Oct 182010
So…What is iStockPhoto?

iStockPhoto.com provides ready-made images for your website, advertising or promotional materials created by their community members. Aside from images you can also purchase vector illustrations, videos, music and sound effects.

How do I get Started with iStockPhoto?

Visit http://iStockPhoto.com. In the search box type in the keyword of the picture, video, music, or vector illustration you are searching for.  Choose the size of the image and pay with the required credits.

What Will it Cost Me?

It depends on the plan and the credit requirement of the image.  An image may cost from 1 to 10 credits depending on the size of the image.  There are three plans available; Pay as you go, Subscription and Corporate Accounts.  For Pay as you go each credit costs USD 0.95, for Subscription each credit costs USD 0.24 and for Corporate Accounts USD 0.29 per credit.

What platform is it available on?

MAC and PC users can access iStockPhoto.com

Sep 132010
So…What is Kuler Adobe?

Kuler is a web-hosted application by Adobe used for generating color themes.  You can browse and get inspiration from different color themes created by other members of the Kuler community.

How do I get Started with Kuler?

Visit http://kuler.adobe.com/ and browse for colors schemes.  Or if you want to create and share your own color pallets then click ‘Register’ to become a member of the community.

What Will it Cost Me?

Kuler is free.

What platform is it available on?

It is compatible with Mac and PC, though it does require that you have the Adobe Flash Player installed.

Aug 162010
So…What is GIMP?

GIMP is a free graphics tool that can be used by both Windows and Mac users. Here are some of it’s features:

  • Simple graphic functions like those found in the Windows ‘Paint’ program
  • Photo retouching
  • Image file format conversion
  • Image layering
  • Animation

And because it is open source and designed to be expandable and extensible it means plug-ins can be installed to increase functionality.

How do I get Started with GIMP?

Obtaining a copy of GIMP is not as straight forward as you might think, and going to their download page http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ is rather confusing. Therefore, you may want to use these links instead:

What Will it Cost Me?

Nothing. GIMP is a freely distributed software application.

What platform is it available on?

Gimp is available for both PCs and Macs.

Jun 142010
So…What is Paint.NET?

This is a free tool for Windows that allows users to manipulate images.

Don’t get this tool confused with the Paint utility that ships with Windows, this is so much more. It includes features such as layering, special effects and unlimited undo history. Paint.NET has also been designed with the beginner in mind, so should be easier to pick up than the likes of Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter Pro.

How do I get Started with Paint.NET?
  1. Go to http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
  2. Check the system requirements before downloading as this application is processor hungry and can use up a lot of your hard-disk space.
  3. Download and Install.
What Will it Cost Me?

Paint.Net is a free image and photo editing software package.

What platform is it available on?

Sorry Mac users, this one is just for Windows.