BT hacking scam

This week, I have had 3 phone calls regarding what I am referring to as the BT Hacking Scam. This is probably very similar to the Microsoft Windows Log Error Scam I have written about before and I had several responses on the post. The phone calls have all been from an Asian male with a Caucasian name. It was 'Mark' this morning and he introduced himself as being from the BT Internet support team. He told me that they have ...

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Photoshop CC2018 curvature pen tool

One of the questions I get asked (a lot) is how do you go about saving images for print in Photoshop? This is very common task, but the results can be a bit of a shock if you don't do a bit of work before saving out your file. There is more to it than just going to the Image > Mode > CMYK Color option and you can get pleasing results fairly easily and quickly. My Workflow When Saving Images For Print in ...

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WordPress featured images

If you need to add a Twitter widget to your WordPress site, it is fairly easy and only requires a few steps. Along the side of my site pages, I have a widget that shows my latest tweets and make things easier for people wanting to follow or send messages to me. I added this by logging into my Twitter account and going to the settings. Creating a Twitter Widget Once you have signed in to your Twitter account, go to ...

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adobe illustrator cc2015

If you want to customise your Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 splash screen, you just need to replace a couple of files. I'm a Mac user and to change these files, I navigated to Applications > Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 and right-clicked on the main app icon. From there I clicked Show Package Contents > Contents > Resources and pasted in my two files. I replaced the originals, that's up to you. Here is my new splash ...

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Convert a Word Doc to PDF

Microsoft Word was never intended for creating artwork for print, but many people have no other DTP (desktop publishing) option and need to save a Word .docx file in PDF format. There are times when you will need to convert a Microsoft Word Doc to a PDF. It may be that you want to share it in a format that is not so easy to edit, for online use or to supply artwork to a printer. Many printers will not take Word files ...

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WordPress featured images

If you have logged in to your WordPress site, only to be greeted with a white admin screen, don't panic. The WordPress white admin screen may well be down to a bug in an older version of WordPress that is fairly easy to fix. Recently, I was asked to add new content to a client's site that had not been touched in over 3 years. The front end showed the site as expected and I was able to log in, but once into the admin area, ...

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colour division new branding

It's been a little while since I last posted on the Blog, but I've been busy... Back in September 2014, I started working at Colour Division in West Hampstead, London as their Creative Director. I was asked to help introduce a whole new range of digital services to a very well-established print and copy shop. I have seen this as a great opportunity to change the direction of the business and that seems like the best reason ...

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MAMP MySQL servers not starting fix

I recently upgraded my local development server, going from MAMP to MAMP Pro. With the Pro version, I was tempted by the easy setup of virtual hosts and Postfix amongst other things, but noticed it also came with something called Extras. They are like Softaculous one-click installs of popular CMSs like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. Installing a lot of WordPress sites development sites on my local machine, I thought I'd give ...

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How To Add Background Images To HTML Emails

If you want to add background images to HTML emails, you have extra steps to take to make sure they work in popular email clients like Outlook and GMail. Even with the various Email Services like MailChimp, Campaign Monitor and Constant Contact, who help with automatic inlining of CSS styles, you will find adding background images to your HTML emails is another story... Add Background Images to HTML Email I was recently ...

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Change the sky in a picture using Photoshop

Photoshop is probably the best known image editor around. One of the reasons people use Photoshop is to change elements in their pictures, to 'improve' what is already there or swap one thing for another. Replacing a dull sky with a bright one is something Photoshop is perfect for and this tutorial will show you just that - how to change the sky in a picture using Photoshop. This is the before and after of the image I'm ...

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