[Sw-l] Question about wrist side-flex

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Nov 16 18:02:23 UTC 2022

SignWriting List,
November 16, 2022

Hello Anna, Grace and everyone,

Very nice to read this message and thank you for all the amazing work that you're doing. And you are right. I personally do need education in the new Photoshop, which has changed so dramatically since I started using it in the 1990s. I have trouble sitting at a computer right now for health reasons, and I cannot take the time to try to figure out the new features in Photoshop.

So I just use the wonderful features already built into SignMaker.

We do have everything we need inside SignPuddle Online and also in SignMaker 2017 and 2022 to make beautiful graphics of SignWriting. Thanks to Adam Frost who did the SVG of every single symbol in the ISWA 2010 (which took years) and thanks to Steve Slevinski for installing it and creating features called Customize Sign, and ColumnMaker for literature that makes everything so gorgeous. We are so fortunate! 

Did you know that Adam Frost has done the complete SVG graphics, vector graphics, for every symbol in the ISWA 2010? It took him many many years and all of it is available to everybody free online in SignMaker 2017 and 2022 and also in SignPuddle Online, which has a SignMaker program built in.

And I am so glad to know that you can use Keynote too! Wow that is great -

I will make a little video of my mouse actions to show you how to create a large sign in SignMaker

Val ;-)


> On Nov 16, 2022, at 5:05 AM, Ms. AnnaGrace <msannagrace20 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Hi Valerie,
> The sign for "two of us" that you attached has the proper spelling, I believe. 
> This particular sign moves the wrist back and forth, that is, to front and back.
> As for technology, I see online courses on Photoshop being offered at Udemy.com at lowered prices. They look good to me.
> Photoshop uses pixelization which can be problematic when an image is enlarged. It becomes "rasterized." 
> However, Adobe Illustrator uses a vector system which does not pixelate when enlarged and solves the rasterization problem. Udemy.com also offers courses in Adobe Illustrator. I have recently started to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator. 
> Files saved in Adobe Illustrator end with ".ai" file extension. (Photoshop has .psd file extension.)
> Also, I've been using Mac's Keynote (it comes free with the MacBook) as a tool for SignWriting symbols. It's another way of writing SW besides the SignMaker.
> Keynote acts like a vector program. I have had a few problems with pixelation and rasterization in Keynote. 
> For the most part, I have been able to enlarge and reduce the image sizes without them becoming pixelated. 
> When I'm done creating SignWriting spelling, 
> I use the shift+command+4 to make screenshots of the images in Keynote to create png files. 
> With these png files, I am able to drag-and-drop them on emails, documents, etc.
> Hope this helps! (For anyone else reading this email, hope this helps you, too!)
> Cheers,
> AnnaGrace



Valerie Sutton
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