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Updates on Shane Zentz

Updates on Shane Zentz

So, I haven’t posted in a long while, so I thought that I would post some updates on what is going on with me lately. After the brutal winter (polar vortex?) of last year, I decided that I have had enough of the midwest, specifically South Bend, Indiana. I was born and raised in South Bend, home of Notre Dame University, but have also lived in Florida for some years of my life. So in the spring of 2014 I decided that I wanted to sell my house in South Bend and move back to Florida. Specifically, Pensacola, Florida, where I lived from 1995 to 2000. So in late August I moved to Pensacola, after resigning at my job at Nexus RV as IT Manager/Webmaster.

New Start in Pensacola, FL

I figured that I should not have too difficult of a time of finding new work in Florida, considering my education, skills, and work history. And I was right, I found suitable work in the IT field in early October, about a month or so after moving to Pensacola. My new position is with Footbridge Media in Pensacola. They create websites and online marketing mainly for contractors (home builders, electricians, plumbers, roofers, etc.) accross the country. They have thousands of clients. So my new job is in some ways similar to my old job, but in other ways it’s a little different. The main difference is that instead of working on a few web sites and web properties, now I work on anywhere from 8 to 15 different websites per day. But many of the tasks are the same, updating websites, fixing errors on websites, adding content to websites, keeping up with SEO, etc. So, I’m glad that I have found a position that fits my skills and abilities, and I enjoy the work. Not to mention the beautiful area with great weather year round!

My Own Websites

Recently, after going over some of my personal websites and web properties, I realized that some of them (mostly the main ones), are a little outdated. They were of 2008, 2009, or 2010 vintage instead of the current. Mainly they were not ‘responsive’, since they were not designed to be viewed on tablets or mobile phones. So it was time to upgradde! I have updated my main website: shanezentz.com, as well as this blog and my other (writing) blog: badfiction.shanezentz.com . So check out the fresh, new and improved websites!

I will try to post a lot more on this blog in the future, as well as keeping it up to date, so check back often for new content and new posts!

Thanks for visiting and reading my blog!

Shane Zentz

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz

Easy Abstract Art in Photoshop by Shane Zentz

One of the cool things about Photoshop is that sometimes you accidentally stumble upon something new (at least to you) and that is what happened with me recently.
I discovered how you can create an image like the one below:

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

Photoshop Abstract Art by Shane Zentz

 

And I discovered this by just fiddling around with the ’tiles’ filter. So to create an image similar to the one above is really easy. Just start a new image in Photoshop of whatever size seems¬†best to you. Then using the marquee tool, create a rectangle with some fill color of your choice (and add a stroke color if you would like). With this rectangle that you just created as the active¬†selection, go to the top filters menu and select -> stylize -> tiles, when the dialog box comes up then choose about 10 for the number of tiles and 1% for the offset, just to start. Then repeat the same action, only this time fiddle with the total number of tiles and the offset number (I used 15 for number of tiles and 5% for offset). And you can repeat this process any number of times or experiment with different numbers of tiles and offsets to get the abstract art that looks good to you. Pretty easy huh?

 

 

Thanks for reading this post and my blog,

Shane Zentz

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Some recent photoshop work by Shane Zentz

Hi all,

So I have been learning and improving a lot lately on my graphic arts skills, mostly with photoshop and illustrator. Here are some recent works by me…..

Of course I post most of my works on my art website at http://art.shanezentz.com and also some on http://www.shanezentz.com so feel free to check out

those websites for more of my work. But for now here is a couple of recent images created in photoshop by me:

shane zentz logo papercut

shane zentz logo papercut

shane zentz poster

shane zentz poster

Thanks for looking at my work and my blog,
Ya’ll come back real soon, hear!
Shane Zentz

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What is the best Search Engine? by Shane Zentz

What is the best Search Engine?

by Shane Zentz

There has been a lot of debate lately about the NSA spying on all citizens and the collection of data of ordinary people, and one dimension of that debate is the internet. Specifically, internet search engines. It’s so obvious that most search engines track your searches. If you don’t believe it, just try this: go to google and search for ‘lawn mower repair your city’, and replace ‘your city’ with the city or geographic area that you live in, and press enter. Now to see if this search is tracked, visit a few websites (maybe 10 or so) such as facebook, before you know it you will see ads that are totally related to ‘lawn mower repair ‘your city” and this is no accident, it is just simple data collection and utilization. This bothers some and does not bother others. For me, I think that it is a little creepy, but I see the point of it, it is how google, bing, facebook, and others make their money, but it is still a little bothersome.

So recently I learned of a new search engine that promises not to track searches and ip addresses, but still gives you the quality of google searches. The search engine is called startpage.com and is based in the netherlands. If you read through the search engines documentation and claims you will see that they take your search term and submit it anonymously to google and return genuine google search results to you, without the creepy tracking of google or others. It sounds like a great idea to me, so recently I have started to utilize this search engine more and more, to the point that I use it as my default over google and others like duckduckgo.com (which also promises more privacy but delivers a little less quality results than google imo). So for me the best search engine is clear, it is google, but if you want google quality results without the tracking and data collection, switch to startpage.com for google quality searches without the google tracking and privacy invasion.

 

Thanks for reading this article,

Shane Zentz

Shane Zentz Hackintosh Desktop

Hackintosh Virtual Machine by Shane Zentz ~~~~~

I finally got a working Hackintosh vm working on my system, after a few tries and a lot of frustration…

Here is the screenshot:

Shane Zentz Hackintosh Desktop

Shane Zentz Hackintosh Desktop

This was possible mainly because of this post : http://lifehacker.com/5938332/how-to-run-mac-os-x-on-any-windows-pc-using-virtualbox by Whitson Gordon which explains how to install OSX Mountain Lion in Virtual Box. The installation did not go very smoothly but eventually I was able to get it up and running. Now I am setting my sights on creating a ‘real’ hackintosh on real hardware. I will post whatever progress (and problems) that I have with this project in the coming weeks………

Shane Zentz

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How to create an odd moon in Photoshop

by Shane Zentz

This is just a short photoshop tutorial on how to create a kind of odd looking moon in photoshop. The main point of this tutorial is some of the things you can do with some of the included filters with photoshop, in this case the ‘plastic’ filter. So to get started, create a new image, 1070X768 and 78 dpi is fine for this. Next create a background layer with white, and add a new layer. On the new layer, create a perfect circle with the elliptical marquee tool(hold down shift while dragging the mouse to get a perfect round circle), and then choose a light gray color from the color menu and use the fill tool to fill the circle with the gray color.
So now you should have something like this:

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Next, on the same layer as the gray circle, use the paint brush along with a slightly darker gray color (than the fill color of the circle) and create several dots/circles of varying size in the circle.
So now it should look like this:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

OK, now we want to ‘plasticize’ this moon type thing. So with the moon layer active, select the filter menu, and then select the artistic menu, and in the artistic menu, select ‘plasticize’. In the menu that pops up, adjust the settings to your liking, but mainly increase the intensity of the lighting which will give the circle more of a moon look.
Here is what you should have now:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From here you can firstly adjust the opacity to add some transparency for a cooler look. And then add a background or even add more filters to create something even cooler than this….
Here is the final image:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

Thanks for reading this tutorial!!!!!!

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Free Text in Photoshop Tutorial

Free Photoshop Text Tutorial

Learn some basic text styling in photoshop

by Shane Zentz

Today I will show you how to achieve some really cool text effects in photoshop, and it is very easy and will only take a few clicks of the mouse to make cool text. This is the kind of text that you see in advertisements and newspapers and magazines, so this kind of text is used all the time and is a basic skill in photoshop. I will break this up into a series of tutorials, so this one will just start with the basics of text in photoshop. But this is not a comprehensive tutorial on text in photoshop, so I assume that you already know how to use the basic text tool in photoshop. I will show how to transform basic text into something cooler and better than just plain old text. So let’s get started.

First, open photoshop and start a new document, something around 6″ x 4″ should suffice. If you started a new document with transparency, then create a new layer and add a white background layer, and also create a new layer for the text. Next select the text tool and choose a font and font size from the menu. Almost any font will work, but plain text would be better to start with, avoid the scripts/handwriting styles for now. And make sure that your font size is reasonably large, like a heading font. Type any word you like, maybe just your name. So far you should have something like this:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

Not very interesting, but it’s a start. Now lets add some effects to this plain text to spice it up. Before adding effects, it is a good idea to ‘rasterize’ the text, so select the layer with text and right click and select ‘rasterize’ to rasterize the type. With that done, double click on the text layer to open up the style options dialog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

By adjusting various effects, you can achieve some surprising and cool effects on your plain text. For this first one, I used the drop shadow with default settings and inner glow also with default settings, then added a 1px black stroke as well as a gradient, and also adding bevel and emboss and also contour (both with anti-aliasing). By fiddling with the settings just a little bit I was able to create these:

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photoshop-Shane Zentz

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There are far more advanced things you can do with text in photoshop, so this is just a start. Look for more text photoshop tutorials to come in the near future…..Thanks for reading this blog!

Shane Zentz

Unlock God Mode in Windows 8

How to Unlock God Mode in Windows 8

by Shane Zentz

Cool Windows 8 Secrets and Tricks

Hi Everybody,
Last week I posted how to unlock ‘God Mode’ in Windows 7, and after some trial and error I have learned that the process is nearly the same in Windows 8. So just to review, God Mode is basically just a centralized administration center where all controls are displayed in one location. Just like in Windows 7, the process for opening god mode in windows 8 is very easy and straightforward. First just create a folder anywhere, I think that the desktop is the best place, but you can place it anywhere in Windows that you want. Next, just rename the folder (right click and rename) to:
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

And then just like in Windows 7, the icon for the folder will change to a control panel icon. When you open the icon you will get a folder with every administration option available to the user, in other words ‘God Mode’ with complete control, or at least as much control as Windows will allow. So if you like to have one location to control just about anything that Windows 8 will allow you to control, then try to unlock the ‘God Mode’.

Thanks for reading this post!
Shane Zentz

How To Access Secret God Mode in Windows 7

How to access Secret God Mode in Windows 7

by Shane Zentz

A Cool Trick in Windows 7

I just learned a cool new trick in Windows 7 and thought that I would share it. It is called ‘God Mode’ and I suppose was suppose to be a secret, but the secret somehow leaked out. Basically what this does is creates a secret folder that contains all the controls that can be changed or manipulated by the admin user all combined in one place. I don’t think that this is like the ‘Super User’ in Linux. It’s just that it places all the controls into one folder, which makes it easier to administer Windows 7 from just one link. It is really easy to do, just create a folder somewhere on your harddrive (I chose the desktop), and rename it to:
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
and when you do, it’s icon will change from a folder to the ‘God Mode’ icon that you can see in this photo:

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When you open the ‘God Mode’ folder, this is what you will see:

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From this folder you will have access to Action Center tools which includes things like user account control settings. You will also have access to administrative tools, backup and restore, credential manager, date and time settings, default program settings, device manager, devices and printers, display settings, folder options, fonts, settings for internet explorer, network and sharing center, performance information and tools, program settings, account settings, and much more. So try out God Mode in Windows 7 if you like to have one central location for all of the administration options.

Thanks for reading this post!
Shane Zentz