Using palettes

Corel Paint Shop Pro contains many palettes that organize information and commands to help you edit your images. Some palettes appear automatically when you start up the application for the first time, others appear in response to tools you choose, and some palettes appear only when you choose to open them.

Palettes display information and may contain both controls and command buttons. Like toolbars, palettes can be moved from their default docked position — you can float a palette or dock it to another side of the main Corel Paint Shop Pro window.

For more information about working with palettes, see "Using palettes" in the Help.

Learning Center

Displays information about workflow, tools, and commands

that you need to get your work done quickly and efficiently


Lets you view folder contents visually, allowing you to zoom in

on image thumbnails, easily navigate to other folders, sort

images, view and edit EXIF data, and print contact sheets

Tool Options

Displays settings and controls for the active tool


Lets you choose colors and materials for painting, drawing,

filling, and retouching


Lets you view, organize, and adjust settings for image layers


Displays a thumbnail of the active image, lets you set a zoom

level, and displays image information


Lists the actions taken on the active image, allows you to undo

and redo adjacent or nonadjacent actions, and allows you to

create a Quickscript that can be instantly applied to other open



Displays a graph of the distribution of red, green, blue,

grayscale, hue, saturation, and lightness values in an image. You

can analyze the distribution of detail in the shadows, midtones,

and highlights to help you decide how to make corrections.

Brush Variance

Lets you set additional brush options when you use a paint

brush or any other raster painting tool. This palette is

particularly useful when you use a pressure-sensitive tablet or a

four-dimensional mouse. For example, you can vary the opacity

of a brush stroke by applying pressure with the stylus. Some

options also work well with a mouse.


Lets you place and mix pigments to use with the Oil Brush tool

and the Palette Knife tool, allowing you to create realistic

strokes with oil paints on Art Media layers

Script Output

Displays a list of your actions and results when you run scripts

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