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Painting with gradients......................................................................185
Choosing patterns ..............................................................................185
Applying a Texture .......................................................................................186
Storing Swatches to Use Again ...................................................................189
Using a Stored Material ...............................................................................190
Deleting a Stored Material...........................................................................190
Using Pastiches of Pictures.........................................................................190
Basic tubing.........................................................................................191
Adjusting basic tube behavior..........................................................192
Art Media: For Those Who Miss Real Paint ..............................................193
Creating an Art Media canvas or layer ............................................193
Pretending that you have real media...............................................195

Chapter 11: Layering Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201
Putting Layers to Work for You ..................................................................201
Getting Layers...............................................................................................202
Calling a Pal for Help: The Layer Palette...................................................203
Creating a New, Blank Layer .......................................................................204
Choosing a Layer That™s Just Your Type...................................................205
Working on Layers .......................................................................................206
Managing Layers ..........................................................................................207
Pinning Layers Together: Grouping ...........................................................208



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Using Layers to Separate or Combine Images..........................................209
Combining entire images...................................................................209
Separating image parts into layers ..................................................210
Copying, cutting, and pasting with layers.......................................211
Copying entire layers from one image to another .........................212
Blending images by making layers transparent .............................213
Blending images in creative ways ....................................................214
Creating and Using Adjustment Layers .....................................................215
Creating an adjustment layer............................................................216
Choosing the type of adjustment layer you need ..........................217
Applying adjustments to only certain areas ...................................218
Using Vector Layers .....................................................................................218
Merging Layers .............................................................................................219

Chapter 12: Adding Layers of Text or Shapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .221
Keeping Track of Objects and Layers........................................................222
Adding and Editing Text ..............................................................................223
Creating, placing, and editing text ...................................................223
Bending text to follow a line or shape .............................................226
Drawing Lines and Shapes ..........................................................................228
Setting line and fill color for lines and shapes................................228
Drawing single lines and connected line segments .......................228
Drawing freehand lines or shapes....................................................230
Making curved lines ...........................................................................231
Adding shapes ....................................................................................232
Dragging a shape ................................................................................232
Picking at Your Nodes..................................................................................234
Slicing Alongside Your Nodes.....................................................................236
Changing Colors and Other Properties .....................................................236
Controlling Your Objects.............................................................................238
Selecting and grouping vector objects ............................................238
Deleting, copying, pasting, and editing ...........................................239
Positioning, arranging, and sizing by hand.....................................239

Chapter 13: Adding Artsy Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241
Try ™Em On: Browsing the Effects ..............................................................243
3-D: Holes, Buttons, and Chisels.................................................................244
Art and Artistic Effects: Simulating Traditional Art Media
and Beyond ...............................................................................................245
Example 1: Topography .....................................................................247
Example 2: Brush Strokes..................................................................248
Geometric, Distortion, and Image Effects:
Curls, Squeezes, Wraps, and Waves .......................................................249
Illumination Effects: Sunbursts and Flares ...............................................251
Reflection Effects: Mirrors and Patterns ...................................................252
Texture Effects: Bumpy Surfaces from Asphalt to Weaves .....................253
Relating texture effects to the Materials palette™s textures ..........253
Using Texture effect controls............................................................254

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Example 1: The Fur texture effect ....................................................255
Example 2: The Texture texture effect .............................................256
Common Adjustments .................................................................................257
Framing Your Art..........................................................................................258


Part IV: Taking It to the Street ...................................261
Chapter 14: Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .263
Fitting Your Print to the Paper ...................................................................263
Printing in Greyscale and Other Options ..................................................265
Printing an Image .........................................................................................265
Printing Collections or Album Pages .........................................................266
Fooling with the pictures and layout ...............................................269
Saving and reusing your template....................................................270
Printing at Different Speeds or Qualities...................................................270
Speed, size, and ink ............................................................................270
Printer and image resolution ............................................................271

Chapter 15: Creating Web-Friendly Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273
Making Images Download Faster................................................................273
Exporting Images for the Web ....................................................................274
Choosing features and file types ......................................................275
Creating GIF files.................................................................................276
Creating JPEG files..............................................................................279
Using the JPEG Wizard.......................................................................281
Doing Common Webbish Tricks .................................................................281
Creating buttons .................................................................................281
Matching image colors to HTML colors ..........................................282


Part V: The Part of Tens .............................................283
Chapter 16: Ten Perplexing Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .285
“The Tool or Command Doesn™t Do Anything” ........................................286
“Paint Shop Pro Keeps Asking Me Confusing Questions!” ......................287
“The Tool or Palette Just Isn™t There!” ......................................................287
“The Image Is the Wrong Size Inside or Outside Paint Shop Pro”..........288
“The Paint Doesn™t Come Out Right” .........................................................288
“New Text Appears Whenever I Try to Change Text”..............................289
“The Text or Shape Comes Out the Wrong Color,
Texture, or Pattern”..................................................................................289
“The Magic Wand Tool Doesn™t Select Well”.............................................290
“The Tool Works, but Not Like I Want”......................................................290
“Paint Shop Pro Doesn™t Open Images!” ....................................................291



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Chapter 17: Ten Fast Fixes for Photo Failures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .293
Rotating Right-Side Up.................................................................................294
Getting the Red Out .....................................................................................294
Photos without Enough Flash.....................................................................295
Photos with Too Much Flash ......................................................................296
Revealing Dark Corners...............................................................................296
Removing Unwanted Relatives ...................................................................297
Adding Absent Relatives .............................................................................298
Zapping Zits ..................................................................................................299
Making Gray Skies Blue ...............................................................................300
Making Colors Zippier .................................................................................301

Chapter 18: Ten Topics a Little Too Advanced
for the Rest of This Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .303
Saving Tool and Effect Settings As Presets ...............................................303
Masking .........................................................................................................305
Loading a premade mask...................................................................306
Using an image as a mask..................................................................308
Drawing Smooth Curves..............................................................................311
Editing Bezier curve nodes ...............................................................314
Slicing shapes in half..........................................................................315
Aligning Objects ...........................................................................................315
Distributing Objects.....................................................................................316
Using the Paint Shop Pro Grids ..................................................................318
Advanced Selecting Techniques ................................................................319
Creating Interactive Web Pages from Graphics........................................320
Creating image slices .........................................................................320
Entering links ......................................................................................322
Optimizing cells ..................................................................................323
Saving and reloading your work.......................................................324
Saving the result as a Web page .......................................................324
Making rollovers .................................................................................324
Advanced Undoing and Redoing ................................................................326
Using Scripts to Automate Repetitive Tasks.............................................327
Recording a script ..............................................................................327
Running a script .................................................................................329

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




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Introduction
C ongratulations! Brilliant person that you are, you use Paint Shop Pro!
Thousands of other brilliant people also use Paint Shop Pro, and for one
intelligent reason: It does darned near anything you could want it to do, from
fixing photographs to animating Web graphics, and ” unlike certain more
famous programs ” it doesn™t set you back a week™s salary.

Guided by that same intelligence, you™re probably asking yourself “Is a book
available that gives me what I want, quickly, without dragging me through a
tutorial? One with an attractive yellow-and-black cover so that it doesn™t get
lost in the clutter on my desk? Preferably cheap?”

Welcome to Paint Shop Pro 9 For Dummies, the attractive, inexpensive,
yellow-and-black book that lets you get great graphics out of Paint Shop Pro
without making you feel like you™re going back to school in an attractive,
yellow-and-black school bus.




What Can You Do with This Book?
Books are useful, elevating things. Many people use them to elevate their PC
monitors, for example. With that fate in mind, this book has been created to
serve an even higher purpose: to enable you to do the kind of graphics stuff
you really want to do. Here™s a smattering of what you can do with the help of
this book:

Download photos from a digital camera.
Fix up fuzzy, poorly exposed, or icky-colored photos.
Print album pages or other collections of photos.
Paint, draw, or letter-in all kinds of colors, patterns, and textures.
Paint like you™re using oil paints and canvas.
Draw using lines and shapes that you can go back and change later.
Apply cool special effects to photos and drawings.
Change colors of objects.
Combine photos with other images.
Alter the content of photos and other images.
Remove unwanted relatives from family photos.
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Add wanted relatives to Wanted posters.
Retouch unsightly relatives on Wanted posters.
Create transparent and other Web page graphics.



Is This the Book for You?
Is this the Paint Shop Pro book for you? It depends. If, like us, you tend to
leave chocolate fingerprints from your bookstore biscotti on the books you™re
browsing, it™s definitely yours now.

In addition, this book is for you if

You find most computer books boring or useless
You need solutions rather than lessons
You find parts of Paint Shop Pro 9 confusing
You haven™t ever done much with graphics programs
You have used other Windows programs
You need Paint Shop Pro for business or home use
You really like bulleted lists




How Is This Book Organized?
Computer software manuals document features because that™s the easiest
way to write one: “The File menu presents the following choices. . . .” If fea-
tures on the File menu exactly matched what you had in mind, that would be
great ” but how are you to know to use the Clone Brush tool when what
you™re really looking for is the “Fix Uncle Dave™s hair transplant scars” tool?

Some computer books are organized into lessons and teach you how features
work. They give you examples of basic tasks and then more complicated
ones. Along the way ” hopefully, before too long ” you find an example that
resembles what you had in mind.

This book is organized by different kinds of tasks, like working with photos
or painting pictures or adding text. Wherever possible, this book tells you
exactly what to do in numbered steps. Wherever that™s not possible, it gives
you explanations of how things work in nontechnical language.

You don™t have to read the book in any order. Just skip to the section or chap-
ter you need. Go right to the index, if you like ” or the Rich Tennant cartoons!
In detail, this book is organized as described in this section.
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Introduction


Part I: The Basics
This part puts you in the picture and puts your picture in Paint Shop Pro.
Chapter 1 puts you in the picture, by explaining how to efficiently find, open,
and manage all your graphics files, deal with the peculiarities of different
graphics file types, and even convert file types en masse. Chapter 2 shows you
how to get things oriented and sized they way you want. Chapter 3 shows
you all the Paint Shop Pro tricks for selecting exactly the area of interest you
want to work on, copy, move, or otherwise enhance. Chapter 4 gives you basic
editing tricks: how to copy, move, bend, and resize portions of your image.



Part II: Prettying Up Photographs
When you have an image that needs some sprucing up, Part II is the place to
turn. Chapter 5 shows you how to get the image you want into Paint Shop Pro
in the first place, whether it™s a photograph, a print, or on your PC screen.
Chapter 6 shows you how to use the Paint Shop Pro hand tools to brush away
wrinkles from portraits, fix scratches, and remove red-eye. Chapter 7 gives
you nearly instant ways to correct overall photo-exposure problems, such as
bad exposure, poor color, or dim grayish images. Chapter 8 gets into serious
adjustment of image quality and content. This part is your Extreme Makeover
part (not to be confused with the part Dave uses for his comb-over).



Part III: Painting Pictures
Part III is for anyone who plans to paint, draw, or otherwise doodle in Paint
Shop Pro. Chapter 9 gets you painting, spraying, erasing, and otherwise doing
all those basic things that everyday folks have been trying to do with graph-
ics software for years. Chapter 10 is for those who long for some serious
support for the digital artist, by giving you ways to get precisely the color,
texture, or pattern you need. Chapter 10 also introduces the new Paint Shop
Pro Art Media tools, the closest thing to paint and canvas this side of the digi-
tal divide. Chapter 11 shows you how to divide images into layers or use
layers to combine images. Layers are a powerful tool that make later editing
much easier and produce stunning image overlays. Chapter 12 lets you add
layers of easily edited text and shapes to your image, by using the Paint Shop
Pro vector graphics tools. Chapter 13 shows you how to add artsy effects to
your work.



Part IV: Taking It to the Street
All this fooling around in Paint Shop Pro is great, but in the end you probably
want your image to appear somewhere else: on a piece of paper, on the Web,
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or as part of an animation. Chapter 14 shows you how to best fit your image
on paper. It also tells you how to print multi-image pages for photo albums,
collages, or portfolios. Chapter 15 tells you how to get exactly the image file
you want for the Web and gives you tips for getting the fastest-downloading
images with the least sacrifice in quality.



Part V: The Part of Tens
Problems often come in threes, so this book tackles them by the tens, just
to be sure. Part V has fixes for the ten most-wanted issues that people run
into when they try to use Paint Shop Pro. Chapter 16 untangles the ten most
common confusions and perplexing problems of Paint Shop Pro, Chapter 17
gives you ten quick fixes for photography problems, and Chapter 18 is an
existential conundrum. It tells you about ten topics too advanced to be in
this book.




Icons Used in This Book
This icon points out important issues or tidbits of information that you want
to be sure to remember. Just remember to look for the Remember icon.


An all-purpose workhorse, this icon offers advice or shortcuts that can make
your life a whole lot easier.



Skip over this one if you want. This icon marks geekfest stuff that you don™t
really need to know, but may find interesting.



Tread lightly when you see this icon because something unpleasant could
happen if you proceed without following this cautionary note.

Read on!

(Oh, yes, and please buy the book now. Thanks.)

(If you feel inclined, drop us some e-mail. Dave™s at psp@brightleaf.com,
and William™s at theferrett@theferrett.com. We™re just two guys with no
special connections to Jasc and no helpers, so we may not be able to answer
your questions ” but we can try.)


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The Basics




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W hen it comes to computer software, nothing is
basic. So, it is with some trepidation that we call
Part I “The Basics,” but, heck ” we had to call it some-
thing. Here™s where to turn when you need more efficient
ways (or, for that matter, any way) of finding, opening, and
managing image files, viewing images, and making them
bigger, smaller, or just plain right side up.

Also fundamental to making any changes to your image is
the ability to select certain parts of an image, move it,
copy it, and resize or reshape it.




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Opening, Viewing, Managing,
and Saving Image Files
In This Chapter
Opening and browsing image files
Zooming in and out
Reading image information
Saving image files
Saving your workspace
Working with different image types
Using vector file types
Converting or renaming batches of files
Responding to file type messages and Auto Actions
Getting image files from the Web




M ost of the time, images exist as files. Those files may be on a disk, on
a digital camera connected to your computer, or on a storage device
that looks and acts just like a disk in Windows. This chapter makes you Lord
of the Files. It tells you how to open image files, organize those files, and save
images as various kinds of files. It also helps you view them in whatever size
is convenient for you.

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