Graphics Programs, Continued
ONE- or MULTI-LAYERING: Graphics programs create artwork on one
layer where everything is visible to you, or on multi-layers where different
aspects of the image are on different layers. Multi-layering complicates
modification because you cannot always see how under layers are affected.
SCALE: Most programs offer scale changes to both the vertical and
BRUSH/PENCIL/PEN NIB/SPRAY: Selection between the effect of a brush
stroke, the nuances of a pencil or pen nib, and the splattering of an aerosol
spray are common icons that mimic traditional drawing tools.
STROKE or SPRAY WIDTH and SHAPE: A wide or narrow stroke that is
either round or square are selections available that pertain to the number of
pixels modified at once.
Not only do graphics programs require more memory and power and greater
capacity VGA cards and monitors, but they also require more of you. The
only way to become proficient in graphics software is by constant use. The
computer and associated software will not supplant you. You must gain the
knowledge to master the program and use this tool beneficently. Sit down,
read the owner/user manual, and experiment with the computer.