Tricks for PSP 8
When working with images, always make sure that
you are in 16 million colors. When you're using
the wrong color depth, filters (and some tools)
will be grayed out. To correct this, click on
Image and Choose Increase Color Depth.
2. If you have
problems with opening PSP8 files in
Animation Shop.... try this. When you save
your image, on the file save as box, click on
the options button and click Save as PSP 7
compatible file. (Although PSP was updated
to Version 8, Animation Shop is the same, so it
looks for PSP7 files.) Now it should open
just fine in AS.
3. When you scan photos and they are
very large, check your settings in your scanning
software. There are many ways of adjusting
the settings so that the scanned image is not so
large. Remember too, the higher the
resolution, the larger the file.
4. When offering tubes for download,
it is better to put them in a zip file than to
have them as a file with the .psptub extension.
Lots of the web providers do not recognize the .psptub
extension and when you download the file, it
will have no extension at all or it will not
download at all.
5. Use Doctor HTML to check your
code on your pages. It's free.
Here's the URL http://www.doctor-html.com/RxHTML/
Just click on single page, type in your url and
get a report.
6. When using the Dodge, Burn,
Smudge, Push, Soften, Sharpen and Emboss brushes
(from the tools toolbar) remember that you can
adjust the Size, Hardness, Step, Density,
Thickness, Rotation and Opacity.
7. To completely remove the color from an
image but retain the shadows, use Adjust> Hue
and Saturation> Hue/Saturation/Lightness.
On the Hue/Saturation/Lightness screen set all
settings to 0.
8. If you find your keys are not
working - shift D to duplicate for example,
go to View-Customize, and click on the reset
9. If you find that PSP is not
displaying your toolbars correctly, you need to
reset your workspace. (If you have created
a custom workspace, you will substitute it's
name for Default.) Click on
File > Workspace then click
Default.PSPworkspace. This will reset all
your toolbars and everything will be back in
place and working correctly.
10. There are some things that are a
little more difficult to make tubes of than
others.. One thing that seems to help sometimes
is to go to Selections/Modify/Contract. Use a
low setting at first - like 1 - or you might
take a little too much off. Once you have done
the contract, it's best to copy and paste as a
new layer and then get rid of the first one
after you're finished.
11. When you go to
File/Export/Picture Tube and you get the message
"To save the image as a Picture Tube, the
image must be 24 bit and have only one Raster
layer with a transparency." be sure
your image has only one layer. Sometimes,
even though you have only one layer, you will
get this message. Try copying the
image and pasting as a new image, then try
exporting again. Many times this works.
12. If you need to line things up
either horizontally or vertically, or both, use
the guides. To use the guides: Make sure
your rulers are turned on. (The guides are
connected to the ruler). Then click
on Guides. (View > Rulers
then View > Guides) To use the guide,
click on the ruler (down near the numbers) and
drag you mouse to the image. A colored
line will move onto your image.
There are guides at the top and also on the left
side. By the way, these guides are not
printed or saved as part of your image.
|13. The Guides are easier to
move if you hover over the little bar on the
ruler till your mouse cursor turns into a
transparent cross, then right click. It'll let
you delete, change the color of the guide and
change it's position without having to drag.
It's much easier doing it that way than trying
to reposition the guides by dragging the bar and
end up dragging the bar off the ruler by mistake
and having to create a new one.
|14. If you are going to
display your graphics on the web, be sure to
optimize them. To optimize, click on file
> Export> then choose the type (jpg or
gif) . Then you change the number (or move
the slider) to the amount of compression you
want. Be sure to look at the example
to be sure your image is still clear.
You'd be surprised at how high you can set the
compression on some images and they are still
clear. And the file size is
significantly reduced which make the load time
|15. If you select
an object and float (Ctrl+F) the selection prior
to applying a drop shadow, the selection marquee
will resize itself after that drop shadow is
applied. This is an excellent technique if you
plan to paste that object into another
background because no pixels from the underlying
layer are included, thus leaving a very clean
shadowed area. (found in a tutorial by Linda
Nieuwenstein on the JASC SITE.)
|16. When using the
Freehand selection tool > Edge Seeker - if
you place a point and find you are not happy
with it, and want to try again, you can press
the Del key on your keyboard to deselect the
last point, or continue to tap the Del key to
erase earlier points. (found in a tutorial
by Linda Nieuwenstein on the JASC SITE.)
|17. Need a transparent
paintbrush? The Eraser tool is
equivalent to a transparent paintbrush. In
fact, all of the paintbrush shapes are available
when you click on the eraser tool.. Check
|18. You don't need to
install a font to use it. The font
may be in a folder on your hard drive, on a
floppy or zip disk or on a CD. Just open
it, then minimize to your toolbar. The
font will be listed for use in PSP.
When you no longer need it just close the file.
|19. If your toolbar
icons are hard to see you can make them bigger.
Click on View > Customize > Options.
Under toolbars click in the box for Large
Icons... they will immediately change.
If you don't like them larger, just click on the
box again and they will got back to the normal
|20. Many of us will
create new presets, shapes, brushes, etc.
We might want to store them in a new folder.
To do this, Go to File > Preferences >
File Locations > Add. Now click
on browse. This will open the existing
folder location. Click on the add folder
icon, then give it a name. Press enter and
the new folder will show up on the File
|21. When PSP crashes or
freezes for some reason and you haven't saved
your work, you can lose everything. To
prevent that, you can use Autosave.
Go to File > Preferences > Autosave
settings. This will open the
Autosave Settings dialogue box. Click the
'Enable Autosave' box. Set the time
schedule you desire, 5 minutes should be
sufficient. Click OK. Autosave is now enabled
and your work will automatically be saved to the
temp file every 5 minutes. If PSP crashes you
can re-open the program and your work will be
loaded as before (or at least up to the last
time it was autosaved).
|22. Always try out
transparent gifs and picture tubes on a colored
background to be sure all stays pixels are gone.
(Add another layer, flood fill with a darker
color, then when you are satisfied that
all the stray pixels are gone, you can delete
|23. If you lose the
layer palette somewhere on your screen, toggle
the F8 key. The layer palette will flicker
so you can find it.
|24. Moving Selections (From
Have you ever been using Paint Shop Pro 8 and
want to move a selection but not the content
inside the selection? Simply select the
Mover Tool and use the right mouse button to
move the selection.
|25. When using the
background eraser, it might be better to change
the tolerance to a higher number. By
default it is set to auto tolerance.
To change it, after the image is converted to a
full layer, uncheck auto tolerance and the
tolerance box will be available.
Just change it to a higher number.
|26. If you want to open
a new layer without seeing the New Layer Panel,
hold the Shift Key while clicking on the New
Layer Button in the Layer Palette. You would
only do this if you want the layer settings to
default. You can always name the layer after it
|27. If you add an
Adjustment Layer on top of a group, all layers
will be affected by this adjustment. By
placing the Adjustment Layer within the group,
only layers confined to the group will receive
the adjustment. Grouping layers is the only way
to adjust individual layers while leaving other
|28. It is not necessary
to Merge Layers before exporting as a .jpg or
.gif. You will now see the entire image in your
Optimization preview, minus any layers you might
have made invisible.
|29. Once layers are
grouped, they are stuck together. This means
that if you move one object with the Mover Tool,
all objects within the group will move
together. This happens no matter how many layers
you have grouped.
|30. When using Groups,
your background layer will remain whatever
color, texture or pattern you have chosen as
long as it remains outside of any Grouped Layers
|31. The Image Arithmetic
panel is one of the only panels where you will
not be able to save your own Presets at the top.
If you get a result that you really like and
want to duplicate you will need to keep the
record in the Image/Image Information
panel in the Creator section. (Or make
|32. With PSP Version 8,
Presets are now written as Scripts. When saving
them, make sure you have given them a name that
you will remember if you wish to share. Presets
will always have a hint in the name given by
JASC so that you'll know what Filter,
Adjustment, etc that they will be used by.
|33. To Center your
Vector Objects use Objects/Align/Center in
|34. At times you
might lose the ability to see the transparent
outline of the object being moved. If this
happens to you, simply complete the exercise.
When you release the node you will be able to
see the objects on that layer.
|35. Scripts you
create or download from a KNOWN trusted source
should be but in your Scripts/Trusted
folder. All others
should be put in the Scripts/Restricted folder.
|36. If you click the Interactive
Button on the Tool Bar before you run a
Script, ALL actions that are
editable will produce a Palette in which you can
|37. Editing Scripts --Never
edit text in the first window that comes up. Always
go to File/Save As and save in
a folder on your hard drive that PSP will not
access. Also, rather than changing
the name, simply put "Temp" at
the beginning of the name so that you know which
script you have altered. If you do it this way
you will not ruin the original script.
When doing the Save As in the Save as
type: use "All Files" that way it will
save as the PspScript, and give the new file a
|38. When it is time to
save YOUR New Script, go to File/Save As
and Navigate to the PSP8
Files/Scripts/Scripts-Trusted (and the folder
you keep your new Scripts in if you have created
one). Choose All Files from the Save as
type: section and name your new file.
|39. When using any tool, check
all options in the Tool Ribbons that are
available to you. You may find new settings and
combinations of settings that were just what you
were looking for
|40. You can choose colors in
the Materials Palette after the Font Tool is
active. You can also use the Pick a color from
the image with the Font Tool active. Click on
the Color Palette and after the color wheel is
open go to your image. You will see the mouse
turn into a dropper and you can then choose a
color from the image for your new font color.
|41. The Preferences that
you set can be a time saver if you use the
Palette to it's fullest use. An example is
having several sub-folders under the Picture
Tube folder. You can categorize the Picture
tubes (i.e. Christmas, Flowers, Animals, etc.)
and turn the ones off in the Preferences that
you won't be using. This will save a lot of time
and memory when loading your Picture Tubes.
|42. You can use the
Browse feature of PSP to move, copy or delete
images in a folder. Right click on an image you
see while browsing and you will get a menu of
options. You can even use this to organize
Picture Tubes or other items since if you want
to move some to a new folder you will get the
option to make a new folder and name it.
|43. If you are going to select
several parts of an image with a selection tool,
it might be easier to change the mode to Add.
This works the same as holding the shift key
while making multiple selections (and you don't
have to hold the shift key.)
|44. When you select a
tube, check that the ribbon displays the
parameters you want to use. You may
have changed a parameter the last time you used
the tool and it might produce unwanted results.
|45. When using the grid,
if you notice that the brush placement is off a
couple of pixels, restore your workspace to get
it back to normal.
|46. When using the paint
behind mode, you must have a transparent canvas.
You can always add a background color on another
layer, then merge it.
|47. When you want
to create a tube from an image that is too dark,
apply the adjustment layer levels,
changing the adjustment until the image is light
enough to see the edges. Then make the
original layer active and erase that background.
When you are done you can delete the adjustment
layer. This tip from Eyvette...
|48. It's a good idea to
open your new image, and then immediately save
it. Select File>Save>Save as, and
give it a name. Then, whenever you're ready to
save, all you have to do is Click on the disk
icon on the toolbar, or press Ctrl S or go to
|49. One way to smooth
the "jaggies" after you have cleaned
an image to make a tube is to use your MAGIC
WAND with its FEATHER (on the Tool Options) set
at something between 1-3. Touch the background
(not your image portion) with that wand, and
then hit CUT a couple of times to soften that
|50. When you create any
image be sure to put everything on a
separate layer. That way if you decide to make
changes, you can change just that part. You can
also Use parts of the image and add new parts to
change it. [Duplicate the image (shift D) and
work on the new image to preserve the original.]
|51. While the image that
you are applying a drop shadow to is surrounded
by the selection go to Selections > Modify
> Contract and contract by 1 pixel.
This prevents a ragged white appearance
around the graphic after shadow has been
|52. Here's a tip about
creating black images. If you
want a black rose for example, open a dark
rose tube in PSP. Select the part
you want black. Click on
Adjust>Hue and Saturation
set all settings to 0. This
works also when you want to change the color of
a lighter image. The shading is there so
all you have to do afterward is to colorize the