Do you want a free alternative to Photoshop?

Last Updated on October 22, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

Adobe Photoshop will set you back at least 9.99/month. Other plans will cost from $10 to about $80/month. Fortunately there is an open source image manipulation program that is free.

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InPixio Photo Eraser

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

InPixio Photo Eraser solved a common problem for me. I have a couple of location blogs. I often need to take photos where unwanted  people or objects are in the photos (Like my inlaws.. ooops, just kidding).   I was editing unwanted objects out with GIMP (An open source Photoshop work alike). I saw some ads for the InPixio product and decided to give it a shot. It turned out to be a great investment. 

 

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Add Faveicons to your WordPress site

Last Updated on January 17, 2020 by Christopher G Mendla

I fell into a bit of a rabbit hole. I previously had not bothered to create faveicons for my WordPress Sites. I was doing some work with the Redirection plugin and saw a lot of 404 entries for apple-touch faveicons. As I dove in I realized I should add them. 

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FX-Foundry scripts for GIMP (Photoshop like image program)

Last Updated on December 10, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I use an open source image editor called GIMP in addition to Photoshop. It has basically the same functionality but with some changes in the user interface.  The best part is that GIMP is freely available whereas Photoshop will set you back quite a bit.

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Protecting your blog and website images with a watermark with a GIMP plugin

Last Updated on December 9, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

As I started to resurrect my blogs, I realized that I was posting images without a watermark. The sad fact is that people can and will steal the result of your effort and use it as their own for their own profit.

One simple technique is to watermark your images. This involves putting text or an image on your image. There are a couple of ways to do this.

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Google is now showing 360 degree street level views.

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Google is now showing 360 degree street level views. It’s great from the perspective of showing people exactly how a particular location looks. However, the problem is that it is showing individual recognizable people. I’m not sure how Google is able to do this. I’m not an attorney so I don’t know the exact laws. However, most things I read indicate that you need to have a model release any time you publish a photograph of a recognizable person or persons.

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Vista and Serif Photoplus

Last Updated on December 4, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Well, I’m still working with Vista Home Premium on the new laptops.

We’ve had some issues and some successes.

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Kodak Adobe Photoshop Photo Downloader and “parameter not found”

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

I had a client who called with a problem. He had an older Kodak 4900 camera with the Adobe Photoshop Photo Downloader 3.2. When he hit the button on the camera dock the software would respond with a fairly useless “Parameter not found”

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Vista – No Steenking Print Preview

Last Updated on December 3, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

The other day I was trying to put together our yearly Christmas Card. I did the photo in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

The problem came when I was trying to print it. The machine is running Vista Home Premium. The printer is admittedly a cheapie.. a Canon MX310 series all in one.

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Changing the required icon for Fabrik forms in Joomla from an envelope to a star

Last Updated on December 2, 2019 by Christopher G Mendla

Our sites are now built in Joomla using Fabrik for form management.

A client wanted the email required icon  to have a red star similar to the ‘is not empty’ icon when using validations.

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