The topic of Computer Graphics covers a bewildering array of terms, file formats and applications.

We all have digital cameras nowadays but so few of us do anything with the images that these cameras take. In the past we used to take our roll of film into be processed and would get a wad of postcard sized pictures back, most of which were blurred, out of focus or poorly composed.

Now, with the ability to manipulate these images on the computer, suddenly we have the equivalent of the old dark room at our disposal. The sky is the limit with what we can do to manipulate our photographs.

Instant effects can be easily created using the "tubes" tool in PaintshopPro. The Tubes tool is a kind of paintbrush, but instead of painting a single colour, it paints a flow of fully formed images, such as butterflies as you can see in this picture. This is wonderful for creating background effects.

 

Or using sophisticated "Action" scripts in Adobe Photoshop, you can create custom designed fonts such as this one

Or perhaps a complicated bit of trickery where the original background of a photo is replaced with a completely different one. In this case the original is the one with the chap standing behind the car. In the faked photo, a picture of the prairies has been used as a replacement. Notice how the road is visible through the window!

 

Creating a montage is a simple and useful trick. This is where you select certain sections from a variety of pictures and then piece them together into a single picture such as this one. This comes in really handy with holiday snaps. Instead of sending your friends copies of all your shots, why not create a single montage of all the best shots?

Photographs have a sentimental value that often far outweighs other possessions. As time goes by they deteriorate, sadly some get torn or stained. Well, with a little guidance and the magic of tools like Adobe Photoshop or PaintShop Pro, you can recreate the pictures as if they were new!

The above doesn't even scratch the surface of the subject. If you have an idea or simply want to know how to shrink your photo without loosing quality so that you can email it, then call CompuGuide for assistance.