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Pics fun

Silly up your pics, fast, easy & free!

Folks who get a kick out of funny Photoshopped pictures often think, "I'd like to do that!" Then they open their "lite" version of Photoshop and...twow, wipeout on the learning curve. Suddenly a quick, amusing stunt is an hours-long journey through Help files, Layers, and so on. For those who just want to fool around with a few snapshots, something smaller, lighter, and easier to use is called for. Magix Entertainment's FunPix Maker 1.0 is just the tool. It's free, for starters. It's easy to use. And it's fun. You can use it to elongate noses, exaggerate feet, add things to images, and generally play around with pictures much like with a big image editor. Except with FunPix Maker, you can finish your image, email it off, and have your joke on your pals before it turns into a major project that swallows up more time than it's worth.

The program opens with a stock image, a small dog. You can grab his nose with the cursor and start changing his expression right away, a quick lesson in using FunPix Maker that's more effective and a lot more fun than a Help file.

Many programs cost more but do less and not as well. FunPix Maker is free and easy. There's a seven-day trial period during which you can register the product at any time and receive access to extended online services and support as well as a $5 electronic coupon that you can use in the publisher's online store.

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