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Date: 2006-08-25 00:24
Subject: Learning new stuff
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Location:Home and on the couch
Music:The quiet hum of many computers
Yesterday I leafed through Sandi Genovese's book Creative Scrapbooking: Over 300 Cutouts, Patterns & Ideas to Embellish & Enhance Your Treasured Memories. The book showcases Ellison die-cut products and is, therefore, of limited relevance to my needs. However, I found a trio of design ideas that weren't overly cutesy, and spent tonight trying to recreate one of them using gimp.

Not bad, particularly considering (a) I did the design freehand and (b) I had to learn how to add fill patterns in order to make the plaid and the white polka-dotted backgrounds. On the minus side, my version took seven hours to create. It sure hope that my speed with gimp improves. This taking hours and hours to do anything bites.
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Shiny Life: Chrysalis
User: shinylife
Date: 2006-08-25 12:30 (UTC)
Subject: Gimp? you know.. there's a reason they call it "gimp"....
you know.. I tried gimp... and HATED IT.

What about trying to find an older copy of photoshop on eBay?

I *loves* photoshop. :D
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Mrs_Sweetpeach: 8-pointed Star
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2006-08-25 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Gimp? you know.. there's a reason they call it "gimp"....
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That's interesting, that you hate the gimp. What didn't you like?

For me, the price is right, gimp works under my operating system, and the program is more than powerful enough to do everything I need it to do.

When I first started using it, I had problems with the interface, mostly because it took a long while for me to catch on that depending on where you are in the menu, actions will be performed on either the entire image or on a subset (layer). I have no graphics training whatsoever and, to add to my confusion, I have a shaky grasp of graphics terminology. For example, I still don't understand what modes are. I know I can pick normal or dissolve, but I have no idea why or what they do. The same holds true for multiple, divide, screen, and overlay. I sort of guess my way around and eventually get to what I want, but typically I have no idea how I got it and no clue how to replicate the effect.
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Shiny Life
User: shinylife
Date: 2006-08-25 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Gimp?
Gimp wasn't very 'user' friendly to me... I guess. Seemed to take *forever* to do anything I wanted to do. Now that I'm well versed in Photoshop... I wonder now if gimp would be easier.. but all I remember at the time was.. NAH! Get me outta here. :D

(I've been working in photoshop for about a year now... you can buy older copies fairly cheap, then upgrade to the more recent versions fairly cheap, too. Just FYI.)
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2006-08-26 00:21 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Gimp?
I wonder that too, if you'd find gimp easy now that you're well versed in Photoshop. Judging by the Photoshop tutorials I've seen, the two programs have many commonalities.

Looking for an older copy of Photoshop is a great idea and one I'll recommend to those who want to try it. For me, though, supporting open source software is the way to go.
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