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I'm almost reluctant to post this notice in case I jinx us; but following two foiled attempts earlier this month, we think we're finally able to take a little beach holiday for the next few days.  I'll still be online, but not as regularly.  I thank you for your patience.  Damien.


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  1. You might be onto something with the weekly schedule. I’ll track that. It’s ten years old though, I wouldn’t spend money on it. Will update soon!
  2. From this morning, but I don’t think it woke up last night. Will try again when it does. Have a great weekend!
  3. thanks Brian! I'll do this in the next few days and follow up!
  4. Hi Brian! I have an old laptop (running Windows 10) in my bedroom that I like to keep handy for tasks that are awkward on a tablet. It runs well for this light use, and shutting the lid to put it to sleep doesn’t cause problems (except the one I’m about to complain about). Because it’s slow to boot, I don’t want to shut it down every single time. But.... sometimes it wakes up in the middle of the night and makes noise for a few minutes. I’m a light sleeper. I’ve looked at every scheduled task I could think of, disabled a sleep wake timer setting, but the problem persists. Do you have any suggestions I could try? This isn’t urgent, obviously, just figured I’d ask. Thanks! (And happy new year!)
  5. Thank you as always.
  6. the screenshot makes it look so simple, but I actually have a new bald spot from trying to keep track of which layer I was masking
  7. Thanks! Should I do it on top or underneath my existing layers? Gaussian blur? Any other tips? I only used Gaussian blur once before and it was months ago.
  8. Hi Damien, another photographer asked me to composite the best parts of some shots where she missed focus, and I've done my best with what she had.... but I'm wondering if some blur might help in areas where the sharper focus seems out of place. Would you mind taking a look and telling me what you think? In the all-girls photo I'm looking at the stairs and the woman in green's flowers. In the "coed" photo I'm not sure about the little girl's flowers. Thanks!
  9. Thank you soooooo much, I really appreciate this.
  10. I halved the image size to fit the crop into 700x700, hope that was the right approach. thanks again
  11. Thank you! Here's a few crops. Forgot to mention this isn't my photograph, I'm helping another photographer. The edits to this point are hers, not mine. (And she's satisfied with my gradient layer edit, but I know it can be better.)
  12. Hi Damien, What do you recommend for getting rid of that radiator? I cloned over it for a smooth surface, then tried copying the left wall, but it's so much darker. A gradient layer did OK but makes me want to try copying the wall again for its texture. The molding is also giving me hell. I copied from the other wall but again it's so much darker and hard to transform into the right position. I suspect you'll have some good suggestions Thanks!
  13. Ha ha I think part of the reason I’m a stickler for backing up is that I remember the days when drives/disks failed if you looked at them funny. The game looks ahead of the curve for its time (but only by a year or two ). I can see a straight line from there to games today. Very cool!
  14. never heard of that but I bet my husband has!
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