Making basic photo adjustments

When you open a photo in Corel Paint Shop Pro, and you are not sure what adjustments to make, you can apply one of the two Photo Fix commands and see if you like the results. Both Photo Fix commands operate by quickly analyzing your photo, identifying the areas that are darkest, brightest, and in between (the midtones), and then applying corrections based on these identified areas.

You can use the One Step Photo Fix command to improve the exposure and color balance of images quickly and easily.

The One Step Photo Fix command automatically applies a predetermined set of color balancing and sharpening corrections to your photo — all you need to do is select the command. If you want the option of controlling the amount of these same corrections, you can use the Smart Photo Fix command.

The Smart Photo Fix feature gives you control over the amount and type of corrections applied to an image.

To adjust a photo in one step

After a brief pause, a predetermined set of corrections are applied to your photo.

. . The corrections applied are identical to what would be applied by using the

Smart Photo Fix command.

To adjust a photo comprehensively

1 Choose Adjust ► Smart Photo Fix.

The Smart Photo Fix dialog box appears. The upper-left pane shows the original photo. The upper-right pane shows the photo with the initial set of adjustments applied by the command based on its analysis of the photo.

2 Perform one or more tasks from the following table, and click OK. To Do the following

To brighten or darken the photo In the Brightness group box, type or set a value in the Overall, Shadows, and Highlights controls, or adjust their corresponding sliders. Positive settings brighten the photo, and negative settings darken the photo.

To increase or decrease saturation Type or set a value in the Saturation control, or adjust the slider. Positive settings make colors more vibrant; negative settings make colors less vibrant.

To sharpen the edges of the photo Type or set a value in the Focus control.

When you mark the Advanced Options check box, additional adjustments become available. The Color Balance check box is marked by default, which allows the photo's black, white, and gray areas to be identified. The colors in the photo are balanced on the basis of these identified areas (sampling points). These sampling points are ignored if you unmark the Color Balance check box, and they are restored if you re-mark the check box. You cannot drag or move sampling points.

You can reset all settings to their initial values by clicking Suggest Settings.

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