Wallpaper of the Week (#110)–A Flapping Gosling

February 23, 2013

This wallpaper was one of National Geographics Top Shots wallpapers. The photographer, Lisa Franceski, describes it as this:

Ever mindful not to disturb baby birds, Franceski crawled through goose poop to photograph this flapping gosling at a pond on Long Island, New York. “I couldn’t stop laughing,” says the registered nurse, 48. “It looked like a football referee calling, Touchdown!”

To Get This Wallpaper – [ CLICK HERE ]

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Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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[NEW] Light Image Resizer – Previously Called The VSO Image Resizer

May 16, 2011

VSO Image Resizer was the choice software app on my PC when it came time to (batch) resize and convert photos and images. The only thing I did not like about the FREE version of VSO was the banner that popped up when you used the software. Even though it was a nuisance, VSO Image Resizer was one the best out there. Today I discovered that VSO Image Resizer is now called the Light Image Resizer. As a result of this transition, I now notice that the banner popup is now non-existent and the ease of access is much improved.

Addendum (5/17/2011) – Developer’s Comment – The startup dialog to remind it is not free will reappear after 3 days, we are doing some experience about user behaviour and we don’t want to bug them at the beginning. in the same time, they can get a free key for the pro version in our facebook page : http://facebook.com/obviousidea

Light Image Resizer is a very well thought out application that is easy to understand with a multitude of functions (see below) to get the end result that you are looking for. It is specifically engineered to manipulate the input and output of image files.

Light Image Resizer  – previously called the VSO Image Resizer

Light Image Resizer

Features:

Resize Photos, resize pictures and resize images – compress, convert, and create copies of your pictures

A fast batch image resizer

High quality results with ultra fast multi-core, picture resize technology

High quality image resize filters – cubic and lanczos for quality, and linear for speed,

Create and e-mail friendly images or use them for web publishing

Rename, sort or add a watermark to protect your pictures.

Protect all your photos by adding a watermark ( logo or text )

Use the profiles library – ipad, iphone, forum, HQ

New – create custom pdf pages !

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Easily Convert Your Photos into Beautiful Paintings, Sketches or Drawings

September 26, 2010

With the power of your computer you can take a personal photo and convert into a beautiful painting, sketch or drawing using FREE software called FotoSketcher.

FotoSketcher

FotoSketcher can either be installed on your computer or used as a portable app on your flash drive. The software is automated and very easy to use. Simply open a photo you desire to convert, select the drawing parameters, and click on “DRAW”. Watch FotoSketcher perform the magic right before your eyes.

FotoSketcher

Different styles are available: pencil sketch, pen and ink drawing, various painting renderings. You can also improve your original photo with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation, add text, frames, etc…).

FotoSketcher

To demonstrate the power of FotoSketcher, reflected is a photo of a Ford 8N Tractor that my Father recently restored; AND, the same photo converted to a sketch, oil painting and cartoon.

The 8N Ford Tractor debuted in 1947, a largely new machine featuring more power and an improved transmission which proved to be the most popular farm tractor of all time in North America. – [Source: Wikipedia]


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8N Ford Tractor

Sketch

8N Ford Tractor

Oil Painting

8N Ford Tractor

Cartoon

8N Ford Tractor

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A Batch Image Converter that is FREE, FAST and EASY

August 21, 2010

If you own a digital camera don’t be fooled into thinking that you are at the mercy of the software that oftentimes ships with the camera. There are many other numerous software options available (for FREE) that will make your life much easier. For example, the simple task of resizing and converting a photo should be just that, “a simple task”; not a task where you are sorting through menus to find what you need to accomplish the task.

A FREE, FAST and EASY option, that I recently found for resizing photos, is called Photo Magician.

Photo Magician

Photo Magician is a small and easy to use program that allows you to quickly scale and convert your images. It will enable you to easily process several files at once and create custom conversion profiles. The supported formats include common ones like BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG and TIF but the application can handles some that are more special like RAW images, DDS, PCX, PSD, TARGA, WBMP and WMF.  There is also a drag and drop quick convert mode to make the conversion process even faster and easier.

Using Photo Magician is an easy step-by-step process:

  • Select the input folder (where your images are stored)
  • Select the output folder (where you want the resized images stored)
  • Select a “resizing” profile that you want to use
  • Select any additional options you wish to apply
  • Click on “Process Image”

As stated earlier there are numerous FREE software options out there to make your life with your photos (and digital camera) much easier and Photo Magician is one such example. In my testing of Photo Magician I found it to be one of the fastest image converters I have experienced. Keep an eye on this one; it will surely get even better.

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A Collection of Online Image Converters

January 1, 2010

Recently I found a need to convert an icon from one image format (.png) to another (.ico); that put me on the hunt for online image converters.  To the everyday computer user, converting from one  image file format to another, is something that you will not be doing very often; but, it is nice to have an option in the event you do need to perform this task. This is where an online converter (cloud app) can be of help and will save you from installing converter software on your PC.

In my case, I was initially searching for an icon converter to convert icons from the image file format of .png to the image file format of .ico.  I performed a quick search for an icon converter using Google and immediately was directed to Convertico.com

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ConvertICO is a Free Online Converter – fast (you don’t need to register or to install software) and easy to use (you need only 3 clicks to convert the PNG or ICO file) – able to convert PNG to ICO (Windows Vista compatible icons) and ICO to PNG format files.

As I indicated before, this piqued my interest and I went on the hunt for online image converters and found an array of (6)-six online options (see below).

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At CoolUtils – Free Online Image Converter you can convert most commonly used graphic image formats – BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF or ICO.  Your image image must not exceed 700Kb in size.

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At Online-Image Converter.com you are permitted to convert files up to 50 MBs in size and can do an unlimited number of files at a time.  The converter also allows you to resize, crop and adjust the contrast and brightness, which appeared difficult to understand (to me).  Once the conversion has completed, a download link to the converted images is sent to your email.

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The image converter at Online-Utility.org supports over 100 major image formats.  Ironically, the only format it does not support is the .ico format (for icons)that I was initially looking for.

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PictureResize not only features an option to resize your pictures, it also supports the conversion of over 100 different image formats.  Appears to be a good choice and easy to understand; however, it did not support the .ico format I was looking for.

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Convert Hub supports the most common (everyday) image formats.  What I liked about Convert Hub is that it did support the .ico format I was looking for and it allowed me to select the size of the .ico (icon file dimensions).

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Online-Convert.com not only supports the most common image conversions, it also has converters available for video, audio and documents.

If you know of any other online image converters, please feel free to share it with us.

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