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  • Even if you aren’t an experienced photographer, you can still have some fun with family photos. There’s also billions to choose from in creative commons online, so if you have never taken a picture, or held a camera before, there are still options for a creative vent!

    The only things you really need is a computer or laptop, a printer, and willingness to search for, and try out photo editing sites for ones that you find easy to use. They’re all self explanatory, and easy to access. Best of all, they’re free!

    In these examples, I started with cartoonize.net, then used picnik.com for a finish. The original, (fig.a) was from a post on a social network that I ‘saved as’, with no listed attribution or copyright restriction. (make sure you stay within ethical boundary’s here, don’t use copyrighted material, or try to profit from material you have no legal right to). picnik.com is closing in April, but there are many others online that will do a nice job, and aren’t complicated, like photoshop or gimp, and other ‘in computer’ photo editing softwares. The ‘onlines’ don’t eat up space on your hard drive either.

    A good place I found to check out sites, and reviews for them, is Blue Blots, for the top 50 free editing sites online. Copy/ paste this URL to your browser, and get started! [ http://blueblots.com/tools/50-list-of-free-online-photo-editing-tools/ ]

    You can see that the edited product has a much larger digital footprint (fig.b). {a=230KB 500x320, b=1.26MB 1430x915} The original would have only printed to a wallet size, and the edit will print up to 8x12, sometimes even larger. Be a great place to start for a greeting, thank-you,birthday,whatever card, or a picture to hang in a nursery. Just think of the possibilities! Artworks of your pets, your kids, grandma and grampa, your wedding photos, your own comic strip, the possibilities are endless!

    You might even consider buying at least a cheap digital camera, or disposable, and become a homemade photographic artist! To start though, you don’t even need a camera, just access to your digital family albums, or the internet.

    Give it a try, what can you lose? It’s free! I quote from the movie; Escanaba in da Moonlight, “if it’s free, it’s worth savin’ up fer!”

    For questions, comments, or advice you can email me @ pop_rocks123051@yahoo.com
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