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Internet Explorer Construction Kit for Dummies - Clayton W

Clayton W Internet Explorer Construction Kit for Dummies - Wiley Publishing, 2005. - 388 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-7491-4
Download (direct link): internetexplorerconstruction2005.pdf
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Figure 13-6:
The newly filled toolbar image.
10. Save your work.
If you’ve never saved the image before, the Save As dialog box appears, in which you must give your image a filename and select the image-format type. I suggest the .jpg image type.
Adding a Sunburst Effect
You can spend an entire day experimenting with the different effects Paint Shop Pro puts at your disposal. I don’t know how much spare time you have to fool around with Paint Shop Pro, but I’ve got a lot of work to do, so, rather than experimenting, I’m going to suggest a very cool effect for your toolbar. The sunburst effect adds a bright light source, with rays and reflections. Perform the following steps to see what I mean:
1. Make sure your image’s window is selected.
You can select them image window by clicking its title bar.
This step ensures that you apply the effect to the correct image — just in case you happen to have more than one image open in Paint Shop Pro’s work area.
2. Choose EffectsOlllumination EffectsOSunburst, as shown in Figure 13-7.
The Sunburst dialog box appears.
3. In the Light Spot options, set Brightness to 80, Horizontal to 70, and Vertical to 20.
These options determine the brightness of the light source (the higher the setting, the brighter the light), as well as the light’s horizontal and vertical position.
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Figure 13-7:
Choose these commands to cause the next dialog box to appear.
4. In the Rays options, set Density to 30 and Brightness to 50.
These options determine how many rays you get and how bright the rays are.
5. In the Circle options, set Brightness to 100.
These options determine how the reflective circles of the effect look. The higher this setting, the more obvious the reflective circles are.
Figure 13-8 shows the Sunburst dialog box with its correct settings.
6. Click OK.
Paint Shop Pro applies the Sunburst effect to your toolbar image, as shown in Figure 13-9.
7. Save your work.
If you’ve never saved the image before, the Save As dialog box appears, in which you must give your image a filename and select the image-format type. I suggest the .jpg image type.
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Feel free to experiment with other Paint Shop Pro effects. If you don’t like what you get, you can just select the Undo command to remove the effect. You can access Undo from the Edit menu or by pressing Ctrl+Z on your keyboard.
Figure 13-9:
The toolbar with the Sunburst effect.
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Adding a Graphic to the Toolbar
You can make a lot more changes to make your toolbar more interesting. Paint Shop Pro provides something called the Picture Tube tool that enables you to stamp detailed graphical images onto your toolbar. Sounds like fun, eh? Here’s how:
1. Make sure that your image’s window is selected.
2. Choose LayersONew Raster Layer, as shown in Figure 13-10.
The New Raster Layer dialog box appears.
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Figure 13-10:
The New Raster Layer command.
3. In the New Raster Layer dialog box, change the Name box to Gold Star.
This name can be anything you want, as it just identifies the layer.
4. Set Blend Mode to Normal.
The blend mode determines how layers affect each other.
5. Set Opacity to 25.
Opacity determines how transparent a layer is.
6. Set Link Set to 0.
Link Set determines which layers are locked together and move as a single unit.
7. Select the Layer Is Visible setting.
Figure 13-11 shows the New Raster Layer dialog box with its correct settings.
8. Click OK.
Paint Shop Pro adds a new layer on top of your toolbar’s background layer. This extra layer enables you to manipulate any new graphics you add to the toolbar, without changing the sunburst effect underneath.
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Figure 13-11:
The New Raster Layer dialog box.
9. Select the Picture Tube tool, which is the twelfth tool from the top in the toolbox, right above the Flood Fill tool.
The Picture Tube tool’s settings appear in Paint Shop Pro’s toolbar, as shown in Figure 13-12.
Figure 13-12:
The Picture Tube tool’s settings.
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10. In the tool’s settings, select the Gold Star Garland picture tube, as shown in Figure 13-13.
To display the selections, click the small arrow next to the displayed shape in the tool’s settings toolbar.
The selected picture appears in the tool’s settings.
11. Also in the tool’s settings, change the Scale value to 72.
The Scale value determines the size of the resultant graphic. The setting of 72 makes the graphic 72 percent of its original size.
12. In the Layer pane, click the Gold Star layer to ensure that it’s the selected layer (see Figure 13-14).
Paint Shop Pro selects the Gold Star layer for manipulation.
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Figure 13-13:
Selecting the Gold Star Garland picture tube.
Figure 13-14:
Selecting the Gold Star layer.
13. Place your mouse cursor over the left end of the toolbar and click; if a globe appears, press Ctrl+Z to remove it and then click again.
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