Friday, 13 January 2012

Download Ulysses by James Joyce

"From January 1st, writings published during Joyce’s lifetime – Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake – are available for publication and quotation without reference or payment to the James Joyce estate.

Joyce died on January 13th, 1941; originally, copyright in these works in Britain and Ireland extended for 50 years, until 1991. However, some two years after that date, EU copyright law was harmonised to bring it into line with German practice and the period was extended to 70 years."

Download Ulysses, Dubliners, here:

More info here:
James Joyce Centre

Thursday, 5 January 2012

How To - Photoshop - Erase Background

If you have a solid colour background, you can erase the background all at once.  Open Photoshop (I use Creative Suite 4 and 5).  Open the image choose SELECT from the menu bar, and then choose ALL.  Copy the image (press CTRL-c) and open a new document, making sure that the "Background contents" field says: TRANSPARENT.  Paste your image here (CTRL-v).  Now to erase the background: from the menu bar, choose SELECT > COLOR RANGE then use the eyedropper tool to suck up the background color, then when the background is selected, hit delete and the background is gone.  

Remember to save the file as a PNG or a GIF or TIFF because a JPG does not recognize transparent backgrounds - it just puts a white background back on the image. 

Here, I took the white background off of my logo ( and put on an orange background.  It may have to be done more than once to get it totally clean.