PSP Photo XI Introduction
all of the PSP XI tools are "greyed out" until you
have an image open in the workspace.
by creating a new image, to experiment on, by clicking the
page symbol in the top, left corner (see picture)
these settings to get you started.
you are following a tutorial to make something which tells you
to do otherwise, its a good idea to add a new raster layer,
before you start. Doing this will make it easy for you
to adjust the size and position of anything you put on the
raster layer. To add a new layer, click Layers on the
Menu, and select New Raster Layer.
should now be able to see the tools down the left side of the
workspace. Where tools have a tiny arrow alongside them,
that indicates a group of tools. You click the arrow to
see the other tools in the group.
the right side you should have the materials pallet (near the
top), and the layers pallet (at the bottom). You may
also have an "overview" window.
the top of the PSP window, you have the menu, with a tool bar
underneath it, with icons for creating a new image, opening
../images/psp_lessons, saving and others. Below that there is the Tool
Tool Options Pallet changes, depending on which tool is
selected. It is used making settings specific to the
tool you are using. For example, with Brush tools you
use it to select the size and shape of the brush, and with the
Tube tool, you use it to select which tube image to use and
how big it should be.
take a look at the materials pallet:
can choose to have the rainbow shown as it is here (rainbow
picker), as a
colour frame or as swatches of recently used materials.
You switch between the 3 views using the tabs that stick up
above the rainbow area.
little squares of colour in the top right corner show the
actual colours that are selected. The larger colour
blocks show you if that colour is being used as part of a
gradient or if a fill pattern is selected as the material.
upper box is the Foreground Colour and the lower box is the
Background Colour. The Foreground colour is
selected on the rainbow with the left mouse button and the
Background colour is selected on the rainbow by clicking the
right mouse button.
you want to set your Material to be a gradient or pattern,
instead of solid colour, click the big block (not the small
block) for whichever one you want to change, and a new window
comes up where you can make your choices.
turn off either the foreground or background material, click
the no-entry sign
below the big colour block.
try out some colours with a brush:
the little arrow just next to the Paint Brush tool. A panel
slides out with 2 options on it. Click on the Airbrush
tool to choose it from the list.
Now look at
the Options Pallet (along the top of the workspace).
your settings the same as those shown below.
Tools Options Pallet (for Airbrush) shown on
2 lines here due to page width restrictions.
on the Rainbow on the Materials Pallet to set your Foreground
Colour to whatever colour you want.
mouse pointer over the Image window and hold down your left mouse button to paint. Make some lines and squiggles -
it doesn't matter how random it is.
colour (by clicking another place on the Rainbow) and paint
some more lines and squiggles.
colour once more and do even more lines and squiggles.
look at the menu (at the top, left of the PSP window) ....
with File, Edit and a few items along you will see
Effects and a menu drops down. On the drop down menu,
click Reflection Effects - a slide out menu pops out - Click
a window similar to the one shown below. First turn on
the Preview Lock (see picture) so you can see the effect on
your image. Change the settings on yours to match the ones
shown, and then experiment with the "Rotation Angle"
setting, until you get an interesting pattern. If the
settings window is in the way of your image too much, point at
the blue bar at the top of the window (where it says
Kaleidoscope) and drag it (keeping your mouse button down)
over to the side.
you've had enough of experimenting, click OK. This is
how my image came out - yours will be different, and
that's just fine.
step is to save your image.
on the menu, then Save
where to save the image - "My Documents" is fine,
but if you have another place you want to keep things you make
then its OK to save in whatever folder you want to.
name e.g. pattern1
In the file
type box, click the arrow at the end and choose "JPG JPEG
(*.jpg *.jif *.jpe *.jpeg)" from the drop down list.
Options button. Change the number in the
"Compression Factor" box to 1. Then click OK.
the SAVE button.
certain types of files can be view on the web - jpg, gif, and
png. If you want to share what you make on message
boards you need to save in one of those formats.