Pathtag Graphics Tutorial 101 – GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 122

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Conducting A Geocaching Class – GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 122

Streamed live on Jul 30, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss the very basics of computer graphics and how to create them. All this so you can design and submit your own pathtag creations.

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SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE 122

From Dave Self aka Dudley Grunt
OCNA 5th Anniversary Contest

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary OpenCaching North America (www.opencaching.us) on August 18th and the month of International Geocaching Day on August15th, we will be running a contest for the entire month of August, which encourages people to find and hide caches on there site.
Tons of prizes to be given away

Read more about it on the OCNA Blog at http://blog.opencaching.us/%3Fp%3D2111.

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What is a Pathtag?

Design your own.
– PC – Paint.net – Free with a lot of graphic options
Like any application there is some learning curve.
It is not as difficult as it first appears
A few practice trys and you can venture into more and more advanced ideas to try.
– PC – Tag Editor – http://www.pathtags.com/design.php on the design page.

Have somebody design it for me.
– http://www.pathtags.com/design.php

Time To Get Your Graphics Hat On
JPG Template – get from the above mentioned design.php page
save as blanktag.jpg

Bring up your favorite graphics application

Load Blanktag.jpg into your program

Graphics Off The Internet

Beware of Copyright protection
The better resolution graphic you use the more you can work with it and also the better detail you can pull from it.

Graphic Concepts To Consider

*Bigger is better but it all has to shrink down to the size of a quarter*

Layers – Are like the old transparencies projectors. Clear plastic sheets.
You can place multiples on top of each other to complete a full graphic.
Layer Types
Background – Bottom of the pile

Layer Properties – 10,000 foot level
Name
Visible
Blending Mode
Opacity

Basic-Basics

Undo – CTRL Z
Redo – CTRL Y
Cut – CTRL X
Paste – CTRL V
Paste into New Layer – easy way to move around your graphics without overlaying onto an existing layer

Text – Adding words and such to your graphic
creates it’s own layer automatically
Add ons to do different things like special text types, circle text, flaming text, etc.

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Question For Episode 121:
Prize 1 – 121: Cache-Advance.com – GeoGlowBots – Glowcubes
Congratulations To: Tena Sapp

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OUR GSRP Geocaching Poll Of The Week
Here are the results for this week:

Would you rather find a geocache or make and hide a geocache?
https://plus.google.com/+AndrewSmith/posts/5MHtjFJM3y1

Another poll next week – Find them on Google + – get us in your circles
HHH’s Profile – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndrewSmith/posts

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