Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Handle Graphics like a Professional

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Handle Graphics like a Professional

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Opening up any image editing software program for the first time can be a little daunting for a new user, but after learning the foundational tools, the added skills can give educators a much greater sense of control over their classroom presentations, administrative projects, Web-based projects and more. Jasc Software's Paint Shop Pro features one click buttons in adjustable tool bars for common tools like cut, copy, paste, zoom and crop. Users can click and drag the tool bars to float anywhere on the page or to stack on the sides of the screen. Other basic functions like color palettes, paint brushes and erasers let users retouch scanned photos or to create their own graphics for print or for the Web.

For those who have used a prior version of Paint Shop Pro, several enhancements make this version a strong competitor to other graphic programs. A multiple-level undo function allows the user to repeatedly undo the prior step, or an undo history window lists each action so that the user can jump back to an earlier stage with just a few clicks of the mouse. Other key improvements include support for CMYK color separations and output, an explorer-style file browser, additional retouch brushes, Bezier curves, on-screen grids and rulers and increased file format support, such as multi-layer PhotoShop, Kodak Digital Camera and enhanced metafiles. The new version also supports pressure sensitive drawing tablets for those who use a graphic tablet instead of a mouse for drawing and design purposes. …

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