timeforcake: Photoshop, e-mail tip & links
True physical perfection is achieved via Photoshop. Skin that glows. Skin without pores. Perfect curves. Zero wrinkles. It’s almost never reality. It’s just Photoshop. Watch this video showing models’ real faces before the Photoshop magic happens: http://tinyurl.com/4k6wp4t. And for a real hoot, spend a few minutes scrolling through the Photoshop Disasters website, which highlights mistakes made by (usually professional) graphic designers: http://www.psdisasters.com.
It’s not difficult to find articles on the Web in which authors strongly assert that the use of emoticons in business e-mails is a definite no-no. Yet according to Daniel Goleman, an expert in the field of emotional intelligence, e-mail carries a negative bias – at the neural level. This means that if an e-mail’s content is neutral, we generally perceive the tone as negative. Without facial expressions to read, audible clues to hear, or physical movements to see, humans struggle to determine the intended tones of the e-mails they receive. In fact, some research shows that e-mail messages are interpreted incorrectly roughly 50 percent of the time. This is exactly why some people suggest that a smart, sparing use of emoticons can prove beneficial.For an excellent, short article blog post that touches on emoticons’ benefits and provides additional suggestions for encouraging positive digital communication, visit: http://tinyurl.com/4ouhcr6.To learn about a tool that can help you prevent e-mail confusion and increase the likelihood that the tone you intend to apply to your e-mail is the tone your recipient will actually perceive, check out the ToneCheck website at http://www.tonecheck.com.
1. http://tinyurl.com/yya7j4l – Surely you’ve accidentally deleted files or photos in the past, clicking the “Yes” button when your computer (or camera) asked you, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?” Remember the stress you experienced when you realized there was no possible way to get your file back? A program called Recuva can save the day the next time this happens to you. (Do keep in mind that your chances of recovering lost files decrease the longer you wait before attempting to recover them.)2. http://tinyurl.com/5sqj95s – A quick first glimpse at Firefox 5’s new design and features.3. http://tinyurl.com/lbegf5 – Meet the Unsharp Mask. This post, written for those with at least a basic working knowledge of Photoshop, explains how to make your photos look crisper, create distinction along the image’s edges, and make a photo feel more in-focus through the use of Photoshop’s Unsharp Mask tool. 4. http://tinyurl.com/4l2w2bg – Have you ever forgotten what goes before the “www”? Is it… htp? Is it \? Is there a dot in there? If you’re familiar with Guns N’ Roses, this image could prevent you from ever forgetting again.5. http://tinyurl.com/68wa3uv – The best foods and strategies for eating at your computer. (Yes, I know you eat at your computer.)erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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