New Photo Packs and Valentine’s Day Sale

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I’ve just added two brand new photo packs for sale! One is themed flowers and the other plants. Each contains a curated collection of eight high quality photos measuring 4000 by 3000 pixels in jpeg format. These photos are great as standalone images or a starting point for backgrounds, wallpapers, websites, flyers, texture overlays, and other kinds of digital and printable media.

To get the discount, use the discount code “ysckc5q” during checkout.

Check them out now at my store on Gumroad!

New Digital Media Storefront on Gumroad

I have a special announcement to make: I’ve just launched a digital media storefront on Gumroad!

Some of the ways God lets me serve my local church include music, media, and web. Graphics is a natural intersection of these outlets—song lyric backgrounds, website images, handouts, flyers, and so many other things. Recently, God graciously allowed our church to move to projected song lyrics. We’re also moving forward with a fairly in-depth website overhaul. As I was looking around to source graphics, I discovered two things: there are a lot of great resources out there… but most of them are really expensive. There’s not a lot for small churches on a tight budget. We’re not in a position to invest a lot of money in this kind of thing right now, so it’s an opportunity to learn to do the work ourselves. And after a bit of prayer and soul-searching, God has open some doors for me to get my feet wet with digital media.

Unfortunately, I can’t offer these resources for free. It takes time, work, and investment to take, edit, and share these resources. I can do a little bit for the church as a labor of love, but a small bit of compensation will allow me to produce a greater quantity of resources with higher quality and make them available to the public. At the same time, I’m certainly no pro, and the goal is budget-friendly resources for clients of all sizes. Hopefully, the pricing reflects those values.

To check out the store, head over to: https://gumroad.com/timnorthup!

Tech Tip: Basic Audio-Video Settings on a Mac

Apple computers are especially well-suited for audio and video projects. But if you’re new to using Macs, changing audio and video settings can be challenging. Here’s a simple guide to changing basic audio and video settings.

Changing the audio settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar. (If the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide.)
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Sound” (the speaker icon)
  3. If you’re sending audio from the computer to another source, change the output setting appropriately. (For example, you might be using the headphones jack to send audio to a mixer.)
  4. If you’re bringing audio into the computer from another source, change the input setting appropriately. (For example, you might be using an audio interface to record audio from a mixer.)
  5. The output volume can vary greatly depending on your setup. I typically set it about halfway on the computer and let the source I’m sending audio to handle additional volume adjustments.
  6. If you’d like to access this menu easily in the future, click “Show volume in menu bar.” This puts a speaker icon in the right of the top menu bar that you can single-click to bring up some quick settings and a link to this preference window.

Changing the video settings

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left on the menu bar. (If the menu bar is hidden, move the mouse to the top left corner and it will unhide.)
  2. Click “System Preferences,” then click “Displays” (the computer screen icon)
  3. To change the display resolution, click “Scaled” and choose the desired resolution
  4. If you don’t want the screen to “Automatically adjust brightness” then uncheck this option
  5. If you have a second screen connected, you can the options for both screens to show up on the current display by clicking “Gather Windows” in the bottom right corner of the window
  6. If you have a second screen connected, you can turn mirroring on and off by clicking the “Arrangement” tab and (un)checking ?Mirror Displays? (note: screen resolutions might have to be adjusted after switching this setting)

Tech Tip: Creating Image Posts with the Divi Theme

The Divi Theme is incredibly powerful. It’s also incredibly complex, which can be intimidating and confusing. Here’s a gentle introduction to working with posts with the Divi Theme showing how to create an “Image” style post.

Creating a New “Image” Style Post

  1. Log in to the Dashboard for your website
  2. On the left menu, hover on “Posts” and select “Add New”
  3. Give the post a meaningful title (this may also appear in the url)
  4. Click the purple button under the title labeled “Use The Divi Builder”
  5. Click “Insert Columns” and choose the long rectangle at the top left
  6. Click “Insert Modules” and choose the “Image” module
  7. Click the black button at the top right labeled “Upload An Image”
  8. Choose the file in your Media Library or click the tab “Upload Files”
  9. To upload a file, follow the prompts on the screen
  10. Click the blue button at the bottom right labeled “Set As Image”
  11. Go to the Design tab to adjust styling (like centering and box shadow)
  12. Click the green button at the bottom labeled Save & Exit
  13. Adjust the page settings (like No Sidebar) and check the Categories
  14. Click “Publish”

Editing an Existing “Image” Style Post

  1. Editing an Image style post is nearly the same as creating one
  2. Just go back to step #7 above and choose or upload a new image
  3. Then continue through step 13, and click “Update”

Tech Tip: Manually Changing WordPress Menu Links

WordPress menus are very flexible. The default menu typically includes the site home page and about page. But menus can easily be edited to include various kinds of pages and links, depending on your selected theme. Here’s how you can change an existing menu item to follow a custom url link.

How to Manually Change Menu Links

  1. Log in to the dashboard of your website
  2. On the left, hover over “Appearance” then click “Menus”
  3. On the right section, find the link you want to change
  4. Click the down arrow to make the link menu open
  5. To change the link, copy and paste in the new link
  6. You can also change the name by typing it in
  7. When done, click the up arrow to close the menu
  8. At the top of the section, click the blue “Save Menu” button