Archive for the 'Tutorials' Category

Apr 15 2007

Cropping in Paint Shop Pro v7

Published by under Tutorials,Video Tutorials

I know that some of you still have and use older versions of Paint Shop Pro, like version 7. In fact, although I have version 10 on my computer, I still have version 7 loaded as well. Why? It is a smaller program and thus loads much much faster than newer versions and uses less computer resources. If I want to do a quick crop of an image, or some other simple task, I’ll use version 7.

However, version 7 is not as easy to use on some tasks. One example is cropping. Newer versions have simpler ways of doing these tasks.

Today’s Paint Shop Pro video tutorial will show you how to crop in version 7 and next weekend I’ll try to post the same video using a newer version, so you can see the difference.

While you watch the video, take special note of the circled area as indicated in the screen shot below. Each common print size has a different ratio. By knowing, and using, these ratios, you can have your photos properly cropped before printing.

print size    horizontal ratio    vertical ratio
4 x 6             1.500                0.667

5 x 7             1.400                0.714

8 x 10            1.250                0.800


Click on the kitten and rabbit screen shot below to view the video. After the video finishes, it will return you to our main (Home) page. The video is about 1.8 MB in size and runs for 1:40.

cropping in paint shop pro version 7 (28 Kbytes)

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Apr 15 2007

Chroma Key Background Removal

Published by under Tutorials

A quick tutorial describing the process of removing a solid background from an image. This tutorial is based on a standard Chroma Key green background. The tutorial is 5 minutes long.

I can also recommend a book that goes into more detail on this technique, and explains how to do this without a chromakey backdrop. More book info at the Back Drops Book webpage.

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Apr 05 2007

Resize an Image for a Webpage

Published by under Tutorials

If you are uploading images to the internet, especially for use as part of a website, make sure that you resize your images in a graphics editor so that their file sizes get smaller. If you just resize images by specifying a width and height in HTML or CSS, then they still take just as long to download as they would have, without the extra time serving any useful purpose.

As an example, my camera makes 6.3 mp images, about 3,000 pixels by 2,000 pixels. If I want to use that image to illustrate a fact in an article, a size of 600 by 400 is usually enough, and as stated above, it will download to the viewer’s computer much faster.

Here is a quick (1:16 long) tutorial on how to resize an image in PhotoShop. (you may have to click on the image twice before the tutorial will begin)

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Apr 01 2007

Paint Shop Pro XI

Published by under Tutorials

I have been a Paint Shop Pro fan since version 7. In fact, I still have version 7 on my computer, as it is much faster for simple tasks, like cropping or resizing. I also have the latest, version XI, or version 11 for you none Roman Numeral types!

I have included a link to the Buy TV review of Paint Shop Pro version XI. The review is about 3 minutes long. (you may have to click on the image twice before the tutorial will begin)

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