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  1. Rounded shoulder in text in 3D look
  2. Tips 4 index
    From Geoff:   
    1. Place text, leave floating
    2. Special effects (Image effects in PSP5) > Cutout
      Fill color = Off
      Shadow Color = Black
      Opacity = 80%
      Blur = 8
      Vert./Horiz. = -2.
    3. Leave floating
    4. Repeat Special Effects > Cutout, but now:
      Shadow Color = White
      Vert./Horiz. = +2
    If you don't like the effect the first time, try again playing with the variables.

  3. Customize toolbar
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    By choosing File > Preferences > Customize Toolbar you can customize the main toolbar to show only the buttons you want and no more, in whatever order you like.

  5. Add shadow to text
  6. Tips 4 index To add a shadow to text, place the text on the image and leave it as a selection, then select Image > Special effects > Add drop shadow.

  7. Cool text idea for a page header
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    From Michelle2:   Set your background to white or transparent. Click the text button, and type in your text, make the writing white, and make sure you do it in a big size and in a big font like Arial Black.
    When done, keep the text selected, go to the paint brush tool, and to the texture 'Lunar', then fill the text with blue purple, or hot pink or so. Use only one coating, next feather your image to 5, and hot wax it.
    Instant cool header text!

  9. Transparent GIFs
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    From Jasc Software:   Creating transparent gifs is very easy. if you only remember some small things:
    1. Creating a transparent gif works best on images with a single background color. After you've created the image, and given it a solid single color background, select the eyedropper tool, and right click on the color in the image that you want to make transparent. This will define it as the background color.
    2. Now the image needs to be saved as a GIF89a format (none of the other formats will do the trick!!). Choose from the menu bar File > Save as...
    3. In the "Save as type" choose 'GIF - CompuServe'. In the Sub type' select '89a' (either interlaced or non-interlaced). Now choose 'options' and be sure that 'Set the transparency value to the background color' is checked.
    You're done!

  11. Read the Tips that come with PSP
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    From Fried Kampes:   Virtually everybody will start 'playing' with a new program without first reading the help files (I know I do!), and for most people the 'Tip of the day' is the first part of the program they switch off because it slows down loading. But I also know that, once I get acquainted with a program, I find it very rewarding to read the help files, because there you'll find the more hidden features that may just make life easier.

  13. Converting values from PSP5 tutorials to use them in PSP4
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    For various values (opacity...) PSP4 uses a 0 - 255 scale, whereas PSP5 uses percentages. It happens frequently that a tutorial is made with PSP5 in mind (and it will happen more and more...), so you will find that given values are in percentages instead of the PSP4 scale you have to work with.

    There's a simple formula to help you out:
    (PSP5 percentage x 255) / 100 = PSP4 value. For example: 70 percent would be (70 X 255) / 100 = 178.5 (or 178)


  15. What format should I save my graphics in?
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    General rule: when saving images for the Web, 'drawing'-like images are better saved as .gif, while the .jpg format is more suitable for 'photograph'-like images that contain a lot of colors. But if your 'photograph' contains only a few colors, especially if they are highly contrasting colors, consider saving them as .gif and you may come out with a file that is much smaller than it would have been as a .jpg. Experiment!
    Also: if you want to save a file as .jpg in the end, keep it in the .PSP-format till you are really done with it before saving it, only once, as .jpg, because each time you save a .jpg file it will lose some quality!

  17. I wanted to put the toolbar to the side of the screen and it disappeared. How do I get it back?
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    You can get your toolbar back with a keyboard shortcut: Ctrl - Shift - I. That should center all your toolbars on the screen, including the ones that wandered off.

  19. How do I make the edges of my image foggy?
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    1. Open a new image with a white background, twice the width and twice the height of the image you are working on.
    2. Copy the original image into the centre of the new one.
    3. Keep the original image selected, and choose Image > Special Effects > Create Seamless Pattern. This will crop the image back to its original size, but create a foggy effect around the edges.
    4. If you change the colour of the larger image, you change the colour of the foggy effect.
    5. You can also use an image instead of a solid colour for the larger image: the second image will bleed over the first then.

  21. How do I make my text run vertically?
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    When you type your text into the text box, type one letter .. hit the ENTER key, type another, and so on. When you place your text it will be vertical with one letter on top of another.

  23. Undo Brush
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    You can use the undo brush to create effects using the tool control panel. As an example, say that you flood fill the areas around the main part of your image and you want it to fade. You can use the undo brush to accomplish this by setting the size and opacity settings, opacity can be set from 1(almost no effect) to 128 (totally undoes the effect) and going over the area you want to fade out. It takes a little experimenting, but some of the effects are really great.

  25. Transparent GIF
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    Click on the background color box on the color palette, use the eyedropper tool to select the background color, then file/save as and click the options button and choose ... set the transparency value to the background color.

  27. Saving a selection
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    You can save a selection out of an image and then load it into a different image, by using selection/save and selection/load, you can do the same thing with masks, mask/save, mask/load.

  29. Adjusting your colors
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    From Hoods:   Use your Hue Map (Colors/Adjust/Hue Map) to adjust your colours – it handles saturation and lightness, and you can perform great subtle shifts to individual colors in an image.

  31. Changing Colors
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    From Hoods:   Using your right mouse button reverses the colors on your palette. So, if you are drawing a line, the left mouse button is your foreground colour, the right the background color – you can hold down either button for either color. Similarly, if you want to reverse a gradient fill, fill using your right mouse button.

  33. Resizing a selection
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    From Jasc Software:    You can resize selections made with the rectangular or oval selection tool.
    1. Click on the Selection Adjuster button
    2. Point at a side or corner of the selection. The cursor will change to one of the two headed arrows. Press and hold the primary mouse button and drag the selection to its new location.

  35. Moving a selection
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    From Flyer:    You can move a selection without moving what is inside the selection by choosing the mover tool from the toolbar. You use the Mover tool by right clicking and dragging the selection to the desired position.

  37. Zooming in and out
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    You can use the + and - keys to zoom in and out on your graphics without having to select the magnifying glass tool.

  39. Making a circle or square
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    When you make a selection with the Rectangle or Oval selection tools. You can restrain them so that they make a square or a circle by holding down the CONTROL key.

  41. Using effects, filters, etc. on just part of an image
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    By selecting the area or color and then using the plugin ... only the selected area will be effected. This works with MOST plugins.

  43. Seeing changes to the big picture when you are zoomed in
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    A handy tip when you are working down there at the pixel level.
    If you go to window/new window you can have a small sized image to look at and see the effect of the changes you are making.

  45. Quick Undo
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    From Charith:   A Shortcut for the Undo option: Hit the CONTROL + Z key to undo your last action.

  47. Does PSP allow font sizes larger than 72?
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    From Fried Kampes:   Something I keep seeing mentioned is font sizes in PSP only going as high as 72. Actually, you can enter any size you want into the text size box. I have used text as large as 400 with no problems. Also, I have used some in between sizes when the options were either too large or too small.