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.

To use layers with photos

• Perform one or more tasks from the following table. To Do the following

Preserve the original image before making Make a duplicate of the background layer by changes choosing Layers ► Duplicate. To work on the duplicate layer, click it in the Layers palette to make it the active layer.

Make color and tonal corrections Use adjustment layers instead of changing the image directly. For more information about using adjustment layers, see "Using adjustment layers" in the Help.

Do the following

Add text or graphics

Create interesting effects

Create a painting

Combine photos to create a photo collage

Create a panoramic photo

Create text and graphics, such as lines and shapes, on vector layers to make them easier to edit.

Duplicate the background layer, apply an effect to the duplicate, and then blend the two layers by changing the opacity or blend modes of the modified layers.

Use the Art Media tools by marking the Trace check box on the Tool Options palette to create an Art Media layer. Use the Art Media brushes to create impressionistic effects. For more information about the Art Media brushes, see "Working with Art Media tools" in the Help.

Open the photos that you want to combine and decide which image to use as your base image. Copy the other images into the base image by clicking an image, choosing Edit ► Copy, clicking the base image, and choosing Edit ► Paste As New Layer. Position each layer with the Move tool Use the opacity setting and blend mode to control how much of each layer shows through. Use a mask layer to hide parts of a layer or to create soft edges around it.

Take a series of photos with overlapping subject matter.

Create an image with a canvas large enough to display a panorama, and then copy each photo onto a separate layer. Decrease the opacity of one layer to see through it as you use the Move tool to match up the edges of the other photo. Do this with each layer, and then return the layers to 100 percent opacity. Or, if you have Corel Photo Album installed, you can use its automatic Panorama feature.

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  • Armas
    Where is layers option in corel paint?
    8 years ago

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