The Digital Photo Frame

January 24th, 2008

What comes next after digital photography? A digital picture frame, of course! Perceived as a natural progression of digital photography, the digital picture frame is the newest way to display your precious digital pictures. It is basically an electronic device which functions like a photo album except much better. It is able to hold thousands of digital photos by simply copying the images onto a small memory card which is inserted into the frame.

Digital photo frames can also display the photos in a TV set and most display the photos to view as a slideshow with adjustable time intervals. Although it typically displays pictures directly from a camera’s memory card, some frames can provide internal memory storage. Others can load pictures over the Internet from RSS feeds.

Making Use of Screensavers

January 16th, 2008

Screensavers were originally developed to protect old-fashioned monitors from screen burn but such purpose has long been upstaged by having fun. A screensaver is initiated when the keyboard and mouse have been inactive for a specified length of time. The time can be set as desired in the same manner that screensavers can be customized to suit one’s personal taste.

With the addition of a password, the screensaver can be used as a security tool. However, this option cannot protect a PC from determined intruders who can manage to get around the screensaver password obstacle simply by rebooting the PC. Caution should be exercised in downloading free screensavers from the Internet since most are executable files that can easily hide viruses.

Editing Photos

October 22nd, 2007

Scanners, digital cameras and photo CDs from film processors have made it possible to easily transfer photos to the PC. Since it is impossible to take a perfect picture all the time, photo-editing software allows for retouching and improving photos, creation of collages and montages, conversion of color photos to black and white and many others.

A favorite picture can be converted into calendars, postcards and even jigsaw puzzles. Most software comes with photo repair tools to help you come up with amazing results. You can easily crop in on the interesting parts, zap red-eye, get rid of date stamps on photos and adjust brightness and contrast to lighten dark pictures.

Web Graphics

October 15th, 2007

The most important thing to remember about web graphics is that the file size should be kept as small as possible. It should not go beyond 100 kilo bytes in size. A smaller size is much preferable as an average web viewer’s modem will struggle to download at a speed of anything above 3 kilobytes per second. However, it should be reduced to the smallest size possible without loosing too much image quality.

A file size is measured in bytes, kilobytes or megabytes. The measurement represents how much hard drive space is being taken up by the image when stored. Its size should provide an idea of how long an image will take to download. Graphics are in different shapes, sizes, formats, resolutions and color depths thus it is important to determine specific goals before creating designs.

Dynamic Presentations

October 9th, 2007

The PowerPoint Program is a case in point when it comes to versatility. It allows the user to incorporate words, sounds, images and animations into dynamic slide shows. The presentation it affords goes far beyond the traditional slide show and overhead projector manner. There is an option on how the presentation or slide show is to be created.

Templates are chosen according to which is best for the particular purpose at hand. Combination of colors, layouts and images are all considered to arrive at a decision. Ready-made backgrounds and special effects can be added plus a short voice-over narration for each slide when required. Users need not be afraid to experiment in their bid to provide the best presentation as outstanding results can come from the most unexpected combination.