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Photo Painting Tools

March 17, 2014
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drwalienpencil

Photo manipulations have been popular since the earliest days of photography and emerged fully as Painting Photos with the Polaroid Camera when users manipulated the images as they emerged with various heated and cooled metal palettes. Today, there are a wide -range of digital cameras that provide in-camera photo effects  such as Nikon D3200, Samsung NX20, Olympus SZ-31MR,  Panasonic Lumix  DF5 among many DSLRs and compact cameras to say nothing of smartphones. Online Instagrams without image painting and manipulations are the exception while such popular online tools such as PicMonkey, PyskoPaint and Pixlr offer a wide range of photo effects. So just like Finger Painting in Kindergarten where 3D perspective and realism were often upstaged and altered by great...

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Art Weaver for Painting

March 12, 2014
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artweaver4paint

In November of last year, thePhotofinishes looked at Corel Painter Lite as a possible economic version of full Corel Painter X3. But what we discovered was a program that was so severely stripped of painting features it was really only good as  a Paint program with a reasonable set of brushes and layering capabilities. Then a friend suggested taking a look at the  Art Weaver 4 – the free version which has a great set of brush...

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Panasonic Lumix GH4: 4K Video SLR

March 10, 2014
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lumixGH4

Five years ago,  this blog was predicting that video would come to the SLR camera World. And just a half year later, Nikon delivered the D90 as the first DSLR that did video with interchangeable Nikon lenses. And the specs on the D90 have been so good that users can still buy a brand new D90 with kit lens for under $1000. Okay, 1280 x 720 resolution is only half HDR at 24fps. And the D90 is restricted to...

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5 Reasons for Google Plus Photo Albums

January 6, 2014
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gpshow1

Despite having 2 PhotoBlogs, Picsof Canada and PixofToronto , this photobug is also an avid PhotoAlbum user of such services as Flickr.com, Fotki.com and Facebook. But over the past year I have found myself migrating to the Photo Albums on Google Plus. Here are 5 reasons why and then 3 major cautions highlighted in...

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Adobe’s Marketing Conundrums

December 6, 2013
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0adobecc

Adobe faced 3 perilous marketing conundrums where almost all its sales options look like Lose-Lose More propositions. The first conundrum is the emergence of Freemium pricing where core app software is given away for free and money is made on add-ons, plugins, plus special editions. Freemium pricing has taken over the mobile world and will surely hit PC consumer...

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Corel Painter Lite

November 29, 2013
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corelpainterlite

The screenshot above is appropriate bcause Corel Painter Lite is ripped out of Corel Painter. Corel has stripped away Painter’s Clone, Trace, AutoPlay and most of the Effect commands but has left in 15 brushes including Acrylics, Airbrush, Digital Watercolor, Impasto, chalks, pastels among others. Their are 7-10 presets for each brush and you can define more. Basic brush...

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Why I’ve all but given up on Apple and MacOS

November 28, 2013
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Why I’ve all but given up on Apple and MacOS

As a photographer and graphic artist, these are words I never thought I would write. After more than two decades of being a dedicated graphics power user, someone who over that time has polished and finished tens of thousands of images and  video clips while desperately waiting for Mac and Apple to deliver an effective stylus to supplant the...

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PaintShop Pro X6: Best PC Photo Editor

November 25, 2013
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PaintShop Pro X6: Best PC Photo Editor

This is the best value PC Photo Editor, Corel Paintshop Pro X6, and here are the reasons why. The Edit Tab of PaintShop Pro is where most advanced photo finishing is done. Notice this is the best PC photo editor. But it gives Aperture on Mac, GIMP on Linux, Pixlr on Android and...

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Trying to Use PDF in WordPress

November 24, 2013
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Adobe Flash and PDF continue to thrive despite all the efforts of Steve Jobs and Apple in the case of  Flash plus Google and Microsoft in the case  of PDFs. Microsoft’s first incarnation of Metro was an XML-based alternative to the PDF format spawned in 2004-5 and then retired in 2008-2009. Google would like to make its Docs format...

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Dirty Dog Photos

November 8, 2013
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Dirty Dog Photos

Dirty Dog Photos has a rough and tumble meaning – something that you might see on the mean streets of Toronto . But they actually turn up on Flickr, Facebook, Google Plus albums, and even on commercial websites. Dirty Dogs are photos that are in focus but off on exposure or tinting or horizon line. Some picture...

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Lecture on PhotoGuidelines

October 2, 2013
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Lecture on PhotoGuidelines

Digital Photography has become one of the most popular leisure activities. One can literally  see its cornucopia like flow on social media sites  like Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. For example, Instagram alone  gets over 5 million image uploads per day. Web images are key to story telling on diverse sites like NYTimes, Sports Illustrated, Apple as well as...

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Slider Series: Direction-Aware Hover Effect

September 30, 2013
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Slider Series: Direction-Aware Hover Effect

The Direction-Aware Hover Effect is not really a slider but rather an image grid with a novel built-in hover effect. As you drag your mouse over the grid of thumbnail images, a directionally aware caption appears to slide over the current thumbnail. The captions are well designed and and can have a link to a separate page where more details...

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Slider Series: Responsive Refined Slider

September 27, 2013
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Slider Series: Responsive Refined Slider

The number of high quality and open source sliders appearing on the scene is amazing; hence our Slider Series. Alex Dunphy’s Refined Slider on GitHub is typical. Its actually called RefineSlide but the CSS and design of this slider and its collection of transitions are so elegant I have added the “d” to make Refine into Refined: The list of...

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Slider Series: Grid Accordion

September 21, 2013
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Continuing our Series on Sliders, here is the an innovative Grid Accordion slider that saves display space  and works well with action shots. Okay, Grid Accordion is not a really a slider – it shows all your images on one page in grid layout. I have seen grid accordions of anywhere from 2 x 2 to 8 x 6...

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Zoom into Images 2

September 15, 2013
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Zoom into Images 2

Zooming into images is becoming an alternative to using light boxes which often take a while to initialize. Here is one called powerzoom. Just hover the mouse over the image. Here we compare before and after images. Note the optimized JPEG is 1/3rd the size but does lose some crispness. For the complete story on image compression trade-offs see...

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