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    Why We Love Children

    10. At a Christian Academy the Preacher went to the classroom and asked the class "Where do you think GOD is?" A young girl answered "I think GOD is in my Heart" The Preacher replied "Great" A young boy then said "I think GOD is everywhere" The Preacher replied "Excellent" Then little Bobby said "I think GOD is in my Bathroom" The Preacher replied "Why do you think that My Son" Bobby replied "My Daddy keeps yelling "My god, my god are you still in there"
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    The Black Bra

    I would of said Helloooooooo
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    Bee Stung

    OMG now that is Funny
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    Funny Pictures

    This Thread is for Pictures that don't belong in the Motivational Posters Thread.
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    Beer contains female hormones

    Dang I knew it
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    Never piss off a cowboy's wife

    I did the Confused Smiley as I wound be Terrified
  7. You'll soon be able to get a 3D Printed Model of your Brain Now I'm going to be the 1st to say: You don't want to see my Brain There are almost limitless possibilities when it comes to 3D printing. Design your own color-changing jewelry? Fine. Fabricate your own drugs? No problem. Print an entire house in under 24 hours? Sure! Now, researchers have come up with a fast and easy way to print palm-sized models of individual human brains, presumably in a bid to advance scientific endeavours, but also because, well, that's pretty neat. In theory, creating a 3D printout of a human brain has been done before, using data from MRI and CT scans. But as MIT graduate Steven Keating found when he wanted to examine his own brain following his surgery to remove a baseball-sized tumour, it's a slow, cumbersome process that doesn't reveal any important areas of interest. MRI and CT scans produce images with so much detail that objects of interest need to be isolated from surrounding tissue and converted into surface meshes in order to be printed. This involves a radiologist manually tracing the desired object onto every single image "slice" of the brain, or it can be done via automatic thresholding, where a computer converts areas that contain grayscale pixels into either solid black or solid white pixels, based on a shade of gray that is chosen to be the threshold between black and white. But since medical imaging data often contains irregularly-shaped objects and lacks clear borders, features of interest are usually over- or under-exaggerated, and details are washed out. The new technology, developed by Keating and a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute, relies on printing with dithered bitmaps, a digital file format where each pixel of a grayscale image is converted into a series of black and white pixels, and the density of the black pixels is what defines the different shades of gray, rather than the pixels themselves varying in color. It's like the way black-and-white newsprint use different sizes of black ink dots to represent shading. The result was a 3D model of Keating's brain that preserved all the detail shown in the MRI data, down to a resolution that's on par with what the human eye can see from about nine inches' distance. The team has applied the same approach to other parts of the body, too. "Our approach not only allows for high levels of detail to be preserved and printed into medical models, but it also saves a tremendous amount of time and money," says James Weaver, who also worked on the project. "Manually segmenting a CT scan of a healthy human foot, with all its internal bone structure, bone marrow, tendons, muscles, soft tissue, and skin, for example, can take more than 30 hours, even by a trained professional. We were able to do it in less than an hour." The team hopes that the technology will be employed in hospitals for routine exams, diagnoses and learning, bypassing the time and expense previously involved in 3D printing medical imaging sets. "I imagine that sometime within the next five years, the day could come when any patient that goes into a doctor's office for a routine or non-routine CT or MRI scan will be able to get a 3D-printed model of their patient-specific data within a few days," says Weaver. Or in other words, you'll be able to walk around with a true-to-life model of your brain in the palm of your hand. Neat. Liebert: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/3dp.2017.0140
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    Thanks for Nothing

    Now this is Funny and True Now I disagree with this one: I Drink Coca Cola because it does
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    Rejected Hallmark Cards

    I think this is the Best one
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    Roger

    Hmmm all I can think of is OMG
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    What Women Want in a Man?

    Well I'm Screwed
  12. How to Make Sure You're Getting the Internet Speeds You're Paying For It’s probably been a while since you signed up for internet service, but you should have an idea of how fast your plan is. If not, give your ISP a call. Write down your plan’s maximum download and upload speeds. You can then use these speed-testing websites to see just your wifi’s actual performance stacks up to what you’re theoretically paying for. Before you begin, one quick word on testing: You’ll want to run a few speed tests at different times of the day across different sites, just in case your connection is suffering from congestion or any of the sites are under-reporting your speeds for whatever reason. Fast by Netflix Fast.com certainly lives up to its name, providing you with an almost immediate measurement of your download speeds in Mbps (megabits per second). If you click on “Show More Info” once the site’s measurement is finished, you can also test your upload speed and latency—how long it takes a webpage to start loading after you click a link. Fast.com also has an app if you want to check your speeds from your iOS or Android device. https://fast.com TestMy.net The speeds you see when testing your internet connection in the morning might not reflect the speeds you can expect to get in the afternoon or at night, when everyone is firing up Netflix after work. With TestMy.net, you can keep a tab open in your web browser and automatically measure your internet speed at different intervals throughout the day, which can help you figure out whether your ISP or your bandwidth-hogging neighbors are to blame for your connection. https://testmy.net Ookla Speedtest The Ookla Speedtest measures your download speed, upload speed, and latency, and separate apps are also available for checking the same statistics on iOS, Android, and your Windows or Mac computer. Create an account to save your results and chart all of your readings, which can help you figure out whether your speeds are falling (or improving) over long-term testing. http://www.speedtest.net Measurement Lab Network Diagnostic Tool If you need more detailed information than some of the other internet speed tests provide, consider Measurement Lab’s Network Diagnostic Tool. It isn’t flashy at first—giving you basic information on latency, download speeds, and upload speeds—but selecting the Details tab will show you even more advanced information: your packet loss, any network congestion, duplex mismatches, and whether it thinks you might have a cable fault (to name a few options). https://www.measurementlab.net/tests/ndt/ SourceForge Internet Speed Test Numbers only tell so much of a story. You can run a bunch of tests, sure, but how much speed do you really need to stream a movie or play an online game? SourceForge’s Internet Speed Test gives you many of the same statistics as our other options, but it also recommends services you’ll be able to use (or should avoid) based on your ping, download and upload speeds, and a combination of your packet loss, jitter, and latency. You’ll know, rather quickly, whether services like Skype, Netflix, or VoIP are worth trying on your connection. https://sourceforge.net/speedtest/
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    Coding links

    Well the only Numpty question is the one never asked As far a Coding, Highlight the link and then click the Code button If you have any more question Please ask
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    Post your internet connection speed

    My Internet Speed has been updated (My Upload speed still isn't that good until they finish with the main line and fine tuning - But I love my Download Speed)
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    The weeping Frenchman

    I drop tears every time I watch a WWII movie, Even the B and C rated movies
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    Farmer

    Holy Cow
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    mark Knopfler - All the Roadrunning

    Dang it was Fake I will keep looking for you
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    mark Knopfler - All the Roadrunning

    I just downloaded "Mark Knopfler - Discography" that say's it has what you asking for from a torrent site - I will upload and post it soon
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    retired truck driver

    Hello Vagabond_1, Welcome to CyberPhoenix I hope you enjoy your stay and come back often Please follow CyberPhoenix Rules and if you don't see something you want then use Search We also have a Request Section if you can't find something you want Become a CyberPhoenix VIP for Premium Accounts and alot more Administrator
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    ARE YOU GIGABIT READY?

    ARE YOU GIGABIT READY? 17 TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE HIGHEST SPEEDS POSSIBLE. The future of the internet is fast. Fourteen times faster than the 70 Mbps the US averaged for download speed in March, gigabit-speed fixed broadband is still rare, but it’s making appearances in locations over the globe. Before you get too attached to the idea of downloading 1 billion bits of data per second, know that getting gigabit service and adjusting your set-up to achieve top speeds is harder than you might think. We’re here to offer a few tips to help you achieve the Speedtest results you dream of. Some of these will help you maximize your potential internet speeds even if gigabit is not available in your area. Factors you can’t control 1. Is gigabit-level service available in your area? While internet service providers (ISPs), municipalities and companies like Google have been making headlines with gigabit (the ability to download 1 billion bits of information in one second), service is still rare (and expensive). Ask around to see if gigabit is available in your area. Google Fiber is one option in some cities. Also check with phone companies and smaller ISPs to see if they offer gigabit. Some forward-thinking governments in places like Longmont, CO; Grant County, WA and New Westminster, BC have even created their own fiber networks. 2. What kind of infrastructure is your service delivered over? You’ll get the best speeds with fiber because you won’t have to deal with the noise or interference that occurs over copper lines. However, new coaxial technologies, namely DOCSIS 3.1, have the potential to provide gigabit speeds, but not symmetrically (see the next point). Finally, phone lines, used for DSL, absolutely won’t cut it at all. Having fiber doesn’t mean you’ll automatically have gigabit; the service still needs to be available in your area and you’ll likely pay more for it. 3. Is the available service plan symmetrical? That is, are the advertised download and upload speeds the same? This varies by ISP, but asymmetrical service is more likely over coaxial connections — symmetrical gigabit service requires the robustness of a fiber optic connection. Asymmetrical service can lead to bufferbloat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bufferbloat 4. Understand the network located upstream of you. And the quality of that network matters. If your ISP’s central office doesn’t have the bandwidth to support all the gigabit connections in your area, everyone will see slower speeds during peak usage times. This also applies to peer-to-peer connections. If you’re downloading games and/or streaming movies, your performance is impacted by both the quality of the network those applications are using and how fast those services allow content to be downloaded. Gigabit is great for ensuring that multiple users are having a consistent internet experience, but don’t expect to be downloading games from Steam at gigabit speeds. 5. Data overhead makes 1 Gbps a theoretical number. Though perfect circumstances might allow you to send 1 billion bits of information per second, some of those bits are overhead (including preamble, inter-frame gaps and TCP) and your actual data throughput will be a little smaller. If there was no overhead, you might be able to achieve a Speedtest result of 997 Mbps, but you’re more likely to top out at 940 Mbps. For more details on the math, read this. What you can control 6. Good quality wiring is essential. To achieve the fastest speeds possible, the most important thing you can do is use Cat 6 ethernet wiring to connect your devices to your modem and/or router. Cat 5e can do it but you’ll get less crosstalk using Cat 6. Plus, if you’re going to spend the money on new cables, it’s worth future-proofing your investment. Cat 5e supports up to up to 1,000 Mbps while Cat 6 supports ten times that. Also don’t run your data cabling parallel to power lines — interference from the power lines can cause interference in the ethernet cabling. 7. Are both the ports and the CPU in your router gigabit-ready? Read the fine print when choosing a router. Not every consumer-grade router can support gigabit speeds over the ports in the back. And sometimes the ports support gigabit but the router’s CPU can’t keep up. In general, x86 processors are fastest, followed by ARM and then MIPS. You still need to check this even if your router was provided by your ISP. Typically you’ll find that recently-released and the more expensive consumer grade routers are up to the task. Here are two routers we recommend along with affiliate links to make your shopping easy: Ubiquiti Edgerouter. The super advanced user will enjoy the pared-down customizability of this router. Many of the Ooklers use some version of this router. It doesn’t have Wi-Fi built in so be sure to get one or more compatible access points. Velop Whole Home Wire Mesh. To set up your entire house at once, try this system. It comes pre-loaded with Speedtest so you can easily test your connection. 8. Use a hardwired connection. While Wi-Fi technology is catching up, you’ll still likely see better speeds if you plug that Cat 6 ethernet cable directly into your computer. 9. Check your adapter. Not all laptops have ethernet ports, so you’ll need an adapter for a hardwired connection. Make sure the adapter you’re using is gigabit capable. Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 adapters are usually good, but the performance of other adapters varies widely. And don’t forget, USB based adapters also add data overhead. 10. If you must use Wi-Fi, pick a clear channel and sit close to your router. All kinds of things can interfere with your Wi-Fi signal and thereby slow down your connection: fluorescent bulbs, baby monitors or even a cheap pair of wireless headphones. This is critical for Wi-Fi performance as only one device can use the channel at a time. In addition, Wi-FI uses CSMA-CA to handle collisions — if it detects a collision on the channel, the Wi-Fi device will halt sending and wait until the channel is clear. Interference counts as collisions, so you will end up with a sporadic and halting connection with interference nearby. If your connection is clear, attenuation (signal drop over distance) is a very real problem when using Wi-Fi. The 2.4 GHz band handles attenuation better but is more subject to interference. The 5GHz band is less subject to interference but has more issues with attenuation. Either way, you’re still likely only to achieve speeds topping out around 600 Mbps. If you are on the 2.4 GHz band, make sure to chose from channels 1, 6, or 11 (or 14 if allowed by your country) — those are the only non-colliding channels at 20 MHz. At 40 MHz, you will pretty well consume the entire 2.4 channel spectrum, thus, it will be even more at risk of interference. For an illustration, click here. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/84/NonOverlappingChannels2.4GHzWLAN-en.svg/720px-NonOverlappingChannels2.4GHzWLAN-en.svg.png 11. Make sure your computer is using the latest Wi-Fi standards. The nonprofit Wi-Fi Alliance keeps a close eye on these standards. In 2016 they announced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac standards which include Multi-User Multi-Input Multi-Output (MU-MIMO), 160MHz channels, quad-streams and extended 5GHz channel support. These standards change as technology improves, so check to make sure you’re working with the latest certifications. And just because your router supports these standards doesn’t mean your laptop or wireless device does. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED - AC Standards: http://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-certified-ac 12. Decipher the hype behind the marketing. For example, a wireless router that says it can support 4 gigs doesn’t necessarily mean it can support one 4 Gbps connection. It’s more likely that the device has four radios with 1 Gbps specified maximums (real world performance is likely to be slower). 13. Stay up to date on router firmware, but don’t update on day zero. Vendors regularly release software updates for their routers to improve their stability, performance and security. It’s usually always the best option to stay up to date with these firmware patches. With that said, many of us Ooklaers wait anywhere from a week to a month to apply these patches (assuming they are not critical security updates) to make sure there are not any regressions or issues. 14. Use our desktop apps to run your Speedtest. If you’re sure your setup is perfect but you’re still not seeing the Speedtest result you expect, download our free desktop apps for Windows or MacOS. Many lower performance systems can’t reach 1 Gbps via browser tests due to various limitations. Plus our desktop apps give you data on jitter and packet loss. Speedtest App for Windows or MacOS: http://www.speedtest.net/apps/desktop Advanced options: For the tech Savviest 15. Is your network interface card (NIC) up to the task? Just being rated for 1000-Base-T may not be enough. NICs that use software offload instead of hardware offload are often found in older, cheaper computers and struggle to support gigabit speeds. Intel offers some of the best driver and hardware support on their NICs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_Ethernet#1000BASE-T 16. Encryption can be slow if it’s not done right. Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) encryption, often enabled by default on Wi-Fi routers, will slow you doooowwwwn. Use Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instead as it’s often hardware accelerated. The standard for WPA2 encryption, AES is both more secure and faster than TKIP. Some routers have TKIP options for compatibility reasons, though, even if you’re using WPA2, so check. 17. Turn off QoS shaping. Quality of Service (QoS) shaping on a router can help you prevent large downloads from eating up all your bandwidth. But on consumer hardware, you’re also bypassing hardware acceleration so all your packets of data have to be inspected by the main CPU. This can cut your performance by 10x on a high bandwidth connection.
  21. Well I haven't coded in a very long time
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    Dad on a Road Trip

    Dad on a Road Trip
  23. 60 Photoshop Shortcuts to Speed up your Workflow When working in Photoshop, simple tasks can become a hindrance to your workflow. To help out, we've got a great selection of Photoshop shortcuts right here, all guaranteed to speed up your workflow once you get the hang of them. We've also got free Photoshop actions to create stunning effects and some brilliant Photoshop tutorials to help you put them into practice. Want to change the size of your text? No problem. Deselect a layer or merge a series of layers? We've got you covered. There are also some handy hints for brushes, saving and closing, and viewing options. Whether you're using an old version of CS or the latest Creative Cloud update, these shortcuts are guaranteed to speed up your workflow. Layers: Manipulating and arranging layers is simple with these great Photoshop shortcuts 01. Create New layer MAC: Shift+Cmd+N WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+N Get started on your latest project in next to no time with this handy shortcut that instantly whips up a new layer and dialogue box. 02. Create new layer behind selected layer MAC: Ctrl+New Layer icon WINDOWS: Cmd+New Layer Icon Mastering the new layer shortcut is a doddle, so once you're ready to drop in a layer behind it, be sure to use this shortcut. 03. Fill a layer MAC: Alt+Backspace (foreground) or Cmd+Backspace (background) WINDOWS: Alt+Delete (foreground) or Ctrl+Delete (background) This command will fill an empty later with the current foreground or background colour. 04. Flatten layers MAC: Cmd+Alt+Shift+E WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E Add a new, empty layer to the top of your stack, select it and use the above command to flatten the layers in an image to sharpen the result. This adds a flattened version of the image to the new layer but leaves the stacked layers intact too. 05. Merge visible layers MAC: Cmd+Shift+E WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+E This command enables you to merge all your existing layers to create one new layer. Beware! Once merged, they're extremely difficult to separate. 06. Stamp down selected layers MAC: Cmd+Alt+E WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+E Once you've selected your layers, use this command to merge them into just one layer. To see them merged as a new layer, simply add in the Shift modifier. This is useful if you need to make adjustments later on. 07. New layer via copy MAC: Cmd+J WINDOWS: Ctrl+J Use this command to create a new layer from an existing one. Sound complicated? Give it a go! 08. New layer via cut MAC: Cmd+Shift+J WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+J Like creating a new layer via copy, this command will create a new layer with the selected image area in it. The only difference via cut is that it will remove the selected image portion from the original image. 09. Bring layer to top of stack MAC: Cmd+Shift+] WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+] Here, you can move your preferred layer to the top of the stack of images you're working with in Photoshop. 10. Send layer to bottom of stack MAC: Cmd+Shift+[ WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+[ Yep, this is pretty self-explanatory. It does exactly the same as the command above, but in the opposite direction. 11. Bring layer forward MAC: Cmd+] WINDOWS: Ctrl+] This Photoshop shortcut enables you to bring any selected image to the front. 12. Send layer back MAC: Cmd+[ WINDOWS: Ctrl+[ If you decide to change your mind, you can always select the image and send it to the back of the pile. 13. Copy multiple layers MAC: Shift+Cmd+C WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+C Draw a selection, then use this command to take every layer into the clipboard, rather than just the current layer selection. Selections Adding, subtracting, inverting. Getting selections right has never been easier 14. Reselect MAC: Cmd+Shift+D WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+D This is a great command for when you accidentally click away from a section. Pressing these keys will have that section reselected in no time. 15. Invert selection MAC: Cmd+Shift+I WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+I Select objects around a pre-selected image. This way, you can work around your main focus without losing it. 16. Select all layers MAC: Cmd+Opt+A WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+A A perfect command for those times when you need to get everything in sync. 17. Select bottom layer MAC: Opt+, WINDOWS: Alt+, This will select the bottom layer in the Layers panel. 18. Select top layer MAC: Opt+. WINDOWS: Alt+. This will select the top layer in the Layers panel. 19. Deselect from the selection area MAC: Opt+drag WINDOWS: Alt+drag If you need to deselect a certain area sharpish, then hit these keys and drag your mouse. 20. Deselect all but the intersected area MAC: Shift+Opt+drag WINDOWS: Shift+Alt+drag If you don't want to deselect an area, you can use this shortcut to ensure you're clicking on what you want. 21. Deselect the entire image MAC: Cmd+D WINDOWS: Ctrl+D If you need to get away from the image, use this Photoshop shortcut to deselect anything that you've clicked on. 22. Find the sizing handles MAC: Cmd+T, then Cmd+0 WINDOWS: Ctrl+T, then Ctrl+0 When pasting a layer or selection into a Photoshop image and it's bigger than the current image, it can be difficult to find the sizing handles. This command selects Transform and sizes the image inside the window so you can see the sizing handles. 23. Move a selection MAC: Spacebar+Marquee tool WINDOWS: Spacebar+Marquee tool Want to move a selection easily? Simply choose the Marquee tool, and press and hold the Spacebar. Continue to do so until the selection is in the correct place. 24. Select individual channels MAC: Cmd+3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) WINDOWS: Ctrl+3 (red), 4 (green), 5 (blue) Selecting with Photoshop Channels makes removing a complex object from the background much easier than using other tools. And using this Photoshop shortcut makes the process even simpler. 25. Select a colour from an image MAC: Opt+Brush tool WINDOWS: Alt+Brush tool When working with a Photoshop brush, if you want to sample a colour from an image, instead of clicking the Eyedropper tool, simply hold the Alt or Option key to switch temporarily. Then let go to return to the Brush tool. Brushes and Filling Play with brush sizes and more with these great Photoshop shortcuts 26. Increase/decrease brush size MAC: ]/[ WINDOWS: ]/[ Getting your brush size just right is one of the most important aspects of Photoshop. Do it with this command. 27. Fill MAC: Shift+F5 WINDOWS: Shift+F5 Whether you want to fill the selection with the foreground colour or with a selected pattern, use this Photoshop shortcut to get the job done quickly. 28. Increase/decrease brush hardness MAC: }/{ WINDOWS: }/{ Brush hardness is just as important, so get it right with this shortcut. 29. Previous/next brush MAC: ,/. WINDOWS: ,/. Save time and distractions by using these simple commands to swiftly move through the various brushes on offer. 30. First/last brush MAC: </> WINDOWS: </> If you don't want to have go through the entire array of Brushes on offer, hit these commands to go back to the start or end. 31. Toggle airbrush option MAC: Shift+Opt+P WINDOWS: Shift+Alt+P Simulate spraying painting with Photoshop's Airbrush tool using this helpful shortcut. Saving and Closing You'll save most things. So these Photoshop shortcuts should come in handy. 32. Save for web & devices MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+S WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S Pretty self-explanatory, but if you prefer not to drag your mouse onto a number of options, use this Photoshop shortcut on your keyboard. 33. Close and go to Bridge MAC: Cmd+Shift+W WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+W As the name implies, this will close your document and then open up Adobe Bridge, where you can select the next file you wish to work on. Working with your images We love Clipping Masks. Does that make us weird? DOES IT?! Ok. Fair enough 34. Levels MAC: Cmd+L WINDOWS: Ctrl+L When editing your images, you'll be using the Levels box regularly. Save yourself some time with this Photoshop shortcut. 35. Free Transform MAC: Cmd+T WINDOWS: Ctrl+T This command opens Photoshop's Free Transform tool for resizing, rotating, and skewing an image using a draggable outline. 36. Curves MAC: Cmd+M WINDOWS: Ctrl+M This Photoshop shortcut enables you to quickly edit the Curves on an image. 37. Colour Balance MAC: Cmd+B WINDOWS: Ctrl+B This is the perfect Photoshop shortcut to edit the Colour Balance of your images. 38. Hue/Saturation MAC: Cmd+U WINDOWS: Ctrl+U These two powerful Photoshop tools will aid you in the colour balance battle, and decrease the amount of crossover. 39. Desaturate MAC: Cmd+Shift+U WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+U Convert your colour image to grayscale values, leaving the image in the same colour mode. 40. Quick image fixes Auto Tone MAC: Shift+Cmd+L WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+L Auto Contrast MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+L WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L Auto Color MAC: Shift+Cmd+B WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+B After a quick fix for a photo? While they're not reliable cure-alls, these tools are usually worth a go for automatically improving your images. 41. Lens correction MAC: Shift+Cmd+R WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+R The camera always lies, particularly where lens distortion is involved. Use the lens correction filter to reduce the effect of barrel distortion, pincushion distortion and vignetting. 42. Adaptive Wide Angle MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+A WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+A Wide-angle lenses can bring their own particular distortions, and Photoshop has a filter for this. The Adaptive Wide Angle filter can quickly straighten lines that appear curved in panoramas, or photos taken with fish-eye and wide-angle lenses. 43. Camera Raw Filter MAC: Shift+Cmd+A WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+A With older versions of Photoshop you have to run Adobe Camera Raw as a separate program. But in Photoshop CC it's available as a filter, enabling you to non-destructively apply sophisticated adjustments to any image type. 44. Content Aware Scale MAC: Cmd+Shift+Opt+C WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+Alt+C Scale your image to your preferred state with this super-quick Photoshop shortcut. 45. Content-Aware Move MAC AND WINDOWS: Shift+J The latest content-aware tool in Photoshop CC enables you to move objects around in a photograph, and it'll intelligently fill in the gaps where they used to be. 46. Create clipping mask MAC: Cmd+Opt+G WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+G A great way to keep shadows and shading where they belong, the clipping mask tool is basic but useful. 47. Blending modes MAC: Shift++ or - WINDOWS: Shift++ or - Photoshop has a variety of blending modes to create cool effects. Use this command to cycle through each. 48. Black and white dialogue box MAC: Shift+Cmd+Opt+B WINDOWS: Shift+Ctrl+Alt+B Speed up the process of converting colour photos to black and white with this Photoshop shortcut, which opens the black and white adjustment dialogue box. 49. Change image size MAC: Cmd+Opt+i WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+i Set up your image sizes with ease with this quick and simple shortcut. 3D work Speed up your 3D work with these Photoshop shortcuts 50. Show/Hide polygons Within Selection MAC: Opt+Cmd+X WINDOWS: Alt+Ctrl+X Reveal All MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+X WINDOWS: Opt+Shift+Ctrl+X If you're working with 3D assets, use this option to view the polygons that make up your 3D models. 51. Render MAC: Opt+Shift+Cmd+R WINDOWS: Alt+Shift+Ctrl+R Once you're happy with your 3D model, use this Photoshop shortcut to create a final render and create the highest quality version for output to web, print, or animation. Viewing Just how sharp is that pic of a knight? Only one way to tell: CMD+OPT+0, baby! 52. View actual pixels MAC: Cmd+Opt+0 WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+0 Viewing an image in Photoshop in actual pixels gives you the chance to see each pixel individually – ensuring your work is perfect. 53. Fit on screen MAC: Cmd+0 WINDOWS: Ctrl+0 This Photoshop shortcut is a great way to view your work in all its glory on screen. 54. Zoom in MAC: Cmd++ WINDOWS: Ctrl++ If you want to get down to the nitty gritty of an image, zoom right in with this Photoshop shortcut command. 55. Zoom out MAC: Cmd+- WINDOWS: Ctrl+- Get an insight into how your work will look from afar with this zoom out command. Text in Photoshop Text options are a pain to find in Photoshop, because everyone uses these 56. Increase/decrease size of selected text by 2pts MAC: Cmd+Shift+>/< WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+>/< Experiment with text in Photoshop by using this command to change its size by 2pts. 57. Increase/decrease size of selected text by 10pts MAC: Cmd+Option+Shift->/< WINDOWS: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+>/< This Photoshop shortcut works the same as the command above, but it's by 10pts this time. 58. Increase/decrease kerning or tracking MAC: Opt+right/left arrow WINDOWS: Alt+right/left arrow Adjust the space between your text in Photoshop with this handy keyboard command. 59. Align text left/centre/right MAC: Cmd+Shift+L/C/R WINDOWS: Ctrl+Shift+L/C/R A great way to experiment with the alignment of your text, this Photoshop shortcut will enable you to do it quickly. 60. Show/Hide selection on selected type MAC: Cmd+H WINDOWS: Ctrl+H Speed up the process of selecting elements on type with this easy-to-remember shortcut. http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/keZTaRJAVHpkD6CjnwzSg3.jpg
  24. 12 top Photoshop Resources Want to learn Photoshop? Or hone your skills in the photo editing software? Then check out these top online resources. Photoshop – a key part of Adobe's Creative Cloud – is a popular choice among designers, which is is evident from the hundreds of Photoshop tutorials and resources around. But sometimes too much choice can be confusing, so we've picked some top sites that will really help you get to grips with the image editing software. 01. Adobe Adobe.com is the obvious first port of call for information on Photoshop Adobe, the company that makes Photoshop, is the obvious first port of call for information on it, especially for beginners. You'll find some great tutorials for beginners and a ton of excellent videos. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/user-guide.html?red=av http://tv.adobe.com/product/photoshop/?red=av 02. Pluralsight Learn, master and discover the creative possibilities of Photoshop with Pluralsight Formerly known as Digital Tutors, Pluralsight has an extensive range of tutorials to help you learn, master and discover the creative possibilities of Photoshop. A subscription is required to access the majority of the training, but you can also sign up for a free demo account, where you'll find a number of free Photoshop tutorials at your disposal. https://www.pluralsight.com/digitaltutors 03. Adobe KnowHow Hundreds of Adobe tutorials have been made available for free Adobe KnowHow promises an immersive and personalised learning experience across a range of its tools, including Photoshop. You can mark up or add notes to the videos as you watch them, making it even easier to master that new skill. You can also jump to cue points created by your annotations to review both your notes and the associated video content, so you'll be up to date all of the time. Some course are available for free. https://www.adobeknowhow.com/ 04. Pixel2life Take advantage of the thousands of Photoshop tutorials on Pixel2life Pixel2life is a huge tutorial search engine on the internet, which caters for graphic designers and programmers. It has an extensive section on Photoshop training with literally thousands of tutorials to choose from. The site also features a really useful sidebar of sub-categories to help you find lessons in the effects you want to achieve. http://www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/adobe_photoshop/ 05. Photoshop Essentials If you're a beginner, then Photoshop Essentials is a great place to start learning If you're a newbie to Photoshop, then head over to Photoshop Essentials, which has easy to follow, step-by-step style training. It offers lessons on everything from Photoshop basics to photo editing and retouching, text effects and more – and it's all written with beginners in mind. The site is clean, tidy and easy to navigate. It also has helpful sidebars highlighting the latest and most popular tutorials. http://www.photoshopessentials.com/ 06. Photoshop tutorials on DeviantArt Find a wealth of helpful Photoshop tutorial on online art community Deviant Art There's a brilliant range of Photoshop tutorials on online art community DeviantArt. Divided into seven different categories, including a beginner and web design section, it is easy to find the specific tutorials you're after. This site isn't just for people wanting to learn though – you can submit tutorials too. See the site for terms and conditions. http://photoshop-tutorials.deviantart.com/ 07. Phlearn Phlearn is owned by Aaron Nace, who has a unique and entertaining style of teaching Phlearn is a fantastic, free online resource offering lots of high quality photography and Photoshop instruction. Owner and creative director Aaron Nace also aims to make the training interesting and dynamic, keeping the viewer's attention by throwing in the occasional joke or singing and dancing on screen. Informative and entertaining: what more could you want? http://phlearn.com/ 08. Envatotuts+ Envatotuts+ offers an extensive library of tutorials for users of all skill levels Envatotuts+ is a blog that offers some of the best Photoshop tutorials around. The site has an extensive library of tutorials covering many different areas, including 3D, illustration and text effects to name but a few. https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/search/Photoshop 09. Tutorial9 Tutorial9 is a fantastic online resource for free Photoshop training Tutorial9 is a fantastic resource for Photoshop tutorials, all of which are entirely free. There are currently 30 pages of training available so you are sure to find something of interest here. There is also a search option so you can filter your options to find the newest tutorials submitted by either Tutorial9 itself or submitted by other users. http://www.tutorial9.net/category/tutorials/photoshop-tutorials/ 10. PS Hero PS Hero not only offers Photoshop tutorials but an inspiration gallery and free goodies too! PS Hero is a brilliant Photoshop resource run by Hero – a surfer, photographer and graphic designer based in Southern California. With a large selection of free tutorials, this site offers training in the areas of graphic design, photo and text effects. It also features an inspiration gallery and goodies section where you can take advantage of free PSD files, custom shapes and more. http://pshero.com/ http://pshero.com/inspiration-gallery http://pshero.com/goodies 11. Lynda Get access to professional Photoshop tutorials on training site Lynda If you haven't got to know Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin's extensive tutorial video library then you should. Lynda doesn't deal exclusively with Photoshop but the site offers a wealth of training in the software for the beginner to intermediate user. Some of the training is free but to access the majority of it you will need to subscribe to the site. https://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-training-tutorials/279-0.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Search-Dsg-Photoshop&utm_content=FyqpI3Wn&utm_term=photoshop%20tutorials&gclid=CODkr_be8bQCFcbLtAodt2oA2g 12. PSD Learning Access brilliant Photoshop training at PSD Learning PSD Learning started back in 2008. It is owned and edited by designer Ross Aitken, who has an avid interest in computer graphics and shares his knowledge through easy to follow tutorials. It has a clean layout and is organised into different categories for easy navigation. Learn everything from Photoshop scripting to creating a dramatic movie poster here. http://psdlearning.com/category/photo-effects/
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    Snuffy the Seal

    Snuffy the Seal pays dearly in ‘Shark Week’ promo Campaign opens with a spectacular, albeit fictitious, attack on rehabilitated mammal—advertising genius or poor taste? The Discovery Channel has begun to promote “Shark Week,” and it has done so spectacularly—at the expense of poor Snuffy the Seal. The accompanying video marks the beginning of Discovery’s ad campaign for the popular series, which airs Aug. 4 to Aug. 9. Watch and decide for yourself whether the footage is horrifying, hilarious, or mildly amusing. The story, of course, is fictitious. There is no Snuffy and the news station covering the rehabilitated seal’s release does not exist. But the drama works perfectly for the theme: “Shark Week. It’s a Bad Week to Be a Seal.” Writes Business Insider: “The ad is shocking, awesome, and effectively getting fans pumped up for Aug. 4.” The Drum points out that “Snuffy the Seal” was trending on Twitter after the release of the ad. One of the tweets, via Conner Morris (@ConnerSaurusRex): “I’ve been an emotional basket case ever since I saw that shark kill Snuffy the Seal.” Another described the footage as “advertising genius at its finest,” and we’re sure many will agree.
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