Digital Essentials The Quilt Maker's Must-Have Guide to Images Files and More!

Working with this book is like having a kindly expert sitting right beside you, guiding you through the digital maze.

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If you are a quilter with a computer, you can't fail with Gloria's must-have book!  This book is filled with 208 full-color pages of useful tips and tricks to help you become a computer whiz!

Gloria Hansen is the quilt world's acknowledged go-to person for computer questions.  Buying this book is like having your own IT deparment right at home.  Her book answers every question you have about using the computer - perfect for ALL quilt makers no matter how comfortable you are on the computer.

Easy steps are outlined for both PC and MAc versions of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Paint Shop Pro.  This book makes it simple to:

 Work with Photos:    
  • Prepare your digital photos for show entry
  • Straighten crooked quilt photos
  • Crap photos
  • Get rid of distracting backgrounds
  • Turn color photos into black and white masterpieces
  • Make your ordinary quilt photos look professional
Plus tons of photo editing tips.....
   Print like a Pro:
  • Make your printer color match your screen color
  • Get the best quality printouts
  • Understand your scanner
  • Get ready to paint on fabric
 Prepare Web Work:
  • Make images for your Website
  • Create a logo image for your business
  • Create PDF files to email or download from your site
  • Know what size to make images and thumbnails
  • Safegaurd your images and files

Amaze yourself and others!  Learn how easy it is to transform those plain out pictures into brilliant works of art.  Perfect whether you want to print photos on fabric or just improve your snapshots of your quilts, pets, or family members!

Still not sure if this book is for you?  Click here to desplay or download a PDF of the complete Image Protection chapter.

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Electric Quilt Company (2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893824645
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches


  • SKU: QM0765

    Author/Speaker/Editor: Gloria Hansen

    Format: Paperback

    Table of Contents

    The Fundamentals
    1.    The Digital Journey
    2.    Digital File Formats
    3.    Quilt Designing on the Computer
    4.    Resolution - It's the Pixels
    5.    The Keys to Color Management

    Working with Images
    6.    Resizing and Resampling Images
    7.    Increasing and Decreasing the Canvas
    8.    Getting it Down to Size - The Crop Tool
    9.    Working in Layers
    10.  Easy Photo Fixes and Beyond
    11.  Removing a Quilt from Its Background
    12.  Preparing Images for Digital Show Entry
    13.  And, In the End...Kep the Focus and Sharpe

    Saving for the Web
    14.   Saving Photographs for the Web
    15.   Working in the Gif Format
    16.   Batch Processing Images for the Web
    17.   Image Protection - Can it be Done?
    18.   The Power of PDF Files

    Reference Guide


    Editors Pick in Quilting Arts Mazagine - Sept. Holiday issue 2008-2009!

    "At last, a primer on digital design for the artist! Written in plain English with easy-to-follow steps, Digital Essentials demystifies digital imaging software, whether you have a MAC or PC, whether you just want to resize pictures and print them out or design a whole quilt on the computer. Because Gloria knows both computers and quilting, she can tell you what you need to know and why. Working with this book is like having a kindly expert sitting right beside you, guiding you through the digital maze."|

    About the Author
    Gloria's passions include creating digital design on her Macintosh computers (big time Mac junkie); quiltmaking and working with a variety of media such as pigment inks, paints, dyes, fabric, papers, and threads; and photography, using my cameras (Nikon girl) and printers (Epson junkie).

    She has authored or co-authored 14 books on quilting/computer and Internet-related topics, and Digital Essentials is her 15th book. She continues to write freelance on various tech-related topics, reviews, and so on.  She writes the tech column for The Professional Quilter magazine which she has been writting since 1996, a tech column for the National Quilting Association's journal, and other publications such as Quilting Arts and Craft Reports.

    She is also co-founder of GloDerWorks, a full service Web company with offices in the US and UK where she works as a graphic designer and director. To follow Gloria, visit her blog at

    SKU: QM0765

    Author/Speaker/Editor: Gloria Hansen

    Format: Paperback