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.

Flyout arrow

Flyout arrow

Some tools are grouped together in flyouts. You can access all tools in a flyout by clicking the flyout arrow beside the active tool.

When you hold the pointer over a tool, a ToolTip displays the tool name and shortcut key, and the status bar displays hints for using the tool.

For information about moving, hiding, and displaying the Tools toolbar, see "Using toolbars" on page 18.

Depending on the type of layer you are working on, some tools may be not be available. For example, the Paint Brush and Clone Brush tools work only on raster layers, while the Pen tool works only on vector layers. For more information about raster and vector layers, see "Working with layers" on page 65.

The following table describes each tool on the Tools toolbar.

Tool

Description

^ Pan

Use this tool to move the viewable portion of the image window when part of the image extends beyond the image window.

Zoom

Use this tool to zoom in by clicking or zoom out by right-clicking. Drag to define an area for zooming.

Pick

Use this tool to move, rotate, and reshape raster layers, as well as select and modify vector objects.

"V Move

Use this tool to move a raster layer or a vector layer on the canvas.

i—Selection

Use this tool to create a geometrically shaped selection, such as a rectangle, ellipse, or triangle.

'-'f' Freehand Selection

Use this tool to create an irregularly shaped selection.

Magic Wand

Use this tool to make a selection based on pixel values within a specified tolerance level.

Dropper

Use this tool to choose the foreground/stroke color by

clicking, or the background/stroke color by right-clicking.

iZf Crop

Use this tool to trim or eliminate unwanted edges of an

image.

-■_ Straighten

Use this tool to rotate a crooked photo so that it's straight.

T-* Perspective Correction

Use this tool to square the perspective of buildings or other

objects that appear to be leaning or unnaturally angled.

Red Eye

Use this tool to quickly correct the red-eye effect commonly

seen in photos.

. Makeover

Use this tool's three modes — Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush, and

Suntan — to apply cosmetic fixes to a photo.

y Clone

Use this tool to brush over unwanted elements of a photo

with a neighboring area in the same photo.

•*" Scratch Remover

Use this tool to remove scratches in scanned photos, as well as to remove wrinkles, wires, or other similar linear flaws seen in photos.

C Object Remover

Use this tool to cover unwanted elements of a photo with a neighboring texture in the same photo.

y Paint Brush

Use this tool to paint on your image with colors, textures, or

gradients.

'¿^ Airbrush

Use this tool to simulate painting with an airbrush or spray can.

■_i Lighten/Darken

Use this tool to lighten areas as you drag, or to darken areas as you drag with the right mouse button. This effect is stronger than the effects produced by the Dodge and Burn tools.

Dodge

Use this tool to lighten areas of a photo by clicking, or to

darken areas by right-clicking. Its functionality is the opposite of the Burn tool.

Use this tool to darken areas of a photo by clicking, or to lighten areas by right-clicking. Its functionality is the opposite of the Dodge tool.

rr Smudge

Use this tool to smear pixels by picking up new colors as you drag, or to push pixels by not picking up new colors as you drag with the right mouse button.

Push

Use this tool to push pixels by not picking up new colors as you drag, or to smear pixels by picking up new colors as you drag with the right mouse button.

O Soften

Use this tool to soften pixels as you drag, or to sharpen pixels as you drag with the right mouse button.

O Sharpe

Use this tool to sharpen pixels as you drag, or to soften pixels as you drag with the right mouse button.

CJ Emboss

Use this tool to create an embossed effect by suppressing color and tracing edges in black as you drag.

Saturation Up/Down

Use this tool to make colors more vivid as you drag, or less vivid as you drag with the right mouse button.

Hue Up/Down

Use this tool to shift pixel hue values up as you drag or to shift them down as you drag with the right mouse button.

® Change to Target

Use this tool to recolor pixels while retaining photographic detail.

** Color Replacer

Use this tool to replace the background/fill color with the foreground/stroke color by clicking or dragging, or to replace the foreground/stroke color with the background/fill color by right-clicking or dragging with the right mouse button.

Eraser

Use this tool to erase raster layer pixels to transparency.

Background Eraser

Use this tool to erase around the edges of the areas you want to keep in a photo.

Flood Fill

Use this tool to fill pixels of a similar tolerance level with the current foreground/stroke material by clicking or with the current background/fill material by right-clicking.

Tool

Description

is Picture Tube

Use this tool to place theme-based artistic elements in your

image.

A Text

Use this tool to place text on your image.

Preset Shape

Use this tool to add predefined shapes (such as callouts,

arrows, and starbursts) to your image.

_l Rectangle

Use this tool to create a rectangle or square.

O Ellipse

Use this tool to create an ellipse or circle.

...Symmetric Shape

Use this tool to create symmetric or star-shaped objects.

Pen

Use this tool to create connected or unconnected lines,

freehand curves, and Bezier curve segments.

'/ Warp Brush

Use this tool to shrink, grow, twist, or distort pixels in your

photo.

Mesh Warp

Use this tool to distort a photo by dragging points along a

grid.

Oil Brush

Use this tool to simulate oil brush strokes on an art media

layer.

/ Chalk

Use this tool to simulate drawing with chalk on an art media

layer.

Pastel

Use this tool to simulate drawing with pastels on an art media

layer.

j/ Crayon

Use this tool to simulate drawing with crayon on an art media

layer.

, f Colored Pencil

Use this tool to simulate drawing with colored pencil on an

art media layer.

Marker

Use this tool to simulate drawing with an ink marker on an

art media layer.

J' Palette Knife

Use this tool to simulate applying oil paint with a knife

(instead of a brush) on an art media layer.

Smear

Use this tool to smear whatever pigment you've applied to an art media layer.

i.y Art Eraser

Use this tool to erase whatever pigment you've applied to an art media layer.

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  • harry
    What are the tools in corel paintshop?
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