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Lesson 1 September 24, 2005 7:40 AM

Open up PSP
General Program Preferences
Under the Auto Action tab, put a check in the Always column for:
  Converts image to 16 million colors
  Converts vector layer to raster layer
  Promotes background layer to full layer
  Promotes selection to full layer, removes raster selection
  Floats selection
  Defloats selection
  and then starting with 'Finishes the background eraser tool', put a check in   the Always column all the way to the bottom.

Under the Display and Caching tab:
  Under Presentation, check:
    Re-use last type in File Save As dialog
  Under Thumbnail Preview, change the size (pixels) to 250.
  Under Caching, make sure all four are checked.

The reason for doing this is by default, PSP wants to save everything as a Paint Shop Pro psp image, which is a real pain if you mostly save as jpegs. So this way you'll only occasionally have to change the file type.

Under the Miscellaneous tab:
  Clipboard Data on Exit - choose Delete
  Uncheck Show Splash Screen when application starts


Click OK, and that file will close.

Next, Files - Preferences - Autosave Settings.
When PSP crashes or freezes for some reason and you haven't saved your work, you can lose everything. Put a checkmark in the 'Enable Autosave' box. Set the time schedule you want - 2 minutes should be plenty. Click OK. Now if it crashes you can re-open and what you were working on will reload just as it was at the last Autosave.

Next is Files - Preferences - File Locations.
  Under File Types, click on Plugins
  Over to the right, Under Plugin File Folders, make sure that Enable plugins     and Limit Loaded Plugin Files are checked.

Now, click on Add:
  Browse to My Documents - My PSP Files (or My PSP8 Files)- just
  pick one of them - Plugins - OK. Sometimes the Plugins folder
  won't be there but it's an easy fix. Top toolbar - File - New -
  Folder - and name it Plugins.

For PSP9, under Folder Options, make sure both boxes - Enable and Use Sub Folders - are checked.

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