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Over 600 Entertainment Animations

Animations have become one of the most popular ways to add visual entertainment to what would otherwise be boring presentations and communications.  Sure, static images also enhance simple text, but there's something about animated clipart that is sure to elicit a smile. Whether it's PowerPoints, eGreetings or a simple email to a friend, if you're looking for a way to make these things a little more fun, you might want to consider giving animations a try. They will highlight your message and make it a little more interesting. For anyone searching out quality animations to include in their commercial or personal projects, there are great resources online, such as AnimationFactory —  a subscription service for everything from clipart to HD video backgrounds. The possibilities are endless with something for everyone and every theme.  So as adding entertainment to your work by using animations was the focus of this blog,  here then is a collection that's full of

Tips for Portrait Retouching in Photoshop

The entertainment industry is all about smoke and mirrors. The bold and the beautiful are made up and airbrushed to perfection, with skin smooth as satin and not a wisp of hair out of place. In their photographs, there is only agelessness.  Even the few older celebrities who have not become plastic surgeon junkies seem to have avoided Father Time when we see them in pictures. Accomplished makeup artists and hairstylists are only part of the equation. Let's face it, the rich and famous must love Photoshop, in which every leftover line or dark circle can be smoothed away or brightened. What's also nice about image editing software such as this, however, is that it at least evens the playing field somewhat for us normal folk.  Sure, we know that living up to ideals isn't necessary, that we need only to be happy in our own skin. But, everyone likes to look as good as they can. While we may not have stylists and aestheticians at our disposal to smooth away reality,  we c

A Collection of Entertainment

The world lost an amazing talent yesterday with the death of Robin Williams. While the Academy-Award winning actor and comedian had the ability to make so many people laugh, it was no secret that he battled many demons. To be able to entertain as he did, though, is a rare gift, one of which we are the grateful recipients. Sharing their talent of humour and music is work to  the people who have it, to us it is a pleasure. Though it was no help to him, Williams was one of the lucky ones, able to make a living making us smile.  For most people, having the talent doesn't necessarily mean getting to live in the spotlight. Becoming a celebrity these days relies as much on timing and contacts as it does on  abilities. On a recent trip to a city well-known for its arts and cultural environment, I watched four small children playing classical music on violins while standing on a street corner. The oldest would have been about nine. They were phenomenal, yet I suspect that at best so

5 Great Resources for Entertaining Images

Every year, in the summer, communities come to life with various music events. The warm weather draws people to outdoor venues where they can tap to  lively fiddles or  bounce to blazing guitars.  There are genres to appeal to every taste — jamborees under country skies,  blues and jazz festivals in downtown streets and classical concerts in park bandshells. This past weekend was the time for an outdoor event that my husband and I have attended for many years, a blues festival in an urban centre a short drive away from our hometown.  Joining an estimated 150,000 others over the course of three days to listen to dozens of artists,  we wandered from site to site enjoying great music under sunny summer skies. But as a dedicated people watcher, with so many others around me, you can be sure when I'm there that I'm looking almost as much as I'm listening.  One of the things that caught my attention was all of the t-shorts being sported,  nostalgic ones have concerts gone b