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Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images 1st Edition

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"Clear and simple explanations of digital-imaging terms and Paint Shop Pro's features and tools are complemented with step-by-step projects." - Digital Photographer

The book's layout is clean and illustrated with both images and PSP screenshots. A glossary and a list of keyboard shortcuts are particularly valuable for newcomers to PSP." - Digital Photographer

"When you pick up any book from Focal Press, you know two things. One: it is extremely useful for photographers, and Two: it is qualitative, thorough information for those wanting in depth knowledge."
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"There are more books about PSP, so why bother? In short: "Paint Shop Pro 8, the guide to creating professional images" is by far the clearest guide for PSP. It's a serious book for people wanting to know more. Of course every function of the program is discussed in detail. But it is the examples that make this manual the best. It is strongly visual, with lots of examples and graphics."
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Book Description

Learn how Paint Shop Pro can improve your digital workflow!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240516982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516981
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Having heard what an excellent bargin Paint Shop Pro 8 was and having little experience in image editing I purchased Paint Shop Pro 8 and the following books:
Paint Shop Pro 8: The Guide to Creating Professional Images by Robin Nichols
How To Do Everything with Paint Shop Pro 8 by Dave Huss
Paint Shop Pro 8 Zero to Hero by Sally Beachman and Ron Lacey
Paint Shop Pro 8 Power by Lori Davis.
Although none of the books are 100% in coverage of the features in Paint Shop Pro 8 (there are so many) my experience has been that Paint Shop Pro 8 Zero to Hero was a complete waste of my money, written by what seemed 100% complete self taught authors who had zero creative talent and knew very little above surface knowledge that can be found in countless places on the Internet for free.
Dave Huss' book lacked a lot in coverage of from scratch design so probably should have been titled differently but if you are interested in digital photography and editing your photos in Paint Shop Pro 8 this is the book to get because it is evident that he is a professional photographer and is far more knowledgeable than the trial by error macjob surface approach of Beacham and Lacey in the coverage of photography, and also does much better at coverage on digital photography than Robin's book and Lori's book. Dave easily relates his wealth of professional experience to beginners terms, but still delves into the how and whys of each technique he discusses. His book is not good if you want to learn brushes and filters, and that is where Robin's book takes the forefront.
Robin's book is best for those intested in editing existing photos and graphics from scratch using filters and brushes.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Beelissa on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you've never worked with an image-editing software, this is not the best first book to get. If you just got a digital camera and you don't have experience editing digital photos, this might not be your best choice.
I got this book from my local library because it is the only book they have that is specifically written for Paint Shop Pro (PSP) version 8. I had version 7 for almost 2 years and was quite familiar with it. Version 8 has a lot of new features, and many of the old features are re-arranged so they're not where they were in version 7.
This book was helpful, but not completely what I was looking for. This book would be best if you want to work with digital (or scanned) photographs. The author seems to think that's the only thing PSP is good for, editing photos. He tells you lots of things you can do, so if that's what you want to do, and if you already have some experience with image editing software, this is the right book for you.
He doesn't hold your hand and go step-by-step, at least not for every concept he talks about. He sometimes, but not always, shows you where the tool he's talking about is located. He seems to assume the reader brings a certain amount of knowledge with him/her when they pick up the book. But if you've got dark photos, light photos, photos that are out of perspective, or if you want to learn ways to make your images really stand out, this book is very helpful. He also tells you steps to use to take several photos and put them together to make a panorama, and how to make it look like it was taken as one photograph. There are some very neat things you can learn in this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Freed on July 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I generally don't go on rants but this book was so disappointing, I felt compelled to write. This book is not good for beginners because it lacks clear direction and is no good for more advanced users because it covers the topics so minimally.

For example, on page 139 it says "layer masks can be quite confusing to undertand let alone use effictively." But the book offers no tutorial or hands-on exercise to help us understand this powerful tool, but instead gives us three pages of pictures that show what we could do, if only we understood it.

Most of what is covered is not telling us anything new -- especailly if you're at all familiar with PSP and photography. I'm very suprised that this level of mediocrity made it past the editors at Focal Press. 'Nuff said.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Note: This review is from a photographer's point of view.
The book...
After finishing the book, I couldn't help but feel that it was a little shallow. It'd be perfect as an introduction to PSP, but intermediate and advanced users would fare better by navigating through PSP's help system.
Some of the advice the author gives regarding settings are off. For example, try using the unsharp mask at 5-10 pixels/100-200%/20 tolerance and you're definitely going create halos around your photos. The descriptions of commands and settings are really very general, and seems to be more like a glorified brochure.
Buy this book if you're just starting out with photoediting. It does a good job of introducing you to the photoediting tools in PSP, and then some.
I've yet to find any good books targeting photoeditors using PSP. I'd suggest that intermediate/advance users turn to the abundance of web sites dedicated to digital photography to learn about photoediting. Most Photoshop commands have an equivalent in PSP, so both web sites and books dedicated to Photoshop can be applied to PSP.
Good luck, and good light.
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