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post #1 of 29
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I feel bad about having to request a signature since so many people are doing so already. Seems like it takes alot of time. So is there any program available on the net for download that one can learn to do the same type of thing? I have the regular "Paint" program on my computer, but I don't think it has the right functionality to do sigs...


thanks!

Dusty
post #2 of 29
Corel Paint Shop Pro X has a free 30 day trial .... so does photoshop. They are just 30 day free trials, tho.
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by dusty0463
I feel bad about having to request a signature since so many people are doing so already. Seems like it takes alot of time. So is there any program available on the net for download that one can learn to do the same type of thing? I have the regular "Paint" program on my computer, but I don't think it has the right functionality to do sigs...


thanks!

Dusty
Feel free to ask for a signature. Don't let all of the other requests scare you away

As mentioned above, Adobe does offer a free 30 day trial of Photoshop on their website.
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by dusty0463
I feel bad about having to request a signature since so many people are doing so already. Seems like it takes alot of time. So is there any program available on the net for download that one can learn to do the same type of thing? I have the regular "Paint" program on my computer, but I don't think it has the right functionality to do sigs...


thanks!

Dusty
I was just like you, until I finally got up the nerve to ask HopeHacker if she'd design one for me (and then only after she offered in response to my raving about her siggies). Don't feel funny about it. Although there are several real artists here, many of those making siggies are in the process of learning the ropes, and welcome the chance to experiment with photos of other people's fur babies. It's addictive, as you'll find out if you try out some of the test programs.
post #5 of 29
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Thanx everyone for your replies!! A couple of more questions though

#1 Can either Paint Shop Pro or Photoshop due the trick?

#2 Anyone know what the price is for Paint Shop Pro??

No way can I afford Photoshop, so I'd probably have to go with Paintshop Pro as long as it's not too terribly expensive.

This just looks like this would be fun to learn how to do!!! I do have some creativity in me, but I'm sure I would never been even close to the artists that are here. There's some fantastic work here that I've seen! I just want to experiment and play around and take my time to learn it.

Thanx again!

Dusty
post #6 of 29
I used Photoshop Elements, which is Photoshop "Lite" and you can find that for less than $100.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I used Photoshop Elements, which is Photoshop "Lite" and you can find that for less than $100.
That's about the same price as PSP X.
post #8 of 29
Someoone here said they purchased Photoshop Elements for $75 at WallMart. Full Photoshop is $700, so Elements seems like a bargain. I was able to get Paint Shop Pro a few years ago when it was still Jasc for $85 at Best Buy. I don't know if it's gone up now that it's owned by a different company.
post #9 of 29
PSP X and Photoshop Elements are about the same price, and you can do the same with them, its all a matter of personal choice. I am a photoshop girl myself so would probably go with PS Elements, but I have photoshop CS for work.

As mentioned above, don't feel at all bad about asking for a signature in the thread, there are lots of requests, but many of them are done by most of the designers and there are lots of designers too and we are always happy for some extra practise
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by HopeHacker
Someoone here said they purchased Photoshop Elements for $75 at WallMart. Full Photoshop is $700, so Elements seems like a bargain. I was able to get Paint Shop Pro a few years ago when it was still Jasc for $85 at Best Buy. I don't know if it's gone up now that it's owned by a different company.
HopeHacker, what program do YOU use? Your work is fantastic by the way!! I've checked out some of what you've done for others. You have quite the creative mind, but what program do you use?

Thanx

Dusty
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I used Photoshop Elements, which is Photoshop "Lite" and you can find that for less than $100.

k thanx for the tip!
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
PSP X and Photoshop Elements are about the same price, and you can do the same with them, its all a matter of personal choice. I am a photoshop girl myself so would probably go with PS Elements, but I have photoshop CS for work.

As mentioned above, don't feel at all bad about asking for a signature in the thread, there are lots of requests, but many of them are done by most of the designers and there are lots of designers too and we are always happy for some extra practise
k Thanx! If you had to pick one that's a bit easier to learn than the other, which one would it be?

thanks! (I just want to be able to practice also with family photos etc)...

Dusty
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by dusty0463
HopeHacker, what program do YOU use? Your work is fantastic by the way!! I've checked out some of what you've done for others. You have quite the creative mind, but what program do you use?

Thanx

Dusty

I primarily use Photoshop, not Elements, but regular Photoshop. On occasion I use PSP8, but that is only for the Tubes, I'm a die Hard Photoshop person.
post #14 of 29
I am also a die hard photoshop fan, PSP does not get opened very often although I do have both.

I personally prefer photoshop in terms of being user friendly, I find it alot harder to do what i want to in PSP, but I know alot of people say the opposite, I guess its all a matter of personal preference.

PSP has a lot of 'quick fix' features for photos that although are in photoshop are not labelled clearly, but when it comes to signatures, I find photoshop a lot more versatile.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by dusty0463
k Thanx! If you had to pick one that's a bit easier to learn than the other, which one would it be?

thanks! (I just want to be able to practice also with family photos etc)...

Dusty
As far as family photos, one of the reasons I bought Photoshop Elements is that I downloaded the 30 day trial, tried it on some family photos, and was absolutely amazed. It made soem photos that were taken on a very dark, rainy day look like they were taken in sunlight. There is also a great photo organizer that comes long with Elements.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
As far as family photos, one of the reasons I bought Photoshop Elements is that I downloaded the 30 day trial, tried it on some family photos, and was absolutely amazed. It made soem photos that were taken on a very dark, rainy day look like they were taken in sunlight. There is also a great photo organizer that comes long with Elements.
AbbysMom , what's that little elf looking guy I see on some of the pictures?? Where the heck does he come from? hehe....

I guess I'll probably go with the photoshop elements since most people agree that you can do most of the this stuff with that program. I've always been intrigued with using pictures with other backgrounds and eliminating the original background from the original picture and blending them into new ones.....Since creating these pics are the only functionality I want, guess Photo Shops Elements seems to be the answer.

Dusty
post #17 of 29
You can get Photoshop Elements for about 40$ on Amazon through the "Used and New" section. It's 90$ on the Adobe site.

I'm gonna buy it when my trial of Photoshop CS2 runs out...
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by dusty0463
AbbysMom , what's that little elf looking guy I see on some of the pictures?? Where the heck does he come from? hehe....

I guess I'll probably go with the photoshop elements since most people agree that you can do most of the this stuff with that program. I've always been intrigued with using pictures with other backgrounds and eliminating the original background from the original picture and blending them into new ones.....Since creating these pics are the only functionality I want, guess Photo Shops Elements seems to be the answer.

Dusty
I've been gnomed again!!! We try not to scare newcomers, but if you visit the Cat Lounge, you will see we have a "find the gnome in the sig" game going on, that REALLY needs to end. Another Mod felt the need to gnome me again. I have gotten even though

I also recommend this book - It will give you different ways to play with your photos.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/032...086379?ie=UTF8
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
You can get Photoshop Elements for about 40$ on Amazon through the "Used and New" section. It's 90$ on the Adobe site.

I'm gonna buy it when my trial of Photoshop CS2 runs out...
cool! I'll check out amazon thanx!
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I've been gnomed again!!! We try not to scare newcomers, but if you visit the Cat Lounge, you will see we have a "find the gnome in the sig" game going on, that REALLY needs to end. Another Mod felt the need to gnome me again. I have gotten even though

I also recommend this book - It will give you different ways to play with your photos.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/032...086379?ie=UTF8
Thanx! I'll take a look at that book.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I've been gnomed again!!! We try not to scare newcomers, but if you visit the Cat Lounge, you will see we have a "find the gnome in the sig" game going on, that REALLY needs to end. Another Mod felt the need to gnome me again. I have gotten even though
Uh oh, Dan's in trouble again
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by dusty0463
k Thanx! If you had to pick one that's a bit easier to learn than the other, which one would it be?

thanks! (I just want to be able to practice also with family photos etc)...

Dusty
I think that whichever one you get 1st & learn is easier. I use PSP8 & when I downloaded the free photoshop trial, I was totally lost. To me it seemed harder to use, since I was so comfortable with psp.

I hope to one day get Photoshop CS. I'm getting into photography & it's definately the best program to have for photo editing, most photogs use the full version.

BTW, you can get PSP8 on ebay for about $25-$30.... link.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by cagnes
I think that whichever one you get 1st & learn is easier. I use PSP8 & when I downloaded the free photoshop trial, I was totally lost. To me it seemed harder to use, since I was so comfortable with psp.

I hope to one day get Photoshop CS. I'm getting into photography & it's definately the best program to have for photo editing, most photogs use the full version.

BTW, you can get PSP8 on ebay for about $25-$30.... link.
Thanx for the ebay link! I forgot about ebay!! Your cat has beautiful eyes by the way!! Did you make that one in PSP8?
post #24 of 29
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Thanx for the ebay link! I forgot about ebay!! Your cat has beautiful eyes by the way!! Did you make that one in PSP8?
Thanks... besides the bedroom eyes, Roscoe is a sweetheart!

Anakat made that sig for me. If you click on my siggy, you can see a couple of my albums. All of the stuff in the Cat Play album was made with PSP8 & most of the signatures. I also have some older siggies mixed in there that were made in Microsoft Picture It.
post #25 of 29
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Wow, cagnes, checked out your Cat Play album. You have some amazing stuff in there!! Alot of that stuff should be framed, it's that good!! Keep up the great work!!

DUsty
post #26 of 29
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Another thing Cagnes, have you ever thought about doing something business wise with your creativity and imagination??? I bet you could have a pretty successful website using alot of people's prints of their animals etc and create some pretty amazing things for printing and framing.., and this goes for anyone else who also has this creative ability. I haven't really had the chance to view all of the other artists on here yet...


Dusty
post #27 of 29
Thanks Dusty! My dh tells me all the time that I should make a business with it... only because he thinks that playing aound on the computer is a waste of time. It's my hobby though, I enjoy doing graphics... although I'd love to get paid to do them, I never seriously considered it.

To make a graphic for print, it should be a large file at 300 dpi. I use brushes for my backgrounds & the largest brush size allowed in PSP is 500 x 500 pixels & that would be way too small to work with large graphics.
I know that photoshop allow larger brushes, but I'm not sure how large.

A question for the Photoshop peeps... what is the largest brush size that is allowed?
post #28 of 29
In Photoshop the brushes can go over 2,500 pixels. I usually work in 300 DPI, even for signatures. Sometimes with small pictures I'll copy and past them to a new document at 300 DPI, and then act a Vector mask to it and enlarge the picture. It seems to work, and alloweing a nice clean enlargement of a small picture. I can take a small 300x300 picture and enlarge it to about 900x900 with little to no loss of quality. Then after I've cut the cat out, I can downsize it for the signature with no loss of quality at all. If the picture is really bad to begin with, there's not much I can do, but try to adjust colour and contrast ect.
post #29 of 29
Paint.NETv2.72 was released on August 31st, 2006, and can be downloaded here:
www.getpaint.net. It's freeware, and has many of the tools found in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro. There are tutorials right on the site, too.
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