US$3.99 How to make Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Solids is a Guide for the Science Hobbyist

The book, How to Construct Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra, is author Lindsworth Deer’s first book and is just the start of great things to come in his new role of a self-published author.

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The US$3.99 book is intended to be a Fun semi-historical book on the history of Polyhedra, mainly Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Solids. More specifically, the book focuses on special construction methods used to make them form a variety of materials!

This book is intend for everyone, from the casual reader seeking an introduction to 3D solids to the serious hobbyist looking for specialized construction methods to build and make Polyhedra from any material including Cartridge paper, corrugated Cardboard, Wood, Fiberglass and even Metal.

But aside from the artistic minded individual looking to make Polyhedra and incorporate it into their artwork, these Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra have shown usefulness within the classroom as well!

Polyhedra as a Teaching Aid – How Polyhedra can help to teach the Sciences

Polyhedra are excellent hands-on tool for teaching the subjects Mathematics, Computer Programming, Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry.

Polyhedra are an excellent Mathematics teaching aids that not only bring Mathematics to life but have application to other scientific field, such as facilitates learning among Kinesthetic and Visual Learners (Fleming, 2012) by introducing them to the use of trigonometry to derive and calculate the Volumes, Surface Areas and Dihedral and Planar Angles of Polygons and Polyhedra.

It can be used to introduce Children to learning Python and C++ Programming and in the process translate equations into constants and variables in Python and C++ Programming.

The children learning programming (Deer, 2014, Saturday, June 7) can also incorporate aspects of calculations involving Planar 3D Geometry and Trigonometry in 3D Game Programming (Deer, 2014, October 20), where Polyhedra are used extensively to render 3D CGI imagery.

In turn, it would encourage more females to pursue a career in Computer Programming (Deer, 2014, Wednesday, September 24), as there is money to be made from writing Apps and Games for Education and recreational purposes!

Polyhedra and Molecular Stereochemistry – Make your own visual aid models

Finally, it helps students studying Molecular Stereochemistry (Atiyah and Sutcliffe, 2003), in Chemistry and Biology as it enables them to easily visualize molecular cages e.g. zeolites, clathrates that occur in Inorganic Chemistry and organo-metallic Chemistry.

Because the construction methods use every day materials, the student can use these construction methods to make their own models instead of resorting to buying expensive models online.

So, if you’re an artiste or a student studying Mathematics, Physics, Biochemistry or Chemistry, particularly inorganic Chemistry, you’ll find Lindsworth Deer’s book How to Construct Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra an invaluable mathematic and constructional hobbyist reference tool at US$3.99.

As indeed, Polyhedra is life itself!

Here’s the link:

How to Construct Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra on Smashwords

How to Construct Platonic, Archimedean and Stellated Polyhedra on Amazon

References:

  1. Fleming, N. (2012). Introduction to Vark. Retrieved from http://legacy.hazard.kctcs.edu/VARK/introduction.htm
  2. Atiyah, M. and Sutcliffe, P. (2003). Polyhedra in Physics, Chemistry and Geometry. Retrieved from http://arxiv.org/pdf/math-ph/0303071.pdf
  3. Deer, L. (2014, October 20). Prof. Joseph Saulter’s Digital Game Design and Development Conference – US$112 Billion Video Gaming Industry may be Jamaicans Next BPO. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/10/prof-joseph-saulters-digital-game.html
  4. Deer, L. (2014, Saturday, June 7). International Girls in ICT Day – How Women can jump-Start Jamaican ICT Industry from Call Centers, Telecom Providers and NDA’s. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/06/international-girls-in-ict-day-how.html
  5. Deer, L. (2014, Wednesday, September 24). Jamaican Girls Coding 2014 – How Girls Who Code Club at MICO can earn females JA$100,000 per month as Computer Programmers. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/09/jamaican-girls-coding-2014-how-girls.html

US$60 Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 is your Starter phone with impressive battery life

The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 isn’t a super-expensive smartphone.

The diminutive 4” screen device that’s an excellent starter smartphone that’s great for your kids is competitively priced at US$60 to US$110.

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Interestingly too, it’s a dual-SIM capable smartphone that accepts the regular mini-SIM (Deer, 2012, November 9), with the second SIM slot working in dual-standby mode.

Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – 4” screen that does the Camera Justice

Its features are what you’d expect at that price.

The 4” TFT capacitive touchscreen smartphone has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with 233 ppi pixel density. It’s capable of displaying some, 256,000 Colours, albeit you can’t see them all!

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Strangely, it only comes in two (2) colours:

  • Bluish Black
  • Pure White

With dimensions of 122 x 64.4 x 12 mm (4.80 x 2.54 x 0.47 in) it’s kinda on the heavy side (GSMArena, 2014 July), weighing in at 116 g (4.09 oz) when compared to the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini (Deer, L, 2015, July 29) which weighs 110 g (3.88 oz).

That pretty little screen, unfortunately, has no supporting front-facing camera, as the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 only has a rear-facing 3.15 Megapixel camera that can take 2048 x 1536 pixels and shoot Standard definition Video (480p) at 30 fps.

Still, selfies don’t require a front-facing camera and you can do the screen justice by doing your selfies with the selfie-ready rear-facing camera!

Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – Dual-Core for the Geography buffs and Fitness Freaks

There isn’t much to expect in terms of processor power, as the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 is powered by a Dual-Core 1.3 GHz Processor. The Google Android 4.3 Jellybean that runs the smartphone floats quite comfortably in 512 MB RAM with 4 GB of space being provided to store your apps.

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TCL Corporation also crammed in an accelerometer, a GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.  So at least you can use Google Maps and Google Earth (Deer, 2015, February 1), making this a great little Smartphone to go hiking.

Throw in a Fitness Tracker such as the Garmin Vivofit 2 (Deer, 2015, July 20) for the swim fans, a Fitbit Charge HR (Deer, 2015, July 9) for the competitive gym rats or the Garmin Forerunner 15 (Deer, 2015, July 13) that will bully you into fitness.

This isn’t so bad, especially when you consider that most thumb drives can hold just about 4 GB, with 32 GB still the exception in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Hence, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 packs a microSD that allows you to expand up to 32 GB. But this manages to be just enough to browse the Internet via 3G internet or Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – Great Battery Life as you jam to your beats

You can also share Internet with up to five (5) of your friends and even share music files with other devices via the Wi-Fi Direct or Bluetooth 4.0.

As for the music player, it supports MP3, AAC+ and WAV formats and does a decent job of playing back MP4 and H.264 Video.

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Your music will play quire loudly with the built-in loudspeakers, albeit for US$25, you can purchase an AmazonBasics (Deer, 2015, July 21) Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker to get better sound.

Still, it would be a good idea to spare everyone the torture of listening to your music and just jam with a great pair of US$119 Marshall Major II on-ear (Deer, 2015, April 26) headphones.

If your wallet is on a vacation, you can go with the more budget-friendly US$39 Shure SRH144 or (Deer, 2015, January 1) SRH145 Headphones plugged into the 3.5mm jack.

The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 also packs a Stereo FM Radio with a mini-speaker, so you’ll never miss a T-20 Cricket match at Kensington Oval or at Sabina Park. You’ll also be able to read your SMS Text and email quite comfortably on this device.

Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – Reporter’s upgrade with Cloud Support for Storage

The Document viewer makes documents easy to read with an upgrade to Microsoft Office, Excel and Powerpoint (Deer, 2014, November 8) making your device a veritable Office-on-the-go.

Throw in a US$99 TextBlade from WayTools (Deer, 2015, January 16) and you’re basically graduated from just live tweeting and texting to filing reports on the go!

You can record audio with the Voice Recorder, albeit that 32 GD SD Card will fill up mighty fast!! Photo viewer and its limited editing options make posting online a snap, with Microsoft OneDrive (Deer, 2015, February 20) enabling you with the ability to expand your storage in the Cloud.

The Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery is a lot smaller in capacity than the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini, making it necessary for you to get a portable (Deer, 2014, July 6) battery charger.

Surprisingly, it outperforms the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini, besting its older sibling with 510 h of standby time while on the 2G Network and only 400 h standby time on the 3G Network.

Talk-time is also slightly longer with 13 h 30 min of talk-time while on the 2G Network and 9 h 30 min (3G) talk-time on the 3G Network.

Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 – The Price is right despite being overweight

The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 might not be a top-of-the-line smartphone.  But at the ultra-low price ranging from US$60 to US$110, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 manages to get great battery life while playing music and videos and balances in the basics done nicely, even though it’s a tad heavy.

In short, for a starter smartphone, the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 manages to truly stay pop while remaining on a budget.

Here’s the link:

Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2

References:

  1. GSMArena (2014, July). Alcatel Pop C2. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/alcatel_pop_c2-6516.php
  2. Deer, L. (2012, November 9). How to make you own Micro-SIM or Nano-SIM Card. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-make-you-own-micro-sim-or-nano-sim-card/
  3. Deer, L. (2014, July 6). How to extend your smartphone’s battery Life with a Portable Battery Charger. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-extend-your-smartphones-battery-life-with-a-portable-battery-charger/
  4. Deer, L. (2014, November 8). Microsoft Office 365 goes Freemium Model – One Becomes Three as Word, Excel and PowerPoint with US$6.99 monthly to remove Restrictions. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/microsoft-office-365-goes-freemium.html
  5. Deer, L. (2015, January 1). US$39 Shure SRH144 and SRH145 Headphones is a Sure bet for Excellent Sound on a budget. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/us39-shure-srh144-and-srh145-headphones-is-a-sure-bet-for-excellent-sound-on-a-budget/
  6. Deer, L. (2015, January 16). US$99 TextBlade from WayTools is a Bluetooth Keyboard for Bloggers covering Press Events. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/us99-textblade-from-waytools-is-a-bluetooth-keyboard-for-bloggers-covering-press-events/
  7. Deer, L. (2015, February 1). US$399 Google Earth Pro now Free as Profit in Selling Bacon than the Whole Hog. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/us399-google-earth-pro-now-free-as-profit-in-selling-bacon-than-the-whole-hog/
  8. Deer, L. (2015, February 20). How Dropbox users and Bing Search users can get Free 100GB Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/dropbox-bing-search-free-100gb-microsoft-onedrive-cloud-storage/
  9. Deer, L. (2015, April 26). US$119 Marshall Major II on-ear headphones provides good sound for your smartphone Music. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/marshall-major-ii-on-ear-headphones-smartphone-music/
  10. Deer, L. (2015, July 9). Why Fitbit Charge HR creates Exercise Competition among Gym Rats. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/why-fitbit-charge-hr-creates-exercise-competition-among-gym-rats/
  11. Deer, L. (2015, July 13). Garmin Forerunner 15 is the Caribbean Fitness Procrastinator’s Motivation. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/garmin-forerunner-15-is-the-caribbean-fitness-procrastinators-motivation/
  12. Deer, L. (2015, July 20). Garmin Vivofit 2 is the year-long fitness tracker for Swim Fanatics. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/garmin-vivofit-2-is-the-year-long-fitness-tracker-for-swim-fanatics/
  13. Deer, L. (2015, July 21). US$25 AmazonBasics Ultra-Portable Micro Bluetooth Speaker is a DIY Party Boombox. Retreived from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/us25-amazonbasics-ultra-portable-micro-bluetooth-speaker-is-a-diy-party-boombox/
  14. Deer, L. (2015, July 29). US$200 Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini is a Budget phone in Royal Metallic Robes. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/us200-alcatel-onetouch-idol-2-mini/

US$200 Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini is a Budget phone in Royal Metallic Robes

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini is the latest smartphone from the TCL Corporation for those shopping for a slightly higher-end smartphone.

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Straight out of the box for US$200 to US$250, you get a spankin’ new charger/adapter, headset and guide; it’s the slower of the two Idol siblings, the other being the LTE-enable Idol Mini 2.

Both are children of the slightly bigger Idol 2 smartphone with Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini being a GSM (Global System Mobile) smartphone blessed with a dual-SIM capability, currently the trend (Deer, 2013, November 13) in the Caribbean!

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini – Single Handed surfing with Five Fingaz to da face

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini has dimensions of 129 x 63.5 x 7.9 mm (5.08 x 2.5 x 0.31 in), it’s surprisingly light, weighing in at 110 g (3.88 oz).

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It’s conveniently hand sized and fits comfortably in one hand, making two-handed surfin’ possible while, say, on your regular commute to work. Aesthetic wise, the 4.5” screen Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini sports the same nice metallic finish but in a fusion of brighter colour options:

  • Cloudy
  • Full White
  • Hot Pink
  • Slate

4.5” screen smartphone sports a capacitive qHD IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels capable of displaying images with a 245 ppi pixel density. The screen is made from high strength unscratchble Dragontrail glass, albeit you do have the option to get a clear Gel-skin protector to keep your precious scratch free.

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The screen is capable of handling up to five (5) fingers in multi-touch mode, and can withstand finger and oily face smudges thanks to its Oleophobic coating. But this phone isn’t just a slim girl with a pretty face.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini specs – A Perfect Handful for your daily commute

Under the hood, she’s runnin’ Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as her main OS (GSMArena, 2014, February) with a Quad Core 1.2 GHz CPU.

TCL Corporation, makers of the Idol line of OneTouch smartphone have promised an upgrade to Google Android 4.4 KitKat, albeit you can upgrade it yourself with your favourtie ROM or an (Deer, 2014, July 31) Android Launcher.

The Internal memory and RAM configuration depends of if the smartphone is a single SIM or Dual SIM:

  • 4 GB Internal memory, 1 GB RAM (Single SIM)
  • 8 GB Internal memory, 1 GB RAM (Dual SIM)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini has an 8 Megapixel Rear-facing Camera that takes 3264 x 2448 pixels images and does 1080p video. It comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range), autofocus and a LED flash, fairly standard features that guarantee that all your photos are of the highest quality.

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It also has a panorama function for taking wide angle photos and supports touch focus and face detection to place those you love in the center of your photographs. Geo-tagging allows you to know when and where you took your photos.

The 2 Megapixel front-facing Camera can only manage 720p quality video at 30fps is great for taking selfies nonetheless.

MP3 and WAV Music files will easily fill this up, which is why the microSIM Card shows supports for a 32 GB of External Memory to store all your tunes. The Quad Core 1.2 GHz CPU allows the smartphone to support a wide range of functions that are now considered de rigeur for a smartphone; GPS, proximity sensor, accelerometer and magnetometer.

Browsing the Internet is a cinch using the Internet using its fully-HTML Browser on the HSPA Cellular Internet or Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. You can choose to share your Internet with up to five (5) persons and even pair it with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) or Wi-Fi Direct compatible device to stream music and video.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini Music and Video Player – Endless Distraction on your Commute

The Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean’s music player supports MP3, AAC+, WAV, WMA file playback and will sound great with a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones like the Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless (Deer, 2015, May 24) via Bluetooth 4.0. It also supports great video playback as the default Video player is DivX, MP4 and H.264 compatible.

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The smartphone is capable of viewing and editing photos on the fly to give documents a quick once over, albeit you’ll have to download the (Deer, 2014, November 8) Microsoft Excel, Word and Powerpoint apps to view Microsoft Office Documents.

For the reporter on the go, the Active noise cancellation dedicated microphone makes the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini a go-to device, especially as you can combine it with the portable (Deer, 2015, July 20) Microsoft Universal Foldable keyboard.

There also something for the cricket and football fans; Stereo FM radio, which you can listen to using a decent pair of headphones, such as the US$39 Shure SRH144 (Deer, 2015, January 1) or SRH145 Headphones.

Listening to all that music can rapidly drain your battery, but the Li-Ion 1700 mAh battery that recharges via a microUSB v2.0. The battery will give you up to 450 h of standby on the 2G GSM Network and up to 400 h while using 3G Internet.

Talking lowers your talk-time to 12 h on the 2G GSM Network which drops further to 5 h (3G) while using 3G Internet. More than enough juice to make it all day without a Portable (Deer, 2014, July 6) Battery charger!

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini – Budget phone arrayed in Royal robes

So should you buy the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini?

At US$200 to US$250 for the dual-SIM version, this budget smartphone, delivers a great experience, especially after you upgrade it with apps from the Google Android Play store.

With its handy size and metallic finish, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini is a Budget phone arrayed in Royal robes of many colours!

Here’s the link:

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini

 References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, November 13). Trend towards Dual-SIM Smartphones developing in Jamaica as MNP Approaches. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/trend-towards-dual-sim-smartphones-developing-in-jamaica-as-mnp-approaches/
  2. GSMArena (2014, February). Alcatel Idol 2 Mini. Retrieved from http://www.gsmarena.com/alcatel_idol_2_mini-6131.php
  3. Lowe, A. (2014, February 22). The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini is smaller and prettier (hands-on). Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/alcatel-one-touch-idol-2-mini/
  4. Deer, L. (2014, July 6). How to extend your smartphone’s battery Life with a Portable Battery Charger. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-extend-your-smartphones-battery-life-with-a-portable-battery-charger/
  5. Deer, L. (2014, July 31). How to change your smartphone Home Screen and create a Personal Assistant using Android Launchers – 31-07-2014 Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-change-your-smartphone-home-screen-and-create-a-personal-assistant-using-android-launchers/
  6. Deer, L. (2014, November 8). Microsoft Office 365 goes Freemium Model – One Becomes Three as Word, Excel and PowerPoint with US$6.99 monthly to remove Restrictions. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/microsoft-office-365-goes-freemium.html
  7. Deer, L. (2015, January 1). US$39 Shure SRH144 and SRH145 Headphones is a Sure bet for Excellent Sound on a budget. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/us39-shure-srh144-and-srh145-headphones-is-a-sure-bet-for-excellent-sound-on-a-budget/
  8. Deer, L. (2015, May 24). US$300 Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless headphones unique Touch Interface in Wireless Mode. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/sennheiser-urbanite-xl-wireless-headphones-touch-interface/
  9. Deer, L. (2015, July 20). Microsoft’s US$100 Universal Foldable keyboard is Bluetooth Typing Bliss. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/microsofts-us100-universal-foldable-keyboard-is-bluetooth-typing-bliss/

How to Create and Edit PDF Documents

If you’re in the business of e-commerce or selling items online (Deer, 2014, May 7), you may receive PDF (Portable Document File) Documents to sign.

After all, they’re easily made from Microsoft Word Documents using software such PDFCreator (Deer, 2012, July 5) and are secure enough to send information without anyone being able to read your confidential and private information.

Other PDF creators exist, mostly website based or freeware programs that integrate into Microsoft Office as a printer to convert Microsoft Word Documents to PDF:

You even have websites that convert PDF documents back to their original format Microsoft Office format:

Using the search term “PDF from Word softpedia.com” will yield a whole list of PDF to Word or Word to PDF converters.

So it may strike you as being odd but not strange to consider that that PDF, being a secured document transfer method, can be edited. And yet, here you are being sent a PDF document to sign.

So how do you make a mark or sign such a document? Using a PDF Editor!!

Editing PDF Documents – Free and Paid methods of making your Mark

Like PDF converter an readers, many abound, some paid software, other as freeware.

The paid software isn’t a bad option (Stella, 2014) and should be considered an investment, especially if you want to send documents related to financial transactions such as invoices, receipts and even unsigned cheques on a regular basis.

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The best paid PDF editing tools that work on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS are as follows:

Still, with these prices, free doesn’t look too bad either. Most of them are websites that are ad-supported, allowing you to edit the document within the software interface before downloading it to your computer.

This list includes the ones I’ve actually used:

So the next time you get a PD F document to edit, you can use these paid or free online resources to make your mark securely on any PDF Document!

References

  1. Deer, L. (2012, July 5). How to Create PDF Documents using PDFCreator. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-create-PDF-documents-using.html
  2. Deer, L. (2014, May 7). How to make money as an EBay Seller online – Everything in Jamaica from Rare Coins to Unique Craft Items. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-make-money-as-ebay-seller-online.html
  3. Stella, R. (2014, November 28). Best PDF editors. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-PDF-editors/

 

 

How to remove Image Backgrounds to make an e-book cover

If you’re in the process of doing a book on Smashwords and you’ve reached the point of making your Cover page, you might want to read this.

Many self-publishing authors want to control the entire process of making their first e-book for uploading to Smashwords, from the inside out. Often that means you’ll be the type of person opting to make your own cover.

But if you’re following the Smashwords Style Guide, it may have told you that you need to have your cover done by a professional as his video points out below.

Still, you insist of composing your cover pages from images that you may have taken with your camera. Plus, you don’t have US$100 to pay someone to make and design a cover, even though it might make your book sell better.

But you have a problem; a lot of your images have a background and you need to remove that background. How does one do that?

Background removal with Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 – Recolor my Image

There are several ways.

The quickest is to post the image into Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (Lancet, 2013) and remove the background using the following procedure:

  1. Copy the images into an empty Microsoft Office Document
  2. Go to Format in the upper Menu
  3. Select the Adjust Group
  4. Then select Recolor Option
  5. Select Set Transparent Colour to reset the background colour of your document
  6. Use the tooltip to touch the part of your image you want to have the background erased
  7. Copy and paste the document into Microsoft Paint
  8. Save as PNG for future processing

This however, works if you background was one solid colour. If it was a multi-coloured background, then the image will have strange fuzzy edges instead of a clean cut from the background.

recolor option

Once you have a background free image, save it as PNG, as that’s the best imaged format to preserve your newly-cleared backgrounds. JPEG is really for sending compressed images and was never meant to be used when working with images.

In such a case it’s time to pull out the big guns; Background Burner and Photoshop.

Background Burner and Photoshop – In case of Background Emergency Break Glass

Background Burner is an online Web based software program (Prindle, 2014) that automatically removes your backgrounds. Just drag and drop your image into the software and the edge-finding algorithm, represented by a fire-breathin’ Dragon, burns away the background and preserves the edges of the image in the foreground.

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It might not get it right on the first pass; zoom in and with a few strokes of the green tipped cutting pen, you’ll be able to remove what the dragon missed. After that, downloading the finished work is free after you’ve registered to get some spam.

Since you might not like spam, you’ll probably love the last resort; using Photoshop. Any version of Photoshop (Deer, 2013, July 19) will do, even the free version of Adobe Photoshop CS2.

Once you load up the image, then follow the simple instructions:

  1. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop CS2
  2. Select the Background Eraser tool
  3. Adjust the brush size to your liking
  4. Set the Sampling to Continuous
  5. Set the Limits to Find Edges.
  6. Adjust the Tolerance for a setting in the 20-30 range.
  7. Hover your brush over an area of the background that’s near your object.
  8. Click and remove
  9. Continue this process until you’ve created a background-free border around your entire object.
  10. Adjust the Tolerance as needed where your image gets lighter/darker around the edges.
  11. Switch over to the regular Eraser tool once you have a solid border around the image

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That’s it!!  Again, remember to save it as PNG, as that’s preserve your empty backgrounds. Have fun composing your Smashwords Book cover!

Here’s the link:

Smashwords Video Tutorial Channel

Adobe Photoshop CS2

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, July 19). Animation After KingstOOn – Free Photo Editing Software and How to get a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS2 absolutely Free. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/07/animation-after-kingstoon-free-photo.html
  2. Lancet, Y. (2013, June 11). 3 Easy Ways To Remove Backgrounds From Images Without Specialized Software. Retrieved from http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-easy-ways-to-remove-backgrounds-from-images-without-specialized-software/
  3. Prindle, D. (2014, May 29). Two foolproof ways to remove the background from a photo. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-remove-background-from-image/