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I noticed that my blog showed up on lots of searches on wedding cards and how to make them in PhotoShop – I even blogged about it a while back, you can read it here. If you’re thinking of designing a wedding card, it’s very simple. Just get some images and backgrounds from Google Images, open them in PhotoShop and get started!

It is fun playing around PhotoShop to see what you can create, and believe me at times you will surprise yourself! However if you’re short on time and you need someone else to make your wedding cards, do get in touch with me and I’ll cook something up for you! In my earlier post, you’ll see a sample card I made. In this one, I’ll leave back a nice Ganesh on a beautiful background, ideal for the best Indian Wedding Card!


Do follow up with a comment if you want your wedding cards designed by me! I’ll be good on the cost! 😉  Also, I’ll be ready to help if you need any tips on how to get it done yourself!

Have a nice day!!

Some time back I wrote about how to drive traffic to your website/blog and how to promote it. Those tips worked for me, but I got a little greedy 😉 and wanted more and more traffic – which I’ve now got and I’ll tell you how!

Traffic Era is a great place to start. Signing up is free, and all you have to do is surf other webpages to get credits, which are then assigned to your webpages. So basically the more you surf, the more credits you get. Once you allocate some credits to your webpage, you’ve got the traffic you needed! Its that simple!

A good thing to do after joining the Traffic Era network is joining a team. Teams participate together in a race to get the most number of clocks – these are awarded to you whilst you’re surfing. The top teams get thousands of credits, which are then divided amongst the team members.

Give Traffic Era a shot and see how easy it is to get traffic to your website/blog. And the promotion part comes along with the traffic. Traffic Era has thousands of members and surfers so by adding your website to their network, you’re already creating awareness of your existence and automatically promoting your site!

This has definitely brought lots of traffic to my blogs, and I hope you’ll try it too – it’s entirely free and you’ve got nothing to lose! Give it a chance and watch the number of hits on your blog increase by a great amount!

Just click here to get started!

– Millie

The Extract command provides a sophisticated way to isolate a foreground object and erase its background on a layer. Even objects with wispy, intricate, or undefinable edges may be clipped from their backgrounds with a minimum of manual work.

Note: For simpler cases, you can instead use the background eraser tool.

To extract an object, you use tools in the Extract dialog box. First you draw a highlight that marks the edges of the object, ad define the object’s interior. Then you can preview the extraction and redo it or touch up the result as needed. When you extract the object, PhotoShop erases its background to transparency. Pixels on the edge of the object lose their color components derived from the background, so they can blend with a new background without producing a color halo.

To extract an object from its background:

1. In the Layers palette, select the layer containing the object you want to extract. If you select a background layer, it becomes a normal layer after the extraction. To avoid losing the original image information, duplicate the layer or make a snapshot of the original image state.

Note: If the layer contains a selection, the extraction erases the background only in the selected area.

2. Choose Filter > Extract. You use tools in the Extract dialog box to specify which part of the image to extract. You can resize the dialog box by dragging its lower right corner.

3. Specify options for tools in the dialog box (you can change these settings at any time):

For Brush Size, enter a value, or drag the slider to specify the width of the edge highlighter, eraser, cleanup, and edge touchup tools.

For Highlight, choose a preset color option, or choose Other to specify a custom color for the highlight.

For Fill, choose a preset color option, or choose Other to specify a custom color for the area covered by the fill tool.

If you are highlighting a well-defined edge, select Smart Highlighting. This option helps you keep the highlight on the edge, and applies a highlight that is just wide enough to cover the edge, regardless of the current brush size.

4. Adjust the view as needed:

To magnify an area, select the zoom tool  in the dialog box, and click in the preview image. To zoom out, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you click.

To view a different area, select the hand tool in the dialog box, and drag in the preview image.

5. Define the edge of the object you want to extract:

To draw a highlight that marks the edge, select the edge highlighter tool  in the dialog box, and drag so that the highlight slightly overlaps both the foreground object and its background. Use Smart Highlighting to trace sharper edges. Use a large brush to cover wispy, intricate edges where the foreground blends into the background, such as hair or trees.

If you use Smart Highlighting to mark an object edge that is near another edge, decrease the brush size if conflicting edges pull the highlight off the object edge. If the object edge has a uniform color on one side and high-contrast edges on the other side, keep the object edge within the brush area but center the brush on the uniform color.

If the object has a well-defined interior, make sure that the highlight forms a complete enclosure. You do not need to highlight areas where the object touches the image boundaries. If the object lacks a clear interior, highlight the entire object.

To base the highlight on a selection saved in an alpha channel, choose the alpha channel from the Channel menu. The alpha channel should be based on a selection of the edge boundary. If you modify a highlight based on a channel, the channel name in the menu changes to Custom.

To erase the highlight, select the eraser tool  in the dialog box, and drag over the highlight. To erase the entire highlight, press Alt+Backspace (Windows) or Option+Delete (Mac OS).


6. Define the foreground area:

If the object has a well-defined interior, select the fill tool  in the dialog box. Click inside the object to fill its interior. (Clicking a filled area with the fill tool removes the fill.)

If the object is especially intricate or lacks a clear interior, make sure that the highlight covers the entire object, and then select Force Foreground. Select the eyedropper tool  in the dialog box, and click inside the object to sample the foreground color, or click in the Color text box and use a color picker to select the foreground color. This technique works best with objects that contain tones of a single color.

7. Click OK to apply the extraction. On the layer, all pixels outside the extracted object are erased to transparency.

Note: For best results in cleaning up stray edges, use the cleanup and edge touchup tools in the Extract dialog box. You can also clean up after an extraction by using the background eraser and history brush tools in the toolbox.

PS: This tip works for PhotoShop 7.0

Has your Recycle Bin icon disappeared from your desktop? Or admit it, you deleted it, by mistake of course! lol…either that or your computer went coo coos!!! But don’t you worry – here’s what you can do to get it back!!

Right click on your desktop and click on ‘Properties’. From the dialog box, click on the ‘Desktop’ tab and then click on the ‘Customize Desktop’ button.

Somewhere in the middle of that box, you will see some of the common desktop icons. Click on the Recycle Bin (it looks like a trash can) and then hit the Restore Default button. Now click OK and then go take a look at your desktop. The Recycle Bin icon should be back!

Let me know if that didn’t work!! lol…have a nice day!!


1. Turn it off, Turn it back on. “Nine times out of ten, rebooting your computer will solve the problem” – Aaron Schildkraut.

2. Make sure you have current anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, and set it to update at least once a day and run a full-system scan at least once a week.

3. Nothing comes for free. Downloading free music, movies and games from file-sharing sites can open holes in your system for others to exploit. Play it safe and use established services like Rhapsody, iTunes and Netflix.

4. Public Wi-Fi is public. If you don’t have a compelling reason to check your e-mail or bank account while sipping a latte at the mall, don’t do it. While you’re on a public network, even one that’s encrypted, a nearby hacker can capture your passwords.

5. Give your baby a rest. Turning off your computer when it’s not in use saves energy and clears out the RAM, or temporary memory, which would otherwise slow down your machine over time.

6. If you want to see less of tech support guys, get a Mac!

7. If you don’t understand me, I’m not doing my job. Confusing tech jargon is a sign of insecurity, not intelligence.

– Source: The Reader’s Digest

The Internet is an amazing advance in the field of Information Technology. Now apart from it being used to share information, files, music, videos, knowledge, it is also being used as a trade tool, of which I’m sure many of you are familiar with. You can buy and sell things online and actually build a good customer base.

Many people are making money online. I will show you just how! There are many blogs out there that tell you to join affiliate programs or sell things on Amazon or Ebay. On one of my searches to learn how to make money online, I came across this e-book that has the accurate information on how to earn money only. It isn’t scam because it shows you how to work for it. We all know we can’t be rich overnight! We have to work to achieve our goals. This book shows us how to work on the Internet, be your own boss and get that extra little stash of dollars that we all look for every once in a while.

Here’s the link that will show you the right path!

It isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme – It will tell you what you need to do, how to set up your system and how to collect money from the Internet. I read the book and with a positive attitude, set up some websites that will allow me to make money. Amazingly, I saw good results just within weeks. I’ll now give you the opportunity to also do the same. Remember that you have to ‘work’ for it. You can’t just sit there and warm your chair and expect the money to come to you. You have to earn it. This book will show you how to earn it!

So go ahead and give it a shot…trust me, you won’t regret it. Just follow the steps in the book and run your own online business! I wish you all the best!!!

–  Millie

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