December 21, 2008
Remember when Dorothy left Kansas in B&W and woke up in colorful Oz? Remember the feeling of... like, WOW! Well... I'm kinda going through that same sense of awe. I've been downloading and trying out new programs to take the place of comfy old favorites I've used for years and thought were "good enough." And they probably are... goodness knows I would have saved myself countless hours and aggravation had I'd simply upgraded to a new PC, shuffling the old programs onto the new hard drive... would never have known all this 'gee-whiz' the Mac has fostered.
A week or so ago I began to get annoyed with the image editing options I'd been trying out... remember the 'free and cheap' prerequisites I'd set for myself? Well, it's still a decent place to start. But nothing could match my old Paint Shop Pro, V. 7, I'd used for years. Man, this program goes back to somewhere in the 90's, passed along to several new PC's along the way, but it can't transfer to the Mac. I knew this going in, knew I'd have to find something to replace it... but didn't realize it would be this hard... or this rewarding!
Okay... state of the art is Photoshop... way more than I need at this stage of the game. Had heard about PS Elements, paid little attention as I'd tried it out a few years back and couldn't see what the fuss was all about. Today I sat through a few tutorials, then went to my free trial version and immediately felt that colorful Oz sensation! Can't believe how they've improved, the things that can be done so easily... I can remember trying to outline figures as in the above flower photo... and how it took hours to get it right. With the right tutorial, and that's key!... I might like the new way of doing things.