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" We are a great mix of skill levels. Together we learn much faster. So feel free to ask any question on Photo images, Editing, printing, slideshows , Music, sound editing and DVD movie creating , Burning CD’s , DVD’s  and VCD’s " Bring news articles and magazine tips to share!.  Jane Quinn S.I.G.Leader



Requests For Next Class  March 8th Session: Power Point Overview  

Reviewed  this week’s  Feb 22 ,2007    MS Digital image 2006 was today’s choice of software for our project. Our objective was to put several pictures in one image with a colored background.  The resulting picture looks like a great scrap-book page.  We created a collage from several pictures. We used the Collage built in wizard , then modified that  image. The wizard has a photo layout of minimum 7 images. We manipulated the collage and were able to use only 3 pictures, added embellishments like text and soft framed edges.    

 This week’s handout  Create a Photo Collage.pdf  See Handouts page for download

Reviewed  last week  Feb 15,2007  What is not said in the media player program when  making an audio CD from your computer music is that the file type becomes a .cda.  And this is when you can tell  it will play on a non-computer device So what was once an MP3, or a WMA music file , in order to play on a portable device like a car radio, or a CD radio player it must go through a conversion. The end product will be a music CD with no titles to the songs , but track number 1 thru however many songs are on the CD and the file type will be CDA. To test this CD you should try it on a radio CD Player to make sure you created it correctly.

Later we discussed the controls in MP11. All of which can be found in the Tools Option menu. Lastly, at 2pm we had a working session for those who wanted help managing files and folders. Some broke off and did their DVD projects or MS digital Image Panorama exercise. However, the best thing was for all to start actually doing their projects in class in the last hour. There 's so many people that can offer help and sometimes a better solution to the classroom exercises. As was discovered this week.  

Reviewed  last week Feb 08,2007 

Together we discovered the usefulness of the Panoramic Stitch tool M S Digital Image 2006. One member made a great landscape beach picture from several photos. There are a few key points to consider using this method. First, you will have to open several pictures. This requires memory and physical space while you knit the scenes together. We used MS power toy Image Resizer to quickly reduce the size of the images to use in this project. Second, you will need to be sure these chosen pictures have overlapping edges. The Stitch tool uses a wizard to determine how to reconstruct the image based on finding matching pixels. Panoramas are particularly appropriate for very wide vistas, such as landscapes and city skylines, in which it is impossible to capture the entire scene in the camera's viewfinder in a single picture.  Please email me if you have a suggestion for our meeting sessions.

Questions Asked on this weeks topic:

Question:  How do I update the music library to find the new songs I added ??

Answer:  In media player you will find this answer in the Help Index listed as “  Adding Items to the library “.   When you play a file on your computer or on the Internet, the Player automatically adds the file to your library if it isn't already in your library. The Player does not automatically add a file that you play from removable storage media, a removable storage device, or on a shared network folder. For example, if you play a file that is stored on a CompactFlash card, a data CD, or in a shared folder on another computer on your network, the Player will not automatically add the file to your library. 

Tips and Tricks

 MS Digital Image Suite Panorama trick

Some in the class group worked together on a project. They discovered when they used the “ lasso “  ( left click the mouse and draw a square around all the objects  / images ) to force several images together that did not have overlapping pixels (  images not taken in succession) they could easily manipulate in the  panorama  wizard.