Photos / Graphics Software

Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop dominates the market. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.

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I get a daily dilbert cartoon in my inbox. I save some of them. Right click, save image.  I can choose png, gif, bmp, jpg and maybe some other formats.

Any thoughts on which to choose? At least for these types of web images.  Not for something like a 4K high res image.

 I'd like to keep it small, but as clear as original / no loss of quality.
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How to create signatures in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software
In a question here at Experts Exchange, a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat product). The member requested step-by-step instructions. This 5-minute Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial provides detailed steps showing how to do it.

1. Open the PDF file and view the Tools

Open the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

Click either:

the View>Tools>Fill & Sign>Open menu


the sideways triangle on the right side to open the Tools panel.


2. Run the Fill & Sign tool

If you used the first method in Step 1, the Fill & Sign tool will be open.

If you used the second method in Step 1, click the Fill & Sign tool in the Tools panel to open it.

Either way, you'll have this:


3. Click the sign tool, which is the pen tip

Click the tip of the pen, which brings up the Add Signature and Add Initials choices.

Click Add Signature.


4. Select Type or Draw or Image

Click the Type or Draw or Image icon (default is Type).

Enter your signature, depending on the choice you made above.


5. Place your signature

Position the mouse on the page and left-click to place the signature.

Use the sizing handle in the lower right corner, if desired, to size the signature.


6. To edit/change signature, delete it and create new one

There is no way to edit/change the signature, so delete it and create a new one, if needed.

Click the minus sign to delete it, then start over at Step 3.


7. Save the file with the signature

After placing the signature, do a File>Save or Save As to save the file with your signature.

That's it! If you find this video to be helpful, please click the thumbs-up
I could use some help with creating a poster.  Basically I need to take a picture of an iphone and blow it up so that it is poster size.  The size of the poster would be to fit over a regular door.  So like 36" x 80".  Can I do that without any special programs and without losing resolution on the picture?  If someone could coach me with steps... I would be forever grateful.   We do have a wide format printer with 36" paper... so I do have a method to print it... I just need to know how to create it!   THANK YOU!
I used the PhotoShop slice tool to make 40 images from the 8X5 matrix, out of one image. I will use these images, side by side, and display them as puzzle pieces making up the one large image.

PhotoShop create GIF files. Why did it create GIF's?

I have made a few animated GIF's and understand that multiple image can fit into on GIF.

Curious why PhotoShop made this a GIF.

What to do when PaperPort crashes, hangs, or fails to start
Please read the paragraph below before following the instructions in the video — there are important caveats in the paragraph that I did not mention in the video.

If your PaperPort 12 or PaperPort 14 is failing to start, or crashing, or hanging, it may be because of corrupt metadata (likely) or corrupt data files, such as bad PDFs (much less likely, but possible). This video Micro Tutorial shows how to use a utility called CheckPPFolders that ships with all releases of PaperPort 12 and PaperPort 14. CheckPPFolders is able to remove all PaperPort metadata, as well as identify problem files that may be causing PaperPort to crash, hang, or fail to start. PaperPort will rebuild the metadata, but there are two caveats. First, Folder Color and Folder Notes are in the MaxDesk.ini files, so you will lose those — and there's no easy way to retain the colors and notes. Thus, if you make heavy use of Folder Color and Folder Notes, you may want to uncheck them in the metadata cleaner dialog (see the third checkbox in the last screenshot in Step 2 below), especially since it's unlikely for those metadata files to be the culprit. Second, rebuilding all of the metadata is fast, except for the SearchVerity folders, which are the indexes for All-in-One Search. Rebuilding those can take a very long time, so you may want to try not removing them, at least the first time that you run CheckPPFolders (see the fourth checkbox in the last screenshot in Step 2 below).

1. Find the CheckPPFolders.exe file

I have the online manual, but can not read the buttons described in it.

For example, page 74 seems to discuss deleting images. But look at the button in the manual. Even with reading glasses I can not identify the button on the phone.

Please explain how to delete all images but with clear simple instructions.

I'd like to turn this image into an icon using PhotoShop CC.

Please explain how. I'll need to play with it to het it to the right size.

I see I can simply adjust the Width value and the aspect ration is maintained.

Is this the right way to do it? I notice the size of the canvas dd not change to the small size.

When I try and reduce the canvas size to match, I get the attached

Clipping error.

We are trying to get software recommendations capable of making an image like the one presented in this question.

Any help would be appreciated.

I need to adjust the height of the canvas.

How do I do that?
I can center a box at the center of the canvas, but that was an exercise. I really ned to center a bung of boxes along the centerline.

I also ned to select an individual box so I can move it up to down to align it visually to the place I want it.

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I see how to create a rectangle and how to place text on the page. I can even add it to the rectangle. But I want the text to travel with the rectangle, as I move it around.

I added this box an see how I can change its size an location on the right side controls.

How do I just center the box on the centerline of the page?

Is there any other FREE design tools to design picture like rings, or other complicated things?
I assume PhotoShop cam make animate GIF's. If so, how?

What related technology would do similar?

I would need to add these to PowerPoint, display them on the web, etc.

I would like to change the background colour from blue to white. I just started using gimp so I have no knowledge on how to use it. Please help.
Part 1) I have tons of images from my research, where I have the same image in many different folders, often using the same filename. These do not involve a human face.

Part 2) I have lots of redundant photos of family and friends on disk and also imported into the "Photos" app on my MacBook.
None involve a human face.

I need a solution to help reduce redundant photos on my disk, since they are starting to clog my disk.

What options to I have?

If I used Picassa, does that only match like photos when there is a human face? Or is it pattern based, so I can use it to match on pictures of buildings also?

Is there an app I can use on the Mac, which I can keep private? I do not relish handing over 100% of my research and family photos to Big Brother in the Sky.

I am looking for advice as to what software and camera(s) can be used to create an image on a PC screen of a chair (for example).
The image on the screen should be able to be rotated in real time by operation of a slider control or mouse as if the
 chair were on a turn-table and the turn-table was being rotated. The image would reveal a  view from every angle of rotation.
I imagine that a 3D camera would be needed and that a minimum of 3 "pictures" would need to be taken, the pictures then somehow would be "stitched" together and viewed with a viewer.
I am a Windows C++ application programmer with little or no experience and a very modest budget for this  kind of software, hardware or terminology and would appreciate some general information as to what Windows software or hardware is needed.
I am not seeking information on Game programming as such although I imagine there is some relevant information to be gained from that topic area.
Long time Picasa user who is looking for a current product to replace it.

I've tried PhotoShop/Lightroom and Affinity and they are the wrong product for what I'm trying to do.

Even though I do some fairly involved/creative editing, I'm looking for a product that focuses more on filters and effects as opposed to working with layers.

Used to use Microsoft PhotoDraw back in the day and really liked that product as well.

There seem to be dozens of products that do what I would want written for IOS, but I want something that can be used in Windows.

Any suggestions appreciated!

paint sad face No More Paint?
With the news of MS Paint being killed "deprecated", I just had to express my feelings in the only appropriate way I could... I mean, it's certainly not a great image editor at all, but at least you could count on it being available on any Windows system. Even when I've had much better tools at hand, it was still a frequent go-to for really quick-and-dirty screen grab cropping and annotating.

How do you feel about this? Do you mourn the loss or feel it's long overdue?

Author Comment

by:Brian Matis
Wait... Paint 3D has no crop? That sounds crazy...
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by:Colleen Kayter
LOL. I know, right? Paint 3D lacks a lot of the features that make Paint a quick & dirty photo/screenshot editor. Even worse, the Win 10 Photo Viewer and the built-in editor? No crop there, either. Wut the?
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I seek an easy way to accomplish what I have drawn line by line in CorelDraw. I know there is SOME way to create individual odd shape rectangles and simply join them.It took atl least 13 steps instead of creating 5 rectangles and joining them. PLEASE assist me in accomplishing this simple task. Easy for your....difficult for me. Can I get a hand?example of segments
User has the latest version of Adobe Lightroom - Mac.  They have configured a variety of file export settings, which they would like to use on their MacBook Pro.  

Is there a settings file or other method that could be used to duplicate Lightroom export settings on a second computer?


when i switch on my moto 4g plus android plus  it says loudly "hello moto" then some music while it is starting. How to mute these disturbing sounds on start up. what settings i have to change or that?

please advise

Is it possible to create colour libraries patterns in Adobe Creative Cloud, and then they appear in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Sketch, and Adobe Comp?

I'm constantly working on repeat client projects and I have to keep going back to their logo to sample their default color. I'm sure Adobe Creative Cloud has a better way of managing this across all of their software?
I need to use Photoshop CC to elect an object and place a darker border around it.

For example, this image...

typical object
How do I do this in an automated way? I do not want to draw the lines myself, with the line tool.

Want to print some photos after cropping

What ap to use to keep the correct aspect ratio ?


Photos / Graphics Software

Photo and imaging software is used to edit and compose raster images; Adobe Photoshop dominates the market. Common actions include cropping, slicing, retouching, color replacement, masking and erasing. Other programs include GIMP, Serif PhotoPlus, Pixlr, PhotoScape, Picasa and IrfanView.