Ribbonwinners Tatting Patterns & Shuttles by
Georgia Seitz
11460 Via Appia
Anchorage Alaska 99515-2905 USA

IRFANVIEW - A graphics program to enhance your tatting scans

Many thanks to Tammy Rodgers for preparing this guide to using the graphics viewing program IrfanViewer for the online tatting class. Many of the tatters in class are scanning lace pieces and posting to the web. I, of course, use dozens of scans to help illustrate the online tatting class lessons and the patterns and homework that is shared. As a newbie with graphics I had a complete lack of understanding of the nuances of "size" when it came to manipulating the graphics. Many of you will remember early lessons which had huge photos on the screen and took forever to load and to print. And even when the scan looked just perfect on my screen some of you were seeing an entirely different view depending on the parameters of your browser.

Several helpful tatters experienced with such matters tried to guide me in making "smaller" scans to post, but I really didn't understood "what" exactly needed to be done. Then Tammy came knocking on my email door and began to "talk" to me about the scans. I sent her the huge scans, she made them workable. This was a great help but the biggest help of all came when she had me download this program and guided me through using it.

I repeat, DUH!
OK, OK, the light bulb came on and all is better now. LOL

So, please, take a few minutes and downloard this program. It is free. Tammy has prepared a guide for us to follow complete with photos that will look just like the screens you will see. This is one of those times when you don't need to truly understand what is happening (just as it is not neccessary to truly understand the mechanics of the internal combustion engine as long as you can turn the key and the car starts, right?). Just do it! It will be an enormous help.

You can get IrfanView at: IrfanViewer

There you have a choice of English version or Deutsche version. I am using the English version 3.33, also on the download page there is a spot where you can download plugins. The plugins give you even more formats that can be viewed and saved. You may want to get this but don't feel you have to. If you do decide to get the plugins just follow the directions for installing them.

The Basics: Starting up and resizing includes diagrams A, B and C
The Basics: Saving and adding text includes diagrams D, E and F
The Basics: Cropping, cutting and pasting includes diagrams G, H and I
IrfanViewer Doily Photo and Diagram for Practicing the new techniques

Tammy adds: "BTW I am just a happy user of IrfanView I am in no way affiliated with the company."

Contact Tammy direct at: Tammy
And be sure to visit: Tammy's website Questions? Email anytime :)AKTATTER@aol.com