Article: Playing with pictures~Introduction to Serif Craft Artist: Yes!

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Image Playing with pictures~Introduction to Serif Craft Artist
By Brenda Essig aka Zanymuse on February 9, 2012

This program does 99% of what I need to have fun with images and allows me to complete many projects in a few minutes that use to require hours of tedious work. I have yet to find a program that is easier to use or is affordable, that will do 100%. I played with the free version of the program for several months and was impressed enough to purchase the full version. I find it to be extremely user friendly. They have wonderful tutorials available to walk you through every feature and there are a lot of features even in the free version. If they get around to adding cloning tools for blending and repairs they will have made me 100% thrilled.

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Imagenap
Feb 9, 2012 11:09 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
In response to your question at the end of the article, "Yes!" I am glad I read it!

I already have editing programs on my computer, one free download and one purchased one, but I think I need to try this one! It looks easy, and fun.

And I agree with you about the cloning tool. That's a must!

Thanks so much, Brenda!
ImageZanymuse
Feb 9, 2012 11:23 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
You are welcome! I have Photoshop, Gimp and Corel Draw but I find this program so easy and fun that I only use them if I must have that cloning tool and then I mumble and grumble that they have even made that option much more complicated to use than it was originally Grumbling

Play with the free version, it has fewer tools available than the paid version but it will still do a lot and there is no time limit on how long you can keep it.

Thanks for reading the article. I was beginning to think no one was interested Blinking
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ImageZanymuse
Feb 11, 2012 12:39 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I just discovered that they have another program called photo plus. It has a very easy to use clone tool! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I will be playing with it for a while and will write my next article all about it.
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Imagenap
Feb 11, 2012 6:38 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Alright!!! I'll be waiting to hear!
ImageZanymuse
Feb 11, 2012 9:49 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Well, that was a bust Blinking The program looks good but the free version is so limited that except for the clone tool there is nothing left that I can't already do with the Craft Artist program. I can't afford to buy it now so I'll keep the freebie for cloning and forget it for now.
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Imagenap
Feb 12, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Hmmmmmmmmm. Glare I guess there's no reason why two programs can't work together on a project. Sticking tongue out
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 12, 2012 9:31 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Hurray! Loved the article.
I just downloaded Serif's PagePlus X5 onto the church computer.
I played with the free version here at home and found it very easy to use. If I can use it anyone can. Sticking tongue out
Now to start playing with it this coming week.
ImageZanymuse
Feb 12, 2012 12:10 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Nancy, that is exactly what I was doing, going between gimp/photoshop/Craft Artist. Now I will just go between the two Serif programs because they are quicker and easier to use.

Lynn, Have fun playing, and be sure to come back and tell us about it Thumbs up
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Imagevic
Feb 13, 2012 3:30 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
COOL Brenda!

I'm pretty computer ignorant but I'll give it a try Thumbs up

Thank you for sharing all the neat stuff it does Hurray!
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ImageZanymuse
Feb 13, 2012 11:29 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Thumbs up Vicki ! I didn't understand computers or software myself when I started but by playing with these types of programs I learned a lot.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Feb 14, 2012 4:39 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I, too, am glad I read this. I've been wanting something easy. Now to find the time to try it out!

Thanks, Zany!
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ImageZanymuse
Feb 14, 2012 11:35 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Hi Arlene, are you ready to re-re-retire yet? Group hug
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Feb 18, 2012 9:32 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Not in the forseeable future.

I've got some pictures I've been trying to take for you in Omaha that never come out any good. But I doubt that this program or any program can fix them.

I'll post them in your cubit for some advice on how to get a good picture.
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ImageZanymuse
Feb 18, 2012 10:27 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Well, I hope you have at least managed to get things back in the groove and running smoothly so you can cut back on your hours and take a breath! Group hug

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Feb 18, 2012 11:19 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
In an effort at exercising discipline I am going to take afternoons off to keep up with the paperwork and housework at home. Being able to be home more will help mentally. And maybe I'll be able to sneak some time in to try out this software.

I added 3 new recipes to the database at Yum this morning . . . it's been a long time since I've been able to do that. I really want to be on cubits more. Lovey dubby
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ImageZanymuse
Feb 18, 2012 11:33 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
And we want you more on cubits too!
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Imagevic
Feb 18, 2012 11:48 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I agree
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Jun 30, 2014 2:58 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
* * * Bump * * *

Zany, are you around?
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ImageZanymuse
Jun 30, 2014 9:32 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Yes, I am still here Big Grin
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