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12-14-2014, 06:12 AM
Johannes is using some computer applications/programs to help with his art. We have seen him use Photoshop Elements and Fotosketcher.

PS Elements can be bought for both PC's and Macs. GIMP is a free alternative. There is a tutorial on GIMP on Wetcanvas. http://www.gimp.org/

Here is the GIMP primer on Wetcanvas

12-14-2014, 06:14 AM
Johannes is often using the free Fotosketcher. Fotosketcher only works on PC's, to us Mac users dismay! I found some alternatives that works on both Macs and PCs. http://www.fotosketcher.com/

http://jixipix.com/index.html has many, I mean many, small applications that alters images. They work on both PCs and Macs.
Aquarella and Artista Oils are the ones I would try if you are looking for the Fotosketcher ability. They aren't as nifty as Fotosketcher but do work fine. Click on the images on the bottom line. They are presets. There are demos (full working ability) that you can try out!

12-14-2014, 06:20 AM
On Mac I have used PosteRazor to get posters printed on my stationary papers so I can transfer the grids Johannes supplies us in the Paint Alongs. It is a free application. You can use it on PC, Linux and Mac!! You find it here: http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/

The good thing is that you can choose which size you want image it to be. You might want to paint a smaller painting than the one Johannes paints or a larger one. It is up to you which size you want. You use a JPG file and it will be saved as a PDF files. Works a treat. A JPG file? How do I get one when Jo is providing a PDF version. The image you see on the Access Student page is a JPG file. On a Mac you drag and drop the image to the Desktop and then you can open it in PoserRazor it for making the poster. Sorry PC-user, I don't know how you do it.

Mac users, remember to use the application Preview. It is the application you use for PDFs,JPG and other image formats. It comes with your computer and you can change the format from PDF to JPG or vice versa. You can rotate one page in a document if you like. You can add notes on an image/PDF. For Jo's PDFs for the Paint Alongs download Adobe Reader. It has now this new ability to print posters and booklets.

Mac users has been able for many, many years to "Print to PDF". I don't know how PC users do it except by buying Adobe acrobat. For Mac users to create a booklet (of i.e.paintings) there is a free plug-in named hold your breath Create Booklet! You can go to Command + P (print) and then click on the PDF button and choose Create Booklet. Ta da! It will be saved as a Pdf file. You can now print it. Depending on your printer you can either first print the off sides and then the even sides or if you have a duplex printer it will print both sides at the same time.

It seems that the new Adobe Reader can print booklets too.

02-21-2015, 03:49 PM
I really liked Twisted Brush when I was using Windows.. but now using Linux Mint so not able to use it, until I learn how to use it with Wine on Linux..

free & paid versions-

02-21-2015, 03:55 PM
Other free image software programs -
Picasa by Google is very nice. - you can't draw on the images with this one

Photoscape was another of my favorites for editing. - you can draw/sketch on images with this one