Working Files and Graphic Design

Graphic design studios design various graphic items for logos, brands, publications, product packaging and advertisements. The graphic works are made with the help of graphic file formats such as EPS, PNG, GIF and JPG. All the above graphic file formats are known as the bitmap graphics which consist of thousands of small colored squares or pixels in the form of a checkerboard grid. Bitmap files are produced by digital cameras and cell phones, and these files can be created, resized, optimized and edited easily to use in web programs. Most of the web browsers use JPG and GIF file formats as they compresses the size of the file for the efficient delivery of files through the internet.

GIF file formats are used for the creation of web graphics. GIF files support only 256 colors, and can be used in almost all the computer platforms. EPS file formats are used to create images with duotone/monotones and clipping paths. JPG file format is used for web graphics with great amount of gradations and colors. PNG is a file format created to overcome the limitations of GIF. PNG file formats provide lossless compression without any copyright limitations.

Working file formats are of two types- original as well as derivative files. Original files are the JPEG files or raw (unrendered) files that are created by the camera, whereas derivative files are made out of the original files. The rendered as well as unrendered formats are used as the working file formats. Raw files are used with PIE software and the rendered files are used both in pixel editing software and PIE. The JPEG file cannot be used as the working file because of the lossy compression. Working files cannot display graphics properly as they are mainly used for printing the documents. Working files cannot display quality images as required by the web based programs.

Working files are normally used for storing and viewing documents, notes etc. The different working file formats are .DAT, .DCF, .DCT, .DO, .DOC, .DTA, .FRQ, .FRW, .MAP, .SAS, .SD2, .SPS and .WRN. The working files can be included in a .ZIP file which contains a data file, different definitions of the date and other such documentation. The file types will differ according to the file format and the data type included. You can extract the working files from the .ZIP file. With the help of Winzip or PKUNZIP, you can extract the working files. Working files are primarily used for documentation, but design studios are creating graphics for various purposes. It is not possible to create graphics using the working files. Hence, professional designers do not release working files.

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Tips for Kids Parties

Parties for kids have come a long way in the last decade due to more options, more expense and more expectation placed on an annual event that runs approx. two-three hours. Working in the children’s party industry for 15 years, I have seen every type of party from the informal backyard gathering to a virtual carnival with a great variety of entertainment hired.

A child’s party doesn’t need a big budget or an event planner to be wonderful. I have some sure-fire pointers to get the party started and the kids really enjoying themselves.

1. Stick with tradition. Kids enjoy it when predictable elements appear, and if they’re overlooked, it won’t go unnoticed! Definites are: Food, birthday cake, and the all important Party Bag! If you’ve got at least these three things, you’ve got a party.

2. What to provide for the kids. There are innumerable options: Party games; hire an entertainer or activity or have it somewhere that will entertain the kids for you. Rule of thumb: DON’T OVER-DO IT!

Just one or two entertainment events are more than enough. The fact is, the kids will be expected to eat now, cut the cake now, watch the gifts being opened now, etc etc.. When you add entertainers, activities and games, the kids can easily become overwhelmed, plus time whizzes by without the children having a chance to actually play with abandonment.

3. Play time: This element should be the top party essential. Factoring time for children to play, run around, laugh and talk with each other is golden. It suits children of all ages and capabilities, and what’s more , it’s free!

4. Age-appropriate entertainment. This suggestion may seem like a no-brainer, but I have attended many parties that result in children being bored or bewildered. For example, hiring a magician-clown for two-year olds left most of the children terrified. Another example is a bowling party for four-year olds. The children had no interest in being competitive and after several bowls, the excitement had definitely worn off. And even Pass-the-Parcel can cause distress when played with children who are too young to know they haven’t missed out, they just have to wait their turn. If you are holding a party for mixed ages and genders, there’s a broad range of entertainment that appeals, such as face-painting and balloon-twisting.

5. Try to Relax! When planning your party, listen to your child and use your instincts – you know what they’ll enjoy the most. On the day have a mini run-sheet so you don’t forget anything, like when to put the party pies in the oven or to hand out the party bags.

And lastly, enjoy YOURSELF too…after all -it’s a party!

Best of luck!

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Communication: a fundamental ingredient in a successful relationship

It’s a well-known fact that communication is a key ingredient in a successful marriage. Without effective communication, a couple is unable to discuss important issues and resolve their disagreements. This can often lead to feelings of detachment, anger or resentment in the long term. Although I refer to communication in relationships these tips are equally important in any important relationship in your life.

Communication can be tough, especially if it is with someone you have been in a relationship with for a long time. After a while, couples get comfortable with each other and, as a result, the level of communication tends to decrease. Assuming your partner already knows something or not taking the time to communicate with them can lead to a relationship breakdown over time.

Comfort should not equal less communication. There are many issues that may arise if you don’t keep yourself open and make an effort to communicate with your partner. Follow these simple tips to keep the communication lines open between you and your partner.

1. Never Assume
It’s important not to assume something unless you’ve communicated directly with your partner about it. This could be anything from a roster of household chores, to making assumptions about the way your partner thinks or feels about a particular issue. If you’re unsure, ask your partner and avoid arguments or misunderstandings.

2. Say what you mean
If you have something to say, say it. But make sure you’re clear with your communication and that you’re actually getting the right message across. There’s nothing more confusing (and frustrating) than receiving conflicting messages from your partner. In some cases, it may even help to write your thoughts and feelings on a piece of paper. By writing it down you are able to construct your thoughts in a clear and concise way and ensure you’re getting all the important bits of information across.

3. Don’t be afraid of a disagreement
If you disagree with something your partner has said or done, you should let them know in a calm and reasonable manner. Don’t avoid these conversations for fear of a disagreement. While a disagreement may be difficult to deal with in the short term, an open dialogue about such issues will do wonders for your relationship in the long run. By staying quiet about issues that are important to you, you will only become resentful and angry.

4. Communicate the good, not just the bad
Communication in relationships is not just important when there is an issue to address. If you have something good to say about your partner, say it loud and often. By communicating feelings of love and appreciation with your partner you will nurture the love and trust in your relationship.

5. Make time to communicate
With work and kids and extra curriculum activities it’s easy to see how some couples can’t find the time to communicate with each other. It’s very important you set aside some time on a regular basis to reconnect and communicate with your partner. This may be every day or simply on a weekly basis. Make sure you shut off all electronics and remove yourself from distractions to really focus on what each other has to say.

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Private Escorts – Employment Options

When it comes to finding work as an escort, whether you are male or female, gay or straight, you can decide to work for an escort agency, or join the ranks of the independent escorts, or indies. Which you should choose is very much a personal decision, but you need to consider the pros and cons of each thoroughly prior to beginning work.

If you are new to the business then it might be a good idea to work for an agency, even if only for a while, so that you can learn the ins and outs of the escort business. This will also give you the opportunity to speak to other escorts employed by the agency, and learn from sharing their experiences.

The Benefits of Working for an Agency

There is more to working as an escort than many people assume when they first begin, and it can be contenting to have someone else to take care of some things for you, while you are getting comfortable. For example, the agency will handle the advertising, will screen potential clients, will manage your diary for you, and will take care of booking hotel rooms and arranging transport, when necessary.

Perhaps most importantly for many escorts, the agency implements a safety net as they know where you are and what you are doing at any given moment, and the client is very aware of this. This provides you with a significant degree of protection, and with a backup team to call on if you fall into trouble.

Speaking of trouble, the law also plays an important role in many escort’s lives, and the degree to which it affects you will depend on where you are working, and how you are exceuting your business. Many escort agencies have been around for a while, and are very accustomed to what you and cannot do. This again can be enough to stop you unintentionally running into problems.

The Disadvantages of Working for an Agency

An escort agency is just like any other business, and some are very well run while others are poorly run, and may even simply take advantage of their escorts without a care for anything other than the money the business can make. For this reason, you need to do your homework and make sure you know exactly what sort of agency you are joining.

While an agency will take care of much of the background work for you, such as advertising, client screening and arranging appointments, they will also require certain things from you in return. For example, they may ask you to be ready for work between certain hours each day, and decide how much time off you can have each week. They may also dictate where you must be when you are not working, perhaps letting you go home, as long as they can contact you on the phone, or requiring you to be available in the agency’s office.

The agency is also in the business of making money and does this typically by taking a cut of the fees paid by the client for providing him or her with an escort. Fees can be large, especially in major cities where it is not unusual for clients to pay several hundred dollars an hour for an escort. You will have to look thoroughly at the financial arrangements sought after by different agencies and select what is, and what is not, acceptable to you.

The Benefits of Working as an Independent Escort

Private escorts are esentially their own bosses, choosing for themselves when they work, who they accept as clients, and what they are comfortable to do. In effect you are enjoying all of the benefits, including the monetary benefits, of being self employed and, for many people, these advantages often outweigh any disadvantages.

The Disadvantages of Working as an Independent Escort

Working for yourself means that you will have to arrange everything yourself, including such things as advertising, sizing up prospective clients, booking hotel rooms, organising transport, and indeed dealing with anything else that comes up. This can be a lot of work initially, but much of this routine work becomes simpler as time goes on. One thing that you have to deal with though, and which will never become irrevelant, are the risks that accompany with escort work.

Like it or not, escort work is potentially very dangerous, and you must not only be constantly vigilant, but must take positive steps to cover yourself. The list of precautions you need to take is far too long to explain them all here, but will include such things as certifying that any room you use with a client has an emergency exit that you can use, and being positive that someone knows where you are, and that the client is aware of this fact. Convincing yourself that this is a safe enough area and that nothing is going to happen to you does not work, and safety needs to be the priority on the list of things to think about for independent escorts.

On Balance

As with any job there are both good and bad points to becoming an escort, and this is deifnitely one job that you need to go into with a wary mindset. That said, independent escorts can enjoy a very nice lifestyle if they get it right, and the job can be good fun if you have the fitting personality for it, take the time to learn what you are doing, and set your business up properly.

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options

Plantar fasciitis is extremely common affecting around 10% of the adult population at some time in life. Commonly plantar fasciitis is associated with heel spurs however on x-ray only 50% of patients with plantar fasciitis have evidence of calcification through the heel (DiMarcangelo, 1997).

Commonly plantar fasciitis symptoms start as an awareness or ache in the morning. Relief treatment can be quite simple at this time however if it is left, these symptoms will often slowly progress to pain that significantly impacts quality of life.

When targeting plantar fasciitis symptoms your practitioner will guide you through the best strategy or combination of strategies to help relieve and control your individual pain. At Body Leadership Australia we recommend a multimodal approach utilising a number of different treatment options.

Soft Tissue Release
Tightness of the muscles surrounding the foot have been found to pull hard enough on the bones that they alter the natural shape of the foot and ankle often leading to plantar fasciitis pain. Accordingly, release techniques and stretching of the lower limb muscles can have an effect on decreasing symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis.

Stretching
Strategic stretching of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon or on the plantar fascia itself can decrease pain associated with plantar fasciitis. You should get a program tailored to your individual needs.

Orthotics
Orthotics can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. Changing the weight load through the foot can allow the inflammatory response to settle by supporting the foot appropriately.

Night Splints (Strassburg Sock)
The use of a night splint can reduce recovery time compared to the same protocol utilising standing stretches through the calf.

Cortisone
Cortisone was always a last resort due to potential complications and pain post injection. Now with ultrasound guidance outcomes have improved and we see them used more effectively. Cortisone options can be discussed with your health care professional.

Surgery
A number of studies found 75% to 95% of patients had long term improvement as measured by various criteria. Up to 27% of patients still had significant pain, up to 20% had some activity restriction, and up to 12% had moderate pain that impaired function (Brown et al., 1999; Davies et al., 1999; Fishco et al., 2000). Surgical options are always a last resort.

Once your pain is treated and controlled it is important to understand your individual factors that predispose you to plantar fasciitis which can be explained by your physiotherapist. You can then be taught a home program to release tension, particularly through the calf as well as the foot to nip problems in the bud. This can also be optimised using home exercises to improve strength for better control of your biomechanics long term.

If you, your friend or family member suffer from plantar fasciitis please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Brisbane sports physiotherapists on 07 3847 8040. Our Brisbane sports physios can also provide treatment from our Brisbane Sports Physiotherapy practice.