Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – The Tree

I took this shot about two weeks ago and as soon as I saw the topic for today’s challenge , I heard the little bell my brain rings when it it’s telling me “I got that!”

I almost missed the tree, but my granddaughter’s friend pointed at it and said “cool tree.” She was right. It’s a very cool tree. Photo – Marilyn Armstrong

There is a story that goes with this and it has nothing to do with the tree. It’s a “duh” story. My own “duh” story, but to be fair, if it hadn’t been for that strange message, I’m sure it wouldn’t have taken me nearly as long to figure out what was going on.

I’ve been working with computers as since the early 1980s, which is a pretty long time. I have lots of funny stories, including how many times I’ve thought the computer on which I am working had died only to realize that the plug was loose.

All I wanted to do was create a slightly higher resolution picture that would look crisper on your monitor. And mine.

I opened the photo in Photoshop. When I tried to change the dpi, I got a message telling me I couldn’t change the size because the size was linked to the printing preferences. Huh?

I do not print photographs at home. One picture can use up a lot of ink. I get better prints for less money using a professional online printing company. I had never seen this message. I didn’t know that Photoshop has print preferences … and as far as I can tell, it doesn’t because I never found anything but the regular printer settings that every Windows application has.

I checked through all my preferences, then looked for a preferences file amongst the Adobe files, and for any settings on my printer that might be affecting Photoshop. I searched the Photoshop forum and help files. The application was working fine a few hours earlier. I hadn’t changed any settings since then. Moreover, I’ve never printed anything directly from Photoshop. So why would it send that message? Everything else on the computer seemed normal.

So I thought maybe it was some weird incompatibility with the new anti-virus software I installed the other day.  I restored the system to before I installed the program and installed different anti-virus software. I didn’t like the new one anyhow.

Finally, as I was getting ready to uninstall Photoshop and reinstall it  — assuming I could remember where I saved the license and serial number information …

I took a deep breath. I pressed Num Lock. And everything was back to normal.

I would have figured it out if I hadn’t gotten that weird message about printing preferences. If the numbers failed to work with no other message, I would have checked to make sure I hadn’t pressed Num Lock by accident.

Windows could make this problem disappear. They have a little picture that comes up to tell you if your Caps Lock is on. Can’t they make the same kind of thing for Num Lock too? Would that be so hard? I’ll never ask, though. I’m far too embarrassed.

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7 replies

  1. Cool tree, great picture, wet grass, back pain and stiff neck. We’re pawns in game of life.


  2. Yes, very cool tree. 🙂 Great point about the number lock. Someone should write a letter. 🙂


  3. Awesome! Always did love silhouetttes!n This almost looks like a B&W. The hint of color really accentuates the picture…GREAT photo!


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