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Creating Grids

Photo Collage I

Photo Collage II

Photo Collage III
Through the use of blend modes and existing image colors, learn how to create the popular backscreen effect for your images. See how a backscreen can assist in making your text message stand out in the image design. In this tutorial you will learn on method of adding grids to an image. You will use the Airbrush tool to create a faded appearance to parts of the grid. Create a seamless blending of two images by using a gradient mask. Learn how to make a gradient mask, save it to disk, and then load it into a layered image to make a collage. Combine two images to make one layered image. Use both raster and vector layers, as well as the Clone, Text and Eraser tools to fine tune the final image. In this tutorial you will use the Smudge mode of the Retouch tool to combine 3 images. You will also use a selection, and the Manual Color Correction feature to prepare the image prior to smudging its pixels.

Drop Shadow Filter

Metallic Text

Install Picture Tube

Textured Outlines

Glowing Edges
In this tutorial you will learn the settings in the Drop Shadow dialog, while understanding how the use of drop shadows can enhance an image design. This tutorial covers one method of creating metallic text. You will use a variety of filters and features. You will learn how to make many types of metal once you have the basic steps complete. Download picture tubes from the Internet, and learn how to install them in Paint Shop Pro. Understand how creating unique folders to organize your tubes can be helpful if you plan to have a lot. Get practical experience making outlined text, using both vector and raster. Enhance the outline by adding texture and depth, using the Texturize, Outer Bevel and Drop Shadow filters. Learn one method of adding a glowing edge look to your text. Also discover two methods of adding the finishing glow, and learn how to easily change the color of the final glowing text

Portrait Studio

Text On a Path

Texture filled text

Brush Stroked Text

Mask Selections
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a portrait studio background and then place a person into that backdrop. You will use deformations, selections and layers. Make your text curve so it fits an image object's shape. Learn how to draw the path the text should follow, and how to edit out any mistakes in the path. Understand how to vary the size of your text along the path. Learn how to add texture fills to your text. Use both vector and raster layers. Understand how choosing the right type of font is important, and how to maintain the texture fill at resize time. Use a combination of vector and raster layers, vector shapes, Bezier Curves, vector text, and the Brush Stroke and Inner Bevel filters to create text that has a brush stroked look to it. Learn to use a mask to create a selection around an object that is otherwise difficult to select. Gain practical experience in editing the mask to perfection for the job at hand.

Distort Perspective

Pop-up Objects

Sunburst Filter

Special Effects

Add Solarization
Create the illusion that an area of an image is magnified or distorted, behind glass. Use the Deformation tool, Warp filter, and learn how to use an Alpha Channel to store a selection for later use. In this tutorial you will select an object from a busy image, and make the object stand out by using Levels to adjust the background's contrast with the object. A drop shadow will be applied to the object to make it pop out. Learn what the settings do in the Sunburst filter. Understand how to apply a sunburst to an existing image to enhance its light source. Combine two images and add special effects by using a mask. Learn how to adjust opacity on specific areas of the mask to achieve a desired look, and proper blending of the images. Use the Curves feature in Paint Shop Pro to add a solorized look to an image object. Use the Flood Fill tool, Levels, patterns, blend modes, text and to enhance the final design.

Photo Fun

Warp Filter

3D Worlds
Oil Painting Look

Halftone Patterns
Use selections, layers, and filters to alter an image's background to make image objects stand out. Add fun to the image by creating unrealistic effects, while maintaining the realism of the actual objects. Create textured spheres in a snap using the Warp filter. Use your spheres in image designs, and understand the settings in the Warp filter dialog. Create your very own 3D world. Add perspective and depth by creating and placing shadows in key locations. Add additional image objects, and create a shadow for that object for realism in the image. Through the use of filters unique to Paint Shop Pro, easily turn photographs into oil paintings. Use Levels to improve contrast for the final look. In this tutorial we will look at a way to make a halftone pattern in Paint Shop Pro. We will work with dots, however you could take this technique further by creating thick to thin, or similar patterns, in place of the dot.

Motion Blur Filter

Motion Blur I

Motion Blur II

Water Colors

Photo Clip Art
Learn to use the Motion Blur filter to give an image object the appearance of motion. In this tutorial we will practice applying the filter in the process of making an advertising poster. Here you sit with a perfect image, lacking even a hint of motion. No sweat, with Paint Shop Pro there are a number of ways to add that blur, and in this tutorial we will look at one of them. Through the use of duplicate layers, learn to create a manual motion blur. This technique is often used in advertisements in magazines and on television. Give a color photograph a water color look by using a series of filters unique to Paint Shop Pro. Learn which images tend to work well with this technique, and how to fine tune results. Making clip art from an object in a photo is a nifty trick that can be used in fun designs for birthday cards, or other social events, or it can be used in professional advertising.

Comic Book Look

Pencil Sketch

Pencil Filter


It is possible to take an ordinary photograph, and give it a comic book look. This can be a lot of fun, and is often seen in advertisements, especially those that want to add a touch of lightness to the message. In this tutorial we will look at one method of giving a photograph a looked of being pencil sketched. You will use blend modes, as well as Levels, Gamma Correction, and filters. The Pencil filter allows for the creation of a drawing, by coloring and altering the image's edges. In this tutorial we will use the Pencil filter, in combination with Blend modes, and Levels to make a photograph take on an artistic colored drawing look and feel. Learn how to use the Airbrush tool to give perspective to a created object. Add a shadow for additional perspective, and use blend modes and vector text to further enhance the design. Learn the potential of Adjustment Layers while discovering background enhancement tricks. In this tutorial you will use the Posterize adjustment layer, and will turn the image's background to black and white.

Painterly Look
Paint Shop Pro contains a wealth of filters, and many of those can be used to create a painted look in a photograph. In thus tutorial we will use filters unique to the program, as well as Levels.

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