How To Create The Right Brush Effect In Digital Painting

With the success of the smartphones and tablets, digital graphical and painting activities become more popular. Besides watching videos or editing pictures, painting can be considered as the most creative activity on mobile digital devices.Digital painting brings to us numbers of powerful tools and features. Many digital painting techniques don’t exist in traditional painting art. We can see lots of digital artists creating incredible artworks, with awesome effects and colors.Starting on personal computers creations, with the booming of mobile digital devices (smartphones and tablets) digital painting becomes now more and more popular amongst artists, designers and art lovers. Painting applications running on mobile devices become more versatile, and also more powerful.Besides basic painting applications for kids or absolute beginners, high quality professional applications can be found on the market. The professional application level must offer more options and features to the users. But with more options and features, the applications become more sophisticated and more complicate to use.In this article I’ll talk about the topic which I do consider to be the heart of painting applications: the brush effects. I’ll not enumerate the thousands different models of brush heads. In fact I’ll try to explain how they work and how they are organized. Then how you can take advantage on mobile digital painting. THE BASISBasically, it’s easy to understand the mechanism of a brush stroke:1/ Take a basic image, like a circle.2/ Then print it once on the screen: you get a printed circle.3/ Following a straight line, print the image several times: you have several lined up circles. The spaces between the circles is still large.4/ Now close up the circles until they overlap each other: finally you get a straight line… made with circles. MORE OPTIONSOn the base of the brush stroke made with circles, we can add some variations of its aspect:1/ The size: many applications give the possibility to adjust the size of the brush with a cursor (or any other suitable tool). You can also find some applications, for a reason of simplicity, preset all the brush sizes, then the user cannot adjust them, but can select between several preselected brushes according to their size.All the 2 solutions have its advantages, it’s a question of developer’s choice. 2/ The opacity (color saturation): this parameter will add or remove transparency to the colors. To fade out a color, you just add more transparency. And with 0% of transparency, the color is totally opaque (100% saturation).3/ The space between 2 brush heads: this parameter can get you confused with the opacity adjustment. In fact, visually opacity and spacing produce the same effect, but they are totally different. Why spacing produce opacity? If you overlay several low-density images, you’ll obviously obtain a darker image. In the other hand, if you increase the opacity (saturation) of a low-density image, it darkens too.Practically, according to the wanted effect, you have to find the correct balance between opacity and spacing. If you want more transparent colors, spacing adjustment can be done first, then add or remove opacity. Just keep in mind that adding opacity will remove the transparency of colors.Just one more remark about spacing: the more you overlay the brush heads, the more image duplication you’ll get, and the more your device will slower down. It’s mechanical. Then sometimes you’ll find some sophisticate brush style drawing with a lag behind your finger.To summarize this, the best procedure to manage the brushes is to adjust orderly the 3 parameters: first adjust the brush size, second select the spacing rate, third choose the opacity. BRUSH FLUIDITY.The best way to make the brushes less responsive is to adjust the spacing at the smallest size. Indeed, the worse brush setting is: opacity and size at maximum, spacing at minimum. Then low speed and high darkness are guaranteed.But a too small brush size is not always best for fluidity, it depends on the form of the brush. Each user will find his own adjustments. Personally I feel more comfortable with a light but fluent brush, even with a big sized one. I prefer to make several small strokes than a large one. BRUSH STROKES QUALITYAll painting applications don’t have the same quality of brush strokes. A brush stroke can be defined by 3 particularities: responsiveness, smoothness and dynamic brush head effects.1) Responsiveness: is the short delay between the finger speed and the painted stroke on the screen. On the same device, two applications can have two very different speeds of brush strokes.2) Smoothness: there is an easy test you can make. Open your painting app, take a brush or a pencil, and quickly draw a circle on your device’s screen. With low quality painting applications, the strokes will show broken lines, like a train running inside a curve. These broken lines will disappear when smoothness is added to the strokes.3) Brush heads: all brushes don’t have the same optical effects. These effects are created by 2 elements: the form of the head, and the dynamic effects. These 2 elements could be added one by one or all together.In fact, brush heads are not only made with simple shapes like circle, square, triangle… Their forms are very rich and various.Brush dynamic effect is about the quantity of color loaded in the brush and the different movements given to the brush in the same single stroke (example: the jitter effect which throws the brush head at random over and below the line of followed by the stroke).All these advanced particularities make the difference between low quality painting applications and the professional ones.Artists always create their masterpieces according to the technical evolution. You can see the differences between drawings made with pencils and chalks. The techniques came first, giving more power and possibilities to artists.Digital painting on PC is widely used by artists and professionals. And now the mobile digital painting is starting strongly, it’ll surely become the next painting technique to master absolutely.

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Check Out the Difference Between the Plasma and LCD TV Now

You might be wondering what kind of flat screen television is better – is it Plasma or LCD? Let this review help you by comparing the features of these two types of television. In the recent market, Plasma television is leading the battle between the two televisions and sooner or later it will get the crown. Checking the features of each of these televisions can help consumers decide which television they should choose.Plasma TVs came out with the 42 to 50 inch models which became a hit in the market. This made the Plasma TV a leader in the flat screen television industry. And since these large screens TV models have maintained its standing in the world of televisions, their prices started to go down. Initially, you can buy this Plasma TV for more than 5,000 dollars but at this time, you can get it at even less than 2,500 dollars. This is indeed an advantage for Plasma TV.With this size factor, LCD television manufacturers are not allowing the Plasma TVs to completely take control. Today, they are producing larger screen models same as Plasma TVs at 42 to 50 inches. This makes the battle more exciting!The 42-inch model leads the popularity when it comes to the screen size. Because of this, television companies tend to produce more than the demands. This is the reason why the prices of these televisions are beginning to go down. However, Plasma TVs is still leading when it comes to the price because they are the pioneer in producing these large models. On the other hand, LCD TVs are predicted to win the battle as it will begin dropping the prices down far more practical than the Plasma TV.Now, if you are after the multimedia specifications, then you should go for LCD TVs. LCD Television has the features most consumers are looking for such as the PC connections, memory cards and USB ports to be able to connect it to the PC monitors. Another exciting feature is the ability to play MP3 files and to view images taken through your digicams. And for all video game fans, they will surely appreciate the crystal clear graphics and text resolutions.What are the other factors why LCD televisions are leading the competition between Plasma and LCD TVs? This is the lifespan of the television. The life span of the plasma screen is usually around 60,000 hours while for LCD TVs, it is around 80,000 hours. Another good thing about LCD TV is that it does not have the “burn area” feature which is a shortcoming of Plasma TV. In addition, LCD TVs has become more popular when it comes to portability. LCD TVs have come out with petite and convenient to carry model which is a great deal people love.

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Developing a Vision in Health Care – Part 2

Health care organizations continue to struggle with having effective execution of their strategic plan.  Although well-intentioned, they often fall short of the goals that they set out to achieve.  Strategic planning is partially dependent on a clear, compelling vision and also dependent on identifying the “default future”.  David Logan and Steve Zaffron in the Three Laws of Performance discuss the idea that we all have a default future, which often is some small modification of the past.  This modification may be a little bit better, but just as easily could be a little bit worse.All health care organizations are looking for a breakthrough, usually in the culture.  They want to develop a culture of caring, or of safety, or of quality, or service, or some combination of such.  So the question that hounds health care organizations are can true transformational change happen?  I believe it can, but it requires discipline, courage, humility and strength to persevere. Jim Collins often talks about the need to develop a vision based on identifying core values and a core ideology.  In order to do this we need be intentional in discovering the values of those who work in the organization, since they will reflect their personal values into the organization.  For example, a worker in health care may often say they work in the organization because caring for people is a high value, another person may say that they are here for a paycheck.  Are the two values reflected here different, is one more important than the other? Identifying the real values in the statements will help bring out deeper more meaningful values that will connect with the workers you are interviewing.Not only do health care organizations need to identify values, but also understand their core ideology.  The core ideology defines the purpose of the organization.  In health care we often simplify this to “provide care to the people we serve.”  We may primp this up with pillars or goals, but the does the purpose connect with the people who work on the front lines.  Once true values are identified and core ideology is identified, now the health care organization can develop an “envisioned future” that is truly transformational.  This process requires a broad based team that has representation from many stakeholders

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Commercial Mortgages in The New Economy

When an investor or business owner who finances commercial property use a dent instrument known as a commercial mortgage. The process of obtaining commercial mortgages is not the same a trying to get funding for a home loan. Commercial loan underwriters are looking at different factors to determine if a loan could be made.First of all when someone is in need of commercial mortgages, you just don’t call up a broker or lender ask what is today’s interest rate and what is your best deal. It does not work like that in this Industry.First of all, a lot of information about the commercial property will need to be obtain as well as information about the borrower. More importantly how much cash flow the property is generating, occupancy rates, location, type of use, requested loan amount, loan to value rations and other qualifying factors need to be known before an interest rate can be quoted.The loan to value ratio of the commercial mortgage will be looked at closely. That one factor alone will make or break any deal. The lower the loan to value ration is (amount of equity in property or down payment) the better the chances for pre-approval.Before the economic crisis began around 2007, commercial properties could have been 100% financed or perhaps a 10% down payment (90 LTV) was all that would of really been need for the loan to have a good chance of successfully closing.Now that we are on the horizon of the post economic crisis of 2007 through 2009 there is another loan approval factor being placed in to the underwriting equation. That is how stable is the value of the property? If it is determined that a commercial property is most likely not to decline in value anymore and has in fact stabilized, then lenders may be interested in proceeding with the loan.However if a property’s value or area is still experiencing declining values, then it is likely that a lender will not be interested in funding the deal until there is a reversal in prices and economic stability.In these new economic times, commercial mortgage lenders will be looking more closing at the properties that they will be lending money on. They will now be more cautious and take on deals with the least amount of risk to them. In the old days deals were passing through underwriting without to much scrutinizing of the loan file and lenders were even offering non-recourse loans to the borrowers. It is possible that non-recourse loans could become a thing of the pass, we will have to wait and see.There are still investors out there willing to lend on commercial properties. Any property with stabilized values or potential increase in values stands a better chance of closing and being funded for commercial mortgages.

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Keep These 5 Rules in Mind for Successful Commercial Designing

Who doesn’t want an excellent commercial design? Excellent commercial design is important to maintain the reputation and brand image of the company. As it is said, the first impression is the last impression, a good impression always attracts potential customers. It’s obvious no one would ever love to walk in a congested environment with bad lighting.

Bad design and interiors deteriorate the productivity of the employees. It can be a confusing task when planning a commercial designing project for the first time, hiring expert Commercial Architects Melbourne can be the best option to know about the latest trends and perfect matching designs.

This blog is about some basic rules to consider for making the commercial project successful.
Keep structures versatile

When it comes to transforming any commercial space, focusing on convertibility and keeping office interior decor versatile can be the best option. It can be done by implementing a versatile structure to spaces such as cafeterias, offices, and many more. Everyone gives preference to comfort hence, focusing on spatial and versatile design will help to complete commercial designing projects in an optimal way.

Consider the latest technology implementations

Technology plays a supportive role to enhance the commercial designing project. Moving forward with the latest technology is important to execute any business smoothly because technologies make the work much easier and comfortable for the employee as well as organizations. Implementing centralized and decentralized digital control is much needed in any commercial design.

Keep office aesthetics updated

Good aesthetics and interiors impact the overall representation of the office and make the place functional and attractive. Hire a reputed designer for modern décor and furniture ideas. Hiring a designer reduces half of the project stress and helps to meet the contemporary fashion and latest trends. They can help to choose the perfect theme that blends well with the office decor, atmosphere, and colour.

Provide personalized space to prevent congestion

Majority of customer prefers personalized space such as different seating to seat comfortably and do the personal work. Personalized space is one of the crucial factors for customer-based service offices such as hotels and cafeterias to provide an ambient and comfortable place.

Always keep safety first

Safety is the central feature of every construction and designing project. Hence, it’s the high-priority factor to keep the aesthetic and functional safety at the working place. It can be compromised for interior decoration and design purposes but it’s not at all affordable to compromise for safety purposes.

Following the above useful ideas can easily help in the successful completion of a commercial designing project in a safe and pleasing way. In today’s, modern construction, reliability, and comfort is also an equally important factor.

Final words,

It’s important to hire the experienced Building designer Melbourne to make the commercial designing project worthy. Hope the above rules helped you to scale up your interior designing projects with a better outcome. Follow the above tips for any renovation or remodelling project and surely you will get award-winning and achieve a better office experience.

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How Long Should A Laptop Battery Last And How To Increase the Battery Life

No matter how expensive your laptop is, its battery won’t last more than four years. According to experts, a new laptop battery gives you as many as 1,000 cycles. In other words, you can charge and recharge the battery up to 1000 times. However, many factors play their role to increase or decrease the lifespan of a laptop battery. For instance, the material used for producing the battery substance. So, if you want to ensure that your battery stands the test of time, given below are some of the tips that can help.

1. Install a good battery monitor

If you are looking for an alternative, you can choose from tons of third-party utilities. Basically, the software programs help you monitor your laptop battery. These programs have no compatibility issues with any type of laptop.

Using these tools, you can find out which programs are using most of the battery power. You can then close the unwanted programs to save battery power.

2. Install maintenance apps

You can use some manufacturer-recommended maintenance tools for maintaining your laptop battery. Based on the type of your battery, you will receive different suggestions. Apart from this, your operating system will come with a built-in utility that can help you keep an eye on your battery condition.

3. Maintain your device temperature

You should try your level best to ensure your laptop maintains its temperature. In summer, electronic devices tend to heat up, which negatively impacts the life of the battery packs.

Therefore, you should make sure that there is a little bit of space between the bottom of the device and the table you have placed your device on. Besides, the ventilation system of your device should be working properly. For this purpose, regular cleaning of your device is quite important.

4. Don’t use maximum brightness

When your screen brightness is at maximum level, your device will use the maximum power. So, turning down the brightness is the first thing you can do to save power. Also, it is not a good idea to keep the brightness at max level as it can have a negative impact on your eyesight.

So, by following these simple tips, it will be easier for you to extend the life of your laptop battery.

5. Change the power-saving settings

Before you do anything, go into the power options of your laptop. If you are using Windows operating system, you can go to the control panel to access the power options. The control panel can be accessed from the Start Menu.

Some users have MacOS. If you are one of them, you need to access Energy Saver, which is found in the System Preferences. If these values are set to default, your computer will use the least amount of power.

So, what you need to do is make small changes to the settings so that you achieve a balance between power and performance. For best performance, there is always the choice to connect your device to the AC outlet.

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The Best Ways I’ve Found To Make Money Online From Home

Have you been looking for a way to make money online without having to know much of the internet stuff? Wanting to work at home but don’t know how to do it? Here is the key gem: Between all the tricks on joining the craft beer movement, opening a gallery or being a tour operator, you will find clever advice that anybody can apply to make money online quickly.

The most basic way to make money online is through affiliate marketing. It is really easy. Basically you set up an ad for someone she is selling something and when they click through and buy it, you make money! Simple enough if you have no technical skill at all. Here are some simple tips on how to earn using affiliate marketing:

Drop-shipping is one of the most useful methods. You select a product in which you believe there is a demand and then drop-ship it to your customers in small quantities. You make money from the difference between what the stock costs and what you sell it for. For this method, it is important to note that you may need to make space for your inventory on your premises or perhaps wait until you have a build of an inventory before you can start drop-shipping; but the advantages make it a good choice for those seeking to make money online from their spare time.

Paid surveys are a great way to earn some extra cash. These can be accessed easily and there are many sites where you can get paid from spending your spare time. There is one site, though, which is said to pay $200 a week for twelve weeks straight – you can’t beat that kind of money making potential. With paid surveys, it is important to note that the sites are generally scams, and that you need to do some research to ensure you are making good money making opportunities.

Finally, a passive income generating method that can bring in money on autopilot is eToro’s Forex trading. This works by allowing you to invest on a demo account and earn money from the performance of the currencies being exchanged. The best thing about this system is that it allows you to do virtually anything and still see profits coming in. eToro has an average starting price of less than $50 and can generate an income of five figures in just a few months.

These are the best things I have found for making money online from your home. Though none of them are as good as, say, a paid-online course, they are much more affordable and can provide a valuable education to start earning money immediately online. With just a little research, you should be able to find a legitimate opportunity to get paid to learn the basics of making money in the currency markets. This is a truly remarkable opportunity.

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Finding the Best Business Idea For Your Home Based Business

How many home based business opportunities are available to you? If you want to make money online at home, you really have many options to choose from. The big question is – which one will give you the biggest chance of success? Is there a ‘one size fits all’ answer? The simple truth is that not every opportunity is right for everyone, and not every opportunity will bring you the greatest amount of profit.

So, what are some home business ideas that can make money online for you? The quick and dirty answer is: the one that best suits your particular set of needs. Make a list of your priorities, including a high income; a low-risk schedule; freedom; flexibility; work-life balance; independence; something in your range of skills and expertise; and interesting work that you have an interest in… You can take this list with you and talk to people who are working from home on the same things that you would be considering. Chances are that you will find some great niches that fit your standards and your desires.

But what if you want to get started right away? It’s easy to think that you can jump into a new business idea and be successful immediately, but this often isn’t the case. It takes many different things to make sure that you will be able to get through the hurdles and actually make it to a point where you are seeing profit. If you don’t work at it slowly, you will be setting yourself up for failure. Here’s the lowdown on some different things that you should consider as you create your own business idea:

First, you need to think about what you have to offer. If you don’t have any ideas as to what to do as a freelance writer, a lowdown on finding a niche is very important. Many beginners go into this completely clueless. But if you know that you have a skill that others are desperately seeking, you may be able to provide them with the service they are looking for without having to spend much time building up a website or getting traffic to it.

Another thing to consider is what kinds of products or services would best fit a niche that you would like to get started in. In this case, the lowdown on finding the best business idea for you would include taking a look at what you love to do and what you can offer others. If writing is not your strongest point, but you love to get creative, consider freelance data entry. Freelance data entry does not require a lot of startup capital, but you still need to have the skills that will allow you to be successful in this area. The best lowdown on finding the best business idea for you is to simply start looking at what you like to do and what you can offer others.

There are many other areas of freelance writing that you can explore in order to make the most out of your home based online business. Freelance writers are in high demand online. If you have the skills that are needed to do well in this field, there is no reason that you should not be able to find a great home-based online business that will give you the income that you want.

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Earn Money Writing From Home And Never Run Out of Ideas

Is it your dream to work from home as a writer and earn money from everything you write? That was my dream for years, and 20 years ago it became my reality.

One of the hardest things at first was to come up with ideas of what to write about. I started by doing freelance writing and I also set up my own website and I wanted to write and publish books. It was all a great plan, but it meant coming up with thousands of ideas.

At first I didn’t think it was possible, but it turned out that not only was it possible to come up with endless ideas for writing, but I ended up with notebooks full of ideas because I had more than I could ever use at once.

And I’ll tell you 3 things that helped.

1. I write fast. Once I’m into writing an addictive story or an interesting article – or series of articles, I get into a writing ‘flow’ and can write for hours. I never stop and second-guess myself. I just keep writing because fast writers are mega producers and never have time for writers’ block.

2. The more I write and the faster I write, the more writing ideas I have. Productive writers always get an abundance of ideas as they write. When I’m immersed in my writing, my creative mind goes into hyper-drive. Even if I started with only one or two ideas, once I sit down and start writing the ideas start flowing. And it doesn’t matter what I write. Even if I’m journaling or copying out someone else’s writing by hand (just for practice), it inspires ideas.

3. I love to write. Most days I’m excited and motivated to sit down and write. I hurry through other chores I have to do so that I can get to my desk and write.

At first, being a writer was hard because it’s not easy to work from home with no boss, no set hours and too many distractions. But once I got a writing routine, I found that once I sat my backside in my chair and started writing, it was easy to ignore everything and motivation arrived and kept me going.

So if you find yourself longing to write but stuck for ideas, just sit down and start writing. Write anything even if it’s just nursery rhymes you were taught as a kid, or open a book and start handwriting it out.

And if you’re like me you’ll find that even on days when you think you don’t feel like writing and the ideas just won’t come, sit down and write anyway, and before you know it you’ll be overloaded with ideas.

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The Top Five Real Estate Markets in the US

Texas is hot. Not just in terms of what the thermometer says, but also in terms of real estate. Three of the top five real estate markets in the U.S. right now are all in the Lone Star State. But if wide open plains or the Gulf Coast don’t appeal to you, don’t worry, there are other cities for you to consider. Let’s dive in to learn more about the five best bets for real estate.1. Denver. Now that the economy is perking up, home prices and housing demand are both on the rise in the beautiful Mile High City. Unlike pre-recession levels, however, oil companies do not dominate the employment market as much as they did, so the Denver economy is not as volatile as it once was. Plus, the housing areas around the country that fell the hardest when the recession hit were the first to start to recover. Once those areas balanced back out, it was time for other markets to grow. Denver has seen home sales increase 4.6% over last year, and home prices increase 9.2% in the same time frame, making it one of the single hottest real estate markets around.2. San Antonio. The first Texas entry is for an area with a robust economy and reasonable home prices. Home prices here have still risen 4.3% over 2014 levels, and sales overall are up 5.5%. San Antonio has also outpaced the nation in terms of job growth, posting a mere 4% unemployment rate earlier this year thanks to adding additional types of businesses besides oil so instability in the economy has been reduced.3. San Jose. It has been well noted recently that the entire Bay Area has been extremely popular in terms of housing. Bidding wars have broken out over homes, and houses are selling within days of hitting the market, even fixer-uppers. San Jose, just to the south of San Francisco, has a median home price of over $680,000. High tech is king once again, and that brings people to the area. Workers are looking for places to live, leading experts to predict that home sales will increase 7% this year over 2014.4. Dallas. Next on the Texas three-step is the home of the Cowboys. In the last few years the price of oil has fluctuated, but Dallas has made it a point to stay strong despite the deck it was dealt. They have added jobs at a rate that outpaces the national recovery, and home sales are back to pre-recession levels. Prices in Dallas are up 7.3% over last year, and the predictions are that these economic indicators will remain true for a while to come.5. Houston. Houston rounds out the Texas trifecta despite being the one city on the list that hasn’t diversified employment much outside the oil industry. Buoyed by the fact that Texas is attracting more people than any other state, sales of houses are expected to be 5% higher this year than in 2014.There are several honorable mentions, like Des Moines and Minneapolis, the latter of which is a big draw for younger homebuyers, but these five cities are going to be trendsetters this year and will help the overall housing market look brighter for some time to come.

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