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Ornamenting an image with lightening lines can give an interesting effect to a picture, especially if it is used in publicity.


First, select an image to work with. I recommend you a black background image so every illumination are more emphasized. After this example you can try with other backgrounds and with other color brushes.

The stroke path.

Use the Pen Tool to draw curves that move along the object. In the example, you can see the way of making an outline or path with only 3 points. (It is shown with white background to be easily noticed). You have to click first at the bottom, click and loosen  the mouse button. After that, click for a second time in the middle of the object and hold the click and drag the mouse creating the anchor point handles. Finally, make a last click at the top and loose the mouse. For those having already practice with Pen Tool, it becomes easier.


Make several curves wrapping the object from several sides with the tool.


Turn the stroke path into a brush.


Once you have the object ready, select Brush Tool and create a brush (a brush of 30 px in a picture of 220 dpi and 4 inches wide was used for the example). Use a color that stands out of the background, create an empty layer which will be the brush layer, go to the Path panel and select the panel you already created. The second knob at the bottom, from left to right, is to turn the path (Stroke Path) into a brush, but before pressing it, hold the Alt key in order to have options  available.


When you click, a dialogue box is open from which you can select the tool you want to turn the Path into. Select Brush and select the Simulate Pressure option that makes the path to end in a point.



In the picture above, the merge way was turned into Color Dodge and the Inner and Outer Glow effects so to create a better illumination effect. You may try different ways of merging in order to create different effects.

Add Brushes.

We will now add more brushes so to create more light effects. We first add a second brush, but thinner, to go with the first one. Create a pencil thinner than the last one (30 px in my case) and turn it in a new layer, into a brush the same way as you did in the former step. In my case, I did not add layer styles this time and it is gray. You can try different colors and styles also.


Creating particles.

Create  a brush of the same size as the first one, as a first action (30 px in my case); go then to the Brush panel so to configure the particles. The first adjustment to be changed is Spacing as a brush is a set of points along the path and this adjustment separate each of this points.



The second adjustment we change is Size Jitter which is inside of the Shape Dynamics one so each point have a different size between the others.


We finally change the Scatter value which is inside the Scattering option.


It will result in a pencil as the one at the bottom.


If you want so, you may add other elements as in this way I added iPhone applications symbols. The result is very interesting and you can try with people, cars or other elements.




Fonts and formats

If you want to install a new font in you computer you need to know this:

www.freefonts.com and www.dafont.com are good websites for downloading fonts for free Formats: The are two popular formats Opentype and Truetype. Opentype it’s a good quality format and it’s compatible with Mac and PC. Truetype it’s different because if you download an Apple Truetype font, you can’t install that font in Windows, but if you download the Windows version you can install it on a Mac or PC

You can learn more about this in our Certificate in Digital Graphic Design Program

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Dave Hill, He is a very good Photoshop artist and photographer, check it out his website


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Newsweek is shifting to an all-digital format:
After 80 years in print, the newsmagazine adopts an all-digital format., Tina Brown Editor-in-Chief and CEO Baba Shetty announced today on sister site The Daily BeastNewsweekwill end its US print run on December 31st, and future editions will be released under the moniker Newsweek Global, a subscription-based online magazine for tablets and browsers.


As we approach the end of 2011, I thought I’d share some of our new programs with you and talk about changes we’ve made to existing popular programs going forward.    Today, I’m going to focus on Mobile Device Computing. 

Demand for mobile applications continues to grow at a pace where demand outstrips supply.  For many people looking for a career change or others already in the IT field but in non-programming positions, we developed a program to help adult learners (students) transition into the Mobile Device Computing field.

What began as a course based around the C language and Object Oriented Programming concepts has now evolved into an expanded program (number of hours) focusinig on Objective C language, OOP concepts and some hands-on experience with X-code.   For students interested in Android Application Development, we created a separate track to include Java modules instead of Objective C modules for students continuing on to the  iOS / iPhone Application Development program.  Together, these changes will provide a very strong foundational knowledge and targeted preparation for a successful entre to our Mobile Device Computing programs.   See our website for details!!

Jim Irvine - Program Manager

Over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting many students who have taken the initiative to “reinvent” themselves through our progams. In some cases, these students were faced with layoffs and now had the time and support to go back to school to acquire new skills or enhance existing ones. In other cases, students knew they needed to continue learning to keep their job skills relevent while remaining fully employed.

There have been a great number of truly talented, bright and motivated students that have come through our Adobe Web Design, Web Application Development, CMS Web Application Development, Mobile Device Computing (iPhone, Android), Project Management programs and others. We were recently contacted by Rachel Morgan of The New York Observer Magazine looking for some interesting stories about adult students going back to school to upgrade their job skills. I selected a few students and put together a brief personal biography of each student. The student that was ultimately selected spent a significant amount of time and effort in our programs acquiring a whole new set of job skills.

The article appeared in The Educated Observer – Winter 2011. The Educated Observer was a special insert to The New York Observer Magazine.

I’ve attached a copy here : The-Educated-Observer-Winter-2011[1] 6  - it’s a great article. I find it to be inspiring and hope you enjoy it too.  Congratulations to Mark!

Jim Irvine - Program Manager

Greetings and Happy New Year – albeit it a belated one as we approach the end of January already. Upon returning to work after our holiday break, we’ve been as busy as ever ramping up for our winter and spring programs.

One significant event I was keeping my eye on in early January was the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held annually in Las Vegas. The CES is the time and place where vendors and manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest wares to the world and consumers get a peek at what‘s to come in the near future.

Apple has continued to push the technology envelop with great success. With a market capitalization of 300 + B (B for Billion) dollars and quarter after quarter revenue growth, you can be sure, there are many companies out there looking for their share of the “pie”.

First on that list is Google. With the development of the Android OS for their mobile platform, Google has been experiencing great success gaining market share in mobile device computing or the smart phone space.

Launched in April 2010, the iPad was, yet again, another game changing technology introduced by Apple. There were dozens of companies at the CES promoting their new tablets to compete with the iPad. Many of these companies have partnered with Google to license their tablet OS (Operating System) “Honeycomb”. We will continue to see tremendous entrepreneurial and business opportunities to support both application development and content development for mobile device computing and tablet based computing – iPhone, iPad, iAd, Android, Honeycomb and many of the tablets licensed to use the Honeycomb OS.

We’re offering very comprehensive programs to enable students to advance their job skills in each of these platforms. It’s an exciting time to get into the field. We’ll be adding a third technology platform soon – RIM’s (Research in Motion) Blackberry. Visit our website for more details and course outlines, schedules and pricing.

As Red Hat prepares to release their next software enterprise version which is scheduled to become “GA” – Generally Available early 2011, they’ll be making some positive changes to their highly regarded certifications. 

The RHCT (Red Hat Certified Technician) will be replaced by the new RHCSA certification. (Red Hat Certified System Administrator – RHCSA)  Red Hat will be offering a certification with a title that is more aligned to usage in the marketplace and reflective of system administration skills. 

The competency model of RHCSA is quite similar to that of RHCT.  However, there are some Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) competencies that will now become RHCSA and vice versa.  Anyone currently holding the RHCT (RHEL 5.0) certification will automatically obtain the RHCSA certification.  RHCT from earlier releases must update their certifications.

Until the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6), a certification holder remained current for two major releases.  With the release of RHEL 6, a new three year calendar-based current window will be in effect for Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) and Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certifications earned or re-certified on RHEL 6.

Pace University (Computer Learning Center) is the ONLY Red Hat Academy in the NY Metropolitan area, New York State and Connecticut.

Over the course of 2010, I had the pleasure and opportunity to host several NYC iPhone Meetups at our downtown campus.  What stands out in my mind most about these meetings, is the number of quality job opportunities available for iPhone developers.  Simply put, there are more jobs out there than there are candidates to fill them.  I left the last meetup feeling very inspired about the energy level and business activity going on in New York City. 

For those of you interested in “getting in the game”, I’m excited to provide the opportunity for you to acquire the skills in mobile device computing.   Currently, we offer programs in iPhone Application Development and Android Application Development.  We’re in the process now of adding a third program for the Blackberry platform.  I’m confident we’ll be offering one of the most complete and comprehensive mobile device computing programs in the metropolitan New York area or country for that matter !

And lastly, for many of us who lack programming experience, we’ve started a course for non-programmers to obtain the basic skills and foundational knowledge.  This course will provide the prerequisites to transition into one of the mobile device computing programs.  (Introduction to C Family and Object Oriented Programming)  Stay tuned !

Welcome to PCLC’s new blog

Jim Irvine - Program Manager

Welcome to our new blog!  We’re excited to connect with our past, present and future students.   We invite you to follow us for useful and valuable information on the technologies and subjects that matter to you most.

Continuing education and professional development is our business.  We offer a variety of programs in technology, project management, business analysis, mobile device computing and many others.  Our instructors are creative, experienced and passionate about teaching others.  You will get to know many of them as they write about subjects you’re interested in.

We invite you to follow us regularly and look forward to your comments.

The subject areas we teach include:

And more to come !

To see our web site, go to http://pclc.pace.edu