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HOW TO USE THE SCRIPTS ON THIS SITE
PAINT SHOP PRO XI, X, 9, 8
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER LEVEL
screenshots: psp x


DOWNLOADING A SCRIPT - WINZIP

All my scripts are zipped up single or as a package with Winzip. You can find Winzip at www.winzip.com.

Instructions on my (download) pages will always tell you whether a script has to go into your Scripts-Restricted folder or into your Scripts-Trusted folder.

Double-click with the left mouse button on the downloaded zipfile to start the unzip dialog. Unzip the scripts to your Scripts-Restricted folder or Scripts-Trusted folder depending on what my (download) page told you.

script run tab

PAINT SHOP PRO - PALETTES AND TOOLBARS YOU MAY NEED

Start Paint Shop Pro.

There are several Palettes and Toolbars you may need to have on your workspace to work with the outcomes of the scripts. You can find all of them under View, Palettes and View, Toolbars; check them if they don't have a check yet.

Tools toolbar
A number of scripts create seamless patterns that can be used to fill bigger images with. The Flood Fill tool, depicted with a bucket icon, is in the Tools toolbar: View, Toolbars, Tools.

Materials Palette
The Flood Fill tool alone is not enough to fill a new image with a pattern generated by the script. You also need to see the Materials Palette in order to pick the right pattern: View, Palettes, Materials.

Layers Palette
Sometimes the outcome of a script can be adjusted by working on the layers it produced. This could be turning on or off layers, lowering or increasing their opacity, setting them to a different blend mode, moving them up or down in the layer stack. All my scripts have default settings that usually work well, but sometimes the user may want to adjust settings or layers.

Remember: a script cannot possibly anticipate all the material choices a user makes. As a script writer I will try and take into account as many outcomes as possible, for instance the effect a filter will have on either a dark or a light material. However, the tools and effects will not work the same on everything.

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RUNNING A SCRIPT

There are two places in Paint Shop Pro from where you can run a script.

File, Script, Run will let you pick a script to run.

The Script Toolbar gives you a few more options and lets you scroll through a list of scripts to choose the script you want to run. If the Script toolbar is not on your workspace, use View, Toolbars, Script to place it there.

script run tab

IS THE SCRIPT TALKING TO YOU OR NOT

Script Dialogs - talking with the script
Most of my scripts use user input, which means that you as the user have a say in what comes out. Usually this will be about which colors or materials to use, but there are other choices too, like a font choice for the Calendar Script. In general, I have screens built in that will tell you what to do.

Whenever a script asks you if you want to keep the default color or choose your own fill material, you can pick a color, gradient or pattern from the Materials Palette the script presents to you. In some cases a script will only allow a color.

A pause in the script
Some scripts have a built-in pause to let you work on the image they are generating. When you are done working on the image, run the same script once more from the Script toolbar or through File, Script, Run - this will cause the script to finish its work.

Automatic Scripts - setting foreground and background materials before running the script
A few scripts for rendering patterns or images will not talk to the user and simply use the last used Foreground and Background material. You as the user have to set these materials before you run the script: click on the material swatches in the Materials Palettes to choose a material. Colors are under the Color tab, Gradients under the Gradient tab, and Patterns under the Pattern tab.

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SCRIPTS GENERATING SEAMLESS FILL PATTERNS

When a script is finished, you will either have produced an effect on an existing image, have one or more finished images - or you may have a seamless fill pattern for a bigger image.

With File, New, create a new image in the size that you need, like Width 12 inches, Height 12 inches. The resolution is still at 200, which is fine.

Click on the Flood Fill tool in the Tools toolbar; clicking on a tool means activating or readying the tool.

Click in the topmost material swatch in the Materials Palette, the one that says Foreground and Stroke Properties when you hover your cursor over it. A new window comes up with three tabs: choose the Pattern tab. Click on the material preview to find the pattern you just created with the script, and click OK.

The scale of a pattern can be very important when filling smallish images with big patterns. You will find Scale next to the pattern preview. The scale ranges from 250% to 10% of the true size of a pattern; patterns get crude when enlarged, and may lose detail when downsized.

Then click with the left mouse button inside your new image to fill it with the pattern.

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THE BEAUTY OF SCRIPTS

There isn't much a script can do that you couldn't do yourself if you know how. A script is an automated set of instructions to achieve something. The fact that it does all the work for you has one main advantage, particularly with the scripts I write: if the outcome is not to your liking, all you have to do is run the script again, making different choices during the process.

Combining your input and the script writer's ideas and coding guarantees useful, surprising, or fun results that can change with each run of a script.






2006 - Questions about instructions, scripts, and files will only be answered if they relate to the original materials offered on and downloaded from this site. Errors in stolen and altered instructions, scripts, or files found elsewhere are not our responsibility. Unless stated otherwise, all the material on this site should not be copied or spread without our permission.

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