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  2. Since I just made my main forums viewable to all, you still need to be logged in to post, I want to clarify my thought process on why get a single 1TB HD instead of a combo configuration. After all, by having two hard drives, gives you more storage, right? Well yes and no.... The reason is, people are creatures of habit. The majority of us out there are used to dumping everything on a "C Drive." The whole clicking "next-next-next-ok-apply-next-next-finish" way of thinking in engraved in our heads. You don't have to think and unfortunately, Hard Drives usually become dumping grounds. Unless you mentally THINK each and every time to store stuff on the "D Drive," more than likely it will end up on C, usually the desktop in a folder somewhere. I've seen this very issue hundreds of times...people forget about the second hard drive, especially if it's internal. Why? The 'ol "Out of Sight-Out of Mind" thing. When people see an external hard drive, it forces them to think about it and they will easily store things on a EHD. When it comes to an internal drive, people will forget about having a second drive and then the main drive gets filled with crap, which results in a panicked post here or on FB Ask Damien with a computer that isn't working correctly. So that's why I like having a 1TB Main HD. It's big enough for the OS, Main Programs & Updates...along with the PS Scratch Disk, and gives you a little room to work with current projects. If you choose a 500GB model, you will have to put all sessions and files on the "D Drive / aka the Data Drive" to house your files. Make sense? It's just so easy to dump everything on the "C Drive."
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  4. Because that particular photo doesn't have floor shadows, you could do it with a plain solid colour layer instead of levels.
  5. Ok so I tried it with the darker teal and it has created a very harsh line around her fur - I tried to reduce the opacity and brush black onto the line but it created a bit of a halo around her (but still with a harsh line) but maybe my brush wasn't small enough?
  6. Yep! There are two differences I would make. One is to get a 1TB single drive instead of a dual configuration. You can always add another internal HD at a later time, for less money. Second, if you are just using Photoshop, you don't "need" the "Super" Version of the Video Card. Unless you are a heavy gamer as well. Here are my changes:
  7. There's just a little light patch on the right-hand side I can see, where the front leg meets the back leg.
  8. ah I think I see what I did wrong... my first go at it
  9. Yes. You need to read my linked instructions very carefully.
  10. Update: I typed in the numbers for the colour and got it to work! Are you supposed to be able to click on the colour rectangle to get the right real colour?
  11. Woah! That looks awesome! Okay so I did the rectangle with the teal colour, added a levels layer below it, double clicked the white eye dropper - but I can't select the teal colour? What am I missing?
  12. First, make a marquee selection across the top of the image, then add a Solid Color on that area, with the colour you showed me. Then add a Levels layer below that Solid Color layer, and use the white eyedropper to turn the white (and the dog!) into teal. Then mask around the dog carefully. Then turn off or delete the Solid Color layer.
  13. Ok this is one of the teals (that this picture will go on)
  14. Ok! I will ask them if they NEED a transparent background, I have a PDF of the file they are using so I will try to grab the colour from there
  15. I urge you to avoid transparency if possible. It's hard to do, and impossible to do well. Try to ask them for the exact colour they need, then you and I will work together to change the background to that colour.
  16. They want to use it for a hand out given to people who are adopting DQ'd service dogs (with training tips etc.) It will be going on a bright or dark teal background. I think it will be printed on a normal office printer but I am not sure.
  17. There are several ways, yes. Can you tell me a bit more about the job? For what purpose do they need to have transparent backgrounds?
  18. Is there a way to remove the white background so that it is transparent? I've got 5 or 6 that would need this done!
  19. Hi Brian, first time poster. You helped me with my first desktop I bought back in 2014 and it's about time to update/upgrade. I've tried to sort through your minimum/preferred suggestions and also searched up posts, but would you mind taking a look at this for me? Not sure if this link works but here is where I was working: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/cty/pdp/spd/xps-8930-se-desktop/xd8930se41h?cartitemid=764bbbe7-8907-41c4-ad2f-7397f19b1950&ref=carconfigedittitle&configurationid=87c27ba8-234c-4d8b-a949-f0f3e18acdf4&aid=4485850&cjevent=bec936a7a43c11ea813e00220a240610&gacd=9694607-23736398-5750457-266319267-127795103&dgc=af&ven1=12578053-4485850-bd3ae398a43c11ea9279a6226f9167e90INT&dclid=CMnyr9aq4ekCFYHawAodFlcD0w 32GB DDR4 at 2666MHz; up to 64GB (Additional memory sold separately) NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM 3.5" SATA HDD (Storage) Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 9700 (8-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 4.7GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
  20. This is where Damien and my opinion differs. Personally, I work off my external hard drive. That being said, I have a very fast and stable 12GB Thunderbolt 3 G-Drive. If all I had was a USB 2.0 Drive, I wouldn't be working off my external. In your case, with a stupidly small internal hard drive, I would be working off an external drive. You want your internal hard drive to be as clean as possible. For the best results, you need to be using a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 drive, depending on what TB port you have on your laptop. If you create an Alias from a folder that is on your external drive, put it on the Mac Desktop, if you save whatever files to your Alias folder, it automatically puts in in the folder that the Alias in linked to. In reality, when it comes to an Alias, it's almost like you are working with the original folder, with the exception for when it comes to moving the source folder somewhere else. When you save out of Photoshop, just like my example above, you click Desktop in the left column and choose the appropriate Alias. Just like you did when things were physically on your desktop. So it's just like working with your stuff on the desktop, except that it should be on your external HD. Make sense?
  21. Brian, when I am editing is it better to be working directly from my external hard drive? Or is it better to save the image on my Mac (in one of the Alias files?), then when finished save on my external and delete from Mac?
  22. I did but when I got the arm to look right she looked too skinny.
  23. You didn't try the Warp that I showed you?
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