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Coloring Mandalas for Relaxing

19 September 2016 - 06:19 PM

I've seen Mandala coloring books at stores, so I looked them up to see what it's all about:


"Why are mandala coloring pages such an effective tool for healing? First of all, coloring is fun and relaxing. It’s an enjoyable way to express your creativity. And, it’s an activity you can fully participate in whether you’re 4 or 94 years old.

•    There is no right or wrong way to color a mandala.
•    You can color just about anywhere.
•    Coloring lifts your spirits and brings out the child in you.
•    You can color at your own pace.
•    You don’t have to follow any rules when you color.
•    Kids and adults alike enjoy coloring.
•    You know you’re creating a unique work of art.
•    You can share the experience by coloring in groups.
•    It’s affordable.
•    It activates the intuitive genius within you."


For fun, I thought I would "color" a mandala with PSE and scrapgirls papers!



2017 calendar 11x17 pro printing, less than $1/page

17 September 2016 - 04:43 PM

I was at Staples (Canada) using the self-serve color printer and noticed it now accepts JPG files! (Previously they had to be PDF.)


This makes it easier and cheaper than ever to get professional printing of 11x17 pages.  This is great if you are designing your own 11x17 pages or using 



So now we can just export our PSD files to JPG onto memory stick, insert memory stick into printer, select the 11x17 paper size and...  seconds later your pages start coming out!


While you are there, you can also get your newly printed pages spiral bound so they hang like this:




It Looked Good On The Screen. The Print Was Disappointing. Sound Familier?

29 February 2016 - 08:42 PM

Make sure your PSE layout is viewed at 100% before you commit to printing.

Many of us create our layouts at 3600 x 3600 pixels because that translates into a high quality 12" x 12" print.  Before you print your layout, ALWAYS view it at 100%.  You may spot potential problems beforehand, and save yourself from printing a less than perfect layout.

When we view our entire layout no larger than what our screen size can accommodate, it can visually hide the fact that an image on our layout is of poor quality.

What's the resolution of your screen?  Mine is 1600 x 1200 pixels.  So, if I try to view my entire layout crammed onto my screen, obviously, not all 3600 x 3600 pixels can be displayed.  To see it all, go to 100% view and scroll left/right and up/down.  If everything looks good, you will likely be pleased with the print.  If you see unwanted blurry, blotchy areas, you'll have to decide if you can live with that, or take action to make improvements.


(I wrote this post because I'm helping someone understand the importance of viewing at 100%, pictures that have been resized.)

When Dpi Falls Below 300

26 February 2016 - 07:16 PM

The thread "Removing an object from a photo" segued into the topic of resolution and print quality, so I am starting this new thread to continue the discussion.


Often, we add a low resolution photo to a 12x12 300 dpi layout.  When we enlarge the photo to fill the layout, the dpi of that photo usually falls below 300.  That's why the photo looks fuzzy compared to the high resolution scrapbook graphics next to them.


To enlarge the photo, PSE uses a technology called bicubic smoothing to add interpolated pixels.  As a comparison, I enlarged a picture using PSE, then enlarged the same picture using MS Paint so the difference can be seen.  Bicubic smoothing vs no bicubic smoothing.


(These results can be replicated by anyone with both PSE and MS Paint.)



The bicubic smoothing is a little blurry, but still much better than the jagged edges when no bicubic smoothing is applied.


Later this week, I will try out my new program which uses "S-Spline" to add interpolated pixels.  My expectation is that it will look sharper, but not jagged.