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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Playing Monet

When I had my computer crash back in November (an event that ought to be world famous by now), one of the programmes I lost access to was Paint Shop Pro 9, since I did not have the original CD.

Dan (of Wood and Pixels) then very kindly offered to send me an early version of Photoshop Elements (2.0) which he no longer had use for himself. I got it before Christmas, but I have waited to install it because I felt I needed to get my original pictures reorganized properly first. I did have copies of all my original digital photos saved but it took some time sorting them out anyway. (I'll refrain from boring you with every detail but it included some basic reorganizing and renaming of catalogs to better be able to find things.)

Today, finally... I decided it was time to take the plunge and install the new software and have a first look at it. Always confusing to try and find your way in a different set-up... But to prove I'm getting started, here is one of my very first random experiment with the Artistic filters (which is the part I have been missing the most from Paintshop).

I have not yet entered the mysteries of layers, but I might get there, some day...

Thank you Dan!


Rose-Anne said...

This looks great. I need time to play more with photoshop.
I thought you would like my sunflowers.

DawnTreader said...

I loved your sunflowers Rose-Anne. And yes, playing around with pictures is fun but also time-consuming!!!

rae said...

VERY interesting! I just downloaded the Gimp and am trying to figure that out.

DawnTreader said...

I tried Gimp some years ago but didn't get anywhere then - I had no clue what I was doing. I can't say I did when I started with Paint Shop Pro either, but by then my motivation was probably stronger. Now Dan also sent me a book with the Photoshop CD so maybe that will be of help too. So far I've mostly been learning by trial and error, slowly building up sone kind of intuition...


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