The way you work with Paint Shop Pro 7 can be customized extensively by setting the preferences available via File>Preferences. In addition, the Toolbar can be customized by adding or removing buttons (explained in detail in Workspace tutorial) for one-click access to all menu functions. How preferences are set will be determined by:
Customizing the ToolbarsPaint Shop Pro comes with five pre-configured toolbars. They are:
Standard Toolbar - contains buttons for standard operations like Open, Save, Print, Undo, Redo, etc.
Web Toolbar - contains buttons for the Web Image Slicer and Image Mapper, the Gif, JPG and PNG Optimizer and View in Browser.
Photo Toolbar - contains buttons for all the Effects>Enhance Photo menu items and other effects filters that pertain to photo enhancement.
Effects Toolbar - contains buttons for many of the effects you would be most likely to use.
Browser Toolbar - This toolbar is only active when you have the Browser open. It contains buttons for copying, deleting and moving images and a few other commonly used items from the Browser menu.
To activate or deactivate a toolbar, right click on any open toolbar and toggle the toolbars on or off. To access the Customize Toolbar preferences window, right click on a toolbar and choose “Toolbars” from the drop-down list. Highlight the toolbar you wish to customize and click on the “Customize” button.
When you have toolbars open, you can hit “T” on the keyboard to remove the toolbars from your workspace and “T” again to bring them back. This is very handy when you have a smaller monitor and want to reclaim some space on your workspace.
All of the pre-configured toolbars can be customized to the way you work. You can remove buttons from the toolbars and add new buttons.
You have the option to add an icon for almost every function in Paint Shop Pro 7, and the toolbar will hold as many icons as you choose to put on it. However, how many icons you can comfortably and practically fit on the toolbar will depend on individual screen sizes and resolutions. Only the icons which fit into the width of the working Paint Shop Pro window will be visible: the toolbar does not wrap according to the width of the window, nor is there an option to scroll through the toolbar icons beyond the width of the window. Adding more icons to the toolbar than can be accommodated across your preferred window size is therefore of little use.
To add a button to a toolbar, highlight the appropriate button in the right window above which you want to place your new button. Then highlight the button in the left window of the Customize Toolbar palette and click on the “Add” button as illustrated in the following graphic. You can jump to a particular button by typing the first letter of the name of the button. This shortcut has its limitations, though, since the order of the Available toolbar buttons is not strictly alphabetical. The order listing of the buttons roughly follows the order of the menu items starting with File Menu and ending with Window Menu. To remove a button, highlight the button in the right window and hit the “Remove” button. Once you have all your buttons on the toolbar, you can rearrange them by highlighting a button and hitting the Move up or Move down button.
General Program PreferencesFile>Preferences>General Program Preferences
General Program Preferences is where you set the defaults for many of Paint Shop Pro’s features. How you configure the preferences is generally a matter of personal taste and they way you use the program. If you find that you are frequently changing preferences, you might want to consider placing the General Program Preferences button on your Standard toolbar.
Please Note: I have not included screenshots of the Preferences Dialog Palettes to save download time. You might want to have PSP open and the General Program Preferences tab open as you read the following.
Undo/RedoHow you set these preferences will depend on how you use the program and how many resources you have available on your computer. If you have a low memory machine, you will want to keep the Mbytes of storage space limited to a low figure. You will also want to limit the number of redos available.
Dialogs and PalettesMost of these settings are a matter of personal taste, or are affected by the size of your monitor.
The choices on this tab are determined by how you work. Selecting several of these options can be rather risky so you might want to think twice before activating or deactivating them.
Rulers and Units
The rulers and default resolution options on this tab are again a matter of personal choice. Both the Rulers and Grid are activated from the View Menu.
Transparency preferences allow you to set the appearance of the transparent background that appears whenever you are working on a transparent layer. The color and size you choose will be reflected whenever you view a transparent graphic or a transparent background in a graphic.
The warnings tab allows you to determine whether or not you want to be warned about a particular action.
CMYK Conversion PreferencesFile>Preferences>CMYK Conversion Preferences
With CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) conversion set, Paint Shop Pro will replace the RGB (red, green and blue) colors you see on the monitor with CMYK colors for printing . When you select the CMYK Separations option on the Print Page Setup dialog box. you can print a separate page for each CMYK color for use in a prepress shop for high-end printing.
To create a new profile, editing the "default" profile is the easiest method. Since the conversion process is very specific to each individual service bureau and print shop, it is best to consult with your shop before configuring the preferences.
File Format PreferencesFile>Preferences>File Format Preferences
Some formats listed in the Paint Shop Pro "Files of Type" drop down list need information from the user so they can be properly displayed. These formats are PCD, PostScript, RAW and WMF.
PCD - PCD (Kodak PhotoCD format) is a format that many photo developers use to deliver photos on a CD. You can set this format to open a photo at a specific size or to ask for the size before loading.
PostScript - Paint Shop Pro can read PostScript files through Level 2 and convert them into raster information. You will lose most of the PostScript settings but your converted graphic will retain any transparency settings. You will probably want to leave the default settings on this tab.
RAW - This tab allows you to set how Paint Shop Pro interprets RAW pixel data. An explanation of RAW file format is beyond the scope of this book. We recommend you research the file format if you come across a graphic in this format.
WMF - WMF (Windows MetaFile) is Microsoft Windows native vector format. Microsoft uses this format for its clipart. When you open a WMF file in Paint Shop Pro, the program reads the header information in the graphic and tells you how large the graphic is. If you leave "Prompt for size and options each time a file is opened" checked (my recommendation) you will be able to enter a new size each time you open a WMF graphic. Since WMF files are generally very large, you will probably want to determine the size at the time you open the graphic. Entering a larger size for a WMF graphic will not effect the quality of the graphic since WMF graphics are vector graphics.
File Format AssociationsFile>Preferences>File Format Associations
This dialog box allows you to determine which file format associations will be assigned to Paint Shop Pro. You can choose the association by placing a check mark in the box to the left of the file association name. You can choose to "Select All" or "Remove All" associations. It is generally a good idea to remove all associations if you plan on un-installing Paint Shop Pro. Besides assigning an association to Paint Shop Pro, you can also add to the associations assigned to each file format.
File LocationsFile>Preferences>File Locations
When you install Paint Shop Pro, the program creates numerous default folders to hold objects such as patterns, textures, brushes, gradients, tubes, frames, shapes and styled lines. With version 7, you can now set up to three locations for the program to search for these objects. But, keep in mind that Paint Shop Pro will load all the objects within the paths enabled. Therefore, if you have thousands of tubes, you will probably not want the program to load all your tubes before you can use the tool. A good system to use, if you have numerous objects, is to enter all the paths where you store your objects, but do not check the Enable this Path box until you need the objects.
The Tubes, Patterns, Textures, Gradients, Brushes, Frames, Shapes and Styled Lines Dialog boxes all have the same option choices with a few minor exceptions.
Enable this Path - When you have this option selected, Paint Shop Pro will look in that path for any of the selected objects.
Use Sub Folders - When you have this option selected, Paint Shop Pro will drill down to sub folders to find objects.
Save to Path - This option pertains to tubes, gradients, brushes, styled lines and shapes. When you have this option selected, any new objects you create for the selected tool will be saved to the designated path. This path defaults to the path set up when the program was installed. If you wish to save your objects to a different folder, you might want to create a new folder under the default folder. That way the original default objects will be retained in the main folder.
Web BrowsersThis option allows you to set the web browsers you wish to use when you select the View>Preview in Web Browser menu item.
Undo/Temporary FilesThis option allows you to designate where you want to store any temporary files generated by the program. I set my default to my Windows>Temp file since I regularly clear this folder.
Plug-in FiltersUnlike other graphics programs, you do not need to close Paint Shop Pro and reopen to allow the program to load plug-ins from a designated folder. Just point the program to the plug-in folder you want, hit OK and the program will then immediately load all the plug-ins from that folder.
Color ManagementFile>Preferences>Color Management
Color Management under the Preferences only applies to Windows 98 and Windows 2000 operating systems. Activating Color Management will improve color rendition when you display an image on your monitor and print it on your printer. It allows you to preview, within the limitations of your monitor, how the image will look when printed on a specific printer. To activate Color Management:
Monitor Gamma PreferencesI highly recommend that you leave the Monitor Gamma Preferences at their default settings of 1. If you adjust your Monitor Gamma Preferences, you will end up in producing graphics that look fine to you on your monitor, but will look very different on other monitors.
Autosave SettingsActivating Autosave Settings will set the program to create a backup copy of the image on which you are currently working. You determine how often you want this autosave to happen by entering the number of minutes. If you suffer a system crash when you have autosave enabled, when you restart Paint Shop Pro, the image you were working on will be restored to the state it was in when the last autosave was performed.