Archive for March, 2009

21 Advanced Photoshop Tips, Tricks and Tutorials Roundup

March 30th, 2009 by Dainis Graveris| No Comments | Stumble It! Delicious

Even if you are really familiar with Photoshop, you’ll always find ways to master and evolve your skills further. I’ve compiled a ton of Photoshop articles which will give you different tips on how to use and improve your Photoshop skills, as well as teach you some new techniques that you may not know.

In this article, you’ll find several simple but effective photo enchancing techniques on topics such as how to choose the best image format for web or how to create croplet for repeatedly image editing process.

You can never stop improving your web and graphic design skills, you can always find something new and handy as you’ll see in the following collection.

1. 10 Steps to Improving Your Photoshop Skills

Ten useful tips that will improve your Photoshop skills such as subscribing to galleries and forums and reading magazines.

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2. 9 Essential Principles for Good Web Design

Web design can be deceptively difficult as it involves achieving a design that is both usable and pleasing, delivers information and builds brand, and is technically sound and visually coherent.

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3. 6 Photoshop Tips and Tricks That You Probably Don’t Know About

Here are 6 Adobe Photoshop tips and tricks that you probably don’t know about (I bet you don’t know at least one).

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4. Hodgepodge of Photoshop Tricks

Chris Coyier offers very useful Photoshop tricks in this 36-minute long screencast.

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5. Photoshop Tips & Tricks – Variety Pack Volume 1

Here is a collection of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.

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6. How to choose the right image format?

Learn how to choose the right image file format (BMP, GIF, JPG and PNG) for different cases on the web.

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7. Removing Image Backgrounds in Photoshop: Magic Extractor Tool

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8. 15 Tutorials for Recreating Authentic Photo Effects

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9. Enhancing Photos with High Pass Filter

Tutorial using the Shadows/Highlight adjustments showing how you can easily simulate a sort of HDR style.

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10. The hidden power of Photoshop brush tool

Adobe Photoshop Brush tool is very powerful and this tutorial explains several useful features in it. To learn all features, you can simply open the Brush palette (Window menu – Brushes), change each setting and try the result when you draw a stroke.

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11. Photoshop CS4: Droplets

In video tutoria, you’ll learn how to create a Droplet in Photoshop and how it can help improve your workflow!

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12. Photoshop: Smart Filters

Learn how to use smart filters in this advanced video tutorial.

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13. “Background Eraser Tool” is the new Magic Wand

This tutorial explains how to use a very little known Photoshop tool call “Background Eraser Tool”. It’s a super useful tool for removing background colors while preserving the main picture that you want. It’s pretty simple so you can start using it immediately after the tutorial.

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14. 10 Photoshop Techniques You Can’t Work Without

Learn 10 advanced techniques you may not know about.

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15. Guide to Halftone Pattern

This tutorial will go through the different steps and settings to achieve a halftone pattern.

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16. Clone out distracting backgrounds in Photoshop (and Elements)

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17. How to Use Fit Image in Photoshop – Video Tutorial

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18. Top 10 Killer Photoshop Combo Moves

Master these killer Photoshop keyboard combos and you’ll find yourself with more time for the important things. These combos assume you’re using Photoshop CS3 on Windows platform with default keyboard shortcuts.

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19. 5 Techniques for Enhancing Contrast in Digital Photos

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20. How To Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography

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21. Warning: These 9 Photoshop Techniques May Result In Great Photos

Post-Processing (or photo editing) is what makes a good photo great. Cameras produce a good starting point, but post-processing is where the magic happens. Try out some of these creative post-processing tricks to boost your artistic style.

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Create a Slick Image Revealer in Flash Using ActionScript 3

Create a Slick Image Revealer in Flash Using ActionScript 3

Mar 28th in Effects by Michael Chen

In this tutorial, we’ll create an animated mask image revealer, which will involve movie clips, masks and ActionScript 3.


Author: Michael Chen

Michael Chen is a Flash Developer currently working in New Zealand. He has strong interests in Interactive Web Design and Animation.

Final Result Preview

Below is the final result we will be working towards.

Step 1 – Brief Overview

We’ll be creating the above effect, but without the “click replay” feature. Here is an overview of what we’ll do. There will be two layers. One will hold the actions and the other will contain the image. We’ll also create an animated Movie Clip which will be added to a mask at run-time. The purpose of the animated Movie Clip is to reveal the image bit by bit.

I’m assuming you already have a basic understanding of Flash and ActionScript 3. However, I’ll still try to keep each step as clear as possible.

Step 2

Create a new ActionScript 3 document. Set the Stage size to 600 x 420px and 24 FPS. I’ve chosen this size since the image I’ll be using will fit nicely within these dimensions.

Step 3

Rename the first layer to “image” and then import the image. I’ve imported an image of a beach and center aligned it to the stage.

Step 4

Now select the image and convert it to a Movie Clip symbol. I’ve named it “beach”, but it can really be anything. Make sure the registration point is at the top left corner.

Step 5

Give the new image Movie Clip an instance name of “imageToReveal_mc”. Lock that layer since we won’t change it anymore.

Note: I’ve ended the name with “_mc”. This is handy if you want automatic code hinting while in the Actions panel.

Step 6

Let’s do a bit of animation now. Create a new symbol and give it a name “circle animation”. Select “Movie Clip” as the type.

Step 7

You should now be within the “circle animation” timeline. First rename the layer to “animation” and then create a 80 x 80px circle on the stage. Center align it.

Step 8

Select the circle and convert it into a symbol (F8). Name it “circle” and select “Graphic” as the type. Make sure the registration point is “center”.

Step 9

Select the graphic circle and apply a simple motion tween. The duration will be 14 frames. Make sure the circle has a scale of 1% on frame 1 and 100% on frame 14. You can adjust the position/scale/rotation of the circle anyway you like between the frames. I’ve only scaled mine.

Step 10

Now create a new layer in the Movie Clip called “actions”. Insert a key frame at the very last frame (14). Open the Actions panel and add a stop action. This stops the animation from looping.

Step 11

Once that’s done, go to the Library Panel, right click “circle animation” and select “Properties…”. Make sure you’re in the “Advanced” view. Check “Export for ActionScript” – “Export in frame 1” should automatically be checked. For the class, enter “CircleAnimation” and leave the base class as “flash.display.MovieClip”.

Step 12 – Check point

Now go back to the main timeline and make sure that just the “image” layer is on the stage. The new “circle animation” you created shouldn’t be on the stage, it should only exist in the library.

Step 13

Create a new layer called “actions” and lock it. Select the first frame for that layer and go into the Actions panel.

Note: Normally I like to put my “actions” layer at the top so it’s easy to find.

Step 14

First, create a mask for the image. Then add it to the stage and assign the mask to the image Movie Clip.

Step 15

Now we’ll create 4 variables: xPos, yPos, spacingX, and spacingY. “xPos” and “yPos” will be used to position the new CircleAnimation instances. “spacingX” and “spacingY” is the spacing between each CircleAnimation instance along the x and y axis.

Step 16

Because we want to add CircleAnimation instances into the mask one by one, we’ll use a Timer to call a function repeatedly. The function “revealImage” will be called every 30 milliseconds. In order to start the Timer you also need to call the “start” method.

Note: I’d suggest you use the uncommented addEventListener since it can help with memory management if you ever forget to remove unused listeners. The fifth parameter (true) refers to “weak reference”, which by default is set to “false”. For more information about “weak reference”, have a look at this blog post.

Step 17

Let’s create the “revealImage” function now. Make sure it has a parameter of type “TimerEvent”.

Step 18

Now create a new CircleAnimation instance and position it based on the “xPos” and “yPos”. Then add it into the mask.

Step 19

Currently all the CircleAnimation instances stack up on top of each other since “xPos” and “yPos” are always the same. What we want is to have the instances appear left to right and top to bottom, so we need to make sure that we increment the “xPos” by “spaceX”. The same goes for “yPos” by “spaceY”, however “yPos” should only increment when “xPos” exceeds the maximum x boundary. When that happens, “xPos” also needs to reset back to the left.

Step 20

If you test your movie now, it should reveal the image like the final effect. There is one important thing that you may not have noticed; CircleAnimation instances are still being created even after the image is revealed. This is because the “createChildTimer” event listener is never removed. We need to check to see if “yPos” has exceeded the maximum y boundary and if so, remove the “createChildTimer” event listener.

Step 21 – Final code

By the way, “imageToReveal_mc.x + imageToReveal_mc.width + spacingX” and “imageToReveal_mc.y + imageToReveal_mc.height + spacingY” never change thus I’ve stored them into the variables “maxXPos” and “maxYPos”.

Your final code in the Actions panel should look something like this…

Step 22 – Optional row by row

By using a bit of recursion, we can change the effect so that it reveals the image row by row.

Step 23 – Optional column by column

Here is a column by column version. Most of the x and y variables/properties have swapped positions.


There are many other things you can change in order to get different revealing effects such as the shape used in the animation, transformations within the animation, Timer speed, etc.

Thanks for viewing this tutorial and I hope you enjoyed it.

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100 Exciting and Innovative Lectures for Every Kind of Entrepreneur

Successful entrepreneurs are a special breed of people with endless drive, passion, optimism, and determination. The following lectures address these folks with ideas on what entrepreneurship is, experience versus education, career advice, tips and skills, examples from personal entrepreneurial journeys, and advice for getting started. Browse through these video lectures, some only a few minutes long and others lasting an hour, to find information from professionals who share their experience and expertise.

Defining Entrepreneurship

Learn how these entrepreneurs define entrepreneurship with these videos.

  1. What is Entrepreneurship?. Jeff Hawkins discusses what an entrepreneur is and how to use being an entrepreneur as a tool for success instead of as a defining characteristic.
  2. Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Danny Shader describes the difference between those who are “product picker” entrepreneurs and those who are not.
  3. Who are Entrepreneurs?. Tim Draper describes his view of what entrepreneurs are.
  4. Mercenaries and Missionaries. Take a look at this definition of what entrepreneurs are and what they are not.
  5. What Kind of Person Are You?. Are you a private or public person? Examine your personality as it relates to what it means to be an entrepreneur.
  6. The Reality of Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship should be done out of love and passion, not a drive for money.
  7. What is an Entrepreneur?. Gordon Ringold shares his simple idea behind what an entrepreneur is.
  8. Qualities of an Entrepreneur. Elon Musk offers his description of an entrepreneur.

Experience and Education

The great debate over whether education or experience matters most for entrepreneurial success continues with these lectures.

  1. Experience is Overrated. Guy Kawasaki shares his unpopular view that the best entrepreneurs are young and inexperienced.
  2. Real World Learning. Trip Hawkins discusses his first venture as a teenager and describes how success comes from failure and real-world learning.
  3. To Get an MBA or Not?. Consider this position of not getting an MBA, but learning to manage through hands-on experience instead.
  4. Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?. Fern Mandelbaum gives her answer about what can and cannot be taught.
  5. Successful Entrepreneurs. Understand why compelling ideas are more important than the desire to be an entrepreneur and how education plays a role in this idea.
  6. Balancing Science and Business. Learn what Marc Fleury says about embracing more than one type of education to improve your success.
  7. The Global Future. Learn what John Doerr says are the important areas to study to ensure success in the global environment.
  8. Finding Your Strengths. Vic Verma discusses getting a technical education as well as what type of education may best serve you as an entrepreneur.
  9. To MBA or Not: Technical Degree or MBA?. Find out what Gajus Worthington says about this question based on his experience.
  10. The Value of Business School. Find out this entrepreneur’s opinion about the best part of business school and why it is important.
  11. Education: Importance of Peers. Understand why making friends and maintaining relationships during school is important for entrepreneurs.
  12. To Get an MBA, or Not?. Vinod Kholsa explains why an MBA is not the only way to get the necessary experience to be a successful entrepreneur.
  13. Importance of Experience. Find out what Jeff Hawkins says about why having experience is important.
  14. Starting a business during undergraduate study. Joe Liemandt explains why this time of life is an excellent time to start a business.

Career Advice

Many successful entrepreneurs started first in a more traditional career. Find out what career advice some of those entrepreneurs have to share.

  1. Career Advice: Five Takeaways. From taking risks to integrity, find out what John Roos says are the most important points for a successful career.
  2. Career Advice. Debra Dunn and Randy Komisar offer their advice for graduating students that includes following your passion, continuing to learn, and learning to overcome fear.
  3. Career Advice. Michael Goldberg describes how successful entrepreneurs follow their passion and never stop going forward and what areas he believes will be successful in the near future.
  4. Career Advice. Brook Byers advises entrepreneurs to work with a company that will provide them with the experience necessary for their solo success.
  5. Career Advice. John Doerr offers several specific pieces of information that he feels are invaluable to creating a successful career.
  6. Pyramids, Not Ladders. Learn how making a lateral career move can be as valuable as making an upward one as you gain more experience and knowledge before moving up.
  7. Creativity vs. Control. Learn what experts say about mapping out career decisions versus taking opportunities that come up along your career path.
  8. Growing with Hewlett Packard. Debra Dunn explains why she decided to get her MBA and work with HP as a stepping stone to her success.
  9. Lessons for Failure. Karen Richardson relates how her failures throughout her career have shaped her success.
  10. The Career Path to Becoming a Venture Capitalist or an Entrepreneur. Learn why you should start your career at a company in sales and why you should never go into investment banking at the beginning of your career.
  11. Career: Learning from Failure Early On. Failure and persistence are often important to success and are the keys to how this man succeeded.

Advice for Success

Take this advice from successful entrepreneurs who have gone before you.

  1. Stay Interested. Learn how you become an interesting person by being interested in what is going on around the world.
  2. Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Evan Williams suggests to start small and go bigger and explains why he believes this is the best way for entrepreneurs to get started.
  3. Following Your Gut. Geoff Davis instructs students to go for big dreams despite any lack of money.
  4. Persistence and the Notion of the Big Idea. Trip Hawkins advocates sticking to your beliefs and stepping away from what everyone else is doing to find your success.
  5. Adding Value to Companies. Bill Campbell describes how adding value to companies at every stage of their development is important.
  6. Following Your Goal. Passion, good judgment, and having fun are among the key elements discussed here to achieving your goal.
  7. Work/Life Balance. Roger McNamee discusses why entrepreneurs cannot ignore family along the way.
  8. Passion and the Customer. Vic Verma uses real-life examples of why it’s important to consider the customer when building your business.
  9. Overcoming the Fear. Randy Adams discusses preparing for the worst in order to deal with whatever may happen along the path to becoming an entrepreneur.
  10. Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur. Mitch Thrower discusses entrepreneurship and details what you can develop to make the most of your success.
  11. 10 Business Secrets. Mitch Thrower lectures at University of San Diego and shares his ten business secrets important for making it big.
  12. The Value of Broad-Based Leadership and Experience. Understand the importance of bringing together a leadership team with a broad set of experience and all of whom have a passion for what they are doing.
  13. Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs. Networking and learning from those within your network are the focus of this advice.
  14. Importance of Family In Building a Start-up. Find out what Frank Levinson says about keeping family among the top areas of focus when you begin your business.
  15. Tips for the Entrepreneur. Larry Page offers five tips including don’t settle, have experience, and it’s okay to solve hard problems.

Skills for Entrepreneurs

These videos offer many important skills for entrepreneurs.

  1. Skills of an Entrepreneur. Leadership and a dynamic management style are the keys to being a successful entrepreneur, according to Chong-Moon Lee.
  2. How Do You Find Your Passion and How do You Pursue It?. Entrepreneurs looking for direction should watch this lecture to learn how to focus their energies.
  3. Perseverance: Sticking to Your Beliefs. Entrepreneurship can be a struggle, but Guy Kawasaki explains how perseverance and passion will give you what you need to succeed.
  4. Challenges for an Entrepreneur. Learn the value of understanding yourself and recognizing faults as a key to success as an entrepreneur.
  5. Self-Awareness. Entrepreneurs must be able to look honestly at their strengths and weaknesses in order to succeed.
  6. Passion for Work. Learn how a passion for what you do translates to entrepreneurial success.
  7. Persistence Pays Off. Repeat long enough and you will be in the right place at the right time because of your Persistence
  8. Learning to Take Risks: A Personal Story. Larry Page relates his personal experience of learning to take risks in order to achieve success.
  9. How Do You Teach High-Tech Entrepreneurship?. Learn what education and abilities are best developed and how to develop them for entrepreneurial success.
  10. Choosing the Path that is Right for You. Jeff Raikes describes attributes that are important for career success–among them, passion and the ability to get things done.
  11. Creativity. Learn how you can find your creativity as an entrepreneur with this seminar lecture.
  12. What Special Factor Makes an Entrepreneur Successful?. Learn what qualities Fern Mandelbaum feels are important for entrepreneurs.
  13. 5 Critical Skills Entrepreneurs Need. Jerry Kaplan details the five skills he feels are important, including leadership, communication, and being a team player.
  14. Skills for Social Entrepreneurship. Learn what Debra Dunn says about collaboration between non-profit and for-profit to help address social issues and the skills each brings to this joint venture.

Learn How Others Succeeded

These lectures offer the real-life stories of successful entrepreneurs.

  1. The Founding of AgraQuest. Pam Marrone discusses how she turned her lifelong love of bugs and her upbringing in a green environment into her successful business.
  2. Strengths of Silicon Valley. Find out what John Roos says about how Silicon Valley was built upon diversity and being allowed to fail.
  3. Silicon Valley: Changing with the times. Roos discusses how Silicon Valley’s ability to keep up with the changing times has promoted its ongoing success.
  4. Silicon Valley: An Ecosystem. Successful entrepreneurs should tap into the ecosystem of knowing all the people involved and learning and growing from each other that has been a key element to the Silicon Valley’s success.
  5. Coming to Silicon Valley. Lee relates how he went from his family business in Korea to Silicon Valley and his eventual success in business.
  6. Savi Technology Creates the Internet of Things. Vic Verma details how he went from being a graduate student at Stanford to President and CEO of Savi Technology.
  7. The Early Career of a Serial Entrepreneur. Randy Adams discusses the beginnings of his career as an entrepreneur.
  8. The Career Path of a palmOne Executive. Ken Wirt details his career history that lead to his leadership at palmOne.
  9. Video of Cory Doctorow’s talk. This Cambridge Business Lecture video features this accomplished journalist who speaks on Digital Rights Management, copyright, piracy, and his experience in business.
  10. Matching Interest with Business Opportunities. Learn from this real-life example how matching opportunity with interest and ability is an important aspect to consider.
  11. From Start Up Coach to Venture Capitalist. The experience here is an important reminder to young entrepreneurs to always keep options open and stay in tune with what is going on around them.

Female Entrepreneurship

Find out how female entrepreneurs have succeeded in a typically male-dominated environment with these lectures.

  1. A Member of the CEO Minority. Understand what it’s like to be a woman CEO in a male-driven environment.
  2. A Girl Among Geeks. Karen Richards describes growing up among men and engineers and how that affected her role as a female entrepreneur.
  3. Women and Entrepreneurship Introduction. Linda Hill, a professor at Harvard Business School, discusses HBS’s the real-life business models it uses as case studies.
  4. Joline Godfrey: Social Worker to Entrepreneur. Learn how this woman went from non-profit to for-profit while keeping the business of educating young women at the forefront.
  5. Taran Swan: Business Development at Nickelodeon. Follow the success of this woman’s journey.
  6. Donna Lopiano: Women’s Sports Foundation. Ms. Lopiano describes the entrepreneurial journey of Billie Jean King as she founded several ventures important for women in sports.
  7. Enterprising Women Exhibition . Meet four successful business women and learn how they made it big in the world of business.
  8. Women and Economic Development. Study women entrepreneurs across time and in various countries with this video lecture series. There is also a close examination of the women in India who developed the Self-Employed Women’s Association.
  9. Founding of Teach for America: Entrepreneurs Envision What Others Say is Impossible. Kim Smith describes how she and her partner overcame adversity to create a successful non-profit.
  10. Examples of Social Entrepreneurs. Kavita Ramdas describes examples of successful female social entrepreneurs.

Getting Started

The following lectures offer helpful advice on getting started.

  1. The Role of Networking to Find the Best Resources. Learn how Komisar relies on his network for resources, and then how he gets to know the people to determine if he wants to commit.
  2. Starting out as a Sole Founder. Michael Goldberg discusses the disadvantages of starting out on your own as well as what it takes to make a shift from venture capitalist to entrepreneur.
  3. Establishing Credibility. Learn how establishing credibility can be difficult, especially as a non-profit working with foreign governments.
  4. Establishing Culture and Values Early On. Find out why, as an entrepreneur, it is important to establish the culture and values early.
  5. The Role of a Consultant vs. the Role of a Virtual CEO. Discover what Randy Komisar says about the differences and why these roles, and the differentiations, are important.
  6. Personal Connectivity Cycle. Judy Estrin discusses the importance of connectivity on an individual level and what it means to entrepreneurs.
  7. Data Sources. This lecture at Georgia State University describes where entrepreneurs can find important data when gathering information for their businesses.
  8. Testing New Ideas. Entrepreneurs can find ways to test their ideas prior to going out with them, and this lecture discusses how.
  9. Business Structures. Learn about the different types of corporate structures in America.
  10. Start Up Steps. Find out what important steps you can take to get your start-up business going.

Funding and Marketing

These lectures discuss funding and marketing your ventures.

  1. Investment Timing: Early, Late or In-between. Janice Roberts discusses investment timing for entrepreneurs from a venture capitalist’s perspective.
  2. Selling the Dream. Find out how Guy Kawasaki approaches marketing your idea by evangelizing what you have.
  3. Bootstrapping. Learn how to creatively raise money to get your business going.
  4. Angels, Banks, & VCs. Explore these three ways to raise money for your entrepreneurial venture.
  5. Finding Partners & Market Entry. Explore funny market blunders as an introduction to entering the marketplace and also discover how best to find a partner for your business.
  6. International Supply Chains. Learn how to get your product from you to the customer on a large scale basis.
  7. E-Marketing. Internet marketing and the entrepreneur are closely linked, so learn how best to take advantage of this opportunity.

Top 10 Tools for a Free Online Education

10. Teach yourself programming

Coding, whether on the web or on the desktop, is one of those skills you’ll almost never regret having. Coincidentally, the web is full of people willing to teach, and show off, programming skills. Whether you’re looking to knock out a modest Firefox extension or tackle your first programming language, there’s no requirement to run out and buy the thickest book you can find at Barnes & Noble. Google Code University, for instance, hosts a whole CSE program’s worth of straight-up coding lessons in its bowels. We’ve pointed out a lot of other programming resources found around the web, so you should be able to get started in almost any project. As for the random, unexpected, seemingly inscrutable bugs, well … welcome to the fold.

9. Get a Personal MBA

“MBA programs don’t have a monopoly on advanced business knowledge: you can teach yourself everything you need to know to succeed in life and at work.” The Personal MBA site occasionally updates its list of dozens of helpful business books, designed to teach both the nuts-and-bolts money stuff and the kind of thinking one needs to get ahead in sales, marketing, or wherever your interests lie. A business school can offer networking, mentoring, and other perks, but nobody can teach you enthusiasm and business savvy—except yourself.

8. Learn to actually use Ubuntu

Too often, newcomers to Ubuntu, the seriously popular Linux distribution, find that their questions about any problem great or small is answered with a curt “Search the forums,” or “Just Google it.” From experience, that’s like telling someone there’s maple sap somewhere in that forest, so here’s a nail and get moving. With a brand-new installation sitting on your computer, few resources are as straight-forward and comprehensive as the Ubuntu Guide, which is packed with common stuff like installing VLC and getting VLC playback, but spans across topics including Samba and remote printing configuration. Author Keir Thomas also offered Lifehacker readers a little preview of his Ubuntu Kung Fu in two excerpts that tweak one’s system into a faster, more efficient data flinger.

7. Get started on a new language

Nobody’s pretending you can talk like a local without some immersion experience. But there’s a lot of resources on the web for honing an already-sharpened second language, or at least picking up some of the vocab and nuances. Learn10 gives you 10 vocabulary builders delivered every day by email, through iGoogle, through an iPhone page, or most any other way you’d like. One Minute Languages podcasts its lessons and lets newcomers stream from the archives. And Mango Languages has about 100 lessons, shown to you in PowerPoint style with interstitial quizzes, to move you through any language without cracking a book. Not that books are bad, of course, but this is stuff you can crack out during a coffee break.

6. Trade your skills, find an instructor

As Ramit Sethi put it in our interview, many people don’t realize the value of the skills they do have, whether it’s something as simple as higher-level English or software lessons for those in need. A site like TeachMate capitalizes on the inherent disparities in our interests, letting someone willing to teach a bit of, for example, Russian language get cooking lessons in return. If a site like TeachMate doesn’t quite reach you, try Craigslist, which, especially in a recession, is brimming with people looking to trade skills instead of cash.

5. Academic Earth and YouTube EDU

We have to guess that having a giant, searchable database of free academic lectures was just too good an idea for two different web firms to pass up. Academic Earth has been described as a Hulu-like aggregator for lots of major universities’ content, and offers the slicker and more navigable front-end for them, as well as allowing embedding and sharing with no restrictions. YouTube EDU might have a broader reach, and the player and format might be a bit more familiar to most. Both sites offer both individual lectures and full course series, and are definitely worth checking out.

4. Teach yourself all kinds of photography

Sites like Photojojo and Digital Photography School are oft-linked resources around Lifehacker, and for good reason. They let the uber-technical shooters run wild in forums and discussion groups, but focus the majority of their front-page posts on things that beginning DSLR shooters and moderate consumer-cam photographers can grasp and mix into their daily camera work. Of course, we’ve compiled and sought out our own digital photography advice at Lifehacker, including photographer Scott Feldstein’s guide to mastering your DSLR camera (Part 1 and Part 2), and our compilation of David Pogue’s best photography tricks, plus ours. Then there’s the simple pleasures of posting on Flickr, seeking out Photo by Marcin Wichary.

3. Get an unofficial liberal arts major

Whole-mind learning doesn’t end the day you declare a major and start sending out resumes. A huge number of universities offer up some of their most unique and fascinating resources for free online, posting up databases, image galleries, and all kinds of stuff you wish you had time to dig through during your undergrad years. Learn everything you ever wanted to about Picasso at Texas A & M’s Picasso Project. Indulge your inner geo-geek with super hi-res images from Hirise at the University of Arizona. Tour the world’s spaces in 3D with The World Wide Panorama at UC Berkeley. Wendy Boswell discovered those resources and way more in her discovery of the .edu underground, and you can find a lot more down there, too.

2. Learn an instrument

If being dropped off at the music store/mall/piano teacher’s house wasn’t a memorable part of your childhood, you might dig the digital age’s equivalents a lot more. Guitar players, in particular, have a lot of places to turn for video, audio, and graphical teaching tools. Adam rounded a lot of them up in his guide to learning to play an instrument online. If you want to build a foundation for learning any instrument, though, Ricci Adams’ has Flash-based tutorials that offer a gentle tour through keys, time signatures, modalities, and the other ins and outs of notes and chords.

1. Learn from actual college courses online

A huge number of colleges, universities, and other degree-granting universities are going all open-source these days—giving away the actual guts of their courses, while retaining their revenue stream by awarding degrees only to those who pay. In this day and age, though, programming, marketing, design, and other self-taught skills are pretty valuable, however you came by them. Whether you’re looking to break into a field or just augment your skill set, dig into our guide to getting a free college education online, which we then updated a bit with Education Portal’s list of ten universities with the best free online courses. Just think about it—at home, with your coffee and comfortable chair, you’re far more awake than the average co-ed who totally should have hit the hay a bit earlier last night.



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How to Improve Search Engine Ranking

Showing up on search engines is one of the most critical ways to increase website traffic and expose your content, product or service to people who might be interested in what you have to offer. Most of the major search engines utilize an algorithm to determine where a website ranks. The search engines have set up specific criteria that a website must meet to get to the top of the list. The criteria are different for every engine, but all engines share several commonalities. It all boils down to the type and amount of content provided on a given website, the level of optimization done on the site, and the popularity of the website (link popularity/PageRank). Tailoring your website for improved search engine rankings is also known widely as search engine optimization, or SEO.


[1]. Research the keywords:Decide what search queries you want to show up for. Do some research on how many people are actually searching for your site. Many times it is best to consult a “natural search engine optimization” professional during this process. There are several tools available from Google, Overture, and third party software developers that can make the keyword research process easier.
[2]. Think outside of the box: Don’t just focus on your main keywords. The first thing to realize when targeting keywords is that it is not all about ranking for the most popular keyword. The most successful search engine marketing and optimization campaigns target the most relevant keywords. For example, if you are a realtor in a particular area, don’t just optimize your site for “real estate.” Optimize your site for dentist, florist, movie theaters, etc. You would be amazed how many unique visitors will come through to your site when “outside of the box” thinking occurs.
[3]. Focus on the end user: If you spend too much time trying to please the Search Engine Spiders, you may forget about the end user. Think about what your target market needs to accomplish their goals, and then put it on your site so that they can find it. The phrase “content is king” was born about 6 years ago, and it still holds true today. If you want to be relevant for specific keywords, than you need superior or at least highly competitive content. Write about 225-300 words of copy for each keyword and plant it on your site each day. Grow, grow, and grow. On average, one can target between 3-5 like keyword phrases per page. Make it as natural as possible and the Search Engines will reward you will a first page ranking.
[4]. Describe EVERYTHING: Make sure that all the pages of the site of have custom titles and descriptions. If your site is using the same tags for all the pages, you are not helping search engines figure out the subject or relevance of your individual pages. Regarding Meta Tags, there are 2 very important fields:
* Title Tag – arguably the most important SEO tag for any website. Google supports approx. 60 characters in the title, while Yahoo allows for up to 110 characters in the title. It is important to target the most critical keywords in the Title. Every page should have a unique Title.
* META Description Tag – also very important for every page on the site. Some engines do display the description defined, while others do not. All search engines do read the description tag, and do utilize the content found within in the ranking process. A good rule of thumb is to create descriptions that do not exceed 200-250 characters. The META keyword Tag is essentially useless in today’s SEO market, but is often times good to utilize as a placeholder for the keywords targeted.
[5].Maintain Consistency: Keep the structure, navigation and URL structure of your site simple enough for search engines to follow. Remember that search engines cannot parse your navigation if it’s using flash or javascript. So try to stay close to standard HTML when it comes to Navigation. URLs with dynamic parameters (?, &, SIDs) usually do not perform when it comes to search engine rankings
[6]. Create a site map: Create a site map that tells people where everything is on your site. You will get about a 1% click through rate to your site map. However, it will do wonders for those who know what site maps do, and the Search Engines will like it as well.
[7]. Build up your popularity: So now you have determined the right keywords on the right pages, you’ve created all of the necessary content; you’ve optimized all of the content to the best of your capabilities. Congratulations – you’re now in the top 80 percentile (from an optimization standpoint) of the websites listed for the keywords you’re trying to target. So how do you get a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd page listing? The answer is quite simple: You have to be the most popular, too. That’s right, it’s a popularity contest. In other words, how many other websites know you (link to you), and how popular are they? This is typically referred to as link popularity, or called PageRank by Google. The more sites that link to your site the better, and the more popular the site linking to you the more value you will receive for your link popularity. The best types of “link building” are directory registration, text link advertising, and press release distribution. Try to offer valuable information or tools so that other people are motivated to link to your site. Well linked sites (that don’t use spamming) do better in search engines.


* Search engine algorithms assess the relevance of your page to any particular keyword by the content on your pages. For instance if you are selling “widgety widgets” on your site and you do not mention “widgety widgets” on your page text, search engines have very little to work with. Also make sure that you are not spamming search engines by using the same keyword over and over.
* Although not as important as they used to be, reciprocal links do still matter with Google. Reciprocate with similar websites and include keywords near the links on your site.
* If you want to optimize well for your city, state etc., make sure to sprinkle geographic search terms throughout. Include it in text as well as set apart. Search engines do not know where you are unless you tell them.
* Bold and italics can make your keywords stand out more with the search engines.
* Interior links within your site will improve SEO; Sitemaps are a great way to generate internal links and make your website better too!
* Correct broken links, search engines do not like dead ends.
* If you have over 30 keywords that mean business to you, then you might want to hire a Professional Search Engine Copywriting firm or outsource it to freelancers.
* Anyone who can go to google and type in “keyword research” will find very many tools that mixed with common sense should suffice quite well.
* Now when digging deeper to understand the traffic patterns of certain keywords use Wordtracker’s GTrends Tool. You can get an idea on the amount of competition on Google compared to the amount of searches. Now these numbers are far from accurate, BUT if you can kind of step back and take a broader look at things, don’t worry so much about the numbers but compare the trends since it shows the past history. See if its steady traffic, traffic that is going extinct, or traffic just starting to peak. By using this tool, you can many times find some golden opportunities.
* It really comes down to just using common sense. Just sit down and think, “What would other people search to find this? What would I search for to find this?” Try phrases in your keyword research tool to get new ideas and find the higher trafficked most targeted phrases. DO NOT look at the numbers spat back out at you by these programs as accurate numbers, they rarely are. You can still use these tools to get ideas on new keywords, search patterns of users, and many other things, that mixed with the information of trends in that area, can really help you.


* If you are going to use freelancers, beware of duplicate content. Always make sure to check the content that you get by searching for the content on Google, Yahoo, and MSN.
* Never have hyperlinks like “click here”, hyperlinks should always be keywords, long hyperlinks with multiple keywords are even better.
* Don’t hide content.
* Don’t create duplicate websites.
* Remember that if you use black-hat SEO techniques, you run the risk of getting penalized by the search engines and having your web site permanently removed from their index.

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