By David Gewirtz
A few weeks ago, we published "A free program for creating black and white effects" (at http://www.connectedphotographer.com/issues/issue200604/00001754001.html). In response to this, reader Savio Nino asked:
Black and white is fine. But I'm looking for something (hopefully free) that'll help me create romantic pictures for my wife. The less I spend on the software, the more I can spend on those flowers she likes.
Well, it's good to see Savio's a romantic, and we have just the program for him. We recommend you take a look at 2 Pic from Moor Computer Products. This program takes two images (one on the left side and one on the right side), and performs a wide variety of effects, including blends and filters.
As a test, we took two pictures from our trusty clipart collection and opened them in 2 Pic, as shown in Figure A.FIGURE A
We took a nice romantic sunset and a picture of a pretty woman. (click for larger image)
As you can see in Figure A, there's a series of tabs along the bottom. We tried a bunch of effects, but the one that generated the most romantic feel was on the Fade tab. We chose Radial, then hit the Start button, as shown in Figure B.FIGURE B
We'll do a radial fade (click for larger image)
You can see the result in Figure C.FIGURE C
We've created a very romantic picture. (click for larger image)
We've created a very romantic picture in a very short time, using a free piece of software. Ain't the Internet grand?