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Tech Tip: Digital Art and Windows File Explorer

Do you have "a lot" of digital art? Well, there is not a right or wrong answer. It is all perspective. 100 kits or 1,000 kits can be "a lot." When you have a lot of digital art, there comes a time when you need to manage that art. Nothing is truly stored in Artisan software. Artisan operates by looking at various windows folders on your computer. This tip will review several ways you can use Windows Explorer to manage your digital art.

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Tech Tip: Computer Specs For Artisan Users

For those of you in the market for a new computer, please have a look at this month's earlier tips and their accompanying webinar (links at the end of this post). By popular demand, today's tip will be a 'twofer' regarding computer specifications. First, I'm posting what Forever's awesome IT guy Tom shared with us regarding what Artisan users should look for in a computer and why. He's conveniently broken this down to meet a variety of needs and budgets.

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Tech Tip: Computer Talk

Today's tip is part of our ongoing Tip+Webinar series, Computer Basics for Artisan Users. This tip will discuss what some of those terms mean for you, especially when considering what kind of computer works best for Artisan users. While I will not be recommending any specific computers, you should have an idea what kinds of things to look for when computer shopping, and you should be able to talk knowledgeably with the salesperson. Remember, the salesperson doesn't have a clue what you need to run Artisan and Historian optimally, so you need to know what you are looking for!

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Tech Tip: Glossary - Basic Computer Terms

This is the third glossary tip in our series on Computer Basics for Artisan Users. This month, we will be learning about computers and the terminology used to describe them and their components. Stay tuned for next week's tip + webinar, which will expand on these terms, breaking things down into what's important for Artisan users. Also, we will discuss what to look for in a computer you plan to use with Artisan and/or Historian.

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Tech Tip: Archiving Art Kits

If you're a digital art junkie (oops, I mean collector) like I am, you may find that your Commercial Art Kit folder is beginning to get LONG!! If you've been a digital scrapper for a long time (like over ten years), you may have a lot of digital art that is a bit dated or stale, or some that you've used so many times that you're ready for something fresh. Perhaps you once used pre-designed pages as your go-to, but now you start with Blueprints, templates, or blank pages and those PDP kits are sort of in the way. Or it could be that you have so much digital art that you and your computer are overwhelmed - you have a hard time finding your newer kits and your computer is struggling for space.

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Artisan Tip: Low Pixel Count Warning

One of the most common complaints we hear about Artisan 5 is about those yellow warning triangles that have a nasty habit of appearing on pages under construction. In previous versions of Artisan, it was hard to know what a warning was for, but in Artisan 5, it's very easy to tell by simply hovering your mouse over the yellow triangle.

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Tech Tip: The Keyboard

This month's Computer Basics for Artisan Users tip+webinar is all about your keyboard, what functions the different keys have, and how Artisan users can put this knowledge to work. Please refer to the “Glossary – The Keyboard” tip about these terms for the definitions of these keys. This tip will describe how some of these keys can be used while working in Artisan.

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Tech Tip: Glossary - The Keyboard

Since we are focusing on Computer Basics for Artisan Users, this month's glossary tip is all about your Windows computer's keyboard. If you've been using a computer for a long time, most of these should be familiar to you, but it never hurts to have a little refresher course. If you don't use computers all that much in general, this tip should be very helpful! This tip is only definitions, but next week's tip and its companion webinar will add more detail and relate these terms to Artisan use.

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Tech Tip: File Explorer

We will build on what we learned about File Explorer in the glossary tip and discuss organization systems and folders you might want to use and those you might want to delete. Understanding how your computer is organized, knowing where to put things, and knowing how to name them are integral to being a successful Artisan user.

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Tech Tip: Uninstalling Programs

You may be wondering why you'd need to uninstall Artisan or Historian, but there are times this may be necessary. No worries! It’s very simple to do. You are only uninstalling (removing) the software programs themselves, then reinstalling them. Nothing will get lost in the process!

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Tech Tip: Resolution Solutions

Do you struggle with knowing what resolution to use when saving photos to post online or to print? Or maybe you have some things you need to scan, but you're not sure what resolution is best or even good enough? Or maybe you need an image to be a particular size, but the size is given in pixels? Does the term dpi confuse you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this tip is for you!

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Tech Tip: Using An External Hard Drive

As a rule, digital scrapbookers are avid photographers, and with the pixel-power of digital cameras getting bigger and bigger, it doesn’t take long to fill your computer's hard drive. Add to that photo books, art kits, freebies, and Blueprints – well, you can see the problem. Every new computer I buy has so much more room than the last one, but it seems to fill up in half the time! The solution – external hard drives (EHDs).

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Tech Tip: HEIC Format Issues and Answers

If you are an iPhone user, you may have noticed that there is a new photo file format in town. It's called .heif, (or .heic, which is the file format used by Apple) and it stands for High Efficiency Image File Format. The developers of this file format claim that twice as much information can be stored in a .heif image as compared to a .jpg image of the same size, and that the quality is better than that of a .jpg. That all sounds great, until you try to upload .heic photos into computers or programs that don't recognize that file format, like pre-Windows 10 and pre-iOS 11 operating systems.

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Tech Tip: Whitelisting

When you click the “Lost Password” link on pixels2Pages.net (or most other websites, in fact), you will be sent an email to reset your password. However, that email often doesn’t arrive, leaving you locked out of the website with no apparent remedy. This problem can also occur with email newsletters, or any emails generated by pixels2Pages, meaning you miss out on important information or offers. In fact what happens is that the email has been sent but was picked up by your email software and marked as spam or junk mail. Services like Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo! Mail block email to protect you from unwanted or malicious email such as phishing, scams and spam. In this case, they are mistaking email that you want for email that you don’t want. Checking your junk mail will usually result in that email being found, but there’s a better way, which is known as “White-listing,” so that you actually receive the emails you want to receive.

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Tech Tip: Capturing Screenshots On A Computer

A screenshot or screen capture is an image of all or part of your screen. You might be asked by someone who is helping you troubleshoot to send them a screenshot so they can see what your problem might be. A screenshot is the best way to capture a double page spread in your Artisan project to share on social media. Screenshots are ideal for saving recipes, house decorating ideas, and more – anything you see on your screen can be screenshot. After all, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Tech Tip: Fix Incorrect File Associations

Do you ever find that a file opens in the wrong program? For example, your computer tries to open zip files with Adobe Acrobat Reader, or .page files with Notepad. This is most likely to happen when you are using a program (like Artisan), which your operating system (Windows) is not familiar with, but can happen to any file type. The link between a file and the program (or app) that it needs to open it is called File Association.

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