For frames that are perfectly square or rectangular, may I suggest the Optional Method below.
These instructions are designed for
Paint Shop Pro 6 & 7 users.
A beautiful feature of Paint Shop Pro is there is
usually more than one acceptable
way to accomplish a task. Due to the great suggestions of
CarolUK and Kenzie,
fellow members of the Paint Shop Pro Interactive Zone
forum, I am offering one
method for obtaining, editing, and saving images from my webpage without
those unwanted white backgrounds. (The instructions are identical for PSP 6 or PSP 7 users.)
- With the thumbnail images on screen, left
click on a thumbnail of your choice.
- When your selected image is displayed, right click on the image, then left click on "save picture as" or "save image as". Save the file in the location of your choice.
- With PSP open, open the saved image.
- With the captured image on screen, Mouseover
the Layer Palette and
right click on the highlighted layer (Background).
Select Promote to Layer.
- Click on Layers, New Raster Layer, OK.
- Click on Layers, Arrange, Send to Bottom.
- Mouseover the Layer Palette and click to highlight the layer with
the image in it.
- Click on the Magic Wand and on the Tool
Options window, select RGB Value, 25
Tolerance, 0 Feather, and No Sample Merged.
- With the Magic Wand selected, click on the
area that surrounds the image and hit
the delete key. Do the same for any area that is
within the body of the image that was not removed earlier, such
as the inside of a picture frame.
Continue this procedure until only the image remains.
- Click on Selections, Select None.
- Click on Edit, Copy, Edit, Paste, As New Image.
- You now have an image ready to be saved in .psp format.
(For other than square or rectangular frames, some small unwanted areas of white may appear in or around the body
of the image. If you want to remove those, I suggest you zoom
a couple times and erase those superfluous bits of white
and resave as a .psp image. Some stray white pixels may still be
present. These can be removed very easily by flood
filling a black background behind the image for contrast, making the image
active, zooming several times, and individually erasing the stray
- At this point you may want to place the frame in your PSP Frames folder for use by the PSP Picture Frame feature. To do so, Click on File, Save As, and save it in the PSP Frames folder with your name choice as a .psp file, but type in the .pfr extension.(It should look like this - gff408.pfr)
- If your computer does not recognize the .pfr extension, you will have to tell the PSP program to do so. With PSP on screen, click on File, Preferences, File Format Associations, browse down to find Paint Shop Pro and click on the box in front of PSP to highlight it. Then Click on Extensions. On the Extensions box you will see extensions that are recognized by PSP. Click on Add and then type in pfr and click on OK. Then click OK to reverse out of the procedure. Your computer should now recognize the .pfr extension and the above procedure should work.
For frames that are perfectly square or rectangular, may I suggest this optional method.
(Applies to both PSP 6 & 7.)
- Click on the thumbnail to display the full sized frame.
- Right click on the image and click on Save Image As or Save Picture As, then save the image and remember the location.
- With PSP opened, click on File, Open, find the file and open it.
- If the image is a .jpg image, skip to the next step, otherwise, click on Colors, Increase Color Depth, 16 million.
- Click on Layer Palette and right click on background. Click on Promote to Layer.
- Click on Magic Wand.
- In Tool Options, select RGB Value, 25 Tolerance, 0 Feather, no Sample Merged.
- Click on inside of frame to make a selection.
- Hit the delete key to delete the highlighted area within the frame.
- Click on Selections, Select None.
- Save the frame in .psp format.
- (See items 13 and 14 above for saving frames in Frames folder.)
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