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Five uses for gradient masks in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Pixelmator

The gradient tool lets you perform interesting effects to your images.

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Can’t assign apps to specific Spaces on a multi-display Mac? Here’s the fix

A a single click solves this long-running problem related to multiple displays and Mission Control desktops.

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Handy iOS and OS X accessibility features everyone should know

Enhance your interface with these features built right into the operating system.

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How to stop Calendar from duplicating iCloud synced events

Some users report a duplicate event appearing after every event they create on iCloud-sync calendars. Here are some strategies to fix it.

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How to take screenshots on your Mac

OS X comes with some powerful and useful tools for taking screenshots. Here's how to master them.

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How to set up Mozilla's Firefox browser the right way

Firefox is a fantastic browser that has a lot to offer for those fed up with Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Opera.

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What causes the Java installation dialog to appear in OS X?

If you've seen it, you hate: the dialog box in OS X that tells you need "legacy" Java installed, but you're not using an app that relies on Java. We have ideas on getting rid of it.

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How to format a startup drive in El Capitan

Disk Utility has a new look in El Capitan, but formatting a storage device is still as easy as it was before.

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Create Smart Playlists to find which of your songs are Apple Music, in the cloud, and more

Apple Music, your iTunes library, iCloud Music library, iTunes Match...where are your tracks being stored?

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How to leave the OS X beta program

If you've signed up for pre-release versions of Mac OS X, you can opt out with a single click.

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How to substitute Amazon or others for iCloud Photo Library

Apple gears its system around Photos syncing to iCloud Photo Library, if you choose that option. What if you want to use Amazon (or Dropbox or Google) instead?

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Imported photos in OS X don't appear in iCloud library

With iCloud Photo Library, a reader can't get images imported into OS X to appear everywhere.

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How to edit photos in iOS using Photo’s Adjustments panel

There's more power in the Photos for iOS app than you might realize.

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If you delete a photo from iCloud Photo Library, is it gone forever?

A reader wonders if accidental deletions have huge repercussions.

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The different ways to play music on an Apple Watch

When you have an Apple Watch and iPhone, there are difference ways to control the music you're listening to.