Newsletter Archives

  • Behind the scenes: The newsletter

    COMMENTARY

    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    When I took this job, I was surprised at the number of moving parts involved in publishing the newsletter.

    My predecessor, editor emeritus Tracey Capen, did an excellent job with general organization and collaboration. Tracey wrote a very comprehensive document in OneNote about how to produce the newsletter, which was extremely helpful in my early days. I was very grateful to have that guide because otherwise, I would have been at sea on day one.

    Publishing an issue of the newsletter involves a lot of steps.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.48.0, 2022-11-28).
    This story also appears in our public Newsletter.

  • Comparison: Affinity Photo, GIMP, and PaintShop Pro

    PHOTO EDITING

    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

    PHOTO EDITING

    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).