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    Seek free paint program.

    Has anyone seen a free paint program that will offer scaleable dots? My "Paint" program in 98se offered this, but the latest MSpaint is niggardly in this respect, I require it for engineering perforations in postage stamps. Adobe is too bulky to load each time, we need just a light application. Thanks.
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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    How about GIMP great freeware with some very good write ups on other forums
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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Also, you might want to look at Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing. I don't know if it will do what you need.

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Thank you both very much gentlemen, I used Paint.NET, for no other reason that I already had downloaded it, but not installed it. The paintbrush (dot) has scaleable sizes, so it works fine. Hard to believe mspaint does not offer this. Cheers. Rod.

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Just being nosey here <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I see you attached an image to the original post in this thread, are you trying to "clean off" the stamp hinge off the back for display, like below.

    I use a clone tool and a marquee tool
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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Wow! impressive! no I wasn't Jerry, I usually soak the stamps after to remove all gunk and re scan. What I would have on my "wish" list, is to be able to isolate
    the puncture marks as black dots on a plain white background square , for use in a catalogue. Any advice ? [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Well below is a quick hash up of how I did that, it is a bit sneaky but with a bit of work it could be improved. I use Macromedia/Adobe Fireworks but the method would be the same for any other application.

    1) Inverse the colouring i.e. Make it negative black=white and vice-versa
    2) Highlight the darker area, you may have to adapt the gain to gather "the noise"
    3) Once Selected, delete this area
    4) Inverse select so that now the dots selected
    5) Now select an airbrush tool, making it spray black paint and brush over the dots until they are all black
    6) Deseslect everything
    7) Make the background white

    Sounds complex but once you have done it a couple of times, it will be a sinch <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Try the Lounge's favourite tool Irfanview to do this.
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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Very nice indeed Sir! I have Adobe, so I'll kick some tyres. Thanks for your time / detailed explanation. Rod.

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    2) Highlight the darker area, you may have to adapt the gain to gather "the noise"

    Jerry, I couldn't understand, nor get past this point in Paint.NET, so will read through the help files. Rod.

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    If you are having difficulties with Paint.NET check out the Paint.NET Index page forums. They have some cool plugins to enhance PDN and some knowledgeable folks there who may be able to answer your questions. If you do that and find a good answer please post back.

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Gee, thanks Joe, that's exactly what I needed [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img], I also want to find out how to lift a cancel strike from a postage stamp, Rod.

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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    Yep, looks like Joe has come up trumps.

    Sorry, "Noise" was my terminology. I should have explained better. I have a Magic Wand tool that highlights and selects areas, when you click on an area of you choice, it takes that colour value and then highlights similar colurs and hues in the surrounding area by the percentage difference. Sometimes you would have to adjust the percentage until all the area you require is selected. Anything left would be "noise" and can be cleaned up using an airbrush tool or eraser....I think that is explained bettr <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Seek free paint program.

    G'day Jerry, I got the magic wand OK, and lassooed, but acting on the area of choice, I kept ending up with a matrix design, rather than solid colour to deal with. I'll post the paint.NET solution when I have it down pat. Rod.

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