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Gif. Jif. No matter your pronunciation preference, it's easy to create that word using a variety of apps and services. Since I started working at Lifehacker, I've found that it's sometimes easier to show, not tell, in the form of a little animated image that demonstrates some key feature or setting. Consequently, I've started making a lot of GIFs, and here's the app I use to do it on Windows.

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When it comes to digital images, colours aren't simply stored as red, green and blue. In fact, they're modified so darker values are stored with more granularity than brighter ones. Unfortunately, if an image editor, such as Photoshop, doesn't take this into consideration when say, blurring, you'll get an incorrect -- and sometimes poor-looking -- result.

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Last week, my favourite web-based photo editor, PicMonkey, started charging users. As it turns out, PicMonkey has also been a favourite with a good number of my Lifehacker coworkers. It's easy, lightweight and makes small edits like resizing photos or creating collages (stuff we do here pretty regularly) super simple. I've been using it almost every day, multiple times a day, for years.

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Sometimes it takes more than simple colour correction to make a good photo into a great photo. If you have a scenic picture that could use just a little more warmth to make it pop, try adding some extra light in Photoshop with "light bleeding".

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The first time you picked up Photoshop, I'm sure you made some criminally bad decisions with filters and effects. We all did. It's the natural result of learning via trial and error. But have you completely excised your novice Photoshop habits? Here are ten you definitely shouldn't be doing.

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It's easy to become reliant on plug-ins for simple editing tasks when in reality, a lot of these effects can be accomplished with a little knowledge of Photoshop's built-in functionality. Take "dynamic contrast" -- turns out you can do this yourself with the help of PS' Unsharp Mask, High Pass filter and blend modes.

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The digital equivalent of the question "How long is a piece of string?" could be "How big is a pixel?" The naive answer is "four bytes" -- one for each colour channel (RGB) and alpha -- but depending on the file format, a pixel could be much bigger, ranging from a few to hundreds of bytes.