Meeting: 16 February 2006
next meeting for the Graphics & Web Development SIG is
planned for Thursday, 16 February 2006.
plan to look at a few new things of interest. Working with
overlays and other effects to enhance a photo. New filters or
plug-ins that enhance digital photos.
lets you make beautiful creations with our digital photos, great
collages. Visit their web site and check out the gallery. After we
learned how to design fantastic layouts for our albums well
explore how to have them published. I'll bring in an example of an
album I just had printed
from an online publishing service.
Desktop Macros from
Xstarter solutions. This is fantastic for saving time and hand
stress during repetitive keystroke & mouse combinations. I
just converted nearly 4,000 images that took over 13 steps
originally and reduced it to two steps with this product! If I had
continued doing it by hand, it would have involved making 49,322
mouse and keystrokes, using the macro reduced the task to 7,588.
It saved me weeks or months of time due my CTS problems which
limit how much abuse my wrists can take. Absolutely great
product! And a new training CD is on it's way.
AKVIS Coloriage, Enhancer, Retoucher, Stamp, and Chameleon;
Love, love, love AKVIS! PictoColor iCorrect
Portrait the newest version is now a plug-in, and Ransen Software's
Repligator Pro 12. I'm a long
time Repligator user and love it's frames and edge effects. Easy
to use and completely customizable.
for the next several meetings: More Photoshop CS and the new
Photoshop CS2. Photoshop CS
has wonderful features and
tools and we'll see some great ideas for enhancing your digital
images . We have several training and informational DVD's with
great tips, techniques, features, and more. We will also
look at Photoshop Elements 3 basic training over the next couple
we have discussed Photoshop plug-ins and the conversion of color photos to black and white,
which method is best, plug-ins that will do this, and why you
would use this rather than converting to grayscale. Also discussed
was favorite plug-ins and the best Photoshop books.
topics: nik Sharpener
Pro! Complete Edition & nik Color Efex Complete Edition. (www.nikmultimedia.com)
- using these filters to improve and enhance you digital images.
Also newly added in the nik lineup is the Dfine
We will continue with
the digital photography topic (time permitting) using Photoshop
CS and Paint Shop Pro 8/9. We also have the Paint Shop Pro
8 Power Suite to look at. Featuring digital photo repair,
restoration, and retouching. Please visit the Review section of
this SIG, click the "Demo's & Tutorials" link to
view the new flash tutorials that I have added. This is what we
will be focusing on at the next several meetings. We have lots of
new things to look at and discuss!
addition we have E-Book Systems Flip Album Pro 5 and FlipPublisher
to learn about. I've used FlipAlbum Pro for a while now and highly
- We will look at more Adobe Photoshop CS books that will increase your knowledge and
understanding of Photoshop, digital images, and color correction.
We also have other new plug-ins and the latest release of Paint
Shop Pro, the Power Suite, should be here by then. Lots of new
things to see!
For those with
questions about the plug-ins we've been covering, we can look at
them again. They include AutoFX
"Mystical Lighting" and Mystical
Tint, Tone and Color and color correction: ColorWasher & iCorrect4.0.
We will be looking at
these tools, and other filters/plug-ins that repair and enhance
" The easy way to create animated software tutorials and
Topic: Flip Album Professional 4 -
Create photo Albums that can
be annotated, shared with others, (with or without music), create
client demo CD's that can be password protected, encrypted to
protect images from being copied from the CD, even set an
expiration date on the CD. Show your work without fear of losing
your images! Time permitting, we'll look at last month's topics
too. Albums can be set to auto flip and they can even be viewed as
a slide show.
Intellihance Pro 4.0, other Extensis plug-ins for Adobe
Photoshop. New effects & super themes from DPA
Software's FrontLook series of effects and Best Of Paul 3
Super Theme package.
Intellihance Pro review will be available in the review section in
the next few days.
Topic: Enhancing Photos - Auto
FX AutoEye 2, Photographic Edges 5.0, & other effects &
tools using Adobe Photoshop Elements as the host application.
Topic: Features of the AutoFX
DreamSuite Components - the latest in the series is the
DreamSuite Series Two - which has 12 effects and comes with
2 bonus effects if purchased by the end of June 2002. Review of
the Series Two is in the Review Section. We will also continue
discussing last months topics.
16th Meeting Topic was Auto FX DreamSuite - Gel Series.
FrontLook Series plug-ins and themes for FrontPage 2000/2002. We
also touched at starting a web site in NetObjects Fusion as a
comparison between the two web design applications and what
applications were good for image editing.
learn more about the Auto FX Gel Series see the Review Section of
this SIG or visit www.autofx.com.
To view examples of the FrontLook Series Click
Here . Visit www.frontlook.com
to learn more about DPA Software.
Review section has graphic & web product reviews that you may
find helpful when looking for applications to help you with
graphics & web design.
In the past
, we have gone over creating custom banners, java applets and scripts, using PaintShop
Pro 6 & 7, Micrografx Webtricity 2, and other graphics programs. Will will touch on these again as we build a web site in Fusion 5.0 and add the custom graphics and java applets and scripts.