For this tutorial I will show you how to create a 12x12 digital scrapbook layout in Paint Shop Pro x3.
Open up Paint Shop Pro and click on File-->New and put the size you would like. For your resolution make sure you put 300, this is so you can have quality printing when printing your layout.
Under Image Characteristics make sure the "Raster Background" is clicked. Color depth is set to "RGB - 8 bits/channel" and the "Transparent" is clicked.
Now click OK and you are ready to start creating your layout.
Before I start on a layout I like to pick the photos I want to scrap. Look for a few photos and open them in PSP x3. Once you have your photos opened in PSP copy and paste them into your layout image. To copy an image go to Edit-->Copy, to paste an image go to Edit-->Paste as new image.
Now pick the digital scrapbook kit you would like to use. I'm using my kit Love Birds that is free at my facebook fan page
until February 28, 2013. I like to pick my papers first then my elements. Once you have your background paper, copy and paste it into your layout image. Do the same with all your other papers that you would like to use has your background.
Now place your photo where you would like it to be on your layout. To do this you would need to click on the pick tool on the tool bar or press the letter K. This is the second tool at the top, it will look like an arrow. With this tool you can resize your photo and move it around. When resizing your image make sure you use the corner tabs to keep it as a scale image.
Sometimes when you have more than one thing opened in PSP it can crash. Lets save your layout just in case this does happen. Go to File-->Save As name your layout and for the file type change it to a PSPIMAGE (.PSP). A .PSP image is the same has a .PSD image, it will save all your layers and wont marge then when saving. This is a great way to go back and make any changes you need.
Now open up the elements you would like to use on your layout. Once you have them open copy and paste them into your layout.
Now that you have everything in your layout image you will see all the different layers in the Layer Box. This Layer Box will be on the right hand side of your program. I want my photo to be on top of all of my elements, so I will click on my photo layer and drag it all the way to the top. Once my photo is the top layer, I will click on my Pick Tool or "K" and start moving my elements around.
Now for the shadowing. Shadowing is the most important thing in digital scrapbooking. Without the shadows your layout will look flat. There is two ways to create a shadow in PSP but I will only show you one.
Go to Effects-->3D Effects-->Drop Shadow. A drop shadow box will pop up, I like to have the "Preview on Image" click so I can see how the shadow looks on my layout before clicking OK. I also like to have the "Shadow on new layer" clicked so I can move the shadow when needed.
Offset is where your shadow will be placed, either far or close to your image. Attributes Opacity is the darkness and lightness of your shadow, Blur is the thickness of your shadow, and color is the color or the shadow.
The rule of shadowing is to shadow with the darkness of your item. Just about all digital scrapbook elements are real items that was extracted to digital. So they will have a darkness to it, this was caused by the actually shadow that was once there. You would want to place the digital shadow a long the darkness of the element so it will look more real and 3D.
Now add shadows to all of your elements, papers, and photos. Once you are done you can save your image as .PNG, .JPG, or .PSP . If you would like to upload the layout to the web you would have to resize your image. Go to Image-->Resize change the "Resolution" to 72, change the "Pixel Dimensions" to 600x600, and make sure Pixels is click and not Percent.
Now you know how to create a layout from start to finish in Paint Shop Pro x3. If you have any questions please ask.