Questions from the survey – March 2021

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    Since some people have posted questions and comments in their survey without an email address, I hope they will be checking this thread.

    If you can think of any other topic you would like to see in a presentation, please let me know.
    Tools to create transparent backgrounds on a jpg image. For instance, the magic wand, or the eraser tools, or by exporting as PNG or gif. Which works the best?

    There is a tutorial on the blog about removing backgrounds using the Background Eraser, and how to extract elements using the Edit Selection. There is also a Master Class on removing the background.

    Now the difference between exporting as jpg, png or gif are the following:

    • jpg will leave no transparency, and will be somewhat destructive: every time you save and save over, it loses a little bit of quality
    • png allows transparency, and is non-destructive; however, the file size will be larger, if there is a space issue
    • gif will have transparency, but a reduction in color; typically partial transparency is problematic. It is more often used for animation

    If you can think of any other topic you would like to see in a presentation, please let me know.
    Distortion and displacement tools

    There are a few classes on those tools: Distorted on Purpose and Distorted on Purpose 2. We also used the distortion tool in the Spooky 2 class when we turned a beautiful lady into a witch.

    I am often skeptical of specific product classes as they may be shills for the company of the product as you did not mention other filters like the NIK collection.

    There is actually a blog post on the NIK collection.

    If you can think of any other topic you would like to see in a presentation, please let me know.
    Scripts and how to install them and use them.

    There are several blog posts about scripts: What are scripts?, What are scripts? – Part 2, How to install scripts, My script failed- troubleshooting, in addition to two full-length Master classes: Using scripts with PSP, and More scripts with PSP.

     

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