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Janet
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PostSubject: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:30 am

I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the ways we use different programs to alter a photo in order to make it easier to paint from it.

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:42 am

I'll be focusing on free software that is readily available to everyone.

I'll be using the portrait from this months challenge as an example. Credit for this photo goes to Steve Evans (babasteve) from Flickr.



Fast Stone Image Viewer can be downloaded here: http://download.cnet.com/FastStone-Image-Viewer/3000-2192_4-10324485.html

Fast Stone Image Viewer is a programme I use often for cropping, enhancing colors, resampling etc. Reducing colors is a feature that I discovered that I feel can be very handy to be able to visualize the image in masses.

Here's the screenshot of how to get to this option. Edit>Reduce Colors



Here's the result of this filter:



Here it is grayscaled:


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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:10 am

Gimp can be downloaded here: http://download.cnet.com/GIMP/3000-2192_4-10073935.html?tag=mncol

Gimp has several tools but the one that I discovered that also has the ability to create masses is Covert Image to Indexed Colors. Image>Mode>Indexed...

You'll get this screen:



Select the maximum number of colors. I selected 20 for this one. Here's the result:



Grayscaled:


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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 10:26 am

Gimp has another tool that I think many artists are already aware of... posterize. Tools>Colour Tools>Posterize...

You'll get this screen:



Select the posterize level that you want. For this one I selected 8. Here's the result:



Grayscaled:


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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:23 am

Excellent presentation, Janet. I've used Gimp minimally only because I'm more familiar with Photoshop (not free). I'll have to explore Gimp more to see what it has to offer in contrast to the other.
Thanks, Judy

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:45 pm

Judy, Thank you! I have Photoshop as well but I rarely use it. It just has more then I really need. I find Gimp and Fast Stone Image Viewer more straightforward. I have several other programs that I would like to share but they'll have to wait until I have more time. Some of them are not free but well worth the money. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:45 pm

Thanks for the Gimp examples. I mainly use Photoshop, but Gimp came on my Linux netbook. I keep meaning to have a play with it; seems to have a good range of features.

For not free, I would recommend Paint Shop Pro (Corel) as an inexpensive choice. It's certainly full-featured, and easy to learn. You can do just about anything imaginable with your photos, but you can also "paint" with a variety of brushes. Overview here:

http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1207602307920#versionTabview=tab1&tabview=tab0
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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:06 pm

Thanks Callie,

I wish you had a link to a cheap version of Corel Draw....Anybody????
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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:53 pm

I don't have a link to a cheap version of Corel Draw but I did find a free software that I find comparable to Corel Draw called Serif DrawPlus SE. Here's a link to the download area for the software: http://download.cnet.com/Serif-DrawPlus/3000-2191_4-10000761.html?tag=mncol

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:18 pm

I love Corel Draw - use it for most of my print work. I think I still have a version of Serif that came with a graphics tablet - never used it. This is a really nice program that works very much like Corel (vector drawing, photo editing, web graphics - all in one package), I've got the Pro version and find it a great alternative for the Corel Graphics Suite:

http://www.xara.com/us/products/xtreme/

Unless one is doing print work, the non-pro version is just fine - and quite reasonable price-wise.

For a Free vector drawing program, have a look at Inkscape:

http://www.inkscape.org/
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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:51 pm

Thanks both of you for the great info. I downloaded the paint pro free 30 day trial to see what it is about. I better hold off though, I was supposed to work on Christmas presents today and still haven't gotten to them and it is 5 PM.

Judy

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:47 am

Just checking my email and found this:

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:34 pm

Artworks Basic is probably the programme I use the most. I would like to feature all the options but their are so many it would be difficult to do. Their site gives a great overview of the features and their is a trial version available. If you've never tried this programme I would highly recommend it. It's not free but for $50.00 I find it well worth the money. You can visit this site to get the trial version, purchase the software and preview what it can do: http://www.artellmedia.com/artworksb1.html Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:46 pm

thanks janet,

I'll look into that one and Im going to look at inkscape again. Right now I am looking at Corel's PainterII as a free trial.
Judy

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PostSubject: Re: Software that can be used by artists and tips on how to use them   Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:23 pm

Janet - that looks very interesting. I'm intrigued by their color system. This has a lot of very nice features.

Judy - what do you want to be able to do with your software? That might help narrow down the best choice for you.
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