into the background
You want to merge the edges of your image
into the background. This is a very simple way: in the color palette make
the background color the color you want.
- Selections > Select All
- Selections > Modify > Contract
(try some 10 or 15 pixels)
- Selections > Modify > Feather
(also some 10 or 15 pixels)
- Selections > Invert
- Hit the delete key, repeat if
your background color
If you want your background
color to be consistent why not save a little
picture filled with only your background color. If you want to merge
anything into your background, all you have to do is load that little
picture, right-click it with the Color Picker, and your background color
should be just right!
our never-ending quest for filters and plug-ins that may make your graphic
life easier, our attention was drawn by one plugin that, we found, everybody
already has got built into his system, the plugin TALENT.8BF. It may be
invisible to you, but you have it, so there's no need to provide you with
any link to download it.
But we do think you should be reminded of some of the requirements in its
Readme.txt: "the Talent plugin won't work properly unless you have a
large amount of EXPERIENCE installed in your system, and even then the
Operating System won't recognize your Experience unless you have, over the
time, regularly updated the components STUDY.DLL and PRACTICE.DLL. Without
these two, only the most basic features of Talent.8bf are enabled,
preventing you from using Talent's full capabilities". The Readme file
also states that "Talent, Study, Practice and Experience will only work
well together if you have JOY.INI properly installed anywhere in your
to do this in layers, and then merge when complete:
May also be done on a rectangle with 2
circles only (having the same diameter as the rectangle) for a 'pill'
- Create your square or rectangle.
- Cut a equal-sized square from each of
- Create an equal-sized circle in every
corner, align so that the circle does not protrude from the box.
- Cut away the bits of the circle that
are inside the box.
get an entire selection to fill with one click, just set the Tolerance to
100 or set the match mode to "none". You should be able to find
these settings in the tool option box as usual.
Good way to
make it glow
get a glow effect in PSP:
This will show best on a dark background.
- Select what you want to glow.
- Go image > Effects > Drop shadow
- Set shadow color to white, blur to 25 (of less for a
tighter glow) and both offsets to 0.
- Gamma correct the results by a high number
the CONTROL KEY to turn most tools into Color Pickers: when you have a tool
selected, press Ctrl and you'll see the tools cursor change!
you upload an image to your web page that you have just created in PSP and
it has a spotty appearance, the problem could be that you are choosing the
wrong options in the GIF Optimizer. Try changing the method of color
selection to Optimized Median Cut, set the colors to about 100 and dithering
to 0. If that doesn't work, try playing around with the settings until the
image looks good in the preview pane.
using the eraser tool to clean up an image, you may sometimes accidentally
erase too much. Sometimes the mouse just jumps a little too much, and you
erase a small portion that you wanted to keep...
You can UNERASE by using the right mouse button, if you are working with a
promoted or transparent image. This really is a lifesaver when you're
cleaning up images for tubes. Rather that undo, and start the whole process
again, you can use the right mouse button to get just that small portion
Play around with the amounts, and then you'll
get a simple, tileable background image.
- Make a new image, about 200X200. Fill
it with any color you want.
- Go to Image > Noise > Add.. (In
PSP4: Image > Special Filters > Noise). Choose Uniform, and play
around with the amount. Then click OK.
- Choose Image > Blur > Gaussian
blur (In PSP4: Image > Blur > Blur more).
keeps acting very strange
you have tried seemingly everything, but PSP just will not act correctly
- Your toolbars got lost, and they'll not
come back by using CTR-Alt-I.
- You can't use any of your tubes.
Try resetting PSP by performing the
- Close down PSP, and relaunch it.
- At the instant it launches, hold down
CTRL+ALT (You may have to do this a number of times, because you only
have a fraction of a second to grab the keys, and if your late or early
PSP launches normally).
- There will be questions about program
registries and file associations: say Yes or OK: it concerns the PSP
registries, and they may be the cause of your trouble.
- Let the program load, and
just redo your preferences: tubes, plugins, brushes will all be OK now.
work on the original graphics
you ever find yourself sobbing over the keyboard, because you ruined that
beautiful image you created yesterday but which needed some touching up?
Make it a rule to NEVER work on the original graphics!! Open PSP, open your
image, make a new copy of it by going to Window > Duplicate (or use
shortcut Shift-D) and close the original. NOW you can start modifying.
But still: always SAVE OFTEN (preferably in the loss-less PSP-format) while
you work. After you did something you like: save it. Did you really mess up:
clear the image and open the last version saved, so you can go on from the
moment everything was still OK.
Be sure you always work with 16 million colors: go to Colors > Increase
color depth and when the option for 16 million colors is not greyed out,
click it. Most of the effects and filters won't work if you are not in 16
million color mode!
menu options are greyed out, why?
you find your menu options greyed out, it is certain you do not have
Go Menu > Colors > Increase > 16M colors, and you should be back in
thumbnails in PSP
you need to do to make thumbnails from all your images, is to resize them to
something around 75 - 100 pixels!
Go to Image > Resize and in the dialog windows fill in the largest size
you want your thumbnail to have, see to it that the 'maintain aspect ration'
box is checked, and click OK.
I'd advise to save the new thumbnail (save AS) with the same name and
extension as the original, but with an indication in the name to show it is
a thumbnail. You could for instance give the thumbnail of 'flower.jpg' the
create a watermark, a text or image that overlays an existing image for
- Add a new layer to an existing image.
- Add text or paste a copyright image
into the layer.
- Now right-click on the floating
selection in the layers palette, and choose Defloat.
- In the layers palette, turn down the
layer opacity slider until your watermark is only barely visible.
- Now go layers > Merge > Merge
tool for precision work
precision painting the most valuable tool is the Zoom tool.
- Click the magnifying glass in the Tool
- Click in your image as often as you
You'll see the individual pixels take
shape, and you'll be able to change every pixel as you see fit. This works
even better if you have a second window open with the same image.
paper art into graphics
people are still sketching their graphics the old fashion way, with a paper
and pencil. If you own a scanner, you can easily turn your paper art into
Once you're done you can delete the original
layer and finish your very own computer graphic.
- Scan your original artwork.
- Duplicate the picture in a new window, then save the
original. you'll be working on the duplicate.
- Add a new layer.
- Promote the original background to layer.
- Now you just need to follow the lines of the original
with your cursor to draw (not copy) that on the new layer using
line-size and color of your liking (I usually start with very thin and
faint lines, after having adjusted opacity to the point where the
original is just barely visible).
on a curve or circle
Now do the same with the other letters,
keeping in mind the numbers of letters you'll want to fit in there, until
you have your text following the line you wanted it to follow.
- Create or open the image with the curve you want your
text to follow.
- Create a new image, write your text in there in the
color you want it to be.
- Divide the curve or circle by the number of letter
spaces you'll need.
- With the magic wand select the first letter, copy, and
past in your image as selection at approximately the place you want it
to be. Keep it selected!
- Now go to image > rotate, and play with the number
of degrees until the result is satisfactory.
- The 'undo' function is essential here: just keep trying
again, and dragging that letter, until it looks OK.
Have you ever applied an effect (like 'buttonize'
or one of the others where you get the windows with the 'before' and 'after'
view) to a larger area and wished you could see the edge or the area where
the effect appears? If you zoom out, you can't really see the details, but
you may have seen your cursor change from an arrow to a hand...
Maintain the size of the preview at 100%, put the cursor over the preview
window, left-click and drag: you'll see the image move in every direction
you want it to move to!
the bands from a gradient fill
This so simple it's almost surprising. If
you've ever done a gradient fill using black and white, odds are you've seen
the bands of color. On my monitor they show up too well, but on darker
screens they can hardly be seen at all. How you remove those bands, no matter
the colors used, is easy. Effects - Noise - Add and throw on 3% uniform
noise. It won't alter the image any, but if you've got any banding of colors
it'll remove it entirely. Works just like magic!
Creating a custom gradient
In the Styles palette click on the small triangle on the right of the bottom box, to bring up the options of fill type. Choose Gradient.
Click on the Edit button.
The resulting dialog box is the Gradient Editor.
Click on New and name your gradient.
In the gradient options click on the first little indicator below the color bar. Next click on the color selector box and set the color. Do the same to set the second color. You can add more colors by clicking in the area between the two indicators and setting the color in the same manner.
The little diamond above the color bar is the blend indicator. It can be used by sliding the diamond itself back and forth across the line or by typing a value in the Location box. This determines how your colors blend into one another.
The next area is for setting the transparency of the gradient. If your gradient needs to be opaque (solid) then you don't need to worry about this box (as in the example shown). But if you want your gradient to have a level of opacity this is where you set it.
First you need to select which indicator will have a level of opacity. Then set the opacity level by typing it into the Opacity Box or by clicking the little slider next to the number and setting it to the value you want.
Then you can slide the indicators to find the result you desire. You can see the result in the Result box below.
Now you have created a custom gradient.
- Hold the cursor over a tool button to
see the name of the tool. Look at the status bar for a description of
what it does.
- Place your cursor over a feature or
button, then press the "F1" key. A Help file on that
feature will pop up.
An easy way to add a
new color to your Custom Colors palette, is to right-click on
the color swatch, drag the cursor over to one of the Custom Color
boxes until it becomes a pitcher, then release the mouse button to
fill the box.
- To flood fill a text selection one
letter at a time, set the Match Mode in the Control Palette
to "RGB Value". To flood fill all the letters at
once, set the Match Mode to "None".
- To undock a toolbar or
palette, double-click on a blank area of it. Double-clicking on an
undocked toolbar's title bar will restore it to its last docked
- Hold an undocked toolbar near an edge
of the work area to dock it in a new position.
- Pressing the Tab key will hide
any undocked toolbars and palettes. Press Tab again to unhide.
- Use shortcut keys to hide and unhide
individual toolbars and palettes, whether docked or undocked (use
- Color Palette (C)
- Toolbar (T)
- Tool Palette (P)
- Control Palette (O)
- Layers Palette (L)
- Double-clicking on the Deformation
Tool, the Cropping Tool, or the Selection Tool, will
bring up a dialog box where you can make precise adjustments.
- Use the Arrow Tool to move a
large or zoomed-in image around in its window.
- Pressing the "Ctrl"
key turns most tools into the Dropper Tool for quick color
picking from your image.
- To add to a selection, hold
down the "Shift" key while dragging the cursor. To subtract
from a selection, hold down the "Ctrl" key while
dragging the cursor.
- To draw a line, with the Line Tool,
at fixed angles in 45 degree increments, press the Shift key
while drawing the line.
- Use the right mouse button to
maintain the aspect ratio when resizing an image with the Deformation
- To paint straight lines:
1. Click with the Paintbrush Tool at the starting point of your
2. Press the Shift key and keep holding it down while you click
at the end point of your line.
3. You can continue adding lines by holding Shift and clicking
a new end point.
- Does PSP seem to be slowing down as
you work? You may want to free up some memory by going to Edit/Empty/clipboard
and/or Undo Buffers. BE CAREFUL! If you empty the buffers,
you won't be able to undo any changes you've made up to that point.
- Go to Edit/Undo History to
undo several changes at once. Better yet, add the Undo History
button to your Toolbar.
- When you save a new image file by
going to File/Save As (F12 key), the default file format is
".psp". If you prefer to save your images in some other
format, such as ".jpg", most of the time, use File/Save
Copy As (Ctrl+F12 key). The default format will be the last format
you used. Save Copy As is also useful for saving your work in
- If you see an asterisk to the right
of your image's file name on its title bar, it means that you haven't
saved your most recent changes.
- Always remember to look under Options
when saving a file. You may have several settings to choose from.
Also, you may have changed an option, during your last session, which
would not be appropriate for your current image.
- If you save your image in ".psp"
format, you can go to View/Image Information, then click the Creator
Information tab. Type in any notes you'd like for future
reference. Be sure to save the changes. This appears to add only about
1KB to the file size.
- When you go to File/Save As...,
the default file format is ".psp". To prevent having to
scroll through the list of formats, simply type the first letter of
the format you want (such as "j" for .jpg). If more than one
file format begins with that letter, continue typing the first letter
and it will cycle through all formats beginning with that letter. Note
that the ".gif" format doesn't begin with a "g",
it's actually a "c" for CompuServe Graphics Interchange.
- To see how your image looks full
screen on a solid background, go to View/Full Screen Preview or
click its button on the Toolbar. Click your mouse to return to normal
- To maximize your work area, click the
Edit Full Screen button to hide the title bar, menu bar and
status bars. Click the button again for normal view. While in Full
Screen Edit, the menus can be accessed by clicking near the top of
- If you've zoomed your image in or
out, you can quickly set it back to actual size by clicking the Normal
- Sometimes it's easier to see how your
selection has been affected by temporarily hiding the marquee. Either
click the Hide Marquee button or go to Selections/Hide
Marquee. Don't forget to unhide the selection before proceeding.
- When you're zoomed in close to work
on your picture, you can go to Window/New Window to open a
second copy of your image at a different zoom level. Any changes you
make affect both views. This is not a separate file, just another view
of the current image.
- When you have the Grid turned
on, don't maximize your image or the grid lines won't line up
correctly. Note: this problem has been fixed in the new Paint
Shop Pro 6 (Due to be released in September 1999).
- You can use the "+"
and "-" keys, on the number key pad of your
keyboard, to zoom in and out on your image.
- When using an italic-type script
font, you may need to put a space before the first character in
each line so that the left side isn't cut off.
- When you add text to your image,
you're not limited to the sizes listed. For a custom font size,
simply type in the size you want.
- Use the Shift and arrow
keys to nudge floating text into position.
- OUTLINING TEXT. Insert some
non-floating text into your image. Go to Selections/Save to Alpha
Channel. Click OK twice. Now go to Selections/Modify/Expand.
Expand by the number of pixels wide you'd like for your outline. Flood
Fill the text with your outline color. Next go to Selections/Load
from Alpha Channel. Click OK. Flood Fill the inner part of your
text with your desired color.
- Press the Shift key while
clicking the New Layer button to create a new layer without
opening the dialog box.
- To paste one image into another and
have it centered, paste it as a New Layer (Edit/Paste/As a new
layer). PSP will automatically place it in the center of your image.
- Image thumbnails can be dragged from
the Browser onto another image as a new layer.
- You can also drag a layer from one
picture into another picture. If the picture you're adding to has
multiple layers, either activate the layer just below where you want
to add the new layer, or just re-arrange the layers afterwards. With
the Layers Palette open, make the picture you're copying from
the active image. Click the cursor on its layer button in the palette,
then drag the button onto the picture you're copying to.
- To quickly select multiple objects on
an active layer, Select All, then left-click any object on the
layer using any Selection Tool. The marquee will shrink to
surround the objects.
- To select just one of multiple items
on an active layer, roughly go around it with the Freehand Tool,
then click on the object to shrink the marquee. You can now use the Mover
Tool to move that object around independantly from the other
objects on that layer.
- MUTED BACKGROUND IMAGE. Create
a new layer above the background and Flood Fill it with white or a
pale color. Adjust the opacity slider until the background image shows
through as desired.
Export> GIF Export
Select the Eyedropper
Tool from the Toolbar and right click on what-ever color in the image
you want to make transparent ( normally the background color ) If you
have multiple colors on the background, choose the color that is most
used for the background color.
Go to the Colors Menu>
Set Palette Transparency.
Choose the Set the
transparency value to the current background color.
Use the Proof button to
see the how the transparency is going to look, or you can can go to
Colors> View Palette Transparency > Transparent view.
What ever is going to be
transparent will be displayed by a checker board. If you are satisfied
with the results, click OK to close the Palette Transparency options.
Open a new image 10x10
with a transparent background.
Choose View> Zoom in
Make sure you have rulers
on ( View > Rulers).
Select the Draw tool and
in the Tool Options palette choose Point to Point, width set to 2,
Antialias checked, Create as Vector and Close Path unchecked.
Set foreground color to
black and turn off background color.
On your image do a point
to point line both horizontal and vertical at the midway point on your
image ( 5 on the ruler ) from one edge of your image to the other.
What you will end up with
is the plus ( + ) sign. DO NOT MERGE AND FLATTEN!
Save as a PSP image for
later use but don't close the image.
Open up a new image that
you want to put a transparent grid on, add a new layer and flood fill
with your grid pattern (this will be a pattern fill selected from
patterns in the styles palette ).
This will give you a
transparent grid over your image. You can also change the grid size by
changing scale in the pattern palette making the grid either larger or
smaller. You can even change the color of your grid by selecting the solid
line on the grid [may want to zoom up for this] with the magic wand and then
flood fill with the color of your choice.
Go to Selections > Modify
> Feather, and set your feather values. The bigger the number the softer
the edge. Once you are complete, press Ctrl+Shift+I (Invert Selection) Press
delete, about three or four times. The more you press delete, the more of
the image gets erased or "softened".
There are three ways that you can add your text to the image:
Vector creates the text as a Vector layer. This means that you can
stretch and resize the layer as often as you like without losing quality. It
also means you can later click on the layer with the Text tool selected, and
re-edit the text (changing the words, font, size etc). Usually you'll want
to select Vector.
Selection creates the text in the form of a selection marquee. You
can then fill this selection, use it to cut something out, etc. Note that
the actual text is not placed on the image; only a selection is created.
Floating creates the text as a floating selection. This places the
actual text as a raster (non-vector) graphic on your image, but it
"floats" above your image, a bit like a layer, so you can move it
around. If you want, you can choose Selections > Promote to Layer
(Shift+Ctrl+P) to turn this floating graphic into a proper layer.
8 New Tools
Along with the changes to the interface, there are many other changes that have enhanced Paint Shop Pro 8. There is a Learning Center Window that you can use to get up and going with Paint Shop Pro 8 or use it to refresh your memory about the program.
Some of the new tools are:
Background Eraser Brush:
This new tool is really great for taking out sections of an image by replacing a selected area with transparency. Selecting a colored area is a simple as left clicking while dragging your mouse to remove color.
The Warp Brush is a super fun tool that allows to you quickly and easily distort portions of an image with brush strokes.
Have you ever scanned a photo and no matter how many times you scan it, it just comes out crooked. Well the new straighten tool will take that image and straighten it out. It's very simple to use and you achieve terrific results with it.
Enhanced Deform Tool:
This new tool allows you to change an image by scale, shear, distort, rotate, and perspective.
Enhanced Retouch Tools:
The retouch brushes that were part of the Retouch tool in previous versions of Paint Shop Pro are now separate brushes in the tool palette.
Enhanced Crop Tool:
You can now choose from preset sizes for cropping images and you can also crop an image by aspect ratio.
You can apply effects to all layer within a group without effecting other layers below the group.
Masks are now separate layers instead of attributes of other layers.
You can vary the color, density, opacity, rotation, size and thickness of brush strokes based on pressure, tilt, altitude and more.
There is a new Edge Seeker mode that improves making a selection when running along an edge.
There are new effects and filters also! They include:
Black and White Points Feature:
You can set the tonal range of photographs and bring out image detail without losing information.
Lens Distortion Correction:
You can correct images that have that pincushion, barrel, or fisheye distorted look.
Balls and Bubbles:
Check this out! It takes just seconds to create balls and bubbles in which you can set transparency, light, shine, etc.
Create halftones with your images
Create glamour shots with this effect.
Create a magnify effect with much effort.
Create fisheye, barrel or pincushion effects
Create more precise seamless patterns
Although we were able to create easy seamless tiles in previous versions of Paint Shop Pro, the new tool works much better and has more options.
Other features include Enhanced Print Layout, more file types (JPEG 2000, PDF, WBMP), EXIF photo information, WIA Support along with more new presets, scripting, enhanced batch processing and new file extensions that make them easier to recognize. And there's more, but what you really need to do is download the demo and try it out for yourself.
Check out the Jasc web site for much more information on Paint Shop Pro 8.