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Vine Type CMS - free, secure and world class

Vine type CMS
· Lets you create and manage an internet website
· Free for non profit use
· . NET-based web content management
· Secure, world class
· Customizable
· Generates web standards code
· Built in search and site map generator

Vine Type
Vine Branches, the makers of Vine Type is pleased to announce the release to the general public Vine Type Personal - Version 0.98. Explore the ease of use and powerful features that Vine Type provides, then visit the Download Area to get started toward "Content Management with Standards in Mind."

What is Vine Type?
Vine Type is software that lets you create and manage an internet website. Vine Type gives you the ability to add, delete, and edit any number of web pages -- without the overhead and hassle of database or scripting language installation.

And as you add and delete articles and sections, Vine Type adjusts the navigation links automatically. Integrated features such as RSS allows y…

Photoshop Actions

Recently a friend of mine was having problems on photoshop actions.

Question: I’m trying to use File > Automate > Batch to convert a folder of images from .psd to .jpg format. No matter what I try a dialog box is displayed for each image asking me to specify .jpg characteristics. How can I suppress the dialog to make the process automatic?

AnswerAccording to Adobe support, “By default, Photoshop doesn't maintain the compression settings recorded in an action if the action is run with the Batch command on unsaved JPEG files. Instead, Photoshop prompts you to enter the compression/quality settings so that you can specify different compression levels for each new file.”

As unintuitive as it sounds, here’s the workaround:

When you record the action be sure it includes a File > Save As… command in which the .jpg settings are specified. Don’t worry about having to provide a folder and file name before clicking OK. These will be overridden in the File > Automate > Batch dialog…

Create a Dreamy, Glamour Effect

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This is a Photoshop tutorial on creating dreamy, glamour effects on ordinary photos. It smoothens skins and can reduce aging lines. Click on picture to view full size image. The smaller photo doesn't do justice to the screen captures.
We will achieve this


1. Open your Photo and duplicate the background layer twice (Control + J)

2. Name the layers Darken and Lighten. (Double click on the layer name)

Click picture to view full size

3. Choose the Lighten layer. Choose Filter > Blur >Gaussian Blur with radius of 30 pixels and set the layer opacity to 60%. Change blending mode from Normal to lighten.

(pixel radius may vary. 30-35 pixels is a good start for hi-res photos)



4. Choose the Darken layer. Choose Filter > Blur >Gaussian Blur with radius of 25 pixels and set the layer opacity to 40%. Change blending mode from Normal to darken.

(you may choose to disable visibility of other layers to see the effect)



5. Click the Darken layer. Shift + click the Lighten Layer. Right click on …

Take advantage of your 1 GB (or more) of RAM

How do I take advantage of my 1 GB (or more) of RAM?

One of the ways to speed up Photoshop so you're taking better advantage of all your RAM is to enable a plug-in called Bigger Tiles. To do this, quit Photoshop CS2, and then find the ~Bigger Tiles file inside the Photoshop CS2 application folder (Photo-shop CS2>Plug-Ins>Adobe Photoshop Only>Extensions>Bigger Tiles). Rename the file, removing the tilde (~) from the file name, and then restart Photoshop.

Photoshop CS2 states (in its system requirements) that it can run on 256 memory but is really very slow even on 512mb. I do have 1gb of memory and I'm not even satisfied with the speed of it's performance. Good to have this tips at our side :)