Digitalize It! : (Modification of images with tools such as Adobe CS and Corel)

Then it was a choice among crayons, paints and palettes for an artist and designer to create art. It was a box of crayons that make one happy designer during his early years of formation.

Nowadays, designing has gone to the new age of advanced technology that utilizes computers and programming. As a designer used to handling tangible products such as the ever reliable crayons, computer technology is oftentimes scary and heart palpitating. With all that computer code and HTML tags and styles, it’s no wonder that most designers break out in cold sweat every time they are forced to put computer code around a text in a Word document to get the layout they want.

To help designers and artists alike to make their lives simpler, Adobe offers a complete package that brings designs straight from concept to the online world. On the other hand, Corel has also introduced new programs to help ease the burden of creating works of art with the use of the computer.

The new applications ensure that every designer’s nightmare will be gone, helping him/her to sleep more soundly at night. These programs can help designers utilize simple sites quickly and effectively.

The CS Advantage…

The new Adobe Creative Suite combines Adobe’s graphics applications and an efficient workflow that answers the needs of nearly every creative professional, from conceptualization to implementation, from print to Web. Not only do designers get one program at a time; rather, a whole suite of the latest versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and GoLive software. It also includes the new Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional software to Acrobat Professional.

The Creative Suite is Adobe’s attempt to bind the applications together. Now, Adobe’s creative products use not only the same graphics engine but also the same type and color-management engines. Files that are created in one application can open easily in others with all their features intact. With a consistent user interface, moving from one application to another is easy.

And holding it all together is the new file-management and version-tracking technology Version Cue. The Version Cue lets you create and publish content for print and the Web faster, more easily, and more affordably. That’s why Adobe is introducing this one whole package as “the complete design environment for print and Web publishing”.

 Adobe Photoshop for image editing- easily manage your images with the improved File Browser, quickly share design variations with Layer Comps, and instantly improve contrast with Shadow/Highlight correction; perform more precise editing and retouching with expanded support for 16-bit images and monitor changes to your image in the Histogram palette, which dynamically updates as you make adjustments.

 Adobe Illustrator for drawing and vector graphics- with powerful new 3D features, advanced typographical controls, and a host of groundbreaking new design tools, this powerful upgrade from Illustrator 10 delivers the performance you need to make the most of your creativity; import Photoshop image compositions directly to Illustrator- or create drawings in Illustrator and import them directly into Photoshop; create native Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files using settings and options consistent with Adobe Acrobat Distiller software and get fast, consistent print results with features like Fit to Page, Print Preview, and support for Print Settings.

 Adobe InDesign for page layout and design, and Adobe GoLive for Web layout- import your native vector and bitmap artwork directly into InDesign CS software for sophisticated print layouts or into Adobe GoLive CS software for powerful web pages. With the support of Adobe PDF and XML, you can easily output your pages to both print and the Web.

The Corel Advantage…

With the introduction of Corel Painter IX, commercial designers, photographers, and professional artists are able to use their natural talents and techniques to create breathtaking works of art. Corel ensures that the new program is a must-have software for creative professionals, whether they’re in film making, game development, commercial design, illustration, photography, or even fine arts.

With regards to performance and productivity, the Corel Painter IX boasts of significantly improved speed, new and enhanced Brush Control Palettes, Frames-per-Second Control, and Customizable Shortcut Keys. Professional users can extend their creative possibilities with new enhancements that include Artists’ Oils Painting System, Snap-to-Path Painting, improved Digital Watercolor, and Quick Clone.

What is exciting about this new software is that the Corel Painter IX is more compatible with other professional technologies, providing enhanced support to Adobe Photoshop, Wacom (including the Wacom Intuos3), and Color Management.

What’s more, getting started is easier than ever. Corel has provided various support guides to help end-users control their fear of tackling a seemingly intricate world of softwares and programs. Corel has provided a revitalized User Guide, the Painter IX Handbook that includes tutorials from leading creative professionals, access to free training videos, and academic courseware specifically designed for educators.

With powerful applications such as the Adobe CS and Corel, artists and designers alike can now combine both worlds of traditional art and sophisticated technology. The intricate tones of traditional art skills and techniques they’ve developed during their formation years as artists can be integrated with the incredible benefits that digital media can provide. Every creation can now be worthy of the exaltations and awe reserved for those found in galleries and exhibits. In addition, these art forms are now made at a faster and quicker rate than their original counterparts.

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Is it Worth Using Perfect Uninstaller?

Nowadays, with the development of the network and the rapid spread of the knowledge, lots of people prefer to download and install some programs from the net in order to share/use them. But most of the time, some programs are needed only once. Some may be easily uninstalled from the Add/Remove Program or with its own uninstall tool. But some are very stubborn that it is very difficult to be uninstalled from the computer.

Last week, I tried to uninstall Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 from my computer from Add/Remove program, which seemed successful. But when I try to reinstall it, it said that there was an administrative problem which prevented me to successfully reinstall it. I search the internet for a solution and found out that several people had the same problem as me. And what caused this problem was that the program was not completely uninstalled in their first attempt. Also I got advice to use a program called Perfect Uninstaller. But was it worth using this program? Could it help me solve my problem?

Though not quit convinced, I still went to have a try with it and surprisingly found that it was really what I wanted.

What impressed me so much was that this program had a very nice and beautiful design and user’s interface. On its main interface, there were several big buttons which showed clear function, such as Uninstall, Force Uninstall. Besides, there was a huge window which listed all programs that installed on my computer which allowed me to have a glance of them. Importantly, it helped me completely uninstall not only the corrupted Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, but also some other unwanted programs from my computer. In this point, I was deeply happy with my copy and though it was really worth using this program.

6 Printing Tips in Corel Photo Paint – Part 1

Printing is a challenge in computer graphics, largely because there’s a tremendous difference between screen-based graphics and what you see on paper. This section offers tips that you can use for your home or office printer and provides additional information in case you choose to use an imaging professional.

1. RGB to CMYK Colors that work in the RGB color space are often out of gamut in the CMYK color space; meaning that what you see on the screen cannot be printed using color inks. Other print issues are different RGB spaces among scanners or monitors, a different CMYK space among printers and printing presses and your monitor going through color shifts as it ages.

2. Use a Commercial Printer If you choose to use a high-end commercial printer, do all of your work in RGB. DO NOT convert your print files to CMYK. If you’re doing high-end art repro, you can send your RGB files and they’ll do the conversion for you but expect to pay big bucks.

If you’re going to a local copy center, you’ll need to convert your files to CMYK yourself. If you send them RGB files the results are likely to be unpredictable.

It’s important to realize that converting your files to CMYK will cause you to lose a great deal of color data. Worse, if you manipulate the images after converting to CMYK, the color data loss could posterize your image.

Ask your printer for their color profile and a print that you can use to calibrate your system to theirs. Also, be sure to ask them what file format they use and guidelines for output. This information varies from printer to printer.

3. More Control If you want more control over the CMYK process, check out: “The Complete Guide to Digital Color Correction.” This volume explains how we see color, what the differences are between human and camera perceptin, and how to work with a color wheel. You’ll learn about display issues, including monitor calibration and resolution, color palettes, and consistency across varying platforms, operating systems, software and more.

4. Page Layout Check your layouts and make sure electronic documents match the printed page size otherwise you could get an unpleasant surprise later.

5. About Graphics When manipulating graphics, I recommend the use of an image-editing application such as Corel Photo-Paint. Don’t use these functions in Corel Draw because this will add to processing times when you send your files to a commercial printer. Instead use Corel Draw for page layout only.

6. Screen vs. Print Resolutions You will need to use different resolutions depending on the final output. As an example, screen resolutions, gives you an image size of 72dpi; whereas for printing, you need to use a resolution of 125 – 400dpi, depending on the final output.

Note: Don’t use screen images as they are only 72dpi. They might look great on the monitor but the printed result will be highly pixelated and will lack sharpness and depth.