This is a very simple but comprehensive tutorial for a beginner to learn to use basic features in PSP, and make a pretty template. This Tutorial is written in PSP 9 but it should work in any version
First, make yourself familiar with the Main Command Center, the Default Top Bar of PSP. It's from here you control many of the basic functions. All top header names such as *File* Edit* View* Image* etc, lead to lots of smaller sub menus. Of course once you have mastered this you can use keyboard shortcuts but for now this is a good place to start.
So When the Main Command *WINDOW* is given you click Window, the sub menu drops down, you find *Duplicate*, and so on across the Main Commands.
- Open either template in PSP. Go to Window - Duplicate, close down the orignal and work on your duplicate copy!
- Hit F8 on your keyboard to open your Layers Palette (version 9) or L on your keyboard (version 7). Now go to File then save
- This box opens up. Choose the folder to save your creation to, type your *simplefilename*, then save as type Paint shop Pro Image (if this is not showing click the tiny black arrow for a drop down list). You do not write the extension in, it will automatically add either .psp or pspimage for you. ***DO NOT CLOSE THIS BOX YET*** If you work in PSP 8 or 9, before you hit save, Click Options
- This box pops up. Set it to save your files as psp7 compatible then if you have a friend who only has psp 7 they will also be able to view your files. You never need to touch this again!
- Click ok, which takes you back to your save box, and now you can save the file you just named. This is now saved as a PSP image for all versions of PSP, 7 to 9
- Ok lets create and play. Click on the Layers palette, it has two layers, one is the white background the other is called My Design. Look at the screen shot below
- Click on the My Design Layer with your mouse, this makes this your *Active Layer*, in other words, the layer we are working on. You should always check this or you could be on the wrong layer. If you mouse over the highlighted layer a mini view window will pop up showing you what you have on that layer. Now whilst on the layer *mydesign* go to Adjust - Hue and Saturation - Colorize
- The colorize window now opens up, push both the eyes, (always do this on all tools when possible it lets you see the effect in action). Pushing in the tiny down arrow will give you a bar you can see the colors you want. Hue is the color saturation deepens and lightens the hue. The dice gives you random colors. Typing in the numbers is fun to see what you can achieve. Where it says Presets, you see *last Used* that means it remembers your last color. If you want to save this color 'Hit the little blue disc*
- Next time you want this color just look in the presets area by hitting that little drop down arrow where it says Presets - Last used!
- If you are happy with your color then click ok.
- Let's add a soft shadow. Follow my instructions on the screenshot. To change your color to grey, just click the little color box and your color palette pops up. Just type in all the numbers to the tiny boxes you see.
- Shadow on?
- Let's put an effect on our little pattern pieces. I am choosing a simple line, this can be achieved easily in Blinds. Go to Effects - Texture Effects - Blinds
- Type the desired width into the box. This gives you the width in pixels of the lines.
- Now you can make your lines any color you like and remember to push both eyes in and save your setting if you want to use it later. Now it should look something like this!
- Ok now its time to add your enhancements. Open the images or dings you want to decorate the image with. Click on your decoration image and go to Edit - Copy, click back onto your template image go to Edit - Paste - As a New Layer!
- Check the area that says Percentage of the origina and type in 90. Then uncheck all layers (remember to re-check this later). Smart Size or Bicubic re-sample. If it is still too large repeat this until they are the size you wish!
- Now if you want more enhancements of the same type all you need to do is go up to the top of PSP and Layers Duplicate, Top of PSP again - IMAGE - Mirror. Keep doing this until you have your layout the way you want it
- Add your text and finally, Layers Merge, All Flatten, And save as a .jpg
- To do this you can use the Jpeg Exporter put a compression of 8 or save copy AS