Reviews and tips regarding graphics, photography and social media

November 8, Thursday, 4:00 PM

If you like taking photos with your smartphone or tablet but you want some quick and easy ways to make them better– join us for a panel of our very own photo teachers (Geoff, Jane, Jo Ann, & Rita) demonstrating  simple techniques to improve those “almost great” photos.  Join in the discussion and based on the panel and your input as well, the image  will be edited on the spot, simply and easily. It’s a fun way to learn how to take better photos by examining composition, color, placement and edits. If you have some photos on your device or camera, we will add them to the mix!

Thursday Oct 11 4 PM in the Classroom:


Ever wonder how folks create those clever “Stories” on Facebook or Instagram? Join us on Thursday, October 11 at 4 PM to see our very own SCG Graphic Artist/Award-Winning Photographer/Vlogger/ Social Media Consultant, Klaudia Jurewicz – – demonstrate how easy it is to do. She will share with you some tips and tricks as well as her own clever “Story” creations from both platforms. After this demo you too will be able to share your “Stories” with friends and family… or with the world.

We’re BACK !

Beginning Sept. 2018 we will be adding notes from  all the Graphic SIG Sessions with and additional information to help you create Great Graphic Images and keep you abreast of the latest in tech info!



Welcome back to another season of Grand Computers Club Graphics Special Interest Group.  We start off the winter session on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 3:PM in the Grand Learning  Maricopa Room (next to the Computer Club) at the  Chaparral Center. Our  guest speaker, Arnie Gelb, will be presenting what’s new with Portrait-Pro 15.

For those of you new to this software, Portrait Professional Studio can help you make your subjects as beautiful as they can be, incredibly quickly and easily. Portrait Professional Studio is airbrushing software that has been ‘trained’ in human beauty. Because of its inbuilt knowledge of human appearance, it can actually help you touch up faces very quickly and easily. After a very simple ‘mark-up’ phase, it lets you improve your photos instantly, just by moving sliders. With Portrait Professional Studio, it’s incredibly fast and easy for any photographer to enhance all aspects of the face and hair of your subject. Our guest speaker, Arnie Gelb, will demonstrate this great software, give you the details on its application, cost,  and helpful hints on how to improve your portrait photos regardless of your skill level.

Toolbar for Portrait-Pro

Toolbar for Portrait-Pro

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Some very interesting tips on fixing your images and why you should. Canva is a great website for on the fly fixes.


Photoshop is definitely the gold standard of photo editing but not the only excellent program on the market today. People are somewhat frustrated with its difficulty of use, expense, and now, the need for a monthly cloud subscription fee. There are alternatives. Before you decide to download or buy another editing alternative, I’d suggest a few things you need to consider:

  • What are the program’s specifications and system requirements?
    • Compatibility: Determine if it is MAC, PC based, or both
  • Editing apps generally require/recommend the following space and memory…do you have it?
    • 128MB to 4GB of available hard-disk space
    • 100MB to 4GB of RAM for installation and use
  • Hard Drive:
    • If you don’t have enough space, or if your drive almost reached its capacity, the program won’t run properly
    • Solution: Empty files/programs from your drive

Editing programs should offer some form of technical support be it via email, phone assistance, FAQs, video tutorials—some type of  online tech support. Most also offer plug-ins either from the manufacturer or from third parties. Plug-ins can take your software to an even higher level of editing. There are many products available and this site gives some great ideas as to some of the better ones on the market:

Photo Editing Applications generally contain the following options:

  • Photo editor
  • Photo viewer
  • Organizer type database
  • File sharing ability  (importing from various devices and exporting)
  • Ability to read different types of data files
  • Save in a variety of file formats
  • Advanced image search tools
  • Ability to create albums/slideshows
  • Access to EXIF data
  • Automatic keyword tagging
  • Facial recognition
  • Color management– to adjust color and tone for all or part of a photo
  • Red-eye removal
  • Resizing
  • Cropping
  • Text (multiple font types)
  • Drawing
  • Layers
  • Zooming
  • Auto straightening
  • Object removal/cloning/patch type tool
  • Touch-up
  • Border and frame designs
  • Batch processing
  • Skin touch-up tools
  • Blemish & wrinkle removal tools
  • Teeth whitening tool


affinity photo program

One program for MACs to check out is Affinity Photo.  It is fully compatible with all Photoshop formats and has unlimited un-dos, edits RAW photos, works in RGBW, CMYK, LAB and Grayscale color space. It has filters for lighting, distortions, shadows, glows, blurs, etc. and you see results in real time preview. There’s also 28 layer blend modes, a great selection refinement tools, and supports unlimited layers.

Editing is easy and you have a step by step process to get the perfect image. You can Adjust exposure, blackpoint, clarity, vibrance, white balance, shadows, highlights and much more, and accomplish the task quickly. For more info, check out the site:

Another sure winner for MACs is  Pixelmator. You can enhance and touch up photos, sketch, draw and paint, add text and shapes, apply effects and– it is very easy to use. It has a great repair tool called Dynamic Touch and you can export your finished images to both Facebook and Flickr. Templates include:

  • Six different collages
  • seven frame effects
  • seven card designs
  • six posters
  • 12 popular photo treatments ranging from super-slick lighting effects to various vintage looks

Another old but much improved standby for your Windows 10 PC is Corel PaintShop Pro:

If you are looking for some free editing apps you won’t be disappointed with Picasa for on the fly editing or organizing of your photos.  It does lack in depth editing tools but it does have speed and simplicity.

GIMP is free and can be used on Linux, Windows, and MACs. It works with all file formats,  tools include painting tools, color correction, cloning, selection, and enhancements as well as paint and drawing tools, a photo re-touch tool, and  batch processing and conversion tools–plus features like layers, filters, and effects.

IRFANVIEW has been around for some time but it is a  compact image viewer and converter which allows you to create slideshows, batch edit and convert images, scan both single photos and batch, cut, crop, capture and perform many special effects. It has a watermark image option, countless plug-ins, and ability to do IPTC edits on your images.


Next month’s Graphics Meeting will discuss editing apps for your device.  Mark it on your calendar :  Thurs., Dec 10, 3 pm, Maricopa Room, Adobe Center.




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