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Intro. The PSP preset shapes packs are all for commercial use, all are royalty free, no credit is required, all are by graphicxtras.com. They are for use with scrapbooking, logos, books, illustrations, surfboards, hats etc. The PaintShop Pro preset shapes sets include 3D, swirls, flourish designs, Christmas designs, arrows, hearts, 3D, rosettes, flames, chevrons, flowers, Easter eggs, border and frames and more. The PSP preset shapes are all vectors for any size of work and so can be set to any size such as 100x100 to 10000 x 10000. The vectors are all accessible via the shapes tool and then via the corresponding panel for the vectors. They can be set to any color such as solid colors and gradients and patterns and textures can be added as can styles. You can add the artworks multiple times to any work. You can edit them in countless ways by using the pen tool You can use them as layers. You can use them in images. You can use them as a source for frames. You can use them as a source for stunning brushes. You can use them as a great source for picture tubes. You can use them as a great source for amazing new patterns. On purchase of the sets, you receive the vector artworks as well as notes and gallery and serial. Video tutorial about the subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)
Install. How to install the PSP preset shapes ? The artwork is sent as a zip file which can be expanded using a tool such as stuffit expander or unzip etc. They can be installed in any folder you designate. To find the location of the install folder or change the folder to a better location, go into the application and file menu and preferences and file locations (earlier versions of the app) and locate the resource (there are many others such as tubes, frames etc listed as well). In the latest versions, go to the tool's panel and then display the current artworks and then click the little folder to set and add a folder for the artworks. Add the pspshapes into that folder and as soon as you do that, the artworks will be added to the panel.
Remove them. How to get rid of any preset shapes added in PSP ? If you no longer want the vector shapes then you can right click with the pick tool and clear. Or go to the layers panel and click the rubbish bin.
Re-color. How to re-color the artworks ? How do you change the color of the preset shapes in PaintShop Pro ? Color for the designs ?? They are all vectors and are stored with an arbitrary color (in most cases though some of the sets have bonus items and other color effects attached to the decorative graphic). Before you add the PSP shape, you can change the default color to be used via the materials panel (such as texture, pattern, gradient etc) This does depend on the retain style option though. The retain checkbox is found on the tool's panel. You can, of course, quickly turn it off as well and just use the default choice of color generated during the creation of the vector design. You can also change the color fill and stroke etc via the layers panel. Expand the vector layer and you will see the vectors that make up the layer. You can then right click that and go to the properties. You will then see the panel for the properties and you can change the fill and stroke as well as line style and width etc. You can also further modify the color of the selected design by using effects such as the "artistic effects" "texture effects" "image effects" "art media effects" and many more but any change with these filters will turn the vector into a raster format (sadly there appears to be no smart filter feature as yet available). You can also add a new adjustment layer and use hue / saturation and colorize etc
Add layers. How to use the PSP Preset shape tool (found in the toolbar) and add layers and effects ? Using the vector tool initially creates a new layer and then all subsequent applications of the vectors are added to the same vector layer. You can see all the elements added to the layer via the layers panel. If you wish to add the graphic to a new vector layer then you have to create a new vector layer via the layers menu and then the next drawn graphic will be added to that (and so on). You can double click on the vector layer to display the layer properties such as the blend, opacity as well as styles. You can click on the sub layer items and you can then modify the fill and stroke as well as stroke width and line style etc. If you crop the document, the vector layer remains untouched. The vector graphic can be still moved and rotated and the vector is not reduced down to the size of the remaining document. The PSP shapes supplied in the sets can be used as is but you can also add lovely layer effects such as shadows to the graphics (such as you would in Photoshop and its form of layer effects). How to go about adding layer effects to the vectors ? Go to the layers panel and the select the layer (not the artwork as there maybe multiple entries for the layer). Right click the layer entry and select the properties. You can then change the blend ranges, layer styles, blend mode etc. The layer styles are very useful if you wish to save the vector (and the vector can have styles) as a Tube
Transform. How to transform the artworks ? The PSP Preset shapes can be re-sized, rotated etc via the toolbox so any path can be changed to any angle. To rotate, use the shape tool by going close to the corners and the rotate cursor will appear. Pass over the top of the corners and the scale option will appear. Hold the shift key down when you pass over the middle edge points and you can skew the the selected vector up and down OR left to right. Hold ctrl and shift to skew in both directions.
Edit nodes / points. How to edit the nodes / points ? The artworks are not cast in stone and can be edited at any point so how do you go about changing the default supplied artwork ? Select the vector and then click the pen tool - it is just below the tool that creates them in the first place. You will then see the points for the current selected graphic, you can now edit them in countless ways such as shifting individual points or multiple points. Select a point and then drag the point to a different location. Click the nodes (or points on the curve) and you will then see the anchor points for that segment and you can then rotate and drag those anchor points to modify the curve for that selected segment. You can alo right click the nodes and set various things such as node type 'asymmetric' 'symmetric' 'cusp' 'convert to a line' etc which are also very useful in modifying the graphic. You can also use the various options along the top of the app to change the angle of the anchor points etc. You can also right click with selected nodes and flip, mirror, rotate, skew etc to create all kinds of new forms. You can remove all curves by using the convert to line command with all the nodes selected. You can also duplicate them using the edit command (right click with the pen tool) duplicate and then you can also use contract and expand (you can set the expansion via the top bar options). There are also other options available to reverse the path, merge etc. The options are pretty decent and you can use it to manipulate your paths in all kinds of ways You don't have to keep the artwork as a vector. You can also just go to the layers panel and merge and merge all
Organizer. You can also use the organizer feature of PaintShop Pro to scan through all the artworks you have, simply point to the folder and small thumbnails will be generated of all the artworks found - the quality of the image generated is less then desirable though. it does mean you can print out a complete printout of all the artworks (probably a better copy than the one supplied with the set in the ZIP). View menu and palettes and organizer. You can display the supplied presets via the tool options (you might have to go to the view menu and panels menu to display the tool options, though by default the toolbar is displayed). You can also change the category but the third party ones are only visible in some of the categories such as ALL. You can also specify the file location from this panel as well as how the thumbnails are dispayed
Fonts. All the sets on this page have their origins in the font sets. The vector designs themseves were all created in Illustrator. To create my artworks, I use my previously created fonts combined with a text file filled with 100 characters (the basic keyboard characters as well as a few extra ones that are not visible on the keyboard) and this was then copied into the app for the text tool (they were spread over a number of different groupings as I noticed that version 8 crashes if too many characters were added so had to split them into groups of 10 or so characters). In the end I decided to use X3 as it was a lot more stable with the character groupings so this was no longer an issue. All the layers / characters were given a unique name otherwise the app might display a duplicate error. All the characters were then saved individually using the export command (I have a custom panel set-up for this, as that makes it a lot easier than going back and forth between menus). There may be easier workflows but this is the one that works best for me. It would be great if the application had a vector import (AI etc) and conversion feature but the open command etc have been fairly unchanged for a while now (relating to the vectors). Many of the font sets include many additional characters that cannot be easily accessed via the keyboard without using key combinations so you might see 100 but there may be 200 or so in the set and perhaps some more if there were a few variant sets included.
Tube creation. How to use a PSPshape as a great source for a tube in PaintShop Pro? Goto the preset shape tool and then select a preset from the tool options panel. Apply the design on the document. You may wish to change the color and add layer styles etc as required. Go to the layers panel and select that item and right click and use the convert to raster layer. Go to the layer menu and delete background to see transparency (select and right click and delete). File menu and export and picture tube. Set cells such as 1 and 1 and 1 for the total cells, step size, scale and give the name to tube and click OK and now use via the picture tube tool in tools. The key thing is that you create PSP shapes as layer and you have a transparent background. You can then use the export command. The document also has to be a 24bit RGB color image Video tutorial on the tube subject by graphicxtras.com (youtube)
Gradients. How to add gradients to the preset shapes in PSP ? Go to the tool in the toolbar and then go to the tool options panel and select a preset. De-select the retain style. Make certain the create as vector in ON. Draw the vector design Select the pick tool. Right click the shape and then select the properties. Go to the fill and click the little color panel. Go to the gradients panel and select one of those presets. If you want to create a more extreme preset then change the angle (if linear etc) as well as increase the repeats so they are greater than 1. The repeats control is useful for adding a lot more intense color / rings / lines to any of the presets. Change the center point (if you wish and if available) as well as the focal point (elliptical style) to create a more interesting preset. You can also modify the opacity stops and color stops found along the bottom of the panel. Change the location of the stops as well as the color. Give the preset a name if you have changed things and then click OK. Click OK to come out of the vector property panel (or change the stroke (which can also use the same or different preset if required).