Re: PaintShop Pro5 vs. Photoshop???

Subject: Re: PaintShop Pro5 vs. Photoshop???
From: Melonie Holliman <melonie -dot- holliman -at- TXEXMTA4 -dot- AMD -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 1999 08:55:39 -0500


I know you said it tongue in cheek, but I probably should explain
some of the things which take more time or which cannot be done
in PSP.

Creating text and adding effects to it in PSP is a true pain. I was
trying to create text with a glow behind it. It was doable now that
PSP has layers, but it was not easy. It is a simple command in
PhotoShop; plus, in the new version of PhotoShop the text is editable.

Masks are much easier to use in PhotoShop and are much more
powerful. Layers are the same way.

Many of the special add-in effects which you find in PhotoShop can
be used with PSP, but they often seem limited or don't work quite right.
Special effects are so much more powerful in PhotoShop (but how
often does a tech writer need special effects?)

You cannot do two color separations in PSP. However, the new version
will save in CMYK and lets you control the dpi somewhat.

Photo touch up tools are much better in PhotoShop.

There is more, but that gives you an idea of the differences. The average
tech writer will NOT need most of these features (I work with Marketing
as well). So PSP will work in most situations which come up in technical
documentation. In fact, given its ability to take excellent screen captures
and import/export in so many formats, I think PSP is better for tech docs.

Melonie R. Holliman
Technical Writer
CPD Marketing
Advanced Micro Devices

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoff Lane [SMTP:geoff -at- gjctech -dot- force9 -dot- net]
> Sent: Friday, June 18, 1999 4:23 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: Re: PaintShop Pro5 vs. Photoshop???
> I'm wondering what took 45 minutes in PSP that would have take five in
> Photoshop<g>.
> I agree with most of what Andrew said. However, PSP5 has come of age. It
> is a significant improvement over PSP4 and can now do super-duper slick
> graphics. PSP5 will even do colour separations. Like Andrew, I'd buy PSP
> and use the remaining $450 to buy something else. However, for me, the
> something else would be Corel Professional Publisher upgrade (Ventura,
> Draw,
> PhotoPaint, Dream, WordPerfect, et al.) -- you almost certainly possess a
> qualifying product!
> Just my two eurocents.
> Geoff Lane
> Cornwall, UK
> geoff -at- gjctech -dot- force9 -dot- net

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