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Understanding selection tools: Part II, the lasso

There is more to image editing than cutting out a neat circle or trimming the outside edge of a photograph. But how do you select part of an image that is not a simple geometric shape like a square or ellipse? Many people will spend years perfecting ...

Understanding selection tools: Part I

Ask any two people how to highlight part of an image and you are bound to get a dozen answers. Like many aspects of computing, some of the answers are likely to be absurdly complicated, while others may be crude and ineffective. Among the responses, ...

Preparing digital images for photographic printing

Printing a digital image can be a frustrating affair. Unfortunately, there are many confusing aspects of this essential task that should be much simpler. There should be no need to keep apologising each time you show a printed image: “yes, this print...

Removing purple fringing

The joys of digital photography. You take a wonderful photo and preview it on your camera’s LCD screen just to be sure. And, yes, it looks great. When you transfer the image to your computer, you notice that your camera has an unpleasant surprise — l...

Using The GIMP

If you can’t afford to spend $200-$1500 on a high-end graphics package, you’ll find The GIMP a powerful free alternative. Plus, the skills you can pick up with The GIMP can be transferred easily to many high-end commercial programs such as Photoshop,...

Feathering an image

Copying part of an image and trying to blend it smoothly into another picture is one of the trickiest options in image editing. Many times, images will look like they have been hastily cut out and dropped on top. One reason for this unwanted effect i...

Importing digital photographs with XP

In the past, getting the images from your digital camera to a PC was frequently a nightmare. Each camera model was different and required its own set of drivers. Plus, some cameras connected via a serial port, while others needed a USB connection — e...

Comfortable, sturdy camera: LS633

A good camera should feel com­fortable and sturdy, and Kodak’s latest offering is both. It is solidly built with an impressive range of features, but it is a little heavy (210g).

Free graphics tools

As more people switch to digital cameras, they are finding a greater need for software that can help manage, edit and improve their photographs. Many cameras ship with a basic editor program, but there is no reason why you can't explore other options...

Using Jaws PDF Creator

In this column we're going to take a look at using Jaws PDF Creator 2.11. If you are ready to create your own PDFs, this tutorial will show you how to get up and running in no time.

Slim down your site

The dream of every Web site owner is be successful, but an influx of visitors can come at a cost. The more popular your site, the more it’s going to cost you to deliver the pages. PC World reveals techniques for cutting back on the bandwidth without ...

Finding and using anti-alias

A common use for graphics software is to add captions and other basic objects to photographs. During this process, rounded objects, text or diagonal edges can accidentally become jagged. How do you prevent these unwanted effects creeping into your im...

The spiffy tiffy

TIFF is the probably the second most common graphics format used today. It may be a long way behind JPEG in popularity, but don’t under­estimate its importance in photography and image editing.

Quick colour adjustments

You don’t always have to play with complex tools to quickly adjust colours in an image. A simple option available in most graphics programs can create black and white images, fine-tune the brightness of an image or tweak colours.

MediaStudio Pro 7

The emphasis of this release of Ulead’s high-end video editing package is improvements to existing technology rather than packing in a host of new tools. This has made the program easier to use than previous releases, but it won’t provide a great inc...

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

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