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Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop, which dominates the market, has its own topic. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include Apple Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.

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How to create signatures in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software
In a question here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat product). The member requested step-by-step instructions. This 5-minute Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial provides detailed steps showing how to do it.

1. Open the PDF file and view the Tools


Open the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Click either:

the View>Tools>Fill & Sign>Open menu

or:

the sideways triangle on the right side to open the Tools panel.

Step1

2. Run the Fill & Sign tool


If you used the first method in Step 1, the Fill & Sign tool will be open.

If you used the second method in Step 1, click the Fill & Sign tool in the Tools panel to open it.

Either way, you'll have this:

Step2

3. Click the sign tool, which is the pen tip


Click the tip of the pen, which brings up the Add Signature and Add Initials choices.

Click Add Signature.

Step3

4. Select Type or Draw or Image


Click the Type or Draw or Image icon (default is Type).

Enter your signature, depending on the choice you made above.

Step4

5. Place your signature


Position the mouse on the page and left-click to place the signature.

Use the sizing handle in the lower right corner, if desired, to size the signature.

Step5

6. To edit/change signature, delete it and create new one


There is no way to edit/change the signature, so delete it and create a new one, if needed.

Click the minus sign to delete it, then start over at Step 3.

Step6

7. Save the file with the signature


After placing the signature, do a File>Save or Save As to save the file with your signature.

Sterp7
That's it! If you find this video to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up
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How to Use the Help Bell

Need to boost the visibility of your question for solutions? Use the Experts Exchange Help Bell to confirm priority levels and contact subject-matter experts for question attention.  Check out this how-to article for more information.

What to do when PaperPort crashes, hangs, or fails to start
Please read the paragraph below before following the instructions in the video — there are important caveats in the paragraph that I did not mention in the video.

If your PaperPort 12 or PaperPort 14 is failing to start, or crashing, or hanging, it may be because of corrupt metadata (likely) or corrupt data files, such as bad PDFs (much less likely, but possible). This video Micro Tutorial shows how to use a utility called CheckPPFolders that ships with all releases of PaperPort 12 and PaperPort 14. CheckPPFolders is able to remove all PaperPort metadata, as well as identify problem files that may be causing PaperPort to crash, hang, or fail to start. PaperPort will rebuild the metadata, but there are two caveats. First, Folder Color and Folder Notes are in the MaxDesk.ini files, so you will lose those — and there's no easy way to retain the colors and notes. Thus, if you make heavy use of Folder Color and Folder Notes, you may want to uncheck them in the metadata cleaner dialog (see the third checkbox in the last screenshot in Step 2 below), especially since it's unlikely for those metadata files to be the culprit. Second, rebuilding all of the metadata is fast, except for the SearchVerity folders, which are the indexes for All-in-One Search. Rebuilding those can take a very long time, so you may want to try not removing them, at least the first time that you run CheckPPFolders (see the fourth checkbox in the last screenshot in Step 2 below).

1. Find the CheckPPFolders.exe file

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How to password-protect a PDF with free software
This video Micro Tutorial shows how to password-protect PDF files with free software. Many software products can do this, such as Adobe Acrobat (but not Adobe Reader), Nuance PaperPort, and Nuance Power PDF, but they are not free products. This video explains how to do it with excellent, free software called PDF-XChange Editor from Tracker Software Products.

1. Download PDF-XChange Editor


Visit the PDF-XChange Editor section of the Tracker Software Products website:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Click the white-on-green Download button for either product. It doesn't matter if you download PDF-XChange Editor or PDF-XChange Editor Plus, since you'll be selecting the Free Version when you install.

Step1

2. Run downloaded installer


Run the downloaded installer and select Free Version (unless, of course, you want more features and decide to purchase the Pro or Plus Version).

Step2

3. Open a non-secured PDF file in PDF-XChange Editor


Run PDF-XChange Editor and open a PDF file that does not currently have password protection on it.

Step3

4. Open Security section of Document Properties


Click File menu.

Click Document Properties.

Click Security category.

Step4

5. Open Password Security Settings dialog


Click Security Method drop-down.

Click Password Security.

Step5

6. Fill in Password Security Settings dialog


In Options section, select Compatibility from the drop-down and what you want encrypted via the radio buttons.

In Document Passwords section, enter password to open PDF and password to change permission settings.

In Permissions section, set Printing Allowed and Changing Allowed choices via the drop-downs; enable/disable content copying and
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by:Stephen Kairys
OK, maybe there's a bug in the software. After I click YES to confirm, the program, on its own, reprompts for the password.
password problem
Thanks,.
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
Ah, now I see! Here's what's happening. There are two types of passwords for PDFs — Owner Password and User Password. The User Password is what's needed to open the file. The Owner Password is what's needed to set permissions/restrictions (and it may also be used to open the file). Your PDF file has an Owner Password on it — do you know what it is? If you open the file with the User Password, you will get the prompt that you posted for the Owner Password when trying to change security (or when changing any permissions/restrictions). If you open the file with the Owner Password, you will not get a prompt for the Owner Password when trying to change security (or when changing any permissions/restrictions). Note that you have a choice when opening the file of entering either the User Password or the Owner Password:

enter user or owner password
Regards, Joe
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How to divide/split a single image file into multiple image files
In an interesting question here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to split a single image into multiple images. The primary usage for this is to place many photographs on a flatbed scanner and scan all of them into a single image file, but then easily split the single image file into multiple image files, one for each photo. The photos will be placed on the flatbed scanner with ample separation so that there is enough "white space" for the splitting software to separate the images. Of course, the solution may be used on any image that contains multiple images in it, that is, not necessarily scanned photos, as long as there is enough of a separation between images for the splitting software to detect the individual images. The solution presented in this video Micro Tutorial uses the excellent (free!) GIMP software and a filter (plugin/script) called Divide Scanned Images. Kudos to both the GIMP developers and Rob Antonishen, who developed DivideScannedImages and BatchDivideScannedImages.

1. Update to the latest version of GIMP


At the time of this video, the latest version was 2.8.20. This solution will almost surely run on earlier releases (and, with some luck, later ones), but the only version that I tested on is 2.8.20, which is available for download here:
https://www.gimp.org/

Step1

2. Determine location of your GIMP scripts folder

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by:nobus
as usual, a very good tutorial, and a very helpful teacher
thanks Joe for solving my problem
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
You're welcome, nobus — and thanks to you for the compliment and the endorsement — both very much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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How to add page numbers to a PDF with Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
In a recent question here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to add page numbers to a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. This short video Micro Tutorial shows how to do it.

1. Click the Tools button


That will expose the Tools pane.

Step1

2. Click the Pages arrow


That will expand the Pages section.

Step2

3. Click the Header & Footer drop-down


That will show three menu choices.

Step3

4. Click the Add Header & Footer... menu item


You will now have the Add Header and Footer dialog.

Step4

5. Select the Page Number format


Click the Page Number and Date Format... link.

Step5

6. Select the font for the page number



Step6

7. Set other options


There are several other features in the dialog, including Appearance Options, Margin sizes, and Page Range Options.

8. Select the location for the page number


Click in one of these six boxes: Left Header Text, Center Header Text, Right Header Text, Left Footer Text, Center Footer Text, Right Footer Text.

Step8

9. Add the page numbers


Click the Insert Page Number button and then click OK. Note that it's also possible to insert a Date (and format it, too).

Step9
That's it! You now have page numbers in your PDF file. Remember to Save the file or do a Save As if you don't want to overwrite the original PDF.

If you find this video to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up icon below. Thank you for watching!
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Congratulations.  Your video has been Accepted and is now published on Experts Exchange.  Feel free to share this video by selecting the social sharing icons to your left.
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Xpdf - PDFtoPNG - Command Line Utility to Convert a Multi-page PDF File into Separate PNG Files
In this sixth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFtoPNG utility, which converts a multi-page PDF file to separate color, grayscale, or monochrome PNG files, creating one PNG file for each page in the PDF. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any place where a command line call can be made.

1. Download the software


You may have already downloaded and unzipped the Xpdf tools while watching the first video in the Xpdf series, but if you haven't, then visit the Xpdf website. Click the Download link and then click the pre-compiled Windows binary ZIP archive to download the utilities for Windows.

Step1

2. Locate the documentation folder for the Xpdf utilities


Go to the folder where you unzipped the downloaded ZIP file and find the doc folder.

Step2

3. Read the documentation for the PDFtoPNG tool


Go into the doc folder and find the plain text file called pdftopng.txt.

Open it with any text editor, such as Notepad, and read it. This is the documentation for the PDFtoPNG tool.

Step3

4. Set up a test folder


Create a test folder.

Copy pdftopng.exe from the unzipped bin32 folder into your test folder.

Copy a sample PDF file into your test folder. Of course, it will work fine with a one-page PDF file, but it is more instructive to test it with a multi-page PDF.

Step4

5. Set up a command prompt for testing


Open a command prompt window.

Navigate to your test folder.

Issue a DIR command in the command prompt to be sure that only two files are in it - the PDFtoPNG executable and the sample PDF file.

Step5

6. Run the PDFtoPNG utility


Issue the following command in the command prompt:

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Congratulations, Joe!  Your video has been Accepted.  Great job. =)
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
Kyle,
Thanks for the fast publishing and the compliment — both appreciated! Regards, Joe
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How to create custom scanning profiles in PaperPort - Part 2
This video Micro Tutorial is the second in a two-part series that shows how to create and use custom scanning profiles in Nuance's PaperPort 14.5. But the ability to create custom scanning profiles also exists in PaperPort going back many years, so if you have an older version, such as PaperPort 11 or PaperPort 12, these videos will still be applicable for you. The first video tutorial shows how to create custom scanning profiles and reviews all the Scanner Enhancement Technology (SET) features, such as auto-straighten, delete blank pages, remove punch holes, etc. It also discusses scanning options, including Mode (B&W, Grayscale, Color), Resolution (100 DPI, 200 DPI, 300 DPI, etc.), and Size (Letter, Legal, A4, etc.). This second tutorial shows how to set the output file type for your scans, such as scanning directly to a PDF Searchable Image file, an Excel spreadsheet, or a Word document — all with text created by an automatic OCR process.

1. Run PaperPort and open the 'Output' tab of the scanning profile created in Part 1


Run PaperPort.

Click the Scan Settings button on the ribbon.

This will bring up the Scan or Get Photo pane.

Select the custom scanning profile that you created during Part 1 of this video tutorial series.

Click the Settings button.

Click the Output tab.

Step1

2. Test scanning to a PDF Image file


Click the drop-down arrow on the File type field.

Select PDF Image and click OK.

Put a document in your scanner and click the Scan button. You will now have a PDF Image
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How to create custom scanning profiles in PaperPort - Part 1
This video Micro Tutorial is the first in a two-part series that shows how to create and use custom scanning profiles in Nuance's PaperPort 14.5. But the ability to create custom scanning profiles also exists in PaperPort going back many years, so if you have an older version, such as PaperPort 11 or PaperPort 12, these videos will still be applicable for you. This first video tutorial shows how to create (and name) custom scanning profiles (or edit existing ones) and reviews all of the Scanner Enhancement Technology (SET) features, such as auto-straighten, delete blank pages, remove punch holes, etc. It also discusses scanning options, including Mode (B&W, Grayscale, Color), Resolution (100 DPI, 200 DPI, 300 DPI, etc.), and Size (Letter, Legal, A4, etc.). The video takes a quick look at the output file type options, but that is discussed fully in Part 2 of the series.

1. Run PaperPort and bring up the 'Scan or Get Photo' pane


Run PaperPort.

Click the Scan Settings button on the ribbon.

This will bring up the Scan or Get Photo pane.

Step1

2. Create a new scanning profile or edit an existing one


To create a new scanning profile, click the New button.

To edit an existing scanning profile, click the profile you want to edit, then click the Settings button.

Step2

3. Name the new profile


Enter a name for the new profile.

If you want to copy settings from an existing profile, click the drop-down and select it.

Click the Continue button.

Step3

4. Select the Scanner Enhancement Technology (SET) features


Click the SET
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How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software
We often encounter PDF files that are pure images, that is, they do not have text characters, but instead contain only raster graphics. The most common causes of this are document scanning software and faxing software/services that create image-only PDF files rather than PDF searchable image files, the latter having the scanned or faxed images and text created by Optical Character Recognition (OCR). The solution is to perform OCR on the image-only PDFs to create text. Many software products can do this, such as ABBYY FineReader, Adobe Acrobat (but not Adobe Reader) and Nuance's OmniPage, PaperPort, and Power PDF. Some can even do it in batch mode via a command line interface. But they are all non-free products, many quite expensive. This video Micro Tutorial shows how to OCR the pages of an image-only PDF, thereby creating searchable/copyable text, with excellent, free software called PDF-XChange Editor from Tracker Software Products.

1. Download the Free Version of PDF-XChange Editor


Visit the website for PDF-XChange Editor at Tracker Software Products:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Tick the radio button for the installer you prefer and then click the DOWNLOAD NOW button.

Step1

2. Run the downloaded installer


Run the installer that you downloaded and select the Free Version (unless, of course, you want more features and would like to purchase the Pro Version).

Step2

3. Open the document in PDF-XChange Editor


The installer creates a program group called PDF-XChange with a shortcut in it for PDF-XChange Editor
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by:Rob-Down-Under
Brilliant Heads Up
I have used their Viewer for years, and for many of those years I was confused by their various programs and downloads. Difficult to ensure that you were getting the free viewer. Hasn't been quite as difficult for the last year.
With that history behind me, I strongly doubt that I could have worked out that they had a free Editor.

If you are just viewing PDFs and you had both the editor and the viewer installed - Do you just use the editor program all the time, or do you fell the viewer has extra viewing options ?

Rob
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
Hi Rob,
I agree — their downloads have always been confusing!

My recollection is that I received an email from them saying, essentially, that the free PDF-XChange Viewer (which I had been using for a long time) was being replaced/superseded by the free PDF-XChange Editor. In other words, there was no reason to have both products on the same system. However, I recollect keeping both for a while, until I was comfortable that the free Editor was all I needed. Once I made that determination, I uninstalled the Viewer and have used only the Editor ever since.

I see at their website that they still offer the Viewer, but note this comment at that link:
STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS

The PDF-XChange Editor is now available and supersedes the PDF-XChange Viewer !

STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS
So even Tracker Software is saying that there's no reason to use the free Viewer — use the free Editor instead!

Btw, here's another video that I did about the free version of the Editor:
How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software

Regards, Joe
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How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software
Sometimes we receive PDF files that are in the wrong orientation. They may be sideways or even upside down. This most commonly happens with scanned or faxed documents. It is possible to rotate the view of these PDFs with the free Adobe Reader product, but it is not possible to save the PDF with the rotated pages using Adobe Reader — not even with the latest Document Cloud (DC) version (or any earlier version of Reader). To do this with an Adobe product requires the relatively expensive Adobe Acrobat (Standard or Professional). This video Micro Tutorial shows how to rotate the pages of a PDF, and save the rotated document, with excellent, free software called PDF-XChange Editor from Tracker Software Products.

1. Download the Free Version of PDF-XChange Editor


Visit the website for Tracker Software Products:

http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-editor

Tick the radio button for the installer you prefer and then click the DOWNLOAD NOW button.

Step1

2. Run the downloaded installer


Run the installer that you downloaded and select the Free Version (unless, of course, you want more features and would like to purchase the Pro Version).

Step2

3. Open the document in PDF-XChange Editor


Run PDF-XChange Editor and open the sideways or upside-down document in it.

Step3

4. Run the Rotate Pages feature


Click Document menu

Click Rotate Pages

Step4

5. Select desired rotation and which pages to rotate


In the Direction drop-down, choose Clockwise 90 degrees or 180 degrees or Counterclockwise 90 degrees
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How to delete the Recently Browsed folder list in Microsoft Office Picture Manager
Microsoft Office Picture Manager has a Picture Shortcuts pane that shows a list with the Recently Browsed folders. While creating my video Micro Tutorial here at Experts Exchange showing How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013, I discovered that Picture Manager itself does not provide the capability to delete items from the Recently Browsed folder list or to delete the list in its entirety. Fortunately, there's an easy way to do it outside of Picture Manager. This video Micro Tutorial explains the method.

1. Locate the OIScatalog.cag file


Open Windows/File Explorer or whatever file manager you use and navigate to this file:

c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OIS\OIScatalog.cag

<username> is the user name, such as Joe in the screenshot below.

Step1

2. Exit Picture Manager and open the OIScatalog.cag file


Close all instances of Picture Manager that are running and then open the OIScatalog.cag file in Notepad or whatever text editor you use.

Step2

3. Delete lines


Delete the lines containing the folders that you want to be removed from the Recently Browsed folder list and Save the OIScatalog.cag file.

Step3

4. Run Picture Manager


Run Picture Manager to verify that the folders have been removed from the Recently Browsed list.

Step4

5. Optional test — delete entire list



Close all instances of Picture Manager that are running and then delete the OIScatalog.cag file. Run Picture Manager to verify that the entire Recently Browsed folder list has been removed.

Step5
That's it! If you find this video to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up icon below. Thank you for watching!
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How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013
Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not included in Office 2013. This comes as quite a surprise to users upgrading from earlier versions of Office, such as 2007 and 2010, where Picture Manager was included as a standard application. This video explains how to correct this serious omission by the folks in Redmond and install (for free!) Microsoft Office Picture Manager 2010, which plays very nicely with Office 2013. This video Micro Tutorial is fully documented in my Experts Exchange article, How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013.

1. Determine the bit-level of your Office 2013.


Open any Word document (a new, blank one is fine).

To see if you have the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office 2013, click the File menu, then Account, then About Word.

Step1a
Step1b

2. Download the Microsoft SharePoint Designer.


Download the matching bit-level for your Office 2013 from one of these links:

32-bit
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16573

64-bit
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24309

Step2

3. Run the downloaded SharePoint installer.


Using Windows/File Explorer (or whatever file manager you prefer), execute the downloaded installer and on the opening screen click the Customize button.

Step3

4. Mark all three program sections as Not Available.


Click the drop-down on Microsoft SharePoint Designer and select Not Available.

Click the drop-down on Office Shared Features and select Not Available.

Click the drop-down on Office Tools and select Not Available.

Step4a
Step4b

5. Select Picture Manager to install.


Click the plus sign for Office Tools to expand it.

Click the drop-down on Microsoft Office Picture Manager and select
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by:pokercrazy
Thank you! The changes to Office 2013 are not the best. I appreciate you putting this together.
Have a good day
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Hi pokercrazy,
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it helpful. If you wouldn't mind clicking the thumbs-up button under the video window, I'd really appreciate it. You have a nice day, too. Regards, Joe
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Xpdf - PDFdetach - Command Line Utility to Detach Attachments from PDF Files
In this fifth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFdetach utility, which is able to list and, more importantly, extract attachments that are embedded in PDF files. It does this via a command line interface, making it suitable for use in programs, scripts, batch files — any place where a command line call can be made.

1. Download the software.


You may have already downloaded and unzipped the Xpdf tools while watching the first video in the Xpdf series, but if you haven't, then visit the Xpdf website. Click the Download link and then click the pre-compiled Windows binary ZIP archive to download the utilities for Windows.

Step1

2. Locate the documentation folder for the Xpdf utilities.


Go to the folder where you unzipped the downloaded ZIP file and find the <doc> folder.

Step2

3. Read the documentation for the PDFdetach tool.


Go into the <doc> folder and find the plain text file called <pdfdetach.txt>.

Open it with any text editor, such as Notepad, and read it. This is the documentation for the PDFdetach tool.

Step3

4. Set up a test folder.


Create a test folder.

Copy <pdfdetach.exe> from the unzipped <bin32> folder into your test folder.

Copy a sample PDF file that has attachments into your test folder (in the video and the screenshots below, the file is called test.pdf, which is a PDF file created from my EE article, Windows 10 uses YOUR computer to help distribute itself, but with some attachments added to it).

Step4

5. Set up a command prompt for testing.

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Hi Joe...

> A way to achieve that is to extract first with PDFdetach and then print the file to a PDF print driver.

That would work for me. Thanks!

Mahalo
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A`ole pilikia!
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Introduction to GIMP
It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
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Full Overview how to use Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder onto YouTube
The goal of the tutorial is to teach the user the full work flow of how to use flash media encoder to stream onto YouTube.
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How to Add Vignette to Your Photos in Adobe Lightroom
The goal of the tutorial is to teach the user how to remove a natural vignette your photos and how to add vignette to your photos.
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Intro to Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Lightroom
The goal of the tutorial is to teach the user what exposure is and how to use the exposure slider.

Analyze the photo that you want to edit, then adjust the exposure slider to your liking.
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Exporting Photos in Adobe Lightroom
The goal of this is to tech the user how to export photos out of Lightroom and the different options they have.

1. Select which photos you want to export

2. Select where you want to export and with which options

3. Export

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Adding a Watermark in Adobe Lightroom
The goal of the tutorial is to teach the user how to add a water mark to there photo.

Once you have a photo you like you have to go into the water mark setting and add a water mark to the image. You can either choose a text watermark or an image.
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Images and Photos

Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop, which dominates the market, has its own topic. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include Apple Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.