Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Relief & A Tech Question

The heat broke last night. It broke rather noisily with high winds, heavy rains, frequent lightning and enough rolling waves of thunder, that it was difficult to try to count off the miles. Unlike some nearby neighbors, we did not lose our power and we had no damage from the storm.

I’ve been happily humming right along with my digital scrapbooking. Believe me, it was wonderful to be able to work on my laptop computer in the air conditioned bedroom over the weekend! This morning I finished up another layout in Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Mac. I duplicated the PSD file and saved it as a JPEG file. I then printed out my JPEG of the file onto my absolute favorite paper - the Double Sided Matte Photo Supreme from Staples - using our Canon PIXMA MP810 All-in-One Photo Printer (I tried to find a link, but I think Canon has replaced it with a newer model). Out it comes with a strangely heavy drop shadow under one of the layers. I looked at the computer screen and tipped it back and forth. Sometimes the position of the screen leads to a differences in how images appear. It did look a little heavy, so I tweaked it a little. I printed it out again on the back side of the paper (just another reason I love that paper). This time it looked better. But strangely, the direction that the “light” was coming from to create the “drop shadow” had changed. Instead of coming from the top left down toward the bottom right as I wanted, it appeared to be coming from the bottom left toward the upper right. But what made this head-scratchingly-puzzling was that it looked one way on the screen and this completely different way on the paper! Hunh?

One of the things that I love about working in PSE is the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) functionality. I have never had anything like this happen before. I’ve poked around in PSE Help, in PSE itself and on the internet. I’ve learned a whole bunch of neato stuff which is great, but nothing which helps me solve this particular oddity.

So, Dear Readers, any suggestions would be appreciated. Especially one which says: “Oh that happened to me and I can have you all sorted out in two shakes of a lamb’s tail!” That one would be awesome! Thanks in advance...


purpleronnie said...

I would love to say those words for you, but I'm not a liar! Hehe! All I can say is, glad you're feeling a bit better about the heat.. Sorry, I know that's not helpful at all ;0)

Pink Granite said...

Hi Ronnie -
Thanks for the good wishes - it is the thought that counts! And yes, we are very relieved the heat broke. I refuse to think about the next wave though...
- Lee