Here's a quick tutorial on how to install and use paintbrushes on PSP.

The materials you need are a paintbrush and PSP.

Ok, it's not hard to install a brush. Unzip your folder if it happens to be zipped. The brush should be a .jbr file. The default name for a custom brush is UBrush.jbr but most people will rename them something like snowflakes.jbr. Ok, now you just want to move the paint brush to your brush folder. Where in the world is that? Most likely it is C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Brushes. Put your paintbrush in there and you're ready to roll.

Now you're ready to use your paintbrush. So open paint shop and get ready. First of all, open a blank image of whatever size, the bigger it is, the more you can play around with it. Now, select a tool, because the cool thing about paint brushes is well, you can paint with them in that certain shape, but you can also use the clone brush, the color replacer, the retouch tool, the eraser and the air brush!

I choose the paintbrush to start off with. So now, go to the tool options and then the Cursor and Tablet Options. Set it to show brush outlines. This way you'll be able to see the outline of your paintbrush and won't be painting blind.

Now click the paintbrush tab again to go back to the Paintbrush Options. Once there, click on the little paintbrush with the arrow pointing at it. That's your brush menu.

Click on the little paintbrush button and the menu will pop up. You can see the different options. It's set on normal, but you can see the options of charcol and chalk etc. What we're interested in is the custom button. Click it.

Your custom brush menu will pop open.

Now you can scroll through and see all your custom brushes. Choose the one you want.

When you've chosen, click ok. Now you can see your brush on the tool options menu. Here you can change the size or opacity. You can also adjust the step, which is the frequency with which your picture occurs when dragging it across the screen. It's more important with a regular brush than custom ones, so don't worry about that now. Brushes usually come at their optimum size, but you can adjust them how you want and use the opacity to make them darker or lighter.

Now comes the fun part. Choose the color you wish to paint in. Go to your blank image. You can see the outline of your brush in black and white on the page.

Now just click and admire. Clicking it once will obviously paint once, thus leaving a sort of stamp on your image in the shape of your custom brush.

That's it. That's all there is to it. Now you can go forth and explore. Remember, clicking the Help button can answer a lot of the questions you might have, such as how to make your own custom brushes. So don't be afraid to use the help function, it really can be helpful. At any rate, there are lots of paintbrushes out there for you to experiment with and you can do some very cool things with them. So what are you waiting for? Go try it out!

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