Monday, 16 September 2013

Perspective Crop Tool

There is a new tool that was introduced in Photoshop CS6 and I am totally loving it.
It is the perspective crop tool

To get to it, hold on the the Crop tool to access the fly out menu and then select the "Perspective Crop tool

To use the tool, you have to select 4 corners or the area that you want to crop. But you do not need to draw a perfect right angled rectangle like what the traditional crop tool need you to do.

I find it very useful when we have taken a picture of a rectangular area with your camera phone. Usually the perspective will be wrong in such cases.
Examples would be like

  • Signboard on the wall
  • A piece of document
  • The projected image from a presentation

Monday, 26 August 2013

Arduino Yún

Arduino has announced that the long awaited Arduino Yún will finally be arriving soon!!
This arduino board features both wifi and Ethernet connectivity and can handle complex http request. It is priced at €52.00 which is more than twice the price of the uno. But the possibility is pretty endless here.

Watch the video introducing the Arduino Yún below

I am excited to find out what ideas people will have for this board.

You can read the full blog post here

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Photoshop Tip : Bird's Eye View

If you do photo retouching, very often you will zoom very closely into a particular part of the image. Similar to what you see above.

To move around the image, you can hold down the Space Bar and then drag the image around.
Holding down the Space Bar will temporary switch to the Pan Tool.
Upon releasing the Space Bar, Photoshop will revert back to the original tool that you were using.

This is a good way to move around the image and it is still the most common method used by Photoshop users today. However, there is a feature in Photoshop that will give you a temporary Bird's Eye View of the entire image.

To use this feature, Press and hold the [H] key on the keyboard and then click the mouse. Photoshop will zoom out and a rectangle will show you the area that you are currently zoomed into.

Move the rectangle where you want to zoom into and then release the mouse button. All this time, continue to hold down the [H] key on the keyboard.

Upon releasing the mouse button, Photoshop will zoom into the selected area.

Try it out and experience it for yourself!!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Evernote Tip : Scan to Evernote without a computer

This is a trick for people like me who stores alot of printed documents inside Evernote.

Everyday, we still get a lot of information in the form of printed documents coming to us that we need to keep. Examples would be receipts, warranty information, pricelist, user manuals etc ...

Naturally, Evernote would be the ideal place to store all these kinds of information. But how would you get these printed documents into Evernote?

Of course, the natural answer would be to scan it. 

Yes. But a lot of times, we get the document and our computer is not on. And we do not wish to go through the hassle of turning everything on.

The way that I do it is using the email that evernote gives you, together with a scanner that has a scan to email function.

If you look under [Account Info] inside Evernote, you will find an email address that evernote has given to you. Anything that you email to this address will instantly become a new note in your default notebook. There are desktop versions as well as larger copier size versions that have this functionality. Most of these scanners will allow you to choose between JPG or PDF format. So if the scanner has a document feeder, you can even scan a multiple pages in as a PDF document.

Just select [Scan to email], input your evernote email address and you will get the scanned document as a new note the next time you open Evernote.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Photoshop Tip : Copy vs Copy Merged

Most of us are unaware that there are 2 kinds of copy function inside photoshop.
There is copy and there is copy merged.

When we use the normal copy command (Ctrl-C / Cmd-C), only the active layer is copied across.

But when we use the copy merged command, we will copy a merged version of what is seen on the screen.
This can save alot of time especially you are bringing many images together.

Productivity Tip : Why I use Evernote

If there is one app that I cannot live without today, it would probably be Evernote. I have had so many friends whom have seen me use this app and they go "Wow .. that's a really good app! I gotta try it"  But the funny thing is that when I meet these friends sometime later and I ask them if they are using Evernote, the answer is usually "No .. I tried it but I am not sure how to use it.

I hope this blog entry will help to those who are unsure how to use Evernote.

The first point that I would like to make is that Evernote is not a mobile app only.

For me, the biggest advantage that Evernote gives to me is that it is a multi platform app and it synchronizes your data through the cloud. Evernote basically allows you to input information anywhere as well as more importantly retrieve your information anywhere.

Everyday weather at work or in our personal life, we constantly have new information coming to us. Information in the form of emails, information from websites, printed documents that arrive at our desk. Information like a price list, a name card,  receipts, bills, a user manual etc ...

These are information that we want to keep that we may need to use almost everyday. Or It could be information that you need that you know you may need some time later such as a warrenty card.

This is where Evernote comes in. Evernote allows you to constantly put information into your account. Evernote offers a variety of ways for you to input your information. On the desktop, you can just type stuff in. You can also drag files such as an image or a pdf into the note. On your mobile device such as your phone or tablet, you can use your camera to take a picture and save it straight into Evernote.
I will be posting more tips and tricks on Evernote in the future. Look out for it. 

 Meantime, you can try out Evernote at