working with Paintshop

Suggestions for using Paintshop Pro

Index Page (I used version 8 for some of this and version XI for others.)

NOTE: I bought Paintshop Pro 13 because they dropped the price to about $42. I regret that; I do NOT LIKE IT and will never use it. I'll go back to version 11. Sorry, Corel.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT note about Paintshop: It has a "one-button-foto-fixer." If you are into digital photography (or if you scan old photos into your computer) this feature alone makes the price of Paintshop more than worth it. What it does to improve your pictures will amaze you. Trust me. Even pictures that you think are too good to need any fixing.

All I do is put down my own notes here, to help my feeble mind next time I want to do one of these things. Some tutorials out there are just too difficult for me to follow so I make my notes with "ultimate detail" so 6 months later I can still follow them.

I kid you not; Paintshop is an incredible computer program. AND easy. Sure, it has a lot of very sophisticated features but you don't need to use them until and unless you find a need for them. Almost EVERY photo I take can be significantly improved in Paintshop with a ONE-BUTTON-CLICK. Like Magic.

Corel Store

It is FAR easier to use than Photoshop and costs a small fraction of the price.

I'll continue to add to these as I learn. There is a huge amount of HELP in Paintshop but sometimes dummies such as I find them hard to understand. So, when I learn something neat, I like to make notes. These are my notes.

Free Frames:

You can download free frames to add to your images; Corel provides a long list of them at and you can find more plus some that are NOT free, at

Fancy Text (v. XI)

The number of different ways you can make text "fancy" is limited only by your imagination. I knew what I wanted and figured it out; I wanted to add text to the bottom of this picture and the text to be the color of the grass:

Diamond Willow chair

Click HERE for those notes.

Adding "Curved" text (v. 8)

I wanted to add text to this picture like this:

Paintshop Picture Tubes Paintshop Picture Tubes

Click HERE for those notes.

"Soft Drop Shadow" on a Textured Background (v. 8)

I needed this to make a thumbnail picture look "3D" on a *textured* as opposed to a colored background.

Paintshop Picture Tubes Paintshop Picture Tubes

Click HERE for those notes.

Adding a pond to your vacation cottage (v. 8)

Paintshop Picture Tubes Paintshop Picture Tubes

Click HERE for those notes.

Making Textured Buttons for your website (v. 8)

At the bottom of every website (except the *really* short ones) you should have a link to take the visitor immediately back to the top of the page.

On a colored page such as this, the "Return" button works fine and looks OK but on a "textured" page, a "textured" button might look extra nice; here is my example.

Paintshop button

Click HERE for those notes.

Giving a photo a "3D" effect (v. 8)

Notice how, by giving the background a slightly blurry effect, the item in the foreground looks "closer."

Paintshop Picture Tubes Paintshop Picture Tubes

Click HERE for those notes.

A transparent monitor effect (v. 8)

I wanted this effect:

Paintshop Picture Tubes

Click HERE for those notes.

Overlapping images at various angles, with Soft Drop Shadows (v. 8)

Long ago a gentleman asked me if/how this could be done. I was not able to tell him. Since then, I figured it out but know I can't remember who the gentleman was; I hope he finds this page. Here is what I wanted and my steps in making it are below it, a bit brief; hope you can follow it.

collage of pictures

I want to take some of my photos and make it look as if they had been "thrown down" on a larger photo. This large photo is the "page" background but a colored or a white or black background could have been used. The finished result will be 800 pixels wide to suit *most* screen sizes and 600 wide

  1. In Paintshop, open the background photo and make it 800 pixels wide and 600 high, preserving the "aspect ratio."
  2. Open the other pictures and reduce their sizes if necessary; crop if necessary; add border if you like.
  3. Show each image at 100% size.
  4. Copy & paste the first image onto the background photo and position it, if you want to rotate it.
  5. Click "Image" and "Rotate" Choose "Free rotate" and set the specs to your prefs.
  6. Add the shadow.
  7. Copy and paste the next image.
  8. With the second image still "selected" put the picture where you want it.
  9. Repeat steps 7 to 11
  10. In the Layers menu, Flatten ("merge") the layers (if necessary) and save as a JPG.

Here is a small version of a collage I did for my sister's 60th birthday:

photo collage

If you do one of these, I strongly suggest:
- for the background image, use as large a picture as possible so that, if the person to whom you give this as a gift, wants to enlarge it and print it out to frame it, they will be able to do so. And use a background image that is relevant to the person.
- give the recipient a CD with the collage, as well as two folders: one for the ORIGINAL images, and the other with the thumbnails, complete with the black borders added. If you don't, (s)he will probably ask you for them.
- print the collage out on photo paper.

See also my "Wanted Posters" page at for more neat ideas for gifts.

Sorry this note has to be brief. Time.

"Exploding" part of an image (v. XI)

blowing up pictures

Click HERE for those notes.

Clone yourself (v. XI)

(This is probably the EASIEST of all Paintshop fun jobs!)

cloning yourself

Click HERE for those notes. (Yes, that is ME chatting with ME.)

Put an image onto a new background (v. XI)

This one taught me how to properly use the "background eraser" tool, making it one of my best PSP learning experiences so far.

I had these two pictures and wanted to put the spider onto that web:

spider spiderweb

Click HERE for those notes.

Change the color of only PART of an image (v. XI)

My blimp had blue text; I wanted red text:

air ship

Click HERE for those notes.

Remove part of an image to remove a distraction (v. XI)

My picture had two jets and I wanted to remove one of them. Note that this "lesson" involves a slightly more difficult situation than would be the case if the background was 'textured' like grass, water, trees etc. Here is what I started with:


Click HERE for those notes.

Add a realistic-looking shadow (v. XI)

I pasted an image onto another image and wanted the pasted image to have a realistic shadow, like this:


Click HERE for those notes.

And now, Version X3 is out!

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Editing Software

Make snow look white, not blue.

Here are the before and after pix:

snow snow

This is very simple to do, so I won't make a separate page for it; simply click Adjust, followed by "Brightness and contrast" and then "Levels" and in the picture on the left, use the eye-dropper to click on a patch that is very white. If you want to move the picture around, use the picture on the right.


Put a picture on a mug.

Here are the two pictures I had and the final result:

snow snow snow

Click HERE for those notes.

Fixing a poor quality photo:

When I took this picture with my Canon S5 IS, of a Cooper's Hawk, I had no choice but to shoot through two panes of "less-than-clean" glass. By the time I got outside, (s)he was gone. That left me with the choice: Delete it or Fix it? Don Pratt was good enough to guide me to the latter choice. Here is how I fixed it for my "Birds" page which lives at Here is the original:

photo fixing

Click HERE for those notes.

Paintshop tutorials, resources etc (making shadows: PDF file) (includes how to put text into a picture) (Lori's notes)

and many other places; search with Google.

how to get Diamond Willow

in fact, tell EVERYBODY!

Diamond Willow Sticks

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