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Additional Resources

Additional Resources If you haven't been able to find exactly the information you need to finish your project on time, we've compiled a list of other websites that provide additional details about the computer systems and software that you're using to design your next...

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Software Reviews

When you are ready to purchase the most recent release of your graphic design or desktop publishing application to get the latest and greatest tools, make sure you know what you're paying for. We've taken a look at some of the most popular titles and provided a list...

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Scanning for Different Media

The process and applications of a scanner are relatively simplistic. It acts and functions much like a copier. It has the same little scanning bar that blinds you if you look into it, and instead of feeding paper (though a rare few do) it transmits the scanned object...

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Understanding Computer Viruses

The first tenet of warfare is this: know thy enemy. So what exactly are computer viruses? Computer viruses are devious little computer programs that attach themselves to legitimate program hosts and then engage in rampant self-replication. It's easy to be fooled by...

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Raster Images vs. Vector Graphics

Computer graphics can be created as either raster or vector images. Raster graphics are bitmaps. A bitmap is a grid of individual pixels that collectively compose an image. Raster graphics render images as a collection of countless tiny squares. Each square, or pixel,...

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Developing an Effective Brochure

Keeping Control There was once a television anchor that kept a typewriter on his desk at all times. The computer age had taken most newsrooms by storm, including his, but he was looking for security; a little bit of control in case the computers crashed just before he...

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Writing Effective E-Mail Copy

Many e-mail users go through dozens, even hundreds of spam messages mail (unsolicited commercial e-mail, the online equivalent of mass direct mail) every day. And just as many people throw away junk mail, Internet users often delete spam e-mail without reading it....

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Tips on Paper Selection

Choosing the right paper for your printing job can be a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be though. When selecting the best paper type for a particular job, you’re often faced with a seemingly overwhelming number of options. Asking your printer for “white” is like...

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Know Your PDF

A great, yet cryptic, philosopher king once said: "To know PDF is to know the universe." Is this true, you expectantly ask? Is this really true? Well no, sadly it is not. But don’t be disheartened, for the truth about PDF is of far more practical value (albeit far...

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Quick Guide to File Compression

If you have owned your computer for a year or more, you have probably run into the problem of large files, and hard-drive space. The salesman’s promise, “You’ll never use all the space on this computer!”, sounds more and more like so much advertising. Once you...

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How to Use Fonts (And Why You Should Care)

It All Starts With Awesome Art Remember the age old saying... "Garbage In, Garbage Out?" Use the best photos and images possible! Images should be 300 DPI at 100% of the size that they're placed. Images less than 300 DPI may work if using those images at a reduced...

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