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CD & DVD: Mixed Business

The unpleasantness of noise can affect more than your ears - it's a problem that frequently appears in photography, too. Digital image noise is the appearance of random changes to the colour of pixels. Unfortunately, even small doses are so effective...

Imaging: Turn that noise down!

The unpleasantness of noise can affect more than your ears - it's a problem that frequently appears in photography, too. Digital image noise is the appearance of random changes to the colour of pixels. Unfortunately, even small doses are so effective...

Run, disc, run

Autorun CDs and DVDs can be a great way to distribute photographs, business presentations, videos and all sorts of other files. All your audience needs to do is pop the disc into a PC and the information magically appears. Judging by the number of qu...

Graphics: The clearer picture: Part II

It's a sad fact that blurring some­times will creep into photo­graphs which cannot be retaken. The problem can be knocked back with a graphics editor but, unfortunately, the more drastic blurs can't be fixed - and some repairs may introduce unwanted ...

Graphics: The clearer picture, Part I

There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you find that a special picture has been ruined by blurring. It's a surprisingly common problem, often aggravated by the huge range of features in digital cameras.

CD And DVD: Back from the Grave

Some CDs die gracefully, while others give up the ghost soon after being burned. How do you know which CDs are dying and, more importantly, what steps can be taken to recover data that appears to be lost? You could lie in bed worrying about it, or yo...

Graphics: Recovering lost images

We've all done it. A brief lapse of concentration and your precious photos are sent to oblivion; a small human error and key files are deleted from your hard drive. Although it may seem like it at the time, it's not the end of the world, as it's ofte...

Working with ISO files

We have previously introduced ISOs in the tutorial <a href="http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php?id=1990681109">CD and DVD images</a>; this month, we focus on creating an ISO. There are two basic approaches to creating an ISO, but bear in mind tha...

Understanding selection tools: Part IV

Knowing how to use a selection tool is only a small part of the entire image editing process. Understanding when to use a certain tool — or combination of tools — is what makes editing more an art form and less an exercise in engineering. In this fin...

CD and DVD images

If you have ever lost a valuable CD or DVD because of a scratch or general wear and tear, you’ll know the importance of creating a backup copy. Depending on the type of content you are backing up, there is a way to both back up your discs and gain qu...

Selection tools: Part III, the Magic Wand

Compared to many other types of software, graphics programs have some of the simplest or most descriptive terms to describe various functions. It is not hard to guess the purpose of the Crop or Text tools. You may not immediately understand the roles...

CD burning — the speed you need

It wasn’t long ago that CD burners were rare, and now almost every PC has at least a CD or even a DVD burner. This is not surprising since CD burner prices have crashed through $100, a mere fraction of what you would have expected to pay back in the ...

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