See that image of letters at the bottom of the commenting space at the bottom of every post? That’s called a Captcha, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”.

I know, they’re a pain in certain body parts, but they appear to be necessary. Despite my best efforts at trying to keep spam posts off my blog (All comments have had to go through me, before they’d show on the site), I’d started getting dozens of spam comments showing up daily – and I’m pretty sure the people reading my site aren’t interested in what they’re selling! 😉

So, apologies for the inconvenience, but this seems a necessary action to take, to ensure that those of you who want to post a legitimate comment, or ask a legitimate question gets heard.

I encourage you to use the comments area to post questions or requests, regarding computer training, specific programs, technical issues, and whatever else you want to say. Just, please be a person, and please don’t try to sell anybody any enhancements, any business deals, or any other bothersome stuff. I’m still watching…


I get a lot of phone calls from Mac users who’ve forgotten their system password, or bought a computer for which they can’t reset the password. The security level for Mac password protection is good, but as with all computers, not unbreakable. There’s always a way…

This article explains some of the workarounds, and some of the best password security choices and strategies:

Do You Love Free Things?   March 22nd, 2011 has Free Downloads of all sorts of Graphic Design Goodies. Free Vector Art, Photoshop and Illustrator Brushes, Clipart, 3D Objects and Shapes, Fonts, Icons, Wallpapers, Screensavers and More! One of my favorite resources for cool design ideas and tools.

From, a clear (if not lengthy) tutorial on using the insanely powerful pen tool.

Don’t fear the Pen Tool!!!

If you find it too complicated, let me know, and I’ll make a little video tutorial or two to ease it up a bit.

Just a reminder to BACK UP your data. Always remember that you never know when a hard drive will fail!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, while so many of you are out drinking some green beer, here’s a tutorial for how you can make this stuff at home using Photoshop (and the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer).

Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig

Free Symbol and Image Library   March 14th, 2011

Very cool website to download some common, and not-so-common symbol and image graphics, all organized and searchable. Most images are open source and usable by anyone, some are copyrighted. Please check before use.

Gimme Some Feedback!   March 2nd, 2011

Okay – time for a feedback request – who wants to see what tutorials? Something new? A refresher on something you’ve learned?

Anything you’ve wanted to know, but didn’t know how to ask? Any programs you need information on?

Post requests on our BLOG, or on our Facebook page. Heck, no reason not to Tweet!

I’m often asked how to turn a color photograph into a Black & White image. Some people use the Black & White setting on their digital camera (and some use Tri-X film – often using manual filters!). The problem with traditional Black and White settings is that the resulting images lack dynamics, but with Photoshop, we can control the dynamics and contrast in an image, with a lot of power and ease.

In this Tutorial, you’ll learn about the power of the Black and White Adjustment Layer, and how do perform some cool special effects using this very simple and powerful tool.

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