ABC PSP - Tutorial 06 Part 1

Layers / Move Tool

By LismibaebisCreations
January 2006
Revised April 2021

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP
This tutorial is written for Windows 10

This is Lesson 06 Part 1 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

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.

Program shortcuts will be given in parentheses


Paint Shop Pro - I used X2
Free 30 day trial from Corel, available here

Image abc3pict.jpg,
(you should have it in your ABC Folder, if not it's available here)

Image abc6pict.pspimage, available here

A Paint Shop Pro Image (*.pspimage) can have one or more layers.
Most Tools will only work on the layer which is highlighted.
As long as the image is open in PSP or saved as a *.pspimage, we can go back anytime and make more changes.

The Layers Palette is just below the Materials Palette on the right hand side of PSP.
We can see how many layers our image has. We have to highlight the layer we want to work on.


1) Download the abc3pict.jpg (if necessary) and abc6pict.pspimage and save into your ABC Folder

2) File > Open (Ctrl + O)
Find your abc3pict.jpg

3) Window > Duplicate (Shift + D)

4) Close original picture

And now...

5) Layers > Duplicate


6) Adjust > Blur > Gaussian Blur
Radius = 30.00



Your image should now be blurred

7) Layers Palette
Turn off visibility of top layer "Copy of Background" by left clicking on the eye


You can see that our bottom layer did not get blurred

8) Layers Palette
Turn on visibility of layer by left clicking on eye

9) Layers > New Raster Layer
Name = Green
Blend Mode = Normal
Opacity = 100
Highlight in layers palette = Unchecked
Layer is visible = Checked
Lock transparency = Unchecked


It is good to get into the habit of naming/renaming your layers.
The versions before PSP X do not show a picture of the layer in the Layers Palette

10) Materials Palette
Left click in Foreground Color to open Material Properties

Make sure the Color tab is clicked


HTML = #53624d

11) Flood Fill Tool (F)
Match mode = None
Use all layers = Not checked
Blend mode = Normal
Opacity = 100

12) Flood fill by left clicking on image

13) Layers Palette
Highlight bottom Layer (Background) by left clicking on it

14) Layers > Promote Background Layer
(It is now named Raster 1)

15) Layers Palette
Right click on "Raster 1" and choose Rename


Rename it "Picture"

(As you can see this is a kind of shortcut for other things, including the "Promote Background Layer" we just did)

16) Layers > Arrange > Bring to Top


Right click in Layer "Picture" and
Arrange > Bring to Top

(look at Screenshot on Step #15)

In the Layers Palette, we should now have (from top to bottom):

Copy of Background


17) Image > Resize (Shift + S)


Resize all layers = NOT checked
Width = 66 % (the hand points to the arrow where you can change pixels to Percent)
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked


18) Layers Palette
left click on "Green" Layer to activate it

19) Image > Resize (Shift + S)
Resize all layers = NOT checked
Width = 78 %
Resample using = Bicubic
Lock aspect ratio = Checked

Your picture should now look like this:


20) Close Image as it is no longer needed.

You may save your newly created image to your ABC folder if you like

Now on to Part 2

Link to Previous ABC Tutorial Link to main Linking page of website Links to next ABC Tutorial

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