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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Graphics Toolbox {Review}

imageYou all might be aware that I like to create things. Blog headers, graphics…really, anything will do. Sometimes I’m a little more successful than other times. But it’s still fun.

When we were asked to review Graphics Toolbox for the Homeschool Crew I was definitely interested. Another toy for me to play with {ahem}.

Graphics Toolbox {$149} was created by a team of software designers with over 20 years of experience in graphics programming. Their desire was to provide a program that would be simple for others to understand ~ making it easier to create and design graphics.

Graphics-Toolbox® has a wealth of functions and applications to enhance and color your daily life. Each detailed icon depicts its function, which makes learning and recalling the uses of the tools fast and easy.

In contrast to other complicated graphics programs, Graphics-Toolbox has no wordy definitions and intricate procedures to learn. Our tools were designed to be logical, intuitive and require the least amount of steps possible.

Signature features of the Graphics Toolbox program:

  • tonal image change ~ change an item in a picture from one color to another
  • daily life color cards ~ giving you samples of colors that coordinate well together
  • transparency glide ~ combine photos and adjust transparency
  • grouping/reducing colors
  • flat color change
  • apply texture to a flat color

The website also features video tutorials {recorded from live sessions} and slideshow tutorials that show how to create various projects. They also provide a downloadable instruction guide for the program.

My Thoughts

I watched along with some of the tutorials that are available online {which are well done}.  Because I was familiar with another graphics program, I thought that picking up this program would be simple ~ not so much. As with any new program, there is still a lot to learn and figure out. :)  I was also a bit frustrated because it took me a little to get it up and running properly. The program didn’t mix with my 64-bit operating system, so I had to run it on our older laptop ~ not something I really wanted to do.

While I did play with the program and try to get accustomed to it, I’m not sure I would otherwise purchase Graphics Toolbox because I have a program that doesn’t interfere with my current computer operating system {meaning I can use it on my own laptop}. That program that I use does all that I need and is also less expensive.  Before purchasing, I would recommend trying out Graphics Toolbox free for 30 days to see if it would work for you.

System requirements

Pay attention, because I didn’t and had to put it on another computer since I had issues with our 64-bit:

  • Microsoft® Windows® NT, 2000, XP or Vista 32-bit
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 80 MB of free hard-disk space

Find Out More

You can purchase the Graphics Toolbox program {$149} here or try it out free for 30 days.  

Click on the Homeschool Crew banner to read other reviews about this product.

This product was given to me for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.


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