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  • #69014
    Cassel
    Keymaster
      • 2522
      • Superfan

      Planning 2022, I want to get more ideas from you about what topics you would like to see addressed in our monthly masterclasses.

      Some topics that were suggested in the past have already been addressed. If we want to add a different angle on a past topic, that is fine, but it would not be fair to just repeat something already done.

      I have some ideas. If you suggest something else, I will add it to this post, provided that it is clear and precise enough.

      • Would it be a tool/command in PSP that you feel needs more explanation or exploration?
      • Would it be a type of manipulation that you would like to learn more about?
      • Would it be another way to create scrapbook projects to showcase photos/stories?

      I do have some ideas that include:

      • using fancy fonts with extra glyphs
      • photo manipulations
      • fantasy scene creation
      • one more class on using Filter Forge effects
      • more about Advent Calendars styles and ways to make them
      • and surely another PaintShop Christmas

      What else?

      #69034
      Mary Solaas
      Participant
        • 555
        • Enthusiast

        I would like to know about the various tools.  I used the push tool in Lab 6 Mod 8 but it wasn’t great and I really don’t understand it.  Also when you click on the push tool, I see that there are a great many tools in that area that I do not understand.

        Also, in creating a shape paper clip, I did not understand how to use the pen tool and the knife tool to pull apart the pieces and push them to a new location.

         

        #69035
        Marvin Fojtasek
        Participant
          • 37
          • Rookie

          I would like to see ways to enhance a portion of a photo, such as select a single person in a group photo and make that person stand out from the rest.

          #69038
          Colin Hooson
          Participant
            • 46
            • Rookie

            Hi,

            I wouldn’t mind a Master Class on: –

            photo manipulations
            fantasy scene creation
            one more class on using Filter Forge effects

            over the next few months

            #69042
            Cassel
            Keymaster
              • 2522
              • Superfan

              Marvin, that is an interesting idea. How to make something stand out. Good idea.

              Mary, I think there might be a need for more tutorials on using the Pen tool. This could be a specific element to address.

              Colin, glad to see that some of those suggestions resonnate with you.

              #69124
              Rene Marker
              Participant
                • 204
                • Enthusiast

                I think more classes or tutorials on how to use the various tools available in PSP. For me, it doesn’t do any good to have some of the classes that focus on making something specific if I don’t know how to use the tools needed.

                I have used the clone and scratch remover but not sure if I’m using them efficiently. I’ve never tried the object remover. Of all the brushes, the only one I use is the burn brush… I’m not sure about any of the others (like lighten/darken) because if I do use them they don’t seem to do what I think they are supposed to do!

                I also struggle with the other brushes like chalk, oil, crayon etc.

                #69125
                Cassel
                Keymaster
                  • 2522
                  • Superfan

                  Good points Rene.

                  For the chalk, oil, crayon, have a look at the Art Media class. It will give you a good start.

                  For the Clone tool and Scratch remover, we have looked at them, in real examples in the Get Rid of It class.

                  But I will definitely look into offering more classes on those lesser-known tools.

                  #69130
                  Corrie Kinkel
                  Participant
                    • 1078
                    • Superfan

                    I would definitely be very happy with tutorials/classes on the lesser-known tools (the pentool!) and an extra FilterForge. Photo manipulations sounds good too.

                    #69649
                    Marie-Claire
                    Participant
                      • 367
                      • Enthusiast

                      Hi,
                      I would also like to learn more about the same points as Rene, Corrie and Mary

                      Photo manipulations and the various tools.
                      For exemple, I didn’t know you could use the brush tool to color in for example, or to use bruches with the eraser tool.

                      Carole what do you mean by : another way to create scrapbook projects?

                      #69650
                      Cassel
                      Keymaster
                        • 2522
                        • Superfan

                        Marie-Claire, I was mostly referring to the idea of different styles of scrapbooking, like I showed pocket scrapbooking, and the one with infographics. If someone sees a different style and would like that explored, it could become a class.

                        #69812
                        Marie-Claire
                        Participant
                          • 367
                          • Enthusiast

                          Carole ok, now I understand, different styles of scrapbooking that would be interesting indeed.
                          I also thought about the new Frame tool in PSP 2022, what the possibilities are with that, but that might be a bit difficult because probably not everyone has or wants to use PSP 2022 yet?

                          #69813
                          Cassel
                          Keymaster
                            • 2522
                            • Superfan

                            Marie-Claire, that would likely be a blog post exactly for that reason. 🙂

                            #70796
                            Marie-Claire
                            Participant
                              • 367
                              • Enthusiast

                              I have never used the user defined filters. Is it something interesting to know for what and how it can be used? Or is there already a class or blog post about it somewhere?

                              #70798
                              Cassel
                              Keymaster
                                • 2522
                                • Superfan

                                Marie-Claire, I have tried to make sense of the User Defined filter, but the only thing I have been able to achieve is to play with the randomized settings. I have tried to analyze each of the settings, but I found that I would end up with effects similar to what the regular effects will give; a little blur here, a little sharpen here, etc. At this point, I don’t have enough information to make any kind of tutorial.

                                #70799
                                Marie-Claire
                                Participant
                                  • 367
                                  • Enthusiast

                                  Carole, ok ?
                                  I’ve also tried shifting the settings, but I don’t understand how it works either. I was curious

                                  #71717
                                  Cassel
                                  Keymaster
                                    • 2522
                                    • Superfan

                                    I have taken notes of various suggestions for classes, from forum posts, Facebook posts, emails, and private messages. One of my post-it notes indicates “Dynamic frames“. If you saw that title for a class, what would it mean to you? What would you expect during that class?

                                    #71723
                                    Sue Thomas
                                    Participant
                                      • 1598
                                      • Superfan

                                      As you know I enjoy creating my own frames.  I keep them relatively simple, in order to not overpower the photos within them.  I’m not a fan of ornate frames, like many of the ones in PSP frames.  Here is a screen shot of how  I would interpret  ‘dynamic frames’  and one of my own simple frames. I suppose my frames could be classed as dynamic, compared to  the very plain framing usually used in scrapbooking.

                                      #72861
                                      Christiane
                                      Participant
                                        • 51
                                        • Junior

                                        I’m asking someone who speaks German.

                                        I like to try some of the workshop instructions (is it the right word) especially the mask from Day 7 in German (it’s easier for me). But unfortunately I don’t know what command I have to use for (Ctrl-A; select all) oder Ctrl-F; float). New Mask layer or Negative Image is okay, find it in German. Also I don’t know what command I have to use for Deselect (Ctrl.+C)

                                        #72877
                                        Cassel
                                        Keymaster
                                          • 2522
                                          • Superfan

                                          Christiane, HERE is a great resource you can keep. You just have to start with the correct menu on the left and you should get all the translations you need.

                                          #73001
                                          Christiane
                                          Participant
                                            • 51
                                            • Junior

                                            Thanks, Carole.

                                            #77413
                                            nadine
                                            Participant
                                              • 78
                                              • Junior

                                              Thank you very much Carole for asking us for our ideas

                                              I would very much like to know how to make opaque or transparent plastic textures myself. I have already made a transparent umbrella (not perfect LOL I had forgotten to make the other side that we should have seen, precisely by transparency). But I had used a texture collected on a free site. The problem being that these textures are not always suitable for our project. I really like making titles with the tower like transparent stickers around, but I spend hours on it with lots of tries, and suddenly, I don’t know what I did anymore oops (big head but small brains LOL)
                                              Anything that can be transparent: epoxy, glass, crystal, plastic, sticker with transparent border ………. etc.

                                              here is my “not perfect” umbrella LOL

                                              #77416
                                              nadine
                                              Participant
                                                • 78
                                                • Junior

                                                Moreover, is it possible to transform a photo of a living being (head of an animal or even of a human, a turtle…harder of a bird) into a metal object with volume and texture, as on photos.
                                                If yes, I would love to know how…i tried a lot, but never succeeded, even a little bit LOL

                                                 

                                                #77427
                                                Cassel
                                                Keymaster
                                                  • 2522
                                                  • Superfan

                                                  Nadine, for the metal elements, you might need a combination of the Embossing and the Chrome effect. Considering that a real 3D effect plays with perspective, it might be hard. I tried to play with something similar when making a coin, like you would see a 3D head on it, but it is not as simple as black and white.

                                                  As for transparency, it if often a matter of playing with the Opacity. This might actually be a cool question for the Q&A so I can demonstrate it.

                                                  #78826
                                                  Suzy
                                                  Participant
                                                    • 199
                                                    • Junior

                                                    Hey, You offer this in the Master Classes — Customizing your PSP 2018 and I was wondering – would it be time to do a Customizing your PSP 2022?  Or is the 2018 about the same?  I’m still trying to bind my scripts, and by that I mean I’m trying to get serious about doing it, so I am not doing very well. :((

                                                     

                                                     

                                                     

                                                    #78828
                                                    Cassel
                                                    Keymaster
                                                      • 2522
                                                      • Superfan

                                                      The workspace has not changed THAT much, but after a few years, it might be a good idea to do one… for PSP2023.

                                                      If you are having issues with Binding scripts, at what point are you stumped?

                                                      #78831
                                                      Suzy
                                                      Participant
                                                        • 199
                                                        • Junior

                                                        Ive been using PSP X2. On it, I have a bound script, see photo. All it does is add 30 pixels to all 4 sides of anything, .png or jpg.

                                                        I have a bound script in PSP x2 I want to put into 2022.  The script is NOT where it says it is, (when you hover, the directory and folder pop up) and in fact, I cannot find the script anywhere! Apparently when you bind it, it makes a copy somewhere within paintshop files somewhere, unknown. Can you help me find it? THEN I can look at the directions to bind it to 2022, LOL!

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

                                                        #79031
                                                        Marie Nicholson
                                                        Participant
                                                          • 5
                                                          • Rookie

                                                          I think I need a refresher course on everything mentioned above!   My biggest bugbear is manipulation and trying to remove an object or person from a photo.  I’m lazy and inclined to use just the Enhance Photo button, the crop and straighten tools!  So please, roll them all out again.

                                                          #78827
                                                          Suzy
                                                          Participant
                                                            • 199
                                                            • Junior

                                                            Hey again,

                                                            There is something called a .png optimizer…. it’s under File–> export.

                                                            At the bottom, there appears to be a way you can make the white background of a photo transparent, just by clicking that last radio button…does this work?  Instead of tedious extraction?  “areas that match this color”

                                                             

                                                            Here is the popup.

                                                             

                                                            and here is the image I want with a transparent bg. in .png format.

                                                             

                                                            #80452
                                                            Jannette Nieuwboer
                                                            Participant
                                                              • 183
                                                              • Junior

                                                              Suzy what you did there is ok.

                                                              Go to the wizard png left down.

                                                              Tab to the first green balloon. there it is the first one. I do not know what it’s called in English.

                                                              Tab again, the second green balloon. chose for the third one.

                                                              Tab again to the third green balloon: take a color up to what you want.

                                                              The fourth green balloon, chose yes.

                                                              The fifth green balloon leaves it on top of its there.

                                                              In the sixth green balloon, you see the result of your work.

                                                              You can everything file in png.

                                                              I hope you succeed this way. Write this down somewhere in a notebook.

                                                              Sometimes you have to rectification of everything (PSP) before you lose it.

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                              #80453
                                                              Jannette Nieuwboer
                                                              Participant
                                                                • 183
                                                                • Junior

                                                                Oops, I forgot something. On the first page, you have to choose 16-7 million colors 24-bit.

                                                                That’s very important too for png.

                                                                Greetz Jannette

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