Instructor Teaches Photo Restoration with Paint Shop Pro
Karen Goddard, instructor for the Upper Grand District School Board Continuing Education program in Mount Forest, and Palmerston, Ontario, Canada, was worried. She was looking for a photo editor to help her teach a class on photo restoration. Luckily, her aunt was using Paint Shop Pro. It was just what she needed.
"I tried it out, because I wanted to see if it would be useful for my classes," Goddard said. "I needed something that was easy to explain and for students to understand. The other program I was using was too inhibiting, because it was so expensive."
Goddard was surprised by Paint Shop Pro. The program had changed quite a bit from the version she was using seven or eight years ago.
"It was always really great for doing screenshots," Goddard, who has been teaching continuing education classes for three years, explained. "Screenshots always made such a difference in documentation, and with Paint Shop Pro the quality was so much better."
But, Goddard didn't need a program to do screenshots. She needed something to work with scanners and to help with restoring photos. Paint Shop Pro didn't let her down.
"For that very first class I was kind of in a panic," she said. "I needed something to just cover the basics and I found it on the Jasc Web site."
"Screenshots always made such a difference in documentation, and with Paint Shop Pro the quality was so much better."
Goddard took the tutorial on restoring photos with her to class. She spent half of the two-hour class discussing scanners and the other half showing her students how to repair their photos with Paint Shop Pro.
"My class loved it," she said. "They were thrilled with the results and that they could take the software home and try it out for themselves. Before the class, they were so discouraged because the software that came with their scanners didn't give them the results they wanted."
The class was such a hit that Goddard decided to offer a second-level course that concentrated more on fixing color in faded photos.
Goddard said she's pleased with how easy it is to get started using Paint Shop Pro.
"I don't like to read a whole lot of detail about my software," she said. "I just like to play with it and pick it up as I go along. Paint Shop Pro is great, plus there are so many tutorials available on the Web. It's an amazing resource."
"When I first started using Paint Shop Pro again, I thought it was just a photo editor," Goddard said. "Now I see all the drawing tools and the projects I can do and I get excited."
"With Paint Shop Pro, it was so easy. Now I can do all the things I've always wanted to do."
Soon, Goddard will be teaching a course on using Paint Shop Pro's drawing tools to create masterpieces.
Paint Shop Pro has become a significant part of Goddard's life away from the classroom. She uses it in her personal business, Kreative Graphics, where she offers one-on-one computer training, desktop publishing, and Web design services.
"I do a lot of Web design and I find Paint Shop Pro so useful," she said. "I made my first sliced image not too long ago. With Paint Shop Pro, it was so easy. Now I can do all the things I've always wanted to do."
And, for Goddard, Paint Shop Pro has become a family affair with her mom, her sister, and her aunt all using it.
"My family has 'PSP Wars' to see who can outdo the other with their next project," she said.