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Share adjustment layers with multiple images and save time (Photoshop CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 1/22/19 12:01 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Adobe Photoshop

If you’ve ever needed to apply the same adjustment layer to multiple images, you may have gotten frustrated opening each one, adding the adjustment layer(s) and configuring the settings. For example, maybe you have a batch of images all shot under the same lighting that need the same Exposure adjustment. You don’t have to configure each one individually, because there’s a more clever way to accomplish this: Drag the adjustment layer from one image to another to copy it. Open the first image, add an adjustment layer, and configure the settings. Next, open a second image and arrange the two image windows side by side. Then, with the original image active, click the adjustment layer from the layers panel, and drag and drop it on the second open image. Repeat for each image to which you want to apply the adjustment!

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The Data Journey – Path to Your Future?

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in cloud computing, in cloud

Do you find yourself thinking so hard about what you want to do next in your career that you just get frustrated? You’re not alone. With so much constantly going on in the IT world sometimes its too much to think about, and at other times you just see nothing.

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Change your slides’ orientation (PowerPoint 2016/2013)

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in powerpoint, in tips & tricks powerpoint, in Power Point

Maybe you simply want to mix things up. Or perhaps your presentation data lends itself more to a portrait orientation. Either way, you can change the orientation of your slideshow slides from landscape to portrait.

First, ensure you’re in Normal view. Open your slideshow and select the View tab on the main ribbon. In the Presentation Views group, click on Normal. Next, select the Design tab on the main ribbon. In the Customize group, click on Slide Size. Choose Custom Slide Size. In the resulting Slide Size dialog box, click on Portrait in the Slides area. Click OK. In the resulting Microsoft PowerPoint dialog box, choose to either maximize your view, potentially losing some data around the edge, or you can ensure that all data will fit on the slide.

Be aware: This technique changes the orientation of every slide within a slideshow. You can’t switch between portrait- and landscape-oriented slides within the same presentation.

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Get Proactive about Getting More Cloud Training – Make Your Case!

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in cloud computing, in cloud

You need to expand your knowledge and add new skills to improve your ability to work in the cloud.

Your company wants to make more money, and since you’re employed by them it is their hope that you will contribute to generating more of that money.

This is important to remember as you think about the technology training you want and need to expand your skills to work in the cloud. You’re hoping that your company will send you for that training, but you should also remember that hope is not a strategy!

Consider Yourself an Investment

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The Problem is… what happens when it starts to grow?

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in cloud computing, in cloud

No, we’re not talking about a horror movie in which astronauts find a cute little baby space creature and adopt it… we’re talking about data.

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Deselect a cell without starting over with your selection (Excel 2016)

Posted on 12/27/18 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in Microsoft Excel, in excel training, in excel tips & tricks

While selecting a number of cells, it’s easy to accidentally click on a cell you didn’t intend to include. But you don’t have to start over with your selection after every misclick. You can deselect the mistakes.

Press and hold the [Ctrl] key while clicking on any cells you want to deselect. While holding down [Ctrl], you can also click on any additional cells you want to add to your selection.

This feature is only available with an Office 365 subscription.

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Put the MySQL driver to bed and start using PDO to modernize PHP (PHP)

Posted on 12/27/18 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in PHP

MySQL is the Greenland shark of the internet, outliving other technologies and growing at a comparably slow pace. Technology has finally overcome MySQL, leaving it archaic. The superior replacement is PHP Data Objects (PDO). Not only does it implement PDO transition investment from several libraries to just one, but it also shortens the time to master the library, reduces maintenance requirements, and trims the number of bugs and points of failure. 

Apply this code to connect with databases using PDO: try { $conn = new PDO ( "mysql: host = localhost; dbname = database ' , $ user , $ pass ) ; $conn -> setAttribute ( PDO :: ATTR_ERRMODE , PDO :: ERRMODE_EXCEPTION ) ; } Catch ( PDOException $e ) {
Echo "ERROR:" . $e -> getMessage ( ) ; }

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Fetch items from a collection using ‘Yield’ instead of Temporary Collections (C#/.Net)

Posted on 12/27/18 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in C Plus, in .NET

A temporary list is a common solution if you want to retrieve and hold items from a collection for later use.—like a basket full of apples at the ready for when you get hungry later. Just as a basket of apples would be heavy to lug around, the temporary list can be computationally taxing. Instead of using temporary collections, try using Yield to spread the computational cost over a greater length of time. Because Yield return only requires the next item before returning, it’s much more lightweight.

For example:  public IEnumerable<int> GetValuesGreaterThan100(List<int> masterCollection) { foreach (var value in masterCollection) { if (value > 100) yield return value; }}

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Let the Blend tool calculate your next color palette (Illustrator CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 12/26/18 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in Illustrator, in Adobe Illustrator, in Adobe

There are a number of ways to create a color palette for your Illustrator design projects, but if you’re looking for a harmonious palette based on two colors, the Blend Tool takes the cake! With the Blend tool, you can create two identical shapes filled with two different colors, then blend them with a set number of steps to mix new colors based on the two originals. The result? A harmonious swatch family to complement your next project!

To create new colors with the Blend tool, select the Rectangle or Ellipse tool from the Tools panel. Click and drag on the artboard to create a simple shape. Copy and paste the shape so you have two of the same shape. Fill each shape with one of each of the colors that you want to base the palette. Choose Object > Blend > Blend Options to display the Blend Options dialog box. Select Specified Steps from the Spacing pop-up menu, and then enter a number in the Spacing text box indicating how many different colored shapes you want Illustrator to create. A low number from 3-5 is ideal. Click OK.

Next, select the two shapes, choose Object > Blend > Make, and Illustrator will create the designated number of shapes, each with a different color mixed from the original two you started with! To add the colors to your Swatch panel, select the Eyedropper tool, click one of the swatches to make it the foreground color, click the options menu in the Swatches panel and select New Swatch. Finally, click OK in the New Swatch dialog box to add it to the panel. Repeat for each color.

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Select a layer quickly with this shortcut (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Posted on 12/3/18 9:02 AM by Get Schooled in adobe photoshop tip, in Adobe Photoshop, in photoshop

Image editing with multiple layers presents some navigational challenges. Sometimes you select the wrong layer, or sometimes you simply want to cycle through the layers panel selecting different layers. It’s easy to select different layers with the keyboard instead of the mouse, saving yourself some time and aggravation. First, see what layer you have selected in the Layers panel. To select the layer above, press [option][ ] ]([Alt][ ] ] in Windows). To select the layer below, press [option][ [ ]([Alt][ [ ] in Windows). For either direction, if you continue pressing the bracket key while holding the modifier, Photoshop will cycle through the layers.

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