Mike’s Technical Tip: Creating E-mail Aliases Without Help From IT

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Creating E-mail Aliases Without Help From IT

There are times when you can’t or don’t want to use your primary email address. Although you can use a personal or free “throw-away” email address, those techniques can be a hassle or unsafe. Plus, if you don’t have any way to access those accounts via your primary email application, it can be a pain. You could talk to your IT people or sysadmin and ask them to create a new email address, set up so you can access it along with your primary one, but there’s a much easier way to do it; it takes no technical knowledge at all; and you can make as many addresses as you want – here’s how.

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Using the PANTONE® Color Finder

The PANTONE Matching System (PMS) is is both universal and complex, and sometimes a designer might reference a color by its PANTONE number. But what if you need to know that color’s web (“hex”) or RGB values, or even its closest equivalent in 4-color (CMYK) for printing? There’s a great page on the PANTONE website for just that. (Confused already? You can brush up on all these terms in this post.)

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Using the “Jump to date” Feature in Google Calendar

Google Calendar has all kinds of great built-in functions, but one that’s missing is the ability to easily jump to any day, month, or year. Luckily, there is a way to enable that, if you know where to look.

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Using Key Objects to Align in Illustrator and InDesign

If you spend any time using Adobe InDesign or Illustrator, one of the tools you’re likely going to use (and probably often) is Align. When two or more objects need to be centered relative to each other, the Align tool is the way to go. The funny thing is that the tool acts differently between the two Adobe applications, and it’s helpful to know how each works and why Key Object is an important concept.

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Mike’s Technical Tip: Quick Color Changes in Photoshop

If you’ve ever had a picture of an object, but would like to change that object’s color, here’s a quick tip for doing that. This trick won’t work for all images and circumstances, but if the object’s color is 1) distinct and 2) fairly uniform, here’s a way to do it in a few seconds.

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