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The best free photo-editing software

There’s no argument — Adobe Photoshop remains the best photo-editing application on the market. But it’s a difficult program to master without formal …

Photoshop

6 foolproof ways to improve your graphic design skills

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut as a designer. You find a style or niche that makes the most of what you're good at, and before you know it your …

Graphic Design

Why Wealthy People May Want to Take Social Security at 62

Delaying Social Security to full retirement age or later could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, maybe even more, in unnecessary taxes if you …

Retirement

Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Pause My Social Security Benefit And Return To Full-Time Work?

Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.<p>Today’s column address some practical effects of the earnings test, benefit recalculation due to continued income, maxing out spousal benefits, how and when SSA taxes …

Social Security

Virtual Assistant Options for Any Company -- From Startups to High-Flyers

VAs can cover your bookkeeping, social media, writing, customer service and programming needs, as much or as little as you want them to.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While the Beatles may have gotten by by with a little help from their friends, you may not be so …

Small Business

Everything you need to know about white balance for your iPhone camera

White balance is one of the most important settings on any camera. It can make the difference between vibrant, accurate colors, and a muddy, flat mess. It is also the setting least likely to be tweaked manually by casual photographers. There’s not even a good way to adjust white balance in the …

Lightroom

31 Ways Real People Make Extra Income

Earning income doesn't have to stop at your salary. There's no better way to learn how to make more money than from people who have actually done it — so read these true-life examples cited by Reddit users.

Personal Finance

Here’s how I back up my family photos and videos using the 3-2-1 method

If there is one thing I am obsessed with when it comes to technology, it’s my pictures. I keep them extremely organized and culled. I am equally as fanatical about getting them backed up. When it comes to music, movies, and TV shows – I can rebuy anything I lose due to hard drive failure. When it …

Google Photos

How Do You Back Up Your Data in the Cloud?

The subject of file backups and online storage came up the other day at a Lifehacker staff meeting, and resident door-holder Nick Douglas chimed in …

How to Turn Your Business Into a Media Company (And Why You Should)

Invest just a few hours a day into creating quality content.<p><i>By Syed Balkhi, founder of WPBeginner</i><p>You might think that only huge companies with large budgets have to hire videographers, content creators and editors, who can pump out a ton of content every day. But that's not the case. Even small …

Marketing

The fear of running out of money in retirement is overblown

One of my biggest concerns about early retirement was running out of money. What if there was another massive correction in the stock market? What if …

How to use extensions in Photos

No more jumping between apps — with photo and video extensions all the filters and effects come right to you!With extensibility, the Photos app works …

3 free Microsoft Office Photo Editor alternatives

(Credit: Andrey_Popov, Shutterstock / Andrey_Popov)<p>Microsoft Photo Editor is the now-defunct image-editing app once bundled with Microsoft Office (97 through XP) for Windows. With Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Photo Editor was replaced by Microsoft Office Picture Manager, a lackluster …

I Gave Up on Squarespace and Built My Own Photo Website from Scratch

For the past several years my photography website called Squarespace home. Among online, fully-contained, content management systems, it is hard to …

4 Tips to Take your Side Hustle to the Next Level

You may be a freelancer today. But, tomorrow, you can be a business owner if you follow these steps.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It seems like almost everyone has a side hustle these days. According to Bankrate, more than 44 million Americans have one. Having a side …

Turn your old iPad into a photo frame for $2

Got an old tablet lying around? I'm a huge fan of repurposing it into a full-time digital photo frame. (Indeed, it's at the top of my list of new uses for old tablets.)<p>I say this as someone who's owned an actual, dedicated photo frame for years -- one that cost around $150 when I bought it. I love …

How to master Google Photos and backup all your photos

Google Photos is a savior for avid photographers and online creators looking for a place to store and backup their pics and videos. Not only does it …

Protect your photo collection with Google Photos [50 Essential iOS Apps #21]

Photos and videos are some of our most important mementos, helping us recount our fondest memories. The thought of losing those keepsakes shouldn’t be something that keeps you up at night.<p>With Google Photos, every photo and video on your iOS device can be safely backed up to the cloud, accessible …

Google Photos

How to set up iCloud Photo Library on your Mac

If you're interested in using iCloud Photo Library on your Mac, here's how to set up Apple's photo sync and backup service.If you want your Mac's …

Apple

What’s the best photo management solution? Google Photos or iCloud Photos?

I’ve always been a huge fan of cloud-managed photo systems. I did a review of Everpix back in 2013. I even challenged Apple to release something similar to iCloud Photo Library. I’ve written countless articles about Photo Management and discussed it on countless podcasts. Photo management is …

Google Photos

Keeping Your Photos Safe, Part 4: Backup Workflow

Figure 1. Here’s a step-by-step diagram of the steps for a basic backup workflow. Look to the numbered steps toward the end of the article for …

Why it’s time to ditch the 4Ps and embrace the 4Cs of modern marketing purpose

In his role as global director of marketing and communications for professional services consultancy, NDY, Ric leads the strategic and tactical …

Spect: Simple Image Management on the Mac

Spect from Steven Frank is based on a single, straightforward idea: separating image navigation from the Mac’s folder hierarchy. Point the app at a folder and tell it how deep to peer into subfolders and the app quickly generates thumbnails of the images to that depth of the folder structure. If …

How to make your iPhone videos look like Hollywood movies

Your iPhone is capable of shooting incredible videos. Its camera can capture 4K video, which is good enough for the cinema, and the video camera’s auto-stabilization turns your wobbly pans into cinematic sweeps.<p>And yet it’s still all too easy to shoot a terrible iPhone video. So today we’ll look at …

Framing

Yes, 2018 Is the Charlotte Restaurant Scene's Breakout Year—Here's Where to Eat

There’s no shortage of fantastic food cities in the South, but lately, the big question is whether 2018 is Charlotte’s breakout year—and we offer a …

Most Americans plan to own homes in retirement, but that might be a mistake

Homeownership in retirement certainly has its benefits. It's the unknown costs that come along with it that can throw your finances out of whack.<p>We all have our own respective visions of what life in retirement will look like. For the bulk of Americans, however, that means owning a home. In fact, …

6 Things That Will Help You Grow Wealth (That Most People Won't Do)

“How can I grow wealth?”<p>As a financial planner, I hear this question (or some variation of it) almost every day. And while I’m happy to provide answers and advice, there’s something I’ve noticed about most people who ask this question.<p>They don’t take action on the answers. They don’t follow the …

How To Create A Business Plan

Business plans have long been a critical document for new businesses. Are they still relevant? If so, what best practices and data can help you create a winning document that will help your business get the funding you need and ensure your venture lasts?<p>Before digging into the best way to craft a …

Entrepreneurship

3 Great Reasons to Take Social Security Benefits at 62

Don't assume that waiting is better. There are lots of good reasons to aim for as early as you can.<p>Many people grapple with the decision of when to …

Will The Cost Of Healthcare Devour Your Retirement Income?

Will healthcare costs devour your retirement income? <b></b>New estimates may cause you to adjust your retirement plans.<p>The dream is that you will eventually turn 65 and all your healthcare worries will be covered by Medicare. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but in the real world, healthcare costs in …