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  • Software gems:


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Besides having a very interesting history, is a useful program. has an unusual origin. It was written as a senior project by a computer science student at Washington State University, Rick Brewster. His project was to write a better version of Microsoft Paint, the ubiquitous program that has been part of Windows since the dawn of Windows.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 19.03.0 (2022-01-17).

  • Photoshop Elements: Fun with pictures


    By Lincoln Spector

    Special effects aren’t limited to Hollywood movies anymore — or professional photographers.

    Today, with some help from image-editing apps, even a snapshooter can perform photographic tricks — place yourself somewhere you’ve never actually visited, turn black-and-white into color (and vice versa). With the right tools, almost anyone can cleanly remove people from a photo — without cropping! (Are you paying attention, Match subscribers?)

    There are dozens of photo editors to choose from, but I’ve been using Adobe’s Photoshop Elements for longer than I can remember. It’s the cheaper and somewhat less powerful version of the classic Photoshop. It’s rare that Elements lacks a tool I need … but then I’m not a professional graphic artist.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.16.0 (2020-04-27).

  • Comparison: Affinity Photo, GIMP, and PaintShop Pro


    By Nathan Segal

    These days, it’s likely you spend more time managing and editing digital photos than you did taking the shots.

    Getting the most out of your photos can be a complex and time-consuming task. Which means that it’s especially important that you be efficient and comfortable using your imaging application.

    In this comparison, we’ll take a quick look at the steps needed for common photo-manipulation tasks in three popular editors: Affinity Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro 2020, and GIMP. (Note: I reviewed Affinity Photo in the 2020-04-06 AskWoody Plus Newsletter.) The tasks include customizing the workspace, cropping, image straightening, using layers for blending and image effects, image retouching, adding Text, color correction, removing an image from the background, and RAW-image processing. Let’s get started.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.15.0 (2020-04-20).

  • Review: Affinity Photo


    By Nathan Segal

    There are dozens of software packages available for fixing and enhancing bit-based photographs — many of them free.

    Paid packages such as ACDSee, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop, and Corel PaintShop Pro typically offer advanced tools such as RAW processing, masking, layers, and other “pro” tools and controls.

    It can be daunting to pick the best image editor for your needs. Always on the hunt for a better photo-manipulation tool, I took Affinity Photo for a spin.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.13.0 (2020-04-06).