ABC PSP - Tutorial 7

Organizing PSP "Extras"


By ©LismibaebisCreations
August 2007

Skill Level: Absolute Beginner using PSP

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

This is Lesson 7 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


Once you start doing tutorials with Paint Shop Pro, you will find that your downloaded "Extras" (such as Filters, Masks, Tubes etc) will grow at a surprising speed.

Although you can place all these things straight into the relevant Subfolders in PSP in the Program Files, you might prefer to save all these files into "My Documents".
The more you add to PSP in the Program Files, the "heavier" the program itself becomes and slows down more and more.

Keeping all these extras well organized in "My Documents" has added benefits. The folder(s) is (are) easy to burn to CD or DVD, can be copied/pasted to an external hard drive or zipped up and stored on webspace for safekeeping. In case of a reformat or getting a new computer, it is then very easy to transfer all these files.
I also feel a lot more confident moving around in "My Documents" than I do in the Program Files.

If you have to do a "System Restore" to a previous date, the things in "My Documents" remain unchanged.

How have I organized mine?
The instructions are for Windows XP.
It should be possible to adjust them to your needs.



Let's Start

1) Start > My Documents
Click Make a new folder
OR go to
File > New > Folder

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2) Name it PSP Extras
(or a name of your choice)

3) Open your new PSP Extras folder

4) Create the following new folders:

Brushes
Bumpmaps
Corners
Design Elements
Gradients
Masks
Patterns & Fills
Plugins
Preset Shapes
Presets
Scripts
Selections
Textures
Tubes

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5) As I download things, I create subfolders within the folders,
e.g. this is my Pattern folder

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Important - Configuring PSP

You need to "tell" your PSP program to look at this new PSP Extra folder when you want to use these items

1) Open PSP

a) File > Preferences > File Locations

b) Choose the File Type you want PSP to locate and click on it (1)

c) Click Add (2)

d) Browse for the folder

e) Click ok (3)

In my sample I have PSP locate my new Gradient folder

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When you look for a gradient, PSP will now also show you the gradients you saved to your new "PSP Extras" folder.

Whenever you add files to one of those folders for the first time, you need to add the information, where PSP must go to find it.

I do NOT have a rule for the tubes, I prefer to browse for them as required. If linked, they weigh PSP down.

Some people also do not link their masks or may be just the masks they frequently use.
You might wish to have Subfolders for "Full Graphic", "Sideborder", "Sideborder Double", "Topborder", "Christmas", "Words" etc masks.
You might wish to link just one or two of these Mask Subfolders to PSP or none at all.



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


I would like to thank my Testers at LismibaebisCreations Testers:
Your help, support and patience made this possible

smilie





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