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PLAY WITH PICTURES (WWW.PLAYWITHPICTURES.COM)

This software enables users of any age to take ordinary photos and turn them into unique compositions. Students use it to cut out an unlimited number of people and props from digital images using a technique that resembles painting by numbers. The cutouts are then layered onto a background of choice and embellished with a set of controls, including blending tools; retouching tools for object colors, tints, and transparency; and the ability to add titles, captions, and speech bubbles. Price: retail price, $39.95; education discounts available Category: photo editing
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Playing With Time Playing With Time is an exhibit that offers a look at events in the natural world that happen too quickly or too slowly for mere mortals to perceive. By clicking on "to see and do" at the top of the page you are able to access galleries of images and video that document these changes.

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