The normal tool palette which is usually docked at the left of your screen holds the basic tools. Along with the tools options box, you can achieve many effects to which ever graphic you are working on. [I know this will be boring to many of you who have played around with the program, but may be you will find something here that you weren't aware of - so please, bare with me :o) ]
|Layer Palette Working in different layers of your image, you can alter the density of each layer here, by right-clicking on each layer bar.
*Note: When bringing up any option box/effect box, I always have the arrow next to the 'eye' locked down to see the effect as I am creating it.
This is the personal tool bar I have created - my most frequently used extra tools. Having these available at the top of the page, saves me going through each menu searching for a particular item.
I will show you how to add this to your PSP view, below.
1,2,3 and 4 are what everyone has on there initial tool bar. They need no explanation. I also added 'save as' (5) and 'browse' (6) - in the first section.
7 - 11 are more of what is normally on the tool bar. Whilst (12) is the scanner or camera - depending on your 'twain selection' (13).
(14) Image mapper, for splitting images into two or more pieces for faster loading.
(15) My 'exporting as a gif image' - easier than travelling through your 'file' menu.
(16) Shows ruler markings, handy for when drawing lines, or selecting with the rectangle selections tool.
(17) Line guides - I use these for separating tubed images - but also handy for selection of areas.
18 -20 Toggles the tool bars I use the most - colour palette, tool options box, and layer box. Sometimes when closing multiple image boxes these get closed in error, so it helps to have them handy up at the top of the screen to bring them back into view.
(21) Not used much. Mainly used to find out what certain images are - if you con't see the whole title in the title bar.
(22)Snap shot camera, for taking screen shots.
(23)Flip image tool.
(24)Mirror image tool.
(25)Rotate image tool.
(26)Shows the information about an image - eg: who created it - if the image is copyrighted or watermarked.
(27)Adding vector layers.
(28)Adding raster layers.
(29)Duplicating layers - ideal for making your text stronger in an image.
(30)Merging all layers.
(31)Merging visible layers.
(32)Converting vector layers to raster layers.
(33)Select whole layer.
(34)Cropping to selection.
To change the top tool bar of your PSP window do the following and scroll through the choices you have. (As you use your program, consider what the most frequently used options are for you and add as you think of them.)
Okay, now you have a quick instruction on what everything you see on the toolbar does, let's go and have some fun with the shape selection tool? ;o)
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