Thursday, March 12, 2015

Paint Shop Pro Tips

This was taken from an email sent to me from a Paint Shop Pro user group.
It will help you fix some of the errors you receive after running the program over a long period of time.

Resetting PSP to default.

Resetting PSP to default (deleting PSP's registry) can fix many problems within PSP, errors caused by a corrupt registry missing or greyed out tools and other irregularities.
The big draw back from resetting is the loss of custom settings you have made and having to redo the preferences. To delete and re-write PSP's registry (reset defaults) do the following:
Go to START/PROGRAMS/Jasc Software Inc/ PAINT SHOP PRO 7. Immediately after you click on the PAINT SHOP PRO 7 icon press and hold CTRL+ALT on your keyboard.
Paint Shop Pro will ask you if you would like to delete the registry settings for Paint Shop Pro. Select YES.
When Paint Shop Pro opens it will have all the restored features of initial installation.

Freeing space in the PSP Program Folder.
When you applied the PSP Patch 7.02 , Version 7.02 created a backup of version 7 in a folder called Unpatch ( C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 7\Unpatch folder)
The same would apply if you installed the 7.04 patch, a back up of 7.02 would have been created. If you have ran PSP patched versions with no problem then it is unnecessary to keep this folder on your hard drive.
You can copy it to a cd for safe keeping if you like and delete the Unpatch folder, reclaiming up to 62 mgb of disk space.

Freeing memory

Lower the "undo" storage for files
File/Preferences/General Program Preferences, hit the Undo tab and set the undo storage to 15 MB.
If you are working with large graphics and use the undo frequently you may need to set it to 40mgb.

Browser Caches
PSP creates a browser cache when using the browse function in PSP. This enables faster loading of graphics. However if graphics are moved around, stored elsewhere or deleted the browser cache remains the same size and can get very large taking up valuable space. It is advisable to delete them frequently to allow a build of a fresh cache in your files. To do this go to Find files and type in "jbf" without the quotation marks. You will see all the pspbrwse icons appear. Select them all and press delete on your keyboard. The next time you browse in PSP new caches will be built.


When PSP crashes or freezes for some reason and you haven't saved your work, you can lose everything,
Go to File > Preferences > Autosave settings.
This will open the Autosave Settings dialogue box, Tick the 'Enable Autosave' box. Set the time schedule you require, 5 minutes should be sufficient. Click OK. Autosave is now enabled and your work will automatically be saved to the temp file every 5 minutes. If PSP crashes you can re-open and your work will be loaded as before.

Save Worktop

When you save your workspace, you will be saving settings for your toolbar, palettes, also settings for your rulers and grids plus image information including image position in your workspace etc., so that you can return to your project at a later time.
Go To >File > Workspace > Save. The standard "Save as" dialogue box will appear. It will ask you for a file location you wish to save your workspace to. Workspace will be saved in a .wsp format, so you need to give it a name eg: project2.wsp.
Next time you open PSP go to File > Workspace > Load. The workspace will remember the locations of your graphics so it is important that you do not move them after saving the workspace.

Tools greyed out

The majority of tools will only function on a image with a colour depth of 16.7 million colours (24 bit). To restore your image to 24 bit, Go to Colours > Increase Colour Depth > 16 Million. Now all of your tools should be active except the tools that require a selection.

Using Fonts in PSP

Having too many fonts installed on your system can cause PSP to load slower, as it has to load all the fonts. PSP can use any font that is not installed. Open the font file you wish to use, by double clicking on the font icon, and minimize it on your desktop. That font will now show up in the font list in the 'Text' dialogue box.

Screen Shots

If you want to make a screen shot of your work or tools in PSP, or anywhere else on your computer. Press the Print Screen key on your keyboard, right click on your PSP workspace and "Paste as new image" you can then crop your screen shot down to size and use.

Previous File Formats

PSP, by default will want to save all your new images as .psp files, which can be annoying when working mostly with jpg's To avoid this, open the General Program Preferences, hit the Dialogues and Palettes Tab, check the box "Remember last type used in file save-as dialogue".

Floating tool bars/palettes
While working on a project particularly when lasooing an image, the tool palettes tend to get in the way. Just press the tab key on your keyboard to make them disappear and press the tab key once more to make them reappear.

Crop Tool

Make your selection on the graphic, and double click outside your selected area still on the graphic and your picture will crop automatically
Always use the crop tool and not the selection tool to "cut" an image for a clean outline. The selection too tends to leave and edge of white pixels (unless using for a seamless selection)

Sharpen Option

When making a graphic smaller, got to effects > sharpen once, this will bring back the clarity of the pixels that are lost when shrinking the graphic.

Applying Shadow
While the image that you are applying shadow to is surrounded by the selection go to Selections > Modify > Contract and contract by 1 pixel this will prevent a ragged white appearance around the graphic after shadow has been applied.

PSP Colour Palette

For those of you who like to have a range of colours and the hexadecimal value for stationery etc. Got to File > Program Preferences > Make sure the hexadecimal preference box is ticked and untick " use standard Windows colour picker". This will give you a slider bar choices on hues/sat/light and red/blue/green along with other useful information in the colour dialogue box. Which will enable you a far greater range in colours.

Colour Option Effect

This is a very little used option in PSP that enhances the colours of graphics. Effects > Enhance Photo > Automatic Colour Balance.
A nice little tool that allows you to make the colours look warmer or cooler. I find it invaluable.
Likewise the option of Effects > Enhance Photo > Clarify enhances and clarifies the colours.
The effects that are under the tools of "Enhance Photo" are very useful effects and are not restricted to Photo's.
Try them out on your graphics.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Possibly the best concert ever performed in America!

Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck,Jimmy Page,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Jan Hammer,Charlie Watts @ M.S.G.

Amazing New York City
Published on Mar 29, 2012

The following message is copied from the authors info on this film on his Youtube page:
Watch this on Full Screen because it's in HD . I paid 40 dollars for my ticket to Friday's show and Eric Clapton was solid,Jeff Beck stole the show and Jimmy Page got the biggest applause on that day. Just like in this video from Thursday's show. The difference between the 2 shows is that Ronnie didn't perform with Eric but he did climb down from his seat located just behind the stage to the right and joined the band for the encores.
A.R.M.S. Concert
The idea for hosting the concert was envisaged by Ronnie Lane, ex-bassist for The Small Faces and The Faces, himself a casualty of multiple sclerosis. The concert was billed as The Ronnie Lane Appeal for ARMS and featured a star-studded line-up of British musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Andy Fairweather-Low, Bill Wyman, Kenney Jones and Charlie Watts. The concert was particularly notable in the fact that it was the first occasion on which Clapton, Beck and Page, each a former lead guitarist for The Yardbirds, had performed together on stage.

The ARMS charity concert proved so popular with both the audience and the musicians that the decision was taken to perform a further nine concerts in the USA. The US dates included Joe Cocker, who notably sang lead vocals on "With a Little Help from My Friends", and Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page each shared lead guitar duties on the "Stairway to Heaven" instrumental. While Ronnie Lane appeared in New York, he did not appear at all of the US dates. They played in San Francisco at the Cow Palace on December 2, 1983 for three sold out shows. Also, Steve Winwood was unable to do the American shows and Paul Rodgers was now playing in Page's set. (They later formed The Firm together.)
Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Page
Ron Wood
Joe Cocker
Bill Wyman
Charlie Watts
Kenny Jones 1:58
Chris Stainton
Paul Rodgers
Jan Hammer
Ian Stewart 14:32,15:42
Fernando Saunders
Simon Phillips
Ray Cooper 0:14
Andy Fairweather Lowe 54:38
James Hooker 6:42 (Keyboards)

0:16 Cocaine-Eric Clapton,Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
6:00 Don't Talk To Me-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones,Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
9:48 Watch The River Flow-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones
13:19 Worried Life Blues-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker & Ian Stewart on piano (14:32,15:42,16:14)
17:58 You Are So Beautiful To Me- Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones,Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
22:12 Seven Days- Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
27:16 Feeling Alright-Joe Cocker,Eric Clapton,Ron Wood,Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts,Chris Stainton,Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper,Andy Fairweather Lowe,James Hooker
31:18 Star Cycle-Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
36:32 The Pump- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
41:39 Definitely Maybe- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
46:56 Blue Wind- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
53:57 People Get Ready- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips,Andy Fairweather Lowe on Vocals (Dedicated To John Lennon)
59:22 Going Down- Jeff Beck,Jan Hammer,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips,Andy Fairweather Lowe (Ron Wood joins in at 1:04:20)
1:05:44 Chopin -Jimmy Page
1:10:02 Who's To Blame-Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:14:36 City Sirens- Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:18:06 Boogie Mama- Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers (Vocals + Guitar),Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:22:52 Moonlight Lady- Jimmy Page,Paul Rodgers,Fernando Saunders,Simon Phillips
1:33:51 Stairway To Heaven (With Jeff Beck 1:42:15 and Eric Clapton 1:42:26)
1:44:30 Layla (with Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on Slide Guitar)
1:52:38 With A Little Help From My Friends * (Dedicated To John Lennon)
NOTE: I only watched this once so far, so it may have been a YouTube error, but  the last song was cut off before the end.

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Further Notes:
To Download this I recommend you get a copy of Firefox Portable from [HERE]. You can install it on a flash drive like I do, but to use it from the flash drive it runs too slow.
To fix that copy it (folders and all) to someplace on your hard drive to run it from there.
If you are using Firefox right now, you can't use both at the same time, so copy down the url from this page and paste it into Notepad for a while.
Now close down Firefox completely and go open up the portable version.
Before you do anything else click on Tools and on the side Add-ons, when that opens hit Extensions, then type in on the search field "", and select Ant Video Downloader v. Then it will prompt you to restart Firefox Portable.
Now paste your url in from Notebook leading back to this page and load it.
Now look up top for your Ant button and hit the down facing arrow. Click on this vid and that's it.
It'll download it for you for watching offline or converting into mp3.
If you liked this and you liked the way it worked DO NOT update Firefox Portable, DO NOT update Ant Downloader. The Reason that this works is because it's an older version of Firefox.
Google will STOP you from downloading if you update!
If you add Ant Downloader to your current version it will not work!