Showing posts from September, 2010

Sending Paws-i-tively Perfect Photos!

The holidays are almost here, and it’s a busy time for most Alpha Dog clients. And we get TONS of pictures from our clients to put in their newsletters and e-blasts.

I’ll admit, whenever I can get my paws on a camera, I LOVE to take photos and send them to friends and family. But one thing I learned recently is that photo resolution makes a big difference when our graphic designers are trying to put something in a newsletter, versus something that goes online.

In very basic terms, photo resolution tells us how close lines or dots can be together for the image to be properly resolved or viewed. There are different ways to measure this, but to keep things simple, we measure photo resolution in PPI (pixels per inch). The higher a photo’s PPI, the closer those lines can be to each other, and the higher the image quality. But keep in mind, the higher the PPI of an image, the more file space it’ll take up in your computer or on your camera.

Most of our computer screens are at a resolution of 7…

De-Stress - Wind Down, The Alphie Way

When my owners drink their coffee and watch the news in the morning, I like to sit and watch TV with them. I saw this program on CNN (who took their information from about how to de-stress in five minutes or less. I thought it might provide some great advice, given that the holidays are coming up. I put my own little spin on some of these:

Lighten Up:
When the body absorbs sunlight, it enhances the effect of mood-stabilizing chemicals like serotonin. During the summer time, I like to play out in the yard as much as possible. (But you humans need to make sure you’re still putting on lots of sunscreen!) And during the winter months, when it’s too cold to go outside (other than to go potty) I like to lay in the sun patches next to the windows in the house.

Take A Virtual Vacation:
Close your eyes and visualize you’re in a wonderful, relaxing place. I like to think that I’m in the park and my owner is scratching my tummy.

 Or jump rope. Or get some exercise. Chase you…