Expanding Canvas Size Tutorial


Expanding Canvas Size Tutorial

by Storme Designs


I've been working with Paint Shop Pro awhile now and am still

learning more every day.  I'm far from an expert. 

Simple steps that someone else may take as easy and learned

early on, may take another awhile to learn depending on

the source for their paint shop learning.  I taught myself and

then learn more each time I take a tutorial or visit a Paint Shop

Information site.


This tutorial is simply to show you how to increase your

canvas size, when creating a new image.  When I first started out,

I was afraid to play around for fear I'd lose my work, which still

happens often to us all if we don't save often as we create our



First you open your graphic in paint shop.  If you are following

a tutorial or something similar, it usually gives you a size.

Many times you may have drawn a shape larger than the tutorial

was prepared for or you began working on a graphic and

have no more room on your original graphic to finish your


Above is the image I'm creating, a sun with the shapes tool.

Now, I've decided to add a star to the left of the sun, but not much room.


First, you go to Image and then click on Image information,

this is to check the size of your image.  You want to make your

canvas area larger than the existing size.

So, I want my width to add a star to be larger than 222 pixels.

So I will increase mine to 300 and see how it looks.

You then Click on Image, then Canvas size.

After the Canvas size window opens, you can increase

the size of the image you are working with. 

Above I increased mine to 300 and you can see the increased size

on the left.  When the canvas window opens, you change your

width or height., as you need.  Below you will see window

placement.  I have center horizontally and vertically checked.

You can choose to size the top, bottom, left or right instead and

uncheck those selections.

Finish your work and you're done!


Hope this helps someone!



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