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PaintShop Pro X4 for Photographers

Book Description

Great for those new to PaintShop Pro or digital imaging in general, this book is packed with inspirational, full-color images and easy to follow, step-by-step projects that will have you producing great images in PaintShop Pro in no time! Everything you need to turn your photos into stunning works of art is right here in this Corel-reviewed guide. In this new edition, Ken covers new features including how to make the most of the newly organized workspaces, use the redesigned HDR tool, and instantly publish photos on Flickr and Facebook. Squeeze every ounce of detail out of RAW files using the newly enhanced Camera RAW Lab and improve tonal range with the new Fill light/Clarity filter. This book has everything a photographer needs to take their photos to the next level with PaintShop Pro.

Be sure to visit the companion website www.gopaintshoppro.co.uk for practice files, bonus tutorials and other fabulous resources.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter 1: The Basics
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Introduction: Basic Tools and Functions
    3. The Manage Workspace
      1. The Adjust Workspace
    4. The Edit Workspace
      1. The Learning Center
      2. The Menu Bar
    5. Toolbars
      1. Photo Toolbar
      2. Effects Toolbar
      3. Script Toolbar
      4. Web Toolbar
      5. Tool Options and Other Palettes
    6. New and Enhanced Features
      1. HDR Tools
      2. Photo Blend
      3. Selective Focus
      4. Vignette
      5. Fill Light/Clarity
      6. Facebook and Flickr Sharing
      7. Camera RAW Lab
      8. Quick Review
      9. Tabbed Workspaces
    7. Nearly New Features
      1. Multiphoto Editing
      2. Smart Carver
      3. Object Extractor
      4. Vibrancy
      5. On-Image Text Editing
      6. Raw Format Support
      7. Auto-Preserve Originals
      8. Layer Styles
      9. Visible Watermarks
      10. Save for Office and Copy Special
      11. Color Changer Tool
      12. Skin Smoothing
      13. Riff File Format Support
      14. Time Machine
      15. Film and Filters
      16. Depth of Field
    8. Other Features
      1. Smart Photo Fix
      2. Makeover Tools
      3. Red-Eye Tool
      4. Object Remover
      5. One Step Purple Fringe Fix
      6. High Pass Sharpen
      7. Color Balance
      8. Black and White and Infrared Conversion Filters
      9. One Step Noise Removal
      10. 16-bit Support
      11. Color Management
      12. IPTC Metadata Support
      13. File Open Pre-Processing
    9. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Exploring the Learning Center
      2. Straightening an Image
      3. Perspective Correction
      4. Cropping Pictures
  8. Chapter 2: The Manage Workspace
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. The Navigation Palette
      1. Using the Computer Tab
      2. Using the Collections Tab
    3. Using the Info Palette
      1. Adding a Rating
      2. Adding Keyword Tags
      3. Adding a Caption
      4. The EXIF Tab
      5. IPTC
    4. Searching and Smart Collections
      1. Using Search and Advanced Searching
      2. Saving Searches as Smart Collections
    5. Working with Camera RAW Images
    6. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Managing Metadata
        1. Captioning, Rating, and Tagging Photos
      2. Using the Organizer Applying a Series of Image Edits to Multiple Photos
  9. Chapter 3: Improving Your Photos
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Adjust or Edit?
    3. Using the Adjust Workspace
      1. Smart Photo Fix
      2. Color Balance
      3. Brightness/Contrast
      4. Fill Light/Clarity
      5. Local Tone Mapping
      6. High Pass Sharpen
      7. Digital Noise Removal
    4. Using the Histogram
    5. Using the Edit Workspace
    6. Tools for Correcting Color Problems
      1. Color Balance
      2. Channel Mixer
      3. Fade Correction
      4. Red/Green/Blue
      5. Hue/Saturation/Lightness
      6. Hue Map
    7. Tools for Correcting Exposure Problems
      1. Brightness/Contrast
      2. Clarify
      3. Curves
      4. Highlight/Midtone/Shadow
      5. Histogram Adjustment
      6. Histogram Equalize and Histogram Stretch
      7. Levels
      8. Threshold
    8. Using Fill Flash and Backlighting
      1. The Fill Flash Filter
      2. The Backlighting Filter
    9. Making Photos (Appear) Sharper
      1. High Pass Sharpening
    10. Adding Soft Focus Effects
    11. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Using Smart Photo Fix Improving Your Photos
      2. Using the High Pass Sharpen Filter Sharpening Photos
      3. Using Camera RAW Lab Restoring Detail in Overexposed Photos
  10. Chapter 4: Image Manipulation
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Removing Scratches and Blemishes from Scans
    3. Controlling Digital Noise
    4. Retouching Using the Clone Brush
      1. Cloning in Practice
      2. Other Tools to Try
    5. Creating Black-and-White Pictures
    6. Tinting Black-and-White Photos
      1. How It’s Done
    7. Creating Color Overlay Effects
    8. Using the Warp Tools
    9. Scripting
    10. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Restoring Badly Damaged Photos
      2. Hand-Coloring Black-and-White Photos
  11. Chapter 5: Using Selections
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Understanding Selections: Adding Creative Power
    3. Using the Geometric Selection Tools
      1. Adding to the Selection
    4. The Magic Wand Tool
    5. Alpha Channels and Masks
    6. Masks
    7. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Creating an Artificial Point of Focus
      2. Fixing an Overexposed Sky
      3. HDR Photo Merge
      4. Object Cutout
  12. Chapter 6: Combining Images
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Understanding Layers
      1. Who Uses Layers?
      2. What Can You Do with Layers?
    3. Combining Pictures
    4. Advanced Layout Tools
    5. Using Adjustment Layers
      1. Adjustment Layer Types
      2. Advantages of Adjustment Layers
    6. Creating Layer Blend Mode Effects
    7. Using Mask Layers
      1. Modifying Masks
    8. Combining Layers
      1. Saving Masks
    9. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Creating the Perfect Shadow
      2. Creating Graduated Effects with Masks
  13. Chapter 7: Text and Shapes
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. How Text and Vectors Work
    3. Adding Basic Text
    4. Special Text Effects
      1. Layer Styles
    5. Special Effects Filters
      1. Using Filter Effects: A Warning
    6. Adding Text to a Path
    7. Editing Text Shapes
    8. Making Selections from Text
    9. Vectors: Learning the Basics
    10. Working with the Pen Tool
    11. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Creating a Type Effect Using Text Selections
  14. Chapter 8: Special Effects
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Using the Materials Palette
    3. Working with Brush Tools
      1. Using the Art Media Brushes
    4. Deformation Tools
    5. Lens Correction Filters
    6. Applying Filter Effects
    7. Adding Lighting Effects
    8. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Creating Realistic Depth Effects Using Displacement Maps
      2. Having Fun with the Picture Tube
      3. How to Create a Picture Tube File
      4. Further Fun
      5. Adding Edge and Framing Effects
      6. Technique: How to Add an Edge or Frame to a Picture
      7. Using the Color Changer Tool
  15. Chapter 9: Printing
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Image Resolution
      1. Shuffling Pixels
      2. Resampling
      3. Down-sampling
      4. Up-sampling
    3. Printing with PaintShop Pro
    4. Color Management
      1. Color Profiles
      2. Calibration
      3. Color Management in PaintShop Pro X4
      4. Printing Using Color Management
      5. No Profile?
    5. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Printing Multiple Photos with Print Layout
  16. Chapter 10: The Web
    1. What’s Covered in this Chapter
    2. Sharing Photos on the Web
      1. Uploading Photos to Flickr
      2. Uploading Photos to Facebook
    3. Creating Your Own Images for the Web
      1. How the Web Displays Images
    4. Web File Formats
      1. JPEG in Depth
      2. Using the JPEG Optimizer
      3. Judging Picture Quality
      4. Estimating Download Time
      5. GIF in Depth
      6. Using the GIF Optimizer
      7. Dare to Dither
      8. Try Transparency
    5. Step-by-Step Projects
      1. Protecting Your Photos
      2. Adding a Copyright Message and Watermark
  17. Appendix 1: Jargon Buster
  18. Appendix 2: Keyboard Shortcuts
    1. General
    2. Paste
    3. View
    4. Image
    5. Adjust
    6. Layers
  19. Index