11 Free Photoshop Brushes to Make Your Photos Stand Out

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 comes with a revamped brush panel. Unfortunately, there are just four default brush panels, meaning photographers and digital artists may feel short changed. However, one of the “hidden” goodies is from Kyle T. Webster. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership then you can download and use the 1000-brush strong megapack made by the international award-winning illustrator. Then, there are tons of free Photoshop brushes you can find on the web. In this article, we uncover Photoshop brushes specifically made for photographers. 1. Bokeh Brushes Bokeh is a photography effect that is created by an out-of-focus background. Portrait…

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Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 comes with a revamped brush panel. Unfortunately, there are just four default brush panels, meaning photographers and digital artists may feel short changed.

However, one of the “hidden” goodies is from Kyle T. Webster. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership then you can download and use the 1000-brush strong megapack made by the international award-winning illustrator. Then, there are tons of free Photoshop brushes you can find on the web.

In this article, we uncover Photoshop brushes specifically made for photographers.

1. Bokeh Brushes

Bokeh Brush

Bokeh is a photography effect that is created by an out-of-focus background. Portrait photographs commonly rely on these blurred specular highlights behind the headshot. A good bokeh needs a lens with at least an f/2.8 aperture, but what if you want to add a bokeh in post-processing?

You can create a blurred background in Adobe Photoshop. Or you can use this free bokeh brush set to manufacture a creative effect. This freebie set of 92 brushes is free for commercial use.

2. Grunge Brushes

Free Subtle Grunge Brushes

The grunge effect harks back to the early days of tintype photography and film which followed it. The vintage effect can be easily re-created in Adobe Photoshop with layer masks and a tintype texture.

You can use these free subtle grunge brushes to give your photos an aged look. The brushes can be used to frame the photos or add subtle textures.

If you are looking for more grunge brushes, then this set of vintage grunge brushes by alex16 on Deviant Art isn’t bad either.

3. Lens Flare Brushes

Lens Flare Brushes

This single category of Photoshop brushes that imitate different sources of light may justify an article of its own. There is such variety. Take your pick from lens flares to sunbursts, from light swirls to lightning bolts.

For now, we will just download and use these free lens flare brushes. The 15 high quality lens optical flares and stars brushes are 2500 pixels+ in size and should be just right against a dark background. Just remember to use them with attribution.

4. Lightning Brushes

Lightning Bolt Brushes

Have you ever tried to take a photograph of a lightning bolt? It’s an exercise in patience and precision. Lightning is unpredictable. And you must think about your own safety first. The easier option is to use a stroke of a lightning brush on your photo. It’s not as rewarding though.

These 40 high-resolution lightning bolt Photoshop brushes are good enough. And they might help you apply realistic effects to your photos.

5. Skin Brushes

Free Skin Brush Set

You can use these to change skin tone, airbrush any blemishes, or even add stubble. But use them subtly for retouching portraits or any other photograph. The combination pack has three brush sets and is meant for non-commercial use. You can also download the three sets separately.

6. Hair Brushes

Free Adobe Photoshop Hair Brush Set

Like skin tone brushes, hair brushes are also useful for subtle retouching. Hair selections can be difficult. So try a hair brush to finetune your profile photo in Photoshop. For instance, you can use a specific brush to create facial hair. Or retouch parts of a headshot masked from its background.

You can create your own hair brush in Photoshop too, but these free downloads give you a starter pack to work with. The 10 high-resolution graphics can be used in any color. Use them for free with attribution. Also, look around the site for other hair brush sets.

7. Smoke Brushes

Free Smoke Brushes for Adobe Photoshop

Long tendrils of wispy smoke against a black or white background makes an eye catching image. It’s one of those cool project ideas for newbie photographers. You will need gear like an external flash, tripod, a reflector, a black cloth, and a few incense sticks to make it happen. But it’s too much bother when you need to add a quick smoke effect.

These 10 smoke brushes for Photoshop can get you there for the price of an email signup.

8. Fog Brushes

Fog Brushes for Adobe Photoshop

This set of 106 fog brushes can be used as transparent overlays with any image. You can give them any color with Photoshop’s color tool. Use them on landscapes or even for double exposure portraits.

The set is available on Gumroad and is free for commercial use. You can also name your own price and help the developer.

9. Cloud Brushes

Adobe Photoshop Cloud Brush Set

A sunny landscape photo always looks more beautiful with a few patches of clouds. Clouds can also lend mood to landscape photos or be the objects of attention if you want to try some exposure blending.

This photorealistic set of nine cloud brushes hosted on Deviantart offer a nice mix of heavier puffy clouds as well as wispy, mist-like clouds.

This set of 17 free high-resolution cloud brushes on FudgeGraphics.com is worth a download too.

10. Tree Brushes

Adobe Photoshop Free Tree Brush Set

When we are talking about landscape photography, then why leave out the more natural elements. Adobe Photoshop CC has a cool Tree Filter that adds realistic trees. But flatter tree brushes can not only help you frame a shot but also create interesting silhouettes.

The brush set has nine different brushes and can be useful for making flat wallpapers as the artist intends. If you are looking for more variety, then try a search on 123Brushes for their free tree brush packs.

11. Logo Brushes

Badge shape logo brush for Adobe Photoshop

You can take a neat font, any shape, or a calligraphic brush and create a cool logo in Photoshop. You can search for vector shapes too. But logo brushes for Photoshop are a shortcut if you don’t want to make your own custom logo brush.

You will find a rich set of logo brushes that will give you more options to play around with. Pick one and make your own custom watermark for your images. Another alternative is to search for a brush with the kind of shape you are looking for.

Create Your Own Photoshop Brushes Now

Custom brushes are used mostly by digital artists. But as the above roster shows, photographers can also find a few benefits.

The sheer variety of free Photoshop brushes on offer across the web is because it’s not too difficult to create your own. So why not create your own custom Photoshop brushes and share them on the web so that others can use them in their work.

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How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

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PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document. Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it. How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10 The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any…

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PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document.

Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it.

How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any app that has a print feature. You can find it in the Print dialog of the applications. Also note that “extracting a page from a PDF” keeps the original PDF document intact. The extracted pages are “copied” as a separate PDF and saved in your desired location.

The process is simple. We are using Google Chrome to open and extract the PDF pages:

  1. Open the PDF file you want to extract pages from with a program that supports PDF. Browsers like Chrome and Microsoft Edge are ideal candidates. Even Microsoft Word can do the job.
  2. Go to the Print dialog or hit the universal shortcut key Ctrl + P. You can also right-click and select Print from the context menu.
  3. In the Print dialog, set your printer to Microsoft Print to PDF.
    Microsoft Print to PDF in Chrome
  4. In the Pages section, select the option for entering a page range and enter the page number which you want to extract. For instance, if you want to extract Page 7 of a PDF file, enter 7 in the box. If you want to extract a few non-consecutive pages like page 7 and 11, enter 7, 11 in the box.
  5. Click Print and browse to the location where you want to save the file.

Multiple extracted pages are saved as a single PDF document. To separate them as different documents you need to extract them one by one.

The ability to extract PDF pages is useful in many everyday scenarios, just like these free tools that help you edit PDF files anywhere.

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How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

pdf-files

PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document. Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it. How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10 The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any…

Read the full article: How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

pdf-files

PDF is a multi-platform document format. So there’s no shortage of PDF apps and software to manage all your PDF needs. One such need is the ability to extract a specific page or a set of pages from a larger PDF document.

Third-party tools can do it easily, but did you know that Windows 10 has a native tool that does the same job? It’s called Microsoft Print to PDF, and here’s how to use it.

How to Extract Pages From a PDF in Windows 10

The Print to PDF feature is baked into Windows 10 and is available to any app that has a print feature. You can find it in the Print dialog of the applications. Also note that “extracting a page from a PDF” keeps the original PDF document intact. The extracted pages are “copied” as a separate PDF and saved in your desired location.

The process is simple. We are using Google Chrome to open and extract the PDF pages:

  1. Open the PDF file you want to extract pages from with a program that supports PDF. Browsers like Chrome and Microsoft Edge are ideal candidates. Even Microsoft Word can do the job.
  2. Go to the Print dialog or hit the universal shortcut key Ctrl + P. You can also right-click and select Print from the context menu.
  3. In the Print dialog, set your printer to Microsoft Print to PDF.
    Microsoft Print to PDF in Chrome
  4. In the Pages section, select the option for entering a page range and enter the page number which you want to extract. For instance, if you want to extract Page 7 of a PDF file, enter 7 in the box. If you want to extract a few non-consecutive pages like page 7 and 11, enter 7, 11 in the box.
  5. Click Print and browse to the location where you want to save the file.

Multiple extracted pages are saved as a single PDF document. To separate them as different documents you need to extract them one by one.

The ability to extract PDF pages is useful in many everyday scenarios, just like these free tools that help you edit PDF files anywhere.

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How to Remember Video Playback Position in VLC to Resume Later

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What happens when you stop watching a movie midway through and return to it later? Fast-forwarding to the exact spot you left off isn’t always easy. Fortunately, VLC Media Player offers a nifty solution: bookmarks. Bookmarks in VLC are used to remember the current playback position in a video and allow you to resume from that point at a later time. Several media players offer this feature, but VLC is unique in that it also lets you create custom bookmarks. Resume Playback From Last Played Position in VLC A certain VLC setting lets you to play the last 100 videos…

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What happens when you stop watching a movie midway through and return to it later? Fast-forwarding to the exact spot you left off isn’t always easy. Fortunately, VLC Media Player offers a nifty solution: bookmarks.

Bookmarks in VLC are used to remember the current playback position in a video and allow you to resume from that point at a later time. Several media players offer this feature, but VLC is unique in that it also lets you create custom bookmarks.

Resume Playback From Last Played Position in VLC

A certain VLC setting lets you to play the last 100 videos exactly from the last played position the last time those videos were opened:

  1. Open the VLC Player. Go to Tools > Preferences (or use the Ctrl + P shortcut).
  2. On the Interface screen, go down to the choices for Continue playback?
    Resume Playback in VLC
  3. Click the dropdown and select Always. Now, whenever you open a partially watched video, it will resume playback from the point you left off.

But what if you want to bookmark specific points in a media file?

How to Use Custom Bookmarks in VLC Player

VLC Media Player has a custom bookmark feature which you can use to save your chosen video positions in the player. You can then instantly go to these points and resume playback from there.

  1. Go to Playback > Custom Bookmarks > Manager. Alternatively, use the Ctrl + B shortcut key to open the Edit Bookmarks box.
  2. Click the Create button and an instant bookmark will be created for the position of the video file. You can create multiple bookmarks for different positions in a video. To resume playback, click on the bookmark in the box access it from the list displayed under Custom Bookmarks.
    Custom Bookmarks in VLC
  3. Click Delete and the bookmark will be erased. Clear removes all the bookmarks you have set for the video.

The only problem? Custom bookmarks are session specific. If you shut down the player, or the computer, then the custom bookmarks disappear. But thanks to the VideoLAN community, an extension called Moments’ Tracker can solve this vexing issue. This extension is just one of the powerful ways to extend the utility of VLC Player.

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How to Use Microsoft Bing for Answers to Coding Problems

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Pre-written code snippets can be like little building blocks that help you meet programming deadlines, especially when those code snippets are modular and abstract The Code Sample Answer feature in Microsoft Bing is a search aid that helps you find the exact piece of code for your needs. How to Use Code Sample Answers in Microsoft Bing Type your programming query in Bing’s search box. The search engine’s advanced algorithm will extract the code snippet (if available) from any indexed article, forum discussion, or online documentation. The answer is displayed in the search result with a link to the source article. Bing uses…

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Pre-written code snippets can be like little building blocks that help you meet programming deadlines, especially when those code snippets are modular and abstract

The Code Sample Answer feature in Microsoft Bing is a search aid that helps you find the exact piece of code for your needs.

How to Use Code Sample Answers in Microsoft Bing

Type your programming query in Bing’s search box. The search engine’s advanced algorithm will extract the code snippet (if available) from any indexed article, forum discussion, or online documentation. The answer is displayed in the search result with a link to the source article.

Bing Code Search

Bing uses natural language processing and is smart enough to differentiate between a code query and a non-code query. The Bing blog also says that this search feature works for languages outside of the Microsoft family. So, do try it out for any languages you are working with.

You cannot use Google to find direct answers to your code queries yet. DuckDuckGo can return a code snippet embedded in the search results, but I’m not sure about the scope and limitations of DuckDuckGo’s own feature.

There are many code snippers sites on the web. Even then, Microsoft Bing gives developers and those learning to code another way to find code samples and re-use them in their own programming projects.

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How to Enable or Disable Text Suggestions in Windows 10

We are used to text suggestions thanks to smartphone keyboards. Those little popups that display what we want to type next are time-savers. But they can also be annoying if you’re mixing languages. Fortunately, the text suggestions in Windows 10 can be enabled or disabled with ease, for both hardware and software keyboards. How to Toggle Text Suggestions in Windows 10 Text suggestions are a handy aid for poor spellers. They can also speed up your text input with both hardware and software keyboards on Windows 10. Text suggestions work on all Windows 10 apps and on Edge too. Open…

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We are used to text suggestions thanks to smartphone keyboards. Those little popups that display what we want to type next are time-savers. But they can also be annoying if you’re mixing languages.

Fortunately, the text suggestions in Windows 10 can be enabled or disabled with ease, for both hardware and software keyboards.

How to Toggle Text Suggestions in Windows 10

Text suggestions are a handy aid for poor spellers. They can also speed up your text input with both hardware and software keyboards on Windows 10. Text suggestions work on all Windows 10 apps and on Edge too.

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings.
  2. Click on Devices > Typing.
  3. Go the Hardware keyboard section. Toggle the Show text suggestions as I type to the On position.
    Windows 10 Text Prediction
  4. You can also choose to enable Autocorrect misspelled words I type on the hardware keyboard and the other options like Add a space after I choose a text suggestion for the hardware keyboard to make your typing smoother.
  5. To enable text suggestions on the Software keyboard, enable the Show text suggestions as I type on the software keyboard as well.

Text suggestions are only supported by Microsoft on the English (US) language keyboard now. Go to Settings > Time & Languages > Region & languages and check the setting.

Take some time to know the different keyboard options in Windows 10. For instance, the Windows 10 touch keyboard (which is different from the On-Screen Keyboard) has a cute emoji panel that can help you be more expressive in your casual conversations online.

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How to Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language. This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction. Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10 Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves…

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In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language.

This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction.

Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves time while typing but also helps you select the right spellings. Multilingual text prediction takes this further if you work in multiple Latin Script languages.

Here’s how you can switch on and switch off the multilingual text prediction in Settings.

  1. Open Settings (shortcut: Windows key + I). Click on the Devices icon.
  2. Under Devices, select the Typing section from the left column.
  3. Scroll down to Multilingual text prediction.
    Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10
  4. Toggle the Show text predictions based on the recognized languages you’re typing in setting to the On position.

Windows supports up to three Latin script languages for multi-lingual text predictions. It suggests predictions from the top three preferred languages in your computer’s System Settings.

The toggle switch saves you the bother of manually selecting the languages every time you type. Also, it increases the scope of your communication if you are fluent in more than one language. And you can keep fighting those pesky typos thanks to auto-correct and the spelling and grammar check tools in Microsoft Office.

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How to Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language. This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction. Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10 Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves…

Read the full article: How to Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can type in easily switch and type in multiple languages that follow the Latin alphabet. Common Latin languages include English, German, Spanish, and French etc. You do not have to switch the languages manually in the language settings every time you decide to change over to another language.

This feature is a part of Windows 10 Text Prediction.

Set Up Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10

Windows 10 has enabled multilingual text prediction for both software (touch screen) keyboards and hardware keyboards. From your experience on mobile devices, you can guess that text prediction not only saves time while typing but also helps you select the right spellings. Multilingual text prediction takes this further if you work in multiple Latin Script languages.

Here’s how you can switch on and switch off the multilingual text prediction in Settings.

  1. Open Settings (shortcut: Windows key + I). Click on the Devices icon.
  2. Under Devices, select the Typing section from the left column.
  3. Scroll down to Multilingual text prediction.
    Multilingual Text Prediction in Windows 10
  4. Toggle the Show text predictions based on the recognized languages you’re typing in setting to the On position.

Windows supports up to three Latin script languages for multi-lingual text predictions. It suggests predictions from the top three preferred languages in your computer’s System Settings.

The toggle switch saves you the bother of manually selecting the languages every time you type. Also, it increases the scope of your communication if you are fluent in more than one language. And you can keep fighting those pesky typos thanks to auto-correct and the spelling and grammar check tools in Microsoft Office.

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The 10 Best Free Udemy Courses

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How do you pick the best free Udemy classes when there are more than 80,000 online courses to choose from? Well, here are a few steps if you are only interested in the free courses: Decide your topic. Use the Udemy menu to drill down to the Categories. Search for course with the right keyword in the Search Bar. Click the All Filters button on the search result page. Apply the Free filter. Then it’s just a few minutes of diligent sifting to find the course with the best ratings and a good number of enrollments. Use the video preview…

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How do you pick the best free Udemy classes when there are more than 80,000 online courses to choose from? Well, here are a few steps if you are only interested in the free courses:

  1. Decide your topic.
  2. Use the Udemy menu to drill down to the Categories.
  3. Search for course with the right keyword in the Search Bar.
  4. Click the All Filters button on the search result page.
  5. Apply the Free filter.

Then it’s just a few minutes of diligent sifting to find the course with the best ratings and a good number of enrollments. Use the video preview to check if the instructor’s rhythm agrees with you. The comments can also be a good pointer to the quality of any course.

I put these steps to the test in order to find the best free Udemy classes. Many of the top courses are around technology topics. And as you know, we really like to talk about tech. So here we are…

1. Before You Code: Programming 101

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I am assuming you are a beginner. You have decided to test the logical side of your brain. So let’s start with the basic tools of the trade. This course does not teach you any programming languages, but instead offers a gentle introduction to the journey ahead. Like everything else, a coder sticks to some basic principles which you should always remember.

Also: Try the paid Pre-Programming: Everything you need to know before you code course if you manage to snag a discount coupon.

2. Learn Python Coding: Introduction to Python Programming

Introduction To Python Programming

Machine learning is hot. But you can’t use machine learning unless you know how to program. Help yourself to the basics with this free guide. Python is among the world’s most popular programming languages, ranked at the top by IEEE Spectrum in 2017.

It is also flexible, as you can use Python for building desktop and web apps if you don’t want to go into machine learning. The Introduction to Python Programming covers the basics and does not ask for any prior programming experience.

3. Learn Machine Learning: The Top 5 Machine Learning Libraries in Python

The Top 5 Machine Learning Libraries in Python

As mentioned, machine learning is already shaping our lives. So grab the basics of machine learning before you dive into deep learning and AI. All three are interrelated and involve the specific set of techniques that enable machines to learn from data and make predictions.

Udemy has a big roster of excellent machine learning courses. But The Top 5 Machine Learning Libraries in Python course is a gentler introduction and comes at the unbelievable price of free. For instance, there are six lectures devoted to Scikit-Learn, which is the gold standard Python library for general-purpose machine learning and covers many common algorithms used in projects.

4. Learn Data Science: Introduction to Data Science Using Python

Introduction to Data Science using Python

Data science uses statistical tools to extract patterns in big sets of data. It overlaps with artificial intelligence and machine learning, as intelligent algorithms are designed to learn more about the world around us. If you want to become a data scientist, your skillsets will include Python, R, Hadoop, and SQL. Start with this primer course (the first of a series) that will stoke your interest.

Also, look into these paid data science courses on Udemy too when you decide to go deeper into the field.

5. Get Introduced to Cloud Computing: AWS Concepts

AWS Concepts

If cloud services are the present and the future, then Amazon Web Services is at the vanguard. Amazon offers a training and certification path for learning practical skills to help manage the cloud for large enterprises. There are several in-demand niche areas like cloud architecture, container and docker technology, and even cloud backup and disaster recovery.

But this free Udemy course from Linux Academy can be the first step to gather the basic concepts. To make it easier, there are no technical explanations or definitions to memorize. It is visual and conceptual.

6. Simply SQL: Introduction to Databases and SQL Querying

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I read somewhere that a data analyst who doesn’t know SQL won’t get far. But you don’t need to look that far; just see how databases are at the core of any business today. The Structured Query Language (SQL) is how you speak to databases. With SQL you can track your own data and make your own reports instead of relying on the tech department. You can even use SQL with Microsoft Excel.

This is an introductory course on Databases and SQL Querying. It is a simple walkthrough of SQL queries and how you can extract data from a database. It is just the right introduction for someone who does not have any knowledge of SQL.

7. Learn Your First Language: Javascript Essentials

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Want to be comfortable in a foreign land? Learn the native language. Want to be a good developer on the web? Learn JavaScript. It is like a “default” language (along with Java and C++) if you want to go anywhere. TechRepublic cites research from the Cloud Foundry Foundation that says:

“According to the research, Java is used in 58% of the organizations represented by the 601 respondents, and JavaScript is used in 57%.”

Last year’s StackOverflow Developer Survey also put JavaScript at the top, as do many other surveys. So just take their word for it and take this basic course that will not only show you how JavaScript works, but also teach you with a mini-project.

If you want to try another free JavaScript course then look at Learn JavaScript for Web Development too.

8. Make Video Games: Introduction to Unity for Absolute Beginners

Introduction To Unity

Unity is a complete software application for game development. An integrated development environment (IDE) like Unity is the less difficult way to design your own game. The harder way is to learn the black arts of programming languages like C++ and Java from scratch. Unity gives you many of the assets for game development along with a code editor. So the workflow is much easier.

This free Udemy course will show you that workflow, from the installation to the process of controlling game objects with code. Some experience with coding will help, but it is not essential. Also, this course is updated for 2018 with a bonus section at the end.

9. Take a Business Class: Introduction to Project Management

Introduction to Project Management

Take any industry, and we’ll bet that while this single skill may look good on your resume, its benefits will jump beyond that paper. If you are good at project management, you will also learn to be adept at managing risk, change, and people. Those are invaluable soft skills for today’s competitive landscape.

More than 100,000 students are enrolled in this course. You may not want to become a project manager just yet, but take this course anyway. It might give you a few insights into your own productivity.

10. Hyperthinking: Improve Your Day to Day Learning & Creativity

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Hard skills are the bricks. But soft skills are the mortar. You can flounder in your career if you do not develop soft skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. Today, a technology career also needs creativity and design thinking. Maybe some of these soft skills will help us save our jobs from the robots.

As the world changes every day, this course gives you a few hyperthinking tools that can help you frame a situation and think about it in a new way. With these critical thinking tools, you can take on challenges with more confidence.

Select Your Udemy Course and Dive In

These aren’t the only best free Udemy classes, of course. There are many more that are well-rated. The word “best” is relative and you will find your own picks once you work through the course roster. Free Udemy courses are a no-risk introduction to the subjects you are interested in; the only investment is time.

Do remember that learning online on your own needs a lot of self-discipline. So keep these tips in mind as you start your class.

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How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word

Mirror text or reversed text isn’t something you would think of using in a professional Microsoft Word document. But this feature could have interesting cosmetic applications. Maybe, you want to make a drop cap letter more interesting or want to design a prettier printable invite with a horizontal flip of the text. The important thing is that you do so in Microsoft Word and we see how in the steps below. How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word You do not get to click a single button to reverse text in Microsoft Word. Instead, you have to take…

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Mirror text or reversed text isn’t something you would think of using in a professional Microsoft Word document. But this feature could have interesting cosmetic applications. Maybe, you want to make a drop cap letter more interesting or want to design a prettier printable invite with a horizontal flip of the text.

The important thing is that you do so in Microsoft Word and we see how in the steps below.

How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word

You do not get to click a single button to reverse text in Microsoft Word. Instead, you have to take the help of the Text box and the Format Shape controls to flip text around. These steps work across Office 365 and Office 2016 tools like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

  1. To insert a text or even a single letter, go to Insert > Text Box. Now, type your text and then format it.
  2. With the box selected, right-click the box and click Format Shape.
    Format Shape
  3. The Format Shape panel is displayed on the right. Click on the second icon for Effects.
  4. Under 3-D Rotation, in the X Rotation box, enter 180 degrees to mirror the text. You can also set other rotations as 0 degrees and the Y Rotation to 180 and make the text mirrored and flipped upside down.
    Mirror Text
  5. As a finishing touch, select the text box shape and set Shape Fill to “No Fill” and Shape Outline to “No Outline”.

Some simple style effects to the text in Microsoft Word can make them stand out. But do keep in the mind the purpose of the document before you start formatting the text.

Read the full article: How to Reverse or Mirror Text in Microsoft Word