ABC PSP - Tutorial 03

Customizing Workspace

By LismibaebisCreations
August 2007
Revised June 2020

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP
This is Lesson 03 of a series of tutorials for the absolute beginner with PSP.
It is recommended that you complete the tutorials in numerical order, as each new one will build on the knowledge gained by the previous tutorials

This tutorial is my own creation, any resemblance to another tutorial is purely coincidental

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses

Settings are written out below the screen shots


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
(Tutorial will work with other PSP versions, some adjustments might be necessary)
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here

If you have another PSP version and do not understand the screen shots, email me and I will try to help you, I have several PSP versions from PSP 8 (the old Jasc version) to PSP 2020.

As you become more familiar with PSP and start to create more, you might be interested in finding ways to make it faster and more straight forward.

One such way is by using Shortcuts like "Shift + D" if you want to duplicate an image.
I use this one all the time and include Shortcuts in my tutorials (well the ones I use, there are plenty more).

Another really helpful tool is to customize your Toolbar by including effects you often use.

Let's Start

1) Are you happy with how the workspace looks at the moment = yes = go straight to Step #2

I would like to start at the beginning: File > Workspace > Load > Corel Paint Shop Pro Default
(You have learnt this in ABC Tutorial 2 (Reset Workspace)

You might wish to save the current workspace before loading the Corel Default workspace (if you made changes), so you could go back to what you had if you wish.

2) View > Customize > Toolbars


This is how it looks in PSP X2 for me, other versions might not have the Yahoo Toolbar.
I don't want it, so I remove the checkmark from it.

3) Click on "New"
Give the new Toolbar a name of choice


I added today's date = Toolbar 06_04_2020

4) After the new Toolbar is created, there is a rectangle shape visible


Click on the bottom half of the rectangle and drag it to the top of PSP into some empty space


5) View > Customize > Commands > All Commands
All Commands is at the bottom of the list


I like to have the icons I use most of the time in this new Toolbar.
The first one I drag is "Image Information"


All the commands are in alphabetical order.
You can drag them up as you find them and then arrange them later.
I chose to drag across:

- Image Information
- Resize
- JPEG Optimizer
- PNG Optimizer
- Center in Canvas
- Resize Canvas
- Add Border
- Inner Bevel
- Drop Shadow
- Cutout
- Kaleidoscope
- Texture
- Repeat Last Plugin
- Merge Visible
- Select All
- Invert Selection
- Float Regular Selection
- Defloat
- Edit Selection
- Crop to Selection
- Select None
- Manual Color Correction


Of course you don't need to do it the same, I just find these the most helpful ones for the things I do very regularly.
Remember that you always have to have "View > Customize" open to make any changes.

I went and deleted some to the left of the new Toolbar as I don't need Image Information and Resize twice.
With experience you will know what is helpful for the things you do and can make changes to your liking.

Don't forget to save the workspace after every change you want to keep.

6) View > Customize > Commands > Layers
Find "Duplicate" and drag it into the Layers Palette.


7) Once you are happy with how things look:
Edit > Workspace > Save
I gave mine the date and PSP version I use: 2020_0604_Win10_X2

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful.
If you have any questions, please email me: Lismibaebi at

A special "Thank you" goes to my Tester Group who helped me to get this tutorial first released in 2005.


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