Paint Shop Photo Pro , version 7 to current
This tutorial was originally written for PSP 7, but has been updated for newer versions with version notes included. (PSPP X2 screenshots shown)
All the EggToon cartoon characters will be built using Paint Shop Pro Preset Shapes. We'll start with the basic 'egg' shape and add other Preset Shapes as needed. You may already have an egg shape in your Preset Shapes folder, but possibly not. This tutorial will show you how to make your own custom shape and add it to 'Preset Shapes' for use over and over again to create some EggToon characters.
If you are new to using vector tools, please review the tool tips explained on the Paint Shop Pro & Node Editing pages (see menu at right) before starting this tutorial. Those pages will explain the basic vector tools and terminology. If you're ready.....read on....
Drawing the egg shape
Open new image, 200x200 pixels with transparent raster background and 16 million colors (RGB 8 bits).
The checkered background indicates that it is transparent....and we'll need to have a transparent background when we save our egg as a Preset Shape.
We'll want to save the Preset Shape with a transparent background, but if you prefer not to work with a distracting checkered background, go ahead and use white for background layer. Create egg on a separate vector layer, so you can just DELETE that white layer later, before exporting Preset Shape.
Look in the lower margin of your workspace
where PSP displays the size of the object as you draw it
along with some other information.
Preset Shapes Library
You should now have an egg shape that looks something like this.
Next we'll save this egg shape as our own custom Preset Shape.
You can save any vector object to your Preset Shapes Library and then re-use them anytime just like the Preset Shapes that come with PSP.
When you Export or Save a new Preset Shape, Paint Shop Pro will always save the shape to whatever folder is identified as your 'Save To' preference in the File Locations dialog box. I will discuss changing that preference in a separate post, but you can view your preferences for Preset Shapes as follows:
For PSP 8 and newer, the settings are found in the File Locations dialog box by selecting 'Preset Shapes' from the list on the left side of dialog box. (The File Locations dialog box is under File | Preferences | File Locations).
For PSP 7 and older, the settings are found under the Shapes tab in the File Locations dialog box (which is under File | Preferences | File Locations).
Look for the 'Save to' information to familiarize yourself with the file locations.