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Found another bug with Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop) that some of you may have run into and need some help fixing.
I’ve run into this issue myself on Vista with CS3. It happens when copying an image from outside any of the CS programs and trying to paste into CS. It also occurs when using the ‘Print Screen’ button to take a screenshot. Either way, it would simply not paste. Or, if I had already copied something from inside CS, it would paste that information. I had no idea why it was doing this, nor how to fix it.
Well, after hitting everyone’s favorite search engine and doing some research, I found a solution that may be handy if you’re having the same issue.
Apparently CS has its own seperate clipboard from Windows. For those who don’t know the clipboard is the imaginary space where copied information is saved for later pasting. CS apparently only looks at its own clipboard when pasting. My understanding is that typcially CS will copy the inforation in Windows’ clipboard to its own. Occasionally, however, a bug of some kind will prevent this from happening.
In order to fix this, you will need to make a change to your registry in order to remind CS to check its sister clipboard. This is easily done by creating a registry file and that can be activated when the issue pops up. I have the file on my desktop for easy access. Typically though I’ve only only needed to activate it once and the change lasts.
Right-click on the desktop and create a new text file. Rename the text file:
If you are unable to change the extension, goto your Control Panel and open Folder Options. In there unselect ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ and you should be able to change the file’s extension.
Once the file is created and name correctly, put the following inside:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Once done, save the file and close it. Then simply double-click the saved file and the issue should be resolved. In Vista a number of security checks should pop up; just agree to them. If this still does not resolve the issue, try restarting your computer and activating it again before starting any CS programs.
As always, if this doesn’t work for you, let me know and I’ll see if there’s something else that may help. Good luck.
When creating new illustrations, brainstorming often happens by sketching using paper and pencil. Sometimes it can be hard to transfer those sketch ideas into vector art. Here I will outline two different ways to turn your sketches into vector art.
The first step is to sharpen those pencils, get out the paper and start sketching! Just get all your idea out and onto the page. Don’t worry if they don’t look perfect. We will give them better definition inside of Illustrator.
The next step is to scan the sketch pages. Scanning at a resolution of at least 400dpi gives the best definition to some of the smaller sketch lines.
Open the sketch pages inside of Photoshop. Select the favorite sketches out of the bunch and crop them into their own files.
At this point, adjust the Levels. Increase both the Shadows and the Highlights. The goal is to whiten the paper until it is completely white and darken the pencil lines for easier conversion later. Also be sure to erase any lines that aren’t part of the final artwork.
Hint: Hold down Alt or Option, then click on the Highlights slider and the preview in the Levels dialog box will change, turning black for every pixel that isn’t completely white. As you slide the Highlights slider toward the middle, the preview area will turn white for every pixel that turns completely white. The same thing works for the Shadows slider. This will help you ensure that the paper is 100% white, which is important later.
Select the entire canvas, then use CTRL+C or Cmd+C to copy the sketch to the Clipboard. Switch over to Illustrator and paste the sketch onto the canvas.
Here in Illustrator we will explore two different methods of creating vector artwork from these sketches. One is an automatic conversion process and the other is a manual process.
Select the pasted image, and in the properties bar along the top, a Live Trace button will appear.
Live Trace is a command that automatically converts a raster image into vectors. The Levels adjustments done in the previous step will help tremendously with the success of the conversion. The greater the contrast between white and black, the better the automatic conversion.
Click Live Trace and the raster image will be converted into a preview of converted vectors. If the conversion doesn’t look quite as you would like, simply click on the Tracing Options Dialog icon.
This dialog box will allow you to adjust the conversion settings, customizing the results. This step is very subjective, so just play with the sliders and settings until the image looks as desired.
Hint: The Mode chooses between Black and White, Color, or Grayscale conversion results. The Threshold setting will help darken and thicken lines when using the Black and White conversion method. The Path Fitting, Minimum Area and Corner Angle will help smooth out the resulting vector lines.
Click Trace inside the dialog box, and now you will see two options in the properties bar at the top: Expand or Live Trace.
Choosing Expand will convert the preview into vector shapes. The vectors are completely editable as any vector would be. You can change the fill or stroke color, adjust the anchor points, move edges, etc.
Be aware, the white background has also been converted into a shape, so if you don’t need it, delete it.
Choosing Live Trace in lieu of Expand will convert the raster image into a special type of vector group called a Live Trace group. All the vector shapes are still editable independently of each other as they were in the previous method. The biggest difference is now the artwork can be colored using the Live Paint Bucket, which is an easier, quicker way to add color to a design.
Activate the Live Paint Bucket, select a fill color, then simply click on an area of the artwork and it will be filled with the selected color. The Live Paint Bucket fills all closed vector areas with color. The active area to be painted will be outlined in Red Highlight to make it clear what area will be filled with color.
Closing all the gaps may destroy the artistic quality of the artwork, or some gaps might be so small, they become nearly impossible to find. So Illustrator has a built in Gap Detection. Simply activate the Selection Tool, click the Live Paint Group, and the Gap Detection icon appears in the Properties Bar at the top. In the dialog box that opens, you will be able to adjust the settings for Gap Detection. With Preview active, the gaps that will be closed with the current settings will be indicated with a red mark.
Click OK, and now the Live Paint should fill in the area as if it were completely closed off.
The manual method of conversion isn’t nearly as flashy as the previous automatic methods, but allows you to customize the artwork, because you are drawing it from scratch.
After pasting the raster image onto the canvas, set the opacity of the layer to around 30%, and then lock the layer. Create a new layer under the raster layer in the Layers Palette and name it Vectors.
Now simply use the sketch as a guide and draw the artwork using all of the vector tools; the Shape Tools, Lines Tools, Pen Tool, etc. Do all of the work in the Vectors layer and the sketch guide will always remain visible above your artwork, allowing you to draw underneath it. If you need a better look at the vector art while you are drawing, simply hide the layer that holds the raster image.
Learn these methods and you’ll have freedom and flexibility in creating new vector artwork from your sketches.
All of us have felt the blistering heat of the summer sun. We run from one air-conditioned building to another trying to avoid the heat. We lather our bodies with sunscreen and avoid the harmful rays of solar radiation.
But have we really thought about what it would mean if we could harness the power of the sun? Just think, no more costly summer electric bills, no more vehicle pollutants, no more fear of the threat of nuclear disaster.
From the dawn of civilization, humans have used the sun’s energy for light, heat and a wide range of ever-evolving technologies. Now more than ever are we all as a planet pulling together to solve the worlds energy needs.
The U.S. is in the forefront of solar energy technology and plans are underway to develop technology that can harness solar energy from space.
Space-based solar power (SBSP) is a system for the collection of solar power in space, for use on Earth. SBSP differs from the usual method of solar power collection in that the solar panels used to collect energy would reside on a satellite in orbit, often referred to as a solar power satellite (SPS), rather than on Earth’s surface. In space, collection of the Sun’s energy is unaffected by the various obstructions which reduce efficiency or capacities of Earth surface solar power collection.
Solar energy reaching Earth’s orbit is 144% of the maximum found on the surface of Earth, and includes wavelengths that don’t even reach the surface due to the atmosphere. The length of time the solar collection panels can be exposed to a consistently high amount of solar radiation is also much longer in orbit: For most of the year, a satellite-based solar panel can collect power 24 hours per day, whereas a terrestrial station can collect for, at most, 12 hours per day. Collection at Earth’s poles can take place for 24 hours per day, but not consistently, and only for 6 months of the year. Weather is also normally a concern for surface collectors, but would not affect an orbiting satellite.
A collecting satellite might also be able to direct power to different surface locations based on which areas need it most.
In light of the recent tragedy in Japan, many people are questioning the future use of Nuclear Power vs. Renewable Energy. It appears, for the moment, we all may be sliding down a slippery slope in terms of a worldwide disaster as these Nuclear Plants begin to age and break down, causing potential global threats. With a world population of over 6 billion it is a necessary task for us to find a better solution.
So what is the answer? This is the question we all are asking. Currently legislation is pushing for new, safer energy solutions with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as one of the key players.
Solar energy needs no fuel and has no decommissioning costs (compared to nuclear). Costs per Watt are just incomparable.
We can build complete photovoltaic plants for $ 3,200/kilowatt. Solar thermal plants are even more favorable, in connection with other renewable energy technologies to solving availability, load balancing, etc., There is no argument for the use of nuclear energy vs. solar energy when taken into account the nuclear lobby, free raw material, no risk, no landfill problems, etc, etc…
According to a recent study conducted by NC WARN, a member-based nonprofit nuclear and climate change watchdog group, the cost of building a nuclear power station is increasing as the costs for building Solar plants are decreasing. Their study conducted in July of 2010 shows the cost of solar energy dropped to roughly 15.9¢/kWh, while nuclear power costs rose to nearly 20$¢/kWh at the plant site, before any transmission charges.
The debate over the future of nuclear power has just stepped up a notch – with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima plant “raises questions” about the use of nuclear energy in the country.
“What’s happening in Japan raises questions about the costs and the risks associated with nuclear power, but we have to answer those. We get 20 per cent of our energy right now in the United States from nuclear power.” Clinton said.
For now Nuclear Power has the upper hand, but if legislators get their way, that will be changing fast. This means new opportunities for growth in a new global market that is moving ahead to replace those old nuclear plants with clean, safe systems, such as those using Solar Energy.
Already drastic measures have been taken to fund renewable energy projects and build solar plants her in the U.S. The need for trained solar workers is in high demand and will continue to grow as more solar plants are built.
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There is a new device called an electronic pick pocket. The device can retrieve your credit card number by placing the devise near your wallet or card.
Watch this video and your wallet when shopping this year.
The Spanish company Abengoa Solar has signed an agreement with Arizona Public Service (APS), the largest electric company in Arizona, to build and operate what will be the largest solar power plant in the world. President Barack Obama announced that nearly $2 billion in government funds will be allocated to build new solar plants and create thousands of new jobs. The money is part of his plan to bring new industry, create jobs and increase America’s use of renewable energy.
Solana, as it has been named, will be located about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix near Gila Bend, Arizona, with 280 MWe of power output capacity. When operation starts up, the plant will have the capacity to supply clean power to 70,000 homes and will eliminate around 400,000 tons of CO 2.
The plant will have an area of 1,900 acres and will create 1,500 new jobs during its construction. Once completed, there will be 85 positions for qualified personnel over the course of its life.
Abengoa is currently seeking workers and contractors interested in becoming part of this historical project. More information can be found here, www.solanasolar.com and on their website at, www.abengoasolar.com
Detroit — Chevrolet plans to invest $40 billion to advance energy-saving projects across the nation in an effort to rid the planet of 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, General Motors Co. said Thursday. Communities and schools are eligible for the funding. The investments will be rolled out over the next three to five years. Projects include installing solar panels, putting up wind turbine farms, and weatherizing schools and other buildings.
“GM has made great progress in reducing our environmental impact, but we know we can do more,” GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement.
GM estimates the investments will help offset emissions from the Chevrolets it sells. The 8-million-metric-ton reduction equals emissions from 1.9 million cars and trucks, the company said.
The announcement came hours after trading commenced on the new GM’s shares.