Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What I Do - Programs I Use

Hi All! 
I wanted to blog up a few quick posts on how I do my printables, edit my pictures, fonts I use, websites that are helpful, etc... for the blogs.

This is the Introduction Post & Programs List :

First off, if you know me you know I'm a cheap person. I am all about the free. Therefore, you can expect that what I do is free or super cheap. It may take a bit longer, and I'm sure there are probably easier ways of doing some stuff, that you have to pay for, but where's the fun in that? I actually quite enjoy my way (most of the time), because of it's frugality and I feel that sometimes a few extra steps means you may feel a greater sense of accomplishment at the end, and you may learn how to do a few new things on the computer, or stumble upon a new website or something. 

First - I use a PC, not a MAC. An HP laptop, actually. And I find it works very well. If you are using a laptop (and not a desktop) you may find it helpful to use a USB mouse (and a desk). There are still many-a-time I find using the mouse to be so much faster and easier. 

I use Firefox as my web browser. I also have IE and Chrome on my computer. Firefox is my general browser of choice, so any screenshots will probably be with Firefox. Just so you know. You can use whatever you're most comfortable with, it doesn't matter at all.
{Download Firefox. Download IE. Download Chrome. }
For document hosting, I have started using Google Drive. I'm still figuring it out, but it has been doing the trick. You do need to have a google account, which are free. 

For online photo storage I use Shutterfly. It's just my personal preference; it's free, unlimited storage, you can create multiple 'share pages', and you are able to order prints and products from them. Again, you have to create a free account.

For photo editing, I use Picasa. It is a completely free download for your computer, which gives you a lot of the same editing features as the pay-to-use software - for free. There are the basic edits - cropping, color tints, lighting ... but there are more enhanced features, like adding text and special effects to your images, and creating collages. There is no layering or transparency in Picasa, however.

Lastly, my "must have" for printables: Microsoft Powerpoint. No, it is not free, however most people get the Office Suite installed on their computers, so you should have Powerpoint.  Powerpoint allows you to layer, add photos and shapes, and save each slide in a .jpg format if you would like (which is what I do).

These are the programs I mainly use for pictures, editing, and creating printables.
If you have any questions, please ask, I will try my best to answer :)

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