Category: Tutorials

Add Social Networking and RSS Image Links to your PhotoPressPro menu Image

Add Social Networking and RSS Image Links to your PhotoPressPro menu

December 4, 2009

If you’re reading this on the actual blog and not the RSS feed, check out the Twitter and RSS links on the right side of the navigation menu. Think you might like to add some of your own? It’s actually pretty easy to do, using PPP Simple Link widgets, and just a tiny dash of HTML code.

As you may already know, the PhotoPressPro dropdown menu is widget-ready. The built-in PPP Simple Link widget is often used to add, well, simple links to the menu. You simply enter the link text and URL, and choose whether to open the link in a new window.

But here’s a PhotoPressPro-tip: You can use HTML in the Link Text box to post an image for your link, as such:

ppp_simple_link_img_url

There are a couple of things to consider before throwing this up on your blog. First, any image you use cannot be taller than your menu height, and if you want more than 1, they should each be of the same height. If the image is 32 pixels high, make sure your menu height on the PPP Control Panel > Layout > Menu screen is 32 or greater.

Secondly, you need the images. I used Handy Icons from Web Designer Depot because they are free for personal and commercial use, and I really like the look. You should search for icons with a similar license if your blog is used as part of your business. Once your images are gathered, upload them to your webserver under your WP Dashboard > Media > Add New. After uploading, click on one of the images, and highlight and copy the image URL:

media_copy_url

NOTE! This still works for the Classic theme, but the Simple Link widget included in the Platinum theme allows you to enter the image URL directly.

Follow these next steps very carefully. You’ll need to pay close attention to what gets pasted where.

Go to the Appearance > Widgets page. Drag a new PPP Simple Link widget to the Dropdown Menu widget area.

Paste the image url you just copied in the Link Text box.

Press the “Home” key on your keyboard to move the cursor to the front, then copy and paste the following text:

<img src="

Then press the “End” key on your keyboard, and copy/paste the following text.

" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" />

The Link Text field should look something like this when you’re done (replace Twitter if necessary.):

<img src="http://blog.photopresspro.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/twitter32.png" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" />

Enter the full URL for where you want to link in the Link URL field, and Save Changes. Refresh your blog and check it out, and repeat as necessary.

How to Save, Load, and Run Photoshop Actions Image

How to Save, Load, and Run Photoshop Actions

March 16, 2009

New to Photoshop? Or have you downloaded an action and have no idea where to begin? In this quick tutorial I’ll show you easy it is to save, load and run an action. Note: an action will always have the file extension of .atn. Let’s get to it.

First, you need an action to download. Here are a few free web actions I made. Sweet, simple, and to the point. Enjoy!
Free Web Resize Actions

After you’ve downloaded the action, it needs to be loaded into Photoshop. The .atn file needs to be put in your “Program Files/Adobe/CS3 (or your version)/presets/actions/” folder.

Now switch back to Photoshop, and go to the actions palette. (If your actions palette is not visible, go to windows-and make sure actions are checked). Click on the down arrow in the upper right corner of the palette. Locate the .atn file you want load and click. This will load the action into your palette. Once loaded, find it in the actions palette, and assuming you have a file open, press play. That’s it.

Hint: If you need to go back a step, you can undo in the History palette.

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