Color and Format
Image Composer - The Working Environment
Image Composer - Colors and Effects
Image Composer - Layers and Sprites
Paint Shop Pro:
An insertion example
A lettering example
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||Paint Shop Pro:
Opening Files, Acquiring
Bringing images into Paint Shop
Pro is possible through any hardware that Windows sees - including digital
cameras through USB or other interface, scanners (using
"Twain"), and screen capture.
All images for this documentation were produced using the screen
capture option. Screen captures are simply snap-shots of your monitor's
display. The <Prnt Scrn>key
will also give a screen capture (you then select "Edit/Paste/...as new
image"), though it will not include the "cursor" (mouse pointer).
Under "Capture Setup," select "Full Screen" if you're unsure
of what you want, though "Window" (the selected window at the moment
of capture only) is usually sufficient.
"Hot Key" captures are easier to manage - you take a
"snapshot" at the instant things are right using a single keystroke.
If the keystroke is one your environment uses, Paint Shop Pro allows you to
choose another, though <F12> (the default) is usually pretty safe. A delay timer makes
multiple captures quicker. The number of screen shots you can take is limited
available memory, and is quite large.
You can, of course, open
existing images as well, using "File/Open." If you use "All
Files" as the "Files of type" designation, you'll see all
image files. If you attempt to open a file of an unsupported format (such
as a Word document), you'll get an error message.
Paint Shop Pro also offers a "Browse"
method, which gives a small preview of all of the files in a given folder
for easy selection. This is helpful in Windows9X, though
Windows2000 shows previews of all images automatically as you click on
you've opened your picture . . . if you intend to work extensively with
your image - adding text, or layering images - take time now to "Save
As..." Select "Paint Shop Pro Image" as your "Save as
type." This file format will be very large, and will not be readable
by any other software, but it retains all of your editing decisions and
layers intact, so you can go back and make changes later. The advantage of
this will be clear in a bit.