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September 30, 2005

10 Free Web Design and Development Books

Here are 10 free Web Design and Development books covering the following: CSS, Design Do’s and Don’ts, Accessibility, Java Web Dev, PHP, RSS and Atom, and Web Site Secrets of the largest sites. To access the download link for these computer books, click on the Free button at the bottom of the page, wait about 30 seconds, then the link to download will appear at bottom of page, which you should click on. (You will need to wait 1 hour between large downloads.). To uncompress .rar files you can use 7-Zip, available here: www.7-zip.com/download.html. Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web: tinyurl.com/7wqxd Stylin’ with CSS: A Designer’s Guide: rapidshare.de/files/3652244/Stylin__with_CSS_-A_Designer_s_Guide.rar.html Web Bloopers: 60 Common Web Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: tinyurl.com/b2u3x GUI Bloopers: Don’ts and Do’s for Software Developers and Web Designers: tinyurl.com/a6o6w Constructing Accessible Websites: rapidshare.de/files/3188177/Constructing_Accessible_Websites.rar.html Art of Java Web Development: rapidshare.de/files/3438770/Art_of_Java_Web_Development_.rar.html Spring Into PHP 5: tinyurl.com/ckw4a PHP 5 Power Programming: tinyurl.com/ba6qp Developing Feeds with RSS and Atom: rapidshare.de/files/3459995/b-dfra01.zip.html 501 Web Site Secrets: Unleash the Power of Google, Amazon, eBay and More!: rapidshare.de/files/2987606/501_Website_Secrets.rar.html

Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, Techniques, and Training Videos

Adobeevangelists.com develops and hosts many good Free Tutorials, Tips, and Techniques for several Adobe software products, including Photoshop. The following are their Photoshop training materials that you can access to learn how to use this graphics tool to the fullest extent. Included here are 5 tutorial training videos also that go through the motions visually to teach you some important Photoshop features.


Tutorial Videos for Photoshop:


The Override Command Explained
Override Movie – 1.66 Megs – Windows Media

For someone just getting started with Adobe Encore DVD, the Override command can be a bit confusing. What does it override? Why would I want to override it? Hopefully, this movie will clear up a bit of the mystery…

Highlight Colors
The Low-Down on Subpictures -

Color Sets Movie – 7.8 Megs – Windows Media
Color sets, known as subpictures to DVD pros, create several effects you see in a DVD including highlight colors on buttons and subtitle text. We’ll go through the whole story… almost.

Button Routing
How to get from here to there in a menu

Button Routing Movie – 2.3 Megs – Windows Media
Going from button to button with a mouse is easy, and something we take for granted. However, with only 4 arrow keys on a remote, the task is more complex than you think. Here’s how to control button routing in Encore DVD.

Layer Comps in Photoshop CS
Multiple Versions from the same document

Layer Comps Movie – 5.3 Megs – Windows Media

Of all the improvements in Photoshop CS, this one has the most potential to change the way you work in Photoshop. Layer position, opacity, and style configurations can be saved, compared, shown like a slide show, and even saved out to multiple files.



Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, and Techniques:


Introducing Adobe Photoshop CS2

Power Shortcuts
A thorough list of those keyboard shortcuts we all love.
  [PDF] 136k

Automating Photoshop
Repetitve tasks and batch processing files [PDF] 78k

Camera Raw
Everything You Need to Know About Camera Raw  [PDF] 337k

Adobe Bridge
The Next-generation File Browser  [PDF] 70k

What’s New in CS2
In-depth information about all the big new features  [PDF] 110k

But wait! There’s more!
All of the other cool stuff in Photoshop CS2  [PDF] 812k

Image Size
Common questions – Answered!  [PDF] 8.0 Mb

Where Things Are
Where does Photoshop CS2 keep _______?  [PDF] 38k

Filters in Adobe Photoshop CS2  [PDF] 8.0 Mb

HDR (Hi-Dynamic Range)
Supported Features in HDR  [PDF] 36k


Photoshop CS
Tutorial Archives

Camera Raw in Photoshop CS  [PDF] 260k

But wait, there’s more! [PDF] 3.72mb

Photoshop CS Power Shortcuts  [PDF] 94k

Blend Mode Magic  [PDF] 4.58mb


Photoshop 7.0 Tutorial Archives

Photoshop 7 Power Shortcuts  [PDF] 145k

Photoshop 7.0 Tutorial   [PDF] 5.0 mb | Tutorial Files [.ZIP] 8.1 mb

But wait, there’s more! (What ELSE is new in 7.0)  [PDF] 1.4 mb

Photoshop 7.0 and Illustrator 10 – The Power Combination  [PDF] 88k

Color Management  [PDF] 296k

Understanding Masking  [PDF] 113k

Digital Darkroom Workflow  [PDF] 129k


Photoshop 6.0 Tutorial Archives

Photoshop Essentials  [PDF] 2.3mb

Beginning Layers  [PDF] 4.4mb

Advanced Layers  [PDF] 7.6mb

Layer Sets Blend Modes [PDF] 291k

Using Layer Masks  [PDF] 679k

Layer Effects and Layer Styles  [PDF] 1.8mb

Advanced Masking  [PDF] 2.5mb

Making Maks from Channels  [PDF] 1mb

The Extract Feature  [PDF] 388k

Hand Coloring  [PDF] 485k

Selective Coloring  [PDF] 582k

Custom Grayscale Conversions  [PDF] 388k

A Lesson in History  [PDF] 291k

Art History Effects  [PDF] 2.4mb

The Art History Brush  [PDF] 873k

Creating Polaroid Transfer Effects  [PDF] 932k

Painting with Snapshots  [PDF] 873k

License to Liquify  [PDF] 199k

The Liquify Command  [PDF] 1.1mb

More Liquify Techniques  [PDF] 388k

Adding Edge Effects  [PDF] 388k

Creating Transparent Overlays  [PDF] 388k

Custom Posterization Effects  [PDF] 653k

Creating Something from Nothing  [PDF] 213k

The Displace Filter  [PDF] 291k

RGB Soft Proofing  [PDF] 388k

Color Correction by Numbers  [PDF] 582k

Portrait Retouching  [PDF] 970k

Photographic Restoration Part 1  [PDF] 776k

Photographic Restoration Part 2  [PDF] 873k

Photographic Restoration Part 3  [PDF] 582k


Free Books on Microsoft Office, Excel, Project, and FrontPage

This ftp site, at babis.homeip.net/computers/windows/ , hosts several free Microsoft Office books. These include one book each on Excel, Project, and FrontPage, a book on developing Microsoft Office solutions, and another on time saving techniques with Office 2003. Step By Step MS Office Excel 2003 EBook (zip): tinyurl.com/9nhfe Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 (zip): tinyurl.com/ajnbf Teach Yourself Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 In 24 Hours (zip): tinyurl.com/7vs93 Developing MS Office Solutions eBook (zip): tinyurl.com/7gj8s Office 2003 Timesaving Techniques for Dummies (zip): tinyurl.com/a53tv Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 Kick Start (zip): tinyurl.com/akcu6

September 29, 2005

2 Free ActionScript Flash MX Books

Here are two 2 Free ActionScript Flash MX books that I think you will enjoy. They are in Windows help chm format. Action Script for Flash MX – The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition (.chm): tinyurl.com/cm336 ActionScript Cookbook (.chm): tinyurl.com/a7s5s

Free Course on Creating Web Pages with HTML, XML, and Dynamic HTML

Free Course on Creating Web Pages with HTML, XML, and Dynamic HTML


This course contains 10 interactive HTML tutorials, 4 interactive XML tutorials, and 5 interactive DHTML tutorials.

The site for this course contains the following sections:

 

The Documents Folder

The Documents folder contain additional topics of special interest that were not covered in the main text of the book. These topics are:

HTML

Tutorial 1: Developing a Basic Web Page
Creating a Web Page for Stephen Dube’s Chemistry Classes
Tutorial 2: Adding Hypertext Links to a Web Page
Creating a Chemistry Web Site, Continued
Tutorial 3: Designing a Web Page
Working with Fonts, Colors, and Graphics
Tutorial 4: Designing a Web Page with Tables
Creating a News Page
Tutorial 5: Using Frames in a Web Site
Using Frames to Display Multiple Web Pages
Tutorial 6: Creating Web Page Forms
Designing a Product Registration Form
Tutorial 7: Working with Cascading Style Sheets
Designing a Style for a Web Site at Maxwell Scientific
Tutorial 8: Programming with JavaScript
Creating a Programmable Web Page for North Pole Novelties
Tutorial 9: Working with JavaScript Objects and Events
Enhancing your Forms with JavaScript
Tutorial 10: Creating a Multimedia Web Page
Enhancing a Page with Sound, Video, and Java Applets


XML

Tutorial 1: Creating an XML Document
Developing an XML Document for the Jazz Warehouse
Tutorial 2: Binding XML Data with Internet Explorer
Creating a Staff Directory for Freezing Point Refrigerators
Tutorial 3: Creating a Valid XML Document
Working with a Document Type Definition
Tutorial 4: Working with Namespaces and Schemas
Creating a Patient Report Document
XML Tutorial 5: Working with Cascading Style Sheets
Formatting Your XML Documents with CSS
Tutorial 6: Working with XSLT
Transforming an XML Document


Tutorial 7: Creating a Computational Style Sheet
Working with Functions, Variables, and Parameters


Tutorial 8: Creating Element Groups
Working with IDs, Keys, and Groups


Tutorial 9: Working with the Document Object Model
Creating an Interactive Document


DHTML

Tutorial 1: Working with Dynamic Page Layout
Creating an Opening Screen for Avalon Books
Tutorial 2: Working with Dynamic Content and Styles
Creating a Product Information Site
Tutorial 3: Working with Special Effects
Creating Rollovers, Menus, Filters, and Transitions
Tutorial 4: Working with the Event Model
Creating a Drag-and-Drop Shopping Cart for Games Etc.
Tutorial 5: Working with Windows and Frames
Enhancing a Web Site with Interactive Windows



The Reference Folder

The Reference folder is updated for Internet Explorer 6.0 and Netscape 6.2.


The Gallery Folder

The Gallery section contains graphics files, media clips and other objects that you can include in your own Web pages to enhance their appearance. The gallery includes the following objects:


The Data Files Folder

Click the links below for the data files for the appropriate tutorials. See the readme files included within each “exe” (PC) or “hqx” (MAC) file for more information on how to setup your data disks.

HTML

PC Version:

MAC Version:

XML

PC Version:

DHTML

PC Version:

MAC Version:


The PowerPoint Presentations Folder

From this section you can download PowerPoint Presentations that correspond to each chapter in the New Perspectives on Creating Web Pages with HTML, XML, and Dynamic HTML textbooks.

PowerPoint Presentations


Summary:
Online Companion Home   *Documents
HTML: Tutorial 1 | Tutorial 2 | Tutorial 3 | Tutorial 4 | Tutorial 5
Tutorial 6 | Tutorial 7 | Tutorial 8 | Tutorial 9 | Tutorial 10
XML: Tutorial 1 | Tutorial 2 | Tutorial 3 | Tutorial 4
Tutorial 5 | Tutorial 6 | Tutorial 7 | Tutorial 8 | Tutorial 9
DHTML: Tutorial 1 | Tutorial 2 | Tutorial 3 | Tutorial 4 | Tutorial 5
*Reference  *Gallery  *Software  *Data Files
*PowerPoint Presentations

13 Free Microsoft Visio 2003 Training Courses

These 13 Free Microsoft Visio 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how Visio 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need Visio 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in Power point or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft Publisher 2003 Training Courses:


Print large drawings and get the results you want
Length: 50 min

See what you can do with the Research service
Length: 30 min

Connect shapes the best way in Visio drawings
Length: 40 min

Use Visio drawings in presentations, documents, and publications
Length: 50 min

Get to know Visio
Length: 30 min

A quick introduction to office layouts
Length: 30 min

A quick introduction to organization charts
Length: 30 min

A quick introduction to block diagrams
Length: 30 min

Shapes I: Introductory basics you can’t live without
Length: 40 min

Shapes II: Expertly position, stack, and group shapes
Length: 40 min

Present your project in Word, PowerPoint or Visio
Length: 30 min

Shapes IV: Let’s talk about text positioning
Length: 40 min

Shapes III: Let’s talk about text
Length: 40 min


September 28, 2005

Software Engineering for Web Applications Course

This course teaches basics of designing a dynamic web site with a database back end, including scripting languages, cookies, SQL, and HTML with the goal of building such a site as the main (group) project Emphasizes computer-human interface and the graphical display of information. Crucial to the project is the identification of a client with whom the group must work with throughout the month, designing specifications, implementing them, reviewing and evaluating, and testing. This is a real-life client who intends to host the site for the purposes of building a community. The available training and learning content includes Lecture Videos, Handouts, and Web Resource Links. The lecture videos are in Real Player format. Software Engineering for Web Applications: aduni.org/courses/web/ Here is the Lectures and Courseware page: aduni.org/courses/web/index.php?view=cw Lecture Videos: A high-speed mirror is available at The Internet Archive here: www.archive.org/details-db.php?mediatype=movies&identifier=arsdigita_07_web_applications (Part I): Introduction to Internet Applications, Online Communities: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-02-01Lect_Part_I.rm (Part II): TCP and HTTP, Web Session State, Databases, Web Development Enviornments: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-02-01Lect_Part_II.rm J2EE and Microsoft .NET, Planning Internet Applications and Online Communities: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-03-01Lect.rm Big Thoughts about the Internet and Online Communities: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-04-01Lect.rm Web Usability and Interface Best Practices: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-05-01Lect.rm Student User Data Model and Login/Registration Code Review: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-11-01Lect.rm Sample Data Model for Diet Tracking, Database Structure, Site Modules: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-12-01Lect.rm Student Project Status Presentation and Code Reviews: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-17-01Lect.rm Implementing Threaded Discussion Forums: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-18-01Lect.rm Database Normal Form, Oracle Transaction Issues, Oracle Under the Hood: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-19-01Lect.rm VoiceXML:: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-24-01Lect.rm Distributed Computing with Web Services, SOAP:: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-25-01Lect.rm Final Student Project Presentation, Future of Databases: www.aduni.org:81/videos/04-26-01Lect.rm

29 Microsoft FrontPage Training Tutorials from Microsoft

This resource page from Microsoft contains 29 Microsoft FrontPage Training Tutorials and 3 Quizes. You can use these to help you get up to speed on this web development tool. FrontPage 2002 Assistance: Tutorial Articles: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/CH010422531033.aspx View Categories of Office Web Documents in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010347151033.aspx View Information About a File or Folder in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010347161033.aspx Need help? Use the Microsoft FrontPage discussion groups: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011153831033.aspx Everything to lose: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010429241033.aspx Adding new values to the substitution Web component: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563931033.aspx Customizing interactive lists: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563961033.aspx Features requiring FrontPage 2002 server extensions: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010562901033.aspx FrontPage options for advanced developers: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010562921033.aspx How to connect to a system DSN in FrontPage 2000: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010564251033.aspx How to create and link to bookmarks in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010564231033.aspx How to display a page on the full screen: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563581033.aspx How to display multiple pages simultaneously: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563591033.aspx How to drag and drop bookmarks: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563601033.aspx How to perform a global find and replace: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563621033.aspx How to print reports in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010564091033.aspx How to use FrontPage 2000 without FrontPage Extensions: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010564441033.aspx Administer, author, and browse: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010429261033.aspx How to use the Estimated Time to Download feature: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563611033.aspx Introduction to FrontPage database features: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010564291033.aspx Using Find and Replace enhancements: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563981033.aspx Using the Border Dropdown Tool in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563871033.aspx About views in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010346711033.aspx Deactivate the My Pictures toolbar by using FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010563571033.aspx List View Style Gallery in FrontPage 2002 and Word 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010562981033.aspx Move an Object Forward or Backward in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010346921033.aspx Use Page Tabs to Navigate in FrontPage 2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010347051033.aspx You asked for it: Crabby’s top 5 FrontPage tips and tricks: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010429221033.aspx About Temporary Files in FrontPage 2000\2002: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010346701033.aspx Master HTML tables, once and for all: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011153151033.aspx Quiz: FrontPage basics: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/QZ010517261033.aspx Quiz: Clip art: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/QZ011317001033.aspx Quiz: Clip Organizer: office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/QZ011773701033.aspx

5 Free Microsoft Publisher 2003 Training Courses

These 5 Free Microsoft Publisher 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how Publisher 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need Publisher 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in Power point or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft Publisher 2003 Training Courses:


Get started designing your own professional publications
Length: 50 min

See what you can do with the Research service
Length: 30 min

Create catalogs or directories
Length: 40 min

Prepare a publication for commercial printing
Length: 50 min

Use Visio drawings in presentations, documents, and publications
Length: 50 min


September 26, 2005

3 Free Microsoft Project 2003 Training Courses

These 3 Free Microsoft Project 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how Project 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need Project 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in Power point or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft Project 2003 Training Courses:


Dig deeper into scheduling
Length: 50 min

Linking Project Tasks
Length: 45 min

Present your project in Word, PowerPoint or Visio
Length: 30 min


September 23, 2005

Free Web Dev Books on PHP, MySQL, ASP, Apache, SSL

This site hosts several good web development books covering PHP, MySQL, ASP, Apache, SSL, and Access. It also has some books on Oracle PL SQL and Visual C++. Index of /~egunst00/Div/Lær PHP og SQL: home.hia.no/~egunst00/Div/L%e6r%20PHP%20og%20SQL/ For a linked list of the free books, please go to my blog post on intelligentedu.com here: www.intelligentedu.com/blogs/Free_Computer_Books.php/?id=147

25 Free Microsoft Word 2003 Training Courses

These 25 Free Microsoft Word 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how Word 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need Word 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in Power point or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft Word 2003 Training Courses:

Tables I: Create and format basic tables
Length: 50 min

Tables II: Use tables to simplify complex page layouts
Length: 50 min

Help protect yourself: Security in Office
Length: 30 min

Audio course: Revise documents with Track Changes and comments
Length: 50 min

Audio course: Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects
Length: 40 min

Protect Word documents
Length: 50 min

Add graphics and keep them where you want them
Length: 50 min

Table of Contents I: Create a basic TOC
Length: 30 min

Table of Contents II: Advanced TOCs, long documents, and other tables
Length: 40 min

Create individual envelopes and labels
Length: 40 min

Use Visio drawings in presentations, documents, and publications
Length: 50 min

Use mail merge for mass mailings and more
Length: 50 min

Headers and footers, simple to elaborate
Length: 50 min

So that’s how! Great Word features
Length: 50 min

Create a document outline
Length: 50 min

See what you can do with the Research service
Length: 30 min

Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word
Length: 30 min

XML: What’s it all about?
Length: 55 min

Audio course: Sign your own macros for stronger security
Length: 30 min

Decorate documents with backgrounds, borders, and text effects
Length: 40 min

Introduction to XML in Word
Length: 40 min

Create footnotes and endnotes
Length: 30 min

Format your document with styles
Length: 50 min

Prepare for the holidays: Write and send a newsletter with Word
Length: 40 min

Present your project in Word, PowerPoint or Visio
Length: 30 min



September 22, 2005

Free 843-page Photoshop CS Desk Reference eBook

This book is written for the person who has a good grasp of using a computer and navigating the operating system and at least a cursory knowledge of Photoshop. It is intended to be a comprehensive reference book that you can read cover to cover or reach for when you’re looking for specific information about a particular task. This book is broken down into minibooks, each covering a general topic. Each minibook contains several chapters, each covering a more specific topic under the general one. Each chapter is then divided into sections, and some of those sections have subsections. You can read the book from front to back, or you can dive right into the minibook or chapter of your choice. For any mentioned concept, you’ll find a cross-reference to another book and chapter where you’ll find all the details. If you’re looking for something specific, check out either the Table of Contents or the index. The Cheat Sheet at the beginning of the book helps you remember all the shortcuts you’ll use most often. Photoshop CS All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies: pscs-refbook.notlong.com 18.1 mb, 843 pages (This is an ftp site, if it’s busy try again later. Also, be patient with the download, its somewhat slow, but the whole file will finish.) Table of Contents at a Glance: Book I: Photoshop Fundamentals Chapter 1: Examining the Photoshop Environment Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Tools Palette Chapter 3: Getting Started and Finishing Up Chapter 4: Getting It on Paper Chapter 5: Viewing and Navigating Images Chapter 6: Customizing Your Workspace and Preferences Book II: Image Essentials Chapter 1: Specifying Size and Resolution Chapter 2: Choosing Color Modes and File Formats Chapter 3: Using and Managing Color Chapter 4: Time Travel – Undoing in Photoshop Chapter 5: Applying Annotations and Notes Chapter 6: Creating Actions for Productivity and Fun Book III: Selections Chapter 1: Making Selections Chapter 2: Creating and Working with Paths Chapter 3: Modifying and Transforming Selections and Paths Book IV: Painting, Drawing, and Typing Chapter 1: Exploring with the Painting Tools Chapter 2: Creating Vector Shapes Chapter 3: Filling and Stroking Chapter 4: Creating and Editing Type Chapter 5: Masking, Shaping, and Warping Type Book V: Working with Layers Chapter 1: Creating Layers Chapter 2: Managing Layers Chapter 3: Playing with Opacity and Blend Modes Chapter 4: Getting Jazzy with Layer Styles and Clipping Groups Book VI: Channels and Masks Chapter 1: Using Channels Chapter 2: Quick and Dirty Masking Chapter 3: Getting Exact with Advanced Masking Techniques Book VII: Filters and Distortions Chapter 1: Making Corrections with Daily Filters Chapter 2: Applying Filters for Special Occasions Chapter 3: Distorting with the Liquify Command Book VIII: Retouching and Restoration Chapter 1: Enhancing Images with Adjustments Chapter 2: Repairing with the Focus and Toning Tools Chapter 3: Fixing Flaws and Imperfections Book IX: Photoshop and the Web Chapter 1: Prepping Web Graphics Chapter 2: Optimizing Images with Save for Web Chapter 3: Slicing Your Image Chapter 4: Creating a Web Photo Gallery Chapter 5: Looking to ImageReady Book X: Photoshop and Print Chapter 1: Working with Other Programs Chapter 2: Prepping Graphics for Print Chapter 3: Creating Contact Sheets, Picture Packages, and More Appendix A: Working with Digital Cameras and Scanners Appendix B: A Visual Reference of Photoshop Tools

Free 383-page eBook on Creating Web Pages and Sites

Web site publishing can be broken down into two approaches: 1) those that focus on the underlying code-level technologies, and 2) those that teach the broad strokes of Web publishing via graphical Web editors. This book, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Creating Web Pages, is a friendly guide to the first of these approaches, showing you how to dig into the HTML and XHTML standards to build Web pages, manage Web sites, and augment them with further levels of complexity style sheets and scripting among them. At the end of this book, you’ll understand many of the more complex issues involved in Web publishing. You’ll do this by building, chapter by chapter, an understanding of the authoring codes (for creating Web pages), the graphical and multimedia technologies, and eventually the scripting and programming basics necessary for a fully interactive and interesting Web site. Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Creating Web Pages eBook: www.megaupload.com/?d=24O85FTN 383 pages, 7.2 mb, pdf format Table of Contents at a Glance: Part I Creating Web Pages 1 – The Fundamentals of Web Publishing 2 – A Crash-Course in Web Design 3 – What You Need to Get Started 4 – Creating Your First Page Part II Design and Conquer 5 – Formatting Your Text 6 – Visual Stimulus-Adding Graphics 7 – Building Hypertext Links 8 – Table Basics 9 – Advanced Table Elements and Table Design 10 – Get Splashy: Style Sheets, Fonts, and Special Characters 11 – Advanced Web Images and Imagemaps Part III Building Your Site 12 – Creating Sites with HTML Frames 13 – Adding Multimedia and Java Content 14 – Site-Wide Styles: Design, Accessibility, and Internationalization Part IV Interacting with Your Users 15 – Adding HTML Forms 16 – CGIs and Data Gathering 17 – Forums, Chats, and Other Add-Ons

14 Free Microsoft Access 2003 Training Courses

These 14 Free Microsoft Access 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how Access 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need Access 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in Power point or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft Access 2003 Training Courses:

Take the controls
Length: 55 min

Queries I: Get answers with queries
Length: 50 min

Access Security I: Introduction to security
Length: 50 min

Get to know Access
Length: 45 min

Help protect yourself: Security in Office
Length: 30 min

Table that data
Length: 50 min

Forms follow function
Length: 55 min

Reports I: Show off your data
Length: 55 min

Queries II: Limit your data and calculate values
Length: 50 min

Queries III: Create parameter queries that prompt users for input
Length: 50 min

Queries IV: Working with complex criteria
Length: 45 min

Work with a database you didn’t create
Length: 45 min

Label that data
Length: 35 min

Audio course: Sign your own macros for stronger security
Length:
30 min


September 21, 2005

25 Free Microsoft Outlook 2003 Training Courses

These 25 Free Microsoft Outlook 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how Outlook 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need Outlook 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in Power point or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft Outlook 2003 Training Courses:

Delegate Access: Let someone else mind your busyness
Length: 40 min

Send and receive photos and attachments with confidence
Length: 40 min

Help protect yourself: Security in Office
Length: 30 min

Get to know your Outlook Calendar
Length: 20 min

Organize meetings with Outlook
Length: 50 min

So that’s how! Great Outlook Calendar features to make time work for you
Length: 20 min

Audio course: Slice the spam! How Outlook helps protect you from junk e-mail
Length: 30 min

Share contacts using Outlook and Windows SharePoint Services
Length: 30 min

Create great-looking signatures for your e-mail
Length: 35 min

Share a calendar using Outlook and Windows SharePoint Services
Length: 20 min

See and share multiple calendars
Length: 50 min

So that’s how! Tips to get an address on the To line fast
Length: 30 min

Manage the size of your mailbox
Length: 50 min

File or archive your e-mail on your own computer
Length: 45 min

Audio course: So that’s how! Great Outlook features to organize your Inbox
Length: 50 min

So that’s how! Great Outlook features to organize your Inbox
Length: 50 min

See what you can do with the Research service
Length: 30 min

So that’s where it is! Find, copy, or back up e-mail on your own computer
Length: 50 min

Become an Address Book expert
Length: 40 min

Keep track of birthdays and anniversaries
Length: 40 min

So that’s how! Great Outlook features to organize your contacts
Length: 40 min

Control how you send and see mail messages
Length: 30 min

Search Folders: The easy way to find, read, and organize your e-mail
Length: 40 min

Business Contact Manager: Track customer data in Outlook
Length: 50 min

Use the keyboard to work in Outlook
Length: 30 min

Free Adobe InDesign CS eBook

This 493-page book contains 15 comprehensive lessons that will teach and explain to you all of the important features of Adobe InDesign CS. (96.8 mb) Adobe InDesign CS Classroom in a Book: dtp.ichb.ro/Design/indesign/Adobe%20Indesign/Laboratory/Adobe%20InDesign%20CS.zip Contents: Lesson 1 Getting to Know the Work Area Lesson 2 Setting Up Your Document Lesson 3 Working with Frames Lesson 4 Importing and Editing Text Lesson 5 Working with Typography Lesson 6 Working with Color Lesson 7 Importing and Linking Graphics Lesson 8 Creating Tables Lesson 9 Drawing Vector Graphics Lesson 10 Working with Transparency Lesson 11 Creating Interactive Documents Lesson 12 Combining Files into Books Lesson 13 Printing & Print Preparation Lesson 14 Exporting to PDF Lesson 15 Ensuring Consistent Color

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials (www.w3schools.com/default.asp) is one of the premier free web building training tutorials sites on the web today. It offers all free web development tutorials, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, Multimedia and WAP. This site truly offers one of the most comprehensive suite of free web development tutorials anywhere. I have written about this site and provided links to their best pages on my other blog at intelligentedu.com. The post is located here: www.intelligentedu.com/blogs/Best_New_Training_Sites.php/?id=146

September 20, 2005

Free 625-page Adobe Photoshop CS eBook

This Photoshop CS book doesn’t try to be an in-depth guide to using Photoshop to achieve a specific goal such as creating Web sites or publication graphics. Rather, this book serves as an indispensable reference, ready to provide you with quick-to-follow, easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions to specific challenges culled from over 10 years of professional and instructional experience with Photoshop. With over 250 common Photoshop challenges explained within 10 simple steps or less, you as the reader will have quick access to your problem’s solution in a matter of minutes or seconds — whether you are scanning photographs for fun, correcting images professionally, or building a Web site for a nonprofit organization. Adobe Photoshop CS in 10 Simiple Steps or Less: 62.85.57.103/outgoing/Marika/H.Minds-Adobe.Photo.Cs.pdf 625 pages, 15.6 mb Part 1: Photoshop Basics 1 Task 1: Setting File Handling Preferences 2 Task 2: Recording Steps in the History Log 4 Task 3: Setting Display and Cursor Preferences 6 Task 4: Setting Transparency and Gamut Preferences 8 Task 5: Setting Units and Rulers Preferences 10 Task 6: Setting Guides, Grid, and Slices Preferences 12 Task 7: Setting Plug-ins and Scratch Disk Preferences 14 Task 8: Setting Memory and Image Cache Preferences 16 Task 9: Navigating the HTML-Based Help System 18 Task 10: Determining Necessary Options to Create a New Image File 20 Task 11: Viewing Images with the File Browser 22 Task 12: Organizing Thumbnails in the File Browser 24 Task 13: Managing Folders and File Names from within the File Browser 26 Task 14: Importing Digital Camera Images 28 Task 15: Importing a PDF Image 30 Task 16: Adding Notes to Image Files 32 Task 17: Adding Audio Annotations to Image Files 34 Task 18: Using the Save, Save As, and Save for Web Options 36 Task 19: Utilizing the PSD Format to Keep Layers and Effects Intact 38 Part 2: The Work Area 41 Task 20: Using the Toolbox, Options Bar, View Modes, and Jump Commands 42 Task 21: Using and Editing Shortcut Keys 44 Task 22: Using the Navigator, Info, and Histogram Palettes 46 Task 23: Using the Floating Palettes, Palette Options, and the Palette Well 48 Task 24: Zooming in on Your Work with the Zoom and Hand Tools 50 Task 25: Measuring Distance and Angles in Images with the Measure Tool 52 Task 26: Using Rulers and Setting Ruler Options 54 Task 27: Viewing and Using Grids for Precision Work 56 Task 28: Placing, Moving, and Locking Guides for More Precise Control 58 Task 29: Using the Snap To Command with Grids and Guides 60 Task 30: Undoing, Redoing, Stepping Forward and Backward 62 Task 31: Using the History Palette to Revert to Previous States 64 Task 32: Creating a Duplicate Window or New Document from Current State 66 Task 33: Creating Tool Presets to Streamline your Workflow 68 Task 34: Using the Preset Manager to Access and Organize All Preset Types 70 Task 35: Customizing and Saving Your Workspace 72 Part 3: Color Essentials 75 Task 36: Establishing and Customizing Initial Color Settings 76 Task 37: Calibrating a Macintosh Monitor 78 Task 38: Calibrating a Windows Monitor 80 Task 39: Setting Foreground and Background Colors Using the Color Picker 82 Task 40: Using the Color Palette to Choose Colors 84 Task 41: Adding, Renaming, and Deleting Colors from the Swatch Palette 86 Task 42: Creating, Saving, and Loading Swatch Libraries 88 Task 43: Using the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Single Colors or Areas of Color 90 Task 44: Using the Color Sampler Tool to Place Color Sample Readout Markers 92 Task 45: Converting an Image into a Different Color Mode 94 Task 46: Proofing Colors for Specific Outputs 96 Task 47: Changing or Converting a Color Profile 98 Part 4: Color Adjustments 101 Task 48: Determining Detail and Tonal Range of an Image with the Histogram 102 Task 49: Using the Auto Adjustments for Quick and Simple Corrections 104 Task 50: Specifying Auto Correction Options 106 Task 51: Adjusting the Tonal Range of an Image Using Levels 108 Task 52: Setting White and Black Points Using Levels 110 Task 53: Adjusting Color in an Image More Precisely with Curves 112 Task 54: Using the Color Balance Command to Modify the Mixture of Colors 114 Task 55: Using the Brightness/Contrast Command to Regulate Those Values within an Image 116 Task 56: Using the Hue/Saturation Command to Alter the HSL Values in an Image 118 Task 57: Editing the Range of the Hue/Saturation Sliders 120 Task 58: Matching Colors between Images with the Match Color Command 122 Task 59: Using the Replace Color Command to Change a Selected Color or Colors 124 Task 60: Using Selective Color to Increase or Decrease Specific Color Components 126 Task 61: Applying Gradient Mapping to Add a Stunning Color Effect to an Image 128 Task 62: Using the Photo Filter Command 130 Task 63: Using the Shadow/Highlight Command 132 Task 64: Using the Invert Color Command to Inverse Color Values in an Image 134 Task 65: Equalizing Levels of Brightness and Dark with the Equalize Command 136 Task 66: Adjusting the Threshold to Get a High-Contrast, Black-and-White Image 138 Task 67: Posterizing an Image to a Specified Number of Tonal Levels 140 Task 68: Using the Variations Command to Adjust Values with the Help of Thumbnail Views 142 Part 5: Selections 145 Task 69: Forming Basic Selections Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool 146 Task 70: Using the Lasso and Polygonal Lasso Tools to Make a Freeform Selection 148 Task 71: Outlining a High-Contrast Object with the Magnetic Lasso Tool 150 Task 72: Select by Color with the Magic Wand Tool 152 Task 73: Making a Selection by Color Range 154 Task 74: Moving the Selection Marquee or Selection Contents 156 Task 75: Adding to or Subtracting from Selection Areas 158 Task 76: Intersecting Selections to Create Unique Selection Shapes 160 Task 77: Stroking a Selection to Make an Instant Frame for an Image 162 Task 78: Using Inverse to Select a Complex Object with a Plain Background 164 Task 79: Creating a Soft-edged Vignette Effect with Feathering 166 Task 80: Creating a Border Selection 168 Task 81: Modifying a Selection by Smoothing, Expanding, or Contracting 170 Task 82: Resizing or Reshaping a Selection with the Transform Selection Command 172 Task 83: Cropping an Image to a Selected Area 174 Task 84: Deselecting, Reselecting, and Deleting Selections 176 Task 85: Copying and Pasting a Selected Area into Another Image 178 Task 86: Saving and Loading Selections for Later Use 180 Part 6: Path Essentials 183 Task 87: Creating a Simple Work Path Using the Pen Tool 184 Task 88: Drawing Curves with the Pen Tool 186 Task 89: Creating a Freeform Path 188 Task 90: Using the Magnetic Pen Tool to Trace a Path around an Object 190 Task 91: Selecting Path Components with the Path and Direct Selection Tools 192 Task 92: Adding and Deleting Anchor Points to Reshape a Path 194 Task 93: Using the Convert Point Tool to Change to Smooth or Corner Points 196 Task 94: Aligning and Distributing Path Components 198 Task 95: Filling and Stroking Paths 200 Task 96: Converting a Path to a Selection and Vice Versa 202 Task 97: Duplicating, Saving, and Deleting Paths 204 Task 98: Exporting a Path to Adobe Illustrator 206 Part 7: Transformations 209 Task 99: Resizing and Resampling an Image Using the Image Size Command 210 Task 100: Increasing or Decreasing an Image’s Canvas Area 212 Task 101: Flipping an Image Vertically or Horizontally 214 Task 102: Rotating an Image 216 Task 103: Eliminating an Unnecessary Image Area by Cropping 218 Task 104: Using the Trim Command to Crop Away Specified Outer Image Areas 220 Task 105: Scaling an Image or Image Area 222 Task 106: Skewing and Distorting an Image or Image Area One Corner at a Time 224 Task 107: Applying One-Point Perspective to an Image 226 Task 108: Working with Video Format Pixel Aspect Ratios 228 Part 8: Painting Essentials 231 Task 109: Using the Brush Preset Picker to Choose and Load Brush Tips 232 Task 110: Painting and Drawing with the Brush and Pencil Tools 234 Task 111: Using the Color Replacement Tool 236 Task 112: Using a Brush Blend Mode to Repair Red-Eye 238 Task 113: Erasing a Portion of an Image or Layer with the Eraser Tool 240 Task 114: Controlling Boundaries While Erasing with the Background Eraser Tool 242 Task 115: Using the Magic Eraser Tool to Erase an Area Based on a Range of Colors 244 Task 116: Filling Areas with Solid Colors or Patterns Using the Paint Bucket Tool 246 Task 117: Adding Softness to a Chosen Image Area with the Blur Tool 248 Task 118: Increasing the Clarity of an Area with the Sharpen Tool 250 Task 119: Simulating a Fingerpainted Look Using the Smudge Tool 252 Task 120: Highlighting an Image Area with the Dodge Tool 254 Task 121: Applying the Burn Tool to Create Shading Effects in an Image 256 Task 122: Changing Color Saturation with the Sponge Tool Options 258 Task 123: Performing Digital Plastic Surgery with the Healing Brush 260 Task 124: Using the Healing Brush Pattern Option 262 Task 125: Repairing a Selected Area with the Patch Tool 264 Task 126: Transferring Part of an Image to Another Image with the Clone Stamp Tool 266 Task 127: Painting with a Pattern by Means of the Pattern Stamp Tool 268 Part 9: Advanced Painting Techniques 271 Task 128: Using the History Brush to Paint with a History State 272 Task 129: Painting from or Recovering Your Previous Work Using Snapshots 274 Task 130: Adding Artistic Style to an Image with the Art History Brush 276 Task 131: Erasing to a History State 278 Task 132: Filling a Selection or Layer with a History State 280 Task 133: Using the Gradient Tool to Apply a Color Gradient 282 Task 134: Creating a Custom Gradient 284 Task 135: Saving and Loading Gradient Libraries 286 Task 136: Creating and Defining a Pattern 288 Task 137: Setting Brush Dynamics 290 Task 138: Creating Custom Brushes 292 Task 139: Editing a Preset Brush 294 Task 140: Creating and Saving a Brush Set 296 Part 10: Channels and Masks 299 Task 141: Working with Color Channels 300 Task 142: Splitting Channels into Separate Images 302 Task 143: Creating and Editing an Alpha Channel 304 Task 144: Converting a Selection to a Channel 306 Task 145: Using the Quick Mask Mode to Isolate an Image Area 308 Task 146: Changing the Quick Mask Options 310 Task 147: Storing Masks in Channels for Later Use 312 Task 148: Using the Channel Options in the Save Selection Dialog Box 314 Task 149: Using the Channel Mixer to Create Interesting Color Effects 316 Part 11: Layer Essentials 319 Task 150: Creating a Basic Layered Image 320 Task 151: Organizing Your Layers by Naming and Color Coding 322 Task 152: Selecting, Moving, and Duplicating Layers 324 Task 153: Adjusting Master and Fill Opacities in a Layer 326 Task 154: Locking Layers or Layer Attributes 328 Task 155: Linking Layers or Layer Sets 330 Task 156: Using Layer Sets to Organize Layers 332 Task 157: Aligning and Distributing Linked Layers 334 Task 158: Changing the Stacking Order of Layers and Layer Sets 336 Task 159: Blending Layers Using Layer Blend Modes 338 Task 160: Restricting Blending to Specific Channels 340 Task 161: Adding and Editing a Hide All or Reveal All Layer Mask 342 Task 162: Creating a Gradient Layer Mask 344 Task 163: Using a Solid Color or Gradient Fill Layer 346 Task 164: Using a Pattern Fill Layer to Enhance Another Patterned Layer 348 Task 165: Using an Adjustment Layer to Fine-Tune Color Adjustments 350 Task 166: Making Use of an Adjustment Layer’s Mask 352 Task 167: Moving Layers to Other Images 354 Task 168: Cleaning Up Edges with Defringe and Remove Matte Commands 356 Task 169: Using Layers to Create a Collage 358 Task 170: Creating a Knockout Effect with Knockout Options 360 Task 171: Merging Layers in Different Ways 362 Task 172: Rasterizing and Flattening Layers 364 Task 173: Utilizing the Layer Comps Feature 366 Task 174: Exporting Layers as Files 368 Part 12: Layer Styles and Shape Layers 371 Task 175: Using the Preset Styles in the Styles Palette 372 Task 176: Creating a New Drop Shadow Style 374 Task 177: Creating a New Inner Shadow Style 376 Task 178: Creating a New Outer Glow Style 378 Task 179: Creating a New Inner Glow Style 380 Task 180: Creating a New Bevel and Emboss Style 382 Task 181: Creating a New Satin Effect Style 384 Task 182: Creating a New Color Overlay Style 386 Task 183: Creating a New Gradient Overlay Style 388 Task 184: Creating a New Pattern Overlay Style 390 Task 185: Creating a New Stroke Style 392 Task 186: Converting Layer Styles to Image Layers 394 Task 187: Using a Shape Tool to Create a Shape Layer 396 Task 188: Use the Shape Tool Options to Modify the Shape 398 Task 189: Creating a Raster Shape or Path with the Shape Tools 400 Task 190: Fashioning a Unique Image Using only Preset Shapes 402 Task 191: Creating, Saving, and Loading Custom Shapes 404 Task 192: Using the Line Shape Tool and Creating Arrowhead Lines 406 Task 193: Creating a Vector Layer Mask with a Shape Tool 408 Task 194: Creating a Layer Clipping Group 410 Part 13: Type 413 Task 195: Inserting Point Type into an Image 414 Task 196: Specifying and Adjusting Type Parameters 416 Task 197: Moving, Aligning, and Justifying Type 418 Task 198: Resizing and Transforming Type 420 Task 199: Checking and Correcting Spelling; Finding and Replacing Text 422 Task 200: Managing and Transforming Paragraph Type 424 Task 201: Dressing up an Image with Warped Type 426 Task 202: Placing Text on a Path 428 Task 203: Customizing a Text Logo with Shape Type 430 Task 204: Combining Text with Imagery Using a Selection Mask Type 432 Task 205: Using Work Path Type as a Clipping Path 434 Task 206: Creating an Eye-Catching Text Effect by Manipulating Layer Styles 436 Task 207: Using Layers to Form Text Reflections 438 Part 14: Filters 441 Task 208: Extracting an Object from the Surrounding Background 442 Task 209: Using the Liquify Command to Contort an Image 444 Task 210: Using the Freeze and Thaw Functions in Liquify 446 Task 211: Creating and Saving a Liquify Mesh 448 Task 212: Creating Patterns Using the Pattern Maker 450 Task 213: Using the Filter Gallery to Combine Filter Effects 452 Task 214: Replicate a Painterly Effect with an Artistic Filter 454 Task 215: Use a Blur Filter with a Blend Mode to Get a Sketch Effect 456 Task 216: Creating a Unique Blur Effect Using Zoom in the Radial Blur Filter 458 Task 217: Adding Stylish Texture to an Image with a Brush Strokes Filter 460 Task 218: Creating a Unique Photo Effect with the Glass Filter 462 Task 219: Using a Distortion Filter to Create an Edge Mask 464 Task 220: Creating a Displacement Map to Distort an Image 466 Task 221: Using a Noise Filter to Create a Pattern 468 Task 222: Generating and Manipulating Digital Clouds 470 Task 223: Illuminating Image Areas with Lighting Effects 472 Task 224: Applying a Specialized Lighting Effect Using a Texture Channel 474 Task 225: Adding an Unusual Color Effect Using the Plaster Filter 476 Task 226: Using the Fade Command on Filter Effects 478 Task 227: Setting Up an Additional Plug-ins Directory 480 Part 15: Automations 483 Task 228: Loading and Playing Preset Actions 484 Task 229: Creating an Action from Scratch for a Common Task 486 Task 230: Editing and Customizing Existing Actions 488 Task 231: Creating Droplets from Actions 490 Task 232: Using the Batch Command to Batch Process Files 492 Task 233: Creating and Organizing a Picture Package 494 Task 234: Creating a Contact Sheet for Cataloging Images 496 Task 235: Creating a Basic Web Photo Gallery 498 Task 236: Customizing Web Photo Gallery Styles 500 Task 237: Cropping and Straightening Photos Automatically 502 Task 238: Creating Seamless Panoramas with Photomerge 504 Task 239: Using Scripts 506 Part 16: Print Essentials 509 Task 240: Setting Printer and Page Setup Options 510 Task 241: Using the Print with Preview Command 512 Task 242: Printing Using Color Management 514 Task 243: Using the Proof Setups 516 Task 244: Identifying and Correcting Out-of-Gamut Colors 518 Task 245: Creating a Duotone Image 520 Task 246: Converting an Image to Halftone 522 Task 247: Adding a Spot Color Using a Spot Channel 524 Part 17: For the Web: ImageReady 527 Task 248: Optimizing GIFs for Web Use 528 Task 249: Optimizing JPEGs for Web Use 530 Task 250: Optimize PNGs for Web Use 532 Task 251: Exporting to SWF 534 Task 252: Using and Customizing the Preview in Browser Command 536 Task 253: Creating a Seamless Tiling Background 538 Task 254: Using Layer Styles to Design Matching Web Elements 540 Task 255: Working with the Object-Based User Interface 542 Task 256: Using the Web Page Template Action to Create a Basic Site Look 544 Task 257: Using ImageReady Tables 546 Task 258: Slicing an Image into Separate Parts with the Slice Tool 548 Task 259: Identifying Slice Characteristics, Moving, Resizing, and Locking Slices 550 Task 260: Selecting, Saving, Loading, and Deleting Slices 552 Task 261: Dividing, Combining, and Duplicating Slices 554 Task 262: Specifying Slice Background Color 556 Task 263: Assigning URLs to Slices 558 Task 264: Linking and Unlinking Slices 560 Task 265: Applying Different Optimizations to User Slices 562 Task 266: Creating a Layer-based Image Map 564 Task 267: Creating a Tool-Based Image Map 566 Task 268: Modifying Image Map Settings 568 Task 269: Creating a Rollover Effect 570 Task 270: Creating a Secondary Rollover Effect 572 Task 271: Constructing a Simple Animation 574 Task 272: Optimizing and Saving Animation Files 576 Task 273: Editing an Animation Action to Customize It 578 Task 274: Using an Animation in a Rollover 580 Task 275: Creating an Animation Using the Tweening Function 582

20 Free Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Training Courses

These 20 Free Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Training Courses (from Microsoft) tell you and show you how PowerPoint 2003 works. They really tell you — all the courses have audio in them, and many are audio all the way through. And they really show you - every course has hands-on interactive practices, with detailed instructions so you can try for yourself. These training courses begin at the beginning, some are for people who’ve never used a program, and other courses explain popular features, effective work strategies, and smart ideas that you’ll be glad to use yourself. All you need for this free training is a computer and the Internet. Because the practices are in Office 2003, you need PowerPoint 2003 to do them. But you can read and hear and see the courses with just your browser of choice. And when you’re not connected, try the training summaries in PowerPoint or as printable Quick Reference Cards.


Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Training Courses:

Create your first presentation
Length: 50 min

Printing I: Know your options
Length: 50 min

Printing II: Work with color commands
Length: 50 min

Help protect yourself: Security in Office
Length: 30 min

Design efficiently with masters
Length: 50 min

Create your own template
Length: 50 min

Animations I: Preset and custom animation
Length: 50 min

Animations II: Motion paths
Length: 50 min

Animations III: Timing
Length: 50 min

So that’s how! Great PowerPoint features
Length: 50 min

Use Visio drawings in presentations, documents, and publications
Length: 50 min

Org charts A to Z
Length: 50 min

Flowcharting with flair
Length: 50 min

Playing sound
Length: 40 min

Playing movies
Length: 50 min

See what you can do with the Research service
Length: 30 min

Navigation know-how
Length: 50 min

Audio course: Sign your own macros for stronger security
Length: 30 min

The small print: headers and footers
Length: 30 min

Present your project in Word, PowerPoint or Visio
Length: 
30 min

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