Put Your Summer & Fall and HOLIDAY Projects to work for Your Family and PROfessional Needs
KNOWLEDGE ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER
First, out the gate....know your computer system. Know where to find the operating system information so you can make sure you are downloading the right software to work on your projects. Double check and read the system requirements of ALL software and ALWAYS READ and /or PRINT OUT the installation notes before you install any software or upgrades..AND only download from reliable sources. The more memory installed on your computer has the better it will handle large digital files as well as manage several open programs at one time. If you computer freezes a lot. Check to make sure you have enough computer memory installed. A lot of systems come with the basics and if you are handling a lot of graphics and/or photo files you may want a lot more than what is supplied in the original computer package... the more the merrier. If you need tech assistance, don't hesitate to find help, or call for assistance from a group like 1-800-905-GEEK or see helpful links below.
more memory installed on your computer has the better
The #1 software for the creative genius is Adobe Photoshop, available for both Mac and PC operating systems. National Association of photocopy Professionals (NAPP), one of the best educational groups have a powerful bank of information including CD's and books that can be a great assist in learning Photoshop. Since late July, they now have the new radio show "Photoshop Radio" with MP3 downloads of the programs. Adobe's current version is CS2. If you're not up to the competitive market, don't let that stop you for producing excellent results for your projects. A lot of the CS and CS2 books and tapes, contain the most classic "Down and Dirty Tricks" of Photoshop techniques that are available on versions 6 and 7. Photoshop is a constant process of learning. Even after a seminar and book purchase, you'll find you will still be looking for more information, refreshing what you've learned and NAPP is a good place to start. Also check out the Graphic site www.Graphic-Design.com for tips using many different versions of photoshop in their archive.
you're not up to the competitive market, don't let that stop you for
a lot of frustration with software organizing programs, and little patience
to take on another learning curve, I was thrilled to find the "Browse"
tool in the drop down edit menu of Photoshop 7. I can now find photo
image files on any drive internal and external as well as batch rename
and file the images into new folders...have browse, will travel. I hear
how great CS and CS2 are... but I'm sure I can accomplish a lot with
the 7 software. I'm also between operating systems on my MAC from OS
9.2 to OS 10.3 so Photoshop 7 works in both. I would need to upgrade
to the operating system OS 10 to handle CS2. Popular editing programs
include iPhoto or organization/printing software programs that come
with the purchase of camera equipment such as Kodak EasyShare to Canon,
Nikon, Sony and others.
The digital world is in constant growth mode...something like a 2 year old. You no sooner buy the shoes and too quickly they've outgrown them, and then back to the store to buy a new pair. Digital equipment including cameras with their every six to twelve months improved/updated capabilities are constantly changing for both the point/shoot digital to the PROfessioal high end 35mm digital SLR. A must see website is Digital Photography Review http://www.DPreview.com. They stay on top of the market. At DPreview.com you can compare side by side camera stats, from point/shoot to SLR's and see excellent reviews of the camera performance, lens resolution as well as output results.
the difference between RAW, JPEG/JPG, TIFF, Gif, and you will be
on your way to creating a workflow and output to fill our needs from
special personal projects to professional presentations. Unlike the
classic 35mm negative or transparency film cameras which required lab
runs as well as expensive prints, (note, which are "still"
a very marketable and collectible product) with digital you can create
gifts, plan student projects, family scrapbooking and print book presentations
in your home environment or store and share online.
wants to take the time to download and open up an
PHOTO BOOKS & ONLINE PRINTING & LEARNING
investigating the market place, here are a couple of suggestions.
First, check out Epson's Learning center. There you will find personal
project ideas as well as the basic tools for scanning and printing.
Once you master the basics, move up to the EPSON PROfessional learning
center. There you will find information from the top professionals providing
printing techniques to produce excellent fine art productions as well
as major advertising campaigns. Epson has the Storyteller package for
book publishing. Epson's package is for PC only...boohoo, if you're
a Mac user, you'll have to create your own templates. (TIP: instead
of using the Epson single sheet paper included in the Storyteller package,
try purchasing the two sided printable paper to be able to print back
to back Epson double sided matte #SO4156, also ideal paper for printing
sales brochures, greeting cards)
are producing large gallery prints, you'll surely want to see the 4000
and the 9600. And if you are making CD/DVD's... add the R800 to
your list to print directly onto the CD/DVD. For anisette job proofing,
school projects, and parties, the small portable Epson Deluxe with the
viewing screen, prints 4x6" archival prints and is very handy..compact
and has a carrying handle...and why not throw in one of the Epson ALL-In-One
printers. print/scan and copy. Their new All-in-one is the Epson Stylus
CX7800 $179 with a 1.5 viewing screen for images. Or you can purchase
one of the other All-in-Ones for under $100.
winner, Kodak EasyShare system, Camera's, printers, online sharing.
Kodak's original Ofoto is now being phazed out as a name and they are
using KodakGallery. There you can create your unique Kodak Gallery as
well as create books and gifts. You can have a stepped up personalized
gallery with one of the Kodak premium services, $24.99/yr or unlimited
prints at 10cents each with a personalized gallery for $49.99/yr. Kodak
recently discontinued it's PRO digital camera and is concentrating it's
efforts on the user friendly consumer digital market. Their EasyShare
system is more proprietary, utilizing a complete system of camera, camera
doc for camera charge as well as the camera doc 4x6" printer. You'll
need to purchase a carrying case for the printer, to handle the 4x6
printers additional detachable loading tray..
for $39.99 you can have a 10 page, single sided or two sided (20 page)
black leather bound book. The cover is a 4 x 4" cut out frame/hole
to view the first page. Each additional page is $1.99.. that's per side!
(a little confusing, because when you originally purchase the book
they offer 10 pages (two sides)..but if you buy them individually the
price is $1.99 per page should read "Per SIDE per Page." I
thought it would be one page, both sides. You can use any of the 10-20
pages as text or image pages. The text is a little large, but, it's
a photo book not a novel. They also have a cloth cover edition (more
color choices) for $29.95 and special pink or blue leather editions
(boy/girl colors pastel colors) currently for $29.99 as well. With a
little planning and creativity, you can create a beautiful book for
a professional presentation, family archive or gift. Visit the Kodak
website and join their gallery, look for special discount offers.. They
ship very quickly.
Kodak has a new camera coming in October, looks pretty interesting, a 2.5" viewing screen and WAIF connection. Kodak EasyShare A 4mb camera is average for heading into 2006, but the camera itself looks great. See http://www.Kodak.com
at the Kodak website, make sure you mark the Site Map page, it will
save you several steps to find what you are looking for.
Here are two software programs to speed this process along. Check them out. Not only can you use these templates for scrapbooking, but with a page adjustment you can create great templates for a lot of projects. Not sure what is available for PC...but I'm guessing tons of software. VersionTracker.com is a great website to find software programs for both MAC and PC
ARCHIVAL and PORTFOLIO
storage products and shipping cases , see and Secol
Photographic Products leaders in polyester archival storage in England
in the USA Light
Impressions is the number one archival resource for storage and
shipping boxes. Order their catalog! For beautiful personalized presentation
portfolios for professionals, visit the PRO choice, Brewer
Cantelmo - Custom made presentations. Manufacturer of portfolios,
presentation cases, ring binders, easels, and carrying cases.
For the processional whose client is looking for one of the most elaborate and beautifully printed book of 4-color CMYK off printing, world renown Graphistudio provides the highest quality and presentation. wwwgraphistudio.com (main office 866-472-7445) If you never considered shooting weddings before, once you see the possibilities of producing a book of this quality, you may change your mind..!
TECHNICAL LEARNING Helpful Links:
Tips for Publishers, Graphic Designers & Photographers
Photoshop Books (recent past Director of NAPP for 5 years)
EPSON CENTER of LINKS
Learn & Create
Printers - Paper & Media - Scanners
for Camera Phone Pictures
There are more and more companies providing digital online services, so do a GOOGLE search and compare products to your needs.
USE a company that has a recognizable name or referral from someone you know. Remember, you'll be giving them your credit card or bank information.
It's rare that we really focus on programs... Online printing is a growing trend that is here to stay. First the photo companies paniced over home printing and now they've found a new gorund to stand on and a very good one at that. It supports the PRO and the amateur market. I'm not sure what is available in Europe. I'm guessing pretty much the same in each country. At one time it seemed an amateur practice to send film off to be developed, now with digital, the possibilities are endless.
all these different possibilities, I realize it might be a good idea
if you are going to use several different online photo processing/printing
services to create a mail box just for online print/share and sign up
with each one using the same e-mail box address. Each one offers different
deals with different packages, so finding them all in the same box might
be helpful for comparisons. I think at any time you can go into your
account and reroute your e-mail.
WIPI received a digital learning DVD package from England , . reasonably priced, informative with a companion pocket guide, they ship internationally. Digital Alianworks.com tips for using photoshop and printing.
If you want to make a "museum" type book, limited / special edition of fine art prints. Use Epson, and use you're own paper and Epson printers to produce vibrant color and unique print layout designs instead of the usual packaged paper, which is also very nice. But if you want to use those fine art or watercolor papers, you'll have a beautiful masterpiece of print quality and bound book design in hand. With the Epson book, you can create a more indepth text page for information about your biography or resume. A great way to produce a prototype for a book publisher. You can either order the Epson book online or find them at your photo supply dealers. I purchased it online and it took two weeks to deliver the package. The savinngs wasn't that much different than if I had just gone to Calument to purchase the package directly.
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