By : Ulukai
has released a beta of Paint Shop Pro, version 9 and I had
a look to see what’s new. Paint
Shop Pro is software for creating professional digital imaging
has been around for quite some time, even back when Windows
3.11 was installed on most computers.
is a good and cheaper alternative for people wanting to
achieve the same results that people get when using Adobe’s
The release of version 8 already hosted allot of (cosmetic) changes over
the previous versions. It
had new design for the layout and icons and allot of new
version is not as different from version 8, it has more
first thing I noticed, when starting Paint Shop Pro, is
the update feature. It
will setup the update procedure and will automatically check
for new patches or version on the web.
design is a little sleeker, icons are updated and a few
new features have been added.
release introduces the painting tools, making it able for
you to paint, even on a real canvas.
opening a new image you can choose the new image type called
Art media background. You
can then choose what kind of canvas you would like to paint
on, changing the texture of the canvas.
Here’s where the new painting tools come in handy. It
features an oil brush, chalk, pastel, crayon, colored pencil,
marker, palette knife, smear, art eraser and the mixer palette.
The first few
items are pretty much self explanatory.
are tools to produce different types of effect when painting
on a canvas.
mixer palette allows users to mix any number of colours
into a single paint swatch in a manner similar to a traditional
this off-canvas palette, you can mix and experiment with
colours just like a real palette, and then use your Art
Media brushes to make realistic strokes simulating the rich,
expressive results you get with physical pigment media such
as paint, pastel, pencil, and chalk.
painting tool has a check box called trace which you can
use to trace pictures underneath the Art media layer.
media image can have several layers if you choose to have
them, these layers can be wet or dry like real paintings
and you can choose these properties to get a certain effect
on your painting.
new is the distortion filter called displacement mapping.
allows the user to warp, or displace, one image based on
the contents of another image. It
has the option to do 2D
offsets using red, green and 3D surface using luminance.
2D offsets using red and green displaces the image using the red and green channels
while 3D surface uses luminance to displace pixels in proportion to changes in
a bump map, this option treats the source image like it's
a 3D surface in which pixel luminance values determine height.
options for text have been expanded, choices are now off,
sharp and smooth. Here’s
an example, from left to right is off, sharp and smooth.
The difference is
slightly visible, sharp and smooth looks the same, unless
you enlarge both.
text tool now also has the option to place text vertically.
Shop Pro also hosts a few practical changes.
You can now
also easily view the command history in pane on the side.
the history of commands applied to an image.
Selective Undo allows you to choose which step to eliminate without affecting
any of the following steps.
shapes tools have changed and split off in 4 subsections,
which are rectangle, eclipse, symmetric and preset shapes.
can now easily organize your resources with the resource
manager dialogue. Paint
Shop Pro resources include such items as scripts, picture
tubes, patterns, gradients, displacement maps, and workspaces.
full listing of resources displays along the left side of
the file locations dialog. Using a consistent method for
managing these resources can make your workflow easier.
new digital camera and photo filters have also been added.
Camera Noise Removal Filter scans photos and removes noise
while preserving textures.
for overexposure using the Backlighting Filter.
Chromatic Aberration Removal Filter helps eliminate the
colored glow that appears around the subject’s edges, sometimes
known as "purple fringing".
can set custom white balance, exposure, and sharpening levels
when converting raw camera images,
if you have a camera. (Hint to editor)
Fill Flash Filter brightens dark or underexposed shadows.
are more cosmetic changes found in Paint Shop Pro 9, but
these do not change the functions in a big way.
you would like to try this software for yourself you can
download it at http://www.jasc.com
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