Saturday, November 8, 2008

Scrabble Tiles Tutorial for The GIMP

- Canvas size 800 X 600, White BG
- Create new transparent layer labeled Scrabble Tile
-Rectangle Select Tool – Draw Square
- Check the Rounded Corners Option
- Radius 5.9
- Size – 52 x 52

- Bucket Fill Tool – Fill using #D4AB7D

Now it’s time to give the tile some Depth.
- Filters>Light and Shadow>Drop Shadow
- Offset X: 3
- Offset Y: 4
- Blur Radius: 5
- Color: #000000
- Opacity: 58

- Right Click the screen Select>None
- Activate the layer just created “Drop Shadow”
-Filters>Light and Shadow>Drop Shadow
- Offset X: 1
- Offset Y: 1
- Blur Radius: 1
- Color: #FFFFFF
- Opacity: 32

Activate the layer just created “Drop Shadow #1”
- Rotate Tool: Click in the center of the Scrabble Tile, and change angle to -180.

- Using the Move Tool adjust the showdown to be in the top left hand corner.

Activate the Scrabble Tile Layer
- Select the Fuzzy Select Tool, and click on the Tile
- Create a new transparent layer (Tile Overlay)
- Bucket Fill Tool
- Check Pattern Fill
- Use the following pattern .

- Fill Selection
- Change Layer Mode to Overlay, and Opacity to 35

- Your Layer order should be Drop Shadow, Drop Shadow #1, Tile Overlay, Scrabble Tile
- Once they are in this order, Right-click Tile Overlay, and select Merge Down
-Then Right-click Drop Shadow, and Merge Down
- Finally Right-Click Drop Shadow #1 and Merge Down
- Your Scrabble Tile is complete. (Duplicate this Layer to use again.)

Now we need to add the Letters and Point Valves.

As a reference here are the point valves of the Letters.
2 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)
1 point: E, A, I, O, N, R, T, L, S, U
2 points: D, G
3 points: B, C, M, P
4 points: F, H, V, W, Y
5 points: K
8 points: J, X
10 points: Q, Z

Change your Foreground Color - #2A1D01
- Select the Text Tool
- Type your desired Letter
- Font – Arial
- Size – 45
-Filters>Light and Shadow>Drop Shadow
- Offset X: 1
- Offset Y: 1
- Blur Radius: 3
- Color: #FFFFFF
- Opacity: 91
- Now Merge the two layers and place inside of your Tile
- Select the Text Tool again
- Type your desired Number
- Font – Arial Bold
- Size 12
- Apply same Drop Shawdow Filter that used on the ‘Letter’ to the ‘Number,’ and Merge then place in Tile.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Combining Multiple PDF's

Download PDFTK
Place PDFTK.exe in to the following location - C:\Windows\System32

(1)Load all PDF's into one Folder
(2)From Exploxer
Right-click on that folder, and select Command Prompt Here
(3)Once the Command prompt has loaded type the following
pdftk *.pdf cat output (NAME OF PDF).pdf -This command will create the combined PDF in the order that they files are in with in your folder
pdftk 3.pdf 2.pdf 1.pdf cat output (NAME OF PDF).pdf - This command will create the Combined PDF in the order that you have defined.
(4) Combined PDF will then be created and be within the folder with the remaining PDF's

for HELP in the Command Propmt type - pdftk --help

Creating a Shapefile from Lat/Long Coordinates

Below are the steps on how to create a shapefile using latitude, and longitude coordinates. Here are the steps that I took to create my shapefile.

(1) Open new Excel File
(2) Format the spreadsheet font -
(3) Populate Data -

Make sure that you format each cell, to correspond to the data type.
01/01/2008 - Date
123456789 - Number
Pentagon - Text
And any other type of data type.

(4) Save Excel Spread Sheet
(5) Open ArcDesktop
(6) Add Data> Browse to your Excel Spread Sheet
(7) In the Table of Contents, Choose the 'Source' Tab
(8) Find your Table, Right Click>Display X/Y Data
(9) Assign X/Y Field and Apply Project
(10) Export Data, to create new shapefile.

--Source: UNC University Libraries (LINK to Article)

How to create a shapefile from XY coordinates using Excel and ArcMap

  1. Open the file containing latitude/longitude (or other XY coordinates) in Excel.
  2. Remove all spaces in the column headings: “Facility Name” should be changed to “Facility_Name”, for example.
  3. Save the file as a tab delimited text file:
    From the Drop-down menu at the top, select File -> Save as, then provide a file name and choose "Text (Tab delimited)" from the "Save as type:" drop-down box at the bottom.
    You will get a dialog box that says, "filename.txt may contain features that are not compatible with Text (Tab delimited). Do you want to keep the workbook in this format?"
    Click Yes.
  4. Close the file in Excel (as two files cannot be open at the same time in two different applications). When you attempt to close the file you will get another dialog box, with the following message: "Do you want to save the changes you made to 'filename.txt'?"
    Click No (you already did that in step 3).
  5. Open ArcMap.
  6. Add the filename.txt file to ArcMap just as you would spatial data, (File -> Add Data or use the Add Data button).
  7. Filename.txt will appear in the table of contents (TOC). Right-click on filename.txt in the TOC, and choose "Display XY Data..."
    In the dialog box, the X Field should be Longitude and the Y Field should be Latitude.
    If you know the spatial reference of the input coordinates, click the "Edit..." button and select it.
    For example, if your coordinates are based on a WGS84 Geographic Coordinate System, Click the "Edit..." button, then the "Select..." button, Geographic Coordinate Systems -> World -> WGS 1984.prj -> OK.
    If you do not select a spatial reference, the shapefile will have an Unknown Coordinate System.
    Click OK.
  8. The coordinates should plot as a point event theme. Note that it is not a shapefile, just an event theme. To create a shapefile from the event theme, right-click the layer in the TOC and select Data -> Export Data... Then select a location for the new shapefile, name it and click OK.

Make sure that coordinates South of the Equator and West of the Prime Meridian are negative, or your points will plot in the wrong hemisphere!