_Adobe has included its Photoshop Labs site on the_ Adobe _network to showcase its Photoshop extensions._
Figure 16-13: Images created using the “paint bucket” tool can be easily corrected.
Most free or inexpensive Photoshop programs work great for beginners or seasoned pros. As you gain experience, you can start jumping between using Photoshop and other programs, as long as you can export your work to the program you use.
PhotoScape is a free program that can be used to create collages from digital images. It offers the ability to import images from both the computer and the camera. Its main features are
* Quick mode to create a simple collage
* Layer blending for creating effects and decorative layers
* Transition (slide, wipe, zoom) effects to change the look of the collage
Screenshots for Photoscape from Adobe look like Figure 16-14.
Figure 16-14: Importing photos from your hard drive or from the camera in PhotoScape.
iPhoto is part of the iLife Organizer Suite, which includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand. This free application is part of the Macintosh operating system (OS). It allows you to create digital photos and organize them into collections. (See Figure 16-15.)
Figure 16-15: iPhoto enables you
Photoshop Elements 2018
When Photoshop was first developed, early computers were powerful enough to run the program. However, over the years, graphics processing power has increased, and Photoshop now runs on a wide range of computers from the simple to the most powerful.
Photoshop Elements is available for Mac OS X or Windows PCs. The program contains two separate elements, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. The latter contains more limited features to simplify the work of photographers and graphic artists.
Thanks to the right balance of features and simplicity, the program has a wide appeal. The user interface is easy to master and operations are quick and simple. Photoshop Elements is the easiest tool to use for photo editing.
The program comes with a basic image editor and you can add other programs such as conversion tools to extend its functionality.
Photoshop Elements has plugins for popular programs. For example, you can use the Composite Editing feature to merge two images or add a filter to the image and edit the filter settings.
In addition, Photoshop Elements contains effects, filters, adjustment layers, the layers editing tool and canvas sizes and rotation. The program has many features such as editing RAW files and even touches the area of photo development and digitization of pictures.
Features of Photoshop Elements
8.4 GB — 4 CDs
Basic PHOTO FIX tool
Camera RAW converter tool
Compose, rotate, crop and straighten tools
Batch processing tool
Brushes and patterns
Basic photo editing tool
Connect to Flickr
Layers and transparency
RAW photo editor
TileBrush and PatternBrush tools
Thematic photo editing tool
Support the workspace
Widgets and browsers
Features for web designers
Able to save the pictures
Path and text tools
For effective web design and the design of Web pages, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says that images are a critical part of a website. Your images can be used for important elements such as backgrounds, buttons, navigation icons and logos.
And, they are also used for advertising, branding and to
Photoshop’s brushes are built-in to the program and can be accessed from the main menu by choosing Edit > Brush or pressing
[⇧] + [B] (Mac) or Control + B (Windows).
Brushes are covered by a lot of detail in the online help, but in brief:
– They can be of a fixed size, a selectable preset size, or draw freely to a size you specify by clicking.
– To draw a brush, choose a preset size, draw a shape, and then click in the canvas.
To apply a brush, go to Edit > Stroke (Windows) or Edit > Stroke (Mac) and click on the Brush icon. You can then drag a stroke to the canvas to begin drawing or you can click the **Brush** icon to automatically create a stroke.
When you create a new brush, you get six preset options; Spatter, Eraser, Spot, Scratch, Draw and Stylus. Experiment with these options to see which are easiest to use.
![Tutorial 7 – Brushes](/docs/assets/images/tutorials/tutorial_7_7.png “Tutorial 7 – Brushes”)
The commonest of occurrences are not common, and the uncommon are not uncommon. But enough with the tealeafing. Sometimes the simple explanation can be more complicated than that. Sometimes that small, unfamiliar event has a big, obvious but oh-so-unexpected effect on the world around you.
Televisions, laptops, laptops, laptops, laptops. I’m thinking something to do with the energy industry, and the imminent ‘laptop tax’ here. It feels like that is about to happen in Australia, to one degree or another.
Perhaps they decided to do it over a T-shirt.
In any case, here is their reasoning:
“Government should tighten up on e-tailers so that businesses can’t make money from customers without paying GST or the GST at the very least,” Mr Bateman said.
“There’s no reason why the Government should allow companies to make the profits and not pay the GST.
“It would be a more efficient system if companies could pay the GST from the get-go.
“Why should businesses get the same deal as people? They shouldn’t be getting an advantage over people.”
Incredibly, he went on to say:
“I think it’s one of the things that should be tightened up. We’ve obviously got the GST, the Fair Work Ombudsman and most of these other bodies, but it’s just a pity that businesses are getting away with it.”
So there you go. Could hardly go wrong.
There’s nothing like making another human being work on the weekend for no good reason. We have got Mr Bateman though, so I have to allow him the full benefit of the doubt. Perhaps he actually thinks that strong-arming companies into paying GST is a good thing. Whatever the reason, it’s obvious that Australia needs to go in the direction Bateman would like.
Then he compared Australia to the UK!
(Apologies to UK readers, but this is going to be a long one. You might want to go to a different part of the world for a while.)
Mr Bateman said the UK is spending 4% of its GDP on just three things – defence, health and pensions – which is less than half of what Australia spends on defence.
“All the other nations
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