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

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Xpdf - PDFtoPS - Command Line Utility to Convert a PDF File to PS (PostScript)
In this tenth video of my Xpdf series, I discuss and demonstrate the PDFtoPS utility, which converts a PDF file to PostScript (PS). Also, it provides an option allowing creation of an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file. It performs its functions 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 the Xpdf tools while watching one of my earlier videos in the series, but there has since been an upgrade from Version 3 to Version 4 and there is a new download site:

https://www.xpdfreader.com/download.html

Visit that site and download the pre-compiled Windows binary ZIP archive, then unzip it.

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 PDFtoPS tool


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

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

Step3

4. Set up a test folder


Create a test folder.

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

Copy a sample PDF file into your test folder.

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 PDFtoPS executable and the sample PDF file.

Step5

6. Run the PDFtoPS utility to create the PostScript file


Issue the following command in the command prompt:

pdftops TestFileName.pdf
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by:Andrew Leniart
Great video and introduction to a very useful tool indeed.
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Thank you, Andrew, I appreciate the compliment and the endorsement. Happy New Year! Regards, Joe
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Prepare for the CompTIA Network+ exam by learning how to troubleshoot, configure, and manage both wired and wireless networks.

Xpdf - PDFtoPPM - Command Line Utility to Convert a PDF File to PPM, PGM, PBM
In this ninth video of my Xpdf series, I discuss and demonstrate the PDFtoPPM tool, which converts a PDF file to color portable pixmap (PPM) format, grayscale portable graymap (PGM) format, or monochrome (black & white) portable bitmap (PBM) format. It creates a separate image file for each page of the PDF file. 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 the Xpdf tools while watching one of my earlier videos in the series, but there has since been an upgrade from Version 3 to Version 4 and there is a new download site:

https://www.xpdfreader.com/download.html

Visit that site and download the pre-compiled Windows binary ZIP archive, then unzip it.

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 PDFtoPPM tool


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

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

Step3

4. Set up a test folder


Create a test folder.

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

Copy a sample PDF file into your test folder, preferably one with numerous pages.

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 PDFtoPPM executable and the sample PDF file.

Step5
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xpdfrc - Configuration File for All Xpdf Utilities
This is the eleventh — and final — video of my Experts Exchange Micro Tutorials on the Xpdf utilities. The first video is an overview of the command line tools. The next nine videos are tutorials on all them:

PDFimages - Extract Images from PDF Files
PDFtoText - Convert PDF Files to Plain Text Files
PDFinfo - Retrieve Page Count and Other Information from PDF Files
PDFdetach - Detach Attachments from PDF Files
PDFtoPNG - Convert a Multi-page PDF File into Separate PNG Files
PDFfonts - List Fonts Used in a PDF File
PDFtoHTML - Convert a PDF File to HTML
PDFtoPPM - Convert a PDF File to PPM, PGM, PBM
PDFtoPS - Convert a PDF File to PS (PostScript)

This last video in the series discusses xpdfrc, which is the single configuration file that Xpdf uses for all nine utilities. It provides an enormous number of options, allowing extensive control of the tools, such as character mapping, font configuration, PostScript control, rasterizer settings, text control, and much more.

1. Download the software and fonts


You may have already downloaded the Xpdf tools while watching one of my earlier videos in the series, but there has since been an upgrade from Version 3 to Version 4 and there is a new download site:

https://www.xpdfreader.com/download.html

Visit that site and download the pre-compiled Windows binary ZIP archive, then unzip it.

Download the Symbol and Zapf Dingbats fonts from the same page.

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
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Hello Everybody,
Please see attached Adobe Illustrator file (CC 2019)

I have an image that includes an alpha channel. I want to bevel only the area that is NOT the alpha channel.

Specifically it is an arm that I want to give a slight bevel around the edges.  I tried 3d effect but that incorporates a grey "box' as a part of the effect.

I might also want to include a drop shadow -- but only around the edges of the arm -- not the square alpha channel.

So I need to isolate the arm from its alpha channel.

Hopefully it's probably a pretty simple solution -and the attached Illustrator file should make things clear....

Here's a link to the illustrator file LINK TO ILLUSTRATOR FILE -- in Dropbox
Thanks

Rowby
Image with alpha
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1,640 Free (for non-commercial use) Icons in a Single Download

Like custom icons?

Though there are lots of places all over the web to grab Free Windows Icons from, in my experience, the majority of them aren't really free, in that they will let you download maybe 10 or 20 and then require a subscription fee if you want to get more, or be able to download more than one Icon at a time.

I recently found a website that gives you 1,640 Icons in one download.

https://www.creativefreedom.co.uk/free-icons/1000-free-windows-icons/

Just click the Blue download free button and you'll get a ZIP file 68.8MB in size.

Inside that zip file, you'll find 1,640 custom icons that are 100% Free for non-commercial use.

Extract the zip file contents to a temporary folder and you'll have the following folders;

  • 16x16 - All Icons in .png format saved to 16 x 16 pixels in size you can easily manipulate and convert to .ico
  • 24x24 - All Icons in .png format saved to 24 x 24 pixels in size you can easily manipulate and convert to .ico
  • 32x32 - All Icons in .png format saved to 32 x 32 pixels in size you can easily manipulate and convert to .ico
  • 48x48 - All Icons in .png format saved to 48 x 48 pixels in size you can easily manipulate and convert to .ico
  • glyph - All Icons in .png format in various sizes - so that you can easily manipulate and convert to .ico for yourself
  • icns - All Icons in .icns format - these are in MAC format for Macintosh users
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Do you know any website with free HD photos for any use? Ideally, FullHD or 4k.
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Recently started using  Paint Shop Pro 7, an upgrade from PSP 5.  When I use the Fill tool it says: 'No background style selected. This tool requires a non-null background style. Check the settings on the color palette.
All I want to do is change the background color with the Fill tool.
Also is there a Help or tutorial somewhere. Since Corel bought Jasc it is hard to get support. I guess because Corel wants you to buy their impossibly complex Photoshop.

Thanks.

Allen in Dallas
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We need to produce colorful newsletters.  Which software enables us to that from adobe?  There are so many that it’s confusing which one I need and what the cloud version does.
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Looking for a freeware screenshot capture program for W7 / W10 to:
  • Capture entire screen upon Print Screen button
  • Automatically Prompt the user for a comment, such that they don't have to bring up an image editing program in a UI
  • Then save to disk (jpg, png, etc.)  upon completion of the comment.

I'm attempting to collect feedback from a large number of employees about issues they have with a particular program.
All the machines are cloned and set up identically.
I anticipate writing some light code to then FTP (or maybe programatically email) the file once created.

The old ScreenPrint32 did the comment capture part perfectly for prints (but wouldn't capture this for saved files).  It just popped up a fill in the blank box upon the trigger (Prt Scr button) and as soon as the user hit the OK button on the comments, everything was done.  No more interaction.  Unfortunately, ScreenPrint32 is a little flaky under W10 even when run in compatibility mode for XP sp2.

Something like Greenshot (my fav) saves it nicely, but you have to interact with an image editing program to add a comment.  No bueno.
Thanks.
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I am getting error when installing a program in windows 10. I have attached a screen shot.
error.PNG
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Bootstrap 4: Exploring New Features
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Bootstrap 4: Exploring New Features

Learn how to use and navigate the new features included in Bootstrap 4, the most popular HTML, CSS, and JavaScript framework for developing responsive, mobile-first websites.

Microsoft Office Picture Manager
Microsoft Office Picture Manager was included in Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, but not in 2013 or 2016. Now that Office 2019 is here, the bad news is that it is still missing, but the good news is that the same no-cost method that works to install it with Office 2013 and 2016 also works with 2019.
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Hi,
I need the way to select one area and insert color inside, while the background details are still shown, to the picture, in GIMP.

Or is it not achievable to this, in MS paint?
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How to put a date-time stamp on a PDF file with free software - Foxit Reader
I previously published an Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial that describes how to scan documents to a PDF file using an excellent, free product called Foxit Reader:

How to scan to a PDF file with free software

N.B.: As with any "free" software, there may be restrictions, which are always specified in the software's licensing agreement, typically known as the End-User License Agreement (EULA). I encourage you to read the entire EULA of this product to be certain that you are in license compliance.

This new video Micro Tutorial shows where to download the free Foxit Reader and explains how to use it to place a date-time stamp on a PDF file.

1. Download and Install the Free Version of Foxit Reader


Visit the website for Foxit Reader at Foxit Software:

https://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf-reader/

Select the language and O.S. from the drop-downs, then click the big, red Download button:

After downloading, run the installer.

step1

2. Run Foxit Reader


The installer creates a Foxit Reader program group with a shortcut to the Foxit Reader program.

Click the shortcut to run Foxit Reader.

step2

3. Put a pre-defined date-time stamp on the PDF


After opening a PDF file, click the Comment menu.

Click the drop-down on the Stamp button.

Click one of the five pre-defined Dynamic Stamps, all of which have a date-time stamp.

Position the mouse wherever you want the stamp and click to place it.

step3

4. Create a custom date-time stamp


Click the drop-down on the Create button.

Click Create Custom Dynamic Stamp.

Select a Stamp Template and fill in the options in the dialog box.

Click Add.

Click OK.

step4
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Another great "Winograd Micro Tutorial" :)

Good stuff Joe, should be highly useful to point askers to.

Endorsed!
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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
Hi Andrew,
Thank you for the kind words and the endorsement — I really appreciate both! Regards, Joe
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Need help with Photoshop 5.1.  I've down loaded a shamrock from the net.  I need to fill it with "Kelly Green" and add some centered text into the image itself.
As far as filling, everything that I've read on the net doesn't work.

Also, how do you center text in the image.

Thanks
Glenn
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IrfanView
This article discusses and shows how to use some of the excellent features in a Freeware app called "IrfanView" that (going by questions I've received) many people seem to overlook or just don't know about. Enjoy...
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Most experts at EE want to solve problems, not make their answers look pretty.
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Most experts at EE want to solve problems, not make their answers look pretty
Sure and I'm not for a second advocating that everyone should go around spending time on their questions and answers just to make them look pretty. That would be silly. Some may want to go to such efforts and that's fine too. It's all up to the individual where questions are concerned.

As the very first heading in my article states - "Create nicer looking borders in Articles submitted to Experts Exchange"

Asking and answering questions isn't the only thing that Experts Exchange is about. It's also a learning center. A place to share your knowledge and in turn, also learn from your fellow peers.

So this article is "mostly" aiming at those who write tutorials, how-to's and other types of articles, who may want to take a little bit of pride in how their work is presented to the world. I edit many articles at EE and I wrote this because I've been asked the question many times. Now rather than write the same answer multiple times, I can just point future askers with a link to this article. Make sense?

Thanks for your comment.

Regards, Andrew
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Learn how to make your articles stand out by creating nicer borders that are available in the Experts Exchange online Article Wizard Editor, along with a few more handy tips using IrfanView in an article I just wrote. Hope you find it useful.

Regards, Andrew
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I occasionally have need to be able to let others view pictures I have taken. I need  the name of a site that I can upload photos to and give a website address to one or many people so that they can view, but not alter or delete the photos. I am looking for a free or next to free service. Please suggest sites that will let me accomplish this goal.
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Activating a YouTube Playlist?

I created a playlist of my videos in the order I'd like them displayed. But I do not see any difference.

Can I make the playlist into the default playlist?

Thanks
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What is a URL address or method to download a trial version of Photoshop for Windows?
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C++ 11 Fundamentals
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This course will introduce you to C++ 11 and teach you about syntax fundamentals.

What is the latest version number of Photoshop for Windows?
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I have photoshop elements along with outlook 2016 for Mac.  In preferences, set Outlook as the email client.
Share - next - and then it should launch an email dialog box with attachment.  However, it just closes.

Same happens when choosing PDF.

Works fine with Mail.


Any thoughts are appreciated.
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How do I accomplish the effect of the  picture on top of this page in photoshop. ( the image with all the people in it) . It's like a dark tint

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Hi Experts,

How much would someone charge for website maintenance under WordPress? I am not talking about backups, errors, etc., but simple text changes, new pages and some custom graphics like for the Featured Image?

I am actually not a designer myself, but a programmer, and I outsource graphics. But how much would a Featured Image cost on average, or how many hours?
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How to scan to a PDF file with free software - Foxit Reader
I've published three five-minute Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorials that describe terrific features in an excellent, free PDF product called PDF-XChange Editor:

How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software
How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software
How to password-protect a PDF with free software

PDF-XChange Editor has many other features in its free version, but, unfortunately, it cannot do scanning — you must purchase one of its non-free versions to get scanning functionality. Fortunately, there's another excellent, free PDF product that can perform scanning — Foxit Reader. However, the free Foxit Reader cannot do OCR, so you'll want to keep the free PDF-XChange Editor for its OCR capability, and add Foxit Reader for its scanning capability. The combination of the two products will allow you to create searchable PDFs (aka PDF Searchable Image files) with your scanner, utilizing free software.

N.B.: As with any "free" software, there may be restrictions, which are always specified in the software's licensing agreement, typically known as the End-User License Agreement (EULA). I encourage you to read the entire EULA of these products to be certain that you are in license compliance.

In order to scan, Foxit Reader requires an …
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by:Basem Khawaja
Joe if I say you are a genius. It would be an understatement. God bless you my friend:)
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by:Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVE
Hi Basem,
Thank you for the kind words and the video endorsement...both very much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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Hello! I was following this tutorial and when trying to do the second part (with the animation of the Mona Lisa), everything was working perfectly until I got to the end. Once I keyframed the Max Horizontal and Vertical Displacements, the 3D motion effect was corrupted. When I would change the values back and forth, Mona Lisa no longer looked like she was "rotating", but rather the layers were just sliding across each other and did not look good. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong because everything worked fine right up until I had to do the actual meat of the task, which is keyframing it. I have After Effects CS6 by the way.
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Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop dominates the market. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.

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