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You can do IT in later life
                                         August
2009    

 

You can do IT is a regular feature of laterlife.com aimed at trying to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web. 

Jackie Sherman who runs the You can do IT Question & Answer section is an IT trainer and author. Jackie has spent her career in education and specialises in teaching IT to adults. Her courses for adults include such topics as MS Office, the Internet, e-mail and basic web page authoring.  

Jackie has also written several books - you can find more details about these by clicking here. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s.

Via laterlife.com Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too. Why not email her jackie@laterlife.com



 

August 2009

 

 

Q: I use the Internet quite a bit but feel that I am just going to the same few websites. Is there anything "new" that I might find helpful?

A: I don't know what your interests are, but I wonder if you are aware of the number of useful videos published on the Web nowadays? For example, if you like cooking or handicrafts, it can be incredibly useful to watch a demonstration, and I am amazed at how many people offer free videos to show you how they do things step by step. The most popular is www.youtube.com so I suggest you go there first.

Type your keywords into the box at the top of the page and press Enter or click the Search button, and a list of relevant videos will be displayed. Click any one to watch and listen to the demo.

 

you tube

 



Q: I have just saved my holiday snaps onto my computer and find that some of them include people or objects that I don't want. Can you explain how to remove them? I have Paint Shop Pro on my machine.

A: There are two different methods for altering pictures:

  • Cropping – this removes items that are at the edges of the picture, as you can slice off part of the image's heightor width
  • Cloning – here you can paint over different colours and textures taken from elsewhere, and so it's useful for unwanted objects dotted through the picture.

To crop a picture:

1. Open the picture and click the Crop tool  crop tool  in the left-hand menu.
2. For example, to remove the standing figure below, draw round the main area of the picture you want to keep with the mouse. Dotted lines will show the border.
3. Double click inside the border and the resultant picture will leave out the unwanted person.
4. Save the new picture in the usual way.

 crop

To clone a picture

1. To remove the photographer, it isn't possible to crop the picture as too much wanted material will be lost. Instead, click the Clone tool  clone tool  showing two brushes.                            


2. You must now 'pick up' a part of the picture you want to use to cover up the photographer and make him blend into the background. This will be a mixture of grass and path.

3. Hold down Shift or right click (it depends which version of operating system you have) and then click the mouse over some grass.

4. Now move the pointer towards the photographer and gently start to paint over him by dragging the mouse with the left button held down. Grass should appear.

5. As you are copying a part of the picture, you will start to copy other objects such as tree trunks or the peacock if you move too far away from the original grass patch. To make sure you only cover him with wanted parts of the image, pick up new parts of the grass or path regularly as you paint him out. The copied section of the picture you are applying will be identified by a small dark cross near to the pointer.

 clone 1 image

6. Zoom in to neaten up any rough edges and finish off your picture.

 finished clone image

 


 

View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers
 

For a wealth of books on the web and IT generally, visit Amazon and under the books section select Computers and Internet.

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