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ladywil

Thank you.

puzzlejan

We all read and give comments on both new and old puzzles. I learnt commenting by reading how others did it. Since English is not my first language, I felt a need to learn.
I just noticed your newest puzzles - you're making an incredible fast progress. You are a fast learner, and I'm sure you'll have much enjoyment in creating puzzles.
PJ

ladywil

why?

puzzlejan

Well, Ladywil - you just happened to come across me then. I've had a 'puzzle mentor' and can give you advice she gave me. I'm well used to giving advice / seeking information.

One advice my 'puzzle mentor' gave me : don't say negative things about a puzzle in a comment.
Either don't comment at all or focus on the positive elements you like. Look again at the comments I gave you today, and you'll se how I practise it.
If you like, I can - in this place - suggest improvements.
PJ

puzzlejan

Thank you for checking - I looked at tuxpi.com, and found it interesting. I'm sure it will be useful for you.
And my question - out of curiosity - what made you ask me for advice, and not some of the more experienced ones?
PJ

ladywil

PJ..I checked them out and the only one I could use is tuxpi.com.
Some you have to download, which I don't want to do. Just using a website is enough for me.
Some you have to pay.

ladywil

Thanks PJ. I will check out the links you gave me.
On Lunapic, I do the various pieces, then I use 3D cube and then kaleidoscope it again. I can do this a few times. Some turn out as what I had before and some are different.

puzzlejan

Ladywil - maybe these are to you liking, I've not had the time to learn how to use them:
http://www.picmonkey.com/
http://www.fotor.com/
http://www.serif.com/free-graphic-design-software/ draw program
tuxpi.com blender design
Gimp.com (or just google gimp)
Do tell me if you find anything useful - I'd be interested too.
PJ

ladywil

PJ..you can always give me tips. I cannot find a lot of variations on the website. I wonder if there are more free programs that I can use.
Thanks

puzzlejan

Ladywil - you're doing so fine! Would you like some tips to your puzzles?
PJ

ladywil

PJ: I did not know there were (unwritten) rules...but I will definitely try to apply it, if I don't forget.
I am originally from the Netherlands. I have been in Canada since 1971.
We have a friend who is also from Norway. She told me the city and I even looked it up on googlemaps but I don't remember. Only know it is far north.
Have a good night and I might see you tomorrow.

puzzlejan

I am Norwegian, in Norway. And I thought you lived in the Netherlands, after visiting your puzzles... So when I'm soon off to bed you've got about 7 more hours.
(Ok, I've lived in the States, and I've studied English). I've never been to Canada, but there is much I like about Canada. We can share more about countries later...

What did you think of my comment on "names of puzzlecreators" - you did not mention it, so I wondered...
PJ

ladywil

In what country are you?? I am in Canada, Montreal.

ladywil

PJ I also avoid images that can be sold
And good suggestion to ask my friend again.

puzzlejan

Laywil - I get them from the net when I shall kaleido them.
The others I get from my own mobil camera, from friends (with their knowing), from Powerpoint's collection of images, or "free" images from the net.

I suggest you ask your friend if you can use her all the photos she sends you, to find out if she has restrictions on any of them...
PJ

ladywil

PJ...where do you get your pictures from...just from the net? I guess when they are changed the original name doesn't have to be mentioned? I also get a lot of email from a friend with nice photos and hers I can use. But I will not ask every time I receive her email.

ladywil

PJ.If i find the owner/author I will mention it, if there is a website I will mention it, but if I can't find anything then I presume it is free. Before the change of jigidi there was nothing that you could add (at least as far as I know).

puzzlejan

Ladywil - you commented very nicely to me: "Thanks..I found most of the photographs on the web. " Oops - beware of copyright laws. You may just alter the comment - or delete it - or add that the images were freely awailable......
PJ

ladywil

Oh great..will try your suggestion.

puzzlejan

Glad to give you advice, I had a mentor too, so I know it can be very useful. Some of the things I've told you is what she told me!
I just discovered your third puzzle. It was grey - so I quite frankly, did not see it. I am one of those who usually don't solve grey or dark puzzles, this has to do with personal taste. So you just experiment. If you like to make a puzzle lighter go to the headline : "Ajust" on Lunapic, and scroll down till you find Brightness.
PJ

ladywil

I am also not on yahoo group..I was just wondering.
Thanks for the advice.

puzzlejan

No, I'm not on the Yahoo group. What is happening there??

Remember - if you would like others to solve AND comment on your posted puzzles, it is important that you respond. If it feels unatural in English - just post a response comment like this example to my comments:
PJ - thank you. (Or you could use the puzzle-name : puzzlejan - thank you.

ladywil

Thanks again...If I need more help, I am sure I will find you :)
Are you all also on the yahoo group??

puzzlejan

Yes, Ladywil - that's what most puzzle creators do.
I have used Powerpoint for many years, so it comes natural to me.
You made a good start - and it will take some time with experimenting before you find your style.
Make sure you do not copy any puzzles from others on Jigidi (it has happened and the 'sinner' got expelled for a while)
You learn a lot from reading comments.
So nice that you contacted me - have a good time experimenting.
PJ

ladywil

Thanks again...i played a bit with the website and also got some other effects, which changes the whole image. I am not very good with powerpoint, so I will keep on playing with the website, until I 'got it'.

ladywil

I did not find where I can change the images. I post picture and then it comes out the way it wants.

puzzlejan

Ladywil - there are a lot of options on Lunapic to alter the kaleidoed image: round / rectangular, colors, form, cut out shapes and so on. Go ahead and try things out - you'll be surprised at how many possibilities there are.
It's also wise to read comments and look at puzzles others have posted....
PJ

ladywil

Ik zie net dat ik het allemaal in het nederlands had kunnen doen :))
Bedankt voor de info.

ladywil

I bookmarked them. The 1 one with the treasure chest I did not like. The rest I will all do in the next few days.

ladywil

I will look them up..You also make the square ones with that program?

puzzlejan

Ladywil - I enjoy making round ones. I started out posting photos too!
Here is a list of recent square or rectangular kaleido puzzles I've posted:
http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=87M8A4MB
http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=93XYZCYL
http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=BGZIGYYR
http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=PRMC8SYY
http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=MA4GFC66
http://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=UQG7O9N7
PJ

ladywil

I like it...you can only make round ones???

puzzlejan

Oh, Ladywil - I'm so happy for you. I started posting in the end of September - so my experience is rather limted. It's so good that you've started. Feel free to ask again.
PJ

ladywil

I just did it...my first kaleidoscope...Thanks will post tomorrow

ladywil

I thought you did all these by hand with pieces of material etc.

puzzlejan

Ladywil - thank you for your nice comment, glad you liked it. The original photo is of five different knitted items. Here's how I do it:

1. find / photograph an interesting image
2. go to www.lunapic.com
3. choose EFFECTS and then scroll down to Kaleidoscope
4. the program starts with dividing the photo into 5 parts and you can then choose a higher number to get more starry effects (I prefer 8 or 10)
5. then I copy the image to Powerpoint to do the finishing design / composition.

There are many programs to choose from. Lunapic is free and simple to use. I've not had the time to learn any of the more complexe ones.
Please tell me if this was helpful or if you have more questions.....
Groeten, PJ

ladywil

This is knitted? It is beautiful...I still don't understand how you people make these things.
I only know kaleidoscopes as a thing with a tube that you look through.

puzzlejan

Hi Kathy, nice to see you again. Thank you for your beautiful comment, I appreciate it.
PJ

Hummingbird59

This has to be one of my favorites!!!!! All my favorite colors too. Thank you for a beauty PJ :-) Love the background too :-)

puzzlejan

Oh, thank you Kristen for your sweet comment. So glad to hear you appreciate this puzzle too.
PJ

RandomWorship

It IS a gorgeous kaleido PJ! And the background fits like a glove! Thanks so much. :)))

puzzlejan

Mandy - thank you so very much for your fine compliment. I'm delighted.
PJ

monza006

PJ, this is wonderful, and you really did do a perfect job on matching the background with the image, and they set each other offer beautifully.... thankyou. :~)

puzzlejan

Oh, thank you Judy - what a nice compliment. Glad you enjoyed it - and I certainly enjoyed creating it. When the light beams fitted the image - it was finished....
PJ

HeyJudeNM

PJ, this is beautiful, and I really like the colors, the background is perfect and makes the kaleido really pop with the 3D added. I'm glad you played around with it, because it is not just good, it's great. Those extra tweaks make all the fidderence. Congrats. You have a winner.

puzzlejan

Thank you Octomom, really appreciate you kind comment. I did work a bit with the design, and I like that red shine too!
PJ

octomom

Beautiful puzzle, PJ. You chose the perfect number of sides, and I like the red shine in the background. Thanks.

puzzlejan

Queenbee2b - thank you very much. So glad you enjoyed the puzzle - and the design!
PJ

Queenbee2b

Wonderful 3-D design!! I love the "wooden" buttons you added in, they " attach" the pattern together beautifully!! Thanks for the fun!! :)

puzzlejan

Thank you, Evielou - I really appreciate your compliment.
PJ

Very cool design!