Thanks for the great weekly column you publish. As I have told you before it is well written, easy to understand and contains a lot of good information.

Thank you Rick.  Your feedback is very much appreciated.

Your “Deadlines” summary was interesting and I do understand the dedication and discipline it takes to meet a weekly “Deadline”. You and Stick have both given good advice, saved me money and perhaps brushes with the boys in brown.

Often.. we let fail to recognize the true value, and perhaps even take for granted, those who give us so much.  It never hurts to take stock of what's around us and take note.. I very much appreciate Stick's efforts through the years.

I would appreciate some direction on a serious tech problem. 555  What software or other method would you use to merge 4 different photos in to one picture and save it as a JPEG. I have tried using my Corel Paint Shop Pro photo x2 with no success.

Seriously, any advice on an easy to understand and use solution to this would be appreciated.





I was with a client today and this subject came up in a round about way.  The client was asking which software package made the most sense for him.  I stated that occasionally I recommend entry level packages that have limited functions which are self-apparent to most users.  He then asked "what about more advanced features?"  And this is where it gets interesting:

More advanced features usually require a bit of learning.  Some of us can learn by reading the manual, some need help in the way of a demonstration or visual aid.  If you have a skilled friend using a certain package who is willing and able to help you with your questions then by all means consider that package.

However, if not then it pays to use an 'industry standard', in this case Adobe CS4 Photoshop, or Adobe CS4 Photoshop Elements (much less expensive).  This is because industry standards are used by more people and you'll easily find professionals and others well versed in how these products operate.. which means they can give you an easy answer.

This was brought up because I spend a fair amount of time answering questions from my previous clients.  I offer this as an open service, but I must limit it to the most common software applications, and the ones that I use and teach.  Otherwise it would take too much time to learn all the different programs which are available.  I'd rather be good at one, than barely proficient at many.

So when you say the Corel package I can't offer you any help there.. But I can tell you in Photoshop this is fairly easy.  And I think it's a great question that I'll write about as a learning topic for sometime this month.  When I do I'll write a detailed demonstration and include several visual samples.  But for now it briefly goes like this:

  • Open the first image. 
  • Go to the "Image" selection and click.
  • Add in enough additional canvas space to accommodate the images you want to add.
  • Open the additional images.
  • Use the "Move" tool to drag those images to the enlarged canvas. 
  • Arrange the images as you want them.
  • Flatten the layers.
  • Save the image.

If this is hard to understand I promise to make it much easier in a upcoming column.

If you need this done now.. send me the images and I'll do it for you and shoot it back to you..

Thanks for the great question!


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