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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2006-08-25 00:24
Subject: Learning new stuff
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Location:Home and on the couch
Mood:artisticartistic
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
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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Mrs_Sweetpeach
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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