Paint Shop Pro Free Training Course and Tutorial

The Image Window

The image window, displayed in the center of the Paint Shop Pro workspace, contains the open image. In Paint Shop Pro, an image refers to a Paint Shop Pro file containing all the photographic images, objects, and art you’ve added.

The image’s file name, as well as its current magnification, appears in t
he title bar of the image window. You can open multiple images in the workspace and arrange them by clicking and dragging their title bars or by using the commands in the Window menu. You can also open multiple windows containing the same image (by selecting New Window from the Window menu). This lets you see different areas of the same image at once. When you make changes in one window, the other windows containing the image are automatically updated with the changes.

To resize an image window, click and drag the edges. If the image is larger than the window, vertical and horizontal scroll bars appear, letting you scroll to those areas of the image that aren’t visible. You can also use the Pan tool (located at the top of the Tools toolbar) to view a different part of the image. With the Pan tool selected, click and drag the image to center it where you want within the image window.

To minimize an image window, click the Minimize button in the upper right corner of the title bar. To restore the window, click the Restore button. To maximize an image window to fill the workspace, click the Maximize button in the upper right corner of the image window’s title bar. To close an image, window, click the Close button. If you haven’t saved your changes, Paint Shop Pro will prompt you to do so.

While you can arrange open image windows using the Tile and Cascade commands in the Window menu, Paint Shop Pro 9 also includes an option for displaying tabbed image windows. To turn this feature on or off, select Tabbed Documents from the Window menu.

When image windows are tabbed, the images are maximized in the workspace and the file names are displayed on tabs along the top. You select a tab to move to a particular image:

Use the left and right arrow buttons in the upper right corner of the workspace to scroll through those tabs that aren’t visible. To close a tabbed image window, select the tab for the window you want to close, and then click the Close button.

Each image window can be overlaid with a grid by selecting Grid from the View menu:

The grid can help you precisely place and shape objects, especially when used with the Snap to Grid option. When Snap to Grid is selected (also from the View menu), objects you place automatically “snap” into position on the grid:

You can also display rulers along the top and left side of the image window by selecting Rulers from the View menu:

If the grid is too busy to work with effectively, use guides instead. Guides are horizontal and vertical lines that you drag from a ruler to a position on the image window:

The guides can be moved by dragging them along the rulers. To remove a guide, drag it off the image window. Toggle the display of the guides on and off by selecting Guides from the View menu.

When Snap to Guides is selected (from the View menu), any object you draw or place near a guide will automatically “snap” into position. Below, a rectangular vector object is drawn along the inside of the intersecting guides:

The boundaries of the object as it’s drawn are shown in gold over the blue guides.

You can customize the properties of the grid, rulers, or guides, such as grid size or the units of measurement used, by selecting Change Grid, Guide & Snap Properties from the View menu. This opens the Grid, Guide & Snap Properties dialog box:

Enter the values you want to use and click OK to apply the changes.

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