February 27, 2013

My old Wacom is simple and cool



My Wacom Graphire4 has customizable  express keys, tablet wheel  and a pressure-sensitive eraser and cordless battery-free pen.

Hello friends and Zazzlers!

Last December I bought a new computer and I am still updating software to it. I gave this buy a lot of thought. I did not want to spend much, I do not have a lot of money these days! But I wanted a good machine. Finally I decided and bought ASUS and  picked Windows 7 because I have very old software and I was affraid it would not install on Windows 8. My main concern was Freehand because I have lots and lots of works created with Freehand. And I still use it often even if no updates to FreeHand have been made for over years. Adobe has no plans to initiate development to support it but I like Freehand because I can use it even with my eyes shut! Windows 7 worked just fine. I just needed to download new drivers for my scanner and Wacom tablet. My scanner is old but I wasn't interested in buying a new one. The Epson scanner was installed nicely and the one thing left was my Wacom Graphire4. Yesterday it also installed nicely, yeah! 


I have seen some Zazzlers asking questions about this kind of digital tablets so I am writing a few lines about it. I have this Wacom tablet maybe for eight years now. Wacom is the best brand but probably there are many others in the market that can perform as well. This is not a professional model but is good enough. When I bought it I was just an amateur and this was perfect for a beginner. Even now, that I have more experience, it still works good enough for me.  Measuring about 280mm x 260mm, with an active area of about 210mm x 150mm, and a height of 18mm, the tablet is  quite manageable and is lightweight. It has a scroll wheel at the top of the tablet and two buttons on the side to move back and forward. It has four switches on the back that allow the plastic cover to be removed. You must always work with the plastic cover on. Removing it you can place photos or other images underneath and customize how it looks. The pen has a rubber grip that has two side switches buttons; the upper switch is double click, the other one , I guess not. I stopped thinking how it works! The one on the top it's an eraser.The tablet just connects to the computer via USB cable. It's plug and play. Don't forget that you need to have some kind of graphic software installed in your computer in order to use it. Essentially, though, a tablet  it's just a mouse. You can draw, doodle, take notes and edit images. I just use my tablet when I want to paint with Photoshop. You can also drop the pen and use it as a touchpad for your computer, an alternative to your mouse.  A mouse does not have pressure.  The tablet can detect  pressure, allowing users of Photoshop or other graphic program to control the thickness or solidity of brush stroke. If you want to learn more about it you can take a look at the manual.
The seagull I am showing was one of my first paintings in Photoshop. I was learning and at the time I had no tablet. It was made with the mouse. With tablet is a lot easier!


February 26, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo is cover of spanish GQ magazine

Cristiano Ronaldo is a famous world soccer player and he is portuguese as many of you know. Usually I don't write about football. This time I will not do it either! But a friend just sent me this photo and caption to tease me! I am allways saying how good Ronaldo looks on photos as a model. She disagrees. Once more I have to say that in my humble opinion he looks great and I also like the clothes he's wearing. I like the color red and the mix between serious and sport wear. In fact I don't know why men can't wear more happy colors. It's just a question of fashion and culture. In Africa men and women of all ages dress in colorful clothes and I like that! 
He's the cover of spanish magazine GQ for March and inside there's an interview where he says: Criticism is part of our business, we have to live with it.What hurts me the most is criticism for issues outside the pitch. I do not mind when it comes to my game, because again, I am the first to realize when I shake. " That was well put. People dislike the kid for so long and for many reasons even if he's doing great things. Nobody's perfect. He's doing what he does best, playing, and winning. He's giving money to several causes. He helps his family. But still he gets lots of criticism for lots of reasons.  Perhaps that comes with the fact of being just another public figure or because people are a little jeallows of his looks, the women, the money, the fame. He's kind of a silly guy, I agree, but I stopped judging him for what he does outside the football stadium a long time ago...Who cares? Just play that ball, Ronaldo!

February 24, 2013

Portuguese singer Cristina Branco has a new record!

A sample from the new record from one of my favorite Portuguese singer, Cristina Branco! The CD will be out next week and it's title is ALEGRIA=JOY. This is good, oh, this is really good. Just listen!There's a song in English also. 

February 15, 2013

Custom wedding invitations from Zazzle


Hello Zazzlers and friends!

No, please don't click the button. Keep calm and read on!

Hi my dear friends and Zazzlers! 

Yesterday an Irish lady friend of mine got engaged! I am really happy for her. It seems the guy asked her to marry him 3 times. Finally she accepted! I am happy for her. And today I just got an email from a friend of mine who has decided to get married. Love is in the air, I believe, LOL! She and her longtime companion went out for a special Valentine's dinner to celebrate such a special decision yesterday. The overall number of married couples has declined in Portugal over the years and people get married later. Maybe because other kinds of living arrangements are now more socially acceptable or maybe because girls and boys that go to college want to have a career before they settle down. Maria João and Mário have been living together for 10 years. Now they finally decided to tie the knot! It's allways a great joy to get this kind of news! They want a nice and small cerimony just for the family and close friends followed by a dinner party. I got invited, yeah! It will be in the summer so I'll have plenty of time to buy me a new pretty dress, LOL! But, most important, I was invited to create the wedding ceremony invitations! I was so pleased! It's the second time a friend asks me to do it! Wow!

Her email made me think of custom wedding invitations from Zazzle right away. I never paid much attention to it and I don't have any at my store to sell. So I decided to take a close look mainly for inspiration! 

Custom wedding invitations from Zazzle are a great choice. There are thousands of  designs, beach wedding designs, damask designs, and more! People can pick those already made by professional artists or make their own wedding invites using their images and text. There are also RSVP cards and real U.S. postage to match. Each invite and RSVP card comes with a complimentary envelope, which means easy mailing for you. And here it is a choice of my favourite custom wedding inviations from Zazzle!

From Beach Invitations section:
Starfish Rustic Beach Wedding Invitations
Starfish Rustic Beach Wedding Invitations by labellarue
Shop for Wedding Invitations online at Zazzle.com
Star Fish Invitation
Star Fish Invitation by PixiePrints
View Star fish Invitations online at zazzle
Monogram Hearts on the Beach Wedding Invitation
Monogram Hearts on the Beach Wedding Invitation by stateofbliss
Check out Beach wedding Invitations online at zazzle
Seashell Post Wedding Reception Party Invitations
Seashell Post Wedding Reception Party Invitations by McBooboo
Find more Seashell beach party Invitations at Zazzle
Nautical Anchor Custom Invitations
Nautical Anchor Custom Invitations by soapstreet
Look at more Wedding Invitations at zazzle
Starfish We're doing it on the Beach Wedding Personalized Invites
Starfish We're doing it on the Beach Wedding Personalized Invites by Special_Occasions
See other Beach wedding destination wedding nuptials Invitations at zazzle
vintage typography beach wedding invitations
vintage typography beach wedding invitations by jinaiji
Check out other Beach wedding Invitations at zazzle.com
Navy Blue & White Nautical Wedding Invitations
Navy Blue & White Nautical Wedding Invitations by natureprints
See more Nautical wedding Invitations at zazzle.com
Starfish, plumeria + damask Wedding Invitations
Starfish, plumeria + damask Wedding Invitations by custom_stationery
Check out Pixdezines Invitations online at zazzle
Browse more Water Invitations at Zazzle

From Damask Invitations section:


Wedding Invitation
Wedding Invitation by eventfulcards
Check out more Wedding Invitations at Zazzle
Wedding Invitations with Engagement Photo Damask
Wedding Invitations with Engagement Photo Damask by monogramgallery
You can sell cards , invitations, stamps and more on Zazzle.com!
Vintage Damask Heart Wedding Invitation
Vintage Damask Heart Wedding Invitation by wasootch
View other Wedding Invitations at Zazzle.com
Leather Monogram Denim Western Wedding Invitations
Leather Monogram Denim Western Wedding Invitations by natureprints
Browse Western wedding Invitations online at Zazzle.com
Damask Red Bow Wedding Invitation
Damask Red Bow Wedding Invitation by Eternalflame
Check out other Red Invitations at zazzle.com
Black Gold Damask Party Personalized Announcements
Black Gold Damask Party Personalized Announcements by Pure_Elegance
Check out more Black gold party Invitations at Zazzle
Red Damask Paisley Wedding Invite
Red Damask Paisley Wedding Invite by Cards_by_Cathy
Browse more Wedding Invitations at Zazzle
Cute Yellow and Pink Lovebirds Wedding Invitation
Cute Yellow and Pink Lovebirds Wedding Invitation by misstallulah
Look at more Summer wedding Invitations at zazzle
Pink Whimsical Birdcages Floral Wedding Invitation
Pink Whimsical Birdcages Floral Wedding Invitation by misstallulah
Browse more Summer wedding Invitations at Zazzle
Aquamarine white floral swirls wedding invitation
Aquamarine white floral swirls wedding invitation by Jamene
Check out more Wedding Invitations at Zazzle


Red White Blue Modern Vintage Typography Invite
Red White Blue Modern Vintage Typography Invite by samack
Check out Chalkboard Invitations online at zazzle
Spring Wedding Invitation
Spring Wedding Invitation by colourfuldesigns
Find another invitation online at zazzle.com
Chaalkboard Modern Vintage Typography Invite
Chaalkboard Modern Vintage Typography Invite by samack
Check out other Chalkboard Invitations at zazzle.com
Red Summer Floral Wedding Invitation
Red Summer Floral Wedding Invitation by dlgray
Check out other Red Invitations at zazzle.com
Oak Tree Fall Wedding Invitation
Oak Tree Fall Wedding Invitation by berryberrysweet
Check out more Wedding Invitations at Zazzle
Aqua & Mustard Yellow Peacock Wedding Invitations
Aqua & Mustard Yellow Peacock Wedding Invitations by samack
View Vintage peacock Invitations online at zazzle
Fall Love Trees Modern Wedding Invitations
Fall Love Trees Modern Wedding Invitations by BridalHeaven
Look at more Autumn Invitations at zazzle
Blue and White Artistic Wedding Invitation
Blue and White Artistic Wedding Invitation by PaintingPony
Check out other Wedding Invitations at zazzle.com
Love Birds - Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations
Love Birds - Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations by deluxebridal
Check out more Wedding Invitations at Zazzle
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