Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Things always look grim at 5:00am

So I plowed through coloring my first paper doll even though with my new Windows 7 operating system, I no longer have a Photoshop that runs properly - and have switched to Paint.Net.

Using Paint.Net after about 12 years of using Adobe products is a bit disconcerting, but after installing a few plugins I thought I was doing alright. In fact, I got all the way to the end of cutting and assembling Alice (replete with white rabbit) before I realized that not only was I not finished with my paper doll, but there were all sorts of color issues... the most noticeable of which is that no two parts of her dress are the same shade of blue or gray.

"How could this be?" I asked my empty dining room in horror.

It being 5am, I'm probably not smart enough to say this for certain yet - but's eyedropper tool is apparently not very good at resampling colors that you've created through layering transparencies - even after you flatten the image. I don't know why that is, except that karma must have a grudge against me.

I suppose I could pen a nasty letter to the developers of the software, or I could just start over tomorrow and redo the dress completely.

On the bright side - the rabbit is cute and took me only 35 minutes from start to finish.

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