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This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. 

 

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4 Word 2003 Tutorials from Kansas University

Here are four excellent, illustrated Word 2003 Tutorials from Kansas University. These tutorials will teach and show you how to perform many Word tasks and use several important features of Word 2003.


Word Everyday Tasks Tutorial
This Word tutorial demonstrates the fundamental tasks, such as creating a new document, formatting that document, using the toolbars, setting tabs, formatting, spell checking, and printing. (16 pages, 192kb, pdf format)

Contents of Word Everyday Tasks Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Definitions
Creating a Document
Toolbars
   Moving and Resizing the Toolbars
Rulers
The Status Bar
Task Pane
Page Setup
Selecting Text
   Select Nonconsecutive Items
Copying and Pasting
Drag and Drop Text
Correcting and Deleting
Undoing Mistakes
Formatting Documents
Setting Tabs
Indent Paragraphs
   Create a first-line indent
   Increase or decrease the left indent of a paragraph
   Change the right indent of a paragraph
   Set an indent by using the Tab key
   Create a hanging indent
Spelling and Grammar Checking
Saving Documents
Opening Documents
Easy Access to Documents You Use Often
Word Count Toolbar
Printing
Printing Envelopes
Viewing Multiple Pages in Word
Handy Shortcuts for Word Users
For More Information
   Online
Getting Additional Help


Word Document Enhancement Tutorial
This Word training tutorial shows ou how to use Word features to perform these tasks: creating and managing tables, inserting and editing images, inserting and using hyperlinks, and using editing tools to review and revise documents.  (16 pages, 252kb, pdf format)

Contents of Word Document Enhancement Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Definitions
Tables
   Creating a New Table
   Changing a Column Width Manually
   Adding Columns or Rows
   Deleting Columns or Rows
   Moving or Copying the Contents of a Column or Row
   Creating a Table from Existing Text
   Adding Borders and Shading
   Creating Table Headings
Inserting Images
   Inserting ClipArt
   Inserting Pictures from a File
   Clips Online
Inserting Symbols
Working with Page Breaks
Inserting Hyperlinks
   Creating a Link
   Using and Modifying Hyperlinks
Headers and Footers
   Different First Page Header/Footer
Toolbars
   Customizing Toolbars
Getting Additional Help


Word Tutorial for Creating Long Documents
This Word tutorial shows how to use Word's features for creating longer documents, such as dissertations, monographs, long reports, and full-length manuals. These features include footnotes and endnotes; section breaks; special page numbering; automatically generated tables of contents, tables of figures, and indices; and concordance files for use with indices.  (29 pages, 303kb, pdf format)

Contents of Word Tutorial for Creating Long Documents:
Introduction
Definitions
Before You Start: Planning Your Document
   Limits of Word
Setting Up Your Document
   Margins
   Styles
   Page Numbers
Using Section Breaks
   Viewing Section Breaks
   Deleting Section Breaks
Footnotes and Endnotes
   Using EndNote and Word
Cross-References
Generating a Table of Contents
   Updating a Table of Contents.
Generating a Table of Figures
   Labeling Images with Captions
   Building the Table of Figures
Building an Index.
   Manually Marking Index Entries
   Using Concordance Files and Automark.
   Generating the Index
Getting Additional Help


Word Mail Merge Tutorial
Here's a tutorial showing how Word's Mail Merge feature works, specifically, how to create a form letter and merge mailing lists to create individualized letters.  (12 pages, 117kb, pdf format)

Contents of Word Mail Merge Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Definitions
Mail Merge
Creating a Mail Merge using the Wizard
Stopping and Resuming Mail Merge Wizard
Creating and Printing Envelopes for a mass mailing using Mail Merge Wizard
Getting Additional Help

 



Two Word XP Tutorials
Here are two Word XP Tutorials from Kansas Univeristy, located on their Word Tutorial Handout page. The first is an introduction to Word tutorial, and the second is their intermediate Word training tutorial. Both of these are easy to follow with illustrated screen shots.


Word XP: Introduction

This introductory Word training tutorial will show you how to perform the fundamental tasks with using Word XP. These include: creating a new document, formatting a document, using the toolbars, setting tabs, page setup, selecting text, copying and pasting, undoing mistakes, formatting documents and text, spelling and grammar checking, and printing.
(449kb, 22 pages, pdf format)

Contents of Word XP Introduction Tutorial:
Introduction 
Objectives 
Definitions 
Creating a Document
Toolbars
   Moving and Resizing the Toolbars
Rulers
The Status Bar
Task Pane
Page Setup
Selecting Text
   Select Nonconsecutive Items
Copying and Pasting
Drag and Drop Text
Correcting and Deleting 
Undoing Mistakes
Formatting Documents
Headers and Footers
  Different First Page Header/Footer
Formatting text by using styles
  Applying a different style to text
  Modifying a style
  Creating a new style
Reveal and Adjust Text Formatting
Setting Tabs
Indent Paragraphs
  Create a first-line indent
  Increase or decrease the left indent of a paragraph
  Change the right indent of a paragraph
  Set an indent by using the Tab key
  Create a hanging indent
Spelling and Grammar Checking
Saving Documents
Opening Documents
Easy Access to Documents You Use Often
Word Count Toolbar
Printing
Printing Envelopes
Viewing Multiple Pages in Word
Handy Shortcuts for Word Users
For More Information
  Online
Getting Additional Help 


Word XP: Intermediate

This Intermediate Word training tutorial introduces the following Word topics and tasks: creating and managing tables, inserting and editing images, inserting and using hyperlinks, using editing tools to review and revise documents, and use the Mail Merge utility. (401kb, 23 pages, pdf format)

Contents of Intermediate Word XP Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Definitions 
Tables 
   Creating a New Table
   Changing a Column Width Manually
   Adding Columns or Rows
   Deleting Columns or Rows
   Moving or Copying the Contents of a Column or Row
   Creating a Table from Existing Text
   Adding Borders and Shading
   Creating Table Headings
Inserting Images
   Inserting ClipArt
   Inserting Pictures from a File
   Clips Online
   Formatting Images
Inserting Symbols
Working with Page Breaks
Inserting Hyperlinks
   Creating a Link
   Using and Modifying Hyperlinks
Mail Merge
   Creating a Mail Merge using the Wizard
   Stopping and Resuming Mail Merge Wizard
   Printing Envelopes Using Mail Merge Wizard
Reviewing Documents
Inserting Comments
   Modifying Comments
   Deleting Comments
   Deleting Multiple Comments
Tracking Changes
   Displaying Tracked Changes
   Reviewing Tracked Changes
   Changing the Look of Tracked Changes
     Changing the size or appearance of balloon text
     Changing the default style for comment text 
     Changing other display and layout options
   Merging Tracked Changes from Several Reviewers into one Document
Toolbars
   Customizing Toolbars 
Getting Additional Help

 



Word 2007 Slide Presentation

Getting used to using the new interface, the Ribbon, in Word 2007 takes some time. This Word 2007 Slide Presentation, from Kansas University, will help you learn more about the Ribbon and how you can create and edit Word documents quickly and easily. (28 slides, 1.23mb, pdf format)

 



5 Excel XP Training Guides and Tutorials

Here are 5 Excel XP Training Guides and Tutorials, courtesy of Durham University. These Excel learning documents are will written and will show you many important Excel features, including Charting, Formulas, Functions, Macros, and Data Management. These Excel tutorials are in pdf format. The sample files referred to in these Excel training documents are available here.


An Introduction to Microsoft Excel XP (476kb, 41 pages)
A hands-on beginner’s training tutorial for working with spreadsheets using Excel. Features covered include:  the Excel screen, Task panes, Cell references, entering and editing data into cells, ranges, column widths, formatting cells, working with sheets, borders, spell checking, entering and copying formulas, and creating and working with charts.

Creating Charts in Microsoft Excel XP (677kb, 51 pages)
This Excel tutorial teaches you the steps and knowledge for creating and working with charts in Excel.

Using Formulas and Functions in Microsoft Excel XP (508kb, 50 pages)
This training tutorial gives you step-by-step instructions for performing calculations in Excel XP.

Introduction to Using Macros in Microsoft Excel XP (757kb, 63 pages)
This training guide demonstrates how to use macros in Excel XP. You will learn how to record macros, and write simple macros in Visual Basic for Applications.

Lists and Data Management in Excel XP
 (420kb)
Learn how to work with and manage lists and data in Excel 200

 



4 Excel 2003 Tutorials from Kansas University

Here are 4 illustrated Excel 2003 Tutorials from Kansas University that demonstrate how use use many important features of Excel. These tutorials take you step-by-step through each task being taught using screen shots and easy-to-follow instructions. 


Excel Introduction Tutorial

This introductory Excel tutorial will get you going with using Excel to perform fundamental tasks, such as creating, saving, and opening new Excel workbooks and worksheets; selecting, copying, and moving data; constructing formulas; formatting worksheets; and setting up worksheets for printing. (22 pages, 424kb, pdf format)

After using this Excel tutorial, you will be able to:
 - Create, open, and save Excel workbooks
 - Select, copy, and move data
 - Create formulas using relative and absolute references
 - Format worksheets
 - Use Page Setup to set up worksheets for printing

Contents of Excel Introduction Tutorial:Introduction
Objectives
Definitions
Creating and Opening Excel Workbooks
Inside an Excel Worksheet
Creating Formulas
Editing & Deleting Formulas
Copying Formulas and Values
Changing the Workbook or Worksheet Appearance
Getting Additional Help


Excel Data Management Tutorial
This Excel 2003 tutorial describes you how to use Excel to work with lists, data forms, filtering, and subtotals features, along with managing windows and link to data and formulas. (18 pages, 267kb, pdf format)

After using this Excel tutorial, you should be able to:
 - Sort a data list
 - Filter a data list according to criteria
 - Extract data list information
 - Use the subtotal function
 - Adjust the spreadsheet windows

Contents of Excel Data Management Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Using Excel lists
   Creating a List 
Sorting
   To perform a Simple Sort
   To Sort by Multiple Columns
Data Forms
   Adding Data Using the Data Form
   Finding Records Using Criteria
Filtering Data
   AutoFilter
   Advanced Filters
   Special Features for Filtered Lists
Totals and Subtotals
   Total Row
   Subtotals 
Managing Windows
   Multiple Windows
   Splitting Windows
   Freezing Panes
Linking Data
Getting Additional Help


Excel Tutorial on Functions and Data Analysis Tools

This Excel 2003 tutorial will show you how to use Excel's functions and data analysis tools. Topics explained include functions such as Average and Sum, and data analysis tools such as pivot tables and conditional summations. (19 pages, 371kb, pdf format)

After reading and applying this Excel tutorial, you will be able to:
 - Define terms related to using functions
 - Create and edit a function
 - Identify add-in functions
 - Perform data analysis using Data Analysis Tools
 - Create a formula with the Conditional Sum wizard
 - Learn to troubleshoot a formula

Contents of Excel Tutorial on Functions and Data Analysis Tools:
Introduction
Objectives
Definitions
Inserting Functions
   Sample Functions
Add-In Commands and Functions
   Loading an Add-In
   Unloading an Add-In 
Data Analysis Tools 
   Histogram
   Conditional Sum
   Analyzing Data with the PivotTable
   Array Formulas
Getting Additional Help


Excel Charting Tutorial

Learn how to use Excel to create and edit charts, modify chart options, and format chart objects, as well as use trendlines, forecasts, and error bars to present data graphically. (17 pages, 361kb, pdf format)

You will be able to do the following after going through this Excel tutorial:
 - Create and edit charts
 - Modify chart options
 - Format chart objects
 - Apply trendlines and error bars

Contents of Excel Charting Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Definitions
Creating a Chart 
   Using the Chart Wizard
Modifying Charts
   Formatting Chart Objects
   Trendlines
Pie Charts
   Creating a Pie Chart
Printing Charts
   Printing an Embedded Chart on a Separate Page
Getting Additional Help

 



69 Page PowerPoint Tutorial

Here is an excellent 69-page PowerPoint Tutorial, named Using Microsoft Powerpoint 2003. Using step-by-step instructions and screen shots, it teaches you how to use Powerpoint 2003 to its fullest, using much of its functionality. It shows you how to perform the following important tasks: formatting bullets, creating master views, working with clip art and images, creating charts and graphs, working with the drawing tools, using the color palettes, and making transitions and animation effects. This PowerPoint training guide and tutorial is 1.75mb in size and is in pdf format. It is located in the University's ITS Guides page.

Contents of Using Microsoft Powerpoint 2003 Tutorial:

 - Introduction
 - Getting started with PowerPoint
 - The New Presentation Task Pane
 - AutoContent Wizard
 - Navigation
 - The Views
 - Design Templates
 - Creating a new Slide
 - Adding additional Slides
 - Text formatting: Bullets
 - Master Views
 - Clip Art
 - Inserting, scaling, moving and deleting objects
 - Images
 - Organization Charts
 - Diagrams
 - Charts and Graphs
 - Comments
 - Working with Drawing Tools
 - Layout
 - Using the Color Palettes
 - Multi-media elements
 - Slide Shows
 - Transitions, simple Text Animation Effects and Timings
 - Applying Animation Effects to text and objects
 - Customizing Slide Shows
 - Page / Slide Format
 - Printing
 - Saving Presentations
 - Creating a Slide Show File
 - Getting Help for PowerPoint

 



4 Outlook Quick Info Sheets

Durham University provides the following four Outlook Quick Info Sheets so you can learn, use, and be productive with Outlook's features without spending too much time with longer tutorials or guides. Each of these is 1 or 2 pages, three cover Outlook 2003 client, and one is for Outlook Web Access. These are available on the University' Quick Info Sheets page. These Outlook quick learning sheets are in pdf format.


Using Microsoft Outlook 2003 Mail (51kb, 2 pages)
 - Composing a New Message
 - Inserting an Attachment
 - Sending a Message
 - Using Rules
 - Adding a Signature
 - Using Mail Folders
 - Outlook Today
 - Using the Reading Pane
 - Printing Messages
 - Using the Out of Office Assistant
 - Viewing Images


Using Microsoft Outlook 2003 Calendar (104kb, 2 pages)
 - Creating a New Appointment
 - Inviting Attendees
 - Opening another Calendar
 - Sharing your Calendar
 - Handling Meeting Attendance Requests
 -  Moving or Deleting Appointments and Meetings
 - Good Practice


Sharing Mail Folders in Microsoft Outlook 2003 (40kb,1 page)
 - Sharing Outlook Mail Folders
 - Adding a secondary exchange account
 - Giving designate rights to other users


Using Microsoft Outlook Web Access (161kb, 2 pages)
 - Using Outlook Web Access (OWA)
 - Calendar
 - Contacts
 - Tasks
 - Email
 - Public Folders
 - Rules
 - Options

 



76 Page Access 2003 Tutorial

This Access 2003 Tutorial, titled An Introduction to Databases using Microsoft Access 2003, from Durham University, will teach you the fundamentals of creating and working with relational databases using Microsoft Access 2003. Access features and topics covered include: data tables, sorting records, using filters, defining and using queries, edit and replace, keys and indexes, linking tables, creating entry forms, creating reports, and converting databases from one Access version to another. (788kb, 76 pages, pdf format)


Contents of Access Tutorial:
1   Introduction
  1.1 About Microsoft Access
  1.2 What you should know already
  1.3 Giving commands
2   Database concepts
3   Starting up Access
4   A first look at the Access environment
  4.1 The Access screen
5   A first look at an Access database
  5.1 Obtaining a copy of the sample database
  5.2 Opening an existing database
  5.3 The Default Database Folder
  5.4 Looking at the data tables 
  5.5 Moving around in a table
  5.6 Sorting records
  5.7 Locating specific records
6   Using filters 
  6.1 Using Filter By Selection
  6.2 Using Filter By Form
  6.3 Using Filter For Input
  6.4 Sorting filtered records
  6.5 Advanced Filter/Sort
  6.6 Saving a filter
    6.6.1 Saving a filter as a query
    6.6.2 Saving a filter with a table, form or query
7   Defining and using queries
  7.1 Creating a simple query
  7.2 Running a query on selected fields
  7.3 Searching for particular records
  7.4 Searching for non-equalities
  7.5 Calculated fields
  7.6 Summary statistics
  7.7 Summary of operators available in queries
8   Properties of objects
  8.1 What are objects?
  8.2 Changing object properties
9   More advanced queries
  9.1 Searching multiple tables
  9.2 Sorting the recordset
  9.3 Saving queries
  9.4 Saving and printing a recordset
  9.5 Parameter queries
  9.6 Query wizards
10 Printing datasheets
11 Exiting Access
12 Creating tables, entering and editing data
  12.1 Defining fields
  12.2 Checking and modifying table structure
  12.3 Entering and editing data in a table
  12.4 Inserting and deleting records
    12.4.1 Inserting new records
    12.4.2 Deleting records
  12.5 Making global changes to data
    12.5.1 Using Edit | Replace
    12.5.2 Action queries
  12.6 Validity checks
  12.7 Keys and indexes
    12.7.1 What is a key?
    12.7.2 Defining a primary key
    12.7.3 Defining indexes
  12.8 Printing a table design
13 Linking tables and referential integrity 
  13.1 Creating a link between two tables
  13.2 Referential integrity
14 Creating data entry forms
  14.1 Using the AutoForm Wizard 
  14.2 Adding new records using the data entry form
  14.3 Editing records using the data entry form
  14.4 Deleting a record using the data entry form
  14.5 Simple modifications to the data entry form
  14.6 Further modifications
    14.6.1 Moving fields 
    14.6.2 Removing a field
    14.6.3 Adding fields
    14.6.4 Resizing the form
    14.6.5 Adding text to a form
    14.6.6 Adding special controls
  14.7 Saving a form 60
  14.8 Creating a form from multiple tables
15 Producing reports
  15.1 Producing a simple report
  15.2 Modifying reports
  15.3 Adding summary data to a report 
  15.4 Preparing a set of labels
16 Miscellaneous
  16.1 Exporting and Importing data and other database objects
  16.2 Compacting an Access database file
  16.3 Converting from Access 97 to Access 2000
  16.4 Converting from Access 2000 to Access 97
17 Further information 
  17.1 The Access online help
  17.2 Books, manuals and other documents
  17.3 Special interest grou



   


 

3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications


21 Page Flash Training Tutorial

Here is a 21-page Flash Training Tutorial, titled Creating Animation and Interactivity with Flash, from Durham Univeristy. By using this, you will learn how to create web-based animated and interactive content using Flash. Flash permits you to create compelling and attractive animations, along with interactivity without writing a lot of coding. This Flash training document covers creating and modifying objects, creating animation, adding action buttons to develop interactivity and publishing movies. (21 pages, 211kb,, pdf format)

Flash Training Tutorial Contents:
1.  Getting started
2.  Creating and Editing Objects
  2.1 Adding and modifying a shape
  2.2 Adding text 
3.  Symbols and Instances
  3.1 Converting existing objects to symbols
  3.2 Creating an object as a symbol
4.  Working with Images 
5.  Layers 
6.  Animating in Flash
  6.1 Using Layers in animation
  6.2 Tweened animation
  6.3 Frame by frame animation
  6.4 Applying effects to text
  6.5 Emphasising text
7.  Adding Buttons
  7.1 Assigning actions in the Timeline
  7.2 Assigning actions to buttons 
8.  Testing Flash Movies
9.  Publishing Flash Movies 
10. Further information

 



Flash MX 2004 Tutorial

Here is a Flash MX 2004 Tutorial that takes you step-by-step, with screen shots, through the process of learning and using Flash to create and publish animations. It teaches you these Flash topics: basic drawing tools and the drawing environment; animation control using the timeline; frame-by-frame, shape tween, and motion tween animations; simple animation control using ActionScript; importing graphics into Flash; and publishing Flash animations in various formats. (319kb, 27 pages, pdf format)


Flash Tutorial Contents:
 - Introduction
 - Definitions
 - Using Flash
 - Basic Tools
 - Vector Graphics
 - Stage Elements and Properties
 - Layers
 - The Timeline
 - Frame-by-Frame Animation
 - Motion Tween Animation with Symbols
 - Editing Symbols
 - Motion Guide Animation
 - Frame Adjustments
 - Shape Tween Animation
 - Breaking Apart Symbols
 - More on Tweening
 - Importing Graphics into Flash
 - Introduction to ActionScript
 - Frame Actions: stop()
 - Button Actions: Event Handlers
 - Publishing Flash Files to the Internet
 - For More Information
 - Getting Additional Help

 



2 Photoshop CS2 Tutorials

Here are 2 Photoshop CS2 Tutorials from Kansas University that will show you how to use Photoshop to perform many image editing and manipulation tasks. Using Photoshop, you can customize graphics, edit photographs and create images for both print and the web. The first tutorial is an Introduction to Photoshop and the second is an Intermediate Photoshop Tutorial.


Photoshop CS2 Introduction Tutorial

This tutorial covers the fundamental features of Photoshop, including common tools and palettes as well as basic image manipulation. (609kb, 18 pages, pdf format)

Contents of Photoshop Introduction Tutorial:
 - Introduction
 - Objectives
 - Prerequisites
 - The Photoshop Environment
    - Photoshop Toolbox
    - Overview of the tools
 - Using the tool options bar
    - To display the tool options bar
    - To return a tool or all tools to the default settings
 - Using palettes
    - Displaying palettes
 - Correcting mistakes
    - To undo the last operation
 -    To redo the last operation
 -    To revert to the last saved version
 - The History Palette
 -    To delete one or more states of the image
 -    Using context menus
 - The Color palette
 -    To display the Color palette
 - Working with Layers
 -    The Layers palette
 - Related Training Available from Instructional Services
 - Exercise: To create our little penguin


Intermeditate Photoshop CS2 Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to perform advanced selection techniques (masks), raster vs. vector drawing, placing type in images, and filters. It also shows you some useful Photoshop tips, tricks and features. (424kb, 14 pages, pdf format)

Contents of Intermediate Photoshop Tutorial:
  - Introduction
  - Objectives
  - Prerequisites
  -    Color Correction
  - Color correction tools
  - Painting versus Drawing
  -    Bitmap versus Vector Graphics
  -    Shapes
  -    Paths
  - Masks
  -    Quick Mask Mode
  -    Alpha Channels
  - Filters
  - Creating gradient filled type with the Type Mask tool
  - Vignette
  - Picture Package
  - For More Information
  - Getting Additional Help

 



39 Photoshop Tutorials and Tips

AbTuts.com offers the following free 39 Photoshop Tutorials and Tips. These will help you learn many of Photoshop's tools and features to create various image effects, manipulations, and edits that you can use on web sites and documents.


Twisted Background
In this Photoshop tutorial, find out how to create twisted background on a simple way.

Love preloader
Learn how to make a love preloader for your site in flash 8 using ActionScript.

Sign post menu
This detailed Photoshop tutorial explains how to create sign post menu in flash 8.

Rounded content box
How to created a content box for a web site. 

Modern red button
This Photoshop tutorial teaches you how to create modern submit button for your contact form or something else.

Modern content box
This Photoshop tutorial demonstrates how to create Modern content box.

Window light effect
This Photoshop demonstrates how to apply light effect on a photograph, with the light coming through the window.

Green orb
This Photoshop tutorial describes how to create green orb, which fits excellently in your menu or header.

Simple horizontal menu
Tutorial explains how to create simple horizontal menu.

Restaurant header
This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to create restaurant header.

Artificial smooth skin
This Photoshop tutorial describes how to create and apply smooth face effect on any face. You can see this effect on some models,in many magazines,on cd cover...

Navigation box
Learn how to create Navigation box.

Blue Portfolio layout
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will find out how to create Blue Portfolio layout.

Clean Green Content box
This Photoshop tutorial teaches how to create a Clean Green Content box.

Modern Button
This Photoshop tutorial demonstrates how to learn how to create button, which you can use it on web in html forms, or in forums.

Denim
This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to design denim.

Sonic effect
Learn how to create a Sonic effect.

Tabbed Horizontal Menu
Shows how to create a Tabbed Horizontal Menu.

Portal content box
Find out how to create a content box which fits perfectly in portal layout with two or three columns.

Realistic Fog
This Photoshop tutorial explains step-by-step how to create Realistic fog, and how to apply it on any picture.

Bad teeth
This Photoshop tutorial describes how to disfigure the teeth on some photos of your friends, etc.

Twirly background
In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create a Twirly background which fits excellently on posters and placards.

Face manipulation
This tutorial shows you how to put any picture on face and adjust it to contour of face.

Army girl
From this Photoshop tutorial, learn how to convert usual girl in Army girl using duotone.

Full head regeneration  
This Photoshop tutorial teaches you how to make a full head regeneration, including: hear, lip, skin and eyse.

Dark and Light effect
In this Photoshop tutorial, discover how to transform any picture into a dark and light picture using some special photoshop effects.

Ragged sheet
This Photoshop tutorial describes how to create ragged sheet effect on a simple way in few steps.

Correct answer
This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to create a checkbox.

3 in 1  
Use this Photoshop tutorial to find out how to connect three different cities in one.

Shine clock effect
This Photoshop tutorial describes how to create shine clock effect, using Brush Tool.

Newspaper raster
This Photoshop tutorial demonstrates how to create a raster line, and how to apply it on some picture.

Business poster
This Photoshop tutorial teaches you how to create business poster.

Glass Letter  
In this Photoshop tutorial you'll learn how to create Glass Letter, using Layer Style.

Autumn droop
In this Photoshop tutorial you will find out how to create autumn droop.

Room assortment
Use this Photoshop tutorial to learn how to change a picture on wall and set the picture on tv, on a simple way.

Uncoloring part of coloured picture
This Photoshop tutorial teaches you how to uncoloring part of coloured picture using Brus Tool.

Wall Type
Using this Photoshop tutorial, your will find out how to engrave some type in the Wall.

3D Type
Learn how to create 3D Type using Free Transform Tool, to use in your web site or publication.

Realistic human shadow
This Photoshop tutorial explains how to create a realistic human shadow using photoshop tricks.

 



Web Graphics ImageReady Tutorial

Here is a Web Graphics ImageReady Tutorial that will show you how to optimize your images for the web, along with a slide presentation that informs you about the image creation and editing process. Both of these are from Kansas University.


ImageReady Web Graphics Tutorial

This ImageReady tutorial shows you how to do tasks associated with creating, formatting, and manipulating web-based images. It demonstrates using ImageReady to do tasks such as optimizing, slicing, creating rollovers, and GIF animation. (407kb, 14 pages, pdf format)

After completing this Photoshop tutorial, will be able to do the following:
 - Optimize your image file type and file size.
 - Use slicing tools to decrease image/Web page load times.
 - Create interactive navigation buttons using image rollovers.
 - Animate GIF images to use on a Web page.

Contents of ImageReady Web Graphics Tutorial:
Introduction
Objectives
Prerequisites
Web Graphic File Types
   GIF Image File Format
   JPEG Image File Format
   PNG Image File Format
   Optimizing Web Graphics
Using Graphical Slices
   Viewing Slices
   Image Rollovers
   Preview in Browser
Web Animations
   To Insert a Second Frame
   Tween Frames
Getting Additional Help


Graphics Foundation

To create the best possible images you need to make informed choices about various image properties. This slide presentation will help you understand the image production process, from acquisition/creation, through manipulation and editing, saving, and deployment. It covers digital image terminology, such as resolution, color depth, and file formats. (1.9mb, 31 pages, pdf format)

 



Dreamweaver CS3 Classroom in a Book

Collectionofbooks.blogspot.com offers a freely available download link for the Dreamweaver ebook, Dreamweaver CS3 Classroom in a Book. To download this ebook, click on the link "Mirror: Download from Depositfiles.com", then on the depositfiles page, click on the red download button, wait 60 seconds, then enter the 4 character code and click on the red "Download the file" button.

This Dreamweaver ebook will show you how to perform many important tasks and features using Dreamweaver, including the following: how to customize a Dreamweaver workspace, apply cascading style sheets, enter headline and body text, insert graphics and rollovers, add links to a page, add interactive elements, add new code or code snippets, and publish your website to the Web. The ebook is 320 pages in length, in CHM format, and 38.94mb in size.


   



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites



CSS Programming Wikibook

CSS is a way to describe the "style" of a web page, namely, the colors, fonts, layout, and other presentation aspects of the document. A single CSS file can describe a common "style" to be applied to many HTML, XHTML, and XML documents (which describe the content and structure of the elements of each document). Typically a particular element in an HTML page has a "cascade" of CSS style rules that can be applied to it. The highest priority style rule is applied to each element. CSS is a very powerful tool that gives a web designer great power over their site if used properly. For example, if you are writing a large website, you can have a consistent display presentation for every title, sub-title, paragraph, text, etc. Here is an excellent, free textbook that will show you how to use and program with CSS, the CSS Programming Wikibook.


CSS Programming Wikibook, an open-content textbook.

   1 Introduction
      1.1 What is CSS?
      
   2 Basic CSS
   3 Advanced CSS
   4 Troubleshooting
   5 Index
   6 Hacks & Filters
   7 Links


Basic CSS Wikibook section:

  1. Applying CSS to HTML - Each method has its place however the linked method is the most important and the one this wikibook will reference.
    1. Linked CSS Method (using an external CSS file to link to multiple pages on a web site)
    2. Embedded CSS Method (linked CSS is preferred in most cases)
    3. Inline CSS Method (linked CSS is preferred in most cases)

  2. Applying CSS to XML

  3. CSS Construction
    1. CSS Syntax
    2. Defining Style Rules
    3. CSS Lengths and Units
    4. CSS Selectors
    5. CSS Inheritance Rules
    6. The !important Keyword

  4. CSS Presentation
    1. Color
    2. Fonts and other text properties
    3. Hyperlink Behavior
    4. Lists
    5. Setting the size and shape of elements with the "Box Model"
    6. Background
    7. CSS Shorthand Properties

  5. CSS Layout
    1. Positioning Elements (includes floating elements)
    2. Tables
    3. Floating elements
    4. Media Types

 



HTML Programming Wikibook

HTML is the markup language that is used for creating web pages. HTML pages are text files stored on computers connected to the Internet. These files contain markup, which are browser instructions for displaying, or rendering, the text, images, tables, links, etc. on the web page. Here is the HTML Programming Wikibook, a free open-content textbook that teaches and shows you how to use and code HTML on your web pages.


The HTML Programming Wikibook
:

Basic HTML

The html, head and body elements denote the general outline of every HTML document. We will now examine the HTML elements in more detail.

Advanced HTML Techniques that shouldn't be used:
Appendices

 



Accessible Web Design Guide

What is Web Accessibility? A web page is accessible if all users are able to access the document and read the content. Users should be able to access it without needing to change their browser, or adjust the browser settings. A well-designed site will work in any browser with any reasonable settings. Many accessibility improvements also make it easier for everyone to use the site. For example, improving the navigation structure of a web site helps everyone, but also especially helps people with poor memory. There are also pure usability problems such as broken links, which affect everyone equally.

Here is an Accessible Web Design Guide, from Durham University, that will help you design and make your web sites accessible to all users, regardless of disability or choice of browser. This Guide explains the benefits of accessible design, and techniques for writing accessible websites. (22 pages, 174kb, pdf)


Contents of Accessible Web Design Guide:
1   About accessibility
  1.1 What is accessibility?
  1.2 What is usability?
  1.3 Legal Requirements
  1.4 Browser compatibility
  1.5 Search Engines
  1.6 University Policy
  1.7 The Web Accessibility Initiative
  1.8 Other terms used in this Guide
2   Finding Accessibility Problems
  2.1 Examples of inaccessible pages
  2.2 Tools for finding accessibility problems
  2.3 Identifying accessibility problems
3   Fixing accessibility problems
  3.1 Accessible text
  3.2 Accessible Graphics
  3.3 Accessible Tables  10
  3.4 Accessible use of color
  3.5 Scripts, Java applets, Flash and similar technologies
  3.6 Frames
4   Other accessibility issues
  4.1 Structural Markup
  4.2 Validation
  4.3 Navigation
  4.4 Other areas to consider 
5   Useful tools
  5.1 Browsers
  5.2 Validators
  5.3 Accessibility Checking Tools
  5.4 Other tools
6   Summary

 

 





5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites



Windows XP Training Guides from Purdue Univeristy



Windows XP Basics: a Self-Study Guide

Windows XP: Backing Up Files

Windows XP: File Management Self-Study Guide

Windows XP: File Sharing & Securing

Windows XP: Permissions

 



More Free Training From Purdue


Troubleshooting for Viruses

Troubleshooting: Workstation Security

Scan, Spam & Spyware     

Web Browser Management - Tips & Techniques -

Basic Internet Searching


Super Internet Searching

Google This!

 



Introduction to Personal Computing with Windows XP

This document explains the basics of the Microsoft Windows operating system. It is intended for users who are either new to personal computing, or are new to the Windows environment.

After using this Windows tutorial, will be able to:
 - Identify desktop objects.
 - Select programs with the Start Menu.
 - Create shortcuts for programs, files, and folders.
 - Identify the parts and types of a window.
 - Understand the difference between memory and storage.
 - Perform “housekeeping” procedures to find, copy, move, and delete files, folders, and programs.
 - Use the Search and Help features.
 - Shut down Windows properly. 

 

 




6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning

The following programs are totally Free, no popups, no adware, no spyware, and no shareware.



Quick Media Converter

Quick Media Converter enables you to convert between most audio and video formats, including AVI, DVD, Quicktime, Flash, Xvid, DivX, MPEG, MP3, WMA, MP4, 3GP and many others. You can convert multiple files (of different formats) in a single process and optionally customize the output settings in Expert Mode. In addition to media conversion, the program also includes CamStudio, which allows you to record desktop acxtivity to video, as well as a WebCam capture feature that enables you to record video directly from your webcam device. Quick Media Converter uses open source code from softwares such as FFmpeg and FFplayer.

 



Free YouTube to iPod and PSP Converter

Free YouTube to iPod and PSP Converter enables you to convert .FLV files to .MP4 files that can be played on your iPod, Sony PSP or mobile phone. The program can extract the video directly from a YouTube URL or load a .flv file from a local folder. You can choose from several video quality presets and you also extract the audio track from the video and save it as MP3 file.

 



Free Video to Flash Converter

Free Video to Flash Converter enables you to convert video files to flash video format (SWF and FLV) so that you can publish them on the web. You can convert the entire video, or selected a particular scene from the clip.

 



Simple File Joiner

Simple File Joiner is a simple tool allowing you to join together multiple text files, word processing documents, or MPEG movies into one. It can optionally insert a divider between the merged parts.

 



MediaMonkey

MediaMonkey is a multi-featured music manager that includes many useful tools. It acts as a Music Manager, Scanner, Player, Encoder, Decoder, Converter, Grabber, Tagger, Renamer, Playlister, Locator, Cacher and more. It includes powerful scanning features of all music files, as well as a built in player and Encoder/Decoder. In addition, it can also convert among various types of files and extract (rip) data from audio CDs.

 



The GodFather

The GodFather is an intelligent MP3 renamer and organizer, that helps you get rid of all those strange MP3 file names and convert them into a consistent name scheme, based on the artist, song, album information etc. contained in the MP3 tag. It will scan your MP3 folders and automatically suggest candidates for new names, showing you the old and suggested name in the result window. Additional features include create/merge play lists, encode-decode with LAME, export to file, play, freedb.org support and more. Well designed interface. Also supports ogg, mpc, ape, flac, aac, apl, wv, mp4 and ofr formats.


 

 




7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.


February 2008 Question of the Month: 

What are some of the freely available alternates to popular proprietary software, such as Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc.?


Answer:

Freeware-Software.org offers links to what they judge to be the best free software and games for Windows. You can download many free software applications from this site.

Also, take a look at this blog post, titled, The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy — and Their Open Source Alternatives. On this page you'll find descriptions and links to many free software applications in the following categories.
I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
Site Editor
EducationOnlineForComputers.com





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