Saturday, December 19, 2015

An Easy Way To Record Sound (Audacity)

The easiest way to record any kind of sound directly from your computer is by using some free audio software which you can download from internetAfter testing many different versions of a different audio softwares which are available online I come to the conclusion that the best program for simple audio recording and editing is AudacityThis interesting program also have and many other cool functions that I will describe more detailed in some another tutorial but for now you can follow the instructions which I made for simple sound recording :

IMPORTANT : Before start of this tutorial you should install Audacity software by downloading it from internet or on some different way. All important informations as well as software download link you can find on Audacity official website : http://audacityteam.org

Step 1 : Open Audacity and on the menu at the top of the program chose Edit > Preferences... When Preferences window is open, click on first Devices card and set your sound hardware (in my case it is Realtek) or microphone (depending on whether you want to record live audio from your computer or your vocal in case that you have some microphone connected with your PC). You can also choose whether your sound will be recorded in Stereo or Mono (my advice for you is to chose Stereo for basic recording). Usually Devices settings are good by default but it is always important to check which device is turned on for recording.

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Step 2 : Now when your sound hardware is chosen you are almost ready to start with sound recording but before that always check recording volume. In my case default recording volume of 0.5 was to high so I needed to set it lower on 0.3.

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Step 3 : For audio recording first start some song or sound on your PC (or in case that you have microphone and you already selected microphone device in Preferences, start talking for sound check) and then when you are ready press the Record button. You can simply brake recording with Stop button and then with Play button you can check your recorded shot.

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Step 4 : Finally to export recorded material on the menu at the top of the program chose File > Export Audio... Select the format in which you want your file to be exported (like .wav, .mp3, .ogg or any other which you prefer) and then when you are done with selection click on Save buttonNow your recorded audio file should be at the location where you save it. Simple isn't it?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

How To Resize Photo in Photoshop CS3

New digital cameras are really excellent and their images today usually can not be even compared with those ones from the past, however, when the number of pixels increases together with the quality, equally increase and size of an photography file. Sometime photo that you take is simply to large and often you wont to resize it so it can fit into your mailbox, USB drive or something else. If you have Photoshop CS3, CS4 or CS5 resizing of one photography should be very simple process and I going to show you how to do it in the next small tutorial (just follow the steps)...

IMPORTANT : Before start of this tutorial you should install some of the Adobe Photoshop versions by buying it in online store or in a some different way. All important informations you can find on Adobe official website : http://www.photoshop.com

Step 1 : Select image which you wont to resize. Made right mouse click and when menu appear select Open With > Adobe Photoshop CS3 (or other higher version). You can also always open your picture directly from Photoshop by clicking on File and then Open... menu.

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Step 2 : If your picture is open and appear on the screen now it is time to chose tool which will help you to resize photo at the size which you like. From menu on the top of the screen click on Image, then Image Size...

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Step 3 : When Image Size menu appear you can chose your settings for the size depending on that how large you wont to set your photo. Enter values for Width and Height of your photo (I always prefer to keep photo size in pixels since it is kind of universal for all countries but you can always change it in resize by Percents). At the end only thing you need to do is simply click on OK button and if you like results save your image by clicking on File and then Save... from the menu on the top.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

From Color to Black and White (Photoshop CS3)

If you consider yourself as a practical person who likes to get results with just one mouse click, then most likely you hate to bother with a big adjustments and complicated process when you wont to process any kind of multimedia content. Your personal multimedia or pictures with a minimal corrections in Photoshop CS3 can turn out very well and few days ago I wanted to try the one simple change in which I will convert the image to black and white in a minute. To achieve this it is necessary to do the following things :

IMPORTANT : Before start of this tutorial you should install some of the Adobe Photoshop versions by buying it in online store or in a some different way. All important informations you can find on Adobe official website : http://www.photoshop.com

Step 1 : Select Color image which you wont to convert into Black & White. Made right mouse click and when menu appear select Open With > Adobe Photoshop CS3 (or other higher version). You can also always open your picture directly from Photoshop by clicking on File and then Open... menu.

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Step 2 : If your picture is open and appear on the screen now it is time to chose tool which will help you to convert Color image into the Black and White. From the menu on the top of the screen click on Image, then Adjustments > Black & White...

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Step 3 : When Black & White menu appear you can chose your settings depending on that which level of darkness and details you wont to have on your picture. There is also an option to select some of the finished Presets with already fixed settings. At the end only thing you need to do is simply click on OK button and if you like results save your image by clicking on File and then Save... from the menu on the top.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Skype 7.3 Has Stopped Working (Problem in Windows 7)

All of us who frequently travel abroad know how Skype is necessary especially if we regularly talk with our families or business partners. What happened to me on Skype is that whatever I tried to turn it on program suddenly collapsed and message "Skype has stopped working" appears. I tried to reinstall Skype 7.3 but after some time this problem appeared again and it seems that there is no concrete solution for it but at least you can try to do something that will for a little longer period make possible to work with Skype without crash message. Follow the instructions below :

Step 1 : Turn off your Skype or if message "Skype has stopped working" do not allow you to turn it off then you need to kill process in Task Manager manually. Task Manager you can open using the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut combination on your keyboard. When Task Manager appear select Process card on the top, then find a Skype.exe process, select it and end it by the clicking on End Process button.

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Step 2 : Now when Skype do not working anymore you need to delete Skype folder which hold all informations about your profile, adds, options, text recordings and other things. To do that first you need to click on Windows Start Button and then in the search area you need to type %appdata%. Result of this search should consist of only Roaming folder. Click on Roaming folder to enter inside of it and follow next Step 3.

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Step 3 : Roaming folder should be open and you need to find Skype folder inside of it. Delete this Skype folder or just in case that something goes wrong you can also rename it into Skype2 or some other name and copy it to desktop so that you have your data on safe place. Now if folder Skype is moved or deleted from Roaming, start Skype again, write your username/password and everything should be working fine again without disturbing crash messages that stop Skype from opening.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Adding Audio Spectrum in After Effects

Adding Audio Spectrum in After Effects (CS4 Tutorail)

Couple of days ago I wonted to made new music video for my YouTube channel using the Adobe After Effects CS4 and because just classical image with some music in the background is not so interesting for the viewers I wonted to add an Audio Spectrum effect. After searching couple of good online tutorials I actually saw that making an Audio Spectrum is not so hard at all and now I wont to share my new knowledge with all of you about how to make it.

IMPORTANT : Before start of this tutorial you should install some of the Adobe After Effects versions by buying it (or try) in online store. All informations you can find on Adobe official website : www.adobe.com

Step 1 : Open Adobe After Effects (any version from CS3 up to CS6 will work for this tutorial) and on the menu at the top of the program chose Composition > New Composition... When Composition Settings is open, set the values which you wont and click on OK (for YouTube video I usually choosing HDTV 1080 but you can select something else)

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Step 2 : Now composition is fixed and it is time to put your music and picture files together before you add an Audio Spectrum effect. To add files from your PC make right click under the Composition layer (in my case it has a name Comp1) then select Import > File... and chose your music/photo files that you wont to add in video.

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Step 3 : For this tutorial like simple examples I will add just two files. Picture (.jpg) file will have name Random Picture, and music (.mp3) file will have name Random Music. I will drag and drop those two files on the timeline at the bottom of the screen and spread picture file to fit with music file if it is necessary (of course you will manage it by yourself how do you like).

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Step 4 : When you fit pictures and music on the timeline then you should add some special effects. To add Audio Spectrum effect, first select picture file on the timeline where you wont to add your new effect and then at the top of the program chose Effect > Generate > Audio Spectrum.
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Step 5 : Now Audio Spectrum settings are open and there is three important things that you should do in order to adjust it to work. First you need to connect your Audio Spectrum with some music file because otherwise it will not work. You can made connection by clicking on the Audio Layer option changing it from None to your layer music file (in my case that file is Random Music.mp3). Next thing is to set up your Start & End Points (which representing positions that Audio Spectrum will have at your videoStart & End Frequencies (it is up to you to dill with numbers because Frequencies depends on song), Frequencies Bands (larger number is usually better) etc... Last but very important thing is to check Composite on Original because than color around the Audio Spectrum will be transparent.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Change Winamp Color Themes (Modern Skin) + Themes Links

If we talk about music players, good old Winamp simply has no competition with others. We can talk about some basic functionalities and comparisons but Winamp was proven like the most simple and most used music player world wide. Because I using Winamp with its Modern Skin I like, from time to time to change Themes and experiment with a different colors. If you for some reason do not know how to change Themes in Winamp jet then you can check this simple tutorial that I made for you so you can see how to do that in two simple steps (also I put some links at the bottom where you can download more Winamp Modern Themes).

Step 1 : Open your Winamp Player (with Modern Skin turned on) and from the menu chose Options button. P.S. You can turn on your Winamp Modern Skin also with going on Options button, then selecting the first card Skins and after that clicking on Winamp Modern.

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Step 2 : When falling cards were open chose the Color Themes from the menu and then from the long list select theme that you wont to enable from now on and... Thats it! So simple isn't it?

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More FREE Winamp Themes and informations : 

Probably the best Winamp Color Themes Pack on the internet :

Good forum where you can read all about Winamp Themes :

If you wont that look of your Winamp 5 be complete different  :

I find out those useful web pages where you can download completely free Themes for your Winamp Modern Player and with them made your music environment more colorful. Hope that you like them and soon I will post something more about shortcuts that you can use in Winamp.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Remove a Scars From the Picture (Photoshop Method)

The last few days I trying to classify my old digital images and those which are poor quality I will try to fix again using the Photoshop CS3 software. Some of the pictures have bad lighting, some of them have too much light from the flash but main problem that I found is faces of the people with lot of scars, acnes and different colors on them since this photos date even back in my teeneger days (which can be funny but sometime it is just to annoying). To remove scars and clean faces in Photoshop CS3 (or any newer version) you need only couple of moments so follow the next instructions that I wrote for you :

IMPORTANT : Before start of this tutorial you should install some of the Adobe Photoshop versions by buying it in online store. All informations you can find on Adobe official website : http://www.photoshop.com

Step 1 : Select image which you wont to fix, made right mouse click and when menu appear select Open With > Adobe Photoshop CS3 (or other higher version). You can also always open your picture directly from Photoshop with click on File and then Open... menu.


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Step 2 : If your picture is open and appear on the screen now is time to chose tool which will help you to remove all scars and acnes. From the menu on the left side of screen (maybe your tools menu will be on some other place) select with a left mouse click "Spot Healing Brush Tool". On the top you should have Brush menu and it is up to you to set the right Brush diameter (as larger scars/acne are as larger diameter will be used).


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Step 3 : Now when "Spot Healing Brush Tool" is selected and diameter is set you should try to clean skin using the left mouse click part by part. Made a left click on every scar/acne at the image which you wont to remove (sometime will be necessary to click more times in the way of getting cleaner color). At the end you can simply save your image on File and then Save... from the menu.


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Conclusion : Sample image is now finish and above this text you can see final results of Brush Tool removing. Of course this is just example and you can remove and clean how much area you need.

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Scars and Acnes are not such visible anymore and face look almost complete cleaned. Brush Tool have and much more options but about them we will talk at some other time. Hope that you enjoy this tutorial!

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