🖼 Some fun with Picture Collage Maker from PearlMountain

Since I wrote about CollageIt, it’s worthwhile mentioning it’s bigger brother, Picture Collage Maker. They both come from PearlMountain so the feature set is similar and familiar. Picture Collage Maker has more templates such as Social Media, Disc Cover, Calendar, Greeting Card and others. It also features more backgrounds, adding “pages”, and a bit more in the way of page layout. It does fall much more inline with scrapbooking. Picture Collage Maker can perform all the functions of CollageIt, but not the other way around. Not that CollageIt is scaled down, it feels more Web driven, whereas Picture Collage Maker feels more print centric with some nice Web additions. If you want more templates, stickers, shapes and masks, Picture Collage Maker is the way to go. Still, it’s easy to use and can just as easily make a Before/After web image when you need it. Picture Collage Maker

🖼 Some fun with CollageIt Pro from PearlMountain

Before you furrow your brow and decry, “Scrapbooking??” let me explain. CollageIt is a very useful program for putting together panels of pictures. It can create a mosaic, a grid, or throw together images to create a scattered effect. It’s also very easy to create Before/After image sets. The panel images are very neat so you can see examples of multiple photos within a single image. CollageIt has a lot of presets, quite a few templates and configuration options. Images can have borders or masks. You can easily slip in a background. Add text. Adjust the spacing. Create margins. Add anywhere from a couple to several dozen images The past few JixiPix articles have used CollageIt to display examples of the effects. I find it very easy to use with just enough features to be powerful for the task at hand. At $9.99 it was well worth getting. I’m starting to wonder if I shouldn’t print some of these examples […]

🎨 Some fun with Portrait Painter from JixiPix 🖼

Another really fun tool from JixiPix is Portrait Painter. As the name suggests it takes a photo and gives it the look and feel of a painting complete with brush strokes, stroke length, canvas texture, and color palette. As with other JixiPix tools, there is a series of Presets available. Those can give great results or can be a starting point. Using the sliders for the different strengths and lengths, you can turn a landscape image into a painting. For example, trees and clouds will have a brushed effect. The Eiffel Tower will have a suitable painted effect. Hard edges and crisp lines will be blended together to give a textured look. I’ve tried quite a few apps and plugins to achieve a painted look, including Corel Painter. They aren’t bad, but I think Portrait Painter gives the best results and is far cheaper than any other choice out there. Portrait Painter by JixiPix

👩‍💻 Some fun with Spektrel Art from JixiPix 🖼

Spektrel Art is one of my favorite tools from JixiPix. It turns images into interesting works of art by saturating the colors, blending and blurring lines, and creating texture patterns that give any image a unique look. From their website: Spektrel Art features a Light and Dark style. The light one glimmers and gleams with white tapered light, and the dark one creates a stark contrast of black intersecting lines. Each style allows you to exaggerate them with glowing color and soften or smooth the art form for a variety of out-of-this-world fun and imaginative imagery. Depending on the preset, images and details can be made lighter or darker. Lines details can be extended, or blurred together. Images can take on a neon or glow effect or can be darkened to create deep details and lines. The result is an image that looks familiar but in a new way. For example, night scenes become more vivid and detailed. Lights will […]

🤽 Scheduling my leisure time

It may seem cliche, like those commercials where the activity planner says, “We’ll have X from 10am-11am. Then we’ll have Y, from 11am until lunch. Lunch will be…” However, I find myself gravitating to that idea. Working remotely has been fine. I have no issue getting my work done, mostly because it’s all laid out in Jira. I have tickets. The ticket tells me what to do. I write up my results, then move on to the next one. I give my status each morning and the process flows smoothly. The same has been true for life after work. With the extra time from not commuting, I got tons of work done at home. I organized my physical life, taking care of all those chores that normally had to wait until the weekend. Then I organized my digital life, sorting files, sorting documents, recovering disk space, installing and removing apps to make me as productive as possible. With all that […]