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Enlarging with Genuine Fractals 2 LE

The April cover CD includes a free full working version of Genuine Fractals 2 LE. This column will show you how to get the most from the plug-in and produce high-quality enlargements of your digital images. Genuine Fractals is an extremely handy tool...

JPEG 2000

It can be difficult trying to learn about the current range of graphics formats: most people assume that we have enough formats to handle all our needs. On closer inspection you may find that this diversity is a result of weaknesses in each file type...

Photos for TV and DV

As CD burners and home DVD players become common, more people are using these technologies to display photographs. Rather than sticking to a plain slideshow, some adventurous types are adding sound tracks and commentaries. This type of multimedia pre...

Ulead PhotoImpact 8 graphics software

Ulead’s latest graphics package is starting to benefit from a long history of development. Photo­Impact 8 is now packed with more tools than home users will probably ever use or need.

Improve your enlargements

If you have attempted to enlarge a photograph, you may have noticed the appearance of many unwelcome changes to the image. There may be some minor variation in colours, the image may be blurry, and some lines or edges of the image may now have steps ...

Getting arty with graphics: Part 3

This final instalment will show you how to introduce colour to a scanned drawing or modified picture. Reminder: if you have a black and white image, make sure that you change the mode to 16 million colours or RGB (some people may prefer CYMK). In Pai...

Enlarging images

Anyone who has a digital camera or regularly downloads pictures from the Web will eventually experience the problem of undersized images. Printing these low-quality images will lead to disappointing results. Even images taken at higher resolutions of...

Getting arty with graphics: Part II

In the previous column, we covered the use of filters and basic layer procedures to generate digital art quickly. These techniques can be rewarding, but a little more effort and skill is needed to create interesting and diverse works. There are two m...

Getting arty with graphics: Part I

Since many people use graphics pro­grams to edit photographs, they may be unaware of how easily the same software can be used to create works of art. All it takes are a few clicks of the mouse and a steady hand. Even if you don't have the patience or...

Working with the graphics text tool

One confusing area of graphics is the text tool. At first glance, it may seem that all you need to do is type in your words, click OK and you are done. Sadly, the results of such an approach are frequently disappointing.

Photoshop 7 browser

The latest version of Adobe's flagship graphics program has just hit the shelves and many people may be wondering what's new in the program. As with any new release, there are some improvements, but one of the most significant features is the browse ...

Exploring 602 Photo

Most office suites are crammed with so many programs that many users often overlook the extra graphics tools included in the package. One such program is 602Photo, which is installed with the 602Pro office suite. It is suitable for basic editing, fil...

BenQ Digital Camera 300Mini

When this camera showed up at PC World, it certainly attracted a lot of attention with its tiny size (8.5x4x2cm) and humble price of $189.

Restoring photographs: Part 3

This final instalment will show you how to finish off photo restoration and bring more life to an image. By now, your photo should have been scanned and rotated, with its colour balance restored and all obvious markings removed.

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Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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