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    Anyone have an alternative fliteror setting for PSP8 that comes even close to doing what Buzz simplifiers do? Don't have the $$ right now to purchase it.

    If you use VP gouache as a simplifier you get a decent result, but nothing nearly as cool as with the buzz simplifiers.

    AmyHutton

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    Amy:

    These combinations will get you in the ballpark depending on image characteristics. Not as good as the genuine article, but much less expensive if you already own Photoshop:
    * Dry Brush -or- Cutout -or- Image > Adjustments > Posterize
    * Smart Blur, Normal, radius and threshold to taste
    * Diffuse > Anisotropic to soften the edges a bit
    * Edit > Fade Diffuse (to tone down the softing some)

    ~Danny~

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    • #3
      I recently bought a copy of a magazine called Compuer Arts Projects for $13.99, and it comes with a CD that has a free copies of Buzz Simplifier and PhotoArtMaster Classic. I got it at Barnes & Noble.

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      • #4
        The issue with Buzz is the project issue 52, I got mine at Borders and have seen it at Tower Books also (in CA). Bought mine just before Christmas, so hopefully that issue is still in the stores.

        Patricia

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        • #5
          FOUND ALTERNATIVE-FREE

          Spent the weekend trying to fin an alternative to the buzz simplifiers, and finally found one.

          Fantastic Machines' Free Paint Engine has always been one of my favorites. Do a standard Poster7 and voila! Really nice effect.

          It also has poster 1-4 filters, but the 7 does just what I want.

          See att

          AmyHutton
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          • #6
            Thanks for the software (the URL for anyone interested). Another one worth trying is Amphisoft's simplifier - also freeware.

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            • #7
              Fantastic Machines' Free Paint Engine

              >>Fantastic Machines' Free Paint Engine has always been one of my favorites. Do a standard Poster7 and voila! Really nice effect.<<

              I downloaded the Free Paint engine...but I do not see anything related to Poster 7. What am I doing wrong? The program does work for me...there just aren't any effects called poster,or poster 7.

              Thanks if anyone can help with my ignorance here. MJ

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mjfdl
                >>Fantastic Machines' Free Paint Engine has always been one of my favorites. Do a standard Poster7 and voila! Really nice effect.<<

                I downloaded the Free Paint engine...but I do not see anything related to Poster 7. What am I doing wrong? The program does work for me...there just aren't any effects called poster,or poster 7.

                Thanks if anyone can help with my ignorance here. MJ
                MJ:

                The PC I'm using at the moment does not have PE installed, so I cannot check my PE settings file.

                Can you list the built-in PE standard settings from the dropdown menu?

                ~Danny~

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                • #9
                  re :Free Paint engine

                  The drop down menu is under "stroke".
                  Uphill
                  downhill
                  random
                  selected
                  intensity 1
                  intensity 2
                  slope
                  uphill intensity 1
                  uphill intensity 2
                  Saturation 1
                  Saturation 2
                  hue 1
                  hue 2

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                  • #10
                    Below the randomize button there is a drop down list - you should find poster 7 here along with a whole load of others.

                    Christine

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                    • #11
                      If you open the menu Christine noted (the one under the Randomize button) and there are no entries, you need to install file fmachines.ini into your C:\WINNT folder (that's the folder name under Windows 2000... it's the main Windows folder on C:\ if you don't have a WINNT).

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                      • #12
                        Fantastic Machines' Free Paint Engine

                        O.k. thanks for the help. I found the other drop down menu but it says (none). I must have screwed up the download. I'll figure it out from here.

                        Why can't they make computers for right brainers? I love what I can do on a computer...but all the stuff that goes with it drives me nutz.

                        Routers and virus and folders...oh my!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mjfdl
                          O.k. thanks for the help. I found the other drop down menu but it says (none). I must have screwed up the download. I'll figure it out from here.

                          Why can't they make computers for right brainers? I love what I can do on a computer...but all the stuff that goes with it drives me nutz.

                          Routers and virus and folders...oh my!
                          The reason I'm "so smart" is cuz I had the exact same problem you did once upon a time many moons ago. This pecular setup trips up a lot of folks, so no biggie. PE is the only plugin I know of with this installation requirement.

                          The download was probably OK since you were able to locate/install the .8bf file. Somewhere there should have been a fmachines.ini file (along with the plugin file).

                          Anyway, you should be rolling again soon. Have fun.
                          ~Danny~

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