PaintShop Pro X4 & X5/ (& Newer) The Tools Toolbar - Beginners
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The Toolbar will be greyed-out if you don’t have an image - or a photograph open on Paint Shop Pro X4 & X5’s workspace.
1/ Pan And Zoom Tools
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. If you select the Pan Tool, it will quickly deactivate a current tool, for example the Picture Tube. Additionally, if you have enlarged your canvas, it enables you to left-click and quickly move around areas of the image not in view .
Quickly pan (navigate) large documents by pressing down the Spacebar key; and when you see the hand icon - left-click and navigate your document.
2/ The Pick & Move Tools
The Pick tool (identical to the Deformation tool of previous versions) is used to
move, rotate, and reshape Raster Layers, as well as select and modify Vector Objects.
Pick Tool: In order for the Pick tool to work correctly, 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 Background Layer. Now, activate the Pick tool, and the following Vector Deformation Bounding box will immediately surround your Image, Picture Tube, Custom Shape or Canvas.
From the Pick Tool’s Options Ribbon, change the Mode setting accordingly; for example, changing the Mode to Scale will resize your image - whilst retaining its scale, (Aspect Ratio).
You can also type in exact co-ordinates, if you know them.
Disable The Bounding Box
You can disable the Vector Deformation Bounding Box by activating any Tool from the
left-side Tools Toolbar, perhaps the Move Tool .
The Move tool facilities repositioning your text - or image - to another part of the canvas; however, for this to work, your text or image has to be placed on a Layer first. Hover your cursor over the image or text you wish to move, and when you see the following two
double-headed arrows .
You can drag your text - or image, to another part of the canvas.
3/ The Selection, Freehand Selection And Magic Wand Tools
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.
The Selection Tool is extremely useful for creating cut-out shapes from photographs, you also have a choice of shapes; including, rectangle, triangles, stars and circle. You can use this tool if you would like to make a collage, made of different shapes.
I created Benji above, by applying a star selection to his photograph, then Cutting and Pasting the star, as a New Layer.
After you have applied your selection, you are able to reposition it.
Activate the Move tool - then hover your cursor over the selection line.
Now right-click and drag the selection to another part of the canvas.
The Freehand Selection tool is extremely useful if you wish to create (draw) a selection by hand.
4/ The Dropper Tool
Utilise the Dropper tool to load precise colours to the Foreground and Stroke Properties and the Background and Fill Properties, from a photograph or graphic.
5/ 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 icon, and draw a rectangle bounding box around the part you want to keep. Then, from the following Crop tool’s Options ribbon - click the Apply tick icon.
And your crop is complete.
You are also able to input the exact measurement of the crop, if desired - and utilise Presets.
6/ The Straighten And Perspective Correction Tools
Straighten, use this tool to rotate a crooked photograph so that it is straight.
The first image above, has been taken at an angle and is not straight; however, the image below it, shows the result applying the Straightening tool.
Simply activate the Straightening tool, and a horizontal bar will appear, as shown below.
Now, hover your cursor over one of the vector nodes - small boxes - and manoeuvre your picture accordingly. Note, due to the straightening process, some of the outer image will be lost, and you will have to crop your final image to tidy it up.
The Straighten & Perspective Correction Tools
When you take a picture of a tall building, you may notice perspective distortion - the object will appear to be leaning or angled. The Perspective Correction tool will attempt to correct this; activate the Perspective Correction tool, and align the corners of the control rectangle with the corner of an area that should be a straight rectangle - the four corners of a window or the building itself - if it lends itself to it - for example. Then apply the change.
7/ The Red Eye Removal Tool
Use this tool to quickly correct the redeye effect commonly seen in photos, this tool works by eliminating just red pixels.
8/ The Makeover Tool
Use this tool’s has five modes - Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush, Eye Drop, Suntan and Thinify; that can apply cosmetic fixes to a photograph.
Skin Smoothing Filter
To access the Skin Smoothing Filter - from the top menu of Paint Shop Pro, choose Adjust, and then choose Skin Smoothing from the subsequent drop-down list.
9/ The Clone, Scratch Remover & Object Remover Tools
The Clone Tool is extremely useful, it will clone (copy) part of an image to another position on the same, or different canvas. With practise, you are able to remove, for example, a telephone wire from a photograph, seamlessly.
The Scratch Remover Tool - drag this tool across light scratches, or cracks to remove them. The Object Remover Tool covers unwanted elements of a photo with a neighbouring texture in the same photo.
10/ The Paint Brush And Airbrush Tools
The Airbrush tool - use this tool to simulate painting with an airbrush or spray can; the longer you hold the brush over an area, the more pronounced the effect will be.
The Paint Brush tool creates free hand paint strokes, with a choice of brush heads.
If you need to paint a thin straight line, then select an appropriate brush head, I have selected the following round brush.
Then left-click where you wish to begin on your canvas, and apply your first brush stroke. Then press and hold the Shift arrow key and left-click where you wish the line to end, and it will be applied.
Remember, your brush colour will represent the colour, gradient or pattern current in the Foreground and Strokes palette.
Left-clicking applies the active Foreground colour, pattern or gradient - and right-clicking applies the active Background Colour, Pattern or Gradient.
11/ The Lighten/Darken, Dodge, Burn, Smudge, Push, Soften, Sharpen, Emboss, Saturation Up/Down, Hue Up/Down, Change To Target and Colour Replacer
Lighten/Darken lightening increases brightness; darkening decreases brightness. (Choose to effect the RGB or lightness values of pixels).
The Dodge Tool will lighten small areas of a photograph that are in shadow and therefore too dark, however, if you wish to lighten the whole image, it is best to use the Brightness and Contrast setting from the main menu.
The Burn Tool acts in the opposite way to the Dodge tool, in that it darkens small areas of your image.
The Smudge Tool spreads colour and image details from the starting point and picks up new colour and image details as it moves; the effect is similar to smearing paint.
The Push Tool spreads colour from the starting point but does not pick up any new colour or image details.
The Soften Tool smoothes edges and reduces contrast.
The Sharpen Tool heightens edges and accentuates contrasts.
The Emboss Tool causes the foreground to appear raised from the background by suppressing colour and tracing edges in black.
Saturation Up/Down increases or decreases the saturation and affects the HSL value of pixels. Left-click to increase saturation, and right-click to reduce saturation.
Hue Up/Down increases or decreases the hue and affects the HSL value of pixels.
Change-to-Target changes pixels based on a characteristic of the current foreground colour (of the materials palette): colour, hue, saturation, or lightness.
If you choose the colour as the target, this tool applies the foreground colour without affecting the luminance.
If you choose the hue, saturation, or lightness as the target, it applies the foreground colours hue, saturation, or lightness value without changing the other values.
Use the Colour Replacer tool to replace one colour in a selection, or layer, with another. You can use brush strokes to replace only those pixels that the brush touches, or you can replace all pixels of a certain colour in a selection or a layer. Additionally, you can set the Tolerance value so that the Colour Replacer tool changes similar, not just identical colours.
12/ The Eraser Tool
You can use the Eraser tool to erase areas of a layer to transparency. When you use the Eraser tool to erase on a raster layer, all pixels in the tool’s path become transparent. A grey and white chessboard pattern indicates transparent areas.
13/ Background Eraser Tool
Use this tool to erase around the edges of the areas you want to keep in a photo; as with the Background Eraser Tool, a grey and white chessboard pattern indicates transparent areas.
14/ The Flood Fill Tool & Colour Changer Tools
Use the Flood Fill tool to fill a selection or a Layer with the Foreground or Background colour, of the Materials palette. You can fill all pixels or fill only pixels you specify. When you click in the image, the Flood Fill tool finds and fills all the contiguous (or adjacent) pixels you have selected. Left-clicking an image (or a Selection), fills it with the Foreground/Stroke swatch; and right-clicking fills it with the Background/Stroke swatch.
The Colour Changer tool enables great control when changing a photograph’s colours. Rather than replacing colours, the Colour Changer tool detects and analyses variations in brightness caused by real-world illumination and reapplies the illumination to the new colour to produce a realistic effect.
15/ The Picture Tube Tool
This tool applies graphics (or transparent photo objects) to photos and blank canvases, and if they are applied to New Layers - they can be repositioned, independently. Additionally, you are able to apply your tube to a Scale size of between 10 and 250.
16/ 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.
17/ The Preset Shape Tools
Preset Shape use this tool to add predefined shapes (such as callouts, arrows, and
star bursts) to your image.
Rectangle use this tool to create a rectangle or square.
Ellipse use this tool to create an ellipse or circle.
Symmetric Shape use this tool to create symmetric or star-shaped objects.
18/ The Pen Tool
Use this tool to create connected or unconnected lines, freehand curves, and Bezier curve segments.
19/ The Warp Tools
The Warp Brush Tool is a fun-tool, it stretches, pulls, pushes, tugs and swirls your
images into quirky designs.
Mesh Warp Tool.
Use this tool to distort a photo by dragging points along a grid.
20/ The Art Media Brush Tools
Oil Brush - presents a dense medium that blends colour by mixing thick medium rather than through an overlay.
Chalk Brush - represents a dry media with infinite head loading, meaning the media does not run out - or bleed - over the course of a stroke, like it does with the oil brush.
Pastel Brush - is a dry media, softer than chalk, but like chalk it has infinite brush loading.
Crayon Brush - is a dry media similar to chalk though with a wetter feel that prevents powdering, and the tool has infinite pigment loading.
Coloured Pencil - presents a dry medium that doesn’t tend to break up, but applied solidly to the canvas.
Marker Pen - is a slightly wet medium, though generally not wet enough to interact with other wet media.
Palette Knife - interacts with the mass of medium on the canvas.
Smear - unlike the Palette Knife, the purpose of the Smear tool is to smear existing pigment that has no volume on the canvas, such as pencil.
Art Eraser - allows you to erase art media from an image.
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