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Corel Paint Shop Pro X Revealed [Paperback]

Sonja Shea
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Jan. 25 2006 1598630105 978-1598630107 1
Aimed at readers who are new to Paint Shop Pro, "Paint Shop Pro X Revealed" teaches beginners how to edit their photos, paint digitally, and/or create graphics. Paint Shop Pro is one of the most popular image editing packages in the world, due in part to its combination of low price and powerful images. The book maps to the latest version of the Paint Shop Pro software which includes more arts media tools and more elements that will work with other Corel Products. Written in the proven Revealed pedagogy, the book first walks the reader through all of the basics of the software before breaking down into Paint Shop Pro's tools and techniques. Data files are included with the book so that the reader can follow along and solidify the skills learned.

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Sonja Shea has been a private beta tester for Paint Shop Pro for the past 4 versions of the program and is currently a C-Tech Volunteer for PSP. She is also an instructor for the Leader in Virtual Studies (LVS) Online Classes, a Corel Training Partner. Sonja has worked as a technical editor on a number of beginner-level Paint Shop Pro and photography titles by Thomson Course Technology PTR. Her own site, www.psptoybox.com, which features tutorials and resources for Paint Shop Pro, has been featured in PSPower's weekly newsletter 3 times. Sonja is also an active moderator on several graphic filter lists, and has helped many newbies to the software find success.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great book for beginners-without a doubt! It was nice to have files included with the book to work along side of it. The pictures used in the book were awesome and funny! For me, that made it a lot easier to learn, otherwise I was just about to the point of tossing the program out the window!
It is definately for the beginner though, once you start getting heavy into photo editing you will need to purchase something else.
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1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written Feb. 8 2006
By A. Michalski - Published on Amazon.com
PSP X Revealed is a poorly written book with black and white images of screen shots. Trying to associate a black and white screen shot with a color image on the computer screen is daunting at best and eye straining at worst. The section on learning layers is written as though someone already has the knowledge of all the tools and their uses and is now going to go thru a refresher course. The author seems to try to communicate her knowledge without explaining what the various functions do along the way assuming that the reader is well versed in PSP functions and knowledge. For someone who has just installed PSP X and is wondering how to put it to use...save your money, this will just frustrate you more than you already are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tammy Pelphry March 7 2006
By TamTam - Published on Amazon.com
I have to disagree with the other reader about it not being well written. The instructions were easy to understand and was a tremendous help for this newbie! I have never used any kind of graphics program before at all. This book was perfect for me to get my feet wet.

However, I do agree with him about the black and white issue. Computers and computers graphics are all about color and a black and white book for a piece of software like this is just down right silly! I would love to see another book with the writers style (and sense of humor) but IN COLOR, now that my feet are wet in a manner of speaking. When might we be seeing one?

Tammy Pelphry
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK March 28 2006
By CAPinBoynton - Published on Amazon.com
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I was hoping for something that would show me more about dealing with photo enhancements rather than making graphic images. I did learn some things that helped me; but I will keep looking for a better PSPX book. The "how to" instructions were quite good for the examples; but I was hoping for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonja Shea is a Paint Shop Pro March 8 2007
By Michael M. Gorman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a great book. The exercises are very detailed and set out in a true "learning order." Based on these exercies the "doing order" is then quite obvious.

What would have made this book even better would have been full color. When Paint Shop Pro has a new version I sure hope Sonja does a new book. It will be one book I will surely purchase.


Mike Gorman
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for totally lost beginner. but really is course material Nov. 4 2012
By Marc Mest - Published on Amazon.com
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First, this is designed to be a course text, so the structure of the book is lesson based.

The fact that it is a textbook format actually works for the total beginner. What do I mean by beginner: people like me who have zero background in creating or editing digital media like photos or bitmaps. And have zero background with the industry standard products like Adobe.

So the books which are targeted for users who are transitioning to Paint Shop and know the standard Adobe methods for doing x or y just confuses me.

If you know what layers are and how they are used, then this book is not for you.

The pro's of this book are that it will take you lesson by lesson and show you how to use the product, and teach you techniques. You will learn both the why and how.

Also all of the files needed for the lessons are online at the publishers website.

This is not a reference. And yes it is not in color.. ( not sure why ).
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