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Art & Design
In our November Issue Vol. 3
5 Hey Pete! On this issue “Re creating
how I did the dream picture
11 Digital art by Rodrigo Esperanza
14 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free
15 Secret Scroll Tip
16 What it a PNG File by Lifewire
22 5 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe from
Hackers by RD Cassandra Lombardi
25 USO with web site link
26 Sending Invitations via cell phones?
By Nomar Shaw
28 GPS’ing to Grandma’s House for
Thanksgiving! By Peter Nadal
30 Computer Magazine From The Past!
31 Come a Long Way Baby!
32 Thanksgiving from all of us
Outside Sources On This Month issue
Reader Digest -Cassandra Lombardi
The image in my mind!
artwork and fonts by Peter Nadal
Original Computer-Ease logo ©
The leaves have turned all shades of colors, we had our 1 st snow and Thanksgiving
is just around the corner. Halloween edition, for those of you who did not see it,
was based on horror and it was a gas! Told the staff to let it rip and some
questionable claims it the stories to be true came up, mmmm! This edition is about
digital art and because of our digital world it makes it real easy for anyone to try
their hand in creating the picture of their dreams. My dream picture is the front
cover that I created from a dream I had the night before I created it, just think on
what you can do! Hey Pete I recreated the front cover again piece by piece to show
you, my reader, on how it‟s done. Don‟t worry if you guff up, try, try again and you
will get it. You will notice on the articles on the upper right two hands punching
through the paper with 2 thumbs up, this is to let you what we think about the
article we come by.
As a vet I do give thanks for their service, I do it especially when I go to the VA
Clinic. If you know a vet in your neighborhood, invite him or her over for
Thanksgiving and let‟s celebrate Thanksgiving the American Way by watching and
caring for those who served and keeps freedom ringing and don‟t forget our boys
and girls in blue!
Now for those who have loved ones in the service and want to share Thanksgiving
with them, here is a novel approach: Pack a box with all the trimmings and send it
out including a letter with some instructions; “When you get this Thanksgiving in a
box call me via video phone when you are ready and will have Thanksgiving
together!” for iPhone use Facetime.
From all of us of CE Magazine we thank you for
your service! May the Lord watch over you Amen!
How do you do that!
Face it, all of us one time or another dreamed on been a Picasso, but, that never
happens, however, the digital world we live in makes it possible. The picture below,
our front cover, is a combination of bit and pieces of 3 wallpaper pictures, I call it
“Picspaint”. In past
issues I have shown
the use of Corel
Draw 12, but, this
time I will show you
the technique of
together. It sounds
hard, but, it really is
not all you need is a
good deal of
patience and a good
pot of coffee (if you
are a coffee drinker).
The Pictures I used; 1: Mountain &
lake, 2: Country road, 3: Panoramic
mountains & fall trees are.
Picture 1 I used my
freehand mask tool and
selected part of the picture
I used as the base picture.
Copy it and paste it on a
blank page, in our case a
8x11 blank page. Now
select Object (top row)
then Combine then click
on Combine Objects With
Background (Short term I
will use in the article is
Step 2: Now, I wanted more
fall trees, so, using my
Freehand Mask Tool I
selected the tree line I wanted
then copied went to the page
I‟m working on and pasted it.
I moved it and adjusted the
height and width to where I‟m
satisfied then COWB
Step 3: I used my Freehand Mask Tool (picture to the right) I selected the tree and
the road I wanted then paste on the page then I‟m making then I flip horizontally.
See tool bar on next page.
Step 4: The picture now is in the rough, we need an embankment on the other side.
On the right picture with the Freehand Mask Tool I selected the embankment and
paste it on the picture, as seen. Stretch it till it looks liked it belongs there. At this
point your Picpaint will look this… next page
Now comes the fine tuning your Picpaint, Feather tool (under Object), Using
custom airbrush, now, to get to airbrush- take a look at tool bar -click on paintbrush
then look at to tool bar and click the down arrow icon menu drops then choose
airbrush. Now choose shape by clicking down arrow and scroll almost to the
bottom, my choice was 57, 39 and 38 for feathering make sure to use the
eyedropper tool to add or change the paint brush/airbrush color. I used the airbrush
to spay the blue sky and making clouds.
I hope you find some inspiration from this How do you do that it is not as hard as
Have fun, get creative!!
By Rodrigo Esperanza
Well, the boss knocks it out the park, again! So, my article is about a few
places I found for “FREE” on digital art pictures you can use to create
your own master piece. I was surprise when the Boss used the terminology
“Picspaint”, so, I Google it and would you now such a word dose exist, oh
well, learned something new! So, on we go…
1: pngtree is a great site for free graphic resources and its free, just sign
up and download what you need click on PNG and it will take you to the
page I was playing with. You will be able once you sign up under free
account to download 2 items once a day or buy the premium package
Here is a sample
2: TEMPLATE.NET If you want to see us nerds do when it comes
to digital art click on Template.net and take your time looking and reading
on all the art pictures. You can also click the free template (see picture
You may just find that template you been looking for.
3: wallup.net is another great place to find any type of wallpaper and
inspiration to what you want to create, sample picture below;
They have 9637 digital art HD Wallpapers click on it and will take you
to their digital art page and all I can say is SUPER FINE!
And not to forget Google search click here nature digital art background
The explanation on PNG art files is extremely good we even learned a lot
on the subject as all of us here had very little knowledge on PNG art files.
Do go to Lifewire and check out the rest of their site!
What Is a PNG File?
How to Open, Edit, & Convert PNG Files
by Tim Fisher
Updated September 03, 2018
A file with the PNG file extension is a Portable Network Graphics file.
The format uses lossless compression and is generally considered the
replacement to the GIF image format.
However, unlike GIF, PNG files do not support animations. The very
similar MNG (Multiple-image Network Graphics) format does, however,
but has yet to gain the kind of popularity that GIF or PNG files have.
PNG files are often used to store graphics on websites. Some operating
systems like macOS and Ubuntu store screenshots in the PNG format by
Another use for PNGs is when portions of the image need to be
transparent, which can be helpful when making illustrations, designing a
website, creating photography, etc. For example, if you have a logo you
want placed over a photo, it's much easier to "cut" the logo out, leaving
transparent pixels around it, so that when it's placed over the other picture,
that picture will show through the transparency.
How to Open a PNG File
The default photo viewer program in Windows is often used to open PNG
files because it's included as part of a standard Windows installation, but
there are many other ways to view one.
All web browsers (like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) will
automatically view PNG files that you open from the internet, which
means you don't have to download every PNG file you want to look at
online. You can also use the web browser to open PNG files from your
computer, by using the Ctrl+O keyboard combination to browse for the
Tip: Most browsers also support drag-and-drop, so you might be able to
just drag the PNG file into the browser to open it.
There are also several standalone file openers, graphic tools, and services
that open PNG files. A few popular ones include XnView, IrfanView,
FastStone Image Viewer, Google Drive, Eye of GNOME, and gThumb.
To edit PNG files, the XnView program just mentioned can be used, as
well as the Microsoft Windows included graphics program called Paint,
the Windows 10 Paint 3D tool, the popular GIMP utility, and the very
popular (and very not free) Adobe Photoshop.
Considering the number of programs that open PNG files, and that you
very likely have at least two installed right now, there's a very real chance
that the one that's set to open them by default (i.e. when you double-click
or double-tap on one) isn't the one you'd like to use.
If you find that to be the case, see my How to Change File Associations in
Windows tutorial for detailed instructions on how to change that "default"
How to Convert a PNG File
probably every single image file converter that you run across will be able
to convert a PNG file to another format (like JPG, PDF, ICO, GIF, BMP,
TIF, etc.). There are several options in our Free Image Converter Software
Programs list, including some online PNG converters like FileZigZag and
Pngtosvg.com is a website that can be used if you want to convert a PNG
Another option for converting a PNG file is to use one of the image
viewers I've already mentioned. While they exist mainly as "openers" of
various image types, some of them support saving/exporting the open
PNG file to a different image format.
When to Use PNG Files
PNG files are a great format to use but not necessarily in every situation.
Sometimes a PNG can be way too large in size and not only use up
unnecessary disk space or make it harder to email, but can also drastically
slow down a web page if you're using one there. So before you convert all
of your images to PNG (don't do that), there are some things to keep in
Strictly thinking about PNG file sizes, you'll need to consider if the image
quality benefits are good enough to sacrifice that space (or slow web page
loading, etc.). Since a PNG file doesn't compress the image like other
lossy formats like JPEG do, quality doesn't diminish as much when the
image is in the PNG format.
JPEG files are useful when the image is low contrast, but PNGs are better
when dealing with sharp contrast like when there are lines or text in the
image, as well as large areas of solid color. Screenshots and illustrations,
then, are best in PNG format while "real" photos are best as JPEG/JPG.
You might also consider using the PNG format over JPEG when you're
dealing with an image that needs to be edited over and over again. For
example, since the JPEG format undergoes what's called generation loss,
editing and saving the file again and again will result in a lower quality
image over time. This isn't true for PNG since it uses lossless
More Help With PNG Files
To make the background transparent in a PNG, your options include
automated tools like Clipping Magic or the free Background Burner tool,
or nearly any image editing program.
For example, if you have Photoshop, place the image in its own layer,
delete the background layer, and then use any tool (e.g., Eraser, Marquee,
Lasso, etc.) to erase the portions of the image that should be transparent.
See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social
networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me
know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or converting
the PNG file, including what tools or services you've already tried, and I'll
see what I can do to help.
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CE Magazine public service
Never enough tips for cell phone security
5 Ways to Keep Your Phone Safe from Hackers
The way you use your phone could easily give hackers access to your
Most of the cell phone privacy debate has focused on our phones‟ ability to track
our whereabouts. But there are other dangers—like getting hacked—that the
average cell phone user would find much more worrisome, if only they were aware
of it. The more we rely on our phones to transact our personal financial business,
the more we‟re all exposed to little-known mobile security pitfalls: everything from
your online banking password to your credit card details.
Plug up leaky apps
It‟s tough to tell the difference between a good and bad app. Since so many people
are creating mobile apps, sometimes we see unsophisticated apps that could
seriously compromise your online privacy through bad privacy practices or careless
coding. Only download applications from sites you trust (iTunes, the Android
Market, Amazon, etc.), and only after checking each app‟s rating and reading the
user reviews to make sure it is widely used and respected. And whatever you do,
never login to apps using social media.
Set a password on your phone
Your online passwords is only as strong as your recovery questions. But without
one on your phone, anyone within an arm‟s length can start reading your email, text
messages or listen to your voicemail. Setting a password is the first line of defense,
and it only takes about 30 seconds.
Watch for suspicious links
People are three times more likely to click on a suspicious link from their phone
than their PC, according to a recent study. It‟s one of the many security scams
hackers use. Due to the small size of the screen, it‟s harder to decipher whether a
site looks legitimate or not. Be wary of suspicious-looking links sent to you in
email, over text, or on social media. Entering your personal information on these
sites puts you at risk for fraud or identity theft.
Be careful what you do at unsecured WiFi hotspots
Use caution when checking your email on public WiFi (for example, at a local
coffee shop). These wireless hotspots transmit your data over the air, so when you
enter your password or credit card details while using one of these wireless
networks, you run the risk of someone else seeing your sensitive information. These
are the other nine times you should never use your credit card.
Keep spyware from watching you
Spyware might sound like something out of a detective story, but it‟s much more
like something out of a horror story if you end up with it on your phone. Without a
password, people can (and do) download spyware onto your phone and track your
phone usage, text messages, location and banking activity, among other things,
without your knowledge. In the Android Market or iTunes store, search for “mobile
security” and download a free app that will stop you from inadvertently
downloading viruses onto your device before you do it. Once you‟ve done that, read
up on other ways to protect your phone from a virus.
Originally Published on Readers Digest
Click on USO
CE Magazine public service
Sending Invitations via cell phones?
By Nomar Shaw
I spend over 3 hrs looking for a simple app for my computer or cell phone
to send nice looking Thanksgiving invitations to my family‟s cell phones,
and all I can say is “Whaaa”. I did find a whole bunch of excellent
software that could do the job, but, nothing that fit my quest. So, I went
Google Play and search for “Thanksgiving invitation maker”, by the way,
click on Google Play and it will take you to Thanksgiving invitation maker
page. Here is what you will find;
And I should have done this sooner! As you can see it’s loaded with Thanksgiving
apps for your android phone and Apple is about the same. Now, if you’re creative
or better yet if your teenager kid is, have him/her to create an invite for the
Thanksgiving Dinner, trust me, they will jump on the “OH YEAH, I CAN DO THAT
FOR YOU !!” wagon. Once the invite is done sit down with your teenager and get
all the cell numbers of whom you’re going to invite. Share the moment and glory
with your teenager when the accolades come from everyone of the spread of food
on the table. It will make a difference in his/hers life, I know this to be true as we
do this at our home.
GPS’ing to Grandma’s House for Thanksgiving!
By Peter Nadal
It‟s time of the year we pile in the car and head for Grandma‟s house,
driving it a zillion times without GPS!
So why do I need it?
GPS can make your trip a very efficient and stress free trip by calculating
the quickest route, bypass construction sites and the biggest obstacle
Ok, I have a cell phone can I use that?
Yes, if you have a android phone you can use Google maps, however,
many states frown on cells phones actively in use when driving and that‟s
were a dash mount GPS unit is better
It figures, how much do I need to spend?
Most prices start around $35 and they
are better then cell phones as they are
kept updated and they will tell you
rerouting your trip if there is
construction, traffic or any other reason
to detour. The one you see in the picture
to the left is my GARMIN 205W and I
use it every time I travel more then 20 miles away from home. It has
diverted me more times then I can count from traffic tie ups and
constructions. Found it at a yard sale for $10, $15 for a 16 gig micro sd
card for a total price of $25.
Is that good for a used GPS?
Yep, that good, it will tell were to turn, how fast you‟re really going from
the satellite, how many miles left to drive, how much miles per gallon you
are using (now that one has me scratching my head). When it‟s in use the
drive is very relaxing, I have to say it is worth every penny (even if you
buy brand new one)!
So, let the kids play with the cell phone, keep your phone off (if by
yourself) or let your go-pilot handle the cell phone.
Computer Magazine From The Past!
Come a Long Way Baby!
Apple 1 Computer in a briefcase. From the Sydney Powerhouse Museum
Along with George, the Festival has a replica of an original Apple I and
many other examples of early Apple computers. There are even robots that
look like they‟ve walked out of a 1970s science fiction epic.
The Mobile Digital Computer is also on display, which was created on a
trailer and made it one of the first examples of a mobile computer. It
needed two trailers to make it work since one would hold its computer,
while the other would hold the power supply and generator which ran on
This mobile PC was funded by the US Military in the 1960s, since they
wanted to look at ways to bring a computer to an issue rather than having
to communicate long distances to solve a problem via telegraph or
Several versions were made, and the manufacturing company even
produced some commercial versions.
From my home and staff to your family, have great
Thanksgiving and May Peace duel in your home.
Peter Nadal, Pam Kennoy, Rodrigo Esperanza,
Nomar Shaw, Diane G and Big Poppa
Thank for reading CE Magazine
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