November 15, 2010 - Hammondsport Mac Users Group
ATTENDING: Tom B, Mike S, Bob S, Gene N and Jerry L
TOPIC: Custom Web Graphics
Tom showed several methods of making interesting custom graphics using free (or inexpensive) apps. The chrome 'Mac' above was made in Corel Painter X on a gray background (#CCCCCC), then captured via Com-Shift-4 as a PNG file. The freehand red letters were done via a Wacom Tablet with pen, then captured as a PNG with COM-Shift-4. The two PNG images were inserted into a two-column table on this web page using Dreamweaver. If you click-hold on one of these images, you can move it to your desktop.
-----Apple's Preview can be used to reduce the KB size of digital photos as well as alter colors and appearance for design and privacy purposes. Posterize a PNG image by selecting 'Save As' GIF. Another example of posterization.
-----PixelNhance is a free app that allows color enhancement, correction or creativity.
-----Use Jalbum or Graphic Converter to reduce a batch of photo files in a few seconds
-----Create alpha images with invisible background (see tutorial at MacFixit)
-----TextEdit - use this Apple app to match background color for cut & paste images.
-----Digital Color Meter - use this Apple Utility to determine hexadecimal color of any pixel.
----Colorpicker window - interactve website - also Hexadecimal Color Chart is handy
-----Pencil - free app to create pressure-sensitive line drawings with a Wacom Tablet and pen.
-----Corel Painter X - download a free trial version here or search eBay for an install CD (under $40). See some samples made by Tom using Painter X here and here. The chrome 'Mac' at the top of this page was made with Painter X. View the settings here.
-----AppleWorks - the old workhorse OSX app still available here for $49. Open photos in Drawing or Paint windows to add words, embellishments and modifications. See examples here , here and here.
----- Add free mac fonts to your system.
KB SHORTCUT - Hold Option-Command
while dragging an App icon onto Preview -this will reveal
all icons in application of various sizes
KB SHORTCUT - Command-Shift-4 - turns cursor into crosshairs to capture any part of page
KB SHORTCUT - Command-Shift-4 - then Spacebar captures entire window with frame - great for tutorials.
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