Create an Explosive Cover with Precise Photo Manipulation Techniques In this tutorial, we're going to make a creative illustration in a style meant for a video game cover or sci-fi book cover. We'll create this with mostly photo manipulation techniques. With some cool Photoshop options you can turn all the photos you chose, into one stunning looking explosive cover. It's amazing, how easy this can be done, all you need is just a good idea and some solid basics in Photoshop. Final Image Preview Let's take a look at the image we'll be creating. Step 1 Open this picture of a masked woman. Start repairing the photo by copying some part of the right side of the mask, and applying it to the missing part of the left side. Step 2 Now that you have still selected this little piece, lower its Opacity just a touch. Step 3 Now grab the Eraser Tool (E), set the Master Diameter to about 12px, and Hardness at 90%. Step 4 If someone has problems with repairing pictures, I recommend just to leave the picture the way it was originally. Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10
Open Source Data Mining Tools | Elastic Web Mining | Bixo Labs Below is a report on the open source data mining tools session at the ACM data mining unconference this past Sunday (01 Nov 2009). This only covers tools that the panelists had used, so it’s not a survey of the available tools. See Jeff Dalton’s blog post on Java Open Source NLP and Text Mining tools for an example of a more complete list of a closely related group of tools. Weka Paul O’Rorke talked about Weka, a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks. An attendee mentioned MOA. R Language David Smith talked about R. Attendee asked about comparing Matlab & R, with respect to viability in a production environment. Attendee said many people use R for prototyping and generating models, but production uses something else. Paul mentioned that R provides a very compact representation of data mining tasks. Nicolas Cebron talked about KNIME (pronounced “naim”), a modular data exploration platform. Attendee asked about long-term viability of KNIME. Mahout Hadoop Bixo
Behavioral Marketing | What is Behavioral Marketing? Explore the Strategy of Behavioral Marketing As you search through your favorite web pages, your eyes briefly drift to the side of a webpage. You suddenly notice the ads that have been sitting there all along -- ads that actually seem interesting to you for once. Also known as behavioral targeting, behavioral marketing profiles the prior behavior of online users in order to determine which ads those users will see next. Targeted advertisments are more likely to seem interesting to users, and take into account their individual preferences to display relevant content. What is behavioral marketing? As opposed to direct marketing, where advertisers send the same message to everyone—and expect a large portion of those people to reject the message—behavioral marketing takes online information and uses it to tailor the message to the user. Consider Facebook, where users share a variety of information every day -- not only about their likes and interests, but about their friends as well.
Glean Comparison Search: An Educational Research and Search Tool 100+ Awesome Open Courseware Links for Artists | ArtCareer.net Posted by Site Administrator in Learning Tools Nov 20th, 2008 By Kelsey Allen Whether you’re into art theory, studying ancient art or making art yourself, you can find a range of online courses and lectures that can help educate you on your field of interest. Check out these open courseware resources to learn more, get fresh perspectives and expand your artistic horizons. Introductory Courses Learn the basics from these courses geared towards the beginner. Introduction to Sculpture : This course will deal with issues central to modern sculpture like site, context, process, psychology and aesthetics as well as helping students to work with some more non-traditional materials. Images and Online Exhibits These museums and online exhibits are wonderful places to find free and public domain images for inspiration or scholarly art study . Smithsonian American Art Museum Online Exhibitions : The SAAM has a number of online exhibits that range from landscape painting to modern photography.
Web Data Harvesting: Web Scraping Software Web scraping software is an innovative tool that makes gathering lots of information relatively easy. The program has numerous implications for anyone who has the need to search for comparable information from various locations and put it into usable context. This method of finding extensive information in a short period of time is cost effective. Applications are used everyday for business, medicine, meteorology, government, and law enforcement. The software is user friendly and can be operated by anyone from non-tech data collectors to experienced Web designers. A user enters the software and begins by programming an “agent”, this is the tool that will retrieve any and all information. Web scraping software provides customer information, marketing information, and competitor information. There have been legal ramifications as some have complained about intrusion and copyright infringement. Screen Scraper
The 6 critical questions guaranteed to drive your social media strategy If you made ladders for a living and sold them to big chain stores, how much of your budget should you spend on social media marketing? Should you step it up? (Sorry, I can’t help myself sometimes). This was a real question posed to me by a reader last week and as I walked her through the six key questions that lead to social media strategy I thought this would be useful information to share with you. Undoubtedly, most companies should have a social media presence today. But let’s assume you’re like 95% of the businesses out there: You need to do it. When I’m working with new clients, the roadmap basically boils down to following the line behind six essential questions. Here we go … 1) Can you finish this sentence? This is the most difficult task in business. Are you the fastest, cheapest, highest, lowest, most convenient, most colorful, most … what? Are you unique because of your experience, your location, your service or your flavor? 2) Can our culture sustain a social media strategy?
About Futurity Futurity features the latest discoveries by scientists at top research universities in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. The nonprofit site, which launched in 2009, is supported solely by its university partners (listed below) in an effort to share research news directly with the public. Contacts firstname.lastname@example.org 615 Hylan Hall University of Rochester Rochester, NY 14627 Jenny Leonard, email@example.com (585) 275-6076 Katie George, assistant firstname.lastname@example.org (585) 276-4508 Liz Goodfellow, assistant email@example.com (585) 276-6186 Monique Patenaude, assistant firstname.lastname@example.org (585) 275-6725 Governing Board
The Visual Leap - About Visual Thinking >> Home • About Visual Thinking About Visual Thinking Visual thinking, also called visual learning, is a proven method of organizing ideas graphically - with concept maps, mind maps and webs. Scientifically based research demonstrates that visual learning techniques improve memory, organization, critical thinking and planning. Visual thinking is an intuitive and easy-to-learn strategy that works for many academic and professional projects. The more complex the task or idea, the more useful this approach can be. Visual Leap programs use visual thinking software as a learning tool, and this software accelerates the learning process. According to studies conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education, visual learning techniques improve: Test scores Writing Proficiency Long-term Retention Reading Comprehension Thinking and Learning Skills Visual thinking is intuitive. Visual thinking is easy to learn. Joseph D. 37% of people are visual-spatial learners.
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