Table of contents

Welcome to Corel Paint Shop What's in this user What's new in Corel Paint Shop Installing and uninstalling Corel Paint Shop Pro 3 Starting and exiting Corel Paint Shop Pro 4 Registering Corel Updating Corel Corel Support About Corel Workflow Get Retouch and Create collages Add text and Apply Print and Learning how to use Corel Paint Shop Pro 11 Documentation Using the Learning Center Using the Help Workspace Exploring the Using Using Using Getting started with Corel Paint Shop Pro 25 Getting...

Opening and closing images

You can open most image formats in Corel Paint Shop Pro. You can open the images by using the menu bar in the main program window or by using the Browser palette. For more information about using the Browser palette, see Browsing through image folders on page 30. You can associate specific file formats with Corel Paint Shop Pro, such as JPEG, TIF, or PNG, so that these files will open in Corel Paint Shop Pro when you double-click them. For more information about setting file format...

About Corel Corporation

Corel Corporation provides innovative software solutions that help millions of value-conscious businesses and consumers in more than 75 countries improve their productivity. The company is renowned for its powerful software portfolio, which combines innovative photo-editing, graphics-creation, vector-illustration, and technical-graphics applications with office and personal productivity solutions. Corel's flagship products include the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, the WordPerfect Office suite,...

Emailing images

You can use an e-mail program with Corel Paint Shop Pro to e-mail any open image. To send images, your e-mail application must support the MAPI standard, such as Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. The image remains in its current file format if the format is supported by your e-mail application. Your e-mail program opens with the file attached. 2 Use the controls in your e-mail program to send the e-mail.

Resizing images

After you adjust your image, you can resize it in Corel Paint Shop Pro. It's important to understand how resizing affects image pixels. Pixels have no set physical size. Each pixel represents one area of a single color. When an image is resized, the number of pixels in the image may be reduced or increased, which causes the image to be resampled. Resampling changes the file size. Print resolution is the number of pixels per inch. More pixels per inch ppi create smaller printed pixels and a...

Paint Shop Pro X

All rights reserved. Corel Paint Shop Pro X User Guide The contents of this user guide and the associated Corel Paint Shop Pro software are the property of Corel Corporation and its respective licensors, and are protected by copyright. For more complete copyright information about Corel Paint Shop Pro, please refer to the About Corel Paint Shop Pro section in the Help menu of the software. Corel, the Corel logo, Corel Support Services, CorelDRAW, Natural-Media,...

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...

Whats in this user guide

The Learning Center palette presents a more intuitive approach for guiding you through the basic Corel Paint Shop Pro workflow. The Home page of the Learning Center palette contains seven main categories, which together represent a typical workflow. Each category contains several detailed topics to guide you in choosing tools and commands that will help you work quickly and efficiently. The Browser palette replaces the Browser from the previous version of Corel Paint Shop Pro. From within the...

Working with layers

Layers are fundamental to creating and editing images in Corel Paint Shop Pro. Use layers to add elements to your images, create artistic effects and illustrations, and make image editing easier. You can add or delete layers, rearrange the order in which they are stacked, and blend their pixels in various ways. Unless you merge the layers, each one remains independent and you can edit it independently of the others. For more information about layers, see Working with layers in the Help. In this...

Printing images

Corel Paint Shop Pro offers many ways to print images. You can print from the Browser palette, use a template, or use a custom layout to meet specific size requirements. On the left, a contact sheet was created by printing from the Browser palette. In the center, a template was used to print to common photo sizes. On the right, a custom layout was used to meet specific print size requirements. On the left, a contact sheet was created by printing from the Browser palette. In the center, a...

Adding picture frames

Frame Paint Shop Pro

You can add picture frames to your images to provide an eye-catching final touch. You can choose from square or oval, modern or classic styles, mats or photo edges, or a variety of other styles. The frame is applied on a separate layer, allowing you to edit it like any other layer. You can add a frame around your image. You can add a frame around your image. 1 Choose Image Picture Frame to display the Picture Frame dialog box. 2 In the Picture Frame group box, choose a frame from the drop-list....

Getting photos into Corel Paint Shop

You can browse and load images directly into Corel Paint Shop Pro. If you have Corel Photo Album installed, you can use Corel Photo Downloader to detect and download photos automatically from most cameras and card readers. When you scan images, your scanning software may allow you to choose a host application. If you choose Corel Paint Shop Pro, you can scan the images directly into the program. To get photos from a digital camera or card reader 1 Connect your camera or card reader to your...

Understanding layers

When you create or import an image in Corel Paint Shop Pro, the image has a single layer. Depending on the type of image you created or imported, the single layer is labeled in the Layers palette as Background, Raster, Vector, or Art Media. When you open a photo, scan, or screen capture, the single layer is labeled as Background in the Layers palette. For most simple corrections and retouching, you do not have to add layers to an image. However, it is a good practice to duplicate the single...

Cropping images

You can remove unwanted portions of an image to create stronger compositions or change the image focus. Corel Paint Shop Pro helps you crop by providing presets to common image sizes, such as 4 X 6 inches or 10 X 15 centimeters. Cropping can reduce the amount of hard drive memory required for editing the image. Also, by eliminating extraneous areas of color, cropping can improve color corrections. If a photograph requires both cropping and color correction, you should crop the image first and...

Editing text

Corel Paint Shop Pro lets you edit text to change its formatting. For example, you can change the font or font size, or apply bold, italic, or strike-through formatting. You can change the space between characters. You can also shift text characters vertically and horizontally. Important You cannot edit the characters or formatting of raster text. You can only modify raster text by using the Pick tool. 1 On the Tools toolbar, choose the Text tool A . The Text Entry dialog box appears. 3 On the...

Rotating images

You can rotate an image by 90 degrees to change its orientation to landscape horizontal or portrait vertical . If your camera contains sensors that mark images taken in a portrait orientation, Corel Paint Shop Pro automatically rotates photos to the correct orientation. For information about rotating an image to straighten it according to reference points within the image, such as the horizon, see Straightening images on page 40. Corel Paint Shop Pro offers several ways to rotate an image...

Using the Materials palette

Corel Paint Shop Pro lets you paint, draw, and fill with a variety of styles and materials. A style is a color, gradient, or pattern. A material is the style plus an optional texture. Both styles and materials can be selected from the Materials palette. You can display the Materials palette at any time. You can leave it open while you work, or you can display it only when you need it. You can also reverse the foreground and background colors or materials. Main components of the Materials...

Using the Picture Tube tool

Paint Shop Tubes

You can use the Picture Tube tool to paint with a collection of objects. For example, you can add butterflies and beetles to a picnic setting, fill an aquarium with fish, or frame a picture with holly. You can use one of the picture tubes included with Corel Paint Shop Pro or create your own. The Picture Tube tool lets you apply various preset images to your photos to create unique effects. The Picture Tube tool lets you apply various preset images to your photos to create unique effects....

Applying text

Corel Paint Shop Pro lets you apply different types of text to your images. You can apply vector text, floating raster text, and text as a selection. The type of text you apply depends on the effect you want to create. Vector text, which is used in most instances, can be edited in many ways. For example, you can change the words, font type, style, and alignment. When you apply raster-only tools or commands, the vector text is merged with the raster layer, and it can no longer be edited as text....

Warping images

Warping Con Paint Shop Pro

You can distort image areas by using the warp brushes on image pixels to produce a warping effect on image pixels. You can twirl areas of images, contract or expand parts of images, and create many interesting effects. The effect of the Warp Brush is often time-dependent, which means that the longer you hold the brush over an area, the more the brush produces the effect. You can also warp images by using a grid. When you use the Mesh Warp tool, a grid or mesh is placed on the image. The grid...

Choosing colors by using the Color Picker

Paint Shop Color Saturation

When you edit images in Corel Paint Shop Pro, you often need to choose a color before painting, drawing, or filling, making manual color corrections, or choosing a background for a new raster image. The Color Picker is the most versatile tool for choosing colors. The appearance of the Color Picker depends on the color depth of the active image 16 bits channel, 8 bits channel, 256 colors, 16 colors, or 2 colors . The Color Picker displays when you click the Foreground Stroke property box, the...

Straightening images

You can easily straighten crooked images by specifying a line along an image feature that you want to correct. Corel Paint Shop Pro then aligns the image vertically or horizontally with this rotation line. You can use this technique when an image has a strong vertical or horizontal feature, such as a building or horizon. The Straighten tool lets you draw a line by using reference points within an image. You can then use the line to straighten the image. The Straighten tool lets you draw a line...

Choosing effects

Effects For Corel

You can choose effects by using the Effects menus or the Effect Browser. For information on using the Effect Browser, see To choose an effect from the Effect Browser on You can customize most effects by adjusting their settings in dialog boxes. These dialog boxes contain several common features The left preview window shows the original image, and the right preview window shows the current dialog settings applied. The Presets drop-list is set to Last Used. This preset lets you apply the same...

Exploring the workspace

Corel Paint Menu

When you open Corel Paint Shop Pro, the main program window appears. This window is your work area. It contains the commands and tools you need to create, edit, print, and export your images. You can save the entire workspace, including open images and their magnifications and screen positions, as well as positions and preferences of palettes, toolbars, dialog boxes, and windows. For information about using custom workspaces, see Using custom workspaces in the Help. The Corel Paint Shop Pro...

Applying photo effects

Infrared Photo Effects

Photo Effects offers some fun ways to alter your color photos. You can simulate taking a photo with black-and-white film. You can also modify the effect by choosing from a variety of color filters that change the contrast in the black-and-white image. For more information, see To apply the Black and White Film effect on page 82. You can also simulate taking a photo on black-and-white infrared film with an infrared pass lens filter on the camera. To enhance the effect, you can adjust settings...

Applying effects

Paint Shop Pro Frames

Corel Paint Shop Pro has many special effects that you can apply to your images, including 3D, artistic, illumination, reflection, and photographic effects. You can also add frames, paint with images, or warp image areas to create unique effects. For a complete list of the special effects in Corel Paint Shop Pro, see Applying Effects in the Help. using the Picture Tube tool

Saving images

Before saving images, you need to consider the file format in which you want to save your image and ensure that you don't overwrite an original image that you may need in the future. The Corel Paint Shop Pro PspImage file format supports layers, alpha channels, and other features used in creating images. It is recommended that you save and edit your images as PspImage files. You can then save the file to a standard file format if you want to e-mail the image, use it on a Web page, or send it to...

Learning how to use Corel Paint Shop

How You Use Corel Paint Shop Pro

You can learn Corel Paint Shop Pro in various ways by reading the user guide, by accessing the Help, by using the Learning Center palette, or by exploring the resources on the Corel Web site www.corel.com , where you can access tutorials, movies, and training videos. You can also check the readme.html file installed with Corel Paint Shop Pro to learn the latest information about the software. using the Learning Center palette

Creating selections

Distance Raster Vector

You can create a selection when you want to isolate part of an image. For example, you can use a selection to adjust one area of a photo, to retouch in one area only, or to copy a portion of a photo and paste it into another photo. The way you make a selection depends on whether you are working on a raster or vector layer. For more information about raster and vector graphics, see Understanding graphics and vector layers in the You can create a selection by using a simple shape left , by...

Using tools

You can use the Corel Paint Shop Pro tools to paint, draw, crop images, add text, and perform other image editing and creative tasks. Some tools, such as the Crop, Move, and Text tools, reside in their own space on the Tools toolbar. Most tools, however, are grouped with other tools that perform similar tasks. A group of tools is denoted by a small flyout arrow on the right side of the active tool. Some tools are grouped together in flyouts. You can access all tools in a flyout by clicking the...

Erasing image areas

Ydu can use the Eraser tool to erase areas of a layer to transparency. When you use the Eraser tool to erase on a raster layer, all pixels in the tool's path become transparent. A gray and white checkerboard pattern indicates transparent areas. You can use the Background Eraser tool to erase pixels selectively. For example, in a photo of a mountain range, you can erase the sky or you can isolate an object from the surrounding image area. You can quickly remove the background from an image by...

Zooming and panning

By default, images that you open in Corel Paint Shop Pro appear at a magnification level that allows the full image to appear in the workspace. You can zoom in to get a closer look at image detail or zoom out to view a larger portion of the image. You can also magnify a specific area of an image. You can use the Zoom tool to magnify your image left or you can use the Magnifier command to view a specific area without changing the magnification of the image right . You can use the Zoom tool to...

Using the Layers palette

The Layers palette lists all layers in an image. The order of layers on the palette is the order of layers in the image. The top layer is listed first, and the bottom layer is listed last. You can change the stacking order of layers on the Layers palette, depending on the layer types. For information about layer types, see Understanding layers in the Help. Ydu can create layer groups to organize the Layers palette. Ydu can also link layers or groups so that they move together when you use the...

Welcome to Corel Paint Shop

Corel Photo Paint

Corel Paint Shop Pro sets the standard for affordable, professional image editing. You can edit photos, create graphics, draw, and paint, all within a highly customizable what's new in Corel Paint Shop Pro installing and uninstalling Corel Paint Shop Pro starting and exiting Corel Paint Shop Pro Corel Support Services This user guide contains the information you need to become familiar with the Corel Paint Shop Pro workspace, to understand the photo-editing workflow, and to get started with...

Deleting images

You can delete image files from the main workspace, or you can delete images by using the Browser palette. To delete the current image in the workspace To delete an image by using the Browser palette 1 On the Browser palette, right-click the image that you want to delete. When you view your photos in Corel Paint Shop Pro, you may notice problems that you want to correct. In some photos, the problems are obvious, such as when the subject is too dark. In other photos, you may sense the need for...

Using layers with photos

When you open a digital photo or a scanned image in Corel Paint Shop Pro, the image is on the background layer. For most photographic enhancements, such as cropping, correcting colors, or retouching, you can work on the background layer without ever adding another layer. If you want to create interesting effects or make the corrections easier to perform, you can use layers as you work. Perform one or more tasks from the following table. To Do the following Preserve the original image before...

Cutting copying and pasting

You can cut or copy a selection or an entire layer to the Clipboard, and then paste the contents of the Clipboard into the same image or another image. The basic commands are Cut removes the selected content to the Clipboard and replaces it with the image background color or transparency Copy copies the selected content to the Clipboard Copy Merged copies a flattened merged version of all the layers in a selection to the Clipboard Paste pastes cut or copied content from the Clipboard into the...