We’re Hiring! Full-Time Network Technician

Description:
OmniSpear, Inc. located between Dayton and Cincinnati is seeking a full-time Network Administrator to provide client support. Duties will include workstation and network troubleshooting and server administration. Position requires both inter-office technical support as well as client on-site services.
Candidates must meet or exceed our listed requirements to be considered for this position.

Technical Requirements:
Experience with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, and Linux (or OS X).
Working knowledge of networking technologies such as ethernet, switches, computer hardware, and software.
Knowledge of Active Directory.
Provide computer and network support to end-users, both local and remote.
Perform support and maintenance, both local and remote, of server and network hardware.
Provide resolution to help desk tickets, covering all IT technology issues and accurately document the nature of the problem with supporting details.
Diagnose reported PC/peripheral/client software problems and enact appropriate solutions with a high level of user satisfaction.
Configure, install and deploy user-issued hardware and software, ensuring reliability and a high level of performance.
Maintain inventory of both client and network assets (make, model, serial number, location, assigned user).
Ensure compliance to hardware and software standards and licensing.
Manage ticket queue and escalate tickets to upper tier network team, as needed.
Work with third party vendors to resolve hardware issues that are covered under manufacturer and extended warranties.
Maintain system image configurations and continue to improve software standardization.
Strong customer service through communications and follow-up.
Additional related duties as assigned by management.

Wage/Salary:
Varies based on experience of Candidate

Non-Technical Requirements:

Candidate should have completed or be actively be pursuing Associates or Bachelors in an Information Technology field.

Excellent troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities.
Must be able to effectively prioritize tasks in a high-pressure environment with strong customer service orientation.
Must be able to balance working independently or in a team and provide effective communication communication skills to main office and client contacts.
Maintain the appropriate level of confidentiality.
Maintain and extend current knowledge of technology innovations in networking and computing.
Must be able maintain travel accommodations to client offices.

Application Instructions:

Email resumes to careers@omnispear.com for consideration. Please include your name and the position in the subject of the email.

Office Location:
9039 Springboro Pike
Miamisburg OH 45342

Photoshop Tutorial – Using The Curves Tool

Photoshop Tutorial – Using curves to adjust image tone

The curves tool is very powerful for image manipulation. We use curves to precisely adjust the tonal characteristics of an image. In this tutorial we will explore the curves tool in its simplest form to adjust the contrast of an image.

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The original photograph was taken in a room with natural lighting and it looks acceptable. However, we can add an adjustment layer to it to give the photograph a precise contrast making it warm and rich in color.

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The curves tool is very precise and a small adjustment goes a long way! Here is a side-by-side view of the photograph before and after the adjustment.

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So how did we get to the finished product? It’s really quite simple. We start by adding an adjustment layer to our original photograph. From the top menu: Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Curves… There is also a shortcut in the layers window for this as well. We could also change the image directly without the adjustment layer however this allows us to see our effects without corrupting the original photograph.

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Once the new adjustment layer is inserted we manipulate the tone of the image by adding points to the “curve”. The curves window displays a histogram representing the distribution of light throughout the image. The left side is the dark the right side represents the lightness. Take note of the black to white gradient at the bottom of the chart.

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Points may be added by simply grabbing the line at any point and moving it around. Once you have created a single adjustment point you may add others to gain the exact levels you require. Points may also be deleted as necessary just select the point and press your delete key.

This is a small sample of what can be achieved with the curves tool. Add additional adjustment layers and play with it, you may find combinations of different effects that make your image a work of art.