Here I am to tut away! hahaha
First things first, just in case you missed it, if you want one, you can get a free graphics program from Google. They recently decided to give away their photo editing software, Nik Collection. Photo editing software is technically what both Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro are.
Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw are the graphics programs released the their respective creators. I have never used it but, you never know - it might be a really great program.
Just a quick recap: Last week I showed you how to find and use macros, a.k.a. keyboard shortcuts, to personalize your Paint Shop Pro experience. This week I will show you how to personalize your Toolbars.
Tutorial: Creating Your Own Workspace in Paint Shop Pro
A Paint Shop Pro (PSP) Tutorial by Hafapea
The image above show the Toolbars that are at the top of my Workspace and the image below depicts that which is on the left-hand side.
Using the Toolbars menu, shown below, you can select which Toolbars will always appear at the top of your Workspace. As you can see, I use Standard, Status and Tools. The Standard Toolbar is the topmost bar that can be personalized. The Tools Toolbar is what you will use to change the settings of the Tools that are in your left-sided bar. The options will change with each tool as it is selected. The one shown in the picture above contains the settings for the Pan Tool.
Hint: Play around with those settings so you can learn what they do. I like to make big changes so that the effect is obvious, such as changing the Step of a Paintbrush from 0 to 50.
To remove a Toolbar after it has been docked, you can either pull up the Toolbars Menu and deselect it or you can Click & Drag it off and then click on the X that appears in the upper right corner. Once a Toolbar is docked, a row of dots with appear along either the top or the left-hand side of the bar (see images above). If you hover over these dots, your cursor will change to a Move icon and you can then Click & Drag it off of the Toolbar.
The Script Toolbar is similar to the others in that it, too, can be Docked and customized; however, if you decide to use it, you should probably just leave it as it is. The bar contains all of the options available for recording Scripts and you will need each one of them to do so.
What is a Script, you ask? The simple answer is that it is a recording of each step you take in creating an image that, once saved, can be used to replicate the image anytime you wish. It is very popular with people who like to create digi scrap kits because it makes creating things like buttons, bows and brads super easy.
After you left click on the word Customize, the follow window will appear:
The Options tab will allow you to edit the way in which your Toolbars function. There is also an option there to "Reset my usage data" that may come in handy, someday. And, finally, the Scripts tab can be used to Bind native PSP plugins and tools to an icon. Once you have bound a function to the icon, you can then add it to a Toolbar for easy access.
So there it is: quick and dirty. Everything you need to Customize your PSP Workspace. Get in there, poke around and have some fun. Then, when you are done, click on the File Menu > Workspace > Save (see below) so that the program does not revert to default settings the next time you launch it.
Part 1: Using PSP's native macros a.k.a. Shortcuts