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Does anyone use Paint Shop Pro?
Old 06-22-2005, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking for the best way in PSP to clean up and smooth out skin tones.
Anyone have any tips or tricks in PSP?

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Here is one I am looking to clean up a little, like in the forehead area.

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Re: Does anyone use Paint Shop Pro?
Old 06-22-2005, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use both Photoshop and PSP and the technique is essentially the same -- I use the clone brush, set to soft and about 20% opacity and lightly clone over the bad skin areas to smooth them out.
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Marty -

I've been using PSP since version 3.5-ish, but stopped upgrading at 7.0 - 8 seemed to come out too close, and now it's 9.0 - and I believe it's only about a year since 7.0 appeared. Are you using a version more recent than 7.0, and if so, do you find it better than 7.0?

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Old 06-23-2005, 02:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use PSP 9. Been using it since v5 days.

How's this look?



Basically, I cheated. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

1) Opened in PSP9.
2) Duplicated layer
3) Promoted duplicated layer to a background layer
4) On the duplicated layer, I used the "Digial Camera Noise Removal" tool. All settings set to default, except the sharpness setting (2.00). I moved two of the sampling boxes onto her face, and one onto her body.
5) Hid the lower (untouched) layer, and then with the upper layer selected, used the eraser tool to let through the areas I DIDN'T want smoothened out.
6) Merged all layers
7) Used the unsharp mask filter set to 1.00/80/5.


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Excellent work......now teach me how to use PSP v8.0....i've recently bought it and have no idea of even where to begin..

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Old 06-23-2005, 08:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Waitaminute... you RECENTLY bought PSP8? How? PSP9's been out for a while. Did you pick it up used or on clearance (or is it *ahem*... a "liberated" copy)?

If it's a legit copy, and you registered it, you can upgrade PSP9 for $55 (downloaded version). $59 for the boxed version. Unfortunately, if I remember correctly, Corel raised the upgrade price after they bought out Jasc.

There's very little difference between PSP8 and PSP9 from what I can see. The one feature that's in PSP9 that's not in PSP8 is the Digital Camera Noise Removal tool, which ironically is what I used to smooth the skin in the picture above.

The other two features that were introduced with PSP9 are the Chromatic Aberration Removal Filter, and the Camera RAW feature (which isn't really all that good).

The other differences are here:

http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satelli...=1047023964280

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I stopped upgrading PSP at version 7.04 and switched to Photoshop. If you can afford it, Photoshop is definitely the way to go. Even Photoshop Elements gets you moving in the right direction. That said, I still use PSP for many of my website development tasks because I find it quicker at a few tasks. I looked at PSP 9.0 and compaired features when I saw it advertised at Fry's for $9 (after rebates). There were not enough new features that I would use to justify the upgrade (and dealing with the crappy rebate requirements at Fry's), so I stayed with version 7.04.
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I agree that Photoshop in general is a better program. If PSP were superior, everybody would be using it instead of PS.

When you're on a tight budget though, PSP isn't that bad of an option.

I tried PS Elements 3.0, and although I thought it was OK, I found myself using PSP more. Maybe it's because I've used it for so long?

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