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>Best Ways to Get Better Page Ranks in Google

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Best Ways to Get Better Page Ranks in Google


One of the main things Google uses to determine where to place your page is Google page rank. With a higher page rank, not only will you attain a high position in the search results, but you’ll get more traffic than ever before. However, if you are new to search engine optimization, you may be left wondering how to increase your page rank in the first place. The first thing you need to remember is that building quality links will help you immensely with getting a better page rank. So if you can gain high quality backlinks from sites that have a good page rank then it will automatically help you reach your SEO goals. If you want to rank higher in Google and get more traffic, use the following tips and watch your page rank soar.



One easy way to really get results for your page ranking efforts is to leave comments on other blogs within your niche that have good PR. This can help you to build some good backlinks all pointing to your website, which will help raise your own PR. This offers many advantages, as you’re not limited to how many backlinks you add, so the more you comment, the better your results.

 There are automated tools available offering to add backlinks to thousands of blogs for you, but you should avoid these. This kind of automated software does nothing more than spam thousands of blogs in a short time with your link. Instead of offering you great results, you may instead receive a penalty for stooping to unethical SEO tactics. Work on sourcing good blogs with high PR and add relevant comments to the posts. The blogs you choose can even be in different niches, as long as the PR is good and it has plenty of traffic. If you want to increase your page rank, have you ever thought of guest blogging?

 Anyone who knows anything about internet marketing knows that blog owners would give anything to have a steady stream of fresh content to update their blogs with. All you need to do is contact the person or persons who owns that blog to see if you can write a post as a guest. Try to go for only those blogs that have a high page rank. In exchange for the post you can have them place your link on the bottom of the post where there’s a little information about you and your website. You will not only get a higher page rank this way, but you will also get loads more traffic because you’ll be funneling all the traffic that blog gets to yours.

Another critical issue is the length of time required for your site to load, because faster loading sites are perceived as being more relevant by the search engines and granted a higher page rank. If you have a blog, make sure to use a theme that loads quickly and isn’t too complicated. Disable any plugins that are unwanted and are making your blog load slow. Search engines love quality and therefore, they love blogs that load quickly. In closing, you have the opportunity to really boost your page rank easily if you’re willing to put in the effort. It does take a while but eventually you’ll see your site’s PR climbing up.


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>Top 2011 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques

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Top 2011 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques

The recent changes in Google Algorithm, ranking criteria and Local Listing have brought in some exciting new avenues for professional online marketers to look at. Real Time and Personalized Search are here to stay and increased social networking has ushered in the importance of Social Media Optimization while Google Map listings are serving as a boon for small and medium local businesses.

The new year has surely ushered in a lot of new opportunities and developments on the SEO front. Unique content, strong onsite optimization,and quality submissions take the fore front in the new ranking scenario among other things such as quality backlinks and social media optimization.
Here are few important aspects business owners should look at for improved rankings in 2011


1. Identify the power of Social Networking: In case you haven’t heard, many experts predict Social Media will occupy more than 10% of total online marketing efforts of big companies. Make sure your Facebook and Twitter Profile looks professional and is updated regularly. Useful links, information and articles will encourage more followers and lead to more hits. However, visitors on social networks are sometimes very ruthless in cases of negative publicity, therefore all attempts should be made to keep all clients satisfied.

2. Get those Reviews: Reviews and citations are perhaps the most important aspect as we move in to the New Year. Many customers are now leaving online feedback about their good or bad experiences with a service, person, or product and there have been numerous case-studies when even a single bad review had a major impact on sales and rankings. “A positive online presence is critical for your online businesses success , says James Salerno. “It is imperative all unsatisfied reviews are promptly addressed and resolved in the best way possible .

3. Go Local: Local SEO and an optimized Google Maps/Places listing is another top priority for online marketers. “Market dynamics will make local SEO the most important factor in online promotion , says James Salerno. “Consumers prefer to look at city-based results for their product or service requirements and local listings will take the forefront of SEO efforts .

4. Social Media Optimization (SMO): SMO is the future of effective SEO. Social Media is not a new concept; it has been around for quite some time now and businesses that already have a good social profile and presence are bound to gain in terms of increased visibility for their products and services.

5. Quality submissions not volume submissions: Google’s new duplicate content finder has pushed links having similar content to low rankings. This simply means that posting the same articles or press releases on 200 sites won’t help. Smart SEO calls for quality submission to quality websites. These websites have stricter submission guidelines so it’s important to ensure content is unique and informative. Bulk submissions or automated submissions are a strict no-no.

6. Video and Blog Submissions: Many SEO experts are now increasingly using videos to connect to their prospective leads. James Salerno says, “There are some really good video sites in addition to YouTube. Submission of professional videos to these sites can help increase your rankings considerably. A regularly updated blog will get you good backlinks in addition to good rankings.


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>Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop

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Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop
Final Result

 Tutorial Requirements:

Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Meduim
Stocks: The Girl Singing has been removed from Shutterstock and is unavailable. | Street at Night
Resources: Lighting Effects Pack by Media Militia | Light Image
Step 1:
Open up your first Stock Image that you have in Photoshop.In our case it will be the Street at Night stock photo that we purchased on IstockPhoto. We will be working up from this stock photo so make sure you choose something that will fit your concept.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop

Step 2:
In this step we will be focusing on our model, I looked around quite a bit to find a decent model that would play a good role in the entire concept. I got this image from Shutterstock, it was a girl dressed to a fairly modern attire, but she was singing all by herself. I used the pen tool to extract her from the background of the image and place her in our newly created stock scene. 

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop
Step 3:
Now that we have our model situated in the piece, we have to make sure that it looks as if she was really standing in the middle of the street there. Firstly create a new layer go to Layer – New – Layer (Shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+N) now drag that layer in underneath your models layer, so that your model layer is on top of the newly created layer. Now grab your Brush tool (Shortcut: B) and select black as your foreground color (RESET: Just press D) Now with a medium sized brush, brush underneath the models feet, make sure you don’t overdo it to much. Now go to Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur and use a radius of about 60 Pixels. This will spread out the brush, you can use more or less, it depends on you.
Step 4:
Now that we have some realization in our piece open up the downloaded Lighting Effects Pack by Media Militia Open the image with the title -(Media_Militia_Lighting_Effects_050) now insert this image into your composition and set the blending mode to Linear Dodge. I then went to Image – Adjustments – Brightness and Contrast – I used this to dim the brightness a bit and put up the contrast the settings were: (Brightness | -6 ) ( Contrast | +15 ). Now position the lighting effect to where you want it in the piece.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop

Step 5:
Now that we have some flow going on in our piece, I want you to open this lighting image Insert it into your current composition and set the blending mode to Linear Dodge. Now go to Edit – Transform – Distort We have to position the image so that the light flows along with the low speed trails. The Distort option works perfectly to manipulate the image in the correct way. You could of course add much more to your composition, but make sure your image flows well.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop
Step 6:
In this step we will be creating two circles to backup movement and add some color to the piece. Create a new layer by going to Layer – New – Layer (Shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+N) now drag this layer in underneath your model. Grab your Elliptical Marquee tool in the toolbar (Shortcut: SHIFT+M) and draw a circle behind your model, make it relatively big. Now with the circle selected, grab your fill tool (Shortcut: G) and use a Pink #ec008c color as your foreground color. Now fill the selected circle on the new layer you created earlier. Now deselect the circle by going to Select – Deselect or (Shortcut: CTRL+D) now set the blending options of this layer to Linear Dodge. Place the circle at your desired angle.
Now duplicate the pink circle layer and fill it with Blue #00aeef by using your fill tool (Shortcut: G) and set the blending options back to Normal and drop the opacity down to about 50%-60%. Now move the second circle to your desired location.
Step 7:
Now that we have some element to work off of, lets add some light to the model. Create a new layer and fill it with Black #000000 – set the blending mode of this layer to Linear Dodge and grab your brush tool. Set the foreground color of your brush to Blue #00aeef and with a small – medium sized brush, brush two dots on her waist. So that it looks as if there is a heavy light source behind her.
This is what the dots look like on a flat layer.

This is what we have so far.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop
Step 8:
Now we are going to call up our Adjustment layers for this piece. Firstly start off by going to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Brightness/Contrast – Keep the brightness on 0, but drop the contrast to -30. Now Create a new layer (Shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+N) and then Apply Image on this layer by going to Image – Apply Image or (Shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E) now that you have a applied image on top of all your layers go to Filter – Other – Highpass use 14pixels as your radius and hit OK. I understand the image is going to look strange, but set the blending mode to Soft Light and drop the opacity to 58% now erase the parts in the image you don’t want, the parts that are to sharp. Now that you have your layer sorted, go to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map – Use the standard Black to White gradient and set the Blending mode of the gradient to Luminosity and the Opacity to 72%.
Now Go back to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves now adjust your curves, making sure you keep your colors and light balanced. I have attached a screenshot of the curves setup.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop

Now go back to Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels – We will be using the levels to brighten up the picture a bit. Set the Levels amounts according to the screenshot below. – Also erase some parts that you don’t like after you have applied the new adjustment layer.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop

Step 9:
In this step we are going to be making use of the Liquify Tool. Create a new layer and apply image in that layer by going to Image – Apply Image (Shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E) now go to Filter – Liquify this will bring up a dialog window with some tool that you will be able to use to manipulate the image at hand. Play around with the tools, varying the sizes of the brush and the effects. Once you are done, hit OK and then set your blending mode of your layer to Lighter Color. Now grab your Erase Tool (Shortcut: E) and erase the parts of the liquified image that doesn’t seem to fit into the composition. I ended up adding some Text for the preview of the Image, but you don’t have to. You are done with this tutorial. I hope you enjoyed it.

Create Vivid Lighting Illustration in Photoshop
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>Adobe Photoshop: Restore to default settings

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While using Photoshop, many users tweak the program’s settings and end up with unwanted program’s behaviors. This simple guide will show you how to restore Photoshop’s settings to the default state. This has been tested to work in versions CS3, CS4, and CS5.



Option 1:
1. Double click on Adobe Photoshop’s icon.
2. QUICKLY hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift. (if you hold down Ctrl+Alt+Shift before double clicking on the program’s icon, it may not work)
3. When the small window pops up and asks “Delete the Adode Photoshop Settings File?“, click Yes.
4. The program will start with default settings.
Options 2:
1. Manually locate the settings file. It is located in:
For XP users: Documents and Settings/[Username]/Application Data/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Adobe Photoshop CS5 Settings
For Vista/Windows 7 users: Users/[Username]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS5/Adobe Photoshop CS5 Settings
2. Find the file named Adobe Photoshop CS5 Prefs.psp and delete it.
adobe photoshop settings restore

3. Launch Photoshop. The program will start with default settings
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>6 Time Saving Photoshop CS5 Tricks From A Digital Art Guru

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If you’re a web designer, graphic artist, illustrator, photographer, web entrepreneur, or someone who dabbles in Photoshop, listen up! Below are 6 time-saving tricks every Photoshop user should know.


1. Delete Empty Layers
This tip is incredibly useful for file management. We were in the dark about this function at first, but now we use it to clean up our layers and reduce file sizes in a snap. Simply go to File > Scripts > Delete All Empty Layers. Simple as that.
2. Multiple Layer Styles
Let’s say I want to add an inner glow to an object, so I do, and it’s done. Then I realize it’d be awesome to add a second inner glow to my object. Simply go to Layer > Layer Style > Create Layer. Now I have the 1st inner glow on its own layer, so I can add a second inner glow to my object. This method can be used for any layer style and can be applied as many times as you want to achieve the look you want.
3. Content Aware
If you have ever wanted to erase a person from a picture or fill in part of the sky missing from a old and faded photograph,Content Aware is your answer. Make a selection, go to Edit > Fill > Content Aware, then press OK to implement your fix. Whether removing an ex from your vacation photos by extending the sunset or adding sky scape by ‘removing’ the faded part of an old photo, this tool matches the lighting, tone, and noise surrounding the area in question so the final product seems natural, like magic.
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Before and after using Content Aware

4. Puppet Warp
One of the best new tools in Photoshop is Puppet Warp, a function that lets users transform any figure into a puppet. Simply select the object you want to warp and go to Edit > Puppet Warp. From here, all you need to do is click where you want to drop “pins,” also known as “control points.” Next, move the points around and watch your object bend and rotate all over the place. Fun.
5. Channels
Don’t want to spend hours enhancing an image? Channels are your friend. Apply contrast shifts to the red channel (this channel contains the contrast information for the image), sharpen the green channel (this channel contains all the detail information), and despeckle the blue channel (this channel contains all the garbage). These subtle adjustments will make a huge difference in your image, try it out!
6. Compositing (Shadow Guide)
Ever struggled with making composited photos look “right?” Setting up a shadow guide can help. Set up the shadow guide and note the existing shadows in the photo. Draw a red line from the top of the object to the top of the objects shadow. Now you have your guide, and any new object placed into that photo will be easy to shadow. Further enhance your composited photo by observing other subtle shadows in the existing photo and mimicking them using the dodge and burn tools. It’s compositing like you’ve never seen it.
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creating realistic composite images

Hope you enjoyed these 6 Photoshop tips! Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for other design event recaps from PhotoshopGyan

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>A Free Alternative To The Thesis WordPress Theme

>I know there are lots of WordPress users out there that loves the Thesis Theme by Chris Pearson but like me, simply cannot cough up the money to buy the Theme. If so, you can try this free alternative to the Thesis Theme that I have modded here which is also based on a theme from the same programmer.
First let me emphasize that nothing will beat the original. No matter how hard I try to make this theme look like the real Thesis, it will always remain as a cheap alternative.
I can only change the look, but I can never copy the framework of the Thesis Theme. Based on what I have seen when I was modding this Theme, I believe the framework of the Thesis theme would be really solid and second to none in terms of a Search Engine Optimization. I have been saving up to buy the Developer Version which allows me to use it on unlimited sites. My advise is, if you have $87 to spare for the Personal Version, stop reading and go buy the Thesis Theme. It will be worth every penny.

Okay, so you are still here reading. LOL. That means you are either as broke as me or you simply do not like spending money on Themes. Well then, let me tell you why I believe the Thesis Theme will be the ultimate Theme for me.
Whenever I want to mod a Theme, I will always look at how the theme is built. I do not want to break any important codes that might screw up the Theme. Normally, I will go through each php file and see the relations between them and observe which functions are called up in each file.
In most Free Themes, it will be pretty standard. Most amateur Theme designers will take the easy way out and grab most of their codes from established and stable Themes like the default Kubrik Theme that comes with WordPress. They will then use these codes and base their Theme upon them. Some with better knowledge will alter some tags to make the Theme more visible to Search Engines and call their themes SEO friendly while some will add a couple more php files for you to insert Adsense and call their themes Adsense Optimized.
That’s pretty standard procedure and lots of professional programmers resort to this also. If they see some codes that are well written and on par with what they can come up with, it saves them the time by incorporating those codes into their themes, with credits to the original programmer of course.
Back to this theme. This theme is modded from the original 3 Column Neoclassical Theme by Chris Pearson. I have briefly explained what I did in my previous posts so I will not go into that area again. What prompted me to say what I said in the beginning, that I believe the Thesis Theme is one Theme that you should use, is due to the fact that I saw how Chris Pearson has structured this theme when I was modifying it.
To me, a good Theme need not have fancy colors, images or backgrounds. This will only makes it look good externally and furthermore all those fancy stuffs will increase the loading time of your site or blog. The most important factor when choosing a theme, is to consider the SEO aspect of the Theme.

The problem is, the majority of you do not understand how to go about doing it themselves. Let me tell you, you do not have to go and wreck your brains learning how. It will kill all the enthusiasm for blogging that you had initially because you will be so concerned that Google will not see your blog and you won’t be getting any traffic. All you have to do is to get a theme that has already been coded for SEO. Like this theme, or again if you can afford it, the Thesis Theme.
The Neoclassical Theme, of which the modded version you are seeing here, is so tightly optimized for Search Engines that you do not have to do most of the things that Mr. Patel has written. You do not even need to have excerpts in the front page, because within this theme the “Home” page is “nofollowed”. Which means if Google lands on the post that you have just written in the single post page and if that post is still shown in your home page, it will not follow the “Home” link in your navigation bar to see a duplicate post.
That’s how “tight” this theme is coded. All instances of any leakage has been plugged up with “nofollows” so that when Search Robots comes, your posts will retain all the juices. I have used this free theme in many of my niche blogs and believe it or not, I see good spike in Search Traffic after 1 or 2 weeks of using it.
Now imagine. If Chris Pearson can do this for a free Theme, what else can you expect for the Thesis Theme that he is charging money for? Now you see why I keep telling you to get the Thesis Theme?
Then of course, if you still haven’t saved up enough or if you are still skeptical, you can always download this Free Alternative To The Thesis Theme. If anything, it at least has some look and feel of the real Thesis. And it is very friendly with Google. :-)

This version have been tested on Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 3. All those who have downloaded the version before the April 20th. 2009, please re-download this IE7 compatible current version. Sorry.. can’t guarantee for those using IE6, but you can try. :-)


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>20 Photoshop Tips & Tricks That You Should Know

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Photoshop is a heck of an amazing software. You can do all kinds of things with images and go as far as your imagination can take you. Once you are past the beginner level and understand what the various options are for and how they work, then you are ready for Photoshop tips and tricks like the ones that are the topic of this 2 part article.

They will help you in getting things done quickly, save you a lot of headache and steps and overall inflate your Photoshop-fu! So here we go:

Change Brush Size On The Fly

 If you are even the slightest bit serious about Photoshop or you have used the Brush tool a couple of times, this single tip is worth at least a dozen alone. While you are using the brush tool you do not have to go back to the options palette to change the brush size or softness. Left bracket key ‘[‘ decreases the brush size and Right bracket key ‘]‘ increases the brush size. Similarly Shift + [ decrease hardness (makes the brush soft) and Shift + ] increases the hardness of the brush.

Create Guides Easily

 Guides can help you align objects in your composition. You can quickly create guides using rulers that appear at the top and the side of the document window. Click on the ruler and drag to create a guide. Release the mouse button where you want to create the guide. Once created you can quickly show/hide guides using Ctrl + ;

Don’t Cancel Just Reset

 

Photoshop can be pretty tough to get and even harder to master. Moreover, the nature of work dictates that you must experiment and things don’t always go the way you anticipate while experimentation. So if you are inside curves, or hue saturation or perhaps levels and you make a series of adjustments that didn’t turn out the way you wanted, you would want to start over again.
But wait don’t hit cancel just yet. Instead hold down the Alt key and see how the cancel button changes to Reset. Now click reset and the adjustments you made will be undone while sparing you the round trip to open the same dialog again.

Scrub The Input Boxes

 

There are a lot of controls in Photoshop that let you enter a value using the keyboard. Font size, brush size, opacity and who knows how many others. Well a peculiar thing about these input boxes is that you can increase or decrease the value that’s in them by just scrubbing with the mouse pointer. As you move close to any such control the mouse pointer changes to something like the one shown above. Now just click and drag in the direction you want to change the value. Generally dragging towards the right side increases the value and towards left side decreases the value.

Adjust Opacity Quickly

The opacity controls can be manipulated even faster! Just hit a number from 0-9 and opacity will be adjusted in increments of 10. This means that 1 would set the opacity to 10%, 7 will set it to 70% and 0 will set it to 100%. If you are looking for a definite value say 57% you can quickly type 5 followed by 7 to set the opacity to 57%. The trick works with layer opacity as well as for any tool that has an opacity setting.

Change Intensity Of Filters Without Dialog Boxes

Say you just applied the Unsharpen Mask filter to sharpen your photo. If you find you went a bit too far you can take back some of it by using Shift + Ctrl + F. If you would like to intensify the effect further you can use Ctrl + F to do so. Remember these would work just after you have applied the filter. If you performed other operations after applying the filter, these might not work as expected.

Unlock Background Layer

You might have noticed that the background layer has a little lock icon besides it. This indicates that the layer is locked. You can quickly unlock the background layer by double clicking on it, or Alt + clicking on the background layer or simply catch hold of the lock and drag it to the bin at the bottom of the layers palette.

Duplicate A Layer

 Duplicating a layer can be very useful when saving selections or when you are unsure about the sequence of adjustments that you will be making. You can drag any layer onto the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette to duplicate the layer or you can select the layer and press Ctrl + J.

Duplicate Layer Styles

 

More often than not, you want to apply the same layer styles to two or more layers. You can remember the settings or trust your eye and go on applying layer styles one by one or you can hold down the Alt key, click and drag the “fx” icon onto the layer you want to duplicate the layer style on and you are done!

Multiple Undo(s)

 

 

So what is the universal shortcut for Undo?  Ctrl + Z. Yeah right, and you would expect that hitting Ctrl + Z multiple times would take you back interatively. Only it works a little different in Photoshop. Ctrl + Z toggles between undo(ing) and redo(ing) the most recent operation. So if you want multiple undo(es) use Ctrl + Alt + Z. Similarly for multiple redo(s) you can use Shift + Ctrl + Z
Oh, I remember a few more. However, let’s just save them for another time in part two of our series. Meanwhile let us know if you have any Photoshop tips & tricks of your own!


 

 

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>10 Must know Introductory Photoshop Skills For Beginner Photographer

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For many beginning photographers, any version of the image editor, Photoshop, can look quite daunting to use. With all the menu options, palettes, tools, filters, layer styles and various changes you can make to an image, it’s difficult to know where to start. This article provides some ways to get started with the most popular image editor in the world.
If you don’t have a copy of Photoshop, you can download a trial version here. I’m using version CS3 of Photoshop for this article. The skills described in this article should work with the latest, CS4, and previous versions of Photoshop.
Here’s a copy of the original image used in this introductory photoshop tutorial. Notice it’s lacking control and saturation of color. It’s a little flat.

Photoshop tutorials

To get started, simply open a portrait or facial shot similar to the one I’m using here. If the image is really important to you, make sure to duplicate it first and then use the copy for the exercises below. You can also download the original file that I’m using for this article (right-click and download it, for it’s pretty large in its original size.)

1. Duplicate The Background Layer

The first thing you want to get used to doing is making a copy of the background layer of your image. The Layers palette should open by default, but it is also found by clicking on Windows>Layers in the menu bar of Photoshop.

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Select the Background Layer and click on the little triangle at the top right of the palette. When the palette options open, click Duplicate Layer, or you can use the shortcut keystroke, Command+J (Mac users) or Alt+J (PC users.)
By duplicating the background layer, you can make all types of adjustments to duplicate layers without permanently changing the bottom background layer. If you make some adjustments you don’t like, you can drag the duplicate layers (with all the adjustments and effects you made to them) to the trash at the bottom right of the layer palette.

2. Automatic Image Adjustments

When you start learning how to use Photoshop to improve your photos, you might want to try out some of the automatic adjustments that can be made, even if you don’t understand the tools themselves.
The basic image enhancement and adjustment tools in Photoshop are found under Image>Adjustments in the menu bar. In the Adjustment palette, there are various tools like Levels…, Auto Contrast, Curves, Brightness/Contrast.

automatic adjustments

To introduce you to these adjustment tools in this introductory photoshop tutorial, I’m going to suggest that you use the automatic and preset features of these tools. As you begin to understand them more, you will make use of manual adjustments.
So with your background layer duplicated and selected, click on Image>Adjustments>Auto Levels in the menu bar. When you release the mouse of the menu item, the automatic Levels adjustment should enhance or at least affect the shadow (dark), midtones, and highlights (bright) areas of your image. Often, a photo can be improved in Photoshop with just the automatic adjustments applied.

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3. More About Layers

Now let’s revisit how layers work. Go back to the Layers palette and click on the little eye next the Duplicate layer that you just applied the Auto Layers adjustment to. When you toggle that little eye off, it means that you’re turning off the adjustment or effect that you made in that layer. Since the adjusted layer is on top of the background layer like a clear transparency, you can toggle the eye off and on to see how the adjustments are applied to the background layer (also remember: you can drag the duplicate layer to the trash to get rid of the adjustment(s) all together).

4. Automatic Curves

Okay, let’s return to a few other automatic adjustments and enhancements you can make to your photo. Go back to Image>Adjustments and then click on Curves. The Curves box will open. This box may look seriously scary with its grid, points, lines, and ear droppers. But don’t worry about that. We’re simply going to use some automatic adjustments to see how Curves can impact your photo.

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Click on the button next to the word Preset. In the drop-down box, select Medium Contrast (RGB). If you don’t see much of a change in the contrast of your photo, go back to the Preset button and try Strong Contrast. You should be able to see the effect of the Preset on your photo before you click OK. Curves works similar to Levels but with more intensity in contrast.
Much more could be said about Curves and Levels, but this is just an introduction. You can play around with the points in the Curves box and see how they affect your photo. Remember, the changes you make are non-destructive to your photo, so you can experiment as much as you like. The illustration below explains a little about how the three main points in the grid function. If you make a mess of things, simply click Cancel and start over, or click OK when you’re satisfied with how the photo is looking.


5. Make Colors Pop

Okay, now lets move on to learn about other enhancements that can be made. One of the tools I use on nearly all the images I bring into Photoshop is one called Soft Light. Here’s how it works.
Go back to the Layers Palette, drag all the layers, except the background layer to the trash. Click on the Background layer and create another duplicate of it. Now click on the Normal button at the top of the Layers Palette. In the drop-down box, select Soft Light. When selecting this adjustment, it should make the colors of your image pop, or at least intensify the contrast of your images. The contrast of most digital images always need to be improved. This technique does that job extremely well without too much loss to detail.

If the Softlight application is too strong, select the Opacity button at the top of the Layers Palette and decrease the opacity of the layer/effect.

6. Black-And-White Conversion

One easy and popular tool you want to know about in Photoshop is how to make a black-and-white conversion of an image. There are entire books written about black-and-white or monochrome conversion using Photoshop, but I‘m going to show you a quick, down and dirty way to do it.

black and white conversion

Again, duplicate the background layer, and this time click on the little black/white circle at the bottom of the Layers Palette. When the drop-down box opens, select Black & White. The adjustment box will open and you should automatically get a preview of the black-and-white conversion of your image.
Again, you can play around with the settings, but the one I suggest is clicking the Tint box and then moving the Saturation slider all the way to left and then moving it back a little towards the right. When you select the Tint box, you might get a sepia effect on the image, so just desaturate the sepia effect until it looks okay to you. After you click OK, you’ll now have your black-and-white conversion.

7. Resizing & Cropping Images

Many times you’ll bring images into Photoshop and you will want to print them. Well, printing photos requires that you resize your photos to fit the size of the paper you want to print on. Say I want to print this photo on standard 8.5 by 11 paper. Well, to get the image to fit well on the photo paper, I need to change the size.
When I click on Image>Image Size in the menu bar, I can see that the original size of the photo is 15.84 by 10.5. That’s of course larger than I want. But when I try to change the numbers to 11 by 8.5, the proportional sizes don’t quite fit. So what I need to do is crop the photo for the size I need.
To do this, click on the Crop tool in the Tools Palette. It should be open by default, but you call also open it by going to Windows>Tools.

 Now drag your cursor over the image. The resulting crop box should only allow you to stretch it to 11 x 8.5 inches. You can move the crop box around to get the framing and crop you want.

crop image

8. Image Border

Another tool that beginning Photoshop users might want to know is how to add a border around an image. Again there are a few ways to do this. One way is to select the top layer in the Layers palette. Next click on Image>Canvas Size. In the dialogue box that opens up, change the Width and Height to both to .2. Choose a color for your border. Make sure the center of the Anchor box is selected. Click OK and you should see a border around the image.

black boarder

9. Saving For The Web

One of the biggest issues with digital images is that many people don’t know how to resize photos for emailing and web posting purposes. How many times have you clicked on an image or received one or several in an email and they were too large for good viewing? Photoshop comes with a Save for Web feature that helps you resize photos.
First off you can click on Image>Image Size in the menu bar to view and resize an open image in Photoshop. You can either change the pixel dimension or document size of the image for the size you need. For example, the average size for web posting and emailing photos is  800 x 600 pixels. This is also a good size for slide show presentations. Images should rarely be larger than 1024 x 768 pixels, because that is the typical size of largest computer monitors. If you need a particular print size, you would change the document size, making sure that the Constrain Proportions box is checked so that the image won’t get stretched on either size. You might have to use the cropping tool as explained above to get the correct size you need.

image size

With your image resized, you’re ready to save it for web posting. Click on Save>Save for Web posting and devices. In the resulting dialogue box you want to check the number on the bottom left of the image box, which is the current resolution size of the photo. It also gives you an idea how long will take that photo to download at its current size.
On the upper left side of the window, you can select up to four views of image, each giving you a preview of the image quality at various sizes. When the resolution size is reduced, pixels are taken away, which results in a loss of detail or sharpness in an image.

image quality

You want to reduce the size of the image to say less than 100K, but maintain good image quality. In the top box on the upper right side, click the Preset button and select PNG-24 or JPEG High. PNG format typically gives you a smaller resolution size without too much loss of quality. The Quality button on the right side of the box can also be used to lower or increase the resolution size. The presets typically work fine. Just make sure you notice if the size you choose causes the image to look slightly blurry or smudgy.
After you change the resolution size, check the size again (bottom left) to see if a good size for posting. Finally, click the Save button. Photoshop will save a copy of the image where you tell it to. It will leave the original untouched.

10. PSD vs Non-PSD

Finally, when you go to save a file that you have been working on, there are two things you want to consider. You can save it in the Photoshop (PSD) format which means that you will save all the adjustments you made to the image, plus the various layers that you created when making adjustments and adding effects. This means that your file is typically going to be larger than the original size you started off with. But it also mean that you can reopen the file, and the layers and edits you made will be retained so that you can make more changes or complete the job.
Another way to save a file in Photoshop is in a non-PSD format, such as JPEG or PNG. Saving a file in one of these formats means that you’re not going to retain the layers when you save. What will be saved are all the changes you made and applied to the original photo. The layers will be gone. If you didn’t make a copy of the original photo before bringing it into Photoshop and you save it as a JPEG, you will lose that original state of the photo.

So when saving a image in Photoshop, it’s best to first save it in PSD format (even while you work on it) and then click File>Save As to save it in a non-PSD format. You can always delete the PSD file when you no longer need it.
There are many other techniques that could be explained for beginning Photoshop users, but the few included in this introductory photoshop tutorial should be enough to get you started. If these were helpful, let me know what questions you have about Photoshop that might be addressed in a follow-up article on this topic. Also be sure to check out our Photoshop Tutorials Section

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>How To Use Google Transliteration API In Regional Language Blogger Blogs

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Google Transliteration API In Regional Language Blogger Blogs

What is Transliteration ?
Transliteration is the process of phonetically converting a word written in one script into another. Transliteration should not be confused with translation which involves a change in language while preserving meaning. With transliteration, it is the sound of the words that are converted from one alphabet to the other.

The majority of blogs are in English.Though there are many regional languages spoken but there are a few blogs published in regional languages. The main reason being the unavailability of editors for regional languages.

Blogger Platform is available in almost all Languages. But is not available to Write or Commenting in regional language for visiters.
This plugin offers language transliteration for visitors to Comment or to Write in regionallanguage

The Transliteration API currently supports transliteration from the English version to the scripts of the following languages:
Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya and Urdu. 

Here is an Example of Textarea to Write Hindi

Type in Hindi (Press Ctrl+g to toggle between English and Hindi)

How to Add this Transliteration Text Box to Blogger?

There are two steps
a.Adding Script Code
b.Adding Html Code

Adding Script Code

1. Go to Blogger Dashboard Design > Edit HTML
2. Tick on Expand Widgets Check box
3. Find </head> tag and place Bellow Code before It!

<script src="https://www.google.com/jsapi" type="text/javascript">
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
google.load("elements", "1", {
packages: "transliteration"
});

function onLoad() {
var options = {
sourceLanguage: google.elements.transliteration.LanguageCode.ENGLISH,
destinationLanguage: [google.elements.transliteration.LanguageCode.HINDI],
shortcutKey: 'ctrl+g',
transliterationEnabled: true
};

};
var control = new google.elements.transliteration.TransliterationControl(options);
control.makeTransliteratable(['transliterateTextarea']);
}
google.setOnLoadCallback(onLoad);
</script>

Change Destination language code ‘HINDI‘ with yours and it must be in Block Letters

Available Languages :- 

AMHARIC
ARABIC
BENGALI
GREEK
GUJARATI
HINDI
KANNADA
MALAYALAM
MARATHI
NEPALI
PERSIAN
PUNJABI
RUSSIAN
SANSKRIT
SERBIAN
TAMIL
TELUGU
TIGRINYA
URDU
Adding HTML Code

This is a HTML code, and you can add this that where it you want (i.e in Sidebar, in Contact Form, Or in above Comment Form etc,.)

<div class="Google-transliterate-Way2blogging">
Type in Hindi (Press Ctrl+g to toggle between English and Hindi)<br>
<textarea id="transliterateTextarea" style="width:600px;height:200px"></textarea>
<span style="font-weight:bold;font-size:10px;float:right;margin:5px;"><a href="http://www.way2blogging.org/">+Grab this</a></span>
</div>
How to add this Text Box Above Blogger Comment Form?

1. Search bellow two tags

<b:if cond='data:post.embedCommentForm'>
<b:include data='post' name='comment-form'/>

2. In between these two tags Put above HTML Code that i am given.

Thats all! 

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