Paint Shop Pro Picture Tubes are graphics you can
"paint." They are transparent and can be easily
made smaller or larger. There are tubes that come with PSP,
and there are many people on the net (like me!) who are creating
their own and offering them for free to other PSP users.
do I install my Tubes?
Unzip the tube files to your Tubes folder in your
Paint Shop Pro folder under "Program Files." Open
Paint Shop Pro. Select File > Browse and locate the folder
containing the tubes. Double-click on the tubes you wish to
install. The tubes will open as an image. Select File | Export
| Picture Tube. This will bring up a box for defining the
parameters of the tube.
Where you see
"Cells Across" type in the number of horizontal
images. Where you see "Cells Down" type in the number
of vertical images (PSP will automatically calculate "Total
Cells"). Where you see "Placement Options"
leave to PSP default unless you are familiar with option choices.
Where you see "Tube Name" type in whatever you choose
to call the tube. Click OK. Your new tube is now in your tube
tool window, ready for you to use! If you renamed the tube,
you can delete the original tube from your Tubes folder now.
do I remove Tubes from my Tube Tool Window?
First, make sure PSP is NOT open. Go to Windows Explorer
and locate the tubes.ctl file inside the Tubes directory,
inside the Paint Shop Pro directory, inside the Program Files
directory. Ctrl-drag it to another location so you have saved
an unedited backup copy. Then, double-click on it. Choose
to open it in NotePad.
Once in notepad viewing the tubes.ctl file (version 5 only),
scroll down past the first part to the listed tubes. They
will have the tube name followed by several lines of settings
and attributes. Delete those ones you wish (including all
the other lines under it that go with that one tube -- you'll
see what I mean).
When you're done, click File | Save. It will save it to the
location where PSP goes to "read" it -- the same
place where you found it.
Now, open PSP and start a new image. Click on the Tubes tool
and scroll through your list -- your deleted ones won't be
there! Yet, you can either open the individual file from the
Tubes directory and export it back into the list, or bring
them ALL back by copying the backup copy back into the proper
location in Windows Explorer.
do I make my own tubes?
Here is a link to Lori
Davis' Tutorials -- She knows what she's talking about:
she helped write a PSP textbook. Here's her page on Tube
Placement. You need to know how to do this to make your
My advice to any
would-be tube maker is to make it clean!! Change your image
grid color setting to dark gray so you can see if there are
any messy white edges around your image. Carefully remove
them with your eraser or selection wand.