Working with Text and Graphics

Working with Text and Graphics

Welcome to this tutorial on adding text and graphics to your PaintShop Pro photo projects. PaintShop Pro has many useful tools that will allow you to add text, graphics, objects and borders which will turn an ordinary picture into a creative work of art.



Getting Started

1. Open PaintShop Pro and make sure that you are using the Edit workspace.


2. Open the image that you will be using as your background.


Adding Text

1. Text can be copied into PaintShop Pro from other programs such as word processors, e-mails or websites. Select all the text and then copy by using the key combination Ctrl C on your keyboard.
2. Select the Text tool from the Standard toolbar and click over the image around where the text will go. It doesn’t have to be perfectly accurate as you will be able to move the text box later.


All the options for text in PaintShop Pro appear in the Interactive Properties toolbar at the top of the screen, including Fonts, Size, Styles and other common text properties. You can change these settings before or after placing your text.


3. Use the key combination Ctrl V on your keyboard to paste the copied text.
4. To make changes to the text you will first need to highlight it.
5. Color can be changed in the Materials Palette. In this example, the fill and the outline color will be made the same by right-clicking and then left-clicking on the dark blue.


6. To move the text, click the center of the text box using the Pick tool and drag the text to position.
7. A great trick when creating a title is to only highlight that particular part of the text; then, when you change the font size or other text properties, they will apply only to the part that has been highlighted.


8. To arrange the text so that it lines up, you can create a guideline by dragging the mouse cursor down from the ruler at the top of the screen, over the image.
This line will not appear in the final saved image, nor will it be printed if you print your final project.

Importing a Graphic:

1. Open the file containing the graphic and then, from the selections menu, choose Select All or use the key combination Ctrl+A on your keyboard.




2. Copy the image using Ctrl+ C or the Copy option from the edit menu.
3. Click on the tab where your project is.
4. From the Edit menu select Paste as New Layer.




By pasting the graphic as a new layer, you will be able to move it around and easily resize it at any time while working on your project.

5. Place this image just below the text and resize it by dragging the corner handles.




Using Preset Shapes:

Let’s frame the text box to make it stand out.

1. Click on the Shape tool and select the “Rectangle”.




2. Draw a rectangle around the border of the text and the graphic. When you let go of the cursor the rectangle will automatically create its own new layer.
3. With the rectangle selected, right-click on a color in the Materials Palette to change the fill.
4. To round the edges, click on the Mode tool, select a corner handle and pull along the line.




5. Use the Width option in the Interactive Properties toolbar to increase the size of the border around the rectangle.

Layer Opacity:

To bring down the transparency of the layer and make the rectangle blend in with the background.




Opacity can range between “0” and “100” percent and can be applied to any layer in PaintShop Pro.

Adding a Border:

Last but not least, the right border will be the crowning glory of the piece.

1. From the Image menu select Picture Frame.
2. There are many picture frames to choose from, in this example we will be using the Cross Process frame.




3. Make sure that you have selected to place the frame outside the image, that way it will not cut off any of the picture or text you have created.


After finishing a collage or multi-layer project such as this, be sure to save as a PSPIMAGE file, that way if you wish to return at a later time and make changes, your layers will remain intact.

To create a version that can be sent to friends or shared online, go back to File > Save As and choose “JPEG”.

Whenever you save a multi-layer project as a JPEG you will get a message warning and this is to explain that a JPEG can only contain a single layer. Click OK to this message to continue.


Thanks for watching! We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our social media pages and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your photos, videos and creative projects with us.

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Comments (11)

  • Bryan Born Reply

    If I copy a textbox from one image and paste to another image, it creates its own layer but I can’t seem to edit the text. There is no edit option in the Rt click (context menu). How do I go back and edit text once I’ve moved on from the original edit, or when pasting a textbox to another image? I’m using a paid version of PSP 2019 ultimate. Thank you .

    November 19, 2020 at 10:45 am
    • Bryan Born Reply

      Actually, It’s after I create a drop shadow for the text. ANy way to edit text once a drop shadow has been created?Thx

      November 19, 2020 at 12:08 pm
  • Charlotte Reply

    I am following the above example. When I put the rectangle over the writing, then I change the colour fill of the rectangle, the writing underneath the rectangle is never visible as per video. What am I doing wrong? Also, a few times before, I managed to get the writing visible through the rectangle but when I try to make the rectangle more transparent as per the video, the writing becomes lighter as well. I am really happy I found this product, but I really need some help to overcome whatever I am doing wrong.

    December 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Charlotte,

      It sounds like you may have the rectangle in a higher layer than the text! In this tutorial, the text is on the layer labelled ‘Vector 1’, which is at the top of the Layers docker on the right hand side of the screen. The rectangle is added in a separate layer which is above only the background image itself.

      While the text is initially invisible when the rectangle is added, this is actually due to the colours being very similar and not the rectangle being on top of the text.

      Hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions!

      Corel Discovery Center Team

      December 9, 2017 at 12:35 am
      • Charlotte Reply

        Hi Adam,
        Thank you for the tip. I am able to make the rectangle transparent now!! I have one more question. I would like to rotate the rectangle or text slightly so that they go diagonally across the image as you often see on adverts. How can I do this? Thank you

        December 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm
  • Tania Reply

    So utterly overjoyed to find a real alternative to the other ‘subscription based’ brand. I simply will not support that greedy and consumerist ideology.
    I am so pleased to have found paintshop pro and related products. I downloaded the free trial although I am happy to purchase it and any updates. Thanks Corel 💖

    March 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm
  • Nadine Reply

    What does the new Pain shop pro, cost after the free trail expires?

    August 29, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Kelly Reply

    Ok, under ‘Navigation’, there is ‘Pictures’. With “Pictures” highlighted, right click and you’ll see ‘Create New Folder’, among other things. Left click ‘Create New Folder’. Once it’s there in the list of Folders, you can right click it and you get options including renaming it.

    August 10, 2016 at 8:01 am
  • carol burdett Reply

    Excellent! Now, if I could just find something on the simple basics. I don’t know how to create folders, upload from my camera, get photos off the work station, etc.

    August 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm
    • Kelly Reply

      Yeah, creating folders isn’t easy. I think I figured out how to do it, and if I remember, I’ll post back!

      August 10, 2016 at 7:47 am

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