brush up on your adobe glossary

Mused by the jargon? Fret no more! Understanding these key words will help you work more efficiently with Adobe's Creative Cloud.


Adjustment Layer.A layer containing an adjustment that helps to  improve colour and lighting. It includes gradient  mapping and Levels. It can be applied to only a  layer directly below, or to an entire image.

Filters.Filters can be applied directly to a layer or an  image, and have many uses, some of which include the ability to blur or sharpen pixels, and  even render artistic effects.

Gradient Map.Gradient Maps are used to convert an image to monochrome or to give it a new colour. Colour is applied across an image according to its lightest and darkest values, and offers a vast array of colour mixes, as well as custom options for creating effects.

Refine Edge.Photoshop's Refine Edge command is where you go for extra control over the selection's area. Edges can be enhanced to take into account finer details that weren't picked…

brush up on your ipad glossary

Apple ID This is the name and password you use to log into the various Apple services, such as iTunes, the App Store and iCloud.

App An app, or an application, is a software program designed to perform one or more functions. Apps can be downloaded from the App Store.

App Store The App Store is a digital distribution platform for Apple users. Users are able to browse, purchase and download iPad and iPhone apps from the App Store to run on their device.

Dock The Dock on your iPad is a row of icons that can be set to appear at the bottom of your home screen I the faded block. The Dock is ever-present as you scroll through screens and allows you to access your favourite, most-used apps easily. You can add and remove apps by pressing and holding on an icon until it starts to shake and then dragging it into position.

Game Center Apple’s gaming portal where you can shop for new games, find friends and play against them online or compare high scores.

GesturesThese refer to the finger commands that…

how much should you tip around the world

Each country has its own difference. When you are traveling, know who and how much to tip with the help of this handy guide:

While in Australia and New Zealand, tipping is not required.

In China, tips are rare, including HK and Macau, where service charges are added to total.

In many parts of Europe, service charges are pre-added to the bill; but where it is not added, consider tipping around 5 to 7 percent of the total. 

In India and neighboring Maldives, Nepal & Sri Lanka, the waiters usually expect 5 to 7 percent of the bill. However, you may not tip in restaurants that have added service charges to the total bill. Taxi drivers should not be tipped, but bell boys expect a little something.

Tipping is not made in Japan.

Middle East
In cities such as Cairo and Dubai, the service charge is already added to the bill. However, around 5 percent additional tip is expected in restaurants. Bell boys and porters should be tipped, but taxi drivers do not expect it.�…

flirting is good for health

If you've been on the receiving end of an accomplished flirt, you'll be aware of how flattering it can be. Dictionaries invariably describe flirting as making "playfully romantic or playfully sexual overtures". That's all well and good but how do you know if you're a good flirter? Fear not. Here is a list of some tips for flirting like a professional in no time!

Get an Attitude. A good flirt is self-confident and not afraid to take risks. Be enthusiastic, open and positive. It works!

Start a Conversation. The best opening line is simply saying, 'hello'. Talk about the surroundings, ask a question, ask for help, make a joke, and state an opinion. Make sure you are calm and composed but just do it before the person you’ve got your eye on walks out of the bar or past you in the street, never to be seen again!

Have Fun. Be playful, light-hearted and spontaneous. Show your vulnerability.

Use Props. Never leave home without a prop because they are great natural…

sleep well for better health

Found this in one of my old hard drives. This article was probably taken from MSN Health website; I do not have the source.

Why Do We Need Sleep?
Unless a person gets enough sleep, his performance is likely to be sadly lacking. Not just sexual performance either. Work performance, creativity, reaction time, and mood all become worse when we're tired. Although it's not entirely clear why we need sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation justify trying to get enough.

How Much Sleep Do We Need?
The amount of sleep needed depends upon the individual and their age. Some people manage on four or five hours of sleep a night. On average seven, eight, or nine hours of sleep a night is what the majority of young and middle aged men need to stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed during the day. As we get older we tend to need less sleep. For peak performance during the day about four or five 90-minute sleep cycles are needed to rest and re-charge the brain. Each cycle combines deep sleep that bri…

exercise for good health

Found this in one of my old hard drives. This article was probably taken from MSN Health website; I do not have the source.
More people than ever before are spending their working lives sitting down, and their leisure time doing the same for that matter. With this in mind it's now become very important to take some exercise on regular basis if illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis are to be avoided. Exercise makes our body stronger, fitter, and more flexible. It protects our heart and bones, keeps our weight at an ideal level, helps to reduce stress, and makes us feel good too.

It doesn't matter where you do it, just do it.

Activity, on a regular basis is what's important. Experts recommend that every person gets active for at least 20-30 minutes on at least 5 days of the week. You'll know if you're doing enough because you'll feel yourself breathing a little bit harder and faster, and your pulse will be faster than usual.

It doesn't have…

tips for taking care of your skin

Found this in one of my old hard drives. This article was probably taken from MSN Health website; I do not have the source.

Skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects us, helps to regulate temperature, and is involved in making vitamin D. Some parts of our skin are also major erogenous zones. The skin contains sweat glands, oil-secreting glands, hairs, blood vessels, and nerves. Not only does it stretch to our demand but it's also waterproof and very resilient too. It's easy to take the skin for granted and not take care of it. But the skin needs regular care and attention - particularly the areas that are exposed to the elements, such as the face.

Taking Care of Your Skin

Wash daily with a mild soap and water. Use your hands rather than a facecloth so that you don't risk damaging the skin by rubbing too hard.Moisturise regularly throughout the day. This prevents the skin becoming dry, cracked, and itchy.Drink at least 1.5 - 2.5 liters of water a day (more in hot wea…