I thought it would be a good idea, to do a tutorial, taking you through some of the basics of Paint Shop Pro 9. I believe that the versions are roughly the same, so whatever version you have, it should transfer easily.

Cropping and Resizing

To do any kind of graphic art, whether it be an Icon, blend or set. You will need to know how to crop and resize an image. For the purpose of this exercise I'm going to use This Image (Ooh nice isn't it. :) ) Now say you want to make an Icon. This is far to big, so you need to crop and resize it to be 100x100 pixels. To do this, you will need your cropping tool. This is on the left hand side of your interface, and the third button down. You click on this tool, and you can then mark out the area you'd like to use. Like so. I marked it out at 159x159 pixels. Now you double click, on the highlighted area. You are now left with a perfectly square image.

Now we get to resize the image to 100x100 pixels. This is easy to do. You go into your primary tool bar and click on <> A drop down menu will appear, scroll to <> The settings box will appear. Make sure the settings, are as I have them. here. And that's it! You can do whatever you want to your image now, to make a lovely Icon.