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    Paint Shop Pro 8

    I'd be interested in any opinions on the latest. I am an amateur when it comes to computer graphics - mostly I fiddle with photos for my web site and such. But, I grew up in my employment of past years using Paint Shop Pro and have recently installed a try-and-buy copy of version 8. Any comments, good or bad would be appreciated. One of the new features that particularly interested me is the Background Eraser. A small newspaper in our vicinity is planning an article on local military veterans and my wife and I (me, really!) are submitting a "Mr. and Mrs." picture that I cobbled together from two photos I scanned. So, my early efforts have been to try to change this pix into something like this. It's certainly tedious work, as the Gifmeisters will attest, but it gives me something to do while I watch my beloved New York Yankees get their butts kicked by Boston <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Hi Al!

    Wow! I didn't realise they allowed chaps as young as you into the US Army! <img src=/S/salute.gif border=0 alt=salute width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>

    PS I've only got the cheapo anniversary edition PSP7...
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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Yeah, that pix of me was taken during my first overseas assignment at NATO in Izmir, Turkey. I was barely shaving at the time. The one of my wife was two years later in Orleans, France, where we met and later married. The rest of the "story" depends on whether the paper decides to interview us or not. <img src=/S/phonecall.gif border=0 alt=phonecall width=45 height=19>

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Thats a very Pretty Lady in the Picture, but that guy, OUCH. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Just kidden Sarge.

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Big Al,

    I've used PSP for years and find the new version 8.0 a nice improvement over the previous versions. I've used the "Background Eraser" tool a couple of times, fooling around with a few things out of curiosity, and it works quite well. Like previous versions, PSP 8.0 is a memory hog, perhaps more so, but there are lots of additional features and improvements which I personally think justifies the upgrade. You will find, however, that the GUI has changed quite a bit and I found getting acquainted with the new features wasn't nearly as frustrating and trying to locate the old features and use them. But that's not unique to PSP. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    The one thing I do NOT like is the LONG file name extension "pspimage"

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    <hr>Dave opined:
    The one thing I do NOT like is the LONG file name extension "pspimage"<hr>
    Well Dave,
    If that is the ONLY negative thing you have found about PSP 8.0, it surely wouldn't deter me from using it! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/biglaff.gif>

    There is always "PhotoShop Elements" as an alternative. But I find PSP far more versatile in that it is more than a "photo" application.

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Don't get me wrong, I have PSP 8, Elements 2 and Digial, Image 7.0

    I use them all for different reasons.

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Dave,

    No, I didn't and don't "take you wrong"!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    And, at the risk of going "off topic"... I haven't installed PhotoShop Elements as of yet. It came with my new Canon i850 Printer. Since you have used it, do you think it is worth installing? and if so why?

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Dave--

    With your experience and your knowledge of CAD programs and imaging, I'd appreciate hearing the different reasons for using each or chracteristics that you ascribe to these three. I have Elements, and PS, and Paint Shop Pro is on sale at a good price and have been tempted to see how it works.

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    Photoshop Elements doesn't seem to do very well with subtle shades of gray. But you can almost fake up that photo from when you met at Pearl Harbor...
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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by bigaldoc on 10-Oct-03 06:19. )</P>Thanks for the comments so far, folks. I've only had 8.01 installed for about a week and it sure is correct that it's hard to find some of the "old" features, but that's not a big deal. The only problem I've had that gave me pause was that on two or three occasions I would go through the process to save a file and notice at the top of the picture's window that the "imagexx" name had not changed to my newly assigned name. Opening Explorer showed the file NOT to be saved. It seemed to work on the second try, so I chalked it up to a minor glitch. I did notice, or realize later that I had NOT gotten the usual message about merging the layers when saving as a JPG or whatever, so I'm gonna keep my eye on it and see what happens. On only one of those occurrences yesterday, I saved a file as a .BMP to use it for wallpaper and this file did save but was evidently corrupt because Windows would not later "preview" or open the file. I saved it again successfully by changing the name. There seems to be a little something lurking either in PSP 8 or my system. I've got plenty of time left on my trial period!

    Edited to add: I forgot - nice job on the background, Jefferson. I wish I could learn how to do that with PSP!

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    BigAl,
    One question " saved a file as a .BMP to use it for wallpaper " why?
    I use jpg's for my wall paper and they are much smaller in file size.

    As for the different programs, I have found that the best is one I learned first. Just like the Ford vs. Chevy, Word vs. WordPerfect question.

    I have used all of the ones I listed, but I seem to come back and us PSP most of the time. It may be by habit. I am far from being a expert in using any of them. My main use is to touch up scans of photos and they all work about the same.

    I use the "Capture" function in PSP to get screen shots of the menus and other items when a timer is needed.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    <hr>...I use jpg's for my wall paper and they are much smaller in file size.... <hr>
    Funny you should bring that up, Dave! I have been so used to the previous versions of Windows, where only BMPs could be used for wallpaper, I've NEVER bothered to get out of the habit! I will, now that you've prompted me.....

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    Re: Paint Shop Pro 8

    > I wish I could learn how to do that with PSP!

    I had to manually erase around the people. It automatically left the erased area transparent. Does PSP let you insert and re-order layers? That's all there was to this (but I wasted a good 10 minutes trying to find a quicker, more automated way. ;-)

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