Using Selection Folders in PSP

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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.

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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 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:

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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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STEP 1 - Preliminaries

Setting up Selection Folders for selection tutorials is really very simple in PSP. However, if you don't set them up correctly in your Preferences, you may get more selections than you want when you start a selections tutorial. In addition, PSP does not support duplicate names for any of its resources, including selections, and will only show the first one it comes to with a certain name. So if you have many folders for selections tutorials, and several of them have selections called top.sel or front.sel or hatband.PspSelection, chances are slim that you'll get the one you need for the tutorial you're working on.

When PSP is installed, a special Selections folder is included in the user folders created during the installation.

Version Note: In PSP 8, the user folder created during installation was called My PSP8 Files; in later versions, this folder was called My PSP Files. In all versions, unless special customization is chosen during installation, this folder is located in the My Documents or Documents folder.

It is a good practice to set up a new folder for EACH selection tutorial you do. You can store these folders anywhere you want, but use some consistency, and store them in one central location. With PSP 8, I used the default user folder names. However, I now use my own customized folder on my G drive called PSP User Files within a folder called !!!!!PSP (all those exclamation points keep it at the top of the folder list!) - many of my screen shots will show this folder. It really doesn't matter what you call your PSP user folder - what does matter is that you make a new subfolder for each new tutorial.

Version Note: In this tutorial, I will show you how to work with Selections folders, first in PSP 9 and above (PSP 9+), and then I will repeat the explanations for PSP 8. If you are using PSP 9+, follow STEPs 2, 3, and 4. If you are using PSP 8 or 9, follow STEPs 5, 6, and 7.

STEP 2 - Setting Up - PSP 9+

Version Note: This is the Setting Up procedure for PSP 9 and above. For the corresponding procedure for PSP 8, see STEP 5 below.

Let's set up preferences for selections to simplify things. Choose File...Preferences...File Locations. Scroll down to Selections (red arrow below) in the File types list:

preferences - selections

Take a good look at this dialog, so you become familiar with the options available:

  • In the Selection file folders panel (green arrow above), you can see my selection folders - my personal folder as well as the selection folder in the PSP X2 program folder. There are also Add and Remove buttons on the right, and arrow buttons that allow you to move folders up or down in the list.
  • In the Folder options panel (blue arrow above), there is are two checkboxes - one for enabling the selected folder, and one for enabling the use of subfolders within the selected folder. This panel also has a "Create Sub Folder" button.
  • Below the Folder options panel, there's a "Save to" drop-list (yellow arrow above) which contains all the folders listed in the Selection file folders panel, allowing you to select which folder to use for selections you save. This should NEVER be the Corel PSP program folder but rather should ALWAYS be your user files folder. In my case, that's the PSP User Files folder; in your case, that will likely be the My PSP Files folder.

To make loading selections work nicely in PSP, you need to do two things in this dialog:

  • Disable the PSP program folder entirely by UNchecking its Enable checkbox - in the screenshot above, that's the C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro X2\Corel_12 folder.
  • Disable the use of subfolders for the user selections folder by UNchecking its Use sub folders checkbox. In the screenshot above, that's my !!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections folder, but for you, that will likely be the My PSP Files\Selections folder
    Note:There should be only two folders listed here - the program folder and your folder, whatever you have called it. The procedure is the same no matter what it's called. Just substitute your folder name each time I use the !!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections folder.

When you have finished, your screen should look like this:

preferences - selections

The user folder is selected, and you'll notice that the use of subfolders is disabled (red arrow). Also notice that the Corel program selections folder has been disabled - it's still listed, but the asterisk (*) before its name in this screen shot (green arrow) indicates it is no longer enabled.

Click OK to save your changes and exit the File Locations dialog.


STEP 3 - Loading Selections - PSP 9+

Version Note: This is the Loading Selections procedure for PSP 9 and above. For the corresponding procedure for PSP 8, see STEP 6 below.

If you have not already downloaded the sample selections for this tutorial, do so now. Create a new folder called "sample" in your selections folder, which in my case is !!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections, and unzip the selections into that folder.

Open a 300 x 300 transparent image.

Here is the procedure you will follow when you are ready to do a selections tutorial in PSP 9 or above:

  1. Place the folder containing the selections in your selections folder - we just did that, creating the "sample" folder, and unzipping the supplied sample selections into it.

  2. When you are ready to load a selection, choose Selections...Load/Save Selection...Load Selection From Disk:

    • On the Load Selection From Disk dialog, click the drop-list arrow in the Selection panel (red arrow below):

      load selections

    • In the list of selections that appears, click the File Locations button (red arrow below):

      load selections

    • On the File Locations dialog screen, highlight your user selections folder (!!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections on my system) and click on the "Browse for new folder" button (red arrow below):

      browse for new folder

    • In the Browse for Folder dialog, make the "sample" folder active (red arrow below), and then click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog (you may need to click the + sign in front of the Selections folder to open it):

      browse for folder dialog

      This folder now becomes the default directory for selections, and appears in the File Locations dialog for Selections (red arrow below), until you change it.

      file locations - selections

      Click the OK button to save your changes and exit the dialog.

    • Now all the selections in the "sample" folder will be listed in the drop-down list (red arrow) in the Selection panel:

      load selections dialog

      And there's a nice Preview panel (green arrow), too, that shows the chosen selection as it will appear on the canvas. Click the "Load" button to save your changes and load the selection.

  3. When you go to load the next selection, you'll be returned to the Load Selection dialog, and the selections from your chosen folder will be listed - just find the selection in the drop-down list and click the "Load" button.

When you start another tutorial, repeat the process - edit the path to set the new selections folder, and you're in business! You'll get just one folder of selections each time - no confusion, no problems. It's really quite easy. You'll get used to it, and pretty soon it will be as natural as signing your name (I hope!).

If at some point in time you want to use the selections provided by Corel, just reverse the process we did in STEP 1 above, enabling the PSP program folder (C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro X2\Corel_12) by checking its Enable checkbox.

STEP 4 - Saving Selections - PSP 9+

Version Note: This is the Saving Selections procedure for PSP 9 and above. For the corresponding procedure for PSP 8, see STEP 7 below.

Saving selections to disk works the same way. You can set up the folder before entering the Save dialog, or create it as you save. Let's go through the process.

  1. Create a new image and make a selection in the image - we'll use this selection to practice saving selections.
  2. Create a new folder for the selections you are going to save. The obvious choice for the location of this folder is the folder where you are keeping all your selections - in my case, the !!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections folder, but it can really be anywhere.

  3. When you are ready to save a selection, choose Selections...Load/Save Selection...Save Selection To Disk:

    • On the Save Selection To Disk dialog, click the drop-list arrow in the Selection panel (red arrow below):

      save selections

    • In the list of selections that appears, click the "File Locations" button (red arrow below):

      file locations button

    • On the File Locations dialog screen, note that the default folder is the last one you used, in this case !!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections\sample. Click on that folder name, and then on the "Browse for new folder" button (red arrow below):

      browse for new folder

    • In the Browse for Folder dialog, click the folder you added at the beginning of this step (I called mine "saveselectionshere" (red arrow below).

      browse for folder dialgo

      If you did not add a folder, or you want to save your selection to a different folder, click the "Create a new folder" button (red arrow below):

      create as new folder button

      A folder called New Folder will be added to your Selections folder - change the name to one you want, then click somewhere outside the folder name but within the Browse for folder dialog to save the folder name.

      When you have selected the folder you want to use to save your selection, click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog. This folder now becomes the default "Save to" folder for selections, and appears in the File Locations dialog for Selections, until you change it. Be sure you notice that in the File Locations dialog. Click the OK button to save your changes and exit the File Locations dialog.

    • Back on the Save Selection To Disk dialog, enter the name for your selection in the File name box and click the Save button.

      enter selection name

      When you save the next selection, the Save Selection To Disk dialog will return to the last folder where you saved selections. While in this dialog:

      • You can review the selections you've previously saved by checking in the drop-down list.
      • You can replace a selection that's already there by using the same name.
      • You can save a new selection by typing a new name in the File name box.

That's the basic process for saving selections - it's the same every time. Just set the new path, and save away!

Be sure to check out the "tip" in STEP 8.


STEP 5 - Setting Up - PSP 8

Version Note: This is the Setting Up procedure for PSP 8. For the corresponding procedure for PSP 9+, see STEP 2 above.

Let's set up preferences for selections to simplify things. Choose File...Preferences...File Locations. Scroll down to Selections (red circle below) in the File types list:

preferences - selections
Partial Screen

The three icons (boxed in blue) on the left side of the Selection file folders panel tell you what the columns in the table are for. As labeled in the image:

  • The first icon/column is for indicating your Save To folder.
  • The second icon/column is for indicating whether you want PSP to scan the subfolders of a folder.
  • The third icon/column is for enabling the folder - allowing PSP to scan it.

You need to do two things on this panel:

  • Disable the Jasc folder entirely by clearing all checkboxes.
  • Disable Scan Subfolders for the C:\My Documents\My PSP8 Files\Selections folder by clearing the checkbox in the second column.

When you have finished, your screen should look like this:

preferences - selections
Partial Screen

Click OK to save your changes and exit the File Locations dialog.


STEP 6 - Loading Selections - PSP 8

Version Note: This is the Loading Selections procedure for PSP 8. For the corresponding procedure for PSP 9+, see STEP 3 above.

If you have not already downloaded the sample selections for this tutorial, do so now. Create a new folder called "sample" in your selections folder, which in my case is !!!!!PSP\PSP User Files\Selections, and unzip the selections into that folder.

Open a 300 x 300 transparent image.

Here is the procedure you will follow when you are ready to do a selections tutorial in PSP 8 or 9:

  1. Place the folder containing the selections in your selections folder - we just did that, creating the "sample" folder, and unzipping the supplied sample selections into it.

  2. When you are ready to load a selection, choose Selections...Load/Save Selection...Load Selection From Disk:

    • On the Load Selection From Disk dialog, click the Edit Paths button:

      preferences - selections

    • On the File Locations dialog screen, click the C:\My Documents\My PSP8 Files\Selections folder - notice the black box that now surrounds the path name:

      preferences - selections
      Partial Screen

      Then click the Browse button.

    • In the Browse for Folder dialog, click the folder containing your selections and then click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog (you may need to click the + sign in front of the Selections folder to open it):

      preferences - selections
      Partial Screen

      This folder now becomes the default directory for selections, and appears in the File Locations dialog for Selections, until you change it.

      preferences - selections
      Partial Screen

      Click the OK button to save your changes and exit the dialog.

    • Back on the Load Selection From Disk dialog, choose the selection from the drop-down list (red arrow) in the Selection panel:

      preferences - selections

      And there's a nice Preview panel (green arrow), too, that shows the chosen selection as it will appear on the canvas. Click the "Load" button to save your changes and to load the selection.

  3. When you go to load the next selection, you'll be returned to the Load Selection dialog, and the selections from your chosen folder will be listed - just find the selection in the drop-down list.

When you start another tutorial, repeat the process - edit the path to set the new selections folder, and you're in business! You'll get just one folder of selections each time - no confusion, no problems. It's really quite easy. You'll get used to it, and pretty soon it will be as natural as signing your name (I hope!).

If at some point in time you want to use the selections provided by Jasc, just enable the C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 8\Selections path by clicking the checkbox in the third column before that folder name.


STEP 7 - Saving Selections - PSP 8

Version Note: This is the Saving Selections procedure for PSP 8. For the corresponding procedure for PSP 9+, see STEP 4 above.

Saving selections to disk works the same way. You can set up the folder before entering the Save dialog, or create it as you save. Let's go through the process.

  1. Create a new image and make a selection in the image - we'll use this selection to practice saving selections.
  2. Create a new folder for the selections you are going to save. The obvious choice for the location of this folder is the C:\My Documents\My PSP8 Files\Selections folder, but it can really be anywhere.

  3. When you are ready to save a selection, choose Selections...Load/Save Selection...Save Selection To Disk:

    • On the Save Selection To Disk dialog, click the Edit Paths button:

      preferences - selections

    • On the File Locations dialog screen, note that the default folder is the last one you used, in this case C:\My Documents\My PSP8 Files\Selections\sample. Click on that folder name, and then on the Browse button to change this folder.

      preferences - selections
      Partial Screen

    • In the Browse for Folder dialog, click the folder you added at the beginning of this step. If you did not add a folder, click the Selections folder, and then the Create a new folder button (circled below). A folder called New Folder will be added to your Selections folder - change the name to one you want, then click somewhere outside the folder name but within the Browse for folder dialog to save the folder name.

      Click the OK button at the bottom of the dialog. This folder now becomes the default directory for selections, and appears in the File Locations dialog for Selections, until you change it. Click the OK button to save your changes and exit the dialog.

    • Back on the Save Selection To Disk dialog, enter the name for your selection in the File name box and click the Save button.

      preferences - selections

      When you go to save the next selection, you'll be returned to the Save Selection To Disk dialog, and the selections from the default folder will be listed:

      • You can review the selections you've saved by checking in the drop-down list.
      • You can replace a selection that's already there by using the same name.
      • You can save a new selection by typing a new name in the File name box.

That's the basic process for saving selections - it's the same every time. Just set the new path, and save away!


STEP 8 - One Last Tip!

Here's one last tip - to make things work even faster, add the icons for loading and saving selections to one of your toolbars, or to your Layer palette, as I've done - here's my PSP 9 Layers palette with lots of added icons:

layer palette with added icons

Then a quick click and you're into the Load / Save Selection dialog! See my Customizing Toolbars in PSP tutorial for more tips on adding tools and commands to toolbars and palettes.


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