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Chapter 1: Paint Shop Pro BasicsYou've purchased and installed Paint Shop Pro. What's next? The first thing to do is to get comfortable with the program. Here's what you'll look at in this chapter:
Getting Acquainted with Paint Shop Pro's Interface Discover the unique and versatile features of this robust graphics computer program. The award-wining Paint Shop Pro lets you do everything from creating and editing images to designing complete Web pages and animations.
Configuring Paint Shop Pro to Better Suit Your Needs Learn about the powerful tools PSP puts at your fingertips and how to set them up to best serve you.
What is Paint Shop Pro?
Paint Shop Pro (PSP) is an easy-to-use yet powerful bitmap graphics editor developed and released by jasc Software, Inc. (http://www.jasc.coW. Jasc, founded in 1991 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializes in producing graphics and graphics management software for Windowsbased computers. Besides Paint Shop Pro, Jasc Software's products include Jasc Media Center Plus, Quick View Plus, and Image Robot, among others. Paint Shop Pro is comparable to much higher priced painting and photo editing programs, enabling you to create new images, edit existing images, add interesting deformations and effects, and convert more than thirty different image formats into graphics that are perfect for Web pages, print, or multimedia presentations.
In addition to its painting and photo-enhancing tools, Paint Shop Pro includes vector-based drawing tools. Vector graphics, unlike bitmap graphics, aren't made by painting pixels on a computer screen. Instead, vector graphics are produced from instructions to the computer on how todraw a shape. Vectors allow you to create graphics that are readily resizeable without distortion. Paint Shop Pro also includes some very handy tools for creating Web graphics. A visit to jasc's home page gives you easy access to all its products and support features (see Figure 1.1).
The PSP Workspace and Interface
When you first load Paint Shop Pro, you'll see the splash page followed by a window containing a tip. As you'll quickly notice, most of the Paint Shop Pro window is blank-wide open for you to start creating your own Web graphics, shown in Figure 1.2. This is the PSP workspace.
Paint Shop Pro's workspace is surrounded by PSP's major palettes and toolbars: the Tool Palette, Color Palette, the Tool Bar and the Menu Bar. And at the bottom of the workspace is PSP's Status Bar.
The Tool Palette
The Tool Palette, which appears by default along the left edge of the workspace, contains all of PSP's image editing and selection tools. Figure 1.3 shows the Tool Palette displayed horizontally. The Color Palette On the right-hand side of the workspace, you'll notice the Color Palette (Figure 1.4).
From the Color Palette, you can choose the colors to use for painting on your image canvas, drawing lines and shapes, or adding text. Move your mouse over the spectrum-like array of colors towards the top of the Color Palette and notice how the mouse cursor changes shape, looking like an eye dropper. Click on any of the colors of this section-called the Available Colors panel-and you'll select that color as the current foreground/stroke color. Right-click on any of the colors in the Available Colors panel and you'll select that color as the current background/ fill color.
Right below the Available Colors panel is a set of two overlapping blocks of color labeled "Styles." When a painting tool is active, these two color blocks represent the current foreground and background painting colors. You can click with a painting tool on either one of these blocks to bring up the Color dialog box (Figure 1.5)...