Though we’re not professional artists or even students, we decided to try Corel’s new “Painter 2015.” This is a program that has been around for decades and is used by professionals to turn photos into artworks as well as design original art for ads and games. Reviewers are nuts about the new brushes, which can create special effects, like smoke, pixels, color shifts, etc., as you paint.
10 Lego projects that will blow your mind : Google that phrase to find PC Magazine’s Lego slideshow. There’s a full-sized house, a working car and the Taj Mahal. If you want to emulate any of these, it’s best to start with about a million Lego blocks.
Next week marks the beginning of “creativeLivePhotoshop Week,” a week of free online Photoshop classes. Take over 40 free classes online from award-winning photographers and artists on everything from simple shortcuts to advanced editing techniques. Click here to RSVP. You can download a free trial of Photoshop here.
Ideogram.nl/boxmaker has a neat free template maker for making gift bags, boxes, cones, envelopes, and other things out of card stock. Select any size or geometric shape and it will create a template that shows you how to cut out what you need and where to fold and glue it. (How about a dodecahedron? Twelve sides.) Paint it, color it or use fancy paper and you’ve got an unusual gift box.
Cyberlink’s “YouNote,” a new free app at the Windows app store, is fun and even useful. It’s a virtual notebook for collecting notes and pictures and putting them in pockets of interest. We found it fun to collect notes this way under different topics, like recipe books, travel, sports, etc. Add the pictures, cartoons and scribbles and some of our notes are cute enough to use as scrapbook pages or greeting cards. The program works with regular or touch screen PCs using Windows 8. But, alas, all is not yet perfect in this infinitely perfectible universe: There are other ways to skin Schrodinger’s cat. YouNote is missing some key features found in the older and massively popular Evernote, a free […]
You can do a lot with LEGO blocks, but surely nothing more remarkable than what’s pictured in these two books from No Starch Press. Should keep the kids busy over the holidays. — “Beautiful Lego” ($30), by Mike Doyle, is all pictures of completed projects, and beautiful they are, everything from a haunted house that seems to be falling apart, to a fantastic city floating in space. — “More Amazing Vehicles ($20), by Kuipers and Zamboni. Using step-by-step photos and instructions, the authors show us how to build anything from a Formula One race car to a fork-lift truck.
If you’re an artist, or like the game “Draw Something,” chances are you’re using a stylus, a special pen that makes it easier to draw on the iPad (though you could draw with a finger). Frankly, most of these styluses seem the same to us. But the “Pogo Connect Paint Brush” is something different. It looks and acts like a brush, only it’s digital.