Computers and Creativity
I love to create — to work with my hands and make things like quilts that are pretty and let me be creative. But I’m also a geek. I love my computer, my smartphone, the internet, streaming video and all that techy stuff. So when I can combine these two parts of myself, I am a very happy camper!
I have tried designing quilts with an EQ program. I had some moderate success with it, but it seems so restrictive. It kept wanting me to use traditional designs and had fabric samples to plug in that I didn’t like. And I could work around all of those things, but the program is really written for quilters making more traditional quilts and maybe tweaking them up a bit. Not really me.
I have used Photoshop Elements for years in one version or another to edit my photographs. I have looked at using it to edit and modify my photos to use in artquilts and I have not been happy with it. It’s much easier to use than the full version of Photoshop but I have never taken the time to learn how to use it beyond editing my photos to make prints.
Well, its time to Cowboy Up! Because now I have this.
This, my friends, is a Waucom Bamboo Fun Tablet. AKA my new BFF.
With this, I can draw in Photoshop Elements. I can design fabric and have it printed by companies like this. I can use the pen and tablet to select objects in my photos much much much easier and then edit and modify for quilts. I can draw motifs and print them on fabric with my inkjet printer for quilts. I can design a quilt and have it printed at a print shop on really wide paper to use as a pattern for an art quilt.
The possibilities are endless!