Re: Software Suggestions

Subject: Re: Software Suggestions
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 19:56:51 +0200

Does anyone on this list remember a beautiful bitmap editor called MacPaint? It was bundled with the first Macs (ah, the good old days), along with MacDraw. It was so simple and elegant. You could easily erase pixels, crop images, and "lasso" images so that you didn't get a bunch of space around the image, just the image, or portion of image, itself.

That worked so well only because MacPaint images were just black and white.

But you can get a similar effect with modern image editors (this is from Photoshpo, but others should work similarly):

(Thi sassumes that there is a white background ot the image. If there isn't a lasso wouldn't work either.)

1) If there is a lot of extraneous material, crop the image generously or otherwise erase most of the stuff you don't want.

2) Click in the white background outside the image with the magic wand. In Photoshop, you may need to switch off tolerance and antia-liasing for the magic wand first.

3) Invert the selection.

4) Crop the image.

5) If there is still extraneous material, select it with the lasso or another selection tool and delete.

Hope this helps
Jan Henning

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