Saturday, April 5, 2008

A new toy for me?

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This is sort of long...
I've been in the market for a photo editing program for a few weeks now (thanks to this new blog). I downloaded a 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and I only had about 10 days left. I really liked the program (although I think I probably only understood and used 10% of it), but I just couldn't justify paying $100 for it, so I decided I would just get the Photoshop Elements 5.0 for half the price.

Well, Friday I was in town (town meaning Coos Bay) shopping and spied something interesting...Bamboo Fun. I LOVED the box..it just looked soo FUN! Green and black with white Doodles and smooth and oh so very yummy! It is a pen tablet (a writing surface) with a "pen" and a mouse and it hooks up to your computer (even with your existing mouse). The box says you can edit, paint, draw, write and simplify. Well who doesn't need a $100 toy to simplify their life?

So I picked up the box to read about it while the kids bashed, I mean played, with the display in the store. Guess what? It comes with Adobe Photoshop 5.0 ($45-50), Corel Painter Essentials 3.0 ($99 on Amazon.com but it is the old version so you could probably find it for 1/2 that price), and Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 ($50 on Amazon, but it is also the older version). Well, I was already planning to pay $50 for the Photoshop program sooo why not pay $50 more for this new toy? Actually, I would never pay that much for something like this....not for myself, not unless it was for my birthday or some other gift.

Anyhooo.. I came home and told my husband about it. I told him about the program I was planning to buy, the programs it came with, etc., and I told him that I think I need it for Mother's Day. You other mothers out there might need to start making a list .....we deserve a lot of good stuff for mother's day...I want $$ and toys....not stale Cheerios glue to paper!! Okay...being a little greedy....but like I said....the box was soo coool! You can hand-write on photos and print them out...I mean....how cool is that? I could draw a tiara on my daughter....and a devil's horns on my son.....and it would like like crayons and then I could print it out and it would be a shiny and neat!

We had to go to "town" today for a rainy track meet, and GUESS WHAT I GOT???!!? Yup! I got wet! Ha! I also got the Bamboo Fun Pad! We needed to get a few things at Fred Meyer (the store I spied it at) and as we walked by, I said, "See, Mark, this is that pad I was telling you about, doesn't it look sooo cool?" He said, "If you want it, you'd better grab it now cuz I won't offer again." So, I got it! It is going to take me lots-a-lots-a practice....but here is a little doodle I did! (Okay, I didn't draw the flowers, I placed them, but I did the swirly flourish things with dots with my handy dandy notebook and pen!). Oh, and I like Photoshop 5 better than 6! Not so complicated maybe!



Isn't she just the cutest? Yeah, Krista is cute too....


9 comments:

Nardi said...

A beautiful photo and I love the personal touch your new "toy" has added. Congratulations!

mwebb said...

That's a great picture of Krista....she's usually so serious looking at school, so I lovet ot see her pretty smile!!! Great program, maybe I need to look into it. I think I need a new computer first though.....unless it will work on this MacBook that I have.

Heather said...

OMG, that is the absolute coolest! Does it work with a MAC?

Deana said...

Oh how fun Kisa! AND LOOK, almost 2000 hits.

Angie C said...

Fantastic and so much fun

Denise Bryant said...

That sounds like a really cool toy and an awesome deal too. Can't wait to see some other things you create.

mwebb said...

Awesome Pictures Kisa!!! I'm loving that program.

Richelle said...

This looks totally cool! Great another thing on my list of "must" haves! lol
Richelle

Lori Barnett said...

Oh great!!! Now you got me wanting a new TOY!! I have thought about those pens before...and kind of forgot all about them...TILL NOW! If I spend money I'm gonna tell my hubby it was your fault! LOL JK

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