Hot Software How-Tos

How To: Use x-ray techniques in Photoshop to show naked skin through clothing (NSFW)

Do those new naked body scanners have you freaked out at the airports? As far as the TSA is concerned, those x-ray machines are here to stay, but you might as well take comfort in knowing that airport security guards aren't the only ones looking at your private parts. Practically anyone with a computer can manage to see through your clothes, and it's all thanks to a little program called Photoshop. Thanks, Adobe.

How To: Create a Basic Attendance Sheet in Excel

If you're a teacher in any type of school, whether it's high school, college, or middle school, it's imperative that you keep an attendance sheet. The paper and pen route can get pretty messy, and very disorganized, and that's where Microsoft Excel comes in. With this software, you can create a simple yet functional attendance sheet to keep track of your students.

How To: See Through Clothes with Gimp 2.6

If you can't seem to find any photos of naked people on the internet, don't fret, this how to will show you how to "see through" clothing using some simple techniques with Gimp 2.6 photo editor. Gimp is like Adobe Photoshop without the heavy price tag. Tight, white clothing works best for this trick, so keep that in mind. Watch the video and get one step closer to seeing someone naked. Right on your own computer! See through clothes with Gimp 2.6.

How To: Use Style Builder in Google SketchUp

Style Builder is a companion application to Google SketchUp 6 Pro that allows you to create, mix, and modify your own unique style that you can use and share in SketchUp. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to use this new software. This tutorial covers loading and mixing strokes, creating custom strokes, and how to finish the style in Google SketchUp.

How To: Install Auto-tune in your Audacity audio program

Audacity is a very effective program when it comes to audio and top of that it is free. Download Audacity from its home page, get the newest version because only that one will work with what we need to do. Install it when done with the downloading. Now the first step to installing auto-tune is getting the Audacity VST enabler, you need to need place this right or it will not work, it needs to go into the plug-ins folder in the Audacity installation folder. Now you need to get auto-tune evo fr...

How To: Make lightsaber effects using after effects

Did you ever want to know how to create Star Wars style lightsaber effects for your own home videos? Youtube user Comphelper225 has a way make this little bit of movie magic come to life using Adobe After Effects. Once you have a video of yourself or a friend swinging a base for your sword, the next step is to download Andrew Kramer's lightsaber presets from the Video Copilot website. Once it's installed, open up your video in After Effects to begin. Within the program, click Layer, New, and ...

How To: Generate random numbers (with decimals) in Excel

This video shows you how to generate random numbers with decimals in Microsoft Excel.When generating random numbers you must have a lower and upper limit, so that your number will be generated between the two limits. For a number without decimals, you only have to use the "=randbetween" function. If you want to use decimals, you will have to use a different but similar function. Start by typing "=rand()". Next, you multiply this by the difference between the limits and add the lower limit. Fo...

How To: Clean up a scanned drawing with the GIMP image editor

In this how to video, you will learn how to clean up scanned drawings using Gimp. You will need a scanner, drawing, and Gimp installed to do this. First, open the scanned drawing in Gimp. Next, select Select by Color. Click on an area that should be white and hit ctrl + x. Next, go to filters and select soft glow under the artistic sub menu. Play around with the settings to lighten the image and darken the important lines. Click okay once you are finished. Next, go to the artistic sub menu an...

How To: Split tracks in FL Studio

NFX shows how to split tracks into WAV files using FL Studio. You would do this to send your song to a professional mixing engineer or maybe to collaborate with a non-FL user. Split tracks can be used in Protools, Audition, etc., but are demonstrated here in Fruity Loops.

How To: Change a person's sex in an image editing program

Want to change someone's sex in Adobe Photoshop—making a boy look like a girl or a girl a boy? This clip will get you started. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular raster graphics editor or a seasoned designer looking to better acquaint yourself with the new features and functions of the latest iteration of the application, you're sure to benefit from this free software tutorial. For more information, watch this video guide.

How To: Make a freeze frame in Sony Vegas

How to Make Anything demonstrates how to make a freeze frame in Sony Vegas. You can go to the preview window and click on save snapshot to file. The program will then create a jpeg which you can lay into your video to create a freeze frame. You can also use Vegas' velocity envelopes to create a freeze frame. First, zoom into your video in the timeline so that you see each individual frame. Make sure that quantize to frames is toggled in the options menu. Then, hit S to split the video. Right ...

How To: Get iSerial Reader for Mac

In this Software video tutorial you will learn how to get iSerial Reader for Mac. With this program you can get the serial numbers to use for various programs. Almost all programs are listed. There is nothing complicated about this. Download the iSerial reader from Serial Box. Once it is downloaded, open the folder and install it. After you open the program, follow the ‘installing serial box’ instructions. The file to add when you click ‘install now’ is the ‘serial box’ file that came with th...

How To: Reverse video and audio in Sony Vegas

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to reverse video direction in Sony Vegas Movie Studio. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. Begin by importing the video clip(s) and/or audio into the time line. Then right-click on the clip and select Reverse. To reverse the audio, right-click on the track and select Reverse. To undo the video or track, right-click it and select Reverse once again. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy editing and creating videos, and would like t...

How To: Use the Antares Auto-Tune Evo VST in Audacity 1.3 Beta

This video explains how to make your voice sound like T-Pain using Audacity 1.3 (Beta), the VST Bridge for Audacity, and Auto-Tune Evo. Whether you're new to computer recording, new to the Audacity DAW (digital audio workstation) or just looking to pick up a few new tricks, you're sure to benefit from this video software tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this free video Audacity lesson.

How To: Create an interest-only loan schedule in Microsoft Excel

As you might guess, one of the domains in which Microsoft Excel really excels is finance math. Brush up on the stuff for your next or current job with this how-to. In this tutorial from everyone's favorite digital spreadsheet guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the 12th installment in his "Excel Finance Class" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to create an interest-only loan schedule in Excel.

How To: Clone yourself with iMovie

One is the loneliest number there is. Well, unless you clone yourself! This sweet video will show you how to do just that with Apple's iMovie. You'll need iMovie 11, or iMovie 09. This technique is also possible by using other video editing software tools as long as they are capable of doing blue screening or green screening. In addition, you'll need a sturdy tripod that you DO NOT move. This is essential to creating the effect. If you move the tripod, this effect will NOT work, or come off a...

How To: Remove camera flash hotspots in Photoshop

This video gives detailed instructions for removing a hotspot or flash reflection in a photo by using layers and masks. Start by adding a new blank layer and naming it something like Flash Suppress. You will use a special blending mode for this layer called darken. With your paintbrush you will loosely paint out the hotspot, having selected the color tone that you need with the eyedropper tool. Later on you can use layer masks to clean this up. Adjust the opacity of the layer until you have t...

How To: Remove Vocals from Songs Using Audacity

Need to remove the vocals from a song? Audacity just might be the answer. It's one of the few free audio editing programs out there with many, many features, making it simple to create a track for karaoke or simply to listen to an instrumental version.

How To: Turn a male voice to female voice with Audacity

If you're a user of digital editing software Audacity, you already know you can do a ton of cool things. One of the cooler things you can do is changing a guy's voice to sound like a woman's. This is done with pitch control, or autotune, and will like you modify the voice by a number of octaves. I this video, rock band 30 seconds to Mars is made to sound like Avril Lavigne. Check it out! Of course, this can also be done with your own voice too!

How To: Use the bubbles effect in Photoshop to make it look like your model is nude

Start with a photograph of a woman in a bikini. Open the picture in Adobe Photoshop. Now, learn how to use the Bubbles effect to make it look as though your model is not wearning anything! All you need is a little familiarity with Photoshop, since you will be working with layers and a few more advanced tools in the program. And make sure not to use your photograph to any nefarious purposes - this tutorial is just for fun, only!

How To: Create glass material in 3ds Max

Dave shows you how to produce a glass three different ways in 3ds Max in the video tutorial. Put two panels away, then concentrating on sensor one press m on the keyboard to bring up the materials editor. On the material editor go to the first sphere, choosing a slight blue color, bring up the specter level, bring up the glossy level, click on two sided and bring down the last two to about four. Look to see it is fairly transparent, in a test window. This is glass one, put on hide. Go to glas...

How To: Calculate monthly retirement income in Microsoft Excel

As you might guess, one of the domains in which Microsoft Excel really excels is finance math. Brush up on the stuff for your next or current job with this how-to. In this tutorial from everyone's favorite digital spreadsheet guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the 12th installment in his "Excel Finance Class" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to calculate average and marginal tax rates with Excel.

How To: Create a Tangent Line with Excel

Given a function, you can easily find the slope of a tangent line using Microsoft Excel to do the dirty work. That is to say, you can input your x-value, create a couple of formulas, and have Excel calculate the secant value of the tangent slope. This is a fantastic tool for Stewart Calculus sections 2.1 and 2.2.

How To: Change the pitch & formant of your voice with Audacity

Want to disguise your voice? With Audacity, it's a simple process. And this clip will show you precisely what to do. Whether you're new to computer recording, new to the Audacity DAW (digital audio workstation) or just looking to pick up a few new tricks, you're sure to benefit from this video software tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this free video Audacity lesson.

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