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How To: Install a Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT graphics card

Installing new pieces into a desktop PC can be stressful for people who don't do it routinely because it constantly feels like you are going to wreck your computer. If you use the correct procedure, you won't, don't worry. This video will teach you how to install an Nvidia 8600 GT graphics card in a desktop PC. This will allow you to run games and graphics-intensive applications much more smoothly.

How To: Use the Wedge ROP in Houdini 9.5

The Wedge ROP is a render output driver, which can be used to change variables on the fly while rendering. This can be very useful when simulating, in that you can test out different parameters to see the different results. It's a relatively new feature in Houdini 9.5.

How To: Edit a raw photo file using Adobe Photoshop

If you're new to Adobe Photoshop, editing photos can be a bit intimidating, especially when dealing with raw file formats. But with the help of this Photoshop tutorial, you'll be able to fix up your raw photos without any problems. Gavin Hoey walks you through his steps of Camera Raw in CS5, using an awesome picture of Matisyahu as an example, tweaking and fixing the pic using the crop, white balance, temperature and noise tools.

How To: Make your photos look like they were taken with a great camera

If you take a lot of photos with your smartphone or cheap digital camera, you can see the difference compared to results from a pro camera. So, if you want to get a professional camera look without dropping the money, check out this video to learn how to enhance your pics. This trick works with Photoshop, or any photo editing software that has a selection tool, a gradient tool and a gaussian blur filter.

How To: Take better digital pics using color and white balance

In this video, we learn how to take better digital pics using color and white balance. Color is one of the most powerful elements in any photograph. This can be powerful enough to be the subject of any photograph. Consider the colors and see how you can make them be the main object in the photo. Use your white balance on your flash to get the photo to show the color or the lack of color a lot better. The camera has to know what kind of light it's in to reproduce this correctly. Just change th...

How To: Create a perfect profile pic for a Facebook Fan Page

In this tutorial, learn how to create an absolutely perfect profile picture for your Facebook Fan Page. Often your fan page is used to boost your business or make yourself more popular and having the right picture can make all the difference. Check out this clip and get all the facts and tips for making your fan page stand out and get the message across.

How To: Use the smudge tool to make cool pics in Photoshop CS4

Learn how to use the Adobe Photoshop CS4 Smudge tool for artistic effect. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular image editing program or a seasoned graphic design professional just looking to your bag of tricks, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started using the Photoshop CS4 Smudge tool creatively yourself, watch this free video guide.

How To: Scan & Save Old Printed Photos to Your Smartphone

Believe it or not, there was a time when smartphones weren't the primary tool for taking photos. People actually walked around with bulky film-based cameras on their necks, and some even used cheap disposables. While photography wasn't introduced to the world when smartphones came out, it's definitely more accessible—and everyone is a photographer now.

How To: Perform a master reset on a BlackBerry Curve

Alright BlackBerry users, it's time to wipe all that information before you sell, or pass on your BB to someone else. This simple how-to video will let you wipe it all, simply and easily. If you desire you can also choose to leave in your sim card and wipe the contents of that as well. The tutorial hose will guide you you step by step on how to remove your personal information from your Blackberry 8350i Curve. This instructional video is a simple but very detailed tutorial that instructs you ...

How To: Tilt shift for a fake miniature effect Photoshop CS4

Easily turn your pics into table top style miniatures with this easy to create effect. This takes panarama photographs from afar and fades certain areas creating a toy scene effect. It's magical. Turn cities into model like images that resemble fantasy more than real life. To do this in Photoshop you're going to use the blur tool, layer masks, copies and gradient tools.

How To: Prepare for a hurricane or typhoon

This video on typhoon preparedness comes from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, where typhoons are common. The key to surviving a typhoon or other disaster is preparation. Stock up on enough food and supplies to last your family for about a week. Routinely check expiration dates on food, water and batteries and rotate your stock. Be sure window screens are in place and in good condition in the event the power is off for several days.

How To: Make a star picture album greeting card or scrapbook

See all the steps required to make this nifty photo album, which can be used as a picture greeting card or a simple scrapbook for yourself. Despite its complicated look, it's really not that hard to make. This stunning star album card can be made up as cards including many messages, pics, stamps, etc., or they can be made up as miniature scrapbook albums — especially great for kids after a special day out. It's good for a series of "happy" photos to cheat someone who needs "get well" messages.

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