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I also cannot figure out how to crop the resulting large image. Until you can do that, you cannot create a new file with just this or that detail of interest. In this case, I can't get the Rectangular Selection tool to do anything except move the image layer, and you have to make a selection of a portion of that layer the portion of interest, such as just the grapes before you can crop to it. That's another problem with open source software I'm sure the capability is there, I just can't fathom how to do it from the program itself.

Still Life with Pear, Melon and Grape, 2006

I should be able to do this if I follow your excellent instructions! Actually, no, not every photo. Evaluate the photo -- look at the deep shadow areas. There is often amazing shadow detail that's revealed by this little trick. More clues as to when it might be needed: -- large area of light for example, big expanse of sky that is correctly exposed. Cameras can't expose for a sunny sky AND a deep sun shadow at the same time. An automatic camera will expose for the brighter foreground, and you'll lose detail a distant area that's in shadow for example, under a cloud shadow, or the shadow side of a hill or mountain.

Again, you'll have to go to a GIMP forum to get the rest of the procedures how to make a photo larger, and how to crop down to a selection you want to concentrate on. The forum people will tell you it's a bad idea to upsample make a photo larger. This is true if you were going to be making photographic prints, but you're looking to make large size images -- images that you will mine for color and light values, so a loss in image focus quality is not an issue. Uh-oh, I have an old one.

Try it and get back to me if they've changed the menus and dialogs and my step-by-step no longer makes sense. Dave, Ms. Dumbo reporting back! I followed everything up to setting X and Y resolution.

Good grief, where would I get this information, I wondered? Aaaaahhh, I'm lost! Just jumped in and clicked on Scale etc but didn't know what I was doing and as far as the "Rectangular Selection Tool" which I clicked on What is this? Don't know, sorry! That's probably more than I could do before I became a member of WC!!! Dave, Since I couldn't complete your directions with Gimp 2. I hastily grabbed my hard copy photo and compared!

My gosh, even the colors on the other objects weren't the same! I've always used a miserly 4x6 or recently I enlarged to an 8x I went back to the 8x10 yellow bowl photo and compared it to the ZOOMed screen. Ouch, it was different! Thank you for calling this to my attention; so I did get a LOT out of our postings! You're doing better than me oCDs.

WIP--Still-Life Grapes and Red Pears [Archive] - WetCanvas

I used to capable of loading an image from Wetcanvas on to my Photoshops elements at least, but lately I can even remember how to do that! We live in a very small town, and I can't find any cheap computer classes. Well, there's always the old fashioned way. Unfortunately, for this side of things, I'm lost as well. Irfanview does have a geeky side in that you have to download the free program and ALSO download the plug-ins, which are add-ons that make much of the program run.

But most of the basic actions are far easier on Irfanview. It's easiest just to let it have its way about which type of files to associate with Irfanview. Then click on "Plugins" on the Irfanview site and use option 1 -- download all of them as an EXE meaning you just doubleclick it and it installs automatically. Once you have Irfanview up and running: Open the photo in Irfanview.

Leave everything else alone.


Click OK. It will appear that nothing happened, but it has actually doubled resolution. Click and drag hold down the left mouse button to the lower right and let go. You've created a rectangular selection encompassing the grapes. The grapes will now fill the screen. LCD flat panel or laptop computer screens have very, very good color. You can get color that good with your printer, but you have to use VERY expensive software and ideally own a colorimeter But there's a catch about using the screen.

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Any color you see on the canvas is reflecting light hitting the canvas and sending the reflections to your eyes. That said, you can begin to match colors and values to the screen.

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You soon begin to ignore the jewel-like tones the result of the light behind the computer screen and concentrate on the color on the screen. A perfect match is less important than a good match to color value lightness or darkness. In the process, I helps a whole lot to practice in real life, using the same technique with an actual still life setup, or while painting in the field. It still blows me away to see how light the sky actually is -- my first mix is always far too blue.

And it's amazing how much variation there is even in a wall in full sun. Once your eye is trained and it doesn't take much time , you can do a really good job of matching colors to the screen. Dayle Depends on whether you like to play with files more, or use cut and paste. Files way: Right click on the photo you want to save from WC. In Internet Explore, right-click on the picture, select "Save Picture As," give it a name and a place on your hard disk, and you've saved the picture.

Write down where it is. In Foxfire, right-click on the picture and select "Save Image As," name it and save it.


You then just Open this file in Elements. It's possible that Elements doesn't support this second way I don't own the program , in which case, just use the files method.

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I don't think I want to download any program at the moment, may in the next few days though. As weird as I am sometimes, I create anxiety about doing two new things at once!

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  7. For some reason, I've really not thought of using this tool before Guess I just thought it was only good for one click! I can't find a way to save this enlargement either, which means I can't easily move from one picture screen to another as you said in a previous post. It will take a little effort. But that's OK. Finding one piece of information and practicing it works for me! While the grapes piece is setting up, I am reclaiming an old piece that I abandoned almost 8 mos ago mainly because of incorrect perspective and hues and I used the Windows program to look into a shadow that was bothering me!

    It was amazing!!! I never thought about colors in a shadow before. Now I will. In the meantime, back to the grapes It will take a little effort Glad some of this helps. There actually is an easy way to save the zoomed-in picture, assuming you're using Windows. Well, mostly easy. This places a screen capture of your entire screen on the Paste clipboard. In-Depth at-home tutorials are created with emphasis on the why of the particular technique, rather than just the what , which is by far the best kind of instruction.

    What an outstanding tutorial.! All the steps are detailed as well as shown in photos, which provides guidance as to what the interim stages should look like. So very fascinating to create the entire still life with only 4 colored pencils - a great learning experience in the art of multiple layers. I also enjoyed working on a surface new to me.

    It worked!!