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« on: December 29, 2009 09:54:56 AM »

In order to make some patterns I need to edit some photos -
some to black and white (no shades of gray!)
and some to 3 colors (black, white and red) with no in-between shades

Is there a way to do this using free photo editing programs?  I dont have photoshop and I cant figure it out on picassa!
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009 08:54:12 PM »

Can anyone help?
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2010 04:03:12 AM »

Have you tried Gimp? I'm not sure how much you can do with it, but there are loads of tutorials on the web, they'd give you an idea

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010 10:12:17 PM »

If your computer came with windows photo gallery, you can do it with that. Windows photo gallery is usually the program most windows programs have to view images. When you double click an image, it usually brings the image up in a new window. Then on the top it gives you options like: file, fix, info, print, etc
You'll want to hit fix. (Before you start this process though, you should resave it under a new name. This is process is reverseable but can be a pain. )
So hit fix. It will bring up a side menu that has auto adjust, adjust color, etc. You'll want to hit adjust color. Then move the saturation bar all the way to the left. This should turn a color image into gray tones. You might need to play with the tint bar and the color temp. bar to get the right variance. Jus play with it until it looks good to you.
Now you will want to click auto exposure. Once you do this the gray tone will save to the image, which is why you dont want to do this with an original image. Now adjust the brightness and contrast. This should make the image black and white.  Then you can hit the print button on the top bar and print the size you want.

This program isnt capable of making mosaics or cross stitch patterns but can be useful for quick rendering. I'm not sure, but you may be able to get the program from microsoft as a download. You'll have to look into it, but I believe it comes with almost every windows computer.

Hope that helps. ^-~

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011 09:40:52 AM »

That's what I was going to suggest, downloading GIMP. There are also books about it. I have checked out some of them from my library. It's going to be awhile to learn it, for me, and I confess I didn't study the books as much as I should - got sidetracked - and today I have to return them. I'll check them out again soon and try to concentrate better.  Wink

But maybe you can get a friend who knows either Photoshop or GIMP to help you since you just have a couple of specific things you need to learn right now, and then if you want to take it farther and do other things with it you could do that later.

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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2011 02:20:46 PM »

I know this is old, so you probably have this taken care of.  But in case anyone is finding this later...I think Photoscape will do what you need.  (It's free.  And I love it!)

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