Monday, February 15, 2010

Delayed G-R-A-T-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N

did I spell that right?

We had snow here in Statesboro this past weekend...that is a pretty big deal for our neck of the woods...and I planned to post at least my Very Favourite Snow Photograph...but I can't...

Mr G reformatted my laptop after it began doing Strange and Annoying Things...and the photo editing software I used to, er, use won't work now on my laptop...seems the new version is not working with my operating system...I dunno...as if telling me that is going to get me any closer to making them call a detente...

So, I've busted out the Photoshop Elements 8 Santa dropped off #17 this past Christmas...I've been dreading this...

See, for a person holdin' a degree in English, I have an awfully hard time understanding the written word when it comes to following directions...and makin' change, but since that is a Math Skill I'm not really expected to know how to do that, right?

and, even tho' Cheap is favourite word of mine, I wouldn't mind payin' an extra buck or two to have Actual Instructions on how to use the program in the box...instead of trying to click back and forth between an online video tutorial and my screen...or going out to track down a manual at the bookstore...where once I looked at the prices of these Necessary Manuals, I realized I wasn't going to pay that anyway! I'd order from home, get a deep discount, free shipping and the opinions of total strangers as to which book is best...does any one actually buy books in a bookstore any more?*

at the very least, a disclaimer on the box that reads something like "hey, just so you realize you will have to plunk down at least $25 extra to get a book so you Can Actually Use software you're about to buy...just so you realize, that's all we're saying" would be a helpful thing...then Santa could have stuffed the book in my stocking along with the program and the 20lbs of black licorice and I'd be all set...

So, long story short**, no snow photo until I learn how to operate Elements...I cannot figure out how to save the photos in a web friendly size without actually havin' to edit something...

If any one can point to me to a Free On-line Site with some brief tips about Elements 8, I'd be Very Happy and Very Appreciative...

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*I feel deeply disloyal to brick-and-mortar bookstores when I buy books on-line (almost always) but how on earth can I justify not buying books online when online bookstores undercut even their own B & M stores by $10 or more with the added incentive of no shipping charges? I don't understand the business model ...Signed, Call Me Confused in Georgia

**Is there such a thing as a Short Story in the South? I think not...

1 comment:

Porch Days said...

You "talk" like most southern women - we call it the shotgun approach. It can be hard to find the main thread of the conversation. We tease my niece from Lawrenceville,GA who talks that way.

My relatives north of Atlanta told me the snow went pretty far south but Statesboro! When I grew up in Baxley, the most I ever remember was 1/4 inch. Then I married a Yankee and he moved me to Maine!!

I also have elements and I tell you it is worth spending a little cash to buy "Photoshop Elements- the Missing Manual." I'm using Elements 6 and a Mac, but that book is worth everything! It is easy to resize your photos by clicking on "Images" in the toolbar. On the drop down menu choose "resize" then "image size." Easy as pie! Get the book!

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