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PaintShop Photo Pro X3 For Photographers Paperback – 21 Jul 2010
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Amazon reviews for previous editions:
"While there are hundreds of books for the various versions of PhotoShop, it seems like there are very few books available for Paint Shop Pro. So just finding Paint Shop "Pro for Photographers" was a treat, but to have be such a thorough and easy to use reference was a stroke of luck. I've really enjoyed reading it, and it's provided me with a lot of useful tips and guidance."
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Ken McMahon runs Pelican Graphics, a digital design consultancy specializing in design and artwork production for print media and the web. He is also a freelance journalist, writing for PCWorld, Mac User and PC Pro in the UK, and a best-selling author.
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This book is on my desk. It is made of paper, and beyond that it is excellent. It is well structured, making it possible either to start learning from scratch or to skip to a section covering a particular problem or technique. I bought it after downloading a trial version of the software, and it taught me enough about special techniques in a day or two to know that I wanted to buy the full product.
Many such books are unbalanced; not this one. The introductory section was a small part of the book, which was good, as I didn't need reminding of some simpler concepts. Many guide books contain little more than such elementary lessons.
Once I got into the body of the book it was full of meaty, practical guidance. I could tell the writer had tackled the kind of problems I have with photos, and I could easily follow the step-by-step approaches to getting the results I wanted. I expect to spend many days absorbed in the process of photo-processing, and the book will always be beside me.
Note: I think the software itself is a bargain, especially with two free software packages that came with it.
I have only one suggestion for the publisher, and I offer it to publishers of all books on practical subjects: offer this book in spiral-bound format. When I'm using a book like this I want it to lie flat, without a flower pot on the edge of one page and a dictionary on the other. (This suggestion applies also to guitar tutorial books, receipe books, DIY books, and many others.) My fee for this piece of consultancy work? - A free copy of the spiral bound edition, thanks.
This book is OK and seems comprehensive, but not for beginners. It offers loads on what you CAN do with the programme, but not much on HOW TO do it - just some small pictures with tiny text. I would have preferred more step-by-step stuff about the basics - I still can't get to grips with layers: I understand what they are, but working with them never seems to work for me and I'm losing interest fast.
The pictures in this book could be larger - text is very hard to read sometimes, bearing in mind that you will probably want to be in front of your PC when using this book, so a bright light to help you read the text may interfere with shiny laptop screens.
All in all, it's not too expensive and better than nothing, but tries to cover too much rather than giving you ideas and building skills.
The book has plenty of pictures to show you what your screen should be showing and gives you confidence that you are in the right area/ menu of the program.
For the more intermediate 'common use' aspects of the program, such as layers, fancy text, vectors, merging photos etc he does provide a step-by-step guide with lots of pictures so that you can try something similar yourself.
Overall, a good reference book for beginners and intermediate users.
I would have preferred a different writing style i.e. What we are about to do - how to do it (click this, click that!) - what we have learned - applying your knowledge to things you can try yourself (with some 'handholding'!). Somewhat like teaching notes for beginners (similar to the style of the excellent Diane Koers whose books covered earlier versions of Paint Shop eg. her
well-illustrated clear step-by-step book for Paint Shop Pro 8 was excellent. Unfortunately her later books became more wordy and 'glossy',- the latter, perhaps, at the behest of the publisher.
The simpler style would have been easier for a relative beginner to follow, required less pages and been less testing of the reader's endurance.
I love the fact that you do not need hours of tuition before you get to grips with the basics.
The software is memory hungry, so if you have less than 2Gb of RAM you'll struggle, I have had a few crashes because my PC is borderline memory wise.
Great little tools such as smart carver and Local tome mapping enhance your pictures no end.
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