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Paint Shop Pro 8 Zero to Hero Paperback – 29 Apr 2004

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2003 edition (29 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590592387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590592380
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 19.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,600,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent reference tool for all Pain Shop Pro users." - Digital Camera Buyer

About the Author

Sally Beacham is an instructor at, specializing in Paint Shop Pro as well as Photoshop-compatible plugin filters, Xara X and FrontPage. She's been a private tester for Jasc Software, Corel, Alien Skin, Auto FX, The Plugin Site, and many other software companies. She also teaches Paint Shop Pro, graphics, and web design at community education programs in southern Maine. Sally writes a column for or, more accurately, takes dictation for the FilterMunky, who tests and reviews plugin filters specifically for use in Paint Shop Pro. You can visit Sally's website, which features Paint Shop Pro resources and tutorials as well as resources for Photoshop-compatible plugin filters, at

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
By working with the reader, step by step, through examples (images can be downloaded from the 'Friendsofed' web site) Zero to Hero gives a true 'hands-on' insight into the workings of Paint Shop Pro. Just about every topic is covered in clear, easy to understand detail and only once did I have to reach for the PSP manual for a bit of clarification (Manual Colour Correction slightly vauge).
By far the best tuition book I've read on PSP.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Delighted, impatient and already halfway thru the book. 24 Oct. 2003
By Patricia Partin - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have taken classes and purchased books since my first PaintShopPro7 graphics and I believe I have the entire library of KISS, IDIOT or DUMMY books on PSP8. This book, informative & including terrific tutorials, is written in a style that draws the reader in, makes him a willing participant and never makes him feel incompetent.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn and understand their computer and photo graphics.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
PSP8 from the Foundation on up 19 Nov. 2003
By Renee N Laine - Published on
Format: Paperback
What a fabulous foundation Sally and Ron have put together regarding PSP8.. worth the $'s spent. It is my opinion that this book is a must read for anyone that is interested in PSP8 and it's potential. What I enjoyed about this book, you get a good feel of each of the newest features and a little tutorial on how to accomplish a task.
Each section offers a new quest and learning curve... I may know a lot about PSP8... but this book fills in those questionable areas... This book seemed to add that extra punch I needed to get on that next level of expertise. Well written... No CD's.. You have to buy the book and read if you want the extra's that compliment each chapter.
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Thank you Sally and Ron....... 18 Oct. 2003
By Russell D. Ellis - Published on
Format: Paperback
For the newbie and the seasoned user......I had only reached the second chapter in this great little book when I realized that this was going to be what I had been looking for. A way to make the learning process of our beloved PSP easier, and really come to life.
Paint Shop Pro is a real addiction for the graphic or photographic oriented person. We live and breathe the program, literally. We have thousands of folks in forums and chat rooms around the world absorbed by this phenomenon. It is to this end that we all are going to appreciate what Sally and Ron have given us here.
Going into great detail, and with colored graphics on every page to illuminate their lessons, these very clever people have crafted something here that we all will treasure. Moving from simple graphics, and the painting tools to the Digital Darkroom, and the mysterious Histogram tool. Its all here........over 270 pages to keep you absorbed for many nights.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Great companion book for PSP 8 19 Oct. 2003
By Fred Farquar - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is just full of excellent explanations and visuals. A great quick reference that is not too difficult for a beginner and well worth the price for the digital darkroom information alone. I certainly don't agree with the vitriolic review above about the "armatures" writing the book. My opinion is that it is quite professionally done and I would certainly buy another book written by these two. Keep up the good work Ron, Sally, and FOE(Apress).
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Navigating the PSP 8 maze 7 Nov. 2004
By Luan Gaines - Published on
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This is one of the few specialty books that specifically addresses some of the image issues that I have found when using PSP 8: ie., the number of pixels per image when printing and using appropriate selection tools. As with other books written to solve some of the problems for users, not all issues can be addressed and the book covers what the authors feel is pertinent, facilitating user-friendly navigation of Paint Shop Pro 8. Be sure to read the Table of Contents to ascertain that this book covers your particular concerns.

Zero to Hero offers a variety of websites for those seeking help or clarification and these sites can serve to further answer specific questions. This book is worth purchasing for these resources alone. The program is too complex for one book alone to cover all the aspects, but since each artist brings his own perspectives, often the basic knowledge offered is enough to point in the right direction. Zero to Hero also engages in troubleshooting issues, clarifying some of the complications.

I buy these books looking for solutions when I can't seem to get enough information from the help section of the Paint Shop Pro program. That is where how-to books, like Zero to Hero, enable me to get past the problems with visuals that make more sense to me when I can see the process. Any book that offers solutions, like Zero to Hero, and I have bought many, complements some of the others in my growing library. In Zero to Hero the websites have been particularly helpful and I have accessed some, as well as received responses. Luan Gaines/2004.
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