Monthly Archives: June 2001

Questions and Answers Part 4

This week I will again answer some of the mail that I have been receiving recently in the hope that it will resolve a number of problems that my readers have been having with their computers.

I hope you can assist with this particularly annoying default of Word 2000 envelope printing; when in Word 2000 and having written a letter, if I want to print an envelope I go to Tools/Envelopes and Labels and find the address already in place.However the envelope orientation is defaulted to ‘Portrait’ and because it is much easier to place the A4 envelope in the hopper in ‘Landscape’ thus avoiding the need to change the printer-paper guides I am have to continually change the envelope orientation; the problem being that it seems impossible to make ‘Landscape’ the Default!

Richard Stinton

I do recognise the problem that Read the rest

Graphics Workshop Part 4: Graphics Software

On the fourth week of the graphics workshop feature, lets look back over the previous weeks; so far we have covered the subject of getting photo’s onto your computer using scanners and digital cameras and how to get them off your computer using a printer.However, what do you do if you want to have some fun with them half way?Modern image editing software lets you do just that, you can put a photo on to your computer and play around with it; changing heads on peoples’ bodies, changing the background and so on, then, when you’re happy with it you can print your masterpiece.

Most scanners and digital cameras come with software to allow you to do just this, although probably on a very basic level; if however you really want the best then perhaps go for a program such as Read the rest

Graphics Workshop Part 3: Printers

Over the past couple of weeks, we have covered how to capture pictures and transfer them onto your computer; unfortunately this is of little use without some way of eventually printing off your work.

Today, when looking for a perfect printer, you have a choice between two completely different technologies, either a Laser or Ink-Jet printer; I will briefly explain both styles of printer today and what to look for when buying.

Ink-Jet printer – This style of printer uses ink cartridges to spray a fine pattern of ink onto the paper with incredible accuracy.The most common choice for the home user, inkjet printers are cheap to purchase and are good for printing images and photos although they do suffer from a slow printing speed and a lower quality text output in comparison to laser printers.Colour versions of Ink-jets simply spray, Read the rest

Graphics Workshop Part 2: Scanners

Last week in Click we looked at the advent of new technology being put to use in cameras; by integrating digital technology it has been possible to produce cameras that don’t use film and therefore don’t need developing, you also gain the advantage of being able to select which pictures you want to keep and those that you want to delete.

This week we cover another popular area of image capture, that of scanners.To put it simply, a flatbed scanner is very much like a photocopier.Instead of printing the image, however, the signals it receives from bouncing a light source off the picture are sent straight to a computer for manipulation.

In previous years there would be scope in this article to write about the many different styles of scanners in addition to the fore-mentioned flatbed scanner.These include scanners that were Read the rest

Graphics Workshop Part 1: Digital Cameras

Recently the power of the home PC has reached such a level that it is possible to be used for advanced artistic applications, whether it is through the capture and manipulation of sound, video or pictures.Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to look at several items of hardware that allow you to achieve the latter of the applications listed above; the ability to capture and manipulate pictures.

One of the most exciting developments in recent times is the rapid improvement in digital camera technology.For those of you unsure, digital cameras are very much like ordinary ‘analogue’ cameras that we’ve had for many years, just without the film, all pictures that you take are stored on special memory chips inside the camera and when you’ve finished shooting, they are copied onto your home computer.The advantages for this type of storage Read the rest