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  • #41843
    Radar
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    Help please. I need to make some transfers for some cast flags (old school Heritage & Naismith 15mm Napoleonics). Plenty of flags on line, inkjet transfer paper bought. Not the world’s most proficient  PC user, but certainly no slouch. So how difficult can it be? Quite tricky so it would appear.

    Now what i am trying to do is draw boxes the correct size for the cast flags, then shrink and crop flag jpegs to fill the blank boxes. Easy peasy lemon squeezy in WordPerfect 8, but alas WP8 not compatible with  Win 10. Struggling with MS Paint, as the select tools don’t really lend themselves to this sort of a job. MS Word doesn’t like me doing this, as it only allows you to do things that it expects you to do. Would Publisher do the job? (I know Word and Excel for work, and various bits of obscure education software, not so ‘hot’ on arty stuff.)

     

    So any suggestions on suitable programmes?  Preferably bundled with Win 10 or the latest version of MS Office, free or not too expensive. Thanks in anticipation. ..

    #41852
    Mike
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    So… If I am not being dense…..

    You have some images you want to shrink and paste into pre defined boxes to print off?

    #41854
    paintpig
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    A free and reasonably powerful (for the price) image manipulation software that could do what your after is GIMP, it will allow for resize to physical/real life measurements…. and you can draw the flags yourself if you that way inclined. Well worth watching the you tube clips for tutorial purposes, isn’t exactly intuitive

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    #41855
    Radar
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    Mike – sort of. Problem is that the cast flags aren’t nice rectangular slabs, often given a ‘ripple’ or not square. An example – Duchy of Warsaw flags. I need to make a wrap around decal 24mm x 10mm, each flag face is roughly 11mm x 10mm (they are not square), with a 2mm strip in the middle to wrap around the staff. The image I have is very long, and has a fringe. I want to use something like the ink dropper tool (MS Paint) to take the flag body colour to fill in my 24 x10 box, then crop the Polish Eagle and text to then place centrally on each flag face. Hope that makes sense, quite trcky trying to explain. I don’t want a fringe as I will paint this on (and use it to hide the decal edges).

    PP – thanks will take a look.

    #41856
    Fredd Bloggs
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    Free trial with CorelDraw would be my goto place for this.

    #42006
    Radar
    Participant

    Fredd – forgotten about CorelDraw. Used to use that a squillion years ago. Brilliant. After much prevarication (and having ‘other stuff’ to do) I finally sat down to have a play. 10 minutes later, my Duchy of Warsaw regiments have decals for their flags.

    Thanks all.

    #42008
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Ace.
    Is CorelDraw intuitive?

    #42040
    Radar
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    Is Corel Draw intuitive, sort of. If you are familiar with MS Paint then yes it is. Lot more bells and whistles.

    I last used Coreldraw about 20 years ago when v3 was the business ( Win 3.1 days), so being able to pick it up from the get go isn’t too shabby. The difficulty is finding out where everything is, but Microsoft seems to like playing that game with every release of Office, so i should be used to it. Had to use the help option to do the cropping bit of cropping ( selecting what to crop was a doddle). So  yes, i could do what i wanted pretty quickly, a few ‘oh, right where is the tool for..’ moments, but with a little more familiarity I think stuff would be a breeze (plus it has PhotoPaint with it too). Admittedly I would probably be only using about 1/10th of the program’s features, but then I’m not a graphic designer.

    May even buy the home/ student version of x7 (£60) but license for 3 machines.

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