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    Hunting for cropping tool

    I have used PhotoDraw for a lot of projects and one feature of it that I liked was being able to crop pictures into different shapes - ovals, stars, etc. I no longer have access to PhotoDraw and of course can't buy it either so...............I have been hunting for comparable ability from another application. Can anyone recommend something that could be used? Maybe even a freebie utility that would do the cropping in various shapes?
    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> for any leads or advise!! <img src=/S/coffeetime.gif border=0 alt=coffeetime width=32 height=48>


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    Re: Hunting for cropping tool

    Something I have gone back to using recently is the GIMP. This is the Windows Install version of a very powerful open source product. It's not one of your typical full screen Windows programs. Virtually everthing is done by right-clicks. Since, however, you are game enough to get yourself into the Mozilla stand alone features, you may well enjoy working with this. There is no charge for it.

    You do have to install GTK+ (from the same page) first, and there is a separate plug-in to download if you want to work with GIFs. I now find it quicker to work with than my old graphics program. My only grips is that you cannot set a default Save As directory, but that is only a problem when working with screenshots.

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    Re: Hunting for cropping tool

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> This is a very interesting program. It took me a bit to figure out how to load pictures and I am not certain I still have the easiest way but it is fun trying to accomplish the different tasks. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I have been playing with the features and find, as you said, that this is a very powerful program!! It has the standard "circle" and "square" crop achieved by selecting those shapes, inverting the selection and then cutting the picture, and it looks like once I can get a feel for it, I could do some "free hand" cropping with it as well. And there is a straightforward resizing and cropping area as well. I haven't found any other types of cropping ability like star shapes, triangles, etc. but I am still exploring this programs uses and know that it will take some time before I feel competent in using it!! Thank you again, for sharing this find!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Hunting for cropping tool

    The Intelligent Scissors tool does something quite different from what I might have thought!!

    If you go to Xtns|Web Browser on your main menu, you will find a fair number of choices for online Help - either through Plug-Ins Registry (at the very bottom) or on the GIMP.ORG sub-menu. I did have a quick look in the Plug-ins Registry under Image, but the likely candidate I saw was for Gimp 1.3, (Windows only has 1.2.5 - so far.) <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> You may, however, be able to stumble across something useful.

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    Re: Hunting for cropping tool

    Hi Skitterbug

    Photo Filtre will allow you to select an area of an image using one of several resizeable shapes or a freehand polygon.
    Then "Invert" and "Clear" to crop out your selection.
    Uh huh......it's FREE to download.

    See <!post=this post,346239>this post<!/post> for a link to the download site.

    Have a Great day!!!
    Ken
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