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1  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: SEARCH trick on: October 04, 2020, 06:53:58 AM
I came across an old video showing a trick I had completely forgotten.
It's all about LOGIC  Shocked
Note the minus sign.

2  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Too Quiet on the Western Front on: August 03, 2020, 06:38:07 AM
We have some really nice trails around here, ex-rail beds, that are flat and wonderful. We also have some trails that follow creeks where I can't get to some of the places that I used to.
Although I've done little printing this year I have taken quite a few photos, even during the CV19 lock-down. We were allowed out for exercise so local walks and bike rides were an opportunity for photography. Now we can visit places like our National Trust properties. Back in April, the weather here was unusually good so being able to do these little excursions was great. I spent time in the garden too which again provided opportunities for some photography, particularly macro.
If you look at my Flickr Albums, the last 20 are this year, mostly during the pandemic period. Many just record shots but good to keep my hand in for observation, composition and processing.

3  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Adjusting while Softproofing on: June 30, 2020, 06:22:51 AM
My prints without Softproofing are usually too light
Usually people ask why are my prints too dark - that's usually because their monitor is too bright.
It sounds as if your is too dark.
You didn't mention anything about monitor calibration? Most calibration software will allow your to set the brightness value (cd/sqm) before calibration. This will mean some checking and tweaking probably.
If not, the trick is to set the brightness of your monitor to a print before calibrating.
As I said, making trial prints is basically a no-no for me, right first time is the plan  Wink
4  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Adjusting while Softproofing on: June 29, 2020, 03:26:27 PM
o in my opinion, making image adjustments based on a softproof peek is worthless.
I agree.
The real answer is to have a good monitor that is calibrated properly and use good quality papers with good quality profiles. Most papers now are supplied with a reasonable profile for a variety of printers but a custom made profile for your particular printer/paper (and possibly ink if not original for printer) is the best option.
I would say pretty well all of my prints match my monitor screen very well for colour and contrast. You do have to recognize that for matte, including so called "fine art", papers that the colour intensity can be less than you would get for gloss or semi gloss.
5  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Different print size error ? on: June 10, 2020, 06:10:35 AM
Hi danmac
3 x 5 comes out correct.
5 x 7 is 4 x 7.
This is because those sizes have different aspect ratios. The 3x5 matches the image, 5x7 does not.
If  you put the crop scissors on for the 5x7 you would lose part of the image which I'm sure you would not want.
The larger print is in fact 4.2 x 7.

6  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Out-of-gamut for monitors? on: May 23, 2020, 08:30:50 AM
What if my printer is great but my monitor is a POS?
Monitors (of a reasonable quality) will have a larger gamut than a printer. See attached screen shot.
The smaller area is for my Epson R2000 with Ilford smooth gloss custom profile. The larger is for my Eizo  monitor which has a gamut that is a little greater than Adobe RGB.
Screen shots show Monitor and Printer; 2nd screen shot shows monitor, Adobe RGB (blue rather faint) and printer
7  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Re: Request for bumpered crop option on: May 10, 2020, 09:25:05 AM
Please note I made some edits to my previous post since posting so check the web page.
8  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Re: Request for bumpered crop option on: May 10, 2020, 06:49:23 AM
Hi again,
Attached is a more complex example. What I want is to be able to tell Qimage: 'I want to crop this photo to a 5:4 aspect ratio, and be able to increase or decrease the size of that 5:4 crop box and move it around the image area, but don't allow any of that black border region to be included in the area to be retained after the crop.'
OK. I get what you want I think
There are 2 ways to do this in QU.
1. Use the image editor and set Crop Lock with a specific aspect ratio and the adjust the crop to suit your preference in size and position. See first 2 screen shots. You can move the crop and change it's size (same aspect ratio) to whatever you like
2. Use the Full Page Editor after placing the image in the Queue for printing at the desired print size (any 5:4 ratio say) with "crop on". Use the cropping Tab to Zoom and position the crop as desired. See the 3rs and 4th screen shots. Again you can move the crop and change it's size (same aspect ratio) to whatever you like.

As you see there's usually a way to do it in QU, two choices in this case  Wink
PS. What I normally do in cases where I've done some perspective correction like your example is to the crop the image in the Image Editor to it's maximum possible size. and then adjust as required in the Print Editor. However, often in such cases I would have print crop off and use the full area of the image.
9  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate Wish List / Re: Request for bumpered crop option on: May 09, 2020, 11:12:34 AM
QU already has this feature in the image editor.
See screen shots below, it's the Straighten Horizon Button.
It automatically crops the image when used.
10  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / Re: MS autocollage 2008 on: April 28, 2020, 10:33:26 AM
Old Sample collages from MS Autocollage
See attached,
Rugby Town Centre & Library + Canal Cast Iron bridge etc.
11  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / Re: MS autocollage 2008 on: April 28, 2020, 10:26:17 AM
Hi again Jeff,
I've just looked at this Coollage again, it's very basic and only does up to 7 images.
However, there's a "Version PRO" for 4.19. See screen shot below. You will need a MS login for this.
THis version seems more like the old MS Autocollage, possibly better.

12  Technical Discussions / Computer Software / Re: MS autocollage 2008 on: April 28, 2020, 10:08:18 AM
Hi Jeff,
Good to hear from you -  looking for lock-down things to do it seems  Grin.
MS Autocollage is not supposed to work for W10 but it does
There is a free up t date version here called Coolage!:

I've had a very quick play, it possibly has more features that the old version but I've only just installed it.
Click "GET" on the web page, It should then automatically download and install. It's free so not need to go via checkout. I have an MS account so not sure if that's essential.

I'll send you a private message which may help with the old version.

13  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: v2020.117 issues/comments on: April 11, 2020, 06:53:36 AM
Good to see the Group has woken up. We are all confined to barracks this side of the pond.
I managed to take a few garden photos this week the first for many months.
Hi Jeff,
Good to hear from you. I've not done much photography lately either. I am managing to get out for a walks, following the government guide lines of course. My wife comes if it's a short one. Yesterday I did a 15mile bike ride on quiet lanes. My first decent ride for months; my son said the time I took was not bad for a 77 year old!
Some recent photos of a local solo woodland walk are here.
Nothing very special, I traveled light with just a 60mm macro lens fitted.
Time for Fred to butt in now  Wink
14  Technical Discussions / Printer Media / Re: Any Digital artists (Painters) here? on: March 21, 2020, 05:18:14 PM
I have Corel Painter Essentials which  I play around with now and again.
This is a mono charcoal sketch  did last year for a mono print competition:

These are results of some experiments I did in ~2017

15  Mike's Software / Qimage Ultimate / Re: Photo Matts, Photo Frame, Social Media on: March 06, 2020, 09:08:27 AM
OK. Back to square one!
I've now looked at your friend's web site and seen what you mean.
The best way to this in QU is to create a Cutout. See the attached image I made using a QU cutout in the image editor.
See second screen shot of QU editor where this is done
I made the cutout image in a graphics program, Serif PagePlus but other programs could do this too.
If you go to the Help- Legacy Help Documentation - Index  - Qimage Functions, you'll see Cutouts listed there and how to make them and load into QU.

PS. You can see samples of my collection of QU Cutouts and Frames here. Some were "experimental"!
Use the grid view and right click on an image to select Preview.
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