Monthly Archives: January 2013

PSE Photoshop Elements – remove the background from a photo

Open PSE and choose Edit (not organise).  When it’s open, open the photo you want to edit and make sure you have chosen Edit Full on the right of the screen.

On the left hand side, find the symbol for the eraser.  If you right click on this, you can choose: Eraser Tool, Background Eraser Tool or Magic Eraser Tool.

Select the Magic Eraser Tool.  At the top of the screen, you should see Tolerance.  Set this to 25 by clicking on the number and typing in 25.

background partially erased

background partially erased

Now click on the background where you want to remove it – large chunks of background should disappear to be replaced by a chequer board effect.  Keep doing this until you have got rid of most of the background, but don’t go too close to the parts you want to keep.

When you get close to the bit you want to keep, to stop the Magic Eraser Tool from selecting too much, change the Tolerance to a lower number – try 10.  (Remember you can zoom in to see the details if you need to).

If you have any areas left, you can also use the

background fully erased

background fully erased

Background Eraser Tool, which works like a brush.  You can change the brush size and the Tolerance for this.

Now you have isolated the part of the picture you want.

If you want to copy that onto another photo, open the second photo.  To view both images side by side, click on the Arrange button on the top ribbon – it’s the box to the right of Help. Choose the side by side option.  Make sure you have the pointer selected in the Toolbar – it’s the top symbol.  Click on your image and drag it across to where you want it.

 

Multi Level List in Word

In Word, if you have a multi level list – in other words a list that has 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc and also 1.2.1, 1.2.2 for the items, this can be a useful tip.

To change the level of an element of the list – for example maybe item 1.2 should really be item 1.1.1 – what you do is:

Click on the item you want to change; right click with the mouse, choose Numbering, then Change List Level, then choose the appropriate level.

In Excel to Delete or Add (Insert) a row

To Delete a row in Excel:

In your open spreadsheet, find the row you want to delete, and highlight it :- to do this, move the cursor to the left hand edge of the spreadsheet, and click on the number of the row.  So in the picture below, to delete the row containing ‘Web Design’ click on the number 22 on the far left.insert delete

 

(To increase the size of this picture, click on it)

Now, EITHER
right click with the mouse in the same place, and choose Delete
OR
go to the top ribbon and click on Delete

To add or Insert a row in Excel:

In your open spreadsheet, find the place where you want to add the row, and highlight the row below where you want the new one :- to do this, move the cursor to the left hand edge of the spreadsheet, and click on the number of the row.  So in the picture above, to add a new row above the row containing ‘Web Design’ click on the number 22 on the far left.

Now, EITHER
right click with the mouse in the same place, and choose Insert
OR
go to the top ribbon and click on Insert

In Outlook create a distribution list by copying names from an e-mail message

To create your own copy of a distribution list, open Outlook and go to the message that you want to copy the names from.

Click the names in the To or CC box, and highlight all of the names.  Right click with the mouse, and then click Copy.

In Mail, on the Home tab, click on New Items, then click More Items, then click Contact Group. A new window will open.
In the Name box, type your name for the distribution list (eg, Friday Walkers).
Click on Add Members, and then click on From Address Book, and another new window opens.  At the bottom of this new window, click into the box to the right of Members, then right click with the mouse, then click Paste.  All your e-mail addresses should appear in the box.  Click OK.

(If at this point another window, Check Names, opens saying that Outlook does not recognise the e-mail names, click Cancel, and then navigate through your list of names replacing all commas (,) with semi colons (;).)

Now click OK, and your e-mails will appear as a list.  Now click on Save & Close.

You have saved your distribution list.  When you want to use it, create a new e-mail, and in the To field, type the name of your distribution list.  (If you click on the little plus next to it, the list will expand out to show all the names.)  Now write your e-mail as usual.

 

SEARCH function

If you have Windows 7, there is a search function which is sometimes handy.  If you are looking in a folder to find a file, and you know what sort of file it is – a picture, document, video etc, but you can’t remember what you called it, if you type ‘kind:’ into the search box on the top right like this:

search boxthen follow that with =picture, or =video, then Windows will search that folder for that type of file. (If this image is too small to see properly, click on it and it will enlarge.)

Sadly, I think it only works for folders, not for libraries.