use of.

There is an 'Organizer' which lets you locate browse your photo collection and locate specific photos of interest. There is an 'Editor' where you can perform all sorts of image editing tasks on a photo. The integration between the two is seamless, meaning you can locate a photo in Organizer, then send it to the Editor with one click.

There are a host of options for sharing your photos in Photoshop Elements 3. You can attach the photos to email, burn CDs and DVDs, create calendars and postcards, upload a Web image gallery, among others.

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Free From Adobe Photoshop

Recently Adobe announced that it will release a free online version of its popular Photoshop image-editing software within six months. The online version of the program will be a stripped-down version of the application that has become an industry standard for graphics professionals.

The move to online usage is part of a larger effort by the company to bring key aspects of its software portfolio – which includes audio, video and graphics applications – to bring in advertising dollars and attempt to persuade users into purchasing software upgrades. Prior to this move Adobe's business has always been based on packaged software.

A sneak peak at Adobe's photography's future: Currently the company offers four versions of its Photoshop software, beginning with the high-end CS2 package which is targeted to creative professionals all the way to the free Album Starter Edition which is used by the casual photographer. According to Adobe, the online offering will be more like the consumer products.

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Guides and the Grid

Guides and the grid help you position images or elements precisely. Guides appear as nonprinting lines that float over the image. You can move and remove guides. You can also lock them so that you don't move them by accident.

The grid is useful for laying out elements symmetrically. The grid appears by default as nonprinting lines but can also be displayed as dots.

Guides and grids behave in similar ways:

You can use Smart Guides to help align shapes, slices, and selections. They appear automatically when you draw a shape, or create a selection or slide. You can hide Smart Guides if you need to.

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Halloween Photo Effect

In this tutorial we are going to show you how you can add a realistic fang to someone's mouth easily.

Step 1.) Use your polygonal lasso to cut the tooth and paste it on a new layer. You can do this using ctrl+c to copy and ctrl+v to paste it.

Step 2.) Now drag your new layer to lengthen the tooth.

Step 3.) Use the Edit > Transform > Perspective to shape the cut-out piece so it is now looking like a real fang. Also you might want to use the eraser to help you shape the fang.

Step 4.) Merge both layer (ctrl+e), and use the Clone Stamp tool to cover the joints and uneven areas and give the tooth more form.

Step 5.) You can use the soft paintbrush (capacity around 20) to make sure it really blends in with other teeth.

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How to Bench Press Considerations


Bench Press Considerations:

  1. I'm Missing at Lockout – What should I do?
  2. Elbows Flaring Out – What should I do?
  3. I'm Off My Chest – What should I do?

How to Bench Press Conventional


How to Bench Press (Conventional)

There are very important key points to remember when performing the bench press to ensure healthy shoulders and longevity. In fact, these key points apply to all the horizontal pressing movements in this manual.

1.Keep a tight grip on the bar at all times, a tighter grip equates to more tension in the lower arms, upper back and chest.

2.Keep your chest up (thoracic extension) throughout the movement.

3.Elbows should be tucked and end up at approximately 45 degrees from your side.

4.Unrack the weight and take a deep breath and hold it.

5.Row the weight down to your chest by pulling the bar apart, like a bent over row. Do not relax and let the weight drop.

6.Back, hips, glutes and legs are tight and isometrically contracted.

7.When you touch your chest, drive your feet downward and reverse the movement.

8. Lock out the elbows WITHOUT losing your arch and thoracic extension.

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How to Bench Press Sample Workout 2


Sample Workout 2

Upper – [DoggCrapp]

Foam Roller
Lacrosse Ball

General Warm-up
Barbell Curls
Barbell Press
Barbell Curl to Press
Barbell Squats
Barbell Good Mornings
Barbell Bent Over Row

Done as big superset x 2

Specific Warm-up
Light Worksets of Actual Exercises


Primary Movement

Elite Fat EZ Curl Bar Bench Press

DoggCrapp Training

DC1) Incline DB Bench 3sets x 30sec rest x AMAP
DC2) Elite Fat EZ Curl Bar Curls 3sets x 30sec rest x AMAP
DC3) Seated Rows 3sets x 30sec rest x AMAP
DC4) Barbell Shrugs 3sets x 30sec rest x AMAP
DC5) Jumpstretch Tricep Extensions 3sets x 30sec rest x AMAP
DC6) Bodyweight Dips 3sets x 30sec rest x AMAP

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How to Save Money on Secretarial Revisions

Apply the tips below to clearly indicate document revisions. When you indicate changes clearly, revisions will be quicker and more accurate, and your secretarial bills will be lower!

Editing a hard copy

Editing a computer file
Make a good impression with error-free documents. While your typist, secretary, or secretarial service will do their best to provide error-free work, always take the time to proofread the document yourself.

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How to Squat Considerations


Squat Considerations:

  1. I am Falling Forward in the Hole
    1. Technique – Keep the elbows facing downward, the chest up and don't let your air out
    2. Strength – incorporate more 45 degree back extensions, good mornings (with various bars), kb pullthroughs, pull-ups, bottoms up squats or chain suspended squats,
  2. I Get Stuck in the Hole
    1. Technique – Don't let the weight shift, make sure it is centered in the middle of your foot, band resisted squats, pause squats, kb front squats
    2. Strength – incorporate more full range back squats, improve ankle mobility, lunge variations
  3. I Can't Get Low Enough
    1. Technique – for back squats place with the foot position, slightly wider or narrower to find your particular groove, try different bar positions on your back as well
    2. Mobility – improve ankle, hip and upper back mobility

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Improvements to Current Features

The people at Adobe have been working hard to perk up existing Photoshop functionality, as if all those new CS3 features weren't enough.

Save for Web
The dependable Save for Web feature now has the interesting name of Save for Web & Devices. The Edit in ImageReady button in the bottom corner of the dialog has been replaced with the Device Central button for previewing your image on an emulated device. Other than that there haven't been many changes to the CS2 Save for Web.

So why is there no ImageReady button? ImageReady is gone! It's moved on to software heaven. The more functional ImageReady features such as animation, slices and so on have been absorbed into Photoshop itself while other features, such as image maps, have been dropped.

Personally I always thought it was always a bit awkward when constantly flipping between Photoshop and ImageReady to create things like animated GIFs (which, let's face it, aren't as popular as they used to be anyway).

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Is it Easy to Buy from You?

If it's not easy for prospects to buy, they won't. Use this checklist to find obstacles in your Web site that cost sales.


Contact Information

Product Information

Payment and Ordering Methods

Is it easy to buy from you? Eliminating obstacles will boost your sales immediately.

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7 ”FATTY” Foods that Can Help You to Get a Flat Stomach (some of these will surprise you!)

At this point, the anti-fat propaganda has died and almost everybody understands by now that eating fat doesn't necessarily make you fat.  In fact, it's absolutely imperative to get enough healthy fats in your diet to keep your hormones balanced, blood sugar under control, and prevent cravings.  Here are 7 examples of "fatty" foods that can actually HELP you to get lean…

healthy chocolate1.  Super Dark Chocolate (at least 72% cacao content or higher) – It might not be a secret anymore, but yes, dark chocolate (NOT milk chocolate) can be a very healthy food, even though it is technically calorie dense.

However, I would contend that dark chocolate can actually HELP you to burn off more body fat if you're the type of person that has a sweet tooth and likes to eat a lot of desserts.  In this case, just 1 or 2 small squares of dark chocolate can many times satisfy your sweet tooth for only 30 or 40 calories as opposed to 500 calories for a piece of chocolate cake or a piece of pie.

Also some brands of dark chocolate that are in the mid 70′s in % cacao content or higher, can have a fairly high ratio of fiber content (I've seen some brands have 5 grams of fiber out of 15 grams of total carbs per serving), and relatively low sugar content compared to the amount of healthy fats.  In fact, that's one of the "tricks" I use to select a good quality chocolate… I look for more total fat than total carbs (or about the same number of grams of each).

The importance of that fact is that it means many dark chocolates will not greatly affect your blood sugar and will have a fairly blunted blood sugar response compared to other "sweets".

In addition, dark chocolate is also very rich in healthful antioxidants, including a powerful compound called theobromine which has been shown to help lower blood pressure and have other health benefits.  The fat content in a good dark chocolate should come solely from the natural healthy fats occuring in cocoa butter and not from any other added fats.  Any chocolates with added fats or other additives will generally not be as healthy.

The reason I say to choose dark chocolates with at least 72% cacao content is that the higher the % of cacao, the lower the % of sugar.  However, this does mean that any chocolate over 80% cacao content will generally start to get a more bitter taste and have very little sweetness.  If you like this type of taste, then the higher % cocao, the better. Otherwise, a good 75% dark chocolate is in my opinion an almost perfect combination of lightly sweet with a rich chocolate taste.  Just remember to keep those daily quantities of chocolate small as it is calorie dense!

You can also reap the benefits of the antioxidants and fiber without all of the calories by using organic unsweetened cocoa powder in your smoothies or other recipes.

coconuts have healthy fats2.  Coconut milk, coconut flour, and coconut oil –  Coconut milk and oil are great sources of a super healthy type of saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), including a component called lauric acid, which is a powerful nutrient for your immune system, and is lacking in most western diets.  In addition, MCTs are readily used for energy by the body and less likely to be stored as bodyfat compared to other types of fats.

Along with coconut milk and coconut oil as healthy fat choices, we've also got coconut flour as a healthier flour option for baking. Coconut flour is an extremely high fiber flour alternative (almost ALL of the carbs in this flour are fiber and not starch!).  Coconut flour is also VERY high in protein compared to most flours and is also gluten free!

Just beware that if you're going to use coconut flour for baking, it absolutely NEEDS to be mixed with other flours as it sucks up moisture like crazy… I've made delicious baked goods by mixing coconut flour with almond flour and quinoa flour in equal parts, and adding slightly more liquid ingredients than the recipe calls for.

healthy fats in butter3.  Grass-fed (pasture-raised) butter — yes, delicious smooth and rich BUTTER (real butter, not deadly margarine!)… It's delicious, contains loads of healthy nutritional factors, and does NOT have to be avoided in order to get lean.  In fact, I eat a couple pats of grass-fed butter daily and maintain single digit bodyfat most times of the year.

There's a lot of confusion about this topic… in fact, I just saw a TV show today that was talking about unhealthy foods and one of the first things they showed was butter.  It just shows that the majority of the population has zero idea that butter (grass-fed only!) can actually be a healthy part of your diet.

In fact, there's even ample evidence that REAL butter can even help you to lose body fat for a couple of main reasons:

a.  Grass-fed butter is known to have high levels of a healthy fat called CLA, which has been shown to have anti-cancer properties, and also has been shown to help burn abdominal fat and build lean muscle.

b.  Grass-fed butter also has an ideal balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids (unlike conventional grain-fed butter) which helps fight inflammation in your body, and can help balance hormones.

c.  The healthy fats in grass-fed butter also contain MCTs, which help to boost your immune system and are readily burned by the body for energy.  The healthy fats in grass-fed butter also help to satisfy your appetite and control blood sugar levels, both of which help you to stay lean!

If you have a hard time finding a grass-fed butter at your grocery store, Kerrygold Irish butter is one of my favorites, and even though the label doesn't clearly state "grass-fed", the cows are 100% grass-fed on lush green pastures in Ireland. It's one of the richest butters in color that I've seen, which indicates high levels of carotenoids.

whole egg nutrition to burn body fat4.  Whole Eggs, including the yolk (not just egg whites) – Most people know that eggs are one of the highest quality sources of protein.  However, most people don't know that the egg yolks are the healthiest part of the egg… that's where almost all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (such as lutein) are found in eggs.

In fact, the egg yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and panthothenic acid of the egg. In addition, the yolks contain ALL of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the egg, as well as ALL of the essential fatty acids.  Also, the protein of whole eggs is more bio-available than egg whites alone due to a more balanced amino acid profile that the yolks help to build.

Just make sure to choose free-range organic eggs instead of normal grocery store eggs.  Similar to the grass-fed beef scenerio, the nutrient content of the eggs and the balance between healthy omega-3 fatty acids and inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids (in excess) is controlled by the diet of the hens.

Chickens that are allowed to roam free outside and eat a more natural diet will give you healthier, more nutrient-rich eggs with a healthier fat balance compared with your typical grocery store eggs (that came from chickens fed nothing but soy and corn and crowded inside "egg factories" all day long).

If you want more details on eggs, here is an article that details more about why egg yolks are BETTER for you than egg whites.

grass-fed beef healthier than grain-fed beef5.  Grass-fed beef or bison (NOT the typical grocery store beef!) – I know most people think that red meat is unhealthy for you, but that's because they do not understand how the health of the animal affects how healthy the meat is for consumption.  Keep this in mind — "an unhealthy animal provides unhealthy meat, but a healthy animal provides healthy meat".

Typical beef or bison that you see at the grocery store is raised on grains, mainly corn (and to some extent, soybeans). Soy and corn are NOT the natural diet of cattle or bison, and therefore changes the chemical balance of fats and other nutrients in the beef or bison.  Grain-fed beef and bison is typically WAY too high in omega-6 fats and WAY too low in omega-3 fats.  In addition, the practice of feeding cattle corn and soy as the main portion of their diet upsets their digestive system and makes them sick… and it also increases the amount of dangerous e-coli in the meat.  This is not the case with grass-fed meat.

grass-fed steaks, healthy fat burning foodOn the other hand, grass-fed beef from cattle and buffalo (or bison) that were raised on the type of natural foods that they were meant to eat in nature (grass and other forage), have much higher levels of healthy omega-3 fats and lower levels of inflammatory omega-6 fats (that most people already eat way too much of) compared to grain fed beef or bison.

Grass fed meats also typically contain up to 3 times the Vitamin E as in grain fed meats.

In addition, grass-fed meat from healthy cattle or bison also contain a special healthy fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in MUCH higher levels than grain-fed meat.  CLA has been proven in scientific studies in recent years to help in burning fat and building lean muscle (which can help you lose weight!).  These benefits are on top of the fact that grass-fed meats are some of the highest quality proteins that you can possibly eat… and this also aids in burning fat and building lean muscle.

Grass-fed meats are a little harder to find, but just ask your butcher or find a specialty grocery store and they usually have cuts available.  I've also found a great site to order grass-fed meats online and have gotten to know the owner of this company well, and they are dedicated to the quality of their foods.
avocados - healthy fats and high nutrition6.  Avocados — Even though avocados are typically thought of as a "fatty food", they are chock full of healthy fats!  Not only is this fruit (yes, surprisingly, avocados are actually a fruit) super-high in monounsaturated fat, but also chock full of vitamins, minerals, micro-nutrients, and antioxidants.

Also, in my opinion, guacamole (mashed avocados with garlic, onion, tomato, pepper, etc) is one of the most delicious food toppings ever created, and you can be happy to know that it's also one of the healthiest toppings you can use on your foods.  Try sliced avocados or guacamole on sandwiches, burgers, eggs or omelets, on salads or with fish, or as a delicious side to just about any meal.

The quality dose of healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients that you get from avocados helps your body to maintain proper levels of hormones that help with fat loss and muscle building.  Also, since avocados are an extremely satiating food, eating them helps to reduce your appetite in the hours after your meal.  Say goodbye to junk food cravings and bring on that fat burning!  I personally eat anywhere from a half to a full avocado DAILY and it only helps to keep me lean.
nuts - more healthy foods to burn fat7.  Nuts:  Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans, Brazil Nuts, Macadamias, etc –  Yes, this is yet another "fatty food" that can actually help you burn belly fat!  Although nuts are generally between 75-90% fat in terms of a ratio of fat calories to total calories, this is another type of food that is all healthy fats, along with high levels of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  Nuts are also a good source of fiber and protein, which of course, you know helps to control blood sugar and can aid in fat loss.

Nuts also help to maintain good levels of fat burning hormones in your body (adequate healthy fat intake is vitally important to hormone balance) as well as helping to control appetite and cravings so that you essentially eat less calories overall, even though you're consuming a high-fat food.  My favorite healthy nuts are pecans, pistachios, almonds, macadamias, and walnuts, and by eating them in variety, you help to broaden the types of vitamins and minerals and also the balance of polyunsaturated to monounsaturated fats you obtain.

Try to find raw nuts instead of roasted nuts if you can, as it helps to maintain the quality and nutritional content of the healthy fats that you will eat.

Also, try to broaden your horizons beyond the typical peanut butter that most people eat, and try almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter, or macadamia butter to add variety to your diet.

One of the little "tricks" that I've used with clients when trying to cut down body fat is to have them eat a handful of nuts such as almonds or pecans about 20 minutes before lunch and dinner.  This ends up being a perfect time to control your appetite before lunch or dinner and helps you to eat less overall calories on that meal.

I hope you enjoyed this look at some of the healthiest "fatty" fat-burning foods you can possibly eat.  I could list a ton more, but wanted to give you a few of my favorites for now.  Enjoy!

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Lose Those Tonsil Stones Naturally

Have you noticed that there are some strange nodules at the back of your throat that are causing your problems? Have you found that recently your breath has gotten much worse and that you can't swallow too well? This could be because you are suffering from tonsil stones and when this happens, you need to find a way to get rid of them. So if you want a natural remedy, then maybe you should read on and see what we have to offer.

Many people suffer from tonsil stones and this can be a very worrying problem, but you don't have to worry because you can actually remove these stones yourself. There are several ways that you can do this and the simplest way is to use a pick or a medicine dropper to dislodge and suck out the stone from its place. This can sometimes be difficult to do when you have a sensitive gag reflux so you should try using warm saltwater gargles on a daily basis to help them come loose.

If you are able to dislodge your tonsil stones then maybe you should look at ways to prevent them coming back. For this you might want to change your diet and ensure that you eta the right things to stop them from coming back. You can find these diet plans online and can download them easily so that you can work on the prevention of your tonsil stones rather than the treatment.

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More Announcements from Adobe

The company also recently announced that it was entering into a partnership with image- and video-hosting web site Photobucket in order to give the site's 35 million users free access to Adobe's web-based video editing tools.

At that time the company said that it expects to announce more partnerships with Internet companies over the coming months, and that the ventures would be driven by Adobe's pursuit of higher advertising revenue and increased software upgrades from existing customers.

The timeline for Photobucket features to become available to the site's users is sometime in March. Adobe's shift to free online applications follows similar moves by other software makers. Google (Charts), for instance, has released online word processing and spreadsheet software under the Google Docs banner.

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My Notebook

Gathering the news is all about finding the right sources: "Do ya know where I can reach this guy, I ask my source," the reporter says. "My source gives me a first name and a cell phone number, sayin' the guy's got all the inside scoop. Of course, I wanna talk to the guy with all the inside dope, but how do I know he's on the up-and-up, and all I got's a cell phone, ya know? I use my reverse directory service, just punchin' in the cell number. Sure enough, there's the guy's whole story—full name, address, landline, work location, the whole enchilada. Lookin' at the work info, right away I can see why the guy is in the know, and I got enough info to approach him like I'm a friend, put him at ease so he'll talk for the record. Best thing we ever got, that reverse phone look-up service."

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Photoshop… and Black And White Photography

In its ongoing efforts to educate photography enthusiasts and snapshooters about digital photography, Adorama has just published a guide to shooting black-and-white photos with digital cameras, titled "There's a darkroom in your digital camera!"
While you can convert from color to black-and-white after the fact in an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, the article focuses on the many benefits of shooting the original photo in black-and-white.
Depending on the camera, users can add a sepia tone to their images, use virtual filters to control how light or dark different colors are rendered in black and white, and control contrast and sharpness. The article explains how each feature works.

Digital Camera Modes Revive Interest in Black-and-White Photography

Photoshop and Illustrator 2

Drawing and vector art tools can be found on Photoshop, but these tools and their capabilities are nothing in comparison to those on Adobe Illustrator.

A wide variety of templates are offered to help you get a project started and a number of different drawing tools are at hand to help you create your own personal artworks and graphics with Illustrator.

While you can create unique graphics with Photoshop, you must start with a base image and your tools to work with are limited in comparison to Adobe Illustrator. For those in the professional field such as graphic design, the best choice would be Adobe Illustrator. However, for those with smaller drawing needs, Photoshop will work just as well.

By combining a working knowledge of both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, you can manage the creation of brand new images or the enhancing of existing ones.

Photoshop CS4 – 64 bit or 32?

It may take a while for most users to migrate to the new 64-bit version of Photoshop CS4; in the interim, for those 32-bit users, the new CS4 offers a plethora of other significant changes to keep you happy.

CS4 comes with an assortment of new features including a restructured user-interface which in and of itself makes it a worthwhile upgrade for current users.

Undoubtedly the biggest difference in CS4 is that Photoshop is now available in both 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista versions. The 64-bit version allows users who have plenty of RAM to work on extremely large graphics with less hard-disk swapping, thus speeding up operations. This is a significant update given the dwindling amount of RAM currently available to modern PCs.

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Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop CS64?

You might be wondering what you can expect from the 64-bit version of Photoshop CS4. If you are looking for increased speed, and not additional effects or interface improvements, the typical user will not notice much change.

You will notice that there are some minor performance enhancements based on Adobe's preliminary testing of about 10%. 10% is based on what the average user uses Photoshop CS4 for, such as opening a 10meg RAW picture and doing basic image manipulation. However, if you are opening a large 3.2 gigapixel image and then editing it, you will notice that Photoshop 64 will outperform its 32-bit counterpart 10 times over.

Unfortunately not too many of us do that! To be honest, I don't desire to lead you to believe that Photoshop CS4 isn't worth it. You can make the choice yourself, but really, is it worth it?

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Photos on the web

While there is no easy way to prevent your photo's from being "right-clicked" when you post them on the web there are a few tricks to make it difficult for someone to "steal" your work:

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Pizza Parlor

Giuseppe, owner and still chief pizza maker in the neighborhood's favorite pizzeria, explains why he uses a reverse phone directory: "In our neighborhood, people speak almost forty different languages, and they have all different kinds of accents. Naturally, we don't want to be rude when we cannot clearly understand them over the phone, so we wake sure we capture their phone numbers. When we have their orders correct, we double check their names and addresses through the reverse directory. We save the info in a database, too, so that when our regular customers call, we quickly can identify them by name and address, and we can assist our delivery guys by printing out maps with driving directions."

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Prank Calls

"When my daughter and her three friends in the carpool first started high school," one mother shakes her head, "some boys started 'prank' calling us all the time. At first, my daughter just shrugged it off, and so did I. Kids; boys. You know. But then it started getting out of hand: they started calling late at night and in the middle of the night, and their calls start getting pretty nasty. The standard old star-69 thing wouldn't do any good, because the prank callers weren't going to pick-up. When I got the reverse directory service, though, I not only identified the boys; I found their mothers. It's amazing what a little mom-to-mom communication accomplishes. Problem solved."

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Quinoa and The Glyceamic Index

Quinoa has a glycemic index of 51 which is in the green zone for followers of the GI diet. I am now on this glycemic index diet having lost a lot of weight on the crazy lighter life diet.

Quinoa is easy to include into any diet but because of its low GI and other health benefits, it is one of the best foods to eat regularly in your diet.

Quinoa can be combined with vegetables, fruit and other grains to produce delicious meals and snacks. The Low GI diet is great in itself but with quinoa in the diet it makes it even better. Quinoa is filling and full of protein.

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A raster graphics editor is a computer program that enables users to paint and edit pictures interactively on the computer screen and save them in one of many popular "bitmap" or "raster" formats such as JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF. Typically an image viewer is favored over a raster graphics editor for viewing images. Some editors specialize in the editing of photo-realistic images like the well known Adobe Photoshop, while others are more focused on artist-created illustrations such as Adobe Fireworks.

Common Features of a raster graphics editor include:

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Secretarial Business Start-Up Cost

Below is a list of what you'll need to run your secretarial business and the estimated start-up cost.

You can start your secretarial business with just a computer, printer, a few business cards, and a pack of paper. You can get additional equipment and supplies later.

If you already have a computer, your start-up cost is minimal.

All the best success with your secretarial business!

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Stand Out from Your Competition

Attract your audience with a benefit that is different from everyone else. What is your distinct advantage? What separates you from your competition? What is distinctive about your offer?

Visiting competing web sites will give you ideas about content, design, and features you may need for your web site. Then, develop a web site and sales materials that stand out and distinguish you from them.

Answer these questions to help you formulate your uniqueness.

First, determine what makes your online business unique. Then you can emphasize your uniqueness to make your web site stand out and set you apart from your competition

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Text with a Reflection

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To get the effects of a reflection, follow these steps:

1. Select your text

2. Using the menu, select Layer, Rasterize, Type to rasterize the type

3. Enter Free transform mode by clicking Ctrl/T

4. Ctrl/Clcik to pull out Free Transfrom menu and select Perspective

5. Adjust the perspective by dragging either of the lower handles out and hit enter

6. Move the image up or down to get the desired distance for the cast shadow.

7. Choose Option/Shift/Delete to fill the object with your desired color.

8. Apply a Gaussain Blure to fog the shadow and set opacity to around 80% to give it a shadow.

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The “Boyfriend”

The “Ex”

When Ashleigh broke-up with Travis, the divorce grew bitter and ugly. Ashleigh was anxious to put as much distance between herself and the soon-to-be-ex husband as she could, but whenever she moved or changed her number, Travis found her and resumed his harassment. "I kinda knew that there were directories," Ashleigh says, "But I didn't really know how much info they contained or how easy they were to use. When I learned a little bit more about how people find new phone numbers and use reverse directories, right away I understood how Travis could track me down. But I also figured out how to stop him: The directories let you block access to all your information. With just one request and one fee, you can make all your stuff private. When I did that, the extra privacy was just enough to discourage Travis. Eventually, he gave up and moved on."

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The road warrior

A manufacturer's representative for a major tool company is out on the road six days out of every seven. He depends on his cell phone to keep him connected with his office and his customers. Because he cannot answer every call while he's driving, though, he frequently must depend on voicemail and his list of missed calls to check on his prospects. "I am so glad I signed-up for the reverse phone directory service," the rep sighs. "Often, one of my customers will leave a voicemail that says simply, 'Hey, this is Bob. Gimme a call.' Then, he just leaves his number. Do you have any idea how many Bobs I have among my customers? With the reverse directory, though, I can figure out which Bob it is, which retailer he works for, and what tools best will drive his sales. The reverse directory is the best tool I have."

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Whiter Teeth

You don't need special toothpaste if you've got Photoshop! The dodge tool makes quick work of whitening and brightening your smile.

  1. Open the image.
  2. Go to Image > Duplicate and close the original.
  3. Go to View > New View. This will open a duplicate window of the same image.
  4. Zoom one of the windows so that you can see the teeth as large as possible. Set the other window view to 100%
  5. Arrange the two windows so you can see both the zoomed view and the 100% view at the same time.
  6. Select the Dodge tool.
  7. In the options palette select midtones and set the exposure to about 20%.
  8. Select a small, soft brush. Be sure the brush is smaller than the teeth.
  9. Carefully paint over the teeth with the dodge tool.

Remember that too much brightness will make the image look faked. If you overdo it, go to Edit > Fade in. And for better accuracy, select the teeth before working with the dodge tool.

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