SLP Curriculum Guide #04 General Preferences #1
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In the previous guides we have done some basic exploring of how to set up PSP (layout), and explored the Materials Palette and the Layers Palette. As one continues to use and enjoy PSP one will continually learn more of the intricacies and nuances of these three areas of PSP. And, the more we are skilled at them the more options open up to us in creating fantastic work.


In this guide we begin to explore the FILE menu item and in particular, PREFERENCES. This exploration is a continuous one because as we learn more and more about PSP we also find that we want to change our preferences to reflect our personal use and interest in PSP.


In the Menu item 'File' an option to select is 'Preferences'. Learn over time the various possible preferences one can set as they will increase your use of PSP in ways that reflect your interests. There is much to learn about Preferences so there will be additional guides for different Preferences options.


When clicking on 'General Program Preferences' one has a number of tabs (options) from which to select. Until one is more familiar with what they want to accomplish the default settings will certainly be the first and most useful ones you want to use. We will only explore them very briefly, starting with those that you may want to change initially.
EXERCISE #1: Quick Review Of Options
Explore each Option (tab) to become initially acquainted with its purpose. As tabs are selected, read the brief purpose as stated.
  • a. Units: Sets how the Ruler and Resolution of images will be displayed.
  • b. Transparency and Settings: Sets how areas of selection will appear.
  • c. PhotoSharing: For more advanced users and what photo service they wish to use.
  • d. Warnings: Warnings that will be displayed when something is not working correctly.
  • e. Auto Action: Changes made to images automatically.
  • f. Undo: Settings for the number of steps held in memory allowing one to Undo steps.
  • g. View: Ways images will be displayed on the PSP Workspace.
  • h. Display and Caching: Ways information will be displayed on the PSP workspace, the size of Thumbnails and Caching (saving of work).
  • i. Palettes: What palettes will be automatically displayed and how they will be displayed.
  • j. Browser: Options for how images will be displayed in the Browser (when previewed in a browser).
  • k. Miscellaneous: Numbers of recent files used, Clipboard use, and how some other options can be employed.
EXERCISE #2: Undo And Palette Preferences
UNDO is a function of PSP that allows one to return to earlier steps in creating images. Thus when one makes a mistake or finds that an earlier step needs to be done differently, using the UNDO (Edit || Undo or Ctrl+Z) makes editing easier. One can also use a history listing of steps and return to an earlier step.
  • a. Keep in mind that the larger the disk usage and number of steps saved the larger or more disk space is used. Even though larger may sound useful too much will make things slower in using PSP. Thus, enable the Undo and Redo System and experiment with the number of steps to be saved.
  • b. Experiment when creating images by exploring the Undo operation to become familiar with it.
  • c. Know how to have the HISTORY palette displayed (either by setting it in View || Palettes or by using the Keyboard key shortcut (F3).
  • d. Use the History Palette to view steps and to highlight a previous step.
PALETTE PREFERENCES will allow one to display the Materials Palette in different ways and to Dock (ability to move palettes anywhere on the monitor desktop (screen) and as part of setting up one's workspace layout). a. Learn to understand how the Materials Palette can be displayed by trying out different combinations of options. b. As one uses different colors, note the RBG and HSL values and how they change. (RGB = Red, Green, Blue values and HSL = Hue, Saturation, and Lightness values from 0 to 255 (dec) or 00 to FF (hex).


  1. When completing a tutorial or series of tutorials, and having placed them upon your web page, post in the SLP Forum your completed work using this layout:
    • a. Name or Screen Name.
    • b. Web Site URL.
    • c. Version of PSP using.
    • d. List of Tutorials completed.
  2. From exploration of using Preferences and its options, post some of your unique results.
    • a. Indicate what you did so others can duplicate.
    • b. Indicate what option values.
    • c. Add comments on your results and findings of interest.
    • d. Share your questions and comments in the SLP Forum and your graphic results in the member Gallery SLP Album as well as in the Forum.


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