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									How to use Paint Shop Pro

By the end of this ‘How to’ you will be able to use Paint Shop Pro to:

      create an image file;
      use the layer palette;
      copy and arrange layers; and
      crop and merge an image.

This guide is intended as a starting point. It is recommended that you spend
time exploring the features available within this package.

Paint Shop Pro 8


    Layers give you the ability to create complex images while allowing you
      to work independently on one area or part of an image. Layers are
      independently mobile and can be opaque, transparent or something in
      between. The order in which layers are stacked makes a big difference
      to how the final image will appear. A new image always begins with one
      layer. You can add more layers if necessary.
    Using layers take a little practice. The key is the ‘Toggle Layer Palette’
      icon (red and blue colours) on top of the screen that displays the layers
      currently in the image.


Creating an image file
    From the main menu, click ‘File’ then ‘New’. Set the Image Dimensions
      as per the following screenshot.
    It is essential that you check the ‘Transparent’ box; otherwise, you will
      not complete the whole of this exercise easily.

   Click on ‘OK’.
   To create a simple image, click on ‘Picture Tube Tool’ on the main
    toolbar. On the ‘Tool Options’ panel, click on the drop-down arrow and
    select ‘Tools’.
   On the canvas of your new image – the Paint Shop Pro screen - draw a
    random pattern of tools. The ‘Picture Tube Tool’ quickly renders a
    preset design on the canvas (see screenshot below).
   Go to ‘File’ then ‘Save’ and name the image ‘tools’.
   The image is automatically saved in .psp or Paint Shop Pro format
    unless you select otherwise.

      You have now created your first image file.
      Repeat the above exercise to create 2 more images, using a different
       option for the ‘Picture Tube Tool’ on the ‘Tool Options’ panel. For
       example, draw some rope on the second image and grass on the third.
       Name and save these files as ‘rope’ and ‘grass’.
      If you are feeling more creative, use some of the drawing and painting
       tools found on the on the main toolbar. You must ensure that the new
       images also begin with a transparent background.

Using the ‘Layer’ palette
    You will now learn how to use the ‘Layer’ palette and work with layers.
    Look at the ‘Layer’ palette. If this is not open on screen, select ‘View’,
      then ‘Palettes’ followed by ‘Layers’. This will display the ‘Layer’ palette.
    Double-click on the top of the ‘Layers’ palette to dock or undock it.
    You can move around the different layers in an image by clicking and
      dragging them. The next exercise will take you through this.
    The ‘Layer’ palette gives you control over the stacking of the layers and
      their transparency.
    If you hover your mouse over a layer’s name, a thumbnail will appear,
      showing you what is in that layer. This makes managing and moving
      the correct layer very easy.
    Another way to check you have the correct layer selected is to click the
      ‘Eye’ icon (‘Visibility Toggle’) next to the layer name. This will turn off
      the contents of that layer on the main image.
    You can also use this feature to turn off layers (hide them) whilst you
      work on other parts of the image. This is useful for large or complex
      images. Simply click on the ‘Eye’ icon again to unhide the layer.
    The merge function within Paint Shop Pro allows you to merge layers
      into each other and create a flat image.

Copying and arranging layers
   This exercise will use the three images created previously. Open each
     of these images.
   Notice that each image opens in a new window. We will paste all the
     images into one file.
   From the main menu, click ‘File’ then ‘New’. Set the Image Dimensions
     as per the first screenshot above. Click ‘OK’.
   Click ‘File’ then ‘Save’. Name the file as ‘copied layers’.
   Click on one of the opened images.
   When the name bar turns brighter blue, it means that this is the active
     image (the image you are working on).You will copy and paste each of
     the images into the new window.
   Select the name bar to work on the first image. Use the ‘tools’ image
   With the ‘tools’ image selected, from the ‘Edit’ menu select ‘Copy’.
   Select the new ‘copied layers’ window that you have just created. The
     name bar will turn blue. Click ‘Edit’, then ‘Paste’, then ‘Paste As New
   The copied ‘tools’ image will now appear in the new window as a new
   Save the new image at this stage. Name it ‘combined image’.
   Now copy the ‘rope’ image.
   Repeat the above steps, copying and pasting the rope onto the
     ‘combined image’ file as a new layer. The rope now appears on top of
     the tools (see screenshot below). Save the ‘combined image’.

      Repeat the process for the ‘grass’ image. Do not forget to save the
       ‘combined image’ file.
      The end result looks like this:

   Hint: Note that the grass is pasted in the centre of the image. You can
    move the grass by selecting the grass layer on the ‘Layer’ palette.
    Select the ‘Move Tool’ on the main toolbar and move the grass to the
    desired location.
   However, for this exercise, leave the grass where it is (centred on the
    ‘combined image’).
   Moving the layers rearranges the order of the images on screen front to
   You will now arrange the layers. To move the rope image to the back of
    the image, select layer 3 on the ‘Layer’ palette (named ‘Raster 3'). It is
    active because it turns blue.
   To move the rope to the bottom, position your mouse over the
    highlighted name bar. Press and hold down the left mouse button whilst
    dragging the name bar down the list towards the bottom. Release the
    mouse button when finished.
   The rope and the name of the layer have both moved to the bottom and
    the result is as follows:

Cropping and merging an image
    The ‘Crop’ tool (third tool down on the main tools palette) removes
     sections of your image –like a pair of electronic scissors. Simply select
     the portion of the image to retain and crop to cut away the rest.
    Select the ‘Crop’ tool from the main tools palette. Clicking and dragging
     with the mouse, select the portion of your image you wish to retain.
     Adjust the edges of the selected area by dragging on the edges of the
     box when the black double-headed arrow appears.
    There are many different cropping options, which are available from the
     ‘Tool Options’ palette (see screenshot below). It is worth investigating
     the different options available.
    In this example, drag the cropping area to the bottom of the grass and
     drag it to the edges of the rest of the image (top, left and right).
    To apply the crop, click on the ‘Tick’ button on the ‘Tool Options’
    The ‘combined’ image now looks like this:

Merging the layers
   To merge the layers of the combined image into one single layer, select
      ‘Layers’, then ‘Merge’, then ‘Merge All’.
   Warning: once you have merged the layers, the original tools, rope and
      grass images cannot be moved individually.
   If you need to make more adjustments to the combined image, use the
      ‘Undo’ at this stage.
   The final, merged image, looks like this:

      The background has gone from being transparent to white. To preserve
       transparency, select ‘Layers’ then ‘Merge’ then ‘Merge Visible’.

Saving the ‘combined image’
    To preserve the layers (if applicable), you must save the combined file
      as a Paint Shop Pro (.psp) file.
    Saving as a JPEG or GIF will automatically merge the layers together,
      as these formats do not support layers.
    In the above example, the layers were merged. However, if you create
      very complex imagery, which you may wish to work on later, you will
      need to ensure that the layers are not merged. In this case, ensure that
      the .psp format is chosen, to preserve the layers.

Do not forget to save your work regularly. It is easy to write inadvertently over
an image and thereby lose the original version of the image. The ‘Undo’
function is invaluable – this is found under ‘Edit’ then ‘Undo’.

About Paint Shop Pro
Paint Shop Pro is a useful tool for creating professional digital imaging results.
It can be purchased online from . Free trial downloads are
also available from this site.


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