Brush Basics in PSP 8:

Using Brushes

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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for intermediates to learn how to use preset shapes and to shade.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I used Paint Shop Pro 8, but the steps used may also be done in Version 7.04.  You may download a free trial at Jasc.

You need a brush tip.  If you don't have one, you can make one out of any tube here.

Now that you have studied the tools, let's begin!

1.  Open a new, transparent image.  Size doesn't really matter.  I made mine 500 x 500 

2.  Right-click on the layer in the Layer Palette, and choose New Raster Layer

3.  Choose your paint brush tool, and these are my settings:  I chose the brush tip I wish to use, size = 400 (choose size appropriate for your image size), Step = 12, Density = 100, Opacity = 100

4.  This is how you choose your Brush tip:

  Click on the paint brush tool.

  In the brush tip drop-down menu, click on the drop-down arrow.

  Scroll down to find your brush tip that you wish to use.

  Choose the brush tip and click OK.


5.  Choose whatever color you like for your foreground color and click once in the middle of the image.  You can see below that since you have chosen the brush tip, you will see the outline of the brush on the image.

Here's what the same brush looks like choosing different foreground colors on a white background.

6.  Now I flood-filled the bottom layer with white.  The color you choose for the background layer will affect the way the brush shows.  Here are some examples of the same brush with the same brush color on different background colors.  Find the color for your background that you like best.  You can see that white preserves the crispness of the brush better.  A brush has some transparent areas  because of the grays in it, so choose your background color wisely, since part of that color will blend in with your brush.

7.  Once you have the colors you want (I chose white), choose the magic wand tool.  In the Layer Palette, make sure that you are on the top layer.  Hold the Shift Key down while you select all the area around the brush.  Don't forget the inside white areas too.

8.  In top menu, click Selections > Modify > Expand.  Expand Selection by 1 or 2.

9. In the layer Palette, click on the bottom layer to activate the background. 

10.  On the Keyboard press the delete key.  You have just deleted the part of the background that extends beyond the brush.

11.  In top menu, click Layers > Merge > Merge Visible.


12.  Now you can save your image as a .psp tube

13.  For the purposes of displaying your brush work to a psp group,  Add a background and a Frame. to your image and save as a jpg.  (The reason why we did steps 8 - 11 is that you can see a white background preserves the brush better.  Makes it crisper.  So we merged it onto a white background.  But now that it's merged, we can add another colored background without affecting the brush color.)

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