Use this command to create a blank, untitled picture. PixelNEO will suggest a default picture type, size and color depth for your new image, which you may override by changing the New Picture settings.

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Select the type of new picture that you would like to create from this list. Picture types supported by PixelNEO include:


Standard picture type used for photographs, art work, desktop publishing, reports, etc.

Transparent PNG

A 32-Bit picture with a transparent alpha channel. Used for website/graphic design, games, software/app development, etc.

Transparent GIF

Picture format containing simple, single color transparency. Used for website design, games, etc.

Animated GIF

Animation format primarily used by website designers.

VisualNEO for Windows Cartoon

Animation format used by VisualNEO's for Windows.

PixelNEO Stamp

Clip art picture used by PixelNEO's Stamp tool.

Windows Icon

Windows Icon (ICO) format.

Windows Cursor

Windows Cursor (CUR) format.

Multi-page Document

A document that contains more than one picture. Primarily used for multi-page scanned documents.


Here you will find a selection of sizes which are appropriate for the Picture Type that you have chosen. You may select from a list of preset sizes or manually enter a custom size for the new picture. You can change the unit of measurement used to specify the custom size by clicking on the measurement indicator (Pixels) to the right of the custom size fields.

The and buttons can be used to add and remove choices from the list of preset sizes. To add a new size, enter the desired dimensions into the custom size fields and click . To remove a size, select it from the list and click .

Only a few specific sizes are allowed for Windows Icon and Cursor picture types.


Specify the number of colors you would like to use with the new picture. The number of color choices available depends on the Picture Type that you have selected. For example, the GIF format does not support more than 256 colors.

The number of colors that you select here depends on what type of picture you are going to create, the purpose of the picture and where that picture ultimately will be used. For a picture that is to be included in a black and white desktop publishing project, your best choice probably would be black and white or gray scale. On the other hand, for a picture that will appear on a website, you may  want to select 16 Million Colors or 16 Million Colors + Alpha Channel.

Resolution / dpi

These values reflect the picture's internal resolution in dots (pixels) per inch (dpi). PixelNEO uses these settings to calibrate its on-screen rulers, calculate mouse coordinates and to adjust the picture for printing.

Many people find dpi confusing which is different from a picture's physical dimensions. For example, a typical picture might be 800 pixels wide by 600 pixels high or "800x600". The dpi setting can literally be anything and has nothing to do with the physical dimensions. Instead, dpi is used to determine how a picture should be scaled when printed. For example, 600 dpi (dots per inch) means that 600 pixels equals one inch. 150 dpi means that 150 pixels equals one inch.

The size difference between the picture as it appears on-screen and when printed has to do with difference between the resolution of the two devices. The screen is usually about 96 dots/pixels per inch (dpi), while printers can be anything from 300 dpi up to 2400 dpi. The physical pixels on the printer are much, much smaller than screen pixels.

You can use the desired dpi to calculate the dimensions of your picture. Lets say you want to create a 600 dpi picture that's 5 inches by 7 inches. To determine the width in pixels, multiply 5 by 600. To determine the height, multiply 7 by 600. Therefore, a 5" x 7" image at 600 dpi will need to be 3000 x 4200 pixels. If you create an image of this size in PixelNEO it will be of the correct size and quality to print properly at 600 dpi.

Not all file formats will save dpi information.

Check the Default button to save the current New Picture settings. The next time you create a new picture, these settings will already will be selected. This can be a great time saver if you most often create pictures of the same size and number of colors.

The OK button in the lower-right corner opens a new picture of the specified type and returns you to the main PixelNEO screen. The Cancel button returns you to PixelNEO without opening a new picture.