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Paint Shop Pro 9 ®



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by David Kay, William “The Ferrett” Steinmetz




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About the Authors
David Kay is a writer, an engineer, an artist, and a naturalist who combines
professions with the same effectiveness as his favorite business establish-
ment, Acton Muffler, Brake, and Ice Cream (now defunct). Dave has written
more than a dozen computer books, by himself or with friends. His other
titles include various editions of Microsoft Works For Windows For Dummies,
WordPerfect For Windows For Dummies, Graphics File Formats, and The
Internet: Complete Reference.

In his other life, as the Poo-bah of Brightleaf, Dave is a conservation biologist.
He and his wife, Katy, and golden retriever, Alex, live in the wilds of
Massachusetts. In his spare time, Dave studies animal and human tracking
and munches edible wild plants. He also has been known to make strange
blobs from molten glass, sing Gilbert and Sullivan choruses in public, and
hike in whatever mountains he can get to. He longs to return to New Zealand
and track kiwis and hedgehogs in Wanaka. He finds writing about himself in
the third person like this quite peculiar and will stop now.

William “The Ferrett” Steinmetz is a freelance Webmaster and editor who
helms StarCityGames.com, one of the premier strategy sites for the col-
lectible card game Magic: The Gathering. He wrote most of Internet:
The Complete Reference and has written computer book reviews for
Amazon.com and TechSoc.com. The Ferrett lives in Cleveland and is geeky.




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Dedication
To the restoration of reason, conscience, and good will in the United States of
America and the world. ” D.K.

To my wife, Gini. I promised forever. And I mean to keep that, I do. ” T.F.




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Contents at a Glance
Introduction .................................................................1
Part I: The Basics .........................................................5
Chapter 1: Opening, Viewing, Managing, and Saving Image Files ................................7
Chapter 2: Getting Bigger, Smaller, and Turned Around..............................................29
Chapter 3: Selecting Parts of an Image ..........................................................................39
Chapter 4: Moving, Copying, and Reshaping Parts of Your Image.............................59

Part II: Prettying Up Photographs................................73
Chapter 5: Capturing Pictures from Paper, Camera, or Screen ..................................75
Chapter 6: Fixing Broken Pictures: Removing Scratches,
Blurry Parts, and Red Eye.............................................................................................99
Chapter 7: Adjusting Your Picture™s Brightness, Contrast, and Color.....................115
Chapter 8: Heavy-Duty Photo Alterations: Adding People and Removing Zits ......131

Part III: Painting Pictures .........................................147
Chapter 9: Basic Painting, Spraying, and Filling .........................................................149
Chapter 10: Advanced Painting for the Artiste............................................................173
Chapter 11: Layering Images.........................................................................................201
Chapter 12: Adding Layers of Text or Shapes.............................................................221
Chapter 13: Adding Artsy Effects .................................................................................241

Part IV: Taking It to the Street ..................................261
Chapter 14: Printing .......................................................................................................263
Chapter 15: Creating Web-Friendly Images .................................................................273

Part V: The Part of Tens ............................................283
Chapter 16: Ten Perplexing Problems .........................................................................285
Chapter 17: Ten Fast Fixes for Photo Failures ............................................................293
Chapter 18: Ten Topics a Little Too Advanced for the Rest of This Book ..............303

Index .......................................................................331




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Table of Contents
Introduction..................................................................1
What Can You Do with This Book?.................................................................1
Is This the Book for You? ................................................................................2
How Is This Book Organized? .........................................................................2
Part I: The Basics....................................................................................3
Part II: Prettying Up Photographs ........................................................3
Part III: Painting Pictures .......................................................................3
Part IV: Taking It to the Street...............................................................3
Part V: The Part of Tens.........................................................................4
Icons Used in This Book..................................................................................4


Part I: The Basics..........................................................5
Chapter 1: Opening, Viewing, Managing, and Saving Image Files . . .7
Three Ways to Open Image Files ....................................................................8
Opening, Managing, and Sorting Files with the Browser ............................9
Opening the right file with File➪Open...............................................11
Secrets of opening a file by double-clicking......................................12
Viewing and Zooming an Image....................................................................14
Zooming and moving an image in the window .................................14
Working on several images at a time .................................................15
Getting Information about an Image ............................................................15
Saving an Image File.......................................................................................16
Saving an Image As a Paint Shop Pro File ...................................................17
Saving a Copy of Your File As Another File Type .......................................17
Saving the Whole Enchilada, Your Workspace ...........................................18
Using Native and Foreign File Types............................................................19
Paint Shop Pro files (pspimage or PSP).............................................20
BMP ........................................................................................................21
TIFF.........................................................................................................21
GIF...........................................................................................................22
JPEG .......................................................................................................22
PNG.........................................................................................................23
Using Vector File Types (Drawing Files) .....................................................24
Opening vector files .............................................................................24
Saving vector files ” not.....................................................................25
Converting or Renaming Batches of Files ...................................................25
File Types and Auto-Action Messages about Colors .................................27
Obtaining Image Files from the Web ............................................................28



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Chapter 2: Getting Bigger, Smaller, and Turned Around . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Getting Sized ...................................................................................................29
Proportioning........................................................................................30
Dimensioning ........................................................................................31
Avoiding degradation...........................................................................31
Cropping (Trimming) Your Edges ................................................................32
Getting Turned Around, Mirrored, or Flipped ............................................34
Rotating .................................................................................................34
Mirroring and flipping..........................................................................35
Taking on Borders ..........................................................................................35
Achieving a Particular Canvas Size..............................................................36

Chapter 3: Selecting Parts of an Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
Selecting an Area............................................................................................40
Selecting by outlining: The Freehand tool ........................................42
Selecting a rectangle or other regular shape ....................................44
Selecting by color or brightness: The Magic Wand tool..................45
Modifying Your Selection ..............................................................................48
Moving the selection outline ..............................................................49
Adding to or subtracting from your selection ..................................49
Expanding and contracting by pixels ................................................50
Removing specks and holes in your selection .................................50
Editing the selection ............................................................................52
Feathering for More Gradual Edges .............................................................52
Anti-Aliasing for Smoother Edges ................................................................54
Selecting All, None, or Everything But ........................................................54
An Example: Selecting Alex, and Only Alex ................................................55
Avoiding Selection Problems in Layered Images .......................................57

Chapter 4: Moving, Copying, and Reshaping Parts of Your Image . . .59
Floating, Moving, and Deleting Selections ..................................................59
Cutting, Copying, and Pasting from the Windows Clipboard ...................61
Cutting and copying .............................................................................61
Pasting ...................................................................................................62
Pasting to create a new picture: As New Image................................62
Pasting on an existing image: As New Selection...............................63
Pasting for maximum flexibility: As New Layer ................................63
Moving or pasting without the background color:
As Transparent Selection.................................................................64
Pasting while scaling to fit: Into Selection.........................................64
Resizing, Rotating, Deforming, and Perspective-izing ...............................65
Preparing for deformation...................................................................65
Doing the deformation.........................................................................66
Other handy deformities .....................................................................70




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Part II: Prettying Up Photographs ................................73
Chapter 5: Capturing Pictures from Paper, Camera, or Screen . . . . . .75
Connecting to Your Scanner or Camera ......................................................75
Getting Images from a Digital Camera .........................................................76
Connecting hardware-wise ..................................................................77
Connecting software-wise ...................................................................77
Making E-Mail-Ready Photos ........................................................................81
Shrinking Photo Download Times................................................................82
Scanning into Paint Shop Pro .......................................................................82
Getting the most from your scanning software ................................85
Forever plaid: Scanning printed images ............................................89
Straightening crooked scans...............................................................91
Capturing Images from Your PC Screen ......................................................93
Preparing to capture ............................................................................94
Making the capture ..............................................................................96

Chapter 6: Fixing Broken Pictures: Removing Scratches,
Blurry Parts, and Red Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
Removing Scratches ....................................................................................100
Patching up single scratches ............................................................100
Smoothing masses of scratches .......................................................102
The Red-Eye Remover .................................................................................103
Reconstructing the pupil...................................................................104
Outlining problem pupils ..................................................................106
Replacing pupil and iris.....................................................................107
Color-Correcting Photos .............................................................................107
Bringing Your Photo into Focus .................................................................109
Sharpening your snapshots ..............................................................110
Edge enhancing...................................................................................111
Removing Noise from Grainy Shots ...........................................................111
Don™t Want No Moir© ...................................................................................112
Unearthing JPEG Artifacts...........................................................................113

Chapter 7: Adjusting Your Picture™s Brightness,
Contrast, and Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115
The One Step Photo Fix...............................................................................116
Understanding the Paint Shop Pro Dialog Boxes .....................................116
Making color adjustments.................................................................117
Proofing or previewing your adjustments.......................................118
Correcting Trouble Spots ............................................................................119
Shedding light on shadows ...............................................................119
Reducing glare and overexposure....................................................120




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Correcting Lighting Color............................................................................121
Bringing Your Picture™s Colors to Life .......................................................122
Tweaking contrast and brightness...................................................125
Intensifying (or dulling) colors through saturation.......................126
Altering an overall tint.......................................................................127
Fun with Colors ............................................................................................128
Going gray with a tint: Colorizing.....................................................128
Going totally gray or negative in one step ......................................128
Posterize..............................................................................................129
Threshold ............................................................................................129

Chapter 8: Heavy-Duty Photo Alterations:
Adding People and Removing Zits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131
Retouching Skin Blemishes and Other Small Ugly Spots ........................132
Removing wrinkles with the Soften tool..........................................132
Zapping warts and pimples with the Smudge tool.........................133
Miscellaneous retouch tools.............................................................134
Adding People, Places, and Things to Your Image...................................135
Removing People, Places, and Things from Your Image .........................137
Other Clone Brush options ...............................................................141
Cloning versus selection ...................................................................141
Bringing Someone into Soft Focus .............................................................142
Adding Blurs and the Illusion of Motion ...................................................143
Spot-Changing Colors within an Image......................................................145
Removing unsightly gleams and glares ...........................................145
The rest of the hue tool group..........................................................146


Part III: Painting Pictures..........................................147
Chapter 9: Basic Painting, Spraying, and Filling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149
Starting a Fresh Canvas...............................................................................150
Finding Your Tool .........................................................................................150
Brushing, Airbrushing (Spraying), and Erasing .......................................152
Brushing or spraying .........................................................................152
Picking up colors from an image ......................................................154
Erasing with the Eraser tool..............................................................154
Erasing backdrops with the Background Eraser tool ....................155
Controlling Strokes, Sizes, Shapes, and Spatters: Tool Options ............158
Using convenient controls on the Tool Options palette ...............159
Making lines wider or narrower: Size...............................................160
Shaping clicks, lines, and line ends: Shape .....................................160
Painting with a softer or harder edge: Hardness............................161
Making paint thinner or thicker: Opacity........................................162




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Getting speckles of spray: Density ...................................................162
Making lines more or less dotty: Step..............................................163
Coloring within the Lines By Using Selection...........................................164
Replacing Colors ..........................................................................................164
Filling Areas ..................................................................................................166
Filling a selected area with solid color ............................................166
Filling with a gradient, pattern, or texture ......................................168
Blend modes .......................................................................................169
Painting an Example: A Halo for Alex ........................................................169

Chapter 10: Advanced Painting for the Artiste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173
Choosing a Background Color ....................................................................175
Choosing Color More Conveniently...........................................................175
Choosing a basic color or a recently used material ......................175
Choosing a recently used color ........................................................177
Choosing a color from your picture.................................................177
Choosing Color for the Slightly Picky........................................................178
Choosing a Color for the Very Picky..........................................................178
Precise color using the color wheel.................................................179
Additional shades of basic colors ....................................................180
Precise color adjustments ” by the numbers ...............................180
Working with 256 Colors or Fewer .............................................................182
Going Beyond Plain Paint............................................................................183
Choosing gradients ............................................................................184

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