Lesson 1-1 - PSP8 Desktop Initially I found that the MENU BAR, was a floating bar (I could move it anywhere on the desktop), but when I went to FILE>WORKSPACE>LOAD, and chose the DEFAULT WORKSPACE as suggested in the lesson notes, the MENU BAR settled into its usual position. Exercise 1A -PSP8 Desktop Features - I familiarized myself with the Desktop Features:
MENU BAR, STANDARD TOOL BAR, OPTIONS TOOL BAR, TOOLS BAR, and then the COLORS AND MATERIALS
PALETTES, and also the STATUS BAR. The only thing I found missing here was the OVERVIEW PALETTE,
and the LAYER PALETTE.....but I presume that these would only show if there was an image on the
screen with which to work. I will check this out later. In the meantime, I opened them up from
VIEW>PALETTES>OVERVIEW and >LAYER, and placed them at the bottom right of the screen. The only
thing which I cannot see is the ZOOM TOOLS in the OVERVIEW PALETTE, but that again might be
solved when an image is available on which to work. We will determine that when we get that far. Exercise 1B -Setting Preferences - I checked out the "Setting Preferences" under
FILE>PREFERENCES>AUTOSAVE SETTINGS. As requested, I turned on ENABLE AUTOSAVE, and I set it for
3 minutes. Under GENERAL PROGRAM PREFERENCES, I clicked on the UNDO TAB, and ensured that the
ENABLE UNDO SYSTEM and ENABLE REDO SYSTEM were checked. Under the UNITS TAB, I set the default
resolution at 72 pixels. Under the MISCELLANEOUS TAB, I set the "Recently used file to 10, and
I turned off that annoying opening picture which shows as PSP8 is loading. I then closed and
restarted PSP8. I checked out the FILE>PREFERENCES>FILE LOCATIONS window.
Lesson 1-2 - First New Image Exercise 2A - Opening A New Image - Opened new image screen as described, and checked out
the presets, dimensions, resolution, rastor, color depth, color background (had to uncheck
transparency), color wheel, (and I set them for the requested settings), and I also checked out
the texture panel. Exercise 2B - Image Settings - Clicked Ctrl-N, and an "image settings" window popped up.
I ensured that all the setting were incorporated into that window as requested in the lesson,
and clicked OK.
A "New Image" window popped up, but without the "Ruler", so I accessed VIEW>RULER, and a ruler
appeared on the top and left of the "New Image" window. The MENU BAR, the TOOL BAR, and the
STANDARD TOOL BAR (including the PHOTO TOOL BAR) got a bit more lively. But I had to go to
VIEW>TOOLBARS>SCRIPT to get the SCRIPTING BAR to show.
Lesson 1-3 - Painting Tools - Paint Brush and Settings Exercise 3A - Accessing the Paint Brush - OK, got the paint brush available, the cursor
becomes a circle enclosing a "paint brush". Exercise 3B - Foreground/Strokes/ - Background/Fill Colors - OK, got the Foreground/Stroke
(it was mislabelled once as "Foreground/Fill" in the lesson text) to the 'strong red' requested,
and the Background/Fill to the 'strong blue' requested. And I understand the uses for the left
and right mouse button, and the alternating colour double arrow. 'Texture' is unchecked on the
color wheel. And the 'All Tools' is checked in the COLOR PALETTE. Exercise 3C - Paintbrush Settings - OK, got the Options Tool Bar/Ribbon familiarized.
Except the "Density" description section of same seems to be missing.
Lesson 1-4 - Painting Tools - Paint Brush Characteristics Exercise 4A - Choosing a Brush Tip - OK, I selected the default brush shape/type and
unchecked the Variance setting, and clicked OK. Exercise 4B - Brush Settings - Hardness - My result of that exercise is shown
here. Exercise 4C - Brush Settings - Step - My result of that exercise is shown
here. Exercise 4D - Brush Settings - Density - My result of that exercise is shown
here. Exercise 4E - Brush Settings - Opacity - My result of that exercise is shown
here. Exercise 4F - Brush Settings - Thickness - My result of that exercise is shown
here. Exercise 4G - Brush Settings - Rotation - My result of that exercise is shown
But this latter exercise result is obviously not right. The brush stroke did not rotate, no
matter what setting I adjusted it to. Help!
Lesson 1-5 - Saving Your Graphics Exercise 5A - Saving a PSP File - Nag, nag, nag. Exercise 5B - Saving Graphics for Presentation on the Web - This has been accomplished as
shown in the last lesson. Exercise 5B-1 - Saving a Graphic in a .GIF Format - The "GIF-Optimizer" is certainly a wonderful simple tool to reduce the size of GIFs for
Web-use. Exercise 5B-2 - Saving a Graphic in a .JPG Format - Here is a photo (using the JPG-Optimizer)
of one of my Basenjis, an 'African Barkless' called "Chyrolas Adimu Aina, JC, CGC, CD, TD, TDX",
uh...."Adi" for short.
Lesson 1-6 - Power of the Paint Brush Exercise 6A - Variations of the Plain Paint Brush -
Results of this exercise. Exercise 6B - Spiky Brush Tip with Variance Additions -
Results of this exercise. Exercise 6C - Switching to Another Brush - Showed us how to get our default settings back.
Lesson 1-7 - Adding Text to your Graphic Exercise 7A/B/C - Adding Text to your Graphic - All three exercises ended in a navigation
button which looks like this.
Nice, eh? Now, how did you know I was Canadian?
Lesson 1-8 - Combining Techniques for Homework
Here is an examples of combining things we learned this week. First of all,
but I think you lost me on the "rotation" thingy. Mine does not seem to be working. As a result
of the second exercise, my sleepy tiger
is what I get.....no swirl/rotation.
Lesson 2-1 - Picture Tubes Exercise 2-1A - Properties of Picture Tubes - Here are some
if you will pardon the expression.
Exercise 2-1B - Uses for Picture Tubes - The URL given at the start of 2-1B must be
out-of-date, since clicking on it brought up the JASC store. Searching through their website, I
came upon http://www.jasc.com/support/kb/articles/psp8components.asp
which provided two resource packs that one could download. When attempting to download them I
found that the first pack was already on my computer, but the second (and largest) provided many
more Picture Tubes to add to my Tube Collection, including one which Rollie mentioned last week
at the end of the last part of Lesson One: "ancient corrosion".
Here are a couple of my doodlings to end off this unit:
A mouse button,
.....And something to celebrate!
Lesson 2-2 - Picture Tube Graphics and Effects Exercise 2-2A- Have Fun with Picture Tubes - Here is my version of the
Yellow Roses Signature.
I tried all of the other tools teamed up with the Sharpen TooL but really did not like any
of them. Actually the first two did not seem to do anything at all, the Smudge seemed to
erase, the Push seemed to misalign, the Soften did the opposite of sharpen, and the
Emboss gave it a messy metalic and grey look. Exercise 2-2B - Picture Tube Divider Bars -
Tube division bars and a Sig Block". Exercise 2-2C - Picture Tube Color Change -
a sample of the hue up/down.
Lesson 2-3 - Introduction to Layers Exercise 2-3A - Layer Elements - OK, to this point, this is what I got in the
primary layer elements.
Lesson 2-5 - Preset Shapes Exercise 2-5A - Introduction to Preset Shapes -
A bit of confusion here in the use of the term "Retain Shape" instead of "Retain Style" a couple
of times through the lesson.....but I am sure that we all understand. Exercise 2-5B - Practice with Shapes Create as Vector Un-Checked -
A couple of doodlings: here,
Lesson 2-7 - Pen Tool Exercise 2-7A - Pen Tool Basics - I was quite confused here with the term "Background/Fill
Turned Off" used in the lesson (I never knew that you could do that), until Shirlee let me
in on a secret (to me, anyway): you can turn off/on the Foreground/Stoke or Background/Fill usage
by clicking on the "Transparent" button under either of the colour blocks in the "Materials Palette".
Thanks, Shirlee. Exercise 2-7B - Segment Types Line Segments Exercise 2-7C - Segment Types - Point to Point,
Lesson 2-8 - Freehand Pen Tool and Homework Exercise 2-8A - Freehand Pen Tool with Curve Tracking -
Contiguous Off, and
Contiguous On Second Week Homework - Here are a few doodlings for this week's HW...
Creepy Crawly divider.
Can anyone tell me how to obtain a "screen shot" as mentioned in the class lesson?
I would have liked to have put up the 'Layers Window' to go along with
"My Messy Desk", and
Panda In Danger.
This latter one used some 10 or 11 "layers", just to be on the safe side.
But I am sure that it could have been done with fewer.
To finish off this week's Lesson 2, here's another bit of doodling.....
This one started out as a freehand line pen drawing, but finished with some added text.
Lesson 3-1 - Photos for the Web Exercise 3-1A - Isolating the Photo Subject - Because of lack time this week, I D/L'd the
photos which were offered to us from throughout lesson 3.....the first one called "pic1lg.pspimage".
And then I worked with it following the instructions provided in the lesson. Exercise 3-1B - Final Resize.
Lesson 3-2 - Automatic Photo Enhancements
First, I chose a portion of the previous photo. Exercise 3-2A - Automatic Color Balance - Added. Exercise 3-2B - Automatic Contrast Enhancement - Also added. Exercise 3-2C - Automatic Saturation Enhancement - Also added. Exercise 3-2D - Unsharp Mask - and with this, the result was this. Exercise 3-2E - One-Step Photo Fix - I used the same picture portion from the beginning of the lesson,
and the result was this.
And another was an old out-of-phase 'retirement party' picture of
a dog breeder friend of mine.
But I think I overdid the "Sharpening Brush" quite a bit on the face. I also wanted to try lightening a sky/water background to
these racing Basenjis.
Lesson 4-5 - Finish Masked Photo Exercise 4-5A - Patterned Mask - Here is the framed/masked Daisy Portrait,
and the framed/masked Elephant Portrait.
I left the white background in this latter instead of the blue sky-like fill. I just thought it
gave it a little more lightness and contrast, since I had thickened up the drop shadow quite a
bit. Just a personal choice.
Lesson 5-2 - Warp Tools - Mesh Warp Exercise 5-2A - Mesh Warp Exercise 5-2B - Making A Cat -
Lesson 5-3 - Warp Tools - Warp Brush Exercise 5-3A - Warp Brush - Here is a
Lesson 5-4 - Downloading Filters/Plugins Exercise 5-4A - Download and Install Plugins - I downloaded the plugin from Visman Filters.
Exercise 5-4B - Using Visman Filters - and then I tried using them without success. Every
time I tried to access them (and apply them to my work), a warning window popped up saying "Paint
Shop Pro was unable to load the requested plug-in filter. The plug-in may not be installed
properly or may be missing files. (plugin: mosrp 8bf)" Therefore I was not able to work on the
assignments for this section of the lesson.
But Shirlee came to our rescue...she supplied (from her organization's website) a link to one
file which I was never told about, and I downloaded and installed it, and it worked. Thank you,
Shirlee. So here are some images using the Visman filters, and following the instructions in the
and number 5.
Thank you, Lan, for the Grapho Maniac
website which you listed in the Discussion Board. Neat site for a lot of things for PSP.
My time is getting distressingly short this week, and because of the slowdown on this last problem,
I wish to get started on my Homework and Exam slogging. Best wishes to all in your attempts.