Whether you are following a tutorial from the DIAMOND membership, attending a live class in the Campus or watching a YouTube video where I demonstrate various techniques, you might be wondering if we are using the same version, because my workspace and tools seem to be different from yours. Don't worry. The reason they look different is that I have customized it to suit MY preferences. If you want to recreate the same workspace, you can follow the steps below. If you prefer your own, it is totally fine. Neither one is better than the other.
Starting with version X9, PaintShop Pro has a new gradient tool called the Gradient Fill. It added a level of flexibility to the regular gradient tool and makes its use so much simpler. Let's have a look at that tool in more detail and how you can use it in your next projects.
If you have looked through scrapbook galleries, you might notice that some layouts are square, and others are rectangular. Is there a difference and if so, what is it? what are the pros and cons of each size?
If you are a PaintShop Pro user, you might have found and used some scripts, which are a series of automated commands to accomplish various tasks for you, faster or more accurately (or both). However, running a script will occasionally lead to an error (and an annoying sound). Most failures will show an error message that will be meaningful to the user, or the one coding the script.
Several tools, in PaintShop Pro, will have a Smart Edge option to check or uncheck. But do you know what that is for? Let's have a look at this function as it is used with different tools.
The Smart Selection Brush
This tool was added with version X6. This tool will select the similar color as where you you are clicking and it will search for any obvious "edge". Without the Smart Edge checked, the Smart Selection Brush will mainly select around the brush itself. Let's look at the difference it will make.
This is the Smart Selection Brush without the Smart Edge checked. Even if I tried to brush close to the edge, you can see that the selection is not very accurate in selecting the sky and not the flowers.
But with the Smart Edge checked, I didn't have to brush all around the area and the selection went all the way up to an obvious edge of the flowers.
It is not perfect, but it is so much better and more accurate than without the Smart Edge selected and it goes faster too!
The Clone Tool
The Clone tool also has the option to check the Smart Edge. It will allow you to add elements up to the edge of something as if it was placed behind, without having to make a selection beforehand. Let's see how I could try to add more flowers behind the existing ones.
With the Clone tool, I can hardly add those flowers behind without making a selection first, as it will overlap the edge of the flowers.
But once the Smart Edge option is checked, it is much easier to place additional flowers "behind" the existing ones.
The Brush tool
This is a common tool to use and if you want to brush close to another element, you can do it the hard way, and adjust the size of the brush, and get very close to the edge, or you can use the Smart Edge function.
Using the Brush tool without the Smart Edge, my brush stroke will look something like this if I am not super careful.
Of course, I could have made a selection on the edge of the flowers, but with the Smart Edge checked, I can just brush close to the flowers, and the brush knows where to stop.
It is almost like magic as it saves so much time!
The exact same effect would be achieved with the Air Brush tool.
The Lighten/Darken tool
This tool allows you to lighten or darken an area and just like the Brush tool, you would have to either make a selection ahead of time or be very meticulous to brush very close to the edge. Here is what the Lighten/darken tool would do while setting the Hardness to the max of 100 and the Opacity to 100.
With the Smart Edge unchecked, this is the result you would get:
But with the Smart Edge checked, here is what you get in one brush stroke:
Most of the tools in that drop-down list also have the option for the Smart Edge and behave pretty much the same way. So you can use the Smart Edge with the Dodge, Smudge, Burn, Soften, Sharpen, Emboss, Saturation Up/Down, Hue Up/Down, Change to Target and Color Replacer. This will be great if you need to Change to Target, here is what you can get with a quick brush of the cursor (I could have been more careful though):
The Eraser tool
Now, the Eraser tool will behave just like the Brush tool and using it with the Smart Edge checked will make this tool behave somewhat like the Background Eraser if you have a definite edge to butt against.
Without the Smart Edge checked, here is the result:
But with the Smart Edge checked, it is so easy to delete that sky in the picture!
The Picture Tube tool
If you have some Picture Tubes that are scattered, it would be a good time to use the Smart Edge as you might want to have the tubes only on one side. For example, you might want to add stars in the sky but avoid the mountain or the cityscape. You have to remember that you need a neat edge that the system can identify. If the edge is faint, or of similar color, it might not work.
Let's scatter some confetti, on our image without the Smart Edge on. This is what we would get:
But with the Smart Edge checked, we would avoid the flowers.
Did you know about this feature and all the time it could save you? Go ahead and check it out. Play with this feature and you can even show us your results in the forum. There is always a thread for various projects, so take advantage of it.
Most PaintShop Pro users like to find and download fonts. There are so many cute fonts and more and more, we find free fonts so why not download them so we'll have them later when we need something different. The problem is that we download and download and gather a large collection that is just impossible to browse through and we end up using the same fonts. Using a font manager will help tremendously in viewing the fonts and organizing them. The best font manager/viewer that I have found is TheFontThing.
Another year means another PaintShop Pro release. What tools, commands or improvements have been added to this version? Let's have a look at some of them.
Are you collecting a lot of cute and fun fonts only to realize that you are getting overwhelmed by the sheer number of fonts you have accumulated over time and when you want to use one, you tend to revolve around the same ones all the time because you can't spend hours sifting through everything you have? It is time to clean up.
Whether you are a first-time customer purchasing your copy of PaintShop Pro, or a veteran getting your tenth version, there are some common questions that come up before the time of the purchase. Here are answers to the most frequent ones I have heard.
Loom is a screen recording editor so you might wonder how useful it could be to a digital scrapbooker or a PaintShop Pro user and your question would be valid, however, this a resource that can serve anyone, including PSP users!
In a previous article, we looked at the most common types of elements one can find in a scrapbook kit, including papers, embellishments, alphas and wordart. Most kits will include those 4 types of elements but some designers will also include other content in their kits.
Using PaintShop Pro, you can create environments that are not real, but can still be realistic. Some templates can be found, online, where you would just have to add your own photos or designs to create a 3D room or element. The trick is to use the Pick tool correctly.
When you purchase or download scripts, you have to save them in a specific location. You might have noticed that when you installed your version of PaintShop Pro, among the subfolders that are created, you will find one called Restricted scripts and one called Trusted scripts. Why is that?
If you followed the previous tutorial suggesting that you group the elements in a single layered file before starting to actually create your scrapbook, you are wondering what is the next step. As mentioned initially, the goal of these "10 minutes" tasks is to allow you to work while you have no time to complete a whole project or to batch the process for several projects at once. Today, we'll work on the photos only.
Many scenes would give great images if everything could be encompassed into a single photograph. However, not everyone can achieve mostly because their camera does not have a panorama feature. There are two solutions to this: you can take a series of photos and stitch them into a single panorama, or cheat a little and use a regular photo to fake a panorama.