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Photoshop for the Poor and a GIFT

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.Aaron Siskind

What is Photoshop to photography? Well, it is an invitation to the popular table. How exclusive is the Photoshop club? Let’s try anywhere from $300-$1000 just to get a seat. Many websites are dedicated to using its many features to transform pictures taken by the most untalented photographers into magazine quality work. It’s basically cosmetic surgery for two dimensional objects.

Am I knocking it? No, not really. I confess to drooling over the tutorials and imagining what I could do with some of my dud shots. The price sends me into fits of rage though. Then, I checked out the competition. **cue the opera chorus of townspeople: laaaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaa** GIMP is truly amazing. It is like having someone sew designer tags in a discount shirt. It is basically the very same product — only at a price that greatly appeals to this thrifty gal: FREE. And guess what? No child labor or animal testing involved. How about that? Affordable and guilt-free. Did I mention that it is FREE??

Within this post, you have likely noticed that a photo of a dock (taken by yours truly on vacation in Tennessee with my dear friends, Tom and Linda). The original photo wasn’t bad but I thought it might be fun to play around with it and give it some punch. I also wanted to show you some of the totally rad things that GIMP can do. Why? Because I like you.

To begin, just download GIMP and then visit their tutorials section (click here). They walk you through everything that you need to know to turn even the most boring photo into frame-worthy art. You can also remove red eye, add text, change hues, intensify colors, and other stuff.

So here’s the deal: I’m giving something away. Like a host/hostess gift for inviting our site into your office, cubicle, living room, kitchen, and/or life. Your comment is your ticket to win and the winner gets the latest issue of Cooking with Paula Deen. We’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner. That’s your reward for suffering through a post that has nothing to do with farming, cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening, saving the world, or animals. We have a winner! HeatherJ (#8), send me your address and I will send you some Paula. Thank you for all who participated. We look forward to a summer full of fun gifts.

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