Photo editing – for free

PLAYING WITH IMAGES Both Adobe and open-source alternatives now offer free facilities that you can use to create fancy and high-quality images

The joke goes that you don’t need to go to the gym to get a six-pack abdomen to impress people. All you have to do is to “Photoshop” your picture. Adobe’s famous software that helps manipulate photos is now a verb.

PIXLR PHOTOSHOP GIMP

If you are serious about your digital editing, and are currently using a pirated software, we urge you to give those tools the go-by and give the free ones a try.So what happens if you want to get access to tools such as Photoshop and use them to edit pictures, fix the contrast or the exposure of a shot you took on a holiday, change it to black and white or add other effects? The good news is that you can now do it for free. Apart from basic Photoshop features that are available free, there are also other free open-source applications. We guide you on the options.

PHOTOSHOP [Free]

Last year, Adobe made www.photoshop.com free. Go to Photoshop.com, where you can access the Online Tools section, where you use the Photoshop Express for free. You can use features such as Crop & Rotate, Resize, Exposure, Red Eye, Dodge, Sharpen etc. There are also special effects and a decoration menu that lets you put things from text. Or you can add bubbles or other objects on your photograph.

Of course, this is not full-feature Photoshop, but then you are also not paying for it.

If you want more features, Adobe now offers Creative Cloud, you can subscribe to it by going to https://creative.adobe.com and sign up for a free account for 30 days, where you get all the Adobe software tools for free. For 30 days, you can either choose to use one software tool by paying R1000 per month, or use all the software that Adobe has to offer at R2,700 per month. That is a great deal when you consider how much the old Photoshop cost to buy.

GIMP [www.gimp.org]

Gimp is the nearest to Photoshop when we come to open-source software and has improved in leaps and bounds over the years. In it’s current 2.8.4 version it is also available for both Mac and Windows. You can download it, install it and you are ready to go.

Gimp gives you all the great tools that Photoshop.com has and a whole lot more. It also offers a whole set of plug-ins that you can find by doing a Web search, from plug-ins such as Liquid Resize that help you resize the image intelligently.

Photo effects is another very attractive plug-in that works with Gimp. It adds photo touch-up capabilities of the kind Instagram does on the mobile phone.

Gimp can also work with tablets such as those from Wacom that allow you to draw or simulate a brush to draw on the screen. Photoshop.com allows you all this only in the paid version.

In case Gimp does not suit your fancy, and Photoshop just seems to elaborate, there is a third tool which is quick on its heels and just gets things done.

PIXLR [www.pixlr.com]

Head on to the website, select the version of Pixlr you like to work with. They have an advanced version that has all the fancy tools, an efficient version that has similar tools if you work off a tablet, and a playful version that is an exact copy of their mobile application available for the iOS and Android platforms. The tools help you get things done, though they may not get you to award-winning standards.

If you are serious about your digital editing, and are currently using a pirated software, we urge you to give those tools the go-by and give the free ones a try. You will find that the free tools can do most of your work, and if you still need the full utility set, the per month payment from Adobe really allows you to do that easily now.

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HOW TO CREATE A RAP ON ANDROID PHONE?

HOW TO CREATE A RAP

We have all heard how smartphones are more powerful than yesteryear supercomputers and they can do much more than our imagination. So, this week we have an interesting app — which makes you rap.

Wikipedia defines rap as “spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics”. It requires skills to write a rap song, and special skills to rap everything together. But if you want to give it a try, we’ll tell you how:

  1. Head on to http://www.smule.com/autorap and download AutoRap, it is available for iPhone [ R170] and Android Phones for free

  2. Once you have the application downloaded and installed, simply speak in the phone. This could be a chapter from a book you are reading, or some poetry you wrote, add some expressions. And, just in case you don’t know what to do, watch this video http://bit.ly/12lEUv9

  3. Press the ‘auto rap’ button, and now your phone (supercomputer) will convert those spoken words, with some background beats, into a rap. If you like it, share it with your friends, and if you don’t like it, you can easily give it another shot.

After all, who knows you may be the next Sean Diddy in the making.

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Can you suggest a way of getting better Internet service at my home?

I live in an area where Internet broadband is only available from MTNL, whose service is indifferent, and not working most of the time. We don’t have any private service provider in the area. Can you suggest a way of getting better Internet service at my home?

 

The first thing to do, of course, is to escalate the matter at MTNL. In terms of alternatives, since 4G connectivity is still some time away, the best option would be 3G. You could use a 3G dongle, such as the Lava W200 that will convert a USB-based 3G connection to both wi-fi and ethernet. The dongle can connect to your LAN if you already have one at home, or just give you wireless connectivity.

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Inspired by Shankar Mahadevan’s album ‘Breathless’, the Marathi album ‘Kanherichi Phule’ includes first Marathi breathless song ‘Swatantryacha Ladha Zala’ sung by Bela Shende & Amol Kolhe.

Inspired by Shankar Mahadevan’s album ‘Breathless’, the Marathi album ‘Kanherichi Phule’ includes first Marathi breathless song ‘Swatantryacha Ladha Zala’ sung by Bela Shende & Amol Kolhe.

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Sharyat – Raanamandi Ekatach Dultoy – Hot Marathi Lavani Song

 

Sharyat – Raanamandi Ekatach Dultoy – Hot Marathi Lavani Song

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Marathi Actress Draped In Authentic Saree – Indian Saree Style

 

Marathi Actress Draped In Authentic Saree – Indian Saree Style

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Lakh Lakh Chanderi

Lakh Lakh Chanderi

 

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Marathi Abhiman Geet

Marathi Abhiman Geet

 

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Jabardast Speech by Balasaheb

 

Jabardast Speech by Balasaheb

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BIRTH OF THE FAMOUS NAMES

BIRTH OF THE FAMOUS NAMES
STRANGE NATURAL CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED THE FAMOUS NAMES


MERCEDES
This was actually the financier’s daughter’s name.


ADOBE
This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

 


APPLE COMPUTERS

It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call
his company Apple Computers if
the other colleagues didn’t suggest a
better name by 5 O’clock that evening.


CISCO
It is not an acronym as popularly believed.
It is short for San Francisco .


COMPAQ

This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.


COREL
The name was derived from the founder’s
name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearchLaboratory
.


GOOGLE

The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders- Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’ …thus the name.


HOTMAIL 

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in ‘mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.


HEWLETT PACKARD

 

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.



INTEL

Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘ Moore Noyce’but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics. 


LOTUE (Notes)

 


Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapoor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.


MICROSOFT

Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.


MOTOROLA

Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

 


ORACLE

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called
Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company
.


SONY

It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.


SUN

Founded by four Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.


YAHOO!

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

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