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Welcome to The Bug Bytes a site/blog mainly for Papercrafting and some photography and other stuff thrown in here & there. Add in some die cutting machine, scrapbooking tools, cameras, scissors , glue and...... My name is Pam. If you have been redirected from Papillon Digital Design you have come to the right place.Hope you get inspired by the projects, videos and files. Would love it if you could leave comments and become a follower. (Word verification is turned ON to avoid spam. Sorry for that inconvenience.) Would love it if you would also share your project here . If you find a linky under the post do share your project by posting link there or if you do not find a linky post your link in the comments.Thank you for visiting. The website Papillon digital designs has changed to Papillon Digital Design so if the link gives and error or takes you to page with chinese characters then please drop the 's' in the link at the end of papillondigitaldesigns and try . That is change papillondigitaldesigns to papillondigitaldesign and try the link.

September 23, 2010

Imagine and what they call flood fill problem

Well! Wasn't that a beautiful card by Audrey! Wow I am amazed at the talent of all the Designer's in both this blog, sassy's and tuesdaytreats. And what generosity sharing and teaching. It takes time. We all love as scrapbookers and paper crafters to create for sure but it takes more effort to take these step by step instructions and post and even more to bravely come forth and put the project for everyone to see. Often times it goes unrewarded or unappreciated. But know this I appreciate!! and I admire!!

It is this blog's Birthday today!!! It has been exactly one year since I registered the domain and set up the blog. Yeah!!

Now coming to the Imagine. This is becoming like gypsy and imagine blog isn't it? But to me I feel like the Imagine atleast the electronic part is an extension or mini gypsy!!. It is just been handed a power tool!!!
Here's an video which explains what people are now calling as flood fill

I was sent a gmail with this link and asking me my opinion
For what's it worth here it is (and you bet I will soon make a video of this.. well maybe.. )

This I would think is not the problem with the Imagine machine itself

If anyone has used a photo editing software like Photoshop or gimp you will understand that the flexibility in manipulating the layers lies in how you plan each layer. Layer means just that - Layer
For eg If I take a person. I would make all the body as brown so in one layer. but the ear holes, hair , lips and eyes I would make a separate layer of each and one on top of each other. That way if I have the hair in a separate layer then I can have that hair blonde or brunette and in the same way if I have the eye in different layer then I can color the layer and if it was photoshop manipulate the shape too ;). Now if I did not do that properly and put the hair and eye in one layer then well is it photoshop's fault to say it is not giving me the correct color. But it is the designer's
 So here I say once again it's not the Imagine's fault but rather the poorly thought out Imagine art cartridge images .That artwork needs work!! It needs to better planned and broken down into layers. . Machine as per se is fine and doing what it is supposed to but rather it is the fault of the cartridge designer. No not taking sides here at all. So what point am I making. I like the machine so far but the art cartridges - needs some work!! for sure. Now if you love the images on the cartridge itself along with colors and some flexibility then do go for it. I am again not blaming here. Each person has their style of doing things. The images on it is fine as it is and the colors as it is are gorgeous and to lots of people  me included sometimes - it takes the stress of color planning. If you are one of them then buy these.

Since I am not planning on imagine art cartridges but would go for the pattern cartridges (cheaper and better option for me) - I am going to stick with regular cartridges (which I have tons of) - I am not overly concerned. 
Now the regular cartridges - they mostly have been broken down properly into layers for eg if I were to take paper doll then only body can be changed while I have seperate eyes etc which I can leave as black... 
So these are the facts and my opinion. (sheesh!!! opinion opinion opinion - I sound like a opinionated woman don't I? Now then why does my family not listen to me.. I wonder!!!)


Audrey Frelx said...

Pam, Happy Blog Birthday!!! LOL!

You have done such a fantastic job and have come so far this past year!!! I have enjoyed every moment I've spent here with you and I look forward to all the "years" to come!

mfc.melissamade2 said...

Pam - I have to agree with you - I watched the video - the flood fill is only a problem if there aren't separate layers - the funny thing is she pulled up the sweet pea bucket which i think is actually missing all the layers - in the book it shows that you can print the peas off as it's own image, but on the machine you can't - like it's missing from the actual cart. If you have all those layers then the background filling all up is no big deal - you just then print each layer...as far as the background in the font - that was a mistake like you said in the poor design of the imagine cart - but honestly - it's a new machine and these are things we are learning - thanks so much for this post though!!!

flowerdisco said...

thanks for your input. I am taking many things in consideration but my big peeve is the ink cost at this time. Please, let me know about that, and you know you can email me.

sugarsherri said...

Being an artist, and a Gypsy/Expression addicted person, I ordered Imagine more so to help out with the layers on my already existing cartridges, as you mentioned, EX paper dolls. I cut many dolls on Expression, them on Gypsy pulled down the layer to get approx sizes and made files for hair, dresses, shoes, hats, and then went to Imagine and on a single pages printed dresses, etc in many prints. Unfortunately my Imagine is going back as it can t read the original Cricut without dying, so Provo Craft is sending another one.

Truthfully, the ink is not expensive if you calculate how many pages you can print. I don t think my regular HP printer with ink costing the same prints that many pages! Divide 150 by the cost, throw in 20 cents for good paper and you are still way under a dollar a sheet. How much have you been paying lately for paper....its gone up a lot, and cheap is flimsy.

I have lost my job 2 weeks ago and this was a hard, unjustified decision, but the smoothness of the cut, and yes these mats are good, make me feel that after the kinks are worked out and Gypsy works with Imagine, I will be a happy camper.

Katy, TX

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