Image editing: PaintShop Pro explainer 5 of 5

Create a new image with a single-colour background

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Create a new image with a single-colour background


Name of explainer: Create an image with a single-colour background

Creative theme: Image editing

Software used: PaintShop Pro

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 5 of 5 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Open an image, resize it and save it
  2. Open an image, rotate it and crop it
  3. Open an image and apply basic colour correction
  4. Open an image and add text
  5. Create a new image with a single-colour background

The Software

This series of beginner explainers uses PaintShop Pro. You can download a free 30 day demo version at Corel’s website.

This month we’re also running explainer series for Photoshop (which requires a paid monthly or yearly subscription) and GIMP (which is completely free).

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install paintshop pro’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Sometimes your presentation or image will look better with a single-colour background (other than white!). A block of colour can also be used as a background for titles and text in a video. Most creative software includes various ways to accomplish this, but if you’re working across lots of applications it can still be easier to create and save an image to re-use many times, as we do here.

Let’s do it!

Click the play icon to watch this video. Subtitles are available – Click the settings cog at the bottom right for options. You can also watch this video full-screen by clicking the full-screen icon at the bottom right.

Good to know

This approach is the quickest method to create a solid colour background in PaintShop Pro.

Where to next?

Blocks of a single colour are useful but it’s also possible to create colour sweeps and blends like these with only a few clicks…

To get started, create a new, blank image then select the ‘Gradient Fill’ Icon as below:

Next, click on the ‘foreground and stroke properties’ swatch at the top right of the window…

You’re presented with lots of built-in gradients. Scroll through and select one, then click OK.

To apply the gradient to your new image, just click anywhere on it!

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for this software – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2022. This page was last updated in February 2022.

We at are not responsible for the content of any external webpages or software downloaded from third party sites. Links are included in good faith at the time of writing. All explainer content is compiled in good faith using processes and methods used by the team. Modern software gives users many ways in which to accomplish the same task, and for reasons of clarity we choose not to reference multiple options. All computer users should run up to date virus / security software at all times to minimise risk.

Download the asset pack for this series

If you’d like to follow our explainers using the actual assets demonstrated, you can download them using the link below. Not only do you receive the logos and images used in this series – You also gain access to versions of the videos without the background music. Nice!


This is number 5 of the 15 explainer videos made available for image editing month, and we’ve come to the end of our PaintShop Pro series. Make sure you check out our explainers for GIMP and PHOTOSHOP too!