Drawing An Arc

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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however, most of the techniques used in this tutorial, I have learned from others!
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

This tutorial will show you how to create an arc in PSP.

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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Create a new image with the following settings:
  • 200x200 pixels
  • Vector background

Choose the Preset Shapes tool preset shapes tool (P), select the Ellipse shape from the drop-list, and use the following settings:

Retain style (CHECKED)
Create as vector (CHECKED)
Anti-alias (CHECKED)
Line style (#1 Solid)
Line width (1)

Holding down the SHIFT key, draw a circle having a radius a little more than half the width of the image.

To ensure the selected circle is horizontally and vertically centered in the canvas, choose Objects...Align...Center in Canvas.


From the Tools toolbar, choose the Pen tool pen tool (V). Make sure Edit Mode is selected:

edit mode - pen tool

and click on the bottom node (red arrow below):

arc with bottom node selected
Note: Though it is difficult to see in some versions of PSP, a selected node "fills in" and becomes a solid color - in the image above, I "enhanced" the coloring of the node to make it more visible. In addition the control arms of the selected node become visible.

Once you have selected the bottom node, right-click and choose Edit from the context menu, then choose Delete from the pop-up menu. Or, just press the DELETE key.


From the Tools toolbar, choose the Pick tool pick tool (K).
Version Note: The Pick tool was new in PSP X - in prior versions, use the Object Selection tool object selection tool (O). Note that the Object Selection tool is still available in higher levels of PSP - it's not on the default Tool toolbar, but it still exists, can be accessed by its former Shortcut key, O, and can even be moved back to the Tools toolbar if desired using PSP's Customize facility.

Right-click on the arc and choose Properties from the context menu. In the Vector Property dialog, change the line color, width, or choose a new Line Style from the drop-down menu. Click OK to complete the arc.

Here's an arc with the Arrowhead end line style:

completed arc

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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