How to: Cut Out Images in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

28th September 2014

Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting…

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How to: Embed Shortcodes in a WordPress Theme

11th January 2013

If you’ve been using WordPress for a while, you will have come across shortcodes. They’re used to run certain functions, with a number built into WordPress and numerous others installed with plugins. They look something like this: [shortcode] or [shortcode] [/shortcode] Usually you just copy or type them straight into the content area of your…

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How to: Correctly Include JavaScript Files in WordPress Themes

23rd November 2012

There are quite a few ways to include JavaScript files into a theme, but only one method that is recommended by WordPress. The reason? To ensure maximum compatibility with updates and plugins, and avoid scripts being called multiple times. Following their guidelines, whether you’re handing over to a client, developing for yourself, or putting out a free theme…

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How to: Create a Separate Blog Page in WordPress

10th March 2012

If you’re running WordPress solely as a blog then you can show your latest posts on the home page, or link to specific categories/tags from menus. However, if you’re using WordPress as a CMS for your website then you may want the focus to be on your pages, with a separate tab for your blog….

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How to: Add Tables to WordPress Posts and Pages

4th January 2012

Table layouts in web design may have gone out with the last Ice Age, but there are still plenty of times when it’s necessary to add tabular data within a blog post or page. The WordPress TinyMCE editor, whilst richly featured and easy to use, doesn’t come with any table editing options by default. Here…

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How to: Enable Featured Images in Your WordPress Theme

3rd January 2012

It has always been possible to effectively attach an associated image to an article, either by uploading to the media library and creating a query, creating a custom field or installing a plugin, it’s just been a bit of a pain in the butt and required you to handle all of the cropping yourself. Cries…

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How to: Center a Div With Absolute Positioning

24th November 2010

When using relative positioning the easiest way to center one or a number of div tags is to create a wrapper without any float and set both the left and right margins to auto. However centering becomes problematic when using absolute positioning because using auto left and right margins no longer works in the same…

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How to: Add Lightbox Functionality to an Image Map

18th November 2010

I recently encountered a problem adding a lightbox function to an image map. The client wants to display thumbnail images of his work which overlap as if you’d laid a bunch of polaroids down on a table. Initially he wanted to have a full scale version of that picture appear on hover but we had…

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