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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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Batch Image Resize in Photoshop
Users will learn how resize a batch of photos from a single command in Photoshop via Photoshop's Image Processor.

1. Open up an Image you'd like to resize in Adobe Photoshop

2. Adjust the image size according to your preferences. Image > Adjustments > Image Size. Write down the new dimensions.

3. Open up Image Processor. File > Scripts > Image Processor

4. Select the source folder of images to resize

5. Select the destination folder where the new images will be saved

6. Under File Type, check "Resize to Fit" and enter your desired dimensions

7. Uncheck "Run Action" unless you have an Action you'd like to implement

8. Click "Run"

9. Check new images and make sure they've processed correctly

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Using the Clone and Stamp Tools
This video demonstrates how to use each tool, their shortcuts, where and when to use them, and how to use the keyboard to improve workflow.
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Using Multiple Filters
The viewer will learn how to create multiple layers to apply various filters and how to delete areas from each layer’s filter.
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Using Content Aware
This video shows how use content aware, what it’s used for, and when to use it over other tools.
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by:Tony Baril
Thank you very much, and i'm glad you enjoyed the video. I have only thought about listing on Youtube, but never thought about a DVD book! Although I am a terrible writer, I could maybe make a DVD, who knows!
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by:Need -a- Clue
Hi, thanks for the response. I have some ideas for you. Mainly because I am a frustrated user of Photoshop. I don't use it enough to become proficient, but often enough that I NEED to learn more. Your method of teaching is great. I got the point the first time I watched it. What I Am good at is being able to know when an instructor is not giving enough information, or too much. You did just perfect. I'd be happy to act as your proofreader helper for free. It would be worth it just to learn more. Think about it. Many have made TONS of $$$$ writing similar types of tutorials on other subjects.
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Introduction to Masking
This video demonstrates basic masking and how to edit the mask to reveal the desired image.
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How to Make and Save Custom Brushes
The viewer will learn how to make a custom brush, and save it. They will also learn the keyboard shortcut to the brush tool and advanced editing techniques to create a brush with different abilities.
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Creating Basic Motion Tweens in Flash
In this tutorial viewers will learn how to create a basic motion tween animation in Flash

1. Open a new document in Flash

2. Draw/import an image

3. Press CTRL + F8 to convert it into a graphic symbol

4. Select a frame (how long you want the tween to last)

5. Right click the frame and select "Insert Frame"

6. Right click one of the frames between the frames and select "Create Motion Tween"

7. Go to the final frame and move the image into its end position

8. Click a specific spot on the timeline to edit the path of the image

9. Drag areas of the "path" to edit the path further

10. Test using Control > Test Movie

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Convert Scanned Image-Only PDF Files to PDF Searchable Image Files via OCR with Power PDF Advanced
In this video, we show how to convert an image-only PDF file into a PDF Searchable Image file, that is, a file with both the image (typically from scanning) and text, which is created in an automated fashion with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. To do this, we will set up a Watched Folder, such that whenever an image-only PDF file arrives in the Watched Folder, it will automatically be converted to a PDF Searchable Image file. We will achieve this using Power PDF, the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications. There are two editions of Power PDF — Standard and Advanced. The Watched Folder feature is in the Advanced edition only.

1. Download and install the trial software



Visit the Nuance website at:

http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm

Click the free trial link, which takes you here:

http://www.nuance.com/for-business/imaging-solutions/document-conversion/power-pdf-converter/free-trial/index.htm

Fill out the short form and submit it.

Download the trial software and install it.

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2. Run the program and invoke the Watched Folder feature



Run the program by clicking Start>All Programs>Nuance Power PDF Advanced>Power PDF Advanced.

Invoke the Watched Folder feature by clicking the Advanced Processing menu, then the drop-down on the Batch Controls ribbon button, then Watched Folder.

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3. Configure the Watched Folder settings



Tick the Enable Watched Folder box.

Click the Source button and Browse to the folder that you want as the Watched Folder.

Tick the
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Bates Stamping/Numbering of PDF Files with Power PDF Advanced
In this video, we show how to perform Bates Numbering/Stamping of PDF documents using Power PDF Advanced, the newest product from the Document Imaging division of Nuance Communications. There are two editions of Power PDF — Standard and Advanced. The Bates Numbering/Stamping feature is in the Advanced edition only.

1. Download the trial software

Visit the Nuance website at:

http://www.nuance.com/for-business/document-imaging-and-scanning/power-pdf-converter/index.htm

Click the "Free trial" button, fill out the short form, and submit it.

Download the trial software and install it.
free trial

2. Run the program and invoke the Bates Numbering/Stamping feature.

Run the program by clicking Start>All Programs>Nuance Power PDF Advanced>Power PDF Advanced.

Invoke the Bates Numbering/Stamping feature by clicking the Edit menu, then the Bates Numbering button on the ribbon. This shows the Add and Remove choices — click Add.Add Bates feature

3. Add an entire folder of documents to be Bates Numbered/Stamped.

Click the Add Folders button and browse to the folder containing the PDF files to be Bates Numbered/Stamped.Add folder

4. Set the output options.

Click the Output button and set the output options, including the destination folder and the file naming rules.Set options

5. Set the order of the documents to be Bates Numbered.

Select a document and then click the Move Up and/or Move Down buttons to place it in the order that you want.

You may also click the Remove button to delete it from the list and the Preview button to look at it.Order documents

6. Configure the Bates options in the Header and Footer.

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by:WSPatton
Joe,

Is there a way to Have the FileName displayed in the Header, but in such a way that it EXCLUDES the extension (i.e. the ".pdf")?

I have hundreds of scanned PDFs that I will first batch rename using/assigning unique Exhibit numbers and then want to use a feature like Power PDF's Header & Footer Tool to have the FileName displayed in the upper right corner excluding the ".pdf", and the page number displayed in the lower right corner.  Below is a picture of what I want and attached is a PDF of what I have been able to do so far.  Any help is most welcome.Example of FileName displayed in Header.  This is what I want to do.
18-March-2016 Update:

Joe,

I also reached out to Nuance support and as yet they have not given me any useful feedback.

If it is useful, below is a link to my support ticket thread with Nuance:

http://nuance.custhelp.com/app/account/questions/detail/i_id/2307681/track/AvNquQo9Dv8S~cwxGmwe~yJ9yD0qSS75Mv_d~zj~PP9U

I am able to add headers with a FileName and footers with a Page number.

But my problem is that I want the %FileName% header to display the name of the File in such a way that it EXCLUDES the “.PDF” extension. I want the Headers to ONLY display: "Exhibit 002", "Exhibit 003", "Exhibit 004", etc..

I realize that I could manually paste the file name into the header field, but since I have hundreds of PDFs which I have to assign "Exhibit #" file names, I want to then automate the Header process by using a macro very much like Nuance's %FileName% macro, but with the appropriate code that STRIPS AWAY the ".PDF"

I look forward to hearing from you.
C-Ex-D015.pdf
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi WSPatton,

Currently, this can't be done. Two hours after reading your comment, I sent this email to my contacts at Nuance:

----- Begin message to Nuance -----
With Bates Numbering in Power PDF Advanced, inserting the macro for the file name creates the variable %FileName%. That variable contains the file name without the path but with the file extension (i.e., .PDF). Are there variables with other forms of the file name, such as the path, the file name without extension, etc. (the latter is the most important and the one I'm specifically looking for at this time)? If not, please consider the macros below for a future release. Thanks, Joe

%FileName%
File name without its path but with its extension. This is its current definition, so users already using this macro will see no change.

%FileNameNoExt%
The file name without its path, dot, and extension. As mentioned above, this is actually the main reason for this request. I have users who want the Bates stamp to contain the file name, but not the ".pdf". I included the two macros below for the sake of completeness, but right now I'd be happy with just this one new macro. Also, if there's a work-around, I'd love to hear it - can you think of any way to get the file name without the dot and extension onto each page?

%FilePath%
The file path, including drive letter with colon, but without the final backslash, even for root folders. Thus, %FilePath% followed by "\" followed by %FileName% will create the fully qualified file name.

%FileExtension%
The file extension without the dot. Presumably, this will always be PDF, unless PPA in the future can do Bates Numbering on other file types.
----- End message to Nuance -----

I'll post back here if I receive a reply from them. Btw, I was unable to access your support ticket. After logging into support and clicking on the link, I received a "Permission Denied" message. Seems that ticket threads may be viewed only by Nuance and the submitter. Regards, Joe
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Xpdf - Command Line Utilities for PDF Files
This first video Micro Tutorial in my Xpdf series introduces and describes Xpdf, a library containing nine command line utilities that perform various functions on PDF files. This video shows where the library is located and how to download it, discusses its licensing provisions, and provides a brief description of each of the nine modules.

Since all the utilities offer a command line interface, they are suitable for use in batch files, programs, and scripts — any place where a command line call can be made. For example, I have written many programs in the AutoHotkey scripting language that call the various Xpdf utilities via the AutoHotkey RunWait command.

This first video sets the stage for subsequent Micro Tutorials in the Xpdf series. You'll see that this video says it is "Part 1 of 3" (the second says, "Part 2 of 3"; the third, "Part 3 of 3"). However, after publishing the first three tutorials, I decided to do one for each of the other tools, as well as one for the Xpdf configuration file (xpdfrc), which is common to all nine utilities. Here are links to the other 10 five-minute video Micro Tutorials at Experts Exchange:

Xpdf - PDFimages - Command Line Utility to Extract Images from PDF Files
Xpdf - PDFtoText - Command Line Utility to Convert PDF Files to Plain Text Files
Xpdf - PDFinfo - Command Line Utility to Retrieve Page Count and Other Information from PDF Files
Xpdf - PDFdetach - Command Line Utility to Detach Attachments from PDF Files
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by:Andrew Leniart
Great video Joe! Excellent tool I had no idea existed.
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by:Joe Winograd
Thanks, Andrew, I appreciate the compliment...and the endorsement! Regards, Joe
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PaperPort Send To Bar - Part 1
This video is the first in a two-part series that discusses PaperPort's "Send To Bar" feature . This first video tutorial explains the purpose of the Send To Bar, how to use it, and how to hide unwanted items that are automatically created on it when PaperPort is installed. The second video tutorial in the series discusses how to add a custom icon/program to the Send To Bar.

1. Locate the Send To Bar at the bottom of the PaperPort app


Run PaperPort.

Look at the bottom of the PaperPort app and you will see something like this (depending on the version of PaperPort, the other apps that are installed, and the viewing options for the Send To Bar):

step1.jpg

2. Send an item to the Send To Bar


There are two ways to do this:

(i) Click on a desktop item (for example, a JPG file) and then click an icon on the Send To Bar (for example, Microsoft Paint).

(ii) Drag-and-drop an item (for example, a JPG file) onto an icon on the Send To Bar (for example, Microsoft Paint).

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3. Perform an operation on the item in the program that was launched


Continuing the example from above, let's say you have a JPG in Microsoft Paint:

step3a.jpgRotate it and save it:

step3b.jpg

4. Confirm that the item was changed in PaperPort


After saving the file in Step 3, you will be returned to PaperPort, where you should see that the item was changed (such as a rotated image).

step4.jpg

5. Hide unwanted icons on the Send To Bar


Right-click any icon on the Send To Bar and then click Send To Options.

Starting at the top of the vertical pane of icons, click on each one that you want to hide and un-check the box that says "Include icon on Send To bar".

Click OK.

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6. Confirm that unwanted icons have been removed from Send To Bar


The icons that you chose to hide should no longer appear on the Send To Bar
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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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