Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 for Photographers by Ken McMahon

By Ken McMahon

Great images do not simply occur, you are making them.

Unleash your artistic strength with this crucial consultant to the myriad of positive factors in Paint store professional photograph X2. Written in particular for photographers by way of a operating specialist, it tells you precisely what you must be aware of to grasp the robust construction and modifying options of this award-winning software program.

* free up the complete potential of your images to get professional-looking effects each time, turning daily pictures into unheard of ones
* enable your creativity flourish, seeing each device, characteristic and means of this robust package deal via a photographer's eyes
* go online to the accompanying site,, to keep on with besides the initiatives within the booklet as you research.

Packed with a wide selection of genuine lifestyles workflow initiatives, crowd pleasing visuals and various assistance and tips, Paint store professional X2 for Photographers exhibits you the way to:

* expertly make the most of Express Lab to quick view and fasten numerous pictures at a time
* use Layer Styles to use a variety of results together with embossing, drop shadows, and reflections
* increase your workflow, manage your documents, and simply proportion your photos

Every bankruptcy within the publication is methodically prepared and simply available, so that you can choose and select to get the influence you would like, in the event you want it. it doesn't matter what your ability point, this lavishly illustrated resource offers targeted, step by step guide that promises wonderful effects each time.

Ken McMahon is a image fashion designer, freelance journalist and best-selling writer. He runs Pelican portraits, a electronic layout consultancy focusing on layout and art creation for print media and the net.

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Focus The Focus slider applies the Unsharp Mask filter. For most images, the suggestion setting, which will be around 30, is plenty. Be wary of applying large amounts of sharpening to photos that have had a lot of tonal adjustment as you can end up exaggerating noise. You should also make sure to look at the preview thumbnail at 100% magnification (there’s a special button for this underneath the thumbnails). SIMPLE PICTURE MANIPULATION 46 PAINT SHOP PRO PHOTO X2 FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Color Balance To use Paint Shop Pro Photo X2’s Color Balance tool select Adjust>Color Balance.

If you drag any of the sliders towards the right (brighter) direction you’ll see the histogram move the same way. Dragging the Shadows and Highlights sliders moves the histogram at the ends, while the Overall slider moves the whole thing, but the middle more than the edges. The important thing to remember when making adjustments with the brightness sliders is not to let the histogram slip off either end of the chart – it should taper off just before reaching the end. If you allow pixels to drop off the end of the histogram, you are losing image detail – in the case of highlights remapping light grey pixels to pure white and, in the shadows, turning darker detail pure black.

E. pure blacks, whites and Sometimes, all a photo needs to give it a lift is to boost the color saturation. In this case, the saturation has been increased by +30. You can do this using the Saturation slider in either the Smart Photo Fix dialog box, or the Hue/Saturation Lightness dialog box. 45 SIMPLE PICTURE MANIPULATION PAINT SHOP PRO PHOTO X2 FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Check the Color Balance box in the Smart Photo Fix dialog to remove an unwanted color cast from a photo. Click in the left thumbnail image to place cross-hair targets where the color should be black, white or neutral grey.

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