Creative Memories Announces Trump Days Photo Mounting Paper


Continuing in the tradition of Ahni and Zoe’s highly successful School Rocks Fast2Fab Album, Creative Memories has announced the new limited-edition Trump Days photo mounting paper. This new paper pack is sure to delight scrapbookers looking to document the Trump presidency. It includes all the delightful, pussy-grabbing phrases you have come to know and love. It’s the perfect complement for the latest scandal. Trump Days is available while supplies last from April 1-April 30.

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Camera Stores Headed for Extinction

petapixel_another-big-camera-store-fails_-why-are-so-many-closing_20170302Camera stores have reached a point in their evolution where they are no longer able to breed and produce new camera stores; consequently extinction is inevitable. This species of retail outlet has a business model is no longer viable. Margins have been reduced to a point that independent camera stores can no longer survive in the face of mail-order competition. Sales taxes contribute to the problem as does showrooming. The combination of these factors means the end is near. See Another Big Camera Store Fails: Why Are So Many Closing? for more details on the decline of the camera store.

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March for Science: All About Images

mark_microscope_edit_002The March for Science will take place April 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C., St. Paul, MN, and elsewhere. This march is not for just Democrats or Republicans. Instead, it is a non-political march designed to highlight the importance of science and of decisions based on sound science.

I march because I support science:

  • Photographs (and the selfie) define us and who we are.
  • Cell phones and digital cameras capture memories as they happen.
  • Without photography, we would be left with only a few very expensive paintings.
  • Dyes, pigments, and other materials last for generations.
  • Printing allows the rapid dissemination of ideas.
  • Driver’s licences, IDs, and passports establish identity.
  • Medical imaging saves lives.

mark_pen-tester_editI have worked in medical imaging, consumer photography, and security printing. In these fields, different technologies come together to create products that would be impossible without science.

I march because I support science, and science supports me.

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How to Create Photo Book Videos from Artisan


Photo books preserve vacations and other family memories; however, not everyone wants to look at a photo book. In addition, sharing a photo book is difficult, since it requires sending either a physical book or large digital file to someone. This post shows how to share photo books created within Artisan as videos.

The current version of Artisan will display photo books as a slideshow, but does not allow saving the slideshow as a video file. This limitation means that the slideshow can only be seen from the computer the computer that created the photo book or possibly from another computer that has Artisan installed. Sharing is difficult at best,

Sharing a slideshow requires a screen capture program. Two options are Movavi Video Suite or Camtasia. I chose the $39.99 Movavi Video Suite, since at $199, Camtasia was out of my price range. I did see that the reviews of for Movavi Video Suite on Amazon are not good; however, the program proved suitable for my needs.

Once you have have installed screen capture software, simply activate screen capture and start the slideshow. Since perfect timing is almost impossible, capture a little extra video. Then, after the slideshow is finished, open the video editor and delete the portion of the video before and after the slideshow. Next, use the Highlight and Conceal tool to remove the menu bar from the bottom of the video, if it is present. Finally, save the video as YouTube – HD 1080p.

Once the video is saved, upload to YouTube and share to your hearts’s content. Here is the video from my 2015 Disney Family Vacation.

Note added February 27, 2017: The paper designs used for this book were from the A Summer Symphony Colorwash Papers, Needlecraft Addiction Colorwash Papers and True Colors Colorwash Papers available from Forever.



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All new cameras must have Automatic Double Chin Removal

unflattering-donald-trump-chin-photo-ps-battle-34In a new executive order that will effectively ban film-based cameras, President Donald Trump is requiring that cameras and camera phones incorporate Automatic Double Chin Removal (ADCR) technology. “Look,” said Trump, “I am tired of seeing photos of my double chin, and now I can do something about it.”


Donald Trump with ADCR

The executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, will require that all new cameras and camera phones that are sold in the U.S. incorporate ADCR to automatically block or digitally remove all double chins. In addition, the executive order instructs the Secret Service to inspect all cameras at presidential events to ensure compliance with ADCR requirements.

The order also prohibits the sharing, dissemination, and publication of double chin photos. When asked about freedom of the press, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that ADCR was a national security matter and that he would allow no further discussion.

For more on Donald Trump’s double chin, see Donald Trump Would Hate For You to Click And Share These Pics of His Double Chin,  Trump Is Insecure About His Double Chin, Internet Takes It To Task, and Donald Trump asked the media not to publish unflattering pictures. So the internet did this.

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The downside of Adobe’s new business model

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Adobe has changed from a business model that relies on software purchase for Photoshop and other products to one that requires a monthly subscription. I like Photoshop and have used it personally  and professionally for the last fifteen years; however, I hate this change and have no intention of committing myself to a monthly fee to use Adobe products.

As of January 27, 2017, Adobe has discontinued support for most of their desktop applications and it is clearly only a matter of time before these products fail completely. So, what are my options? I can come up with a the following no monthly fee options:

  1. Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is still available without a monthly charge.
  2. Corel Photo-Paint, which is included in the CorelDRAW Graphic Suite
  3. GIMP, which is a free image editor available online

For the time being I am planning to continue to use my still-working copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6. Eventually. I will switch to Option 2 or 3, since I have little desire to continue supporting Adobe.

Does anyone else dislike Adobe’s move to subscription-based services as much as I do?

For more on Adobe’s change see After a record-breaking year, Adobe officially axes the old Creative Suite and CC or Bust: Adobe Officially Pulls the Plug on Creative Suite.

Note: Adobe Photoshop is a professional product with extensive editing capabilities that targets a different market than consumer photo products. It is a complicated program and is not generally considered user friendly.

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Trump’s inauguration crowd size


Barack Obama’s inaugural crowd (left) compared to Trump’s inaugural crowd (right).

fake-inauguration-crowdThe controversy over the crowd size and Trump’s inauguration misses the entire point. The fact is that through the miracle of Photoshop technology, Trump can have whatever size crowd he wants. To show how easy it is, here is Trump’s inauguration enhanced with enough imaginary people to match the crowd at Barack Obama’s inauguration. Now, Trump’s alternative fact is complete with an alternative photo, proving that everything is exactly as he says it is. Not!

For more on the controversy over the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration, see  Fact check: The controversy over Trump’s inauguration crowd size and  Crowd controversy: The making of an Inauguration Day photo.

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