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Photo Restoration and Retouching Using (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Oktober 2007

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Chapter 1. Let's Get Started Chapter 2. Fixing Small Problems Chapter 3. Handling Exposure and Contrast Problems Chapter 4. Making Color Corrections Chapter 5. Repairing Damaged Photos Chapter 6. Erasing and Removing Objects Chapter 7. Retouching Faces Chapter 8. Prognosis Negative Chapter 9. Retouching "Good" Photos Chapter 10. Printing and Archiving


"Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel Paint Shop Pro" is the first photo restoration and retouching book written specifically for the more than 30 million registered users of Paint Shop Pro and Paint Shop Pro Photo. Using a large variety of digital pictures and scanned photo prints, author Robert Correll covers the essential techniques for using Corel Paint Shop Pro to restore, edit, and enhance photos. You'll cover solutions for the most common photo problems, including lighting and color issues, tape on the surface of a photo, tears, scratches, and fire or water damage. You'll also learn how to enhance your photos by perfecting colors, sharpening subjects, changing backgrounds, and using artistic effects. Wrap up your coverage with discussion of a variety of printing options and methods for protecting your digital photo archives.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen would like more instruction and larger screen shots 9. August 2008
Von A Reader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Pros-finally a book for PSP! Full color! Tons of screen shots! Easy to read.

Cons-The author states that this book does not teach PSP, which is true. But I assumed that meant it would still teach the restoration and retouching tools PSP offers, but it does not. This is my big issue with it. For instance, in PSP with the Highlight/midtone/shadow window, you're given the option of "absolute" or "relative" adjustments. I don't know what the difference is or when to use which. As the author/book does not "teach PSP" I still don't know. The book follows along as the author corrects his own photos, so in the section on this (pg 74), he simply states he used the relative method with no explanation of why. There is very, very, little "teaching" of the various tools/options. So, if you don't know what each option does, for instance, under Digital Camera Noise Removal before the book, you won't after it, as that's not "taught." I didn't want a book that taught me basic PSP use, but I did want one that would teach me when to use Histogram Adjustment versus Histogram Stretch, but it's not this book.

My second issue is with the size of some of the screen shots on the printed page. When the whole screen shot is shown on the printed page, it's about 3" square. The before/after preview window takes up maybe 1" on the page, about the size of a postage stamp. And the author says "see the difference?" Are you kidding me??? I went and got some magnifying glasses and still couldn't make out a difference on something that small. One time I actually carried the book to a light, held it as close to the bulb as I could, put on my magnifying glasses and still could not see the difference between the before and afters! Granted, this is due to my age...I'm at that age where I don't require prescription glasses but my eyes aren't as young/good as they use to be either.

I did enjoy reading the book, and I did get some tips that will be useful, so I am giving it a few stars. But I am still going to have to purchase another book to teach me the actual restoration tools and the theory of when to use what.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally is right 2. Mai 2008
Von PSP Enthusiast - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I've been using Paint Shop Pro since version 9 and consider myself at the lower end of an advanced user.

I have seven Paint Shop Pro books proclaiming to teach you how to use the program. With the exception of Ken McMahon's book they all fall miserably short.

I was weary of ordering Robert's book thinking it would turn out to be just like the others that sit in the bookshelf collecting dust. Fear not his book isn't a dust collector.

I won't go over what's already been stated in the other reviews. This book is everything the publisher, author, and other reviewers claim it is.

One recommendation:

If you're a beginner to intermediate user of Paint Shop Pro I'd recommend getting Ken McMahon's book "Paint Shop Pro Photo For Photographers" along with this book. McMahon's book covers the program and it's use while Robert's book covers techniques for photo corrections. The combination of these two books will greatly reduce your frustrations and enhance your skills, knowledge & techniques of photo corrections and manipulation using Paint Shop Pro.

Thank You Robert for a great reference and teaching publication.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A gift from the graphics-manipulation gods 27. November 2009
Von Thomas Richardson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I've had Paint Shop Pro since I bought version 7.04. I use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo for trying to restore thirty-year-old color photos, and for the playful recapping of comic-book covers. But the available documentation has been pretty frustrating -- it tells you WHAT the software does, but not WHEN or HOW to use it. Well, Correll does what I do (restoring old photos), but he does it ten times better than I do. He in fact restores photos that I would swear are lost causes. And in his book, he walks you step-by-step through the restorations (seventy-three in all). So at last I'm being told, "If you have X photo problem, here's how to fix it." But wait, there's more--

The photos he restores are of himself, his wife, his kids, his relatives, and his wife's relatives, and he tells the human story behind each photo. Misanthropes will hate that, but all these little stories made me like the guy.

In the book, he includes his email address if you have questions. I've already emailed him twice, and he indeed knows his stuff.

I rate it 5.00000000 stars. I can think of nothing bad to say about this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally - An Advanced PSP Tutorial !! 8. Februar 2008
Von Leon M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A common lament among users of Corel's popular Paint Shop Pro series of photo editing programs is the lack of advanced tutorial material. Over time there have been a few professionally done video books and texts offered here and there, and author Robert Correll himself has put together two helpful video books based upon earlier versions of PSP, but in general those efforts concentrate on developing basic to low-level intermediate skills at best. Now Correll and Thomson Course Publishing (since become Cengage Learning) have come forth with an advanced PSP tutorial that goes well beyond the basics of photo repair titled Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo.

In his new tutorial Correll (the similarity in names Correll/Corel is pure coincidence) has assembled 73 photo projects, mostly casual photos of his wife and children along with those of assorted kinfolk who were smiling into the family cameras as far back as 1919. The color and black and white photographs presented here have suffered a host of indignities over the years; fading, overwriting and smudges of all kinds, scratches, tears and holes in addition to the usual technical defects caused by bad film, poor lighting or poor scanning techniques. There are, of course, the human flaws as well; a pimple here and there, nose hair, dandruff - it's all here in gory high resolution detail, and each Photo Study's source photo is made available for download upon request to the author. I should add that Correll makes himself readily accessible to his target audience via e-mail, keen on cheering them on in their photo restoration efforts.

Basically each Photo Study begins with a brief background about the subject(s) of the photo. Along the way you will meet the author and his wife Anne and their four small children who are introduced in a light-hearted fashion along with Uncle Jim and Grandpa Bud among others. Then the problems in the photo at hand are pointed out, and Correll begins his repair routine in a step-by-step fashion sometimes diverging to try alternative means of solving the issues being confronted. A pre-release version of PSPP X2 was used to do the repairs, but the included screenshots are taken from PSPP XI. I am still using PSP X, and for the most part had no problems following along though the capabilities of some of the tools in my older version differ slightly from those in the more recent PSPP X2. The Levels adjustment tool is one such example. The text and screenshots are of excellent quality and printed in color on high-gloss stock. My only niggle here is that my 73 year old eyes had difficulty discerning the small text shown in many dialogue boxes, and even my magnifying glass sometimes struggled to make out many of the dialogue settings which are not always specified in the explanatory text.

In Photo Study One the author throws the reader off the leaning tower and right into the heart of photo restoration and retouching with a very challenging photo repair study of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I would have preferred easing into things with a more merciful project, but so much for whining. Perhaps Correll was trying to instill from the get-go a necessary sense of patience and persistence which he emphasizes frequently while stressing the need to be discriminating about one's work. He also cautions a light touch that does not render restore operations obvious to the viewer.

One great advantage of the book for me was that I became acquainted with several tools that I had, frankly, not previously employed in my photo restore efforts since beginning to work with PSP about 6 or 7 months ago. The Saturation Up/Down and the Lighten/Darken tools are just two such. I was also introduced to the Displacement Map under the Effects menu. This looks like an interesting Effects routine that I intend to explore further. The final chapter of the book presents a few creative applications using some of the Effects menu options, but frankly the author only scratches the surface here, though his results are impressive. An imaginative author could easily employ the PSP Effects tools in a tutorial presented solely upon their own merits, and I am sure Mr. Correll would be the first to agree.

In addition to the photo exercises, Correll offers interesting background information about scanning photos, organizing and archiving them as well as helpful printing tips. He also interjects along the way a few useful editing tips and tricks that he has discovered through his personal experiences using PSP.

Does the author leave anything left unsaid? Well, in a word, yes. Not every tool and adjustment in the PSP arsenal is acknowledged its fifteen minutes of fame, though all the heavyweights certainly are, but there is an appendix to the book that does give a brief rundown of each and every tool. However, there is no mention of the hidden tools to be found in the Unused Commands section, some of which can be quite helpful in certain circumstances. Plug-ins are not touched upon nor is the use of scripts, even those pre-defined scripts included with PSP. The author has a tendency to use the High Pass Sharpen adjustment as opposed to the Unsharp Mask, but his reasons for this apparent preference are not stated. He also likes to work with photos in .tif format as opposed to the more common .jpg/.jpeg file format, but again reasons are not stated though I presume they have something to do with a lesser likelihood of introducing artifacts into a photo during the restoration/retouching process.

I personally would have liked to have seen Photo Studies that put to work a few PSP capabilities that I am largely unfamiliar with. In this category I would include the Hue Map tool, and a few exercises using the Create Mask from Image procedure would have been a very welcome addition. In fact, I would have liked to have seen a few more exercises using masks in general though there are 3 of them. Masking, I think, is a weak point for many, including even PSP buffs far more experienced than I am.

All in all, however, this is a powerful tutorial that ought to be a part of every PSP enthusiast's personal library - it is a text that is sure to be referred to again and again. It is my hope that Mr. Correll's tutorial does well in the marketplace thereby launching further PSP instructional texts from this very knowledgeable and photo-savvy author. In my book, Correll's tutorial, Photo Restoration and Retouching Using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo, gets a well-deserved 5 stars.
4.0 von 5 Sternen This book is a definite plus when using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo software 12. September 2010
Von Willowsdad99 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
When I first installed Corel's Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Ultimate, I was a bit daunted be the wide array of tools made available. Though I did have some idea what I wanted to do, I was not at all certain where to start. That's where this book came in handy. The author has gone through quite a number of photo retouching examples, some simple and some very complex. With some of his tips I was able to reouch a photo from my son's wedding and produced an excellent photo that I'm proud to share. I know that I'll be turning to this book again as I take on different retouching efforts, especially for old photos of my ancestors. All in all, an excellent companion to the Corel software itself.
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