We’ve been playing with Graphics Toolbox from Great Software Tools and are we ever inspired!
We’ve been working with the program that came with our computer for years (you can probably guess the name of that program), and we’ve dabbled with photo editing software, but it was when we started working with the Graphics Toolbox program that we really started having fun. You see, this software combines intuitive ease of use with powerful tools, plus a jumpstart to get the juices flowing: video tutorials that demonstrate techniques applied in practical ways.
We’ve been playing with color and texture, capturing images, editing them, combining them, adding features. We’ve made wallpaper, posters, and stationery, just for starters. We’re excited about the possibilities for notebooking, lapbooking, and scrapbooking!
Here’s a poster I made just now, while exploring the features and learning how to use just a few of the available tools that I’d seen in one of the video tutorials. I got the photo images used in the poster from http://www.publicdomainpictures.net, in case you wanted to know. Of course, it barely scratches the surface of what you can do with the program. I’ll try to post more of our efforts as we learn more. (Ooo! My blog might just start looking pretty!)
Free 30-day trial
Don’t just take our word for it. If you have a PC, you can download and try Graphics Toolbox free for 30 days. The free trial is fully functional, not just a trial version. Just go to the website, click the Download tab, and follow the prompts.
A single site license for Graphics Toolbox costs $149, and there’s a discount if you wish to buy more than one copy, to install on more than a single computer.
I can’t emphasize enough how helpful the folks at Great Software Tools have been. On their website you can download the User Manual, view tutorial videos and slide shows, find answers to frequently asked questions, see examples of how the program is used in home, education and the workplace, read testimonials, and consider comparisons with other familiar graphics programs.
Minimum system requirements
* Microsoft® Windows® NT, 2000, XP or Vista 32-bit
* 512MB of RAM
* 80 MB of free hard-disk space
Members of the TOS Homeschool Crew were each provided a free copy of Graphics Toolbox for review. Crew members receive no monetary compensation for their efforts. The opinions expressed here are our own family’s.