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Are their any sites available with approved backgrounds for use at no charge? For example, a contemporary pool setting, sunsets etc.
Unfortunately, I am not aware of any web sites that exist for the sole purpose of distributing free photos. As a photographer, I have the luxury of a well-earned personal photo archive at my disposal. When push comes to shove, I get a digital camera out and shoot exactly what I need. There are plenty of free photos available on the web today. You'll just
have to go out and find them. There's no guarantee what the subject
matter, or quality may be. Instead of spending your time looking for free photos, you might consider spending a few dollars at a stock photo house and get exactly what you need. I'm liking a new player to the game, iStockphoto. They boast a library of 450,000 images that are available hi-res and royalty free for $3 US or less. That's right, you heard me. Three dollars...or less!! Check them out, it's worth a visit. By paying for the photo, you support photographers and get what you want without a lot of unnecessary searching. Time is money. Nothing is free.
It's Friday, how about some Easter Egg fun? To see the alternate Photoshop splash screen While holding the Ctrl + Alt keys, choose Help > About Photoshop The Dark Matters splash appears. Dark Matters is the code name for the Photoshop CS beta program. At the end of the credit scroll is a special message for you. Also, notice the faint number 8 in the upper right, (version 8, you guessed it) as well as the now famous Big Electric Cat in the upper left corner. Any idea what the name of the cat is? Click below to find out.
Photoshop has long been known for the hidden surprises (Easter eggs) left behind by bored software engineers. One of the best known Easter eggs can be found in the Layers palette menu. To find it, hold the Alt/Opt key and click the small arrow in the upper right corner of the Layer palette to open its menu. Choose Palette options. You should see a small picture of Merlin the magician. Begone!