2 February 2015

PicMonkey

Last June, it was so pleasant to arrive in America by boat. No airport queues or security checks. None of the usual hassle. Instead the MV Coho pushed off from its wharf in Victoria, Vancouver Island and we headed out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca bound for Washington State. 

After a pleasant ninety minute voyage over calm waters, the little town of Port Angeles came into view beneath an impressive backdrop of mountains and rainforest. We disembarked in a leisurely fashion. There was a small arrivals hall where a stout immigration officer welcomed us to "The States", cursorily checked our passports and asked us where we were going. Then we pulled our suitcases across the street to pick up our little "Honda" hire car.

But this blogpost isn't really for holiday reminiscences. What I really want to do here is to share my first experiments with "PicMonkey"which Carol from Cairns recommended the other day. And the photo I have chosen to doctor was one I snapped as we approached Port Angeles harbour. Here's the original:-
And here are five other versions courtesy of PicMonkey:-
Focal Zoom
Yesteryear
Psterized
Paint effect
Burst effect
The effects you can call upon from "PicMonkey" are endless. However some of the more advanced effects are only available to "Royale" members who must sign up to access these facilities. Thank you to Carol for finding me something to do when I'm bored. One could easily spend interminable hours messing about with "PicMonkey".

17 comments:

  1. It's grand. Nothing that photoshop can't do in half an hour but these one click apps are great. I bet we see you 3D modelling this year Blender is free but the computer that can handle it isn't.

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    1. 3D modelling? I haven't got the figure for it Adrian but I'll give anything a try. Lead me to the nearest catwalk!

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  2. Oh dear ~ what have I done ~ letting the monkey out of the bag? Bored? Don't say that too loud ~ Shirley's To Do List might get longer. At least your not sitting in front of the TV in your undies playing XBox all day (yet).

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    1. Who needs undies in a centrally heated house?

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  3. If you ever visit the States again, come to the east coast! I'd love to give you a tour of my little portion of it. There are some beautiful places to see down and interesting things to do down in the Lowcountry of SC. :)

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    1. I have never been to South Carolina but I could see it from Savannah, Georgia. Thanks for the invitation Jennifer. Blogging has to have some perks!

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  4. I don't think I'm ever going to get that bored.

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    1. We don't all live the high life you know Graham!

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  5. Burst effect is sooo gay!

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    1. URBAN DICTIONARY
      "So gay" = Used by people as an adjective to describe things that are retarded, bad, unpleasant.
      Thanks John!

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  6. When you visit Jennifer in SC, you can also visit us in TN. Or we can come to SC (we have family there).

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    1. No I'll come over to TN to stay with you Mary before driving down to stay with Robert Brague for a couple of weeks in Canton, Georgia. Let's go to Arbie's Bob! My shout!

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  7. The first pic was lovely - I like to see actual pictures. I don't care for doctored pics as then one can only guess if what you're seeing is real or imagined. You take wonderful pictures and don't need monkeys for guidance. Washington State is glorious always, of course, no help needed.

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    1. A little bit of doctoring can bring out the best in some pictures Hilly.
      Yes Washington is a special state. So many trees! You are lucky to live there. I am surprised that state signs on the highways don't read "Welcome to WASHINGTON STATE - Home of Mistress Hilly"

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  8. I couldn't pick the monkey!

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  9. I use irfanview to work on any picture I think needs work. It is free software and has many plugins. You can do "metal" effects, relief, drawings and all sorts of other stuff. If you look at this old post of mine, the picture is one I've done with irfan view out of a collage of three photos.

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    1. Just saw that you actually know the old post I am referring to. But you didn't know the picture was created using irfanview. (Or IrfanView, or irfan view?)

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