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How To: Compress multiple files with WinRAR

In this video, we learn how to compress multiple files with WinRaR. First, select the files that you want to compress, then right click on them and click add to archive. After this, write the name for your files and press OK. Now, WinRaR will automatically start. When it's finished loading, you will see your new file that has all your files compress into it. When you open this file up, your other files will be inside. You can do this for several files or just do one, depending on how many you...

How To: Clean up a scanned drawing with the GIMP image editor

In this how to video, you will learn how to clean up scanned drawings using Gimp. You will need a scanner, drawing, and Gimp installed to do this. First, open the scanned drawing in Gimp. Next, select Select by Color. Click on an area that should be white and hit ctrl + x. Next, go to filters and select soft glow under the artistic sub menu. Play around with the settings to lighten the image and darken the important lines. Click okay once you are finished. Next, go to the artistic sub menu an...

How To: Copy or back up a DVD disc on a PC with Nero Express

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to copy or backup a DVD disc on a PC with Nero Express. Begin by opening the program and select Backup from the menu. Make sure that the disc is set to DVD and select Copy DVD. Now select the Source Drive, Destination Drive, Writing speed, Number of copies and the Image file. Click on Copy and wait for it to finish copying to the DVD. Now insert the disc into the disc drive and wait for it to finish burning. This video will benefit those viewers who n...

How To: Use the DATEDIF function in Microsoft Excel 2007

Looking for a primer on how to use the DATEDIF function in MS Excel 2007? You're in luck. Whether you're new to Microsoft's popular digital spreadsheet application or a seasoned business professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with the Excel 2007 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Make an image strip using FastStone Image Viewer

In this tutorial, we learn how to make an image strip using FastStone Image Viewer. First, open up the images that you want to have inside the strip. Then, open up Fastone Image viewer and find the location of the images. From here, go to "create", then "image strip builder". This will bring up the builder window where you can add in the images you want to see on the strip. When finished, click on the "create" button. Now, the strip will come up on your computer in a new image and you will be...

How To: Create a realistic 3D model of a human head in Blender

In this four-part tutorial, you'll learn how to create a full human head with Blender's 3D modeling tools. Whether you're new to the Blender Foundation's popular open-source 3D computer graphics application or are a seasoned digital artist merely on the lookout for new tips and tricks, you're sure to be well served by this free video software tutorial. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started modeling your own 3D heads in Blender, take a look!

How To: Resize an image in MS Paint without losing resolution

In this video, we learn how to resize an image in MS Paint without losing resolution. First, you will go to the file menu and then open. From here, open up the photo you want to resize. After this, go the 'image' section on the toolbar and then click 'stretch and skew'. From here, change the vertical and horizontal stretches until you have the size of picture that you want! Continue to play with it until it's right and then save this over again. This should only take a few minutes and will ke...

How To: Make a scary voice effect on Adobe Audition

In this video we learn how to make a scary voice effect on Adobe Audition. First, record an audio that you made and open up Adobe Audition. From here, open up any other audio that you want to hear for the beat. Then, go to "generate" and then "silence. Put this to 1.5 seconds, then go to the end of your sound and do the same thing. This will make a good effect when you are editing and adding in echo. First, reverse the audio by going to "effects" and then "reverse". This will make it a lot ea...

How To: Draw a car in MS Paint

Microsoft Paint has the capability to allow you to draw an awesome realistic car. This video will show the line and filling tools that someone uses to make a sporty car. You can make whatever alterations and adjustments to create your own unique dream car. Draw in wheels of the car first. Unless you plan to draw a perfect side view of a car, you need to use perspective. Using the circle shape tool, draw two circles for wheels. One circle should be slightly lower on your screen, and that circl...

How To: Draw a car in Windows MS Paint

Ever wonder why Windows comes with MS Paint? Well, from this video v=ElrldD02if0], it's amazing how that tiny, little program so often overlooked by most people can, in the right hands, be used to create stunning computed generated drawings. In this video, the author records himself drawing a concept car from scratch. There are no audio or text comments, but rather the video teaches by example. The author time-compressed his work, so don't expect to make a similar work in only five minutes!

How To: Batch compress multiple photos at once

Open Image Compressor 2008 and go to the Image Tray. Pick the images you want with the image selector and click on them to add them to the Image Tray. If you want to add every photo in a certain folder, you just click on the Add All button. Once you have the photos you want, you can batch compress them. You can go to File>Batch Compress to start the process, or just click on the Batch Compress button in the toolbar. Then, pick the compression options you want, or edit the images. You can also...

How To: Create and use garbage mattes in Nuke 6

In this quick clip, you'll learn how to generate a new garbage matte when working in Nuke 6. Whether you're new to the Foundry's popular node-based compositing application or a seasoned post-production professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with Nuke 6's new features, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, including a detailed overview, watch this free video guide.

How To: Create a 3D model of a briefcase in Blender 2.4 or 2.5

This clip presents detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to go about modeling a briefcase or suitcase within Blender 2.49 or 2.5. Whether you're new to the Blender Foundation's popular 3D modeling program or a seasoned graphic artist just interested in better acquainting yourself with the application, you're sure to be well served by this free video tutorial. For more information, and to get started modeling your own suitcase, take a look.

How To: See Through Clothes with Gimp 2.6

If you can't seem to find any photos of naked people on the internet, don't fret, this how to will show you how to "see through" clothing using some simple techniques with Gimp 2.6 photo editor. Gimp is like Adobe Photoshop without the heavy price tag. Tight, white clothing works best for this trick, so keep that in mind. Watch the video and get one step closer to seeing someone naked. Right on your own computer! See through clothes with Gimp 2.6.

How To: Get iSerial Reader for Mac

In this Software video tutorial you will learn how to get iSerial Reader for Mac. With this program you can get the serial numbers to use for various programs. Almost all programs are listed. There is nothing complicated about this. Download the iSerial reader from Serial Box. Once it is downloaded, open the folder and install it. After you open the program, follow the ‘installing serial box’ instructions. The file to add when you click ‘install now’ is the ‘serial box’ file that came with th...

How To: Use Style Builder in Google SketchUp

Style Builder is a companion application to Google SketchUp 6 Pro that allows you to create, mix, and modify your own unique style that you can use and share in SketchUp. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use this new software. This tutorial covers loading and mixing strokes, creating custom strokes, and how to finish the style in Google SketchUp.

How To: Do the auto-tune effects with Mixcraft

Auto tune is a popular effect made popular by T-pain. To do this you will need two programs. The first one is Auto-tune and the other one is music editing program called Mix craft. You can also use other music editing programs of your choice. Download this programs from their website. You can also use the trial versions. Now open up Mix Craft and under the effects you can find the Auto Tune effects in VST effects. Open some kind of music. Double click and import the required music. You can al...

How To: Use Raw Therapee with GIMP

In this video, we learn how to use Raw Therapee with Gimp. First, you need to go online to Raw Therapee, then download and install Raw Therapee. Once you have this, open it up and familiarize yourself with the layout of the software and where the different tools are at. Next, change your preferences and pick your settings throughout the different folders. Next, find GIMP through the program folders as your installation directory. Now, it will export your images to GIMP automatically. This way...

How To: Autotune your voice to sound better

If you want to auto-tune your voice to make it sound better you first need to decide if you actually need an Auto-tune. You may just be looking for a talk box or vocoder. An auto-tune makes your voice auto-tuned and sets it to sound much better. A vocoder only makes your voice computerized while the auto-tune actually changes the sound of your voice and tone of it. You can adjust your auto-tune and turn it up very high or lower it. You can auto-tune on Garage band. First, open up Garage band....

How To: Move components the way you want in SketchUp

You may find when you are working in SketchUp that you can't get certain components to move the way you want - this is because when you first use them, by default they are automatically stuck to the surface you first put them on (glued). This video that accompanies Chapter 16 of the book Google SketchUp for Dummies will show you how to get around this.

How To: Install additional fonts in Photoscape

Photoscape is a piece of free, photo editing software to use instead of more costly programs such as Photoshop. The program is pretty cool but you may want to install more fonts than what it comes with. If so, check out this video and you'll find out how to get it done. You'll need a zip program like winzip or winrar and you'll of course need Photoscape which you can get here.

How To: Use vocal effects and auto-tune in Fruity Loops

In this tutorial, we learn how to use vocal effects and Auto-Tune in Fruity Loops. First, load on your audio and then set it to a channel FX. Add in the effects that you want and then drag them into the right hand side column for the different effects. From here, you can use the mixer to add in different beats and tunes. Then, you can add reeverb to the audio and then change the settings for it how you would like it. Continue to edit the different effects as you continue to scroll through the...

How To: Make a fancy border in GIMP

Learn how to make a fancy border in GIMP with this GIMP tricks video tutorial. This border can be used to frame images for YouTube videos or other things. Take your image, and go to Image and Canvas Size. The size should be made larger to allow room for your border and then click Center. On Layers, select All Layers. Then, click Resize. This allows you to make room for your Layer. On the far left side, right click on your layer and select Alpha to Selection. Go to Select, To Path, Select, and...

How To: Model a full cartoon character in Blender 3D

Writer, Director and Producer Johnathan Williamson shows you how to model a simple cartoon character in Blender 3D from start to finish. This is just a simple character but demonstrates the principles of character modeling in Blender 3D. Once you know these basics you can move on to your own complex creations. It will help if you know your way around the Blender 3D interface.

How To: Save your project in Pinnacle Studio

This tutorial explains how to save your work in Pinnacle Studio. The first step is to go to "File". Next is saving projects by using the drop down menu from the top left corner of the program. When you save your project it does not mean that all the video files will be saved. In fact, all the original files have to be stored in the exact same place so this will work. To save your new project you have to go to movie and make and output format like Vdix or VCL.

How To: Use the blur, smear & sharpen tools in SketchBook Pro

Learn how to use the blur, smear and sharpen tools in Autodesk SketchBook Pro 2010. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular raster graphics editor or a seasoned graphic artist merely looking to better acquaint yourself with SketchBook Pro 2010, you're sure to be well served by this free video software lesson from the folks at Lynda. For more information, take a look.

How To: Add .wav samples to Fruity Loops Studio

In this Fruity Loops tutorial by PAVMusicProduction you learn how to add the Fruity Loops sample that you downloaded into your Fruity Loops studio. First go to the folder with the kit (use the program Winrar to extract from the compressed download file) and open Fruity Loops and drop the downloaded kit into the Fruity Loops library as demonstrated. If the pitch sounds funny in the sample, click on the sample and reset the pitch using the reset button in the misc settings once that's done the ...

How To: Create an ISO image with Ashampoo Burning Studio 6

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create an ISO image. Users will need to download the program, Ashampoo Burning Studio 6. Begin by going to the Google search engine and search for the program. Select the result from download.com. Click on Download Now and save the file. Double-click on the file and follow the instructions to install it. Then open the program and select Create/Burn Disc Images. Select the type of disc image that you would like. Then click on Add and select the file...

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