First, make sure the Layers palette is visible in your workspace. If it’s not and you’re not sure how to access it, see Part 1 of this series.
Step 1: Begin by opening the photo in Paint Shop Pro. Before doing any editing there are a couple of other steps to take. These steps won’t be necessary in every editing project, but it doesn’t hurt to perform them anyway.
First, if your photo is currently a background layer, promote it to a full layer. To do this, right click on the layer in the Layers palette and select Promote Background Layer.
After performing this operation, the single layer of the photo will now be a full raster layer that can be moved above and below other layers.
Next, go ahead and save the photo as a PSPIMAGE file if it’s not already in that format. The PSPIMAGE format will preserve all of the layers that we’ll be creating so they can be individually modified at a later date. If you want to use the finished image in another application, you’ll need to save a copy of the file as a JPEG or other compatible format, but make sure to keep the PSPIMAGE file as well.
To save the photo in this manner, choose Save As from the File menu and then pick PSPIMAGE from the dropdown box next to Save as type.