Formatting text in WordPress: Keeping it simple

A list of things to avoid when formatting text within WordPress. Find out how to get the best out of your copy whilst avoiding SEO and accessibility penalties.

Creating a new post in WordPress: Best practises

A new post, a new opportunity That has always been my motto when publishing a new post within WordPress. I treat every article as a possible link to success. It will be an ambassador of my business and a true reflection of me and my skills. – James Middleton –…

How to setup WordPress: An essential start

So, you have just installed WordPress on your server and have setup a connection to your database. What’s next? This article details a list of essential tasks that I’d recommend you complete before writing any content. Setup WordPress CMS Before we start, let’s take a look at the content management…

Installing WordPress: A beginner’s guide

Although you can set up a blog or website directly from the WordPress website, I’d recommend you install it on your own domain using a web hosting service. This should result in a marked improvement on your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) performance and look more professional. I can break down the…

Introducing WordPress, the Free CMS

If you have never heard of WordPress before, then you are not alone. When people ask me what I do for a living and I mention that I specialize in, among other subjects WordPress, they often reply ‘Word-who?’. Many smaller businesses haven’t heard about this free, easy-to-use open-source online application…

Getting the most out of Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

An Adjustment layer provides you with a non-destructive way of altering your images. You can apply Levels, change the Saturation and even add a Pattern or Gradient Map to images without disturbing pixel information. This gives you the freedom to experiment without risking your image. One of the most powerful…

Photoshop: Layers for beginners

What are Layers? Within Photoshop, Layers are used to separate and organize different components of an image. This makes the whole activity of manipulating, or arranging photographic elements a lot easier. Elements that have been partitioned on to distinct layers can be moved, removed, duplicated, mirrored, rotated, scaled, as well…

Managing colour in Adobe Photoshop

Understanding how to create, change or mix colours within Photoshop is an essential skill. Fortunately colour management, in general is not a complicated element and there are a few methods at hand to help. Before we take a look at managing colour, it is important to understand the various colour…

How to use Curves in Photoshop – The complete tutorial

Within Adobe Photoshop, Curves provide a superb method for controlling colour and contrast in a similar, but complimentary to Levels. The difference being, with Curves we can tweak and alter any point along the tonal range. This gives us the opportunity to precisely target colours or tones for exact adjustments. Curves…

Photoshop: Basic photo retouching

As you may have noticed, Photoshop has a very wide range of tools and dialogue boxes. To master photo retouching, you may only need a hand full of methods to achieve professional results. Essential tools of the trade The Clone Stamp Tool This is  probably the most heavily used retouching tool,…