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links and tips
Photoshop Alternatives- – 4 color process
  • Vector Drawing Tools – spot colors
  • Online file converters
  • Business Cards
Links and Tips
online image tools
Photoshop Alternatives
  • 4 Color Processing:
  • From simple resizing, optimizing, cropping to filters and editing photos - for profiles, albums, forum posts, blogs
  • Vector Graphics
  • Spot Colors: Line and fill with borders and solid colors - Art for logos, screen printing, t-shirts
Online Image Tools
photoshop alternatives
www.Pixlr.com – many great filters and features – open an image from URL or your desktop. Crop, resize, filters, download. Use express for simple jobs, Editor for brushes, filters, fonts and rasterization, drawing tools. Firefox tools.
  • Aviary Phoenix –
  • http://aviary.com/home -- similar features
  • (more)
Photoshop Alternatives
photoshop alternatives4
WebPicTool.com (IEPhotoshop) – crops, resizes, contarst & brightness, add text, some photo filters. Free. Choose from desktop or URL
  • Pixer.us –
  • http://pixer.us - free and quick basics
  • Resizr
  • http://www.resizr.com - free, basic
  • Facebook Apps, Firefox tools for Snipshot, Picnik, Pixlr
Photoshop Alternatives
vector graphics logos
Almost always, logos are rendered as vector graphics for "spot color" production. These keep costs down.
  • Vector Graphics
  • www.mikons.com -- A great free website for online vector production. Well designed templates and shared images to borrow or work with. CC sharing. Develop an account!
  • www.draw.com -- links to many online tools for sketching, tracing, and drawing
  • www.drawanywhere.com -- free drawing of flowcharts process diagrams, etc.
Vector Graphics / Logos
color printing
Spot Color
  • Vector art defined by lines and shapes of homogeneous color – screen printing - Usually distinct colors, sometimes overlay. Limiting to 4 colors keeps costs low.
  • Four Color Printing
  • Photos - Involves printing dots of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black halftones over one another at angles – magazine printing – CMYK – relatively expensive
Color Printing
4 color process
4 color process

4 color process involves multiple passes of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, or CMYK for short. Often varnished. Colors sometimes a little muddy or unpredictable, lacking clarity and crispness in which case sometimes a 5th or 6th color is added, driving up costs.

spot colors
Spot colors

Spot color: all areas separate and small number of colors. Select the exact color. Screens and tones can be developed. Relatively inexpensive

print hassles
Costs depends on the number of colors involved, material to be printed on, etc.
  • Various colors often require separate passes through the press with accelerating costs
  • Precision of registration an issue with dot alignment more difficult than the edge alignment of spot colors
  • Hard to achieve some colors in 4-process – some results are muddy, requiring spot overprint.
Print Hassles
online file converters
http://www.zamzar.com/ - converts large files from your desktop or the web changing to alternative formats. Images, Docs to pdf, ppt, music, video, and many other formats -
  • http://www.online-utility.org/image_converter.jsp - supports 100 major image formats. Upload and convert, download with no other editing or filters, etc.
  • http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/imageoptimizer/ - online optimizer if you have image and want to keep it same size, but optimize pixels for web presentation and fast loading
Online File Converters
business cards
Microsoft Word and your Printer - or Publisher, etc.
  • www.businesscardstar.com -- Good design and tips. Lots of options for designing cards online, download and print for free.
Business Cards