Reviewing the Software

July 18, 2013

in Articles and Resources

“Software, like computers, changes frequently, and it is difficult to provide a critique of something that may not be available in a year or two” (Malchiodi, 2000, p. 39). Image processing generally includes retouching or enhancement of photographs, computer vision, and creation of works of art. The programs necessary to execute this type of imaging include 2D paint and photopaint applications, 3D software, and stock-image resource libraries or CDs. This section details the programs and resources illustrated throughout this paper as well as others that look promising in terms of digital imaging.

Preinstalled Applications

Some kind of creativity, art making, or photo editing software usually comes preinstalled on computers as part of a package. Although these applications are fairly limited in terms of art making tools, they are adequate in lieu of supplementary programs that can be purchased separately.

Microsoft Paint

Windows compatible PCs come with Microsoft (MS) Paint, a drawing tool you can use to create simple or elaborate drawings. Microsoft Paint comes with the following options in its Tool Box: Free-Form Select, Select, Eraser/Color Eraser, Fill With Color, Pick Color, Magnifier, Pencil, Brush, Airbrush, Text, Line, Curve, Rectangle, Polygon, Ellipse, and Rounded Rectangle. However, MS Paint does not have the ability to create color gradients. The images can be either black-and-white or color, and can be opened and saved as Windows bitmap, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF formats. The finished images can be printed, used as your desktop background, or pasted it into another document. Somewhat more difficult to do convincingly, Paint can be used to view and edit scanned photographs.


Made by Apple Computer, iPhoto is designed to help manage the digital photos of the user. iPhoto allows users to organize, view and share their digital photos with friends and family at home and over the web. Photos can be organized into “albums” by the user, for easy referencing. The program has some basic editing capabilities including red eye reduction, brightness and contrast adjustments, cropping, resizing, and conversion to black and white, among others. It will also present an “album” of pictures as customizable slideshows, adding selected music and transitional effects.

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