by Judith Rempel, 8 June 2002
Shop Pro - from Jasc (ca $150 CDN)
- .gif - 256 colours - good for drawings
- .jpg - 16 million colours - lossy - good for photos
- .tif - 16 million colours - lossless - good for varied uses
- 72 dpi for screen
- 300-600 for print
- 600-1200 for press
Height & Width
- 100 pixels is approximately 1 inch
Vector graphics (vs raster graphics)
Applied to following photos: Gerhard,
Not all tools will be demonstrated, but those in bold are more likely
to be illustrated and are the ones I use much more often. Keystrokes
are noted as series separated by commas (sometimes there are simultaneous
keystrokes - they're shown with a plus-sign between them). Menu
Bar selections are separated by the right-caret (>) symbol.
- Adding 3D (e.g., drop shadow)
- Crop out a small section of a photo
- Crop out an oval-shaped photo
- Crop out a soft-edged, oval-shaped photo
- Crop out an irregular, soft-edged photo
- Reveal details hidden in a scanned image
- Stitch together two photos
- Make something new - a postcard
- Annotate a photo
These tools are used to identify or clarify the part of the
image that you want to work with.
A. Crop to a small
rectangular head - Select, Shift+R
B. Change shape of selector tool (elipse) to crop to a old
fashioned oval portrait - Select, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V
C. Change feathering of selector tool (10) to crop to a soft
look oval portrait - Select (Feather=10), Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V
D. Want an irregular
soft portrait - use the magic wand to select the image
- Magic Wand (Feather=10), Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V
E. Want to lighten
& reveal details. Crop to size (Select, Crtl C,
Ctrl+V), then from Menu, select: Colour > Adjust
> Brightness/Contrast (here used 60 - 20)
F. I've used these tools to create this merged
photo of Gerhard & Anna with her family. First I copied
a feathered irregular selection (Ctrl+C) from Gerhard's
photo (see above) & pasted it into a new layer
of Anna's photo (Edit > Paste > As New Layer).
First both images were made to be the same kind of colour
- they were made into grey-tones ( Colors > Greyscale)
Then, I used the color picker to determine the colour
of his suit (this loads the colour into the "brush").
then I SET the clone brush's memory (select the clone
brush, right-click and drag some 'material' with a NW to SE
motion), then with the clone brush I 'painted' more suit (again
with a NW to SE motion).
Then, I oriented to the background layer (Layers > Layer
1) and did the same set of steps to pick up "material"
from the son's coat and cover up the awkward pale area.
|Honestly - I never use these!
Picture tubes are just too much fun - you HAVE to try them
and FIND a reason to use them.
G. Here's a sample postcard
made in just a few minutes that used a feather-cropped
photo that was colourized (select colour to apply,
Color > Colorize), and then pasted onto a new canvas
(600 x 425 px to fit on 1/2 sheet). the Shape-drawing tool
(see left & below) drew a rectangular empty box onto the
card and then the picture tube dropped two kinds of
3-D images onto the card. Top it off with something nice to
say (text tool, drop shadow effect from below)
and you have a more celebrative tribute.
|H. Combine the Text tool with Effects
to annotate your photos:
Text Tool (click on Standard Text), Effects > 3D
> Drop Shadow (do twice with some negative values to
get shadow all around text)