Monthly Archives: December 2016

How to Draw Diagrams with Photoshop

Photoshop, the graphics program available as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, offers tools to transform your digital photographs, but the program is also a complete drawing and sketching tool as well. Consider Photoshop your artist’s canvas or school chalkboard when you need to brainstorm diagrams. One benefit of drawing diagrams in Photoshop is that your work is already electronic; just e-mail it to yourself or post it on your website when you’re done, no paper or scanning required. Create detailed, intricate diagrams or simple shapes with just a few clicks in Photoshop.


1. Open Photoshop, click the “File” menu and select “New.” Type “Diagram” into the “Name” field. Type the preferred diagram dimensions into the “Width” and “Height” boxes, such as “8” for each. Pull down the dimensions menus and select “inches” for each. Click the “OK” button to open the Photoshop workspace.

2. Double-click the top-left square of the “Color Picker,” the two overlapping coloured boxes on the bottom of the “Tools” palette. Choose a colour for the first diagram item and click “OK.”

3. Right-click the shape tool, which may look like a grey square, grey circle, line or grey star above the “Color Picker.” These tools all share the same space. From the small flyout menu, select “Custom Shape Tool.”

4. Pull down the “Shape” menu on the toolbar at the top of the screen. Select the first shape for the diagram, such as a diamond. Position your cursor on the “Diagram” box, press and hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor to form the shape.

5. Select a new colour from the “Color Picker” or leave it the same colour and choose a new shape from the “Shape” menu, such as a hexagon. Click and drag to add the shape to the diagram space.

6. Continue adding shapes until all the required shapes are in place. Right-click the “Custom Shape Tool” icon and select “Line Tool.” Change paint colours if desired. Draw lines from shape to shape, forming the tree of the diagram, such as a flow chart hierarchy. Adjust the thickness of the lines by typing a larger number in the “Weight” box on the toolbar at the top of the screen.

7. Label the shapes and diagram by clicking the “Type” tool, which looks like a “T” on the “Tools” palette. Select a font, text size and text colour on the toolbar at the top of the screen. Click each shape or line on the diagram and add text, such as the periodic element abbreviation or a mathematical calculation. Repeat to add all required text.

8. Click the “Window” menu and select “Layers.” The “Layers” palette opens with all your different shape and text layers. Click the small lined icon at the top-right of the palette. Select “Flatten Image” and all the layers merge into one. Click the “File” menu, click “Save As” and save the diagram to the computer.

Glary Utilities Keeps Your PC Running Smoothly

The word PC maintenance immediately conjures up head-cringing images of wading through loads of settings, booting and rebooting the computer a few times, uninstalling applications, and still not be sure what went wrong. In most cases, it ends up with a call to tech support or the neighborhood geek. But for most of us, a trip down the do-it-yourself computer troubleshooting part shouldn’t be like a walk on burning coals.

There are quite a few PC maintenance utilities that make it a matter of routine. And keeping one’s computer in good running health should be a matter of routine. So, today we are going to pick up just such a tool for our review and see if it can help us save a few hair splits. Glary Utilities is a well-reviewed and well-championed name in utility tools. If you are looking for an all-rounder to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC.


Glary Utilities is a system software for Windows that has different specialized power tools for maintaining and fixing your personal computer. Utilities included cover the gamut of cleanup and repair, performance optimization, privacy and security, disk usage, and other system information tools.


The key feature of Gary Utilities is 1-Click Maintenance.  A single click starts the scan of your system and then a one-click cleanup and optimization for a healthier computer than the one you started out with.


All the tools are arranged in modules in Glary Utilities. As you can see in the above screenshot, each of the modules corresponds to a key computer maintenance function.

Glary Utilities is a 15.9 MB download for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit). There is a Free version and a Pro version with a few more advanced features. The Pro version offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC.


How to Reduce Chrome’s RAM Usage

There are a lot of ways you can speed up your browsing and reduce the amount of memory that it’s using, but possibly the most important is Chrome’s Task Manager. Much like the Windows Task Manager, you can use this window to see which tabs and extensions are using the most memory and close them to free up some space.

In Windows, just hit Shift + Esc to access the Task Manager; on a Mac, you’ll need to open it from the Window menu.


Once you’ve gotten rid of the resource-heavy processes, there are a number of other things you can do. Enabling tab discarding, for example, will allow Chrome to get rid of tabs that you haven’t used in a long time if memory is low.


You can also disable extensions that are using a lot of power, or add a few extensions that will help you manage the amount of resources that Chrome is using. You can also delete the History Provider Cache to free up some space, and tweak hidden settings or mess around with Chrome flags.