As my friends know, I like to make comment images for Care2 with image editors, and I thought I'd share some of them. I usually use a squirrel theme for my comments. I live among squirrels in a Pine-wooded area, I've raised them, they go with my tree avatar, and I think they're really cool animals.
Occasionally, I sign comments with just a French script "F" or not at all, so that they can be used by others. I know that one in particular, my Thank you for the green star comment, has been getting around Care2.
I make comments by finding basic images on the internet, cropping, re-sizing and sometimes combining them, then adding some decorations, a frame, and a personal message. I never erase an author's insignia on an image, and the reduced versions I pass along are probably not re-usable. While there are online sites for image-editing, I prefer to do mine with offline with programs I've downloaded.
If someone is interested in learning this, two good places to begin are the Paint program that comes with Windows and the free Photoscape program. It takes practice to get the hang of it. I'd be happy to assist if someone wants to try.
With many of these images, you can click on them to see them full-sized.
Thanks for posting this. I am acquainted with some of your comment images. Very nice! Sounds like something I'd love to learn.... However, I doubt that this old dog could be taught new tricks! I do have the Paint program on my computer, although I've never experimented or tried using it. The Photoscape program you mentioned -- I'll admit, I'd never heard of. I might get brave enough one of these days soon to attempt this. If/when I do, I'm sure you'll hear me calling for help!
Thanks for the compliment, Betty. My experience with image editors is that there are certain points in the learning process where one can get "stuck", where it is a little tricky and a timely helpful tip can make a big difference. If you try it, be sure to use the 'help' links in the programs...or you can always drop me a line. It sure is fun once you get the hang of it - to be in full control of what is on the images you post.
My first trial run.... I know, I know -- I need lotsa practice!
Well, I don't know what the original pic looked like so it's hard to tell exactly what you did, but honestly that looks pretty good for a first image. Looks like you were able to set your text with good size and position. If you did it with Paint, that means you know how to add the text with a transparent background, which can take time to discover. Nice job.
Edit: As this thread already contains something like 2MB of images that will take time for me to download once I lose my temp files, I started a Practice thread that Betty or anyone else can use for posting images.
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Thank you Frank,they,all are just beautiful,really nice,Betty you are good pupil,student,learning fast,great job,I doubt this goes through,this is third time I try to post.Just keep on to learn,make...I join on winter.Thank you.
Thank you, Florika. Glad your post got through the third time! It's true that a lot of Care2 posts have been getting swallowed up lately. I'm really careful to copy my posts before I submit.
I love receiving one of your comment images that you've made Frank. Just love the squirrel ones, and the squirrel licking the ice cream bar is just precious with that comment added. They're great, and wonder if there's a way to steal (oops, I been, borrow) them and just erase your name, haha. I've never heard of Photoscape either and trying to learn this myself will have to be put on hold for a less busy time. Your "practice thread" is the way to start learning, I think. Tx so much Frank.
Hi Dianne, nice of you to stop by with a compliment. Believe it or not, I just got back from the image editors having completed my next comment, which I'll be sending to friends soon. Squirrels will always be my main subject, but I decided for the next one that it was about time I did an image with a different animal closely associated with trees - birds.
It's also a bit ironic, given your question, that I decided not to put my full name on this one, so that others could use it. It's my way of "giving something back" to the internet. Of course, some of my other comments don't have my name, either.
As for "stealing" an image by erasing/covering an author's name, that is technically possible but most inappropriate! I wouldn't want someone to pretend that a personal comment of mine is theirs. I suppose, if my comments are really "worthy", they'll eventually be stolen by someone on the internet, but I wouldn't want that to happen here on my home site. That said, if you have a specific request, I might be willing to help prepare something for you.
I would of course be happy to help you learn image-editing, which is a nice little hobby. It's kind of like learning a musical instrument. A teacher can help you with the technical know-how and the odd problems, but ultimately it's a matter of practice. It takes a while to get comfortable enough to do things creatively. I'm still learning myself, and I'm not one who has artistic (drawing) talent.
Uh, perhaps I did not see it, but I cannot post pictures in comments I leave on folks' homepages. The box pops up (this is Google Chrome), I click on the "picture" in the title bar, and add the URL from Photobucket (the "direct link" URL when one runs the cursor under the picture in PB and gets a list of four URLs), and when I click to post a comment, nothing happens. Zilch...
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
PS: Great "comments" photos....BTW...
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Hi MsDeb. I have a thread for discussing image-posting issues, so I'll answer you there and later delete the posts here. Please go to:
Working with images, posting videos.
Thanks for the compliment!
Thanks, Bella! That's such a nice card you made for me. I'm glad to have someone else here to spread the joy of making personalized comment images. Let me say that you are welcome to make your own thread here to share your comment images, if you'd like. You do seem to be generous with them.
I will share I just don;t know what to share.
Well, I'm sure your creative mind will think of something. Of course, there's no need for your own thread, you could just share in the Greetings thread from time to time, if you like.
these are awesome Do you have any advice for people raising squirrels that start attacking people for food? I have a friend who raised a couple of orphaned squirrels who now live in her front yard and Squeakers now attacks people (not her) for food...
Thanks, Emily. That's remarkable to me that raised Squirrels are living in a front yard, staying with their keepers. The ones I've had I gradually released into the wild when they grew up (i.e. when they began trashing the camper I had them in, and got too big for the outside cage I had against a tree). And they ran away and disappeared pretty promptly. Your friend must be quite a mom. My guess on how to handle the problem would be as good as yours, I'm afraid. Maybe, give them something bitter to eat.
It's nice to see your whole collection here Frank. Your comments are so nice. It always brightens my day when you post on my page.
I'm reading your share in between my multitasking. It's quite interesting!
Thanks, Sandrea. You know that I put a lot of care into my projects.
Thanks Frank... She is a pretty good mom and they were both injured in the accident their mother died in, so while they are healthy now they took a lot more care for some time so maybe that's why they have so formed it as their home... They have a huge oak tree in the yard which is the main place of residence... they were never in a cage, but just stuck around...