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The above solid edged welcome button made using Napa Heavy Font, bold italic size 28, drop shadow-black shadow, opacity-70, blur-7, offsets-4. Click select none. Buttonize height-15, width-16, opacity-38.

I have found many, many sites where you can
obtain free graphics, but the majority of them require a link back and that you not alter their images. I did not feel this would be very beneficial to us in PSP as the object is to be able to change images to suit our needs. Here are a few URL's that did not have those restrictions.

Laurie's Free Web Graphics
Designed To A T
ORIGINAL FREE GRAPHICS by Jacci

I scanned in a photo of my youngest granddaughter Sheilah at 50% and 100dpi. Her eyes were red, so to repair that I zoomed in 9-1. Using the Magic Wand Tool I selected the red. As suggested in the
book I set tolerance for 42 to pick up all
similar colors. (I tried it at 45, but it
picked up a color I didn't want it to.) In the color
adjuster box, I used the same settings as in the
book as that seemed to give the best eye color. The
image with red eyes had to be saved as a gif instead of a jpg or you couldn't see the red in the eyes.

Red Eyes Red Eyes Repaired
Red Eyes Repaired Red Eyes

I scanned in a photo of my second youngest granddaughter Kristen at 50% and 100dpi. Her cheeks were red, so to repair that I used the dropper tool to pick up the flesh color then I used the air brush tool with a brush size of 6 to spray new color over the red. I then used the retouch tool and gently softened the color. With practice, I feel it would look excellent.

Kristen's Red Cheeks Repaired Red Cheeks
Red Cheeks No more red cheeks

Needs Fixin All Fixed Up
Needs Fixin Repaired

This image was way to large (324X353) for the web
page so I resized it to 180X196. I had already
resized the original scanned in block. I have drawn red lines around the areas that I fixed on the "needs fixin" image. I scanned in 4 quilt block squares at 50% and 100dpi. One of the blocks
was not as large as the rest so I placed
something behind it. To fix the three areas where
dark spots showed thru, I used the dropper tool
several different times to pick up different
background colors. I then used the airbrush to cover
up dark spots to match the light background. I used a round brush size 20-25 in the larger areas. As I got close to other colors, I switched to
size 9. Opacity-40, Density-30,
Hardness-38, Step-25.

Scanned wreath This is the original scanned photo, which I cropped and resized for this page.
I tried to click on white background and invert selection (so as to only select the wreath) and found that in order to do this the background must be a a solid color. So I cropped the image again to get this wreath which I intend to use to show deformations. Cropped Mouse

First deformation Second deformation Third deformation Fourth deformation
This image began as the circle you see above. I changed the background color before I went into the deformation browser. I used the circle deformation four times. Each time image changed a little more and seems to blur more.

In deformation browser I applied pentagon four times to circle image above to obtain this look. Deformed Pentagon The background would need to be touched up if I wanted to use it.

      
Enter Graphics Links Graphics 2 Welcome
Transparent edged button using Wonton ICG bold italic font, size 36, light background/dark text. Add filters-emboss, erode & hot wax. Black drop shadow, opacity-38, blur-11, offsets-8. Select none. Buttonize-height-26, width-37, opacity-60. Solid edged button using Boco Raton IEG bold font, size 28, dark background/light text. Add cutout, interior color-green, shadow color-use background color, opacity-100, blur-7, offsets-4. Black drop shadow, opacity-100, blur-1, offsets-1. Select none. Buttoniz--I forgot the numbers, etc. I used for this one. Solid edge button using Boca Raton ICG bold font, size 36, dark background/light text. Cutout using interior color-foreground color, shadow color-foreground, opacity-64 blur-26.6 offset-vertical-41, horizontal-40. Drop shadow-white, opacity 100, blur-1, offsets 1. Select none. Add random noise @ 20%. Buttonize, height-20, width-20, opacity-43, solid edge. Solid edge button using Boca Raton ICG bold font, size 28. Cutout, interior color-foreground color, shadow color-black, opacity-100, blur-7, offsets 4. Add drop shadow-white, opacity 100, blur-1, offsets-1. Select none. Buttonize, height 37, width-37, opacity-18 solid edge. Solid edged welcome button made using Napa Heavy Font, bold italic size 28, drop shadow-black, opacity-70, blur-7, offsets-4. Select none. Buttonize, height-15, width-16, opacity-38.

Embossed Trace Contours Hot waxed
Embossed Filter Trace Contour Hot Wax Filter

Negative Color Posterized Solarized
The Negative Image command replaces the color value of each color with its opposite on the 0-255 scale. The effect is similar to a photographic negative, and the function can be used to create a positive image from a scanned negative. Posterized at 2 bits per channel. Posterize command reduces the number of bits per color channel. As the bits per channel decrease, the number of levels of lightness a color can display decrease. This results in a flatter-looking image with a pronounced choppiness in the gradients. Threshold level of 75. The Solarize command produces the same effect as the Negative Image function, but it lets you control the Threshold level (the lightness value above which colors are inverted. You set the level, and all colors with lightness values above the level are turned into their inverse (on the 255 scale). At a Threshold level of 1, all colors except black change. As the Threshold level increases, colors must be increasingly lighter to invert.

 
You can see examples of photos and quilt square
blocks that I have scanned in at my site at
Yvonne's Page of Blessings. There are quite a few on the quilting, paperpiecing, and p4kittyblock swap pages. You can also enter Annual Tent Camp Meeting and scroll down to the picture.
That was printed up on another computer. I scanned it in and used Picture Dicer to help it load faster. Enjoy!

Paint Engine Gradient Page Curl Tiled
Paint Engine Plug-In KPT Gradient Designer Plug-In KPT Page Curl KPT Planar Tiling

 
The assignment suggested "download a couple of free plug-in filters, install them in PSP, and try them out." Good thing I checked in Windows Explorer files. I have many that I haven't even had a chance to look at yet. Paint Engine seems to do about the same thing as the noise filter. I can't see much of a difference in that one. From what I have seen, plug-ins are going to be a lot of fun.

I was able to go back and fool around a little with image aritmetic. If you spend time finding the right images, you can really end up with a nice effect. Here are a couple examples. They were accomplished by using add, divisior of 2 and 0 bias. I don't seem to be able to locate the originals for the dog (Brandy) I changed her look with hue and saturation, or for the lion, which I lightened the tulips before I did the arithmetic, or the dove. In these images, you can definitely see the two separate images.

Pink Sand Water Fall Waterfall at Sunset
Pink Sand from Web Waterfall from Web Waterfall at Sunset
Brandy & Butterflies Lion in Tulip Bed Dove after the Flood
Brandy & Butterflies Lion in Tulip Bed Dove after the Flood

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