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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Digital photo tips from some readers

By Linda Knapp
Special to The Seattle Times
Saturday, July 22, 2006

Some of this column's readers are far more knowledgeable than I about photography, so it's a treat when they respond to my columns on the subject and take the time to teach me a thing or two.

Today, I'll share some of what I've learned.

Processing images on a computer
A year or so ago, several experts advised me to try saving images in the camera as RAW files (rather than JPEGs). Their most persuasive argument was that it would enable me to change the exposure, white balance, brightness, contrast, saturation and other settings, as if I'd taken the shot using those settings in the first place.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Leading Scrapbook Software Now Available Via Free Download

Free scrapbooking software (no surprises), countless templates, backgrounds, and embellishments helps you design, print and share your scrapbooks with friends and family. Powerful easy to use software lets you edit your photos, together with hundreds of free templates, backgrounds, embellishments and designer ideas. Add Text boxes for journaling and balloon text boxes to create custom pages. Multilingual

ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) July 21, 2006 -- Aurora Digital Imaging today announced that ScrapbookFlair will be the new name of its digital scrapbooking software, which was introduced 18 months ago as PhotoOne Print and sold for $29.95. The software will now be available to consumers free of charge at wwwscrapbookflairsoftware.com. Unlike other “free software” offers, ScrapbookFlair is a complete and fully functioning package. The easy-to-use PC software allows people to take photographs from their digital cameras and create scrapbook pages in a matter of minutes. As ScrapbookFlair, the software also offers a variety of enhanced and unique scrapbooking features, including custom colored backgrounds, balloon text, photo manipulation and designer art work.

Aurora Digital Imaging, Ltd. (http://www.auroradi.com/), is a privately held company specializing in the application of technology for large-scale, consumer-based businesses. Based near Atlanta, Ga., Aurora’s principal markets involve digital photography, online scrapbooks, and web-based communities.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/7/prweb413754.htm

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Lasting Impressions Announces MemoryMixer Lite

WOODS CROSS, Utah, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Lasting Impressions for Paper, Inc., the leading manufacturer of embossing templates and digital scrapbooking software, today announced MemoryMixer(TM) Lite. The new product has the same popular features as the original MemoryMixer, the only difference being the quantity of content. MemoryMixer Lite offers less QuickMixes, backgrounds, and embellishments, but allows a Lite user to buy additional content as desired. Thus customers can upgrade to the full version at their own pace.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

I/O Brush: The World as the Palette

Kimiko Ryokai, Stefan Marti, Hiroshi Ishii
Josh Monzon & Rob Figueiredo© 2003-2005 MIT Media Lab

I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by "picking up" and drawing with them. I/O Brush looks like a regular physical paintbrush but has a small video camera with lights and touch sensors embedded inside. Outside of the drawing canvas, the brush can pick up color, texture, and movement of a brushed surface. On the canvas, artists can draw with the special "ink" they just picked up from their immediate environment.

See the amazing video here

and read the article here

Friday, July 14, 2006

Twisting Pixels Announces Major Updats to its Award Winning Special Effect and Photoshop Plugin Products

Twisting Pixels, the leader in the special effect and photoshop plugin arena, announces major updates to its award winning products. Twisting Pixels now offers 48 incredible photoshop plugins as well as an image processing application to apply 48 filters to any photo or image.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 14, 2006 -- Twisting Pixels is pleased to announce the release of the next version of its incredible special effects applications and plugins for photographers, graphic artists, and imaging enthusiasts. Twisting Pixels products include feature rich visual effect filters that modify and enhance any image to achieve an artistic end result. With over 48 filters and plugins to choose from, Twisting Pixels offers something for every aspect of design.

PixelCreation, PixelPack, PixelPaper, and PixelSampler are built upon an interactive framework that allows the user to draw onscreen to manipulate the images in a dynamic, easy to understand manner. For example, users can interactively create fluffy clouds, romantic moons, or celestial constellations by just by placing them over the image. All products come with a very easy and intuitive preset system that allows the user to create unlimited possibilities and variations and ships with just under 100 presets already created.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Digital Scrapbooking Creates Revival for Photofinishers and Scrapbook Retailers

BUENA PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2006--Scrapbooking has blossomed into a $3.3 billion industry and has even surpassed golf in popularity among American households. As this growth has occurred retailers from two very different markets, photofinishing and scrapbooking, have discovered new business opportunities and the promise of revitalization.

Parallel Markets

Photos are an important part of scrapbooking and this close tie has benefited retailers in both areas. The retail scrapbooking market today resembles the photofinishing landscape of seven years ago. Small-to-midsize independent stores currently compose the majority of outlets, with a few large chain stores represented. The rise of digital scrapbooking is causing anxiety and apprehension among some scrapbook retailers just as the arrival of digital photography contributed to turmoil and uncertainty in the photo industry.

Some scrapbook stores have been quick to understand the digital connection between photos and scrapbooking. David & Cathy Potts are the owners of ScrapMasters, located in Bel Air, Md. At ScrapMasters, they've created a unique combination of traditional scrapbook store plus coffee/tea and pastry cafe, with a state-of-the-art photo print center featuring four computer stations where customers can edit and print their digital photos. Early on, they recognized the importance of enabling customers to print photos on site, but were not satisfied with the quality of available dye-sublimation printers. After conducting research, they chose the Noritsu dDP-410 inkjet printer for their photo output needs. David Potts likes the printer's flexibility. "Having the ability to offer a wide variety of print sizes is important in the craft business. 6" x 6" is our most popular print size." For Potts, education is a key selling factor. "We have not had a lot of people coming in asking specifically about digital scrapbooking yet, but once we show customers what is possible with digital they are very excited about it."

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Set up your monitor and be prepared to see the light

by Terry Lane
July 6, 2006 LiveWire

Back in the olden times - say five years ago - when the standard method of sharing photographs was to hand around prints, we all saw the same thing.

These days, when the preferred method of sharing photographs is through the internet and by display on computer monitors, we are all seeing something unique. It would be rare to find two monitors calibrated alike. In fact it is rare to find any monitor calibrated at all. Brightness, contrast and colour are all over the place.

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A new monitor needs immediate adjustment of brightness and contrast. To do this go to dpreview.com and click on any camera review. Near the bottom of the first page of any camera review page there is a greyscale image that shows 26 tones between white and black. A properly adjusted monitor should show differences between all 26 blocks.

Anyone with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed also has Adobe Gamma adjustment installed. It is located in Control Panel on Windows PCs and can be run as a simple step-by-step wizard. It's a bit like going to the optometrist in that it involves making choices between slightly different images - the adjustment is subjective.

Some questions have to be answered to which the correct answers are not obvious. When Adobe Gamma asks for the gamma number, the right answer is 2.2. When it asks for the monitor phosphor (for CRT monitors) the correct answer is probably P22. And when it asks for the hardware white point the correct answer is 6500o K. There may be some arguments about these variables, but these numbers are a good starting point.

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Protecting and Cleaning Your Scanner Glass

From Sue Chastain,Your Guide to Graphics Software.
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If you're into digital scrapbooking, you know that anything that can fit on the scanner bed is fair game. I can tell you from experience that you need to work fast when scanning chocolate. Scanning objects can be a lot of fun, and if you've never tried it, you may be surprised at the results. But before you go crazy with scanned objects, be sure to see these tips for protecting and cleaning your flatbed scanner glass from Printers and Scanners Guide Barbara Krasnoff.

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

In Pictures Computer Books - Free Downloads

I downloaded the Photoshop one, and it's very very basic. It would be of use to someone who has never used it before, or someone who is making the transition from PSP to Photoshop.

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In Pictures offers computer books based on pictures, not text. Currently, they are giving away electronic PDF versions of several books as a free download through July 31, 2006. The graphics software titles include Photoshop CS2 In Pictures, Photoshop Elements 4.0 In Pictures, and Fireworks 8 In Pictures.

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or go to the website: http://inpics.net/

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Simple Digital Scrapbooking Using Paint Shop Pro X

Scrap Girls announces Paint Shop Pro X as their newest addition in the Scrapbooking Software Secrets Revealed line of easy-to-use digital scrapbooking training movies

(PRWEB) June 30, 2006

Scrapgirls.com, an Internet store specializing in digital and printable supplies for scrapbookers, card makers and paper crafters, introduces Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed: Paint Shop Pro X. The course consists of short, narrated, screen-capture movies in which scrappers literally watch and listen to Rozanne Paxman, CEO of Scrap Girls and creator of Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed. The consumer will learn the most popular scrapping techniques, understand how to save files for printing or sharing over the internet, create brushes, backgrounds, torn paper, digital vellums, text on a curve, and rounded edges. Learn to repair damaged photos, manage transparent embellishment files that allow digital scrapbooking layouts to look real, and so much more. The tutorials show short-cuts and tips that will be helpful to even those without extensive computer experience.

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