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How to Pick a Good Designer

How to Pick a Good Designer

Question How do you judge the quality of a designer? They don’t have a typical résumé like a sales rep. I’m sure there’s more to it than “ooh, I like this website”. Answer I can’t believe I haven’t answered this before. What a beautiful and potentially self-serving question. There are several things you can look…

How to Create an Outlined Drawing in Photoshop

  Image –> Adjustments –> Desaturate. Filter –> Stylize –> Fine Edges Image –> Adjustments –> Brightness/Contrast (Adjust the brightness and contrast to your liking) Then go to Filter –> Sharpen –> Sharpen More.

How to make a bootable OS X El Capitan USB Drive

How to make a bootable OS X El Capitan USB Drive

Question I purchased El Capitan through the app store a while back for my Macintosh and there is no disk. Now I need to reinstall the operating system. How can I do this? I would really like to have a clean install of my operating system. Answer Make your own bootable disk of El Capitan…

Change a Script to Use the jQuery Library Included in WordPress

Change a Script to Use the jQuery Library Included in WordPress

In your WordPress travels you may want to use some script that uses some external jQuery. The problem is if you ask the script to pull from an outside source (like Google) it can conflict with the jQuery you are using in WordPress. Instead of including jQuery yourself you need to ask WordPress to include…

Create a Shared Family AddressBook with Contacts and iCloud

Create a Shared Family Address
Book with Contacts and iCloud

We are a two-person household. Each of us has iPhones, Macs, and iPads, so it makes sense that we would want to share the same Contacts/Address book. We tried having separate Contacts, but someone will update something and the other won’t have it — and it’s a hassle. So, then we tried just sharing the…

Why you don’t want a canned theme for your website

Why you don’t want a canned theme for your website

I almost didn’t write this article. I didn’t want to introduce the idea of canned template themes. The last thing I want to do is advertise them to people and potential clients who didn’t know they exist — and it sounds self serving for me to tell you NOT to use them. But, it dawned on me…

What’s the Difference Between Spot and Process Printing?

What’s the Difference Between Spot and Process Printing?

Spot Color Printing The ink that goes on the press is hand-mixed or comes out of the can the color you want More expensive than process printing Unlimited paper choices Colors are exact Process Printing The ink on a process press only uses four colors: Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Those colors are printed in…

Protect your WordPress Site from Getting Hacked

Protect your WordPress Site from Getting Hacked

It happens all the time. Websites get hacked. Especially websites that use common software packages. Hackers want the most bang for their buck, and under-maintenanced WordPress sites are a great target because so many people utilize them. How Hackers Do it Most hackers use a script that crawls your server looking for “holes” they can…

One Common Way Businesses Push People Off Their Websites — Are You Doing This Too?

One Common Way Businesses Push People Off Their Websites — Are You Doing This Too?

One website mistake I see over and over is websites that open external pages in new tabs or windows. I get asked to do this repeatedly on new websites. But, it’s not a good practice and I’m going to tell you why. But, I don’t want people to leave my site! Yes, I can hear…

Best Times to Post on Social Media: Part 2

Best Times to Post on Social Media: Part 2

You may noticed I posted one of these a few posts back. But, this one has a little different take on the subject and also covers Pinterest and Google, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. This is a fantastic graphic to see the best times to post on Social Media. If you get in…

How to Change the Colors of the Guides in InDesign

How to Change the Colors of the Guides in InDesign

Question Hey Lena, Do you know how to change the colors of these red guides in InDesign? I got a document that I have to work with but the red is driving me crazy. Mine are usually light blue. Its not under the Guides and Pasteboard options in preferences. Answer The guides you are talking…

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Interested in working with Lena? Check out some of her client testimonials below!

Working with Lena has revolutionized how I feel about computers and the internet as a whole. Not only did she update me on current technology, but she did it with professionalism, style, grace, and charm. The website she built for me is amazing and working with her was even more amazing. When I was confused and frustrated with “computer stuff” she guided me through my confusion with patience, professionalism, sympathy and a good laugh.

Natalie Boren

Lullabooks

Natalie Boren

Lena is definitely our go-to girl when it comes to web consulting (and any of that “computer-nerd” stuff). I like to think of her as SuperLena!

Carolyn Bell Audije

Our organization has been so happy with Lena work.  Lena’s designs are very creative and  original.  Unlike many other designers, Lena’s don’t look like clip art! I like that we can verbally explain  what we want and she seems to create the visual interpretation perfectly! We look forward to working with  her for years to come.

Jeri Millard

Owner, In the Pink

Jeri Millard