Index for PSP Tips & Tricks

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This alphabetical index to all the topics covered PSP Tips & Tricks is fully integrated with the Tips pages. If you find something in this index that you'd like to read about, click on the topic and you will be taken directly to the page containing that information. Click on the Back button to return to this Index.
Note: If you don't find an item in this index where you expect to find it, you might try searching using Find (CTRL + F), and using appropriate keywords in the "Find what" box. I've used the Tips & Tricks article "titles" in this index. These titles do not always begins with a word descriptive of what the topic is about.

In June, 2010, I combined all the separate version-associated Tips & Tricks documents into one single document - this will make it much easier to keep updated. The tips contained herein are generally applicable to all versions, at least starting with PSP 8 - where there are differences in versions, I have tried to indicate that clearly.

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8-bit vs 16-bit Images - 168

Accessing the Corel Paint Shop Pro Newsgroups and Forums - 134
Adding A Drop Shadow To A Vector Object - 054
Adding and Selecting Symmetric Borders - 028
Adding Extrusions to Text or Objects - 104
Adding More Control to Clarify - 177
Adding New Layers Quickly - 030
Adding or Removing Colors From A Selection - 095
Adding To or Subtracting From A Selection - 022
Adjusting Brush Size Using the Keyboard and Mouse - 145
Animation Tips - Adding a Logo or Watermark to All Frames of an Animation - 067
Animation Tips - Saving Images As Transparent Gifs - 066
Animation Tips - Using Layered Images - 065
Another Drop Shadow Trick - 048
Another Way to Curve Text - 076

Background Eraser Tips - 100
Basic Mask Editing - 086
Batch Rename Process - 107
Bezier Lines - 077
Blending "Rough" Edges - 068
Brush Tips, Presets, Options, and Variance - 182

Cache and Related Files - 008
Centering Text or Graphics - 058
Changing BladePro Presets Into Super BladePro Presets (So You Can See the Preview) - 025
Changing Grid, Guide and Snap Properties - 059
Changing Text Materials the Easy Way - 138
Changing the Angle of A Selection - 196
Closing An Image Without Saving - 125
Color Management Problems In PSP - 167
Color Replacer Tool Tips - 081
Color Sampling in PSP - 187
Colorizing a Black and White Image - 117
Contacting Corel With Error Reports - 164
Copying A Layer And Keeping Data In Same Location - 020
Copying A Layer From One Image To Another - 033
Copying A Menu or Toolbar Item - 050
Copying and Pasting Won't Work Anymore - 189
Creating A Mask From a Black and White or Grayscale Image - 085
Creating Bullets When Using the Text Tool - 179
Creating Text On a Curve - 074
Creating Textures From Images - 061
Crop Tool Enhancements - and Warnings! - 011
Crop Tool Units Showing Only Inches and Centimeters - 201
Cropping An Image To Exact Coordinates - 034
Customizing ToolBars and Menus - 049

Deleting An Invalid or Damaged Autosave File - 046
Deleting Layers Quickly - 031
Determining the Size of An Image in PSP - 055
Determining Version of PSP That's Running From a Script - 118
Determining Version Paint Shop Pro Image Saved In - 064
Dialog Box Changes - 006
Disabling the Automatic Rotation of Images Using EXIF Data - 170
Disabling the Smart Photo Fix Open for Raw Images - 169
Displaying Color Dropper ToolTips - 079
Displaying HTML Color Codes - 078
Drawing A Vector Triangle - 072
Drawing An Arc - 071
Drawing/Painting Straight Lines - 082
Drop Shadows and Perspective Shadows The Easy Way - With No Plug-Ins - 103
Duplicate File Names in PSP - 154
Duplicating Layers Quickly - 032

Editing Selections - 089
Editing Shapes - 141
Eraser Tool Tips - 080
Extracting Color From Any Image - 172

Fading An Image Into the Background - 092
File Locations Dialog and Long File Names - 152
Filling Text With Patterns Or Gradients - 097
Filling Whole Areas of an Image With the Background Color - 162
Finding the Color/Material You Just Used - 087
Flood Filling Multiple Areas At The Same Time - 043

Getting a Darker Tan With the Makeover Tool - 150
Getting a Suntan Effect Without Using the Makeover Tool - 151
Getting Rid of the Splash Screen - 053
Getting the "Right Name" In the Shapes List for New Shapes - 051
Getting the Cutout or Drop Shadow on Stationery To Tile Nicely - 047
Getting the PSP 8 Colorize Results in PSP 9+ - 136
Gridmaker Script - 108
Grouping Layers - 019

Hiding the Selections Marquee - 023
How to Activate the Text Entry Box - 210
How to Force the Duplicate File Names Messages To Be Displayed Again - 155
How to Remove Duplicate Plugins - 157
How to Remove Duplicate Shapes - 156
How to Reset Cache - 180

Icons in Menus - 147
Increasing Text Size in the Online PSP Help Files - 200
Keeping Rounded Corners Round - 070
Keeping Square Corners on Expanded Selections - 163

Layer Styles - 015
Linking Layers - 018
List of Favorite Paths - 153
Loading Newly-Added Plugins Without Restarting PSP - 166

Maintaining Aspect Ratio When Resizing Vector Images - 073
Maintaining Aspect Ratio When Resizing Selections or Layers - 194
Making A Frame Fit An Image - 135
Making Brush Strokes Darker - 098
Making "Cut Out" Vector Shapes - 199
Making Picture Frames in PSP - 202
Making Proportional Selections - 041
Making Quick Plaids - 128
Making Seamless Tiles - 026
Making Shapes Specific Sizes - 185
Making Soft Edges - 060
Making Stripes - 127
Making Sure Nothing Is Selected - 090
Making Transparent GIFs - 042
Makeover (PSP X+) Tool Tips - 130
Manipulating Single Letters/Characters of Vector Text - 120
Mask Files - 084
Menu Changes - 004
Merging An Image Into the Background - 195
Merging Layers Down - 093
Move Errors in Scripts - 110
Moving A Layer - 021
Moving Selections - 131
Moving Text On A Curve - 075
Moving the Current Layer - 091
Moving the Selection Marquee - 039
Moving Vector Objects - 132
Moving/Adjusting the Crop Area Rectangle - 188

New Naming Conventions - 007
Numeric Controls in PSP - 205

Other Training Video Tutorials - 191

Palette Keyboard Shortcuts - 005
Paste As New Image - New Shortcut - 012
Prompting the User for Materials In A Script - 109
Protecting Part of an Image When Creating a Seamless Tile - 123
Protecting PSP Distributed Files From Being Changed - 044
PSP Installation Notes - 001
PSP User Guide - 208
PSP X - Re-Installation Problems - 209

Quick Way to Repeat A Command Using the Same Settings - 126

Recoloring Images - 017
Removing Dark Edges From An Image - 116
Removing PSP Installation Files - 173
Removing PSP From Your Personal Computer - 161
Removing the Bands From A Gradient Fill - 029
Removing Undone Commands from Scripts - 113
Repeating A Command - 094
Repositioning Toolbars and Palettes - and Docking Issues - 193
Resetting Dialog Values - 056
Resetting the Registry Values for PSP - 178
Resetting Tool Options to Default Values - 057
Resizing Images - 027
Resizing Organizer Thumbnails - 146
Restoring Lost Windows Thumbnails For PSP Files - 198
Restoring Palettes and Toolbars - 052
Retaining Previous Versions of PSP - 002
Retaining Vector Properties for Text When Uninstalled Font Used - 121
Revert Command - 037
Rotating Images - 206
Running A Script Not Listed In the Select Script Drop-List - 144
Running A Script On Several or All Open Images - 143
Running Pre-PSP X Text Scripts in Later Versions of PSP - 165
Running Scripts in Batch Mode - 106

Saving A Tutorial To Your Hard Drive - 102
Saving Images in PSP 7 Format - 063
Saving Transparency In TGA Files - 186
Saving Your Settings In Sinedots II - 062
Script Termination Messages - 112
Scripting - What's It All About? - 105
Searching in Drop-Lists - 139
Searching the Corel PSP Knowledge Base - 160
Selecting An Image Area By Exact Coordinates - 036
Selecting Previous or Next Node - 158
Selection Folders - 083
Setting Background or Foreground Material to Transparent (Null) - 119
Showing and Hiding Layers - 024
Spacebar Function With Tools - 159
Spatter Brush Effect - 101
Starting Animation Shop From Within PSP - 174
Starting PSP And Running A Script Automatically - 133
Starting PSP With A Custom Workspace - 115
Starting Your Shape At Its Center - 140
Support for Early Versions of PSP - 203

The Crop Shading Area and Floating Toolbar - 035
The Brush Wrangler Script - 197
The Resource Manager - 016
Tips for Using the Thinify Option - 014
Tool Changes - 003
Training Videos - 190
Translating PSP 7 Wave Settings for PSP 8+ - 137
Turning WMF Files Into PSP Shape Files - 181

Under Construction - 195
Updating Back to Animation Shop From PSP - 175
Using *.abr Brushes In PSP - 129
Using A Script to Browse A File While in PSP - 149
Using Alpha Channels - 184
Using An Uninstalled Font In PSP - 038
Using Custom Brushes in PSP - 088
Using DeskPins to View Tutorials in PSP - 204
Using Plugins in PSP - 183
Using PSP 7 Files in PSP - 009
Using PSP Files in Previous Versions of PSP - 010
Using "Special Characters" in Scripts - 207
Using Spin Controls For Incremental Changes - 122
Using the Autosave Function - 045
Using the Graphite Workspace Theme in PSP - 176
Using the Guides - 040
Using the History Palette To Create Scripts - 114
Using the History Palette To Save Single Script Commands - 124
Using the Pick Tool to Select Multiple Vector Objects - 148
Using the PSP Extension - 099
Using the Single Step Command - 111

Viewing the Selection Marquee While Cropping - 171
Visible Watermark Flattens Image - 013

Warping Text to Match Curve - 096
Where to Find Corel's PSP Documentation - 192
Working With Vector Objects - 069





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