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Picture Yourself Learning Corel Paint Shop Pro X2

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By Eric Shuler - March 25, 2008

How many times have you thought you took the perfect picture only to discover that there were flaws in the photo I recently tried out Corel's Paint Shop Pro X2 software which retails for $ 99.99. One disclaimer, I have used the various earlier Paint Shop versions in the past. This software is economical to purchase and fairly easy to use. The learning curve is too not difficult to grasp.

The included Photo X2 printed manual provided is complete, but has no illustrations. Photo editing is very color intensive and in some ways your finished photo is artwork. Fortunately, I had assistance learning Paint Shop Pro X2. Two excellent books are Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 by Ken McMahon published by Focal Press and Picture Yourself Learning Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 by Diane Koers published by Cengage Learning. These both retail for $29.99 each. Ken McMahon's book is very complete and a great tool for a beginner to intermediate photo edit. Ken's book has numerous... read more

Good for general information regarding Paint Shop Pro...

By BeatNic - January 14, 2009

My experience with "Picture Yourself..." is that it provides a lot of general information regarding Paint Shop Pro X2, and very little that's "hands on." I primarily purchased the manual to assist me with learning about layering; and, although it provided an extensive explanation about layers, it gave very little in the way of taking you step-by-step through the process. There was one exercise, and that was nice, but much more needed to be included. Consequently, I purchased a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS3 and a wonderful book that is completely dedicated to layering; this has changed everything for me, from creating artwork to editing my photos. Hopefully I will be able to transfer my learning to Paint Shop Pro at some point.

Great book about great software

By Thomas D. Webster "Web Webster" - June 14, 2008

It's hard for me to review this book without also discussing the book's topic, which is Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo X2. Fortunately, I like them both. PSP Photo X2 is an admirable substitute for Adobe's Photoshop (at a fraction of the price). As such, the array of options and terms and icons and toolbars and palettes is potentially overwhelming, even for someone who may otherwise be technically astute. Diane Koers's book has just enough theory and background thrown in with the practical "how to" aspects to strike a perfect balance, and to help make sense of PSP Photo X2.

The book is well organized, and it has a fair index and a very good table of contents, so it can either be read from cover to cover, or used effectively as a reference. As is fitting for a book about graphic images, the book itself is of the highest quality, attractively laid out, with pages of coated paper that faithfully reproduce the many illustrations. It is well edited and essentially free of typos... read more

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