<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc63f8698d18.jpg" />Sick of the same boring Jack O’Lantern faces? For something different this year, fire up Photoshop and make your own custom stencils out of Photographs or nearly any kind of image.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc59df5e8f02.jpg" />Photoshop is one of the most intimidating programs for any beginner, but has powerful image editing ability for any skill level. Look through a fresh install of CS5, and learn the basic tools and info to help you get started.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc0379f35ade.jpg" />Heard of BitTorrent, but not quite sure how to use it, or wonder whether you should use it at all? Here’s a quick guide for newbies on how it works and how to get started downloading torrent files.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbfbb4d0d88f.jpg" />As the basis of nearly every image format worth using, Pixels and Vectors are the broad categories of modern 2D image files. But what are they exactly, and how are they different?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbe8f18b0d36.png"> Are you confused by the barrage of video cables available today? Let’s take a look at the most important video cables today, HDMI and DVI, and see what’s the differences between the two.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb7d8c588d6a.png" />Recently Microsoft has been indecisive with it’s Live Mesh / Sync cloud based services. After introducing Live Mesh Public Beta and some renaming, it’s now called Live Mesh 2011, and we’ll show you how to get started with it.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image198.png" />The other day a reader wrote in asking if cloud computing could help save his hard drive space, which made me realize that it’s time to talk about exactly what this moronic buzzword really means.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image171.png" />You might not be ready to accept Linux as your desktop yet, but you can still use it to save your Windows PC—whether you need to reset passwords, recover deleted files, or scan for viruses, here’s how to do it.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb3daad81bc9.jpg" />There are those occasions where the Magic Eraser is just too frustrating to use and there's an opportunity to remove the background without all of that tedious erasing. Today you'll see how to use Channels to remove your background with minimal use of the Eraser tool and no use of the clunky Magic Eraser tool at all.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb2c5a643178.jpg"> Ready to breathe new life into your netbook? Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 includes an innovative new look and feel and support for most netbooks without any extra configuration. Let’s take a look at the newest features.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb2758e60323.jpg" />Ever lay out a page of multiple business cards (or other project) to print, only to have to come back to perform dozens of annoying edits? Photoshop Smart Objects can automate this process and turn dozens of annoying steps into an easy few.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/sshot161.png" border="0" alt="sshot-16" width="640" height="429" />From the install screen to a fully loaded desktop, Ubuntu 10.10 looks nicer and is easier to use than its predecessors. We’ll take a look at our favorite new features in Ubuntu’s newest version, appropriately released on 10/10/10.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cad9d509d23c.jpg" />One of the most common questions I get from inexperienced Photo editors is “How do I remove the background from my picture?” There are probably dozens of ways in any version of Photoshop to do this, and each has its challenges. This technique is most likely the simplest.
Recently a reader asked me why she wasn’t supposed to write down her passwords—which is a very good question. Ignoring all the geeky password manager talk, why can’t a home user write down passwords? Let’s examine thi...
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cac1d5a3b157.jpg" />Want to play emulated games on your Wii? How about DVD playback? Here’s how to use the SmashStack exploit to hack your Wii with the latest system menu and enable all of that and more!
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cabef677d488.jpg" />It happens to the best of us: we take a quick pic, hoping to blog it or print it. And despite good intentions, it never comes out straight! Here’s a quick fix in any version of Photoshop to straighten and correct perspective of those frustrating photographs.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cab3d273ab04.jpg" /> Have you ever needed to open an important file, or simply wondered what some random file on your hard drive was, only to realize you couldn’t open it? Here’s some tips that can help you find info from even the most obscure file formats.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4caa9bc360a84.jpg" />As we keep building on old image technology, types of file formats keep piling up, each with their own nuances and uses. JPG, PNG, and GIF have become the most common of these, but what sets them apart from each other?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ca93d9d0aeb2.jpg" />Typography is so overwhelmingly ever-present we hardly notice it there anymore. As elemental as it is to our culture, it's actually bizarre to think it has a history at all. This article will serve as a condensed education on the basics of typography.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ca968fcbbcbb.jpg" />With a Windows computer there are several maintenance tasks you should run on a regular basis, though most of us forget. Here’s how to automate the most important maintenance tasks in XP, Vista & Windows 7.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ca93891af2af.jpg" />Android phones with Google Voice can make and receive calls at an extremely disounted rate, but you still need a voice plan to make these calls. Using Google Voice, Android, and Sipgate, you can get around that limitation and make calls for free.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-30-1-17-04-59.jpg" />While tools like the Magic Eraser can sometimes remove your backgrounds, the fact is you're going to have to get your hands dirty with the eraser if you have images with complex backgrounds that need removing.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-30-1-03-12-10.jpg" />Have an iPhone or Android phone and a music collection too large to sync to it? Want to share your library with friends? Here’s how to sync your library with your smartphone over the internet, or stream it in any browser.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-30-1-02-52-40.jpg" />You’re no doubt reading this article because you’re wondering what those two processes are doing cluttering up Task Manager, and also wondering why they are in capital letters. You’ve come to the right place.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-28-1-08-20-05.jpg" />Looking for a quick way to transform your photos into handsome, convincing vintage art? Lots of programs offer vintage photograph filters, but these are often rough and give unexciting, unconvincing results. Here's how to do it in Photoshop.