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Paint Shop Pro 9 for Photographers

Book Description

Ken McMahon and Robin Nichols have created a complete and easy-to-follow introduction to Jasc's Paint Shop Pro 9, allowing you to take full advantage of this popular photo-editor and graphics program in ways you would never have imagined. If you are an amateur digital photographer, web or graphic designer this book will provide you with everything you need to get the very best out of your images and achieve professional-looking results with this affordable but powerful consumer software.

Paint Shop Pro 9 for Photographers offers an extensive variety of real life examples with clear, step-by-step tutorials, eye-catching visuals and numerous tips and tricks to take your image making skills to new heights!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Picture credits
  7. Introduction
    1. Why digital?
    2. Why Paint Shop Pro?
    3. Why this book?
    4. Why me?
    5. About Paint Shop Pro 9
  8. 1 Digital Image-making: The Basics
    1. Introduction: basic tools and functions
    2. Paint Shop Pro 9: advanced features
    3. Paint Shop Pro: features new to version 9
    4. Additional considerations for the digital darkroom
    5. Creating pictures using film, digital cameras and scanners
    6. Resizing the picture canvas
    7. Cropping the picture
    8. Adjusting picture orientation
  9. 2 Simple Picture Manipulation: Improving Your Digital Photos
    1. One-button digital photo fixes
    2. Automatic Color Balance
    3. Display options
    4. Automatic Contrast Enhancement
    5. Automatic Saturation Enhancement
    6. Controlling picture contrast
    7. Using fill flash and backlighting
    8. Correcting color balance
    9. Adjusting color saturation (intensity)
    10. Making photos (appear) sharper
    11. Adding soft focus effects
    12. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: creating photo impact
      2. Technique: fixing underexposure using tone adjustment
      3. Technique: fixing red-eye
  10. 3 Simple Picture Manipulation: Moving Past the Basics
    1. Removing scratches and blemishes from scans
    2. Controlling digital noise
    3. Retouching using the Clone Brush
    4. Restoring faded photos
    5. Creating black and white pictures
    6. Tinting black and white photos
    7. Creating color overlay effects
    8. Using the Warp tools
    9. Scripting
    10. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: repairing damaged photos
      2. Technique: hand-coloring effects
      3. Technique: surreal color techniques
  11. 4 Controlling Change: Using Selections
    1. Understanding selections: adding creative power
    2. What else can you do with selections?
    3. Using the geometric selection tools
    4. Alpha channels and masks
    5. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: creating an artificial point of focus
      2. Technique: fixing an overexposed sky
      3. Technique: object cutout
  12. 5 Combining Images: Working with Layers and Layer Masks
    1. Understanding layers
    2. Combining pictures
    3. Advanced layout tools
    4. Using adjustment layers
    5. Creating layer blend mode effects
    6. Using mask layers
    7. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: creating a photomontage
      2. Technique: layer deformations – creating the perfect shadow
  13. 6 Using Text: Understanding Vector Graphics
    1. How text and vectors work
    2. Adding basic text
    3. Special text effects
    4. Vectors: learning the basics
    5. Working with the Pen tool
    6. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: creating a greetings card
      2. Technique: pasting text inside an image for effect
      3. Technique: combining text and photos to make a calendar
  14. 7 Manipulating Images: Creating Special Effects
    1. Using the Materials palette
    2. Working with brush tools
    3. About deformation tools
    4. Applying filter effects
    5. Adding lighting effects
    6. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: creating a panorama
      2. Technique: creating realistic depth effects using displacement maps
      3. Technique: having fun with the Picture Tube
      4. Technique: adding edge and framing effects
      5. Technique: how to add an edge or frame to a picture
      6. Technique: using the Color Replacer tool
  15. 8 Print Preparation
    1. Image resolution
    2. Resampling
    3. Choosing an inkjet printer
    4. Printing with Paint Shop Pro
    5. Color management
    6. Step-by-Step Project
      1. Technique: printing multiple photos with Print Layout
  16. 9 Working with the Web: Optimizing and Uploading Images
    1. How the Web displays images
    2. Web file formats
    3. Special Internet graphics
    4. Animation Shop
    5. Output
    6. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Technique: creating a rollover navbar
      2. Technique: uploading web files to a web server
  17. 10 Paint Shop Photo Album 5: Organizing Your Pictures
    1. What Paint Shop Photo Album 5 does
    2. Finding your way around
    3. Keywords
    4. Finding photos
    5. Archiving photos
    6. Batch processing
    7. Panoramas
    8. Print
    9. Enhance
    10. Create
    11. Share
    12. Step-by-Step Project
      1. Technique: creating a Web Gallery
  18. Appendix 1: Jargon Buster
  19. Appendix 2: Keyboard Shortcuts
    1. General
    2. Paste
    3. View
    4. Image
    5. Adjust
    6. Layers
    7. Keyboard hot-keys
  20. Index