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You can convert a vector layer to a raster layer. The command to choose is
Layers➪Convert to Raster Layer. Converting an image to raster form allows
you to apply any of the raster paint tools to your vector shape to get cool
effects, such as graduated fills or airbrush spraying. The drawback is that
you can then no longer edit the shape by adjusting the lines and points that
make up a vector object. You can™t convert a raster layer to a vector layer.

If you copy the vector layer before converting it, however, you have a backup
copy of it. Simply hide it when it™s not needed.



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As you add vector objects to a vector layer, each object gets its own entry on
the Layer palette. The left side of Figure 11-4 shows the Layer palette with
two layers: the background layer and a vector layer, Vector1. To see each
individual object in the vector layer, click the white box with the + sign to the
left of the vector layer™s icon. That action reveals the individual vector
objects, indented under the layer. (To hide the objects, click that same white
box again, which now holds a “ symbol.)



Figure 11-4:
Clicking the
+ symbol
next to
Vector1 has
revealed
individual
objects on
the layer.



Paint Shop Pro has three kinds of vector objects: line objects, text objects,
and groups of objects. Each kind of object has its own icon, as Figure 11-4
demonstrates. Vector1 contains a line object named Rectangle, a line object
named Star 2, and a text object named It™s Some Text. Star 2 is a single, multi-
segment line that is part of the Preset Shapes object library (see Chapter 12).

Having objects listed on the Layer palette lets you select, delete, hide, or
reposition them in the stack, just as you would a layer ” the main difference
is that each object is grouped within a vector layer, just like regular layers are
grouped in layer groups.

Clicking an object on the palette selects it and displays its name in bold type.
(Hold down the Shift key as you click to select multiple objects.) Pressing the
Delete key deletes the selected object. Dragging it moves it up or down in the
stack and enables you to place it over or under other objects. Double-clicking
it reveals one of two things: If it™s a text object, it displays the Text Entry
dialog box; if it™s a shape, it displays the Vector Property dialog box. See
Chapter 12 for more information about managing vector objects.




Merging Layers
Using multiple layers usually makes working with images easier. Sometimes,
however, you would rather have (or need to have) everything on one layer.
For example, you may want to use one of the commands on the Colors menu
on the entire image, but the command works on only a single layer. Or, if you
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try to save your image as something other than a Paint Shop Pro file, Paint
Shop Pro may offer to merge all the layers for you. (Merging can sometimes
be necessary because not many file types support multiple layers. Adobe
Photoshop is the most popular format that supports layers.)

If Paint Shop Pro merges layers when you™re saving a file, it merges layers
only in the file you™re creating on your disk drive. It doesn™t merge the layers
in the image you™re working on in Paint Shop Pro.

Paint Shop Pro gives you two ways to merge layers into one layer. To merge all
the layers (including those whose visibility is switched off), choose Layers➪
Merge➪Merge All. To merge only the visible layers (leaving the hidden ones
as layers), choose Layers➪Merge➪Merge Visible. To merge a group into one
handy layer, choose Layers➪Merge➪Merge Group. Choosing Layers➪Merge➪
Merge Down merges the selected layer with the one underneath it.

What happens when you merge? Nothing visible happens to your image when
you merge. The merged layers, however, become one normal (raster) layer,
named Merged, that you see listed on the Layer palette. Any vector layers
(typically text, lines, or preset shapes) are converted into raster images, so
you can™t edit them any more with the text, drawing, or shape tools. When
adjustment layers are merged, they no longer simply affect the image appear-
ance; rather, they modify the underlying colors.




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Adding Layers of Text or Shapes
In This Chapter
Not getting lost when you use objects and layers
Vectorizing versus rasterizing
Playing with text
Modifying lines and shapes
Changing colors, fills, and whatnot
Positioning and arranging objects




G iven a paintbrush, most of us would have trouble making nice, neat
text, regular shapes like circles, or even straight lines. We would clamor
for a typewriter, template, ruler, or some other special tool that gives nice
straight edges and shapes.

Clamor not. Paint Shop Pro offers multiple tools for creating such stuff and
one to help you manage the stuff you create. Figure 12-1 shows those tools
as they appear at the bottom of the Tools toolbar.




Figure 12-1:
Six tools to
create text
and shapes,
and one to
move them.


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Unless you tell Paint Shop Pro otherwise, these tools create text, lines, and
shapes in a special vector form that makes them easier to change. Images in
this form are known as vector objects. Unlike the other things you can paint or
otherwise create in Paint Shop Pro, vector objects aren™t a collection of pixels
(colored dots). Instead, they™re shapes that have color, line width, and other
properties. These easily modified shapes can exist only on special vector
layers.

So, you ask in businesslike, Donald Trump fashion, “What™s the upshot?”
Here™s the bottom line:

Creating stuff as vector objects: If you use the Paint Shop Pro text, line,
or shape tools in the normal, vector way, your creations are easier to
modify ” but you have to know how to deal with layers and the special
features of vector objects. Refer to Chapter 11 for help with layers, and
we explain vector features in this chapter.
Not creating stuff as vector objects: If you don™t want to bother with
vector layers and special vector object features, you can create text, lines,
and shapes as though they were painted with a brush. This form is called
raster form. If you™re such a dedicated, um, rasterfarian, you must do this:
After you select your tool but before you create the object, go to the Tool
Options palette (press F4 if it™s not visible). For any object other than text
(shapes or lines), click to clear the check mark in the Create As Vector
check box. For text as a raster selection, choose Selection or Floating from
the drop-down Create As menu on the Tool Options palette. Eh, but we
talk about it in the next section. Your choice of raster remains unless you
change it. No problem, mon.

If you need to work on vector objects with raster tools (like the Paint Brush
or Eraser tools), you can convert a vector layer to a raster layer. Choose
Layers➪Convert To Raster Layer. You can™t convert back, however (though
you can use the Undo function if you have done the conversion recently).




Keeping Track of Objects and Layers
Here™s the most important thing to remember about adding text, lines, or
shapes: If you try to add these types of vector objects to a normal, raster
image (such as a digital photograph), Paint Shop Pro automatically, and
quietly, creates a vector layer to hold the new object.

If you want to return to the rest of the image, you have to switch to the
layer on which the image lives. For example, if you add text to a photograph
(which usually appears on the background layer), in order to work on the
image, you need to press F8 to see the Layer palette (if it™s not visible
already) and then select the background layer.


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Antialiasing for smoother edges
Shapes with nice, sharp edges tend to look a bit those steps with a little bit of color, which gives
ragged when those edges run in any direction the illusion of a straighter, if slightly fuzzier,
other than perfectly horizontal or vertical. They edge. To antialias objects, place a check mark in
develop an objectionable staircase look called the Antialias check box on the Tool Options
aliasing. Antialiasing is a process of filling in palette.



To add text, lines, or shapes in a nice, controlled fashion, where you know
exactly what layer every object is on, create or select a vector layer before
you create or paste a vector object. Refer to Chapter 11 for help with creating
and choosing layers. As you put vector objects on a vector layer, each object
is listed separately, indented under the vector layer™s name on the Layer
palette. Click the + sign to the left of the layer™s name to display these objects
individually. From within the Layer palette, you can select, reorder, rename,
or delete objects; refer to the discussion of using vector layers in Chapter 11.




Adding and Editing Text
Text in Paint Shop Pro isn™t just your grandfather™s plain old letters and num-
bers. Oh, my gracious, no. Although you can certainly have plain text in a
straight line, you can also have it filled or outlined with colors and patterns,
bend it around curves, or rotate it into a jaunty angle. It™s truly the cat™s
pajamas!



Creating, placing, and editing text
Text has two parts: an outline, set by the Materials palette™s foreground con-
trols, and a fill, set by the background controls. You can have both or either.

If you already have a vector layer (one that has text, lines, or shapes on it),
you can put your text on that same layer; just choose the layer now on the
Layer palette. Or, you can create a new vector layer on which to put your
text. If your active layer is a raster layer (background, for example), Paint
Shop Pro creates a new vector layer for you in the following steps. If you™re
not familiar with layers, don™t worry about all this layer stuff for now.

Begin with the Materials palette open. Press F6 if you don™t see it, and refer to
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Here™s how to create basic text:

1. Click the Text tool (as shown in the margin) on the toolbar.
2. If you want outlined text, do the following:
a. Choose the inside color by right-clicking any color on the Materials
palette. This action sets the background color. (For a more sophisticated
fill material, left-click the Background and Fill Properties box to open a
Material Properties dialog box. For guidance, refer to the section in
Chapter 10 about choosing a color for the very picky.
If you want to have just an outline, leaving the middle of the letters com-
pletely see-through, click the Transparency button under the Background
and Fill Properties box. (It™s the rightmost button, and should have the
international circle-with-a-slash No sign in it.) The box turns gray and con-
tains an international No sign of its own, indicating that the background
color is now set to no color. (If this confuses you, refer to Chapter 10 to
understand these kooky Material boxes.)
b. Choose a foreground color (the outline) by left-clicking the Foreground
and Stroke Properties box. On the Tool Options palette, set the value in
the Stroke Width dialog box to the width of the outline you want, in
pixels. For example, for an outline 4 pixels wide, set it to 4.
3. If you want solid (filled) text (no outline):
a. On the Materials palette, click the transparency button under the
Foreground and Stroke Properties box. (It™s the rightmost of the three
tiny buttons there.) The box turns gray and contains an international No
sign of its own.
b. Choose a background color by left-clicking the Background and Fill
Material box and selecting one from the Materials palette.
In Paint Shop Pro, a material is a combination of a color, pattern, and tex-
ture. It™s just as easy to use gradients and patterns as the foregrounds and
backgrounds of text as it is to use colors, as we show you in Figure 12-2 ”
and it makes things look so much snazzier! Again, refer to Chapter 10 to
unveil mysteries of the Material boxes.
4. Click your image where you want the center of your text.
The text entry dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 12-2. Note that a
preview of your text, as it appears when you click OK, appears on your
image. You can change your choices here by changing what™s in the
Foreground and Background Property boxes.
Figure 12-2 shows how the Tool Options palette controls the width
(and style) of the text outline. If you don™t see the Tool Options palette,
press F4.
5. Choose a font from the Font drop-down menu on the Tool Options
palette.

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Figure 12-2:
Have it your
way: text,
antialiased,
with outline
and gradient
fill. Hold the
pickles.



6. Choose a font size from the Size selection box or manually enter any
other size you want, in points, on the Tool Options palette.
7. Enter your text in the big box labeled Enter Text Here.
The text appears in your chosen font and size. For long, multiline text,
you can press the Enter key to start a new line. If you have multiple lines
of text, decide how you want them aligned (left-justified, centered, or
right-justified) by clicking the appropriate button in the upper-right
corner of the Tool Options palette.
If you know that you will use the same text the next time you use the
Text tool, you can check the Remember Text check box, next to the OK
button.
8. To selectively apply any font style (bold, italic, underlined, or
strikethrough), drag across the text you want styled to highlight it.
Then click the B, I, U, or A (strikethrough) buttons on the Tool Options
palette, just as you would in most word processors.
You can also selectively change the font or size of any text by highlight-
ing the text and then choosing a new font or size.
9. For vector text, remember to choose Vector from the Create As menu
on the Tool Options palette.
If you prefer raster text, choose Selection to create a nonfloating selec-
tion (or Floating to create a floating selection). If you don™t care, use
Vector.
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10. Click the OK button when you™re done.
While you™re using the text entry dialog box, it displays a continuously
updated preview of your work in the image window.

Your text appears attractively displayed in a rectangular frame that has
squares (handles) around it. This selection frame means that your text object
is selected. You can do several things to the text object now, including move,
resize, rotate, or delete it. See the section “Controlling Your Objects,” later in
this chapter.

You can also edit your text. With the Text tool chosen, double-click directly
on the body (outline or fill) of the text. The cursor turns into a 4-headed
arrow when your cursor is properly positioned; clicking and dragging allows
you to reposition it, whereas double-clicking brings up that darned text entry
dialog box all over again, where you can change the text or its appearance.

You can turn text into shapes, if you like. For example, you may want to alter
the shape, rotation, or other attributes of a text character in a creative way.
Select the text you want to convert and then choose Objects➪Convert Text
to Curves. Then, to make each character an individually selectable, movable,
rotatable object, choose As Character Shapes. If you want the characters to
remain part of a single object, choose As Single Shape.



Bending text to follow a line or shape
Is your theatre company performing The Wizard of Oz? Before you can click
your heels together three times and say “There™s no place like home,” you
can make the text on your advertising posters follow the yellow brick road ”
or any other (vector) shape or line in Paint Shop Pro. Figure 12-3 shows a
before (top) and after (bottom) picture of fitting text to a line.

Here™s how to do your own:

1. Create your (vector) text.
See the preceding two sections for help with text.
2. Create your shape or line.
See the rest of this chapter for help with lines or shapes. Bear in mind
that if a line is created from left to right, text ends up on top of that line.
If a closed shape is created clockwise, text ends up on the inside. In both
instances, the opposite direction gives opposite results.
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If you just want to shape the text ” you don™t really want the line (or
shape) itself to appear ” take one additional step before proceeding
to Step 4. The selection frame is still around your shape or line from its
creation, and you have chosen the Object Selection tool. Now, click the
Properties button on the Tool Options palette. In the Properties dialog
box that now appears, click to clear the Visible check box and click OK.
Your chosen shape becomes invisible, and the selection frame remains.
4. Hold down the Shift key and click the text, which places both the line
and text within the selection frame.
The top illustration in Figure 12-3 shows this stage of the game.
5. Choose Objects➪Fit Text to Path.
Zap! Wanda the Good Witch puts your text safely on the yellow brick
road to Oz. The bottom part of Figure 12-3 shows the result of fitting text
to the path.

Don™t use solid-color-filled shapes if you intend for your text to be on the
inside of the shape ” the fill hides your text! A gradient, textured, or pat-
terned fill, however, usually allows your text to be seen.




Figure 12-3:
Bending text
around a
shape ”
whee!




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Drawing Lines and Shapes
Paint Shop Pro is a quirky little devil. It makes drawing lines and shapes so
darned easy that it™s not even funny, which allows you to draw point-to-point,

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