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In Snow Leopard, Option-clicking the Volume icon in the menu bar displays a list of sound input and output devices. Choose one to switch to it; it's much easier than using the Sound preference pane. Also, hold Shift and click the icon to set the system volume, which is separate from the general output volume.

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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Art Text 2.4.2

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I’m always impressed when I see what real graphic designers can do with Photoshop to create fancy logos and visual effects. But for those of who lack those skills, turning out a quick logo or other graphic for a community Web site, full-color postcard, or Keynote presentation may be far more easily done in BeLight Software’s Art Text 2. That’s because Art Text is designed to let you place text and images on a canvas and then style them in a variety of ways that would be extremely difficult otherwise. For instance, you can skew and warp text and images, apply textures and materials, and use layers to enable objects to interact with one another. Art Text comes with libraries of vector icons, shapes, textures, materials, and fonts (in the $10 Extras Pack), so you can get started quickly.

While writing up this DealBITS drawing, I decided to recreate the design of one of my favorite Apple t-shirts from Macworld Expo in New York, which replaces the heart in the classic “I Love NY” design with an Apple logo. To spiff it up a bit, I made the text and graphic look like they were made of glass, and warped the text a bit. I won’t pretend it’s a work of art, but it was fun and easy. To see what other kinds of things are possible with Art Text, check out BeLight’s sample page.


So if you want to win one of five copies of Art Text 2.4.2, which normally lists for $39.95, enter at the DealBITS page before 5 November 2012. All information gathered is covered by our comprehensive privacy policy.

 

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