In my opinion, while Paint Shop Pro may not be considered the "industry standard" for graphic design, it certainly can help you lay down a nice foundation of knowledge for learning other graphics programs in the future. I designed for a very long time in Paint ShopPro before I decided to move to Photoshop. PSP has also come a long way since its first days. It has a lot more of the same powerful features that Photoshop has. In short, I really like the program and still use it for some things.
And yes - you can have a lot of fun with photographs in PSP, too. I`ve been delving into photography for a couple of years now and have found the photo-editing tools in PSP to be perfectly suitable for most things. I`m sure there are lots of different opinions about this topic between graphic designers. But I worked in PSP for many years before switching to Photoshop and for my basic purposes, found them equally usable.
Shooting photos has become an interest of mine since I purchased my first digital camera, about 4 years ago. I`m a person who doesn`t like to waste stuff, which also means I was never a fan of taking experimental shots on 35mm cameras, because I felt like I was wasting film. Now, I can shoot all sorts of experimental ideas without feeling bad about it!
Anyway, thanks much for the welcome, and I`ll try to be of help on any topics that I have knowledge in, so feel free to ask. :-)
HAHA... I do some graphic work too... I`m slow in even transitioning to PSP, I still use Vectoring and overlays in Printmaster, and then use MSPaint, and such for detailed "pixel work"...lol
Welcome to a community that I am looking forward to learning from, and finding some amazing new friends and colleagues in! I can`t wait to see who opens the doors, and welcomes in someone so crazy as me...haha
I have a wide array of interests and talents, digital photograpy is not currently one of them... but I`m hoping to change that soon... ope I can get better with digital photography and editing -- it would truly benefit my other work, a nice compliment to the other facets of my everyday humdrum life!
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