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I've downloaded and installed Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI (TM), which means I've now got 30 days to learn how to make icons. If only I knew where to start...all this talk of layers, palettes and brushes is so confusing. The comms all seem to assume one is already familiar with the terminology at the first click. Can someone explain it to me in simple terms?


Nov. 11th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- that's really informative! I will definitely check out the comm you mention...I've just succeeded in making a very crude 100x100 image that if I can polish it up might even develop into an icon at some stage, and already I've discovered that the programme's default brushes aren't going to work.
Nov. 11th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Since I've only got photoshop brushes, I don't think reccing the makers of those will help too much, but you should definitely have some fun browsing the entries in that comm. There's just a little bit of everything. I tend to go with borders and/or decorative ones myself, but there's a lot of choice there.

Have fun!
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
Thinking of a brush as a stamp is more helpful too, you don't wave it around like you'd imagine a brush to do.

If you're loking in the brush communities, you'll find most are for Photoshop, but look for the one that offer image packs, because you can use those images to make brushes. In PSP8 (and 9 I believe, so it may still be the same in X), you make a brush by:

1, make sure the picture is selected and under 500x500. It's a good tip to make sure that there is as little 'white space' as possible, because this will become part of the brush and will just get in the way.

2, Selecting the brush tool

3, In the top left corner of the brush tool bar (the third one down), there is a box called 'presets', next to that is a preview box with a drop down menu. Click on the arrow and you should get a panel full of all the brushes available. There are some boxes down the side, we need the second one 'create brush tip'.

4, give the brush a name, press ok and select the brush from the selection panel. Done!
Nov. 12th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you; I'll certainly look into it.