Essential Free Graphics

A good graphics program is essential. Photoshop is used by all professionals and I did a free online course where I learned the essentials. Photoshop CS2 is very old but available free of charge. I use it primarily to make backgrounds transparent. I have a green studio in Second Life (dot) com which makes it easy to make a background transparent. The whole process takes minutes.

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To make a background transparent use the magic wand to highlight the colour range then create a layer. Then go back to the main layer and cut the highlighted background. Save the file as a PNG which preserves the transparency. Once I have the image with the transparency I can add it to any picture I like.

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However for everyday work I use Expression Design because it is so much easier to use. You can produce excellent graphics and manipulate  images. You can also import Photoshop. PNG files are great and hold transparency information.  I use it to create text logos and signs. It is made by Microsoft as part of the Expression Studio. The latest version is free.

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You can get Expression Design here 

If you need icons there is a good site here, Click on picture.

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talk Because I am not very good at Photoshop and Expression Design is so easy to use I import the sheet of icons as a jpgtalk copy  then cut out the ones i want. However you may want to get rid of the background so use Photoshop for that. All this takes minutes. It is worth spending time learning both Photoshop and Expression Design. A lot of my learning has taken place through experimentation.

To capture any image on your computer you can use “Print Screen” top right on your keyboard. If you want to be a bit more sophisticated download and install 4 Shared Shot  . This enables you to have control over what you capture.

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TIP: Be careful when you download and install some free programs. The only way they make money is to install add ons. These can be toolbars or set your search engine to one they get commission on. Always install using the Advanced option and deselect the add ons or search engine choice.

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Free Stuff

Re Posted from Family Blogs dot me Family Blogs dot info is the main site.

You might be temptied to get a free site, weebly, webnode and WordPress all offer free sites and will let you register a gTLD a generic top level domain like dot com for a price. BUT you will find drawbacks. How many email addresses do you get, with forwarders? How much disk space? Can you have sub domains? You might get a dot me from wordpress like this one. i got this site to add to my SEO but the real site is Family Blogs dot info. Why? A big big reason compare the twp pictures below:

selfhostedI registerd a domain with freehosting.com to discover it did not have an up-to-dare cPanel and that half the utilities were missinng. It took nearly three weeks, a dozen emails and the threat of a court action to get it to a paid hosting like it is on today. I get 24/7 support from my service provider. Anything I don’t know about domains and servers I can find out immediately. I have been using WordPress since 2008.

FamilyBlogs.info is a web site. blog.FamilyBlogs.info is the blog in a sub domain. The blog is set up as a family blog. I do the same with IrishSecure.com the blog is at sl.IrishSecure.com this is an individual blog.

I use the connumity / family plugin on two sites GodKnows.info and SecondLife.HostsLikeMe.com . both these allow others to contribute.

A guiding principle for me isL “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he will never starve.” The days are gone where techys rule the web. Millions are doing it for themselves.

You can do it. Set yourself up as administrator, practice your skills. It will take up very little of your time BUT spend some cash as FREE things should be looked at carefully.

N.B. I make graphics animations and videos. I charge €10 about $6 an hour. Below is one of my favourites. It was made on my island in Second life.

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cPanel

cPanel contains all the utilities to manage your domain. It is very easy to use. There are excellant tutorials on every aspect you need to know. Here’s an animation to give you an idea:

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There are more tutorials on Help.IrishSecure.com feel free to browse through them. Having your own domain can be as easy as a 2 minute set up of email and a WordPress blog to having a sophisticated web site that you might want at a latter stage.

Feel free to contact me on skype dude.starship (Ireland) or fill out the form below:

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Virtual Classrooms

logobookI am desperate to teach. One way will be to have a virtual classroom in second life. I found such a classroom in my wanderings. AND found a whole world of teaching at Texas State. Here is the classroom I found Set up by the look of it as a Primary School Classroom. ,> you can watch it better on this page<

But Then Dear Readers I returned a bit later to the classroom and found a techy working there. We chatted and they will be using the classroom for teacher training. Another opportunity for Avatar Creations perhaps. However I got a link to a great project they had going in 2011.

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My next step is to visit. I have done a voice over as rhe cones don’t seem to work.

Unfortunately the cones appear to be inactive. Could be my viewer and / or might need a plugin.

HOWEVER as you can see from the first video Second Life has a great academic role to play. The construction of the virtual classroom using modern techniques and make for a truly realistic environment. What I plan is a feature not seemingly explored that of facilitating DISTANCE LEARNING. Watch this space

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Your Domain

googledudesuitPlease note all links open a new tab.

In the era of hyperconnectivity and 21st Century Networks®

both coming of age, you or your avatar [I have DudeStarship.com] or both [see IrishSecure.com] need a personal web address. . Personal Domains® are another of my companies. The advantages are manifold. You can have a community blog, this is a “blog”, where members of your family can interact.

You can create a global cyberidentity Gone are the days of a domain address being for business. Now it just got personal.

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logogoldAND HOW MUCH DOES ALL THIS COST? Well its $15 or €10 A YEAR to register a domain then $27 or €20 A QUARTER to host it. Thats a couple of bucks a week. A small coffee.  INCLUDING 4,500 templates BLOGS to come out of your ears [WordPress is the best with 61 million installations] Unlimited Emails Unlimited sub domains all on one of the fastest servers on the net [16 CPU’s Intel Xeon ] ALL INCLUDED PLUS online help [see help.irishsecure.com] PLUS ME!!!  If you can’t do it yourself, well  that’s what we encourage,  otherwise we will be happy to help. I have been at this since 2001 here is my first Business Site IrishSecure 12 years ago so I know my stuff. Charges €10 an hour first hour free. AND boy can we do a lot in an hour. There are thousands of WordPress designs available. No reason to spend a penny. The Internet is run by free stuff why not everything else too. however there is a caveat : Be warned against Free Hosting. It took me two weeks and threats of a law suit to get a domain  name servers changed from freehosting dot com. How do they pay service and electricity. Ads? Limited services? We are and will remain Ad free. Its not about making money its about making a difference. I have pet grievances like how our society is dominated by 4 big banks and I am not frightened to talk about it [see GodKnows.info ] I believe unless ordinary people have a voice nothing will change. Nowadays that voice needs must be electronic. My 19 year old daughter has a voice she showed me The Scale Of The Universe that she put up on her domain. Its free so I nicked it. This is just me. Your domain is yours to do with as you like. Except to follow the declaration of human rights. The important thing is for YOU to get a domain! AND it takes 10 minutes AND €10 .

We have online help files at help dot IrishSecure dot com feel free to peruse them. We also use Skype to help you through setting up your domain. Setting up emails takes about 15 minutes. Installing WordPress in a sub domain ten minutes.  Teaching you the basics of customization 30 minutes.  From saying “I want this domain to up and running say 2 hours. The only thing that might slow us down is your Internet Service Providers speed of updating their name servers.

So do it: Remember:>

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