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Another useful online photo editing option

Anyone who does even basic work with photography probably realizes that Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to photo editing. However, it can be a bit cumbersome and also tends to be quite pricey. This being the case, some people have opted to use online photo editing tools to do the job when possible.

A while back I mentioned several interesting and effective options for working with your images that can be used as an alternative to the aforementioned Photoshop. However, I just randomly came across another the other days and decided to test it out.

fotoflex

FotoFlexer

This application can be found at www.fotoflexer.com and while it isn’t free, it does offer a 30 day free trial. If you decide to continue to use it, the cost is less than $4.00 per month which seems pretty manageable compared to some of the other options out there.

Pros:

- Fairly user friendly layout.

- Allows importing images from a number of popular sites like Facebook, Picasa and Flickr for example.

- Offers quick fixes for basic problems like the redeye effect.

- Allows for various effects, the inclusion of text, animations, work with layers and more.

Cons:

- Grabbing images from other sites sometimes fails to work properly.

- Some elements are a bit simplistic.

Check it out for yourself if you like.

Art instruction in a digital world

In an age when nearly everybody uses the Internet, and in times when arts programs in schools and all across society are being threatened by financial uncertainty, there are some new options out there to both learn about the arts and correspond with others who enjoy them as well.

And the best part is, such options are often global and can be utilized from the comfort of your own home.

One example is the website Art Safari 101.

art instruction

Do your artistic interests fall into any of the following categories?:

Drawing 

Painting

Music and other performing arts

Video and video editing

Photography and photo editing

Creative writing

If so, this might just be a good fit for you.

The simple difference between writing for the web and for anything else

While it is easy to get caught up in thinking that writing is writing and that is all there is to it, this simply isn’t true.

Of course you know there is a difference between writing fiction and non-fiction, poetry and and essays and things like that for example. However, a lot of people don’t realize the subtle difference when it comes to writing for a blog or online publication as opposed to writing for an old-fashioned print periodical.

Yes, there is a subtle but very important difference.

Here are a few tips for writing for an online source whether it be a blog, online magazine or virutally any other web-based entity.

1. Stick with short but detail driven sentences.

2. Lists and bullet points, much like is the case in this post, are a nice way to go.

3. Link to sites and resources only when they are in context and/or ad to the value of the work.

4. Include photos whenever possible and relevant.

The bottom line it that the Internet and virtually any type of new media are driven by speed. People want the most detail they can get out of the least amount of wordage. And as a generally visual form of communication, web surfers want something to stimulate the eye. That would be where things like photos and video come in.

Taking this approach when writing for the Internet might just help you increase your audience. And who knows, maybe you’ll even get famous.

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