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This poster by Old Try will bring a taste of hometown heritage to home or office. Visit www.TheOldTry.com.  THEOLDTRY.COM
THEOLDTRY.COM
This poster by Old Try will bring a taste of hometown heritage to home or office. Visit www.TheOldTry.com.

PhotoForge2 is my new favorite photo editing app for the iPhone or iPad, with capabilities rivaling a fun-size Photoshop.

The camera on the iPhone and iPad is impressive, especially on the 4G, but built-in photo editing capabilities are basically nonexistent. PhotoForge2 has complete layers functionality, the ability to create and edit layer masks, edit with a full selection of curves and levels, use pre-built filters and, of course, seamlessly upload to your social network of choice.

I see this being especially good in an iPad user’s toolbox, since making minute adjustments will be difficult on an iPhone. With the high-quality camera that comes on both devices, it would be a shame not to wind up with the best images possible. The app is only 99 cents in the App Store, and PhotoForge2 even offers video tutorials on its Web site if you get overwhelmed.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

It’s only one month before the Moonlight Music Cruise Series on the Augusta Canal breaks for summer, with five dates during the month of June.

The Canal cruises are a pleasant and affordable way to spend a Friday evening, at only $25 per seat. Guests are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages, and enjoy live music and the scenic canal on the 90-minute ride.

June 1 will feature the Savannah River String Band, specializing in traditional American music on old-time instruments, including the dulcimer. Guests during the rest of June include bluegrass, blues, classic rock and gospel musicians. For tickets, visit www.augustacanal.com.

WHAT’S TRENDY

“Made in the USA,” “artisan” and “heritage” have become trendy marketing buzzwords lately, and even though it’s a trend I support, the market is getting a little oversaturated. Old Try, however, is a company that creates high-quality, reasonably priced letterpress posters that are grounded in hometown heritage.

Old Try was founded by two Southern designers transplanted to Massachusetts who got a hankering for their home states of Alabama and North Carolina and started designing posters and T-shirts they wanted to buy. Using old letterpress machines with moveable type and wooden blocks, their creations are localized to states in particular and the South in general.

Most posters are $32 and come 13 inches by 20 inches on 100 percent cotton. Check them out at www.theoldtry.com.

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Read Staff Writer Gracie Shepherd’s Shopgirl blog on fashion and bargain buys, at augustachronicle.com. Reach her at (706) 823-3217 or gracie.shepherd@augustachronicle.com.


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