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3 Using Masks and Layers—Painting, Filling, and Color Tools

Slice ePub May 27, 2014
<p>Masks and selections are two sides of the same coin. Whenever you select an image area for editing, you are, in fact, simultaneously laying a mask over the rest of the image. This mask serves to protect these areas from involuntary changes. (FYI: Editing refers to any kind of adjustment made to an image, including painting, copying, adding shapes or text, rotating, using filter effects, etc.)</p><p>The program works with the selection mode by default. If you’ve done the recommended exercises, you probably noticed that a dashed line of “marching ants” defines a selection. In the image window, you can toggle between mask mode and selection mode with the <em>Toggle Quick Mask</em> option in the <em>Select</em> menu or the corresponding button in the bottom left corner of the image window. In mask mode, the masked, or “protected,” area of the image is masked with an overlay of transparent red, hence the name <em>mask</em>.</p><p>In this chapter, you’ll be exploring select tools, layers, masks, and of course, the options available for these amazing tools.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/439769-gimp-2-8-for-photographers-image-editing-with-open-source-software">See more</a>

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Introducing XAML

Slice PDF May 27, 2014
<p>Chapter 1Introducing XAML</p><p>1</p><p>Introducing XAML</p><p>XAML (pronounced “Zamel”) stands for eXtensible Application Markup</p><p>Language. It is Microsoft’s new declarative language for defining application user interfaces. XAML provides an easily extensible and localizable syntax for defining user interfaces separated from application logic, similar to the object-oriented technique for developing n-tier applications with a MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture.</p><p>XAML was created by Microsoft expressly for the purpose of interfacing with its .NET Framework on its Windows Vista (formerly codenamed “Longhorn”) operating system through the WinFX (codename “Avalon”) presentation subsystem runtime environment. XAML gives developers the ability to control the layout of all .NET user-interface elements such as text, buttons, graphics, and listboxes, using XML. Because XAML is XML-based, your code must be well-formed XML. Every XAML tag corresponds directly to a .NET Framework class whose properties are controlled through the use of XML attributes.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/362011-xaml-in-a-nutshell">See more</a>

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Slice ePub May 27, 2014
<p>An array represents a fixed number of elements of a particular type. The elements in an array are always stored in a contiguous block of memory, providing highly efficient access.</p><p>An array is denoted with square brackets after the element type. For example:</p><p>Square brackets also <em>index</em> the array, accessing a particular element by position:</p><p>This prints "e" because array indexes start at zero. We can use a <code>for</code> loop statement to iterate through each element in the array. The <code>for</code> loop in this example cycles the integer <code>i</code> from <code>0</code> to <code>4</code>:</p><p>Arrays also implement <code>IEnumerable&lt;T&gt;</code>, so you can enumerate members with the <code>foreach</code> statement:</p><p>The <code>Length</code> property of an array returns the number of elements in the array. Once an array has been created, its length cannot be changed. The <code>System.Collection</code> namespace and subnamespaces provide higher-level data structures, such as dynamically sized arrays and dictionaries.</p><p>An <em>array initialization expression</em> specifies each element of an array. For example:</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/362710-c-3-0-pocket-reference-instant-help-for-c-3-0-programmers">See more</a>

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Tripping a Teammate

Source: Called to Coach
Slice ePub September 06, 2013
<p> Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. </p><p>1 Corinthians 8:9</p><p> <br>W HAT IS YOUR PERSONAL VICE ? Whats that one thing that you know some people object to you doing, but you do it anyway? Maybe its drinking–but youre over twenty-one. Maybe its tobacco–its your right to choose. Perhaps its profanity–get over it. </p><p>Your vice is most likely legal, not prohibited in Scripture, and perhaps widely accepted among your friends and peers. But what about weaker, impressionable, or immature people who look to you as a Christian leader? Like it or not, being a coach is like being a pastor or the mayor. Youre in the business of influencing behavior. If youre somewhere people recognize you as Coach, youre still influencing behavior. You may enjoy your vice, but does it align with the influence you hope to have and the legacy you hope to leave? We will each be held accountable for how we steward the opportunities given us. No one wants to be remembered for tripping a teammate. </p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/569754-called-to-coach">See more</a>

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Slice ePub May 15, 2014
<p> <b>T</b>his chapter will help you reexamine some old half-truths about motivation, give you a basic understanding of how the intrinsic rewards work, and provide you with some research findings on the widespread benefits of those rewards in the workplace. </p><p> Let’s start with some common, but misleading, assumptions about motivation. </p><p> If you are like me, the notion that you are energized or de-energized by your work fits your experience—it rings true at a gut level. When I first heard this idea, however, I remember that it had a flavor of New Age mysticism. (Is it psychic energy? I wondered.) I now realize that the idea seemed strange to me because it did not fit the rational-economic model that had long dominated thinking about work motivation. Management had several generations to perfect the motivation of compliance. Over this time, the rational-economic thinking that underlies compliance motivation became so ingrained that it seemed self-evident. </p><p> There is also a pervasive bias in the public at large that supports that tendency. Research shows that people are quick to recognize the importance of intrinsic rewards in their own behavior but tend to assume that others are motivated by economic “deals” and personal gain,<sup>1</sup> so it is worth spending some time here to understand the limitations of rational-economic assumptions about motivation and to understand how intrinsic motivation works—in others as well as oneself. </p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/128785-intrinsic-motivation-at-work-what-really-drives-employee-engagement">See more</a>

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