In the time that I've been helping people with PSP I've had a lot of questions: Some are new Questions but a lot of them have been the Same: I'm going to try to cover some of those Questions here : My hope is that you will find your answers here and not have to wait for someone to get online to help you:
I lost one of my Pallets: how do I get it back?
with your mouse in an open space in your work space : Right click: You will get a Window like this:
Go down to where it says: Pallets: you will see in the Next window the list of Pallets that are available to you for use:
The Pallets that are highlighted in your list are the ones open and in use: Locate the one your missing and click on it: you will see it open up:
You may have to drag and drop it back into place once you get it open:
I've lost one of my Tool Bars: How do I get it back?
You will follow the same directions as above with one change: you will go to Toolbars rather then palettes:
I've been working in my PSP and all of a sudden my paint Brush stopped working right: What do I do?
First clean your Computer up: You may have a lot built up from all the graphics you have been working with:
If that still doesn't help Go to File/ Preferences/ Reset Preferences:
In the Window that opens for you: Click on Delete all Cache Files:
Reboot your PSP and see if that returned it to normal:
If your still having trouble: you may have to reset it to Factory Settings:
How do I set my PSP to Factory Settings?
Setting your PSP to Factory Settings:
File/ Preferences/ Reset Preferences :
Check all Boxes:
You will need to set your work space back up after this: Though this step doesn't remove the brushes and plugins you have installed into the program it will remove any that you have listed in file locations:
How do we know when we need to reset our PSP?
When your noticing that your PSP is getting slower in opening or it seems to freeze up: your getting to much in the program.. It's time to remove some of what you have in it to prevent PSP from Crashing:
I've heard people say that they needed to uninstall and reinstall PSP: When do we need to do that?
As far as I can see: You should never have to do this as long as your not completely redoing your computer: If you will just clean up and reset your PSP you shouldn't ever have to uninstall and reinstall:
If you uninstall and reinstall to many times you may find that your having more trouble then before: Every time you uninstall you never fully remove the old program before your installing the new one: So what you will have will be scattered files: Then PSP goes on the search for the files needed to run and finds to many and gets confused: This slows down the program and can even cause it to close on Error:
Sometimes it takes me 2 or 3 times to get my PSP to open for me: It freezes up and then gives me an Error: What do I do to fix this?
You have to many things trying to load up in your PSP on start up: You may have added a lot of Gradients/ Patterns/ Masks/ Brushes/ Tubes / EX:
Each time you start your PSP it goes through the start up and opens all your graphics you have installed so they are open and ready for use: This can really bog down your PSP to the point that it just won't open:
Here's how to Fix it:
Put all your Patterns in a Separate folder Called Patterns:
In that Folder Organize your Patterns to Color, Style, Holiday or favorites:
Then when you need a pattern.. go to File/ Preference/ File Location:
Locate and highlight patterns on the right side:
Click on Add and then Locate the folder that holds the patterns you would like to use for this project:
Once your finished with the Project:
Go back to File Location and remove that folder from Patterns:
This will Keep your PSP running smooth and not bog it down:
You can take these same steps for everything listed on the right hand side of file location: I especially like to use this for my Brushes and Plugins.. They are the worst for bogging down your PSP:
What's the Best way to Save my Work?
I find it best to save it as a PSP file as I'm working with all layers attached: This gives me a chance to go back and change things or use parts of one project in another:
Then with my finished Project I save it as a JPEG or GIF depending on the background:
I keep getting a Ring around my Saved GIF with Transparent background: how do I fix this?
Check your Settings : Here's what they should be:
PSP GIF Settings:
Existing Image or Layers Transparency:
Partial Transparency Tag:
Check Use Full Transparency for Pixels Below 1 %
Check No, Use the existing image color at 100% opacity
You will use the Blend if you know the color of background you will be applying the tag too and want it to blend with the background: you will use the background color for the blend:
The Last 3 tabs remain default:
Click ok.. You should have a much better save: Make sure you don't have a drop shadow on the Image and your not trying to save a Misted Tube: If the pixels are transparent it will still get the halo:
I have a Tag I've gone out side the box with and have used a Misted Tube to create with: I want to save it as a GIF but don't want the Halo: How can I do this?
Open a new Raster Layer:
Use your Magic Wand on the outside of the Finished Tag
Hug the Marching ants up to the Finished Tag: Selection/ Invert:
Selection/ Modify/ Contract/ 1:
Flood fill with a Dark Color from your Project: Make sure it will blend with the project but it will fill in any Transparent pixels keeping it from getting the Halo:
In some Cases it's best to just use the Background color your going to be putting the tag on.. It's very hard to make a Misted Tube look good on a Transparent background:
When I copy the Tube and try to past as a new layer: It says there is nothing there: What am I doing wrong?
Make sure that you have the Tube layer selected / Active before you try copy: You maybe on the transparent background layer and in this case it will say there is nothing there:
When I go to shut down my PSP it asks me if I want to save all the Data to my Clip board: what should I do?
Click on No: Saving it on clip board only takes up valuable space and there is nothing you can't pull up fresh from your PSP project:
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