Creative Discovery in PaintShop Pro
Lesson 1

First - Wait for the Video player to load
Then - You need to watch the video before doing lesson below - it has a lot more important information and explanations for you
You may do the lesson as you watch the video though
Also - Click the full screen button on the player to watch it full screen or you may not see all of the settings properly


To open a new image, go to File > New


This opens a new image window

    Put in these settings
  • Width - 300 and Height - 200 (300 x 200)
  • Pixels (Always start a new image off with pixels in this box)
  • Resolution - 300.000 (Use this unless otherwise stated)
  • Select Raster Background
  • RGB - 8 bit/channel(This will give you more options to work with in PSP)
  • Colour will be White - NO Tick in the Transparent Box

Click OK

By clicking on the Arrows to the right of the Width and Height you will swap the dimensions

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Now your new image will open.
At the top of this is a thick grey bar - when this is slightly darker, then that is the active image and you can work on that one only
You can only activate one image at a time. To activate and image, just click on the grey bar at the top

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A second way to open an image is to click on the New Image Icon (Just under the word "File")

Click on that. Keep the same settings as before, but place a tick in the Transparent box.
Your new transparent image will open with grey and white squares (or other colours if you have set this up in your preferences)

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A third way to open an image is Hold the Ctrl key down and click N on your keyboard. So try that.
Keep the same settings but this time, untick the Transparent box and hover over the white box.
You will see the eye dropper tool. Click the left mouse button and the Material Properties box will open


You have a white colour circle with a slider to the right of it - Lighter at the top and darker at the bottom.
Click anywhere on the white circle (which is called a colour wheel) or the slider and you will get some colours.
Click in the colour wheel and grab the handle and turn it around (Grab = L click and hold down).
Also grab the bar on the slider and drag it up and down - See the colours change in the "Current" box below this.

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Choose a colour of your choice and click OK.
The Materials Property box will close and the colour of your choice is now in the Colour Box of the New Image Window.

Click OK and your 3rd image will open with your colour choice in it.
We still have one transparent box.

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Undo & Redo Arrows are at the top of the workspace - Find them.
Go to the Materials Palette to the right of your work space and click on the 3 icons at the top

- Swatches, HSL Map and Sliders -
see how the tools change just under that.

If your Materials Palette is not there go to View > Palettes > Materials
(If this is not ticked, click on Materials and the tick should appear along with the Material Palette)


Locate the Flood Fill tool on the Left Side of your workspace

- the Icon looks like a Paint Can with Paint tipping out - Click on it.

Also click F on your Keyboard and this will bring up the Flood Fill tool.
Select the Flood Tool with one of these methods.

In your materials Palette you have two boxes - Foreground and Background.
Hover over them to see which is which - you will see the eyedropper tool appear.
Left click on the 2nd transparent image and your Foreground colour will fill it.
Right click on the 2nd transparent image and your Background colour will fill it.

You can change the colours in those boxes by Left clicking in the box and the Material Properties box will open.
Find a colour using the colour wheel or slider to put in the "Current" box and click ok.
Right clicking on the box opens the Recent Colours Box - the bottom colours are always the same.
The top colours are your recent ones. The bottom two are the colours you have in your Foreground and Background boxes.

You can switch the colours between the Foreground and Background boxes by clicking the little curved arrow between the two boxes.


Now Activate your 2nd image - the one in the centre
Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Buttonize

    Put in these settings
  • Height - 15
  • Width - 15
  • Opacity - 75
  • Edge - Solid
  • Colour - Select a softer or lighter tone of your main colour - use the slider in the Materials Properties box

Click OK

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Now Activate your 3rd image - the one on the right
Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Buttonize

    Put in these settings
  • Height - 30
  • Width - 5
  • Opacity - 75
  • Edge - Transparent
  • Colour - Select a darker tone of your main colour - use the slider in the Materials Properties box

Click OK

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Now Activate your 1st image - the one on the left
Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Buttonize
Put in your own settings
Click OK

I may not remind you in future lessons, but they will still have to be jpg's


1st Image - White with your choice of buttonize
Name this "YourName-Lesson1a.jpg"

2nd Image - Solid edge
Name this "YourName-Lesson1b.jpg"

3rd Image - Transparent Edge
Name this "YourName-Lesson1c.jpg"

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