This short course over five two hour sessions, is designed to show you more useful information and techniques for enhancing your digital images, which you have taken with your digital camera. The course consists of useful information about digital images and working with them generally as well as easy to follow tasks. Initially, these pages cover working with Paintshop Pro 8 (image editing program used at South Nottingham College sites). More Sections will be added eventually to cover Adobe Photoshop and GIMPshop. Below is a brief outline of the course, session by session. Click on the links below to be taken to the information pages or tasks. Please feel free to request topics or tasks that you are interested in if they are not listed.

Session 1

Introduction – enrolment and student logons.
Introduction to Paintshop Pro 8 - mainly for learners who have not completed Part One.
Saving images, file types to use and sizes fit for purpose, archiving to disk.
Practical tasks: Sharpening and Blurring. Unsharp Mask.

Session 2 Noise, Artefacts, Scratches and Specks
Using retouching filters and effects.
What is digital 'noise'? What are 'artefacts? How to minimise noise and artefacts or avoid them altogether. Scratches, Specks and Dust. Various techniques for removal or disguise.
Session 3

Colour Techniques
Calibration. What is it? Why do it? How to do it. Correcting skin tones. Smoothing skin using Blend. Removing blemishes by cloning. Ageing a picture, using monochrome, colourizing pictures.

Session 4 Improving Images
Looking at Brightness and Contrast. Using the Histogram and Curves to improve contrast. Using gamma to simulate fill in flash. Combining images to increase resolution or make panoramas. Working with type.
Session 5 More Paintshop Pro hints and tips. Review of course
Using the image browser, Making the 'Family' montage thumbnails and printing thumbnail sheets. Shortcuts in Paintshop Pro. Keyboard shortcuts.
Finishing touches: adding borders and frames, adding captions, using effects.
Review of course so far, Q & A, progression to Part Three.

Evidence Prints Instructions on making evidence print outs here
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