In a nutshell, this is how I produce my digital artwork:
The following sections show my tool/palette/preference setups for Paint Shop Pro 7 (which can generally be applied to PSP9 as well) as well as a scanner how-to. Other programs like Photoshop won't look exactly like this, but will most likely have similar functions. In these tutorials I try to write broadly enough so it can apply to other programs, as PSP7&9 are extremely outdated.
Click here to see how my PSP7 is arranged, which is a bit more minimalistic than the stock arrangement. Toolbars can be turned on or off by clicking the View tab, then "Toolbars..." at the bottom. The toolbars you'll want checkmarked are the Standard Toolbar, Tool Palette, Color Palette, Status Bar, Tool Options Palette, and Layer Palette. I also customized my Standard Toolbar to consist of my commonly-used functions, which can be done by right-clicking the toolbar and clicking "customize". I have the Standard Toolbar, Tool Palette, and Color Palette "bound" to the sides of the program. The Tool Options and Layer palettes I have hovering in the lower corners and are set to hide automatically when not active. The major tools I use with Paint Shop Pro are found in any program capable of digital art (even MS Paint!) and are listed below. For the Paintbrush, Flood Fill, and Eyedropper, left-clicking will apply the foreground (primary) color, and right-clicking will apply the background (secondary) color:
These palettes will allow you to manipulate the tools being used, as well as the image's layers. There are three "main" palettes:
For PSP7 users, there are a couple other things you may want to change to make the program a little easier to use. Go under File, then go to Preferences, then click "General Program Preferences". There are two tabs where you may want to alter the settings. The first tab is under the Undo/Redo tab, where you probably want to increase the amount of Undo data the program can store (or you can make it unlimited, which is what I did). The other tab to look at is the Transparency tab, as I've found it's a lot easier to work on the lineart when white is not one of the background grid colors. This checkerboard grid is visible in place of transparent portions of an image (or layer). I'd suggest changing the white color of Color 1 to a darker grey than Color 2. Also, under Preferences, you may want to activate the Autosave function, although I do not have this turned on.
To set the foundation of the image, the sketch needs to be scanned. To do this: