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"DAVID MIERS is reported to be in the top 10 cage fighters in Gosford. He has some serious dish washing skills and thinks that Elizabeth Bennet is hot. Although he thinks that his wife Rowena is hotter. David works in youth ministry for a great church. Likes to: speak in third person, watch and play soccer, eat food and surf the web. He has never watched Star Wars."

Gospel Evidences and Image Software

I made a header for CraigS' new site: Gospel Evidences. This type of thing doesn't take me long. Here are my tools:
  • If I don't use my own pics I get them from yotophoto. I have it set so it only finds images that are legal to use (it's the yotophoto non-CC plugin for firefox or internet explorer)
  • I use Irfanview to resize images, basic colour changes + batch conversions and batch renaming. It's very quick and easy to use
  • I use gimp for more complex stuff. I think it's a bit like a photoshop - only free (and therefore not quite as capable)
I use all of these regularly in different ministries. Good tools. Easy to use. Free. Effective.

Do you do any of this type of stuff? What do you use?

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  • Blogger Ben says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:13:00 am  

    This comment has been removed by the author. top

  • Blogger DanielS says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:27:00 am  

    Have a look over at Graphic Design Tips for Church they've had a discussion there in the past about good software to use as well as how to implement good design methods for church publications & websites. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:30:00 am  

    hey ben you might want to change the link of gimpshop... it's a friends email addy.

    maybe copy, edit then delete the original post?


    thanks for the suggestions guys.

    free is good.

    do you ever feel obliged to donate to these products?? top

  • Blogger Ben says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 11:02:00 am  

    Woah, thanks mate. Here's the edit.

    The GIMP is just as capable as Photoshop, with one missing feature: CMYK colour spaces for print production. Other than that, it can do all the same things, just not quite as intuitively.

    If you want something a little easier to use (arguably), try GIMPShop , which is a front end for The GIMP (actually it's a standalone app) with all the tools and menus set up to look and feel like PS. And the price is right. Avail. on all platforms.

    For Mac users: if you'd like something to quickly resize, chop and even upload photos to a server, try ImageWell . It has all the drag-and-drop functionality you're used to on the Mac and also costs nothing.

    Man, how good is freeware?

    PS For more free stock photos (*use them sparingly, for the love of Pete*) see the stock.xchng. top

  • Blogger Ben says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:55:00 pm  

    On donating, rarely. I think I've donated to a developer once or twice. Perhaps I should think about it more. top

  • Anonymous Andrew says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 4:38:00 pm  

    I rarely do anything like this, but when I do I use Photoshop elements.

    Hey dave, one of my friends saw a cyREVOLUTION flyer and knew it was from our youth just by looking at it. How weird is that? Do you think it is good or bad? I think good (as long as its well designed as well as recognisable - which i think it is) top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:07:00 pm  

    Hey dave, one of my friends saw a cyREVOLUTION flyer and knew it was from our youth just by looking at it. How weird is that? Do you think it is good or bad? I think good (as long as its well designed as well as recognisable - which i think it is)

    consistency with branding is good i think.

    one of the reasons this year may have been i didn't have time to make a new flyer - so used the ones from last year... and just changed the details.

    peaceout top