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4 hours ago, gecko.danielle said:

Haha please do. I've found with the adobe suite that once you get the hang of  one program, the rest are easier to learn because the logic of the programs is the same and some things overlap.  

 

As an added benefit, the items created in one program can sometimes be used as "ingredients" for creations in another program, so they can build on one another. The ways that outputs from various programs can interact can be almost startling, as a lot of creative thought went into making them interact in clever ways.

 

For example, I would normally think of various layers in an image as just static layers, e.g., just foreground and background elements. yet those layers can be animated independently in another program, and moved around the screen to come together into the final image, and they don't have to be foreground/background, but just interacting pieces.

 

I now notice this is done all the time with logos and the like in advertisements, but it's a a wonderfully powerful tool with lots of possibilities that I'm just starting to get a grasp on. My (currently very modest) website doesn't yet contain any videos, but I hope one day to make some pleasant additions...

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Hey, thanks, SW! I know the Adobe stuff can be frustrating to learn (I'm really just a few steps ahead of you in some areas, & you're probably ahead of me in others...) but the great thing about steep learning curves is that we still only have to climb them once. After that, we reap the benefits. If there are lots of benefits, it's worthwhile, looking back.

 

And the wild thing about the Adobe suite is that it's like buying a moderately decent car, and then only finding out later that the thing can also fly!

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On 5/26/2020 at 8:06 AM, dlodes said:

For those interested in the free alternative to Photoshop, try GIMP. I'm all about free, I use Libre Office instead of Word and Gimp instead of photoshop. In Libre Office you can even save the file as a docx and export to PDF.

 

And it comes with the basic Raspian package for my Raspberry Pi!

 

"Free" is a relative term, especially when you're looking for support for yWriter.

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Yeah, I tried yWriter and it just didn't work for me.  I tried Novel Creator and several other things, too, but in the end I stuck with Scrivener.  It's $40- one time- but it's worth it!  And I've come to like the Adobe Cloud Suite, too.  There is so much you can do with it!

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On 5/26/2020 at 9:06 AM, dlodes said:

For those interested in the free alternative to Photoshop, try GIMP. I'm all about free, I use Libre Office instead of Word and Gimp instead of photoshop. In Libre Office you can even save the file as a docx and export to PDF.

 

 

 

I have Libre Office on my office computer. I feel like its not as intuitive or user-friendly as Word, but it's been a blessing to have a free word document program.

 

I miss the old days when Microsoft Office just came free on your Win95. Lol.

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GIMP is a very handy tool, not just for editing photos, but for captioning them, creating artwork, and lots of other things. There are free third-party add-ons that can do jazzy filtering, like making the picture look like a watercolor. (This is nice when i want to drop a piece of one picture into the foreground of another, but it looks fake. Turn it into a watercolor, and it all matches, nice'n pretty...)

 

Another wonderful free tool is Blender, which can make nice video animations. I've seen some YouTube videos on using it to make whiteboard animations, which might be used to point to our websites from YouTube. While Adobe gives all the power to do this, it gets a little cumbersome. 

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On 6/22/2020 at 6:11 AM, dlodes said:

I think you can get a pretty good cover on fiver for 20 bucks.

I just checked out the website. I don't know what I was expecting, but this is like a classified ad section in billboards. Lots of choices with lots of prices. 

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