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Click a tool icon to link to a synopsis of the tool’s function.
The Toolbar will be greyed-out if you don’t have an image - or a photograph open on Paint Shop Pro 7’s workspace.
If the following Tool Options palette is not visible on your desktop.
Right-click anywhere along the menu area highlighted below - and from the drop-down
menu, select Tool Options, as illustrated below. Your palette will then be visible on Paint Shop Pro’s workspace. (150+ Paint Shop Pro Beginners PDFs Here).
1/ The Arrow Tool
To quickly deactivate an active tool, for example, the vector deformation box, select the Arrow tool. Additionally, when, you have increased the size of your canvas - with the Zoom tool - to move quickly around the parts which are not in view, select the Arrow
tool, and when the hand icon appears .
Left-click and drag - to pan navigate around the open document.
2/ The Zoom Tool
The Zoom Tool enlarges an image when you left-click over it, and reduces its size when you right-click over it;- providing better manipulation control.
3/ The Deformation Tool
In order for the Deformation tool to work, your image or object must either have a Transparent (Chessboard) Background; be placed onto its own Layer - or the Layer must be Promoted to an editable Layer. To promote your Layer to an editable Layer; from the top menu, choose Layers then choose Promote to Layer. Now, activate the Deformation Tool - and a large Vector Deformation Bounding Box will immediately surround your Image, Picture Tube, Custom Shape, Text or Canvas - as illustrated below.
By gently tugging (with your cursor) the tiny vector squares (nodes or handles) that are attached to the Large Deformation Bounding Box, you can resize, reposition and rotate your Image, Text or Object/Canvas.
The outer squares, nodes - when dragged - will deform the image, making it smaller or larger, and the centre-left square node will reposition the whole image; the right-centre node will rotate the image or text. When you have finished resizing, activate the following Arrow Tool and the Large Vector Deformation Bounding Box will close.
Change The Deformation Tool’s Mode
To Deform an image keeping it to Scale, (retaining its original Aspect Ratio), press and keep pressed your Keyboard’s Alt Key as you resize your image.
In addition, to activate the Shear Mode, press the Shift Key, and to activate the Free Mode - press both the Shift and the Ctrl Keys at the same time.
To make the Deformation permanent, click the following Apply Deformation tab - found in the Tool Options Palette.
Disable The Bounding Box
You can disable the Vector Deformation Bounding Box by activating any Tool from the
left-side Tools Toolbar, perhaps the Mover Tool .
4/ The Crop Tool
This tool will crop an image to size; if for example, there are details you do not like. To do this, activate the Crop tool, and draw a rectangle around the part you wish to keep, then from the Tool Options Palette, select Crop, and the extra detail will be removed. You have a choice of a simple crop, or you can enter specific measurements if you require an exact amount. You cannot crop individual layers - all layers will be cropped together.
5/ The Mover Tool
To move an object around your canvas, first ensure it is placed on a New Raster Layer - Layers then New Raster Layer, then activate the Mover tool. Now, hover your cursor over the edge of the image, and when the cursor changes to the following.
left-click, and drag the image to another position.
6/ The Selection Tool
This tool is utilised when you need to make specific selection shapes from an image. There are many shapes to select, including rectangle, circle and arrow.
Feathering will smooth the edges of your selection, thus giving a smooth transaction with its new surroundings.
Antialias is similar to feathering, however, it is more precise.
7/ The Freehand Tool
The Freehand line-drawing tool makes selections with three types of border, irregular shaped borders, Point-to-Point borders and borders between areas of contrasting colours - or amount of light.
Point to Point
Feathering controls the sharpness of the selection’s edge, and it does this by fading out
pixels, consequently producing a smooth transition between the selection and its surrounding area. Antialias is similar to feathering, however, it is more precise.
Select the Freehand tool and draw out your selection, thereby surrounding your image with a Selection border. Double-left-click to stop the selection process, and your image will be surrounded by a selection marquee.
8/ The Magic Wand Selection Tool
The Magic Wand tool will select specific (coloured) areas of an image - if for example, you would like to create a picture tube from an image. It works by selecting content rather than defining edges, and it implements the following types of values for making selections; RGB, Hue, Brightness, All Opaque, and Opacity.
Magic Wand Settings
Match Mode makes a selection based on one of the following;
RGB Value selects pixels based on the amount of Red Green and Blue.
Hue selects pixels based on the position in the colour wheel of the hues.
Brightness selects pixels based on the amount of white they contain.
All Opaque selects only areas containing pixels; no transparent areas are selected.
Opacity selects pixels based on the opacity of the current pixels.
Tolerance controls how similar to the selected mode the value of a pixel must be before it is selected.
Feathering controls the sharpness of a selection’s edges - the edges are faded out.
Sample Merged when selected, the magic wand tool makes the selection from all layers within the selected area, when it is not selected, it limits the selection to the active layer.
Setting the options
After activating the Magic Wand icon
Set its options from the Tool Options palette, and make your selection.
9/ The Dropper Tool
Use the Dropper tool to select and set the Foreground or Background colours. Activate the Dropper tool and move the dropper over the colour you wish to select - or sample, then
left-click to select the colour.
The colour will then be loaded into your Foreground or Background colour palette swatches.
10/ The Paint Brush Tool
This tool creates free hand paint strokes, with a choice of brush heads; if you need to paint a straight line, left-click where you wish to begin, and apply the first brush stroke, then press and hold the Shift arrow key, and left-click where you want the line to end, and it will be applied. If you look in the Paint Brush tool palette, you will see different brush heads; including shapes.
Your selected brush tip - when applied to your canvas, represents the active colours in Foreground and Background Styles of the Colour Palette; whether they are a solid colour, gradient or pattern.
Left-clicking applies the active Foreground colour, pattern or gradient - and right-clicking applies the active Background colour, pattern or gradient.
11/ The Clone Brush Tool
This tool clones (or copies) part of an image to another position; with practise, you are able to remove, for example, a telephone pole or telephone wire - from a photograph, seamlessly.
12/ The Colour Replacer Tool
This tool uses the active Styles to replace one colour in an image with a new colour. Either one can be the Foreground/Stroke or Background/Fill colour. You can paint with the brush strokes to replace only those areas the brush touches, or you can double-click the image to replace the colour throughout. You can also set a Tolerance value on tab 2 of the Tool Options Palette; this lets you replace colours that are similar, but not identical, to the original. For example, left-clicking will apply the Foreground colour and right-clicking will apply the Background colour.
13/ The Retouch Brush Tool
The retouch brush is usually applied to specific areas of an image, and it slightly blurs the image, giving a smoother effect. It is generally easier to retouch an image if you Zoom in on this area to get a closer view. If you wish to limit the retouching to a particular area, make a Selection first.
14/ The Scratch Remover Tool
Drag this tool along scratches, cracks and other unwanted objects to remove them from your photographs.
15/ The Eraser Tool
Apply the Eraser tool to replace colours in an image with the Background colour, or with a transparency. When you drag the Eraser across a Raster Layer, all pixels in its path become transparent. When applied to a Background, the Eraser produces a different effect; it acts like a paint brush, and consequently replaces the existing colour with the current Foreground/Stroke or Background/Fill style and texture.
16/ The Picture Tube Tool
This tool applies graphics (or transparent photo objects) to your images and photographs, and if they are applied on New Layers, you are able to move each one independently.
17/ The Airbrush Tool
The Airbrush simulates painting with an airbrush - or spray can, and the longer you hold the brush over an area, the more pronounced the effect will be.
18/ The Flood Fill Tool
The Flood Fill tool fills an area with a Solid Colour, Gradient or Pattern, and it has a number of options which control how it recognises and replaces colour. Utilise tab 1 of the Tool Options palette to select the options that apply to all styles. If an option does not apply, it is unavailable. Utilise the Colour palette to control whether the fill style is a solid colour, pattern or gradient. Left-clicking an image (or a Selection), fills it with the Foreground/Styles swatch; and right-clicking, fills it with the Background/Styles swatch.
19/ The Text Tool
Use the Text tool to create raster and vector text. Vector text, which can be moved, deformed, and edited after it is created, can only be placed on vector layers. If you create vector text while working on a raster layer, Paint Shop Pro places it on a new vector layer.
To position the text, click the point on the image where you want to place it. Clicking the image opens the Text Entry dialogue box. To create text on an existing layer, click that layer’s button on the Layer palette.
20/ The Draw Tool
Use this tool to draw straight lines, freehand lines, Bezier curves, and node drawings.
21/ The Preset Shapes Tool
The Preset Shape tool creates several shapes, including buttons, callouts, signs, vehicles, international symbols, and arrows. When creating a shape, left-click to start from a corner; right-click to start from the centre. The corner is formed by the intersection of perpendicular lines along the outside edges of the shapes.
22/ The Vector Object Selector Tool
This tool is implemented to move, skew, stretch, and rotate Vector objects, and will therefore only be available with Vector layers - text or objects.
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