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From: "Mayayana" <mayayana@invalid.nospam>
Subject: Re: Windows freeware to lock in a 3: or 4:3 aspect ratio for cropping
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:48:40 -0500
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"Tony Cooper"<> wrote

| I use CorelDraw occasionally, but never as a drawing program.  If I
| want to do a composite of several .jpgs, CorelDraw is the easiest
| program around to work with.  The images can be moved around,
| re-sized, overlapped, etc much easier than the same thing can be done
| in CC 2018, but I do all of the editing of the images in CC 2018
| before importing them into CorelDraw.  The final composite is exported
| as a .jpg.

   I guess I do all of that in PSP. I've never actually
tried something like Corel Draw or Inkscape. Th artist
I mentioned often does things like drawings of
hundreds of pipes in a highrise basement. (Don't ask
me why. He likes industrial images. :) I get the
impression he's doing a lot of illustration + photos.

  I often make diagrams in PSP, but nothing close
to illustration. But I was actually working on something
like you mentioned just now. I have a bath renovation
project coming up. The customers fell overwhelmed
by tile choices. One wants marble. The other likes
a sandstone look. So to help give them ideas I
downloaded several images with travertine marble
in them, snipped some areas, pasted them to a
background, and did a white wash over one of them.
The result is a small image showing the range of
color options they might find that will combine
the feeling of marble and sandstone.

  I've never used anything but PSP to do such things. I
did try PS5, many years ago, but since it was almost
the same as PSP for 5-6 times the cost, I never paid
much attention to PS again.

   I would have thought the big appeal in CC/CS/PS
would be the filters. Anything else it offers can
be done with other, much cheaper tools, no? I
haven't really used filters for many years. 3D buttons
and swirls and watercolor effects are neat, but of
limited value. Mostly I only use layers, simple drawing,
and tools to improve images, like color balance, brighten,
sharpen, etc.