Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Jigsaw Puzzles

Three pieces to find...
Complete duffer at art? Pencil lead keeps snapping? Paintbrush does its own thing? Whoops! Can't find the UNDO button? Picasso looks like a genius? Tate Modern a wonderland? Not even the BBC can convince you you'll ever be an artist? Then why not try a jigsaw puzzle? Hours of harmless fun and you have a masterpiece at the end. ArtDaily.com is offering a free puzzle every week. Click the title link to download one. If you have a few megabytes to spare, there's also a Michelangelo screen saver with 3 fade-in fade-out views of our David. And watch a 3D David spun by Macromedia Flash Player 8, which didn't crash my PC. There's a novelty!

6 Comments:

At 10/5/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

hahahaha! What's next??

 
At 10/5/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

BP Portrait Award finalists coming soon: boring blog. I visited your friend's website and glimpsed a great photo of the 16ft girl in a deckchair, but couldn't even view the full picture, let alone download it, because it's a png file that kept blanking out. (I didn't know Blogger accepted any pic files other than jpg and GIF). I also visted your website, but got nothing but a loading screen! Have you or your friend got XnView? Its picture format changing facility is a doddle to use. It's a brilliant utility and free! Download it from http://www.xnview.com/

 
At 11/5/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

Looking forward to the winners of the BP Portrait Awards. I haven't heard of xnview...but I'll check it out, thanks! I think xanga is upgrading their servers or something...I'm tempted to start using blogger.

 
At 11/5/06, Blogger Jacoblog said...

Oh and I didn't mean my "hahahaha! what's next?" to suggest the blog is boring at all. Just that, what will they come UP with next? It's pretty crazy how much the net has given us to do...

 
At 11/5/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Yup. It's all on the web. I've jusr read a BBC News article about compost! Wait for the blog....

 
At 11/5/06, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

I can't praise XnView enough. It's only 10 megabytes and free, yet it allows you to manipulate an image any way you want. Check out the brightness/contrast/gamma IMAGE controls, especially the gamma. Exposure wrong in your photo? Cure it with gamma. Crop a photo, change it's format, choose its save quality (100% saves as a big file; I use 80% or 60%). Convert png's to jpg's and save memory and decrease loading time. Slice images. Combine images with the panorama TOOL. Add text. The only thing it doesn't do is allow you to draw. Before finding XnView I used a 100meg photo package that didn't do a fraction of the things XnView does! Have fun.

 

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