Setting Up Your Workspace

For this tutorial you will need:
PSP 8,9 or X (10)

When I was running the MSN Group there were many times members would ask about how to find various Toolbars etc. So I thought I would write this tutorial on how to find them. You may find some of the Toolbars and Palettes are already there, but I hope this helps to teach you what to do if you ever lose them

When you 1st open your Paintshop Pro there are a few things you need to set up. We shall just cover the basic ones for now.

This may be how your WORKSPACE looks right now (if any of the following already appear there, you need take no further action)

We are going to add the TOOLBAR

Go to VIEW - TOOLBARS - TOOLS

You should now have your TOOLBAR

If it has appeared across the top of your workspace and you want to place it down the side like mine you can just drag it with your cursor and it should dock into place

You add all Toolbars in the same way. A good basic one to make sure you have is the STANDARD toolbar

Now we need the MATERIALS PALETTE

Go to VIEW - PALETTES - MATERIALS

This is your Materials Palette

You can also add your LAYER PALETTE and HISTORY PALETTE in this way or you can wait until you need them

For PSP X (10) you will need the BROWSER, go to

VIEW - PALETTES - BROWSER

Lets take a closer look at the TOOLBAR.

To do this you will need to open a NEW IMAGE to activate the tools.

Go to

FILE - NEW

You will get this box

Don't worry about the settings right now, just click OK

You will notice the greyed out tools are now highlighted.

In our following tutorials we will be aiming to teach you how to use these.

Some tools may look like they are missing but they have been added in categories i.e.

FREEHAND SELECTION, MAGIC WAND and SELECTION TOOL are all grouped together like this

(click the little black triangle to select the one you need)

As you get more experienced you will learn how to customise your toolbars the way you want them

Go to

VIEW - CUSTOMISE - TOOLS

Just left click on any tool and drag it to the toolbar to place it where you would like it.

To check you have your TOOL OPTIONS select any tool and this bar should appear at the top of your workspace

You will need this to select the settings of your Tools, if it doesn't appear go to

VIEW - PALETTES - STATUS

Now you have it set up I found saving my workspace was a good idea,

FILE - WORKSPACE - SAVE

then if I made a mistake I could could just go to FILE - WORKSPACE - LOAD to get back to where I started.

I hope this tutorial helps you to start your psping

Tutorial written by RobbieFan 2005
Tutorials Robbie, Lyn & Shell 2002
Page design SLANT Digital 2005