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I'm a wife, a mother, and a full time illustrator. I have a son who is 8, and a daughter 5. Drawing & Digital painting is my life, but wish drawing digis was my full time job b/c I get so much satisfaction from it! For now it is a hobby that is mainly for my babies, and my escape from the strict guideline of the lisenced properties I work on in everyday life! I LOVE my day job too. I create small MMO games for major featured films, anything ranging from Dreamworks Madagascar, Ice Age, Tin Tin, or Puss In Boots to projects as small as My Little Pony, Barbie, and Hello Kitty to name a small few. I enjoy painting traditionally and digitally, and there are days where I wish I had four arms so I can do everything! Family comes first for me - life is just too short, so I try to find a happy balance between crafts and my full time career.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

I'm SO excited...

Just 5 more followers and we get to do the final draw for a free Digi Stamp!  YAY!  :)

I have a question for all of you and I am sure the answers will be different across the board.

1. What program(s) do you use for editing digital stamps?
The answer will help me answer questions for people who are just getting into digital stamping.  I personally use Photoshop, but of course this is not what most use, to my knowledge.  I recently had a nice lady who told me she uses Microsoft Powerpoint - which I found shocking as I thought it was just for slide shows (this just shows you how long it has been since I used this program - probably 20 years now).  I actually had to You Tube it to see if you could crop a picture, and was a little surprised to see that it does. I figured it might, but wasn't certain.  You learn something new everyday folks!  Hehehe!  Another lady said she uses Microsoft Office Word - which is also shocking as it does not support PNGs (at least my 2007 version doesn't).  I knew you could add images and resize, so it MUST have a crop tool somewhere.  It took me a few minutes to find the crop tool - and I'm not going to lie - I was surprised that it had a crop tool as I have only used the program for typing letters or asset lists for work. Now I'd really be shocked if someone were to tell me that your NEWER version of Microsoft Office Word supports PNGs.  I want to be able to provide my customers with the proper customer support they deserve by educating myself on the programs that YOU, the customers use.  Thanking you in advanced!  :)

UPDATE:  One of my wonderful blog followers informed me today (April 30th) that Microsoft Word does support PNGs. Well, I had to figure this out b/c when  I go file > Open, it doesn't show my PNGs. *HEAD SCRATCH* This is how I open files from other programs. It wasn't long before I noticed you had to go to Insert > Picture. Wow! I also discovered you can drag and drop the images.  I think I already knew this, but assumed it didn't work for pngs. Please note - this doesn't keep it a PNG. It turns it into a jpeg - no more transparent background when I drag it into Photoshop from Word. I suppose if you're using Word to open images for your projects, you wouldn't really need a PNG, but it works just fine for cropping, and resizing.  Mystery solved!  Thanks "Aunty Sue"!   :)

2. Do you find PNGs a pain in the buttocks?
This was all I was selling in my shop, and have recently spent days converting everything over to both PNGs and JPGs for my customers.  I have just recently started to send both.  I know most of you use the PNGs fine, but there are some crafty ladies who have trouble with this format and I usually convert for them upon request no problem.  Why do you think they are unable to use these files?  I often second guess myself for using pngs as my main file format, to me they are the best. What are your thoughts?


Redonkulous tip #1:  Did you know that every time you save a JPG image it deteriorates the quality?  Probably not enough to notice in your digi stamps, but this is why I provide my customers with PNGs for digis and clipart.  PNGs are "non-lossy" files, meaning it will not degrade the image quality.  They are also awesome if you want to paint digitally because the white surrounding the black line-work or image are transparent!  So ladies and gents, don't be afraid to get crafty digitally!  It's fun...AND there's an UNDO button for mistakes...and for people like me who make a lot of them.  Hehehe!

There, I hope you have learnt something new today too.  :)  Hope you all had a super fun and crafty weekend!  Back to the drawing board for me!


Shazza said...

Hi there
I prefer PNGs and I use My Craft Studio to resize images and merge if required

Aunty Sue said...

Hi I perfer png and use word 2007 and use my png with no trouble not sure why yours doesnt. Mine is the professional one but shouldnt think it is any different.

Kimberly said...

Hey you...i just use microsoft publisher...not sure if it stays as png or not...i just copy/paste and resize..i'm not much help i'm afraid...your png files work fine for me...

Charlene Mitchell said...

I prefer .pngs most of the time. I use Serif PagePlus (there's a freebie version called PagePlus Starter Edition). I drag and drop .pngs all the time and they definitely maintain their transparent background. In my opinion it's worth it to offer both .jpgs and .pngs as it depends on what you're creating.

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