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Techniques and Tools
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This section of the Curriculum is organized by Techniques and Tools. Assumed is that one has some basic knowledge and experience in using their version of PSP. These techniques and tools draw upon tutorials written for version 7 through 9 and are listed to provide information on using various Tools and Techniques.
Quick Index
The Basics Basics Palettes Tools - Toolbar  
The Tools Brushes Deform Eraser/Floodfill Retouch Selection Text
The Effects Browser 3D Misc Textures Art Media  
Techniques #1 Masks Animation Backgrounds Buttons Frames  
Techniques #2 Vectors1 Vectors2 Photo1 Photos2 Tubes  
Miscellaneous Plug Ins01 Plug Ins02 Plug Ins03 Images01 Images02 Images03

The Basics: Quick Index
(These tutorials are mainly from the beginner lessons that provide information on using PSP, its layout, palettes and getting started with the creative juices -- workspaces, customization techniques, new images, graphic formats when saving images).

01. Getting to Know PSP (7)
02. Introduction to PSP 8 (8)
03. Introduction (8)
04. Setup (8)
05. Basics and Options (8)
06. The Workspace (1)>: Customizing Toolbars (9)
07. The Workspace (2): Customizing, Saving & Loading Workspaces (9)
08. New images (All) (7)
09. Creating a New Image (7)
10. New Image (8)
11. New Image and Materials Palette: Create Backgrounds (8)
12. Changing Image Size (7)
13. Saving Files (All) (7)
14. Preset Shapes (8)
15. Graphics Formats (7)
16. Graphic Formats (7)
17. GIFs VS JPGs (All) (7)
18. Transparent Gifs (7)
19. Transparent GIF Files (7)


The Palettes Quick Index
(Palettes [Materials, Layers, Mixer, Tools Option] are the foundation to creating and enhancing images and photographs. Learning to use each of these palettes and their respective options will form the framework for learning all other tools, features and techniques.)

01. Color Selections(7)
02. 07 - Creating Custom Colors(7)
03. 03 - Palettes and Help(8)
04. 04 - The Materials Palette(8)
05. PSP 8: Materials Palette(8)
06. The Materials Palette(9)
07. 13 - Working With Layers(7)
08. 06 - The Layer Palette(8)
09. Using Layers(9)
10. Layers 101(7)
11. Layers 201(7)
12. Layers - Collage01(7)
13. Layers Collage 02(7)
14. Fun with Layers(7)
15. Layers - Star with Layers(7)
16. The Mixer Palette(9) Palette(9)
The Tools - Toolbar Quick Index
(The Tool Bar, and its associated Tools Option Palette, are the Quick Index links to the various tools and options available for creating and fixing images and photographs. Learning to use the various tools provides one with a full range of skills needed as an artist.)

01. The Tools Toolbar (8)
The Tools - Brushes Quick Index
(The Brushes are the main drawing tools. There are a variety of brush tips one may choose from. Combined with the Tools Option Palette in which one has a multitude of different options, there are many creative ways to use the brushes.)

01. Paintbrush and Airbrush (7)
02. Air Brush Painting (8)
03. Importing Brushes, File Types (8)
04. Brush Variance Palette (8)
05. Painting a Teddy Bear (8)
06. A Relief Effect (8)

The Tools - Deform Quick Index
(The 'Deform' tools allow for a variety of uses from creating realistic shadows to fixing perspective in photographs as well as being able to distort sections of an image. These tools are very useful in creating perspective.)

01. Deformation, Filters and Screen Capture (7)
02. The Deform Tool (9)
03. Straighten & Perspective Correction (8)
04. The Perspective Correction Tool (9)
05. The Straighten Tool (9)
06. The Mesh Warp Tool (9)
06. Shadow Effect (7)
08. Shadow Beach (7)
09. Shadow Can (7)
10. Locket (7)
11. PSPUG Spider Web (7)

Eraser-Floodfill Quick Index
(The eraser tools become makes mistakes and/or removing areas of an image/photo very easy to manage. Starting with Version 8, the Background Eraser is introduced. The Floodfill tool has very interesting options.)

01. The Eraser Tools (9)
02. Background Eraser (8)
03. "Word Art" with Mesh Warp (8)
04. The Flood Fill Tool (9)
The Tools - Retouch Quick Index
(The various Retouch Tools are an invaluable set of tools for enhancing and fixing photographs and images. One of the keys is using low values in the Tool Options Palette.)


01. Clone Tool (7)
02. Clone Tool (9)
03. Push Tool Effects (7)
04. Remove Items-Improve Colours (7)
05. Creating a Background (8)
06. Retouch Tool Part 1 (7)
06. Retouch Tool Part 2 (7)
08. Retouch Tool Part 3 (7)
09. Retouch Tool Part 4 (7)
The Tools - Selection Quick Index
(The Various Selection Tools are used to select or isolate specific areas of an image. Then one can manipulate and manage that area or selection without affecting the other areas of the image/photograph.)

01. The Selection Tool (9)
02. Selection and Move Tools (8)
03. Selection (Lasso) Tool (7)
04. Freehand Tool (Lasso) (7)
05. The Magic Wand Tool (9)
06. The Freehand Selection Tool (9)
06. Editing Images (7)
08. Cleaning Images (8)
09. The Dropper, Crop and Move Tools (9)
The Tools - Text Quick Index
(The Text Tool allows one to place text on an image. Combined with using a Vector Layer one can create text around shapes. Other tutorials in this section illustrate interesting techniques for creating Text.)

01. Text - Odd Bevel (7)
02. Text - Dreamcatcher (7)
03. Text Tool (7)
04. Graffiti 01 (7)
05. Liquid Metal (7)
06. Text On graphics (7)
06. License Plate (7)
08. Chrome Text (7)
09. Text Outlined (7)
10. The Text Tool (8)
11. Text - Laser (7)
12. Using the Text Tool (8)
13. Split Colour (7)
14. Chrome (7)

The Effects - Browser Quick Index
(The 'Effects' are filters which change, enhance, add-to, alter the image or photograph. To view all effects upon an image use the Effects Browser and then select one that you wish to use. Not all effects produce a similar result on all images so experiment and explore.)


01 . Browser-Functions (7)
02 . Effects-Browser (8)
03 . Effects-More (8)
04 . Perspective-and-Light-Source (7)
The Effects - 3D Quick Index
(The '3D' effects use perspective and shadowing to create the illusion of a 3D result. There are various ways to use a 3D effect with its options and it is very worthwhile to explore different values of the options to see how different results are produced.)


01 . 3D-Buttonize (7)
02 . 3D-Cutout (7)
03 . 3D-Cutout (7)
04 . 3D-Cutouts-Chiseled (7)
05 . 3D-Cutout-Daisy (7)
06 . 3D-Drop-Shadow (7)
07 . 3D-Shadows-Filters-Eyecandy (7)
08 . 3D-Shadows-Filters-Eyecandy (7)
09 . 3D-Bevels (7)
10 . 3D-Glass-Angel (7)
The Effects - Misc Quick Index
(There are an incredible number of other effects, from Artistic, Geometric, Distortion, and others that alter and effect images or photographs in different ways. Some results are new results, some are very creative results so explore these effects and their options to realize interesting results.)

01 . Hotwax and Polar Coordinates (8)
02 . LensDistort (8)
03 . Polar Coordinates (8)
04 . Geometric-Circle (7)
05 . Circle-CurlyQ-Punch-Pinch (7)
06 . Illumination-Lights (7)
07 . Illumination-Sunburst (7)
08 . Reflections-Balls and Bubbles (8)
09 . Reflection-Kaleidscope-Floral (7)
10 . Chrome-Vase (8)

The Effects - Textures Quick Index
(The 'Texture Effects' will add different textures to a selection and/or image or photograph that allow for unique and interesting results. Explore all the textures and one will have a great arsenal of tools for creative drawing.)

01 . Blinds-Emboss-Sandstone (7)
02 . Mosaic-Fur-Tile (7)
03 . Fine-Rough-Leather (7)
04 . Sculpture (7)
05 . Textures (7)
06 . Weave (7)
07 . Plastic-Stone-Straw (7)
08 . CanvasPainting (7)
09 . Tapestry (7)
10 . CrossStitch (7)
11 . Paper (7)
12 . Paper-Sapphire (7)

Art Media Quick Index
(The 'Art Media' tools-effects are a new feature starting with Version 9 and allow users to create images as if their were using oils and oil painting techniques. These tools are explored while painting a landscape.)

01 . Layer and Mixer Palette (9)
02 . Tools & Tool Options Palette – Painting a Cloudy Sky (9)
03 . Brush Options – Snow-Capped Mountains at a Lake (9)
04 . Brushes & Techniques – A Landscape and Foliage (9)
05 . Flowers (9)
06 . Pencil Art (9)
07 . A Pencil Scene (9)

Masks Quick Index
(Using 'Masks' is a technique to either block out or allow portions of an image or photograph to be seen. Using masks can create very interesting results as well as creating interesting frames around pictures.)

01 . Masks - Bicolor (7)
02 . Masks - Snakes (7)
03 . Masks as Frames (8)
04 . Masks - Heartbeat (7)
05 . Masks - Colored Reliefs (7)
06 . Photo Edges with Masks (7)
07 . Masks - Angel on Clouds (7)
08 . Masks - Rain (7)
09 . Masks - Layers (7)

Animation Quick Index
(Animation is accomplished using the Animation Workshop program that comes with version before 10. This program can be downloaded from the site as it is a stand alone program. Animation Workshop has many features and options to create animated pictures.)

01 . Popup Text (8)
02 . Blinking Kitten Eyes (7)
03 . Animated Rainbow (7)
04 . Animated Valentine Card (7)
05 . Animated Walking Legs (7)
06 . Animated Pumpkins Pt1 (7)
07 . Animated Pumpkins Pt2 (7)
08 . Animated Arrow (7)
09 . Animated Angel (7)
10 . Animated Popping Spheres (7)
11 . Animation (7)
12 . Water Effect without Java (7)
13 . Animations (7)
14 . Animated Snow Globe (7)

Backgrounds Quick Index
(Backgrounds are a key element in image creation, particularly when creating backgrounds for Web Pages. There are various techniques one can use to create interesting backgrounds.)




01 . Making Bordered Backgrounds (7)
02 . Making Seamless Backgrounds (7)
03 . Backgrounds - Seamless (All) (7)
04 . Backgrounds - Gingham (7)
05 . Backgrounds - Opacity Effects (7)
06 . Backgrounds - Textures (7)
07 . Backgrounds - Negative Effects (7)
08 . Backgrounds - Padded Tube Border (7)
09 . Backgrounds - Seamless Gradient (7)
10 . Backgrounds - Border Top (7)
11 . Backgrounds - Border Left (7)
12 . Background - Grid (7)
13 . Backgrounds - Border Image (7)

Buttons Quick Index
(Buttons are another particular technique often used, as backgrounds are, for Web Pages. Square or Rectangular buttons are the easiest to create particularly using the 3D Buttons Effect. However, creating oval buttons, buttons with text and mouseover techniques for buttons adds additional skills for creating buttons.)

01 . Buttons - Easy (7)
02 . Buttons - 3d (7)
03 . 05 - Oval Button with Text (7)
04 . Buttons - Cutout (7)
05 . Buttons - Rounded (7)
06 . Buttons - Quick Gold (7)
07 . Buttons - Gold Oval (7)
08 . Buttons - Mouseover Hilight (7)
09 . Buttons - Mouseover (7)
10 . Buttons - Mouseover Leaf (7)

Frames Quick Index
(Frames are both useful additions to images and photographs as well as a great way to create interesting and unique additions for pictures. A number of these tutorials also use plug ins while others use PSP features and techniques.)

01 . Make Your Own (7) [Blade Pro]
02 . Frames - Fancy (7)
03 . Lamplight Manor Frame (7)
04 . Creating a Frame Using Masks (8)
05 . Frames - Brass (7)
06 . Misty Morning Frame (7) [Ulead Art]
07 . Frames - Cutout (7)
08 . Framing a Photo with Patterns (8)
09 . Frames - Matt (7)
10 . Creating and Exporting a Frame (8)
11 . Round Frames from Gradients (8)
12 . Square Frames from Gradients (8)
13 . Offset Frame (8)
14 . A Rectangular Frame (7) [Sinedots]
16 . A Square Frame (7) [Sinedots]
15 . Old Photo Frame (7)

Vectors1 Quick Index
(Vector Art uses a Vector Layer and different Tools and Options to create very accurate shapes. Vector Art also allows for the creation of unique shapes as well as ability to write Text to conform to the shape. Learning how to use Vectors will greatly enhance ones ability to draw.)

01 . Basics Pt 1 (7)
02 . Basics Pt 2 - Basic Cat (7)
03 . Basics Pt 3 - Node-edited Cat (7)
04 . PSP 8: Vectors 101 (8)
05 . PSP 8: Vectors 201, Nodes (8)
06 . PSP 8: Vectors 202, Edit Functions (8)
07 . Vectors - Node Types (7)
08 . Vector Node Text (7)
09 . Vectors: a Heart Preset Shape (8)
10 . Simple Vector Clipart (1) (7)
11 . Simple Vector Clipart (2) (7)
12 . Simple Vector Clipart (3) (7)

Vectors2 Quick Index
(Vector Art uses a Vector Layer and different Tools and Options to create very accurate shapes. Vector Art also allows for the creation of unique shapes as well as ability to write Text to conform to the shape. Learning how to use Vectors will greatly enhance ones ability to draw.)

13 . Vector Valentine Card No. 1 (7)
14 . Vector Valentine Card No. 2 (7)
15 . Vector Valentine Card No. 3 (7)
16 . Vectors - Creating Hollow Objects (7)
17 . Vectors - Object alignment, Distribution & Grouping (7)
18 . Vectors - Text On Path (Curve) (7)
19 . Vector Clover (7)
20 . Vector Drawing V7 (7)
21 . Vector Ornaments V7 (7)

Photos1 Quick Index
(PSP provides various tools that will enhance Photographs. Some are explored in the 'Retouch Tools' while this section explores other ways from using the Adjust Menu options.)

01 . Adjust Menu (8)
02 . Noise Effects and Colors (7)
03 . Blur Effect (7)
04 . Adjust Skintones in Photographs (7)
05 . Making Part of an Image Monochrome (7)
06 . Making Part of an Image Monochrome (8)
07 . Add Color Accents to B/W Photo (7)
08 . Colors on Greyscale (7)
09 . Colour Popping (8)
10 . Color Car (7)

Photos2 Quick Index
(PSP provides various tools that will enhance Photographs. Some are explored in the 'Retouch Tools' while this section explores other ways from using the Adjust Menu options.)

11 . FlipAlbum ® :PhotoCover (7)
12 . FlipAlbum ® :Resizing a Photo (7)
13 . FlipAlbum ® :LeatherCover (7)
14 . FlipAlbum ® :Textured with Text (7)
15 . FlipAlbum ® :Cropping (7)
16 . PSP 8: Photo Enhancement (8)
17 . Blue Moon, Photo Enhance (8)
18 . Photo Aging (8)
19 . Oil Painting from a Photo (8)
20 . Manipulation:Wheels Re-invented (8)
21 . Photo-Negative Mouseovers (7)
22 . Reducing Red Eyes in Photos (7)

Tubes Quick Index
(Tubes are pictures with a transparent background and can be used to add to other images or to create interesting images. These tutorials provide an introduction to using and creating tubes.)

01 . Tubes - 01 (7)
02 . Fixing Photos/Creating Tubes (8)
03 . Tubes - Cutout (7)
04 . Tubes - Valentines (7)
05 . Tubes - St Patricks Day (7)

PlugIns 01 Quick Index
(This section of the Curriculum explores tutorials written using 3rd Party Plug-ins, and mainly focuses upon using Eye Candy 3. )

01 . Introduction - Eyecandy
02 . Blade Pro Basics 101 BladePro
03 . Blade Pro Basics 102 BladePro
04 . Chrome Filter - Eyecandy
05 . Fire Text - Eyecandy
06 . Carve Filter - Eyecandy
07 . Fire Filter - Eyecandy
08 . Antimatter Filter - Eyecandy
09 . Cutout Filter - Eyecandy
10 . Glow Filter - Eyecandy
11 . Motion Trail Filter - Eyecandy
12 . Jello Text - Eyecandy

PlugIns 02 Quick Index
(This section of the Curriculum explores tutorials written using 3rd Party Plug-ins, and mainly focuses upon using Eye Candy 3. )

13 . Fancy Frames - Eyecandy
14 . Fur Filter - Eyecandy
15 . Glass Filter - Eyecandy
16 . Roger's Woodgrain - Eyecandy
17 . Inner & Outer Bevel Filters - Eyecandy
18 . Squint Filter - Eyecandy
19 . HSB Noise Filter - Eyecandy
20 . Rainbow Text with Multiple Gradients - Eyecandy
21 . Smoke Filter - Eyecandy
22 . Drop Shadow Filter - Eyecandy
23 . Swirl Filter - Eyecandy
24 . Jiggle Filter - Eyecandy

PlugIns 03 Quick Index
(This section of the Curriculum explores tutorials written using 3rd Party Plug-ins, and mainly focuses upon using Eye Candy 3. )

25 . Star Filter - Eyecandy
26 . Padded Border Background FilterFactory
27 . Kaleidoscope Backgrounds FilterFactory
28 . Polished Brass Buttons GregsFactory
29 . True Gold Text GregsFactory
30 . Painting HarrysFilters
31 . VM Natural:Splash Frame Misc
32 . Creating Simple Scotch Tape Misc
33 . Plugin Commander Misc
34 . Screensaver Part 1: Axialis Misc
35 . Screensaver Part 2: Active Media Eclipse Misc

Images01 Quick Index
(The following tutorials use various PSP tools and techniques to create interesting and unique images. Explore the titles of the tutorials to find those that are of interest.)

01 . Presidents Day Image Map (7)
02 . Books - Notebook (7)
03 . Satin Background (8)
04 . Valentine Banner & Bar (7)
05 . Ship of Dreams (8)
06 . Sinedots:Fabergé Egg - Filters
07 . Snow Tutorial (7)
08 . Scanlines (TV) (7)
09 . ScareCrow (7)
10 . Making Candles (7)
11 . Marble Memorial (7)
12 . Glass Bowl (7)
13 . Legend of Dogwood (8)
14 . Creating a Cupcake (8)
15 . Lidded Boxes: Preset Shapes (1): Making Preset Shape (8)
16 . Lidded Boxes: Preset Shapes (2): Using Preset Shape (8)
17 . Chocolate Paper - Filters
18 . Navigation Bars - Tabbed (7)
19 . Note Cards (8)
20 . Window Reflections (8)
21 . Xmas Cameo (7)
22 . Xmas Sock (7)
23 . Painting in a Line Drawing (7)
24 . Watermelon (8)
25 . Wavy Banner (8)
26 . Greeting Cards (8)
27 . Patchwork Heart (8)
28 . Plaids from Gradients (8)
29 . Books - Leather bound (7)
30 . Stained Glass Text (8)
31 . Designer Candles (8)
32 . Glass Block Window - Filters
33 . Pencil-Sketch Technique to Lighten Up Photos (7)

Images02 Quick Index
(The following tutorials use various PSP tools and techniques to create interesting and unique images. Explore the titles of the tutorials to find those that are of interest.)

34 . Spilled Paint Effect (7)
35 . Snowman (7)
36 . Gradients/Patterns Using Images (8)
37 . US Flag Part 1 (7)
38 . US Flag Part 2 (7)
39 . Signature Tag (Various Features) (8)
40 . Stained Glass Cat (7)
41 . Using a Displacement Map 9
42 . Scripts and More (8)
43 . Christmas Ornament (8)
44 . Classy Compact - Filters
45 . Bird House (8)
46 . Caterpillars (7)
47 . Calendars (7)
48 . Cutout Plates (7)
49 . Blue and White Teapot - Filters
50 . Digital Painting: Party Invitation (7)
51 . October Wreath (8)
52 . Quick Sparkle Tube (8)
53 . Almatheras' Puddle Filter - Filters
54 . Metal Plaque (7)
55 . Making Images Fit (8)
56 . Blue Star Banner (7)
57 . Gradient Editor (7)
58 . Beaded Curtain, Line Styles (1) (8)
59 . Beaded Curtain, Line Styles (2) (8)
60 . Lace Doily (8)
61 . Glass Paperweight V7 (7)
62 . Golden Goblet (8)
63 . Chocolate Bar in Paper (8)
64 . Snowflakes (7)
65 . Glass Bowl (8)
66 . A Different Melt (8)
67 . Jackolantern (8)
68 . Glass - Stained (7)

Images03 Quick Index
(The following tutorials use various PSP tools and techniques to create interesting and unique images. Explore the titles of the tutorials to find those that are of interest.)

69 . Triple Tulips (7)
70 . Bubbles (7)
71 . Initial Fill (8)
72 . Easter Eggs (7)
73 . Embossed Logo (7)
74 . Screen Capture (7)
75 . Drawing Dragon Flies (7)
76 . Cross Stitch Ornaments (7)
77 . Film Borders (7)
78 . Glass - Stained Glass Madonna (7)
79 . Italian Blown Glass Candy Dish (8)
80 . Easter Egg (8)
81 . Teddy Bear w/ Fonts & Mirrors (7)
82 . John's Fancy Fonts Filters
83 . Font Glitter (7)
84 . Zooming in on Parts of Photos (7)
85 . Pot of Gold Part 1 (7)
86 . Pot of Gold Part 2 (7)
87 . Pot of Gold Part 3 (7)
88 . Pot of Gold Part 4 (7)
89 . Falling Snow - Part A (7)
90 . Falling Snow - Part B (7)
91 . Falling Snow - Part C (7)
92 . Space Pt 1 - Planets (7)
93 . Space Pt 2 - Rings (7)
94 . Space Pt 3 - Galaxies (7)
95 . Space Pt 4 - Comets (7)
96 . Covered Swing, Arch (1) (8)
97 . Covered Swing, Swing (2) (8)
98 . Easter Chick and Egg Pt 1 (7)
99 . Easter Chick and Egg Pt 2 (7)
100 . A 3D Flag Picture (1) (9)
101 . A 3D Flag Picture (2) (9)

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