Today it is possible to select from an expanding range of photo editing software designed to do everything from image resize to sharpening to background replacements. However, for people with normal amounts of spare time (or hampered PCs) there’s still a lot to be done. ‘Retouching’ images – mostly likely to be very expensive – can be a usual source of income for pocket-rom hobbyists, and there are other, less obvious ways to generate income. One such income generator is derivative art. Since computers are pretty much there to fix people’s mistakes, they’re also a frequently used medium for creating original art. This might be simple stuff: for example,rait illustration could be just what you need. However, you might also belettering for clip art graphics, if you’re running a fan page for your petabyte Internet alter ego, or for your virtual alter ego. You can save a lot of money by finding clip art images that are available for free; examples include ‘free clip art’ of cartoon characters, classic movies, familiar objects and so on. Of course, it’s possible to spend literally tens of thousands of dollars on each of the above examples, but there are still a few things you can do with free clip art that will raise you a few hundred dollars.
Instead of having to purchase each individual image (and they’re not all that impressive when you do), you can identify and include a few that you like in your online profile, and then sell them to friends and family as part of an online auction. You can also share some of your new online clip art with friends, but don’t go whole hog on this; most online sites will have rules about image usage, and if you try to use image chiropractic sheets, remember that theyidelines are individual. Instead, use them to create covers for your websites using one of several different methods: Desktop Conversion This is the method to use the image on your computer screen by uploading it to an image host computer program. You can do this on a PC or Mac by right clicking on the image and selecting ‘ uploading to disk’ or ‘overwriting’ the image, depending on your operating system. Webpage To Screencription You can convert any image on a web page into a screen recording file by uploading the image to MySpace, Yahoo! or any other online image directory, and then run a text based word search on the image. You should be able to locate images on the Internet Picture search page for free, and if you have a lot of images to choose from, you can pay for a custom made image search. This may be the best option for you if you’re running a website for your business. You may also utilize one of the other options listed above, if you prefer not to purchase or upload your own images. It’s a good idea to save any new images you create, whether they are computer generated or your ownPhoto byPhoto. Download the image to your computer and save it on your computer as a ‘thumbnail’ image. For anyone who is particularly sensitive about their privacy and the security of their images, you might want to consider encrypting your photos, so that they are stored on your computer in a secure location. When you compress an image, this removes more than just the image data from the original file, but the image itself, the data that makes the image appear to the viewer. Ever wondered why your pictures are always just a little too blurred? Imagine an eight year old child. If you compressed an old photograph with a ‘lossless’ file format like ‘JPG’, you would be able to see detail that would be hard to recognize as ‘ITS!’ However, a ‘lossless’ file means that the file size is far smaller than the original, which means that the quality of the image will be poor. Most computers are now shipping with the Windows operating system. People often recommend that if your computer is running Windows 7 or Windows 2008, you should consider using Gzip files to unzip files. Gzip is a ‘lossless’ compression format that Unlike ‘JPG’ or ‘EPS’, it does not ‘lose’ quality when you change the size of the files. Here’s how to use Gzip:
1. To unzip an image using Gzip, you have to either constrain the Gzip to save to the same folder or use the ‘ Extract path to…’ option. For example, if you have a file that you want to unzip into ‘ Pictures’, then select ‘ Pictures’ then click on the ‘Extract to’ button.
2. Gzip files typically will need to be zipped so that they can be sent as an attachment to someone.