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Creating Paint Shop Pro Brushes

February 15, 2009

One of my most favorite things to do is to apply a “brush” to a picture.  The earlier post shows a picture of my daughter with her name between a beautiful flower scroll.  The beautiful flower scroll was a “brush”.  I can make the brush bigger, smaller, rotate it (notice how the beautiful flower scroll below her name is upside down!), darken it, lighten it, apply a special color… oh the possibilities are endless…

So I thought I would share with you how to create a brush in paint shop pro… it’s so easy … if you know how to copy/paste an image into paint shop pro, select the image… you are 80% there!


  1. Start Paint Shop Pro. Open the image that you want to make a brush with.
  2. Choose the selection tool from the toolbar.  The selection tool will look like a dotted rectangle.
  3. Select the image using the selection tool.  You can use a magic wand/freehand selection (looks like a lasso) if it is easier…
  4. Now here’s the magic… select the brush tool while your image is selected.
  5. In the Controls box, choose Brush Tip. Click on the box containing an image of a paintbrush inside a dotted rectangle.
  6. Provide the copyright information as well as a title for your brush tip.  Remember that brushes are shown to you in alphabetical order in the brush selection pane… so give it a good name that will help you group your common brushes together – ie: Flower Large
  7. In the Custom Brush dialog box, click OK. A new brush tip will be added to the existing tips.
  8. Now here’s the really fun part- open a new image and paint the brush tip!
Here’s some Brush Tip Creation Hints…

  • Change the color of the brush tip using the Foreground Color box on the right side of the screen.  You can use Stampin’ Up!s colors… see the Color Chart Page… or ask me to print you out one!
  • Change the fill of the brush tip by clicking on the Tool Controls tab in the Controls box. Select a texture from the Paper Texture pull-down menu.
  • Remember: Obtain permission before using any licensed or copyrighted clip art, even to create a brush tip.
  • Remember: Do not use images from another Web page without permission from the owner of the site.
  • Before you make your brush… try desaturating and inverting the colors/ reducing contract, etc… this will create a “stamped” image look where the outline is stamped…

Oh just think what you can dream up!  And with Stampin’ Up!’s colors as well…  I use my signature below as a stamp that stamps all my images before I load them up to my blog!



Digitally Embellishing Photographs

February 13, 2009

Oh I just love my Paint Shop Pro tool!  I have the newest version and what fun it is to embellish photographs!  Below I simply used a rectangle tool to frame my daughter’s face and then I added her name and the year the picture was taken… and then added a few swirls using a Paint Shot Pro brush I picked up along the way… If you haven’t tried to embellish your photos… you really should… it will make your scrapbook pages unique… I am planning on using the cheep talk stamp set to layout my page for this picture…  I was thinking old olive and pixie pink birds! to match the colors in this hat…

There’s a really silly story behind this photo… she wears this hat everywhere… it is the most brightest (hot pink) silliest hat… but oh how it frames her face perfectly!  And it makes her green eyes pop!  I want to put in a journal entry with this…

So the question is which graphics file format do you use to save the Digitally Embellished Photograph?  Well… the answer is it depends….   If you are going to print the photograph – then use PNG format… if you are going to only edit once and then view the photograph – use JPEG…. Here’s why….


JPEG Format

JPEG (pronounced JAY-peg) is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10:1 compression with little perceptible loss in image quality.

JPEG compression is used in a number of image file formats. JPEG/Exif is the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices; along with JPEG/JFIF, it is the most common format for storing and transmitting photographic images on the World Wide Web. These format variations are often not distinguished, and are simply called JPEG.

The JPEG compression algorithm is at its best on photographs and paintings of realistic scenes with smooth variations of tone and color. For web usage, where the bandwidth used by an image is important, JPEG is very popular. JPEG/Exif is also the most common format saved by digital cameras.

On the other hand, JPEG is not as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels cause noticeable artifacts. Such images are better saved in a lossless graphics format such as TIFF, GIF, PNG, or a raw image format. JPEG is also not well suited to files that will undergo multiple edits, as some image quality will usually be lost each time the image is decompressed and recompressed (generation loss). To avoid this, an image that is being modified or may be modified in the future can be saved in a lossless format such as PNG, and a copy exported as JPEG for distribution.

Here’s a better description of PNG and a comparison of it to the other types of graphic files ( you need to scroll a bit to find the word comparison!)

For me I love using PNG because I do not have the issues of quality loss when I continually edit the photo… but then my printer does not print the photo as nice as the JPEG.  So I basically use PNG until I am satisfied with the editing and then I export my graphic to JPEG to use on my scrapbook page.

I am a hybrid scrapbooker (digitally embellish photos and use fonts to enhance scrapbook page) but use traditional framing/embellishments on scrapbook page!  So JPEG is what I really need for my printer to print.

What do you think?  This page is going to be a fun one!