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  • How-Tos: What is a 'Console Session' in Windows 7?

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    A reader wanted to know if there is a tablet that works with a CyKey one-handed keyboard. Our Helproom Editor was there to advise.

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    Clean, crisp artwork may sometimes be the artist's goal, but the pursuit of perfection can also lead to artwork that looks clinical, and perhaps even a bit corporate. Clients these days seem to favor a worn, even grungy look in which the art looks a bit roughed up, with subtle scratches, mottled patterns, or even paper fold lines. One way to produce is effect is by a process, known as distressing, which can add a surprising degree of character to your artwork.


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