Judy Kristoff

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  1. I am losing clarity when I resize down to 624 px from a larger width. From what you are saying, it appears my best bet is capture 624 px of the web page that is most relevant so that I do not have to resize the image when I put it into Publisher. Am I correct? If so, would Snagit and ScreenHunter enable me to do just that ... capture 624 px of the web page that is most relevant?
  2. Another thought dawned on me ... would the end PDFs come out better if I use a screen capture software (like Snagit or ScreenHunter) to generate the screen shot instead of using the Print Screen button on the key board? Or would the use of screen capture software pretty much have no impact on the clarity of the PDFs? I would appreciate your thoughts and advice.
  3. Would it mean I would be better off using Method II then ... copy and paste the screen shot directly into Publisher without going through Paint.net ... and then resizing it in Publisher?
  4. Yes. The screen shots were 950 px wide prior to pasting in paint.net. I resized them down to 624 px width to accomodate them inside the Publisher document.
  5. I am trying to incorporate screen shots of some web pages into a PDF document. I have tried to do this in two ways. The clarity of the screenshots in PDFs in both cases is quite poor. I would appreciate guidance on what I can do to improve the clarity of the screenshots in the PDF documents. Here are the two methods I have tried: Method I: I transferred the screen shot of the web page created using the Print Screen function into Paint and saved the images in two formats GIF (96 dpi) and JPG (300 dpi). I then resized the GIF and JPG images to reduce the width down to 624 pixels needed in the PDF document. The resulting GIF (higher) and JPG (lower) images are shown in the following images: I then took these images and copied them into Microsoft Publisher to generate the PDF document. The PDF document is shown in PDF from Method I Method II: Here I skipped using Paint to generate the GIF and JPG images. I copied the screen shot directly into Publisher to generate the PDF document. The PDF document generated by Method II is shown in PDF from Method II I do not know if this matters ... this work is done on a laptop PC with 1600x900 display resolution. In both methods, clarity of the screenshots deteriorates substantially when the PDF is generated in Microsoft Publisher. Is this normal? I would appreciate guidance on what I can do to improve the clarity of the screenshots in the PDF documents. Thanks much, Judy
  6. Thanks much for all your help. I really appreciate the helpful replies. I think I have a much better hang of it now. Judy
  7. Yes, your understanding is correct. Is there a way to draw the curve in gold without the Alpha Mask plugin? What exactly does the Alpha Mask plugin do?
  8. Thanks much for your detailed reply. It is very helpful. I have made some progress in splitting up the three lines and moved them to three separate transparent layers. I am having trouble in tracing the curved portion in gold. Details on doing this step will be most helpful. Thanks again.
  9. I am trying to draw the attached shape. I need to make the following changes to it: 1) The curved part needs be in gold. 2) One straight line needs to be a gradient going from gold at the outer edge to green at the inner part of the circle. 3) The other straight line needs to be a gradient going from gold at the outer edge to red at the inner part of the circle. How can I go about making these changes? Judy
  10. Thanks for the replies! I followed the suggestions and it worked like a charm.
  11. I am trying to draw a circle split in three equal parts and apply a gradient in each of the 3 segments. When I apply the gradient tool, the gradient get applied to the whole canvas, not the region in which I would like to apply it. How do I go about applying the gradient separately to each segment of the circle?
  12. Thanks! That worked and I am able to get the gradient to fill just the rounded rectangle. This has created another issue. My gradient goes from white to orange. I am using an orange line to convey the borders of the rounded rectangle. The orange line borders the straight edges but not the rounded corners. How can I draw the rounded corners in orange? (I have tried using the paint brush tool in high magnification to draw the rounded corners but the corners come out jagged.)
  13. I am trying to create a rounded rectangle filled with a gradient (for use as a sign up button). I have created the rounded rectangle inside the canvas and colored it in full orange using the paint bucket tool. When I try to apply the gradient, the entire canvas gets the gradient, not the rounded rectangle portion of the canvas alone. How do I get the gradient to apply only on the rounded rectangle? Alternatively, are there other ways of creating a rounded rectangle filled with a gradient?
  14. How can I adjust the spacing between characters in a text string in Paint? e.g., I use Arial in font size of 20 but want to increase the spacing between letters from the default spacing. How do I get Paint to increase the character spacing or letter spacing?
  15. Hello! I just downloaded paint.net and looking forward to my first project. My first task is to create a banner with some text and a photograph embedded in it. I see many tutorials on specific topics in the Forum boards. As a real newbie, I am clueless in the tutorial I should start with. I am very new to graphics software in general (although my proficiency in Microsoft Publisher is reasonably good). Is there kind of a real basic tutorial I can start with ... something that will tell me what is what and maybe have some basic examples that I can doodle/duplicate?