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Paint Shop Pro 7 Beginner Tutorial
Color Palette & Text ~ Part 1
Beginner PSP7 Tutorial
Color, Textures, Gradients, and Text Dialog Box

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PSP 7 color palette example

This is the color palette. It is a combination of color, style, and texture. There are two swatches for STYLE and two for TEXTURE.

1. Create a new canvas/image: 475 x 300 transparent. Add a new layer: Layers> New Raster Layer

We are going to start with the top section of the color palette. The very top is the FOREGROUND and BACKGROUND color swatches. Click on one of the swatches and the color dialog box will appear. (**Note: Did you know that when you right-click on a solid color swatch, recently used colors will appear? This is also a feature in PSP 6 also.)

top of color palette

2. Change your foreground color swatch(at the top of palette) to RED. And make your background color swatch OFF-WHITE.

Style palette

3. Next, under "Styles"; HOLD DOWN your left mouse button on the first(top) swatches, you will then see a little fly out menu.   Fly Out Menu   These are your choices:

  • paintbrush icon will choose a solid COLOR.
  • Next is GRADIENT
  • The little dotties are for PATTERN.
  • And the circle with the crossed line is "NULL"

4. On the first(top) style swatch's flyout menu, choose the GRADIENT. The swatch will change to the default gradient style. LEFT-click once on the swatch - and the Gradient Dialog box will appear. Click on the Gradient Menu, and choose #1 for foreground-background. Angle(225), Repeats(0), Linear style. Click OK

Gradient Dialog Box

5. The first(top) style swatch will now be a gradient of the red and off-white colors. Hold down your left mouse button on the second(bottom) style swatch and choose the BRUSH~ this will make that swatch a solid off-white, which is your background color.

FlyOut Texture

This is the bottom part of the color palette. Notice the little "Lock" check box - check off if you want to lock in your choices for the color palette for all the tools. If unchecked, each tool will have its own choice. PSP remembers your choices for each tool. For now, keep this box checked.

Texture Fly out menu

6. HOLD DOWN the left mouse button on the first of the swatches under "Textures". The fly out menu will appear,    and this time it will have a TEXTURE icon and a "NULL" icon. Choose the TEXTURE icon. This first swatch will add a texture to the foreground color.

7. Now LEFT-click ONCE on the first Texture swatch. The Texture Dialog Box will appear. Click on the pull-down menu to choose a texture - I am choosing "Brush Strokes". The red/white gradient will now have a brush stroked texture when used.

Texture Dialog Box

color palette example

8. HOLD DOWN the left mouse button on the second of the swatches under "Textures", and click on NULL. There will be no texture added to the background color. The settings on your color palette should look similar to my example to the left.

9. Now let's add some color to our image! Click to choose the FLOOD FILL tool: Blend mode: Normal; Match mode: None.

With the layer we added as active, RIGHT-CLICK your mouse to fill the canvas with our BACKGROUND off-white color. Next, LEFT-CLICK your mouse to fill the canvas with the TEXTURED GRADIENT FOREGROUND color.

Brush Strokes
A resized/cropped example of the image so far.

Let's add some text!

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