Paint Shop Pro Web Graphics: The Guide to Creating Dazzling Graphics for Your Web Pages

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This guide to creating great graphics using Paint Shop Pro focuses on Web-specific solutions, showing users how to build simple graphics from scratch, modify existing logos and graphics, and create complex button bars, navigational schemes, and site designs. Tips for using scanners and digital cameras to edit and customize photos are included, and updates to Paint Shop Pro's line drawing tool, text tool, and their new animation shop are covered.

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Overview

This guide to creating great graphics using Paint Shop Pro focuses on Web-specific solutions, showing users how to build simple graphics from scratch, modify existing logos and graphics, and create complex button bars, navigational schemes, and site designs. Tips for using scanners and digital cameras to edit and customize photos are included, and updates to Paint Shop Pro's line drawing tool, text tool, and their new animation shop are covered.

Author Biography: Lori J. Davis is a Paint Shop Pro expert and a former software manual writer. She is the author of Paint Shop Pro Power! and Paint Shop Pro Solutions. She lives in Brigantine, New Jersey. Andy Shafran is a computer and publishing professional and the author of numerous computer books, including Creating Paint Shop Pro Web Graphics, Creating Your Own Web Pages, and TY Microsoft FrontPage 98. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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For folks who believe in value, Jasc's Paint Shop Pro has always been an awfully attractive alternative to Photoshop -- and never more so than now, in the era of web graphics. PSP 7 can create just about any web graphic imaginable, and comes with nifty automated tools for building slick animations, rollovers, image maps, sliced images, and more. Now, there's a complete, Web-focused, full-color guide to PSP 7: Paint Shop Pro Web Graphics, Third Edition.

Andy Shafran and Lori J. Davis, both long-time PSP instructors, start with a quick tour of the software's features for creating any type of graphic, web or otherwise. Then, it's on to web stuff. There's a concise review of the Web graphics basics every designer (or amateur) needs to know, followed by a chapter on optimizing graphics by cropping, resizing, thumbnailing, and using Jasc's exceptional GIF and JPEG Optimizer tools.

You'll find chapters on planning and implementing a unified set of design elements (buttons, bullets, graphical accents, and so forth); creating and embedding backgrounds; building web graphics with PSP 7's vector drawing tools; and much more -- including a complete guide to using Jasc's bundled Animation Shop to create animated GIFs.(Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929685134
  • Publisher: Course Technology, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.55 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Chapter 1: Paint Shop Pro Basics

You've purchased and installed Paint Shop Pro. What's next? The first thing to do is to get comfortable with the program. Here's what you'll look at in this chapter:

Getting Acquainted with Paint Shop Pro's Interface Discover the unique and versatile features of this robust graphics computer program. The award-wining Paint Shop Pro lets you do everything from creating and editing images to designing complete Web pages and animations.

Configuring Paint Shop Pro to Better Suit Your Needs Learn about the powerful tools PSP puts at your fingertips and how to set them up to best serve you.

What is Paint Shop Pro?

Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is an easy-to-use yet powerful bitmap graphics editor developed and released by jasc Software, Inc. (http://www.jasc.coW. Jasc, founded in 1991 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializes in producing graphics and graphics management software for Windowsbased computers. Besides Paint Shop Pro, Jasc Software's products include Jasc Media Center Plus, Quick View Plus, and Image Robot, among others. Paint Shop Pro is comparable to much higher priced painting and photo editing programs, enabling you to create new images, edit existing images, add interesting deformations and effects, and convert more than thirty different image formats into graphics that are perfect for Web pages, print, or multimedia presentations.

In addition to its painting and photo-enhancing tools, Paint Shop Pro includes vector-based drawing tools. Vector graphics, unlike bitmap graphics, aren't made by painting pixels on a computer screen. Instead, vector graphics are produced from instructions to the computer on how todraw a shape. Vectors allow you to create graphics that are readily resizeable without distortion. Paint Shop Pro also includes some very handy tools for creating Web graphics. A visit to jasc's home page gives you easy access to all its products and support features (see Figure 1.1).

The PSP Workspace and Interface

When you first load Paint Shop Pro, you'll see the splash page followed by a window containing a tip. As you'll quickly notice, most of the Paint Shop Pro window is blank-wide open for you to start creating your own Web graphics, shown in Figure 1.2. This is the PSP workspace.

Paint Shop Pro's workspace is surrounded by PSP's major palettes and toolbars: the Tool Palette, Color Palette, the Tool Bar and the Menu Bar. And at the bottom of the workspace is PSP's Status Bar.

The Tool Palette

The Tool Palette, which appears by default along the left edge of the workspace, contains all of PSP's image editing and selection tools. Figure 1.3 shows the Tool Palette displayed horizontally. The Color Palette On the right-hand side of the workspace, you'll notice the Color Palette (Figure 1.4).

From the Color Palette, you can choose the colors to use for painting on your image canvas, drawing lines and shapes, or adding text. Move your mouse over the spectrum-like array of colors towards the top of the Color Palette and notice how the mouse cursor changes shape, looking like an eye dropper. Click on any of the colors of this section-called the Available Colors panel-and you'll select that color as the current foreground/stroke color. Right-click on any of the colors in the Available Colors panel and you'll select that color as the current background/ fill color.

Right below the Available Colors panel is a set of two overlapping blocks of color labeled "Styles." When a painting tool is active, these two color blocks represent the current foreground and background painting colors. You can click with a painting tool on either one of these blocks to bring up the Color dialog box (Figure 1.5)...

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Table of Contents

Chapter 2: Marrying PSP to the Web
Chapter 3: Accelerating Your Images
Chapter 4: Powerful Web Tools
Appendices
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    BOOK IS AWFUL!!!!!!!

    It's not a good book, especially for beginners. The instructions are VERY VAGUE and the wording and excercises are not in the proper format. I just took an HTML class where we had to use Paintshop Pro 7 and we used these textbooks. It was very hard to follow. Even my instructor said it's not a good book to follow. I would advise anyone to please use a different book. I'm using Paintshop Pro7 right now at home and I have to buy another book because this one is not easy to follow.

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