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Enable Smoothing for greater brush painting control (Photoshop 2018)

Posted on 7/31/18 9:05 AM by New Horizons in photoshop, in tips and tricks

If you’ve ever tried to draw with the brush tool—yes, even with a stylus—you know how cumbersome and unforgiving Photoshop can be. CC 2018’s Smoothing feature makes this task a lot easier. When you paint with Smoothing enabled, you’ll notice a pink guide, also called a string, that runs from the painted stroke to your brush tip. This string plays a crucial part in the tool’s functionality.

Select the Brush tool (or Pencil, Mixer Brush, or Eraser tool) from the Tools panel and set your color and brush tip options. The Smoothing option is enabled by default. Adjust the Smoothing slider (from 0, which is no smoothing, to 100 which is maximum smoothing) on the tool Options bar to change the amount Photoshop smoothens the stroke. Then, click on the gear icon next to the Smoothing slider to choose from the different smoothing options:

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Tired of Your Excel Color Scheme? Change It!

Posted on 9/9/14 3:00 PM by Get Schooled in colors, in Excel, in Microsoft, in Windows 2010, in tips and tricks, in Tips & Tricks

Give Excel a new color scheme.

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Keep leading zeros in Excel

Posted on 9/30/13 2:18 PM by Get Schooled in Excel, in excel training, in Microsoft, in tips and tricks, in Tips & Tricks

If you need to enter the Zip code 02364 in your Excel spreadsheet, you'll probably throw your hands up when Excel automatically changes the value to 2364. Your Zip code must have five digits, but by default Excel doesn't display leading zeros.

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Make your text DYNAMIC in InDesign

Posted on 11/6/09 12:45 PM by Get Schooled in InDesign, in New Horizons Computer Learning Center, in Adobe, in tips and tricks, in Tips & Tricks

Draw attention to your text with compound paths (InDesign CS/CS2/CS3/CS4)

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Focus the attention on you with a single keystroke in PowerPoint

Posted on 3/2/09 1:16 PM by Get Schooled in powerpoint, in presentation, in tips and tricks

You work hard to design slides that grab and retain your audience’s attention, but if you have to redirect your audience, you might find they’re too captivated by your fantastic slides to refocus.

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Overcome Vista user control hassles and prove the critics wrong

Posted on 2/19/09 1:44 PM by Get Schooled in Microsoft, in Vista, in tips and tricks

You've probably seen that Mac commercial where the "Mac" keeps trying to talk to "Vista," but they keep getting interrupted for requests for permission to continue. As funny as "You're coming to a sad realization: Cancel or Allow" is, working around Vista's User Account Control (UAC) to perform many daily functions is no laughing matter.

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The coolest online tool you're not using.

Posted on 2/4/09 10:06 AM by Get Schooled in Delicious, in social media, in tips and tricks

If you haven't heard of Delicious, today's your lucky day. Lucky, because I'm introducing you to it, and it will change your life.

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Parental Controls on Vista Ultimate computer

Posted on 1/30/09 5:28 PM by Get Schooled in Vista, in home PC, in parental control, in tips and tricks

I had a conversation with a co-worker today about some issues they were having with a kid reading "inappropriate material" on the web. Thus, a lesson on implementing parental controls with Vista is below.

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