Learn Photo Editing
Moving between Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter is simple. Files saved to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format open in Corel Painter, with layer masks, alpha channels and layer sets (layer groups) maintained. Layer behavior in Corel Painter is now very similar to Adobe Photoshop. New layers are now added above the selected layer, layers with different merge modes are collapsible, and it is now possible to hide or display multiple layers by simply clicking and dragging. In addition, Corel Painter now supports Photoshop plug-ins for Mac OS X.
You can start Corel Paint Shop Pro from the Windows taskbar and exit the program from the File menu. To start Corel Paint Shop Pro On the Windows taskbar, click Start All Programs Corel Paint Shop Pro X Corel Paint Shop Pro X. If you associate specific file formats, such as JPEG and TIFF, with Corel Paint Shop Pro, you can double-click the associated file to start the program. For information about setting file format associations, see Setting file format associations in the Help. To exit Corel Paint Shop Pro
You can bring your images into Corel Paint Shop Pro in various ways you can import images from a digital camera, card reader, or scanner you can capture images from the computer screen you can duplicate an existing image or layer or you can create an image. getting photos into 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.
In Painter go to File Save As and select RIFF and you will then be able to edit this layer in the future. If you are working in any of these special types of layers you may wish to save two versions, one in RIFF format in case you need to change something later and another in PSD format to transfer immediately into Photoshop. Layer Composite Methods will translate pretty closely into Layer Blend Modes in Photoshop. The modes that are exclusive to Painter will go to Normal mode, which will usually look totally different. If the mode fails to translate correctly it may be necessary to flatten the picture within Painter before saving it.
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. 2 Access your camera from within Corel Paint Shop Pro by using one of the following methods 3 Select the photos that you want to open in Corel Paint Shop Pro. 1 In Corel Paint Shop Pro, choose File Import TWAIN Source. When the device and software have processed the image, the image is sent to Corel Paint Shop Pro and placed in an image window. The scanner's software may remain open, so you can either continue to acquire images or exit the software. You must install the software that came with your scanner before you connect the device to your computer. Installing this software correctly...
The Help is the most comprehensive source of information for Corel Paint Shop Pro. The Help topics dialog box provides three ways to find information. You can choose a topic from the Contents page, use the Index page to search for a specific topic, or use the Search page to search for specific words and phrases. You can also print topics from the Help, or you can use the interactive workflow diagram in the Help, which will guide you through the most common tasks so that you can use the program efficiently. The Corel Paint Shop Pro workspace includes menus, tools, and palettes that you can use to create and edit images. By navigating this workspace, you can accomplish your painting, drawing, and photo-editing tasks.
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.
Corel Paint Shop Pro gives you two fast, powerful commands for removing noise from your photos. When you use the One Step Noise Removal command or the Digital Camera Noise Removal command, the program analyzes your photo, identifies the noise artifacts, and applies corrections based on these identified areas.
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.
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. The Corel Paint Shop Pro workspace includes the following components Shown below is the workspace that appears when you start up Corel Paint Shop Pro for the first time. The workspace in Corel Paint Shop Pro
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. Picture tubes are PspTube files. Each picture tube file is made up of a series of images arranged in rows and columns, called cells. Picture tubes may have any number of cells. As you paint with the Picture Tube tool, Corel Paint Shop Pro paints one image from the picture tube after another. Many picture tubes create discrete images (such as zoo animals), and others create the effect of a continuous image (such as grass). Selection mode determines how Corel Paint Shop Pro selects images to paint from the cells within the picture tube. Random selects images randomly Incremental selects images one by one from top left to bottom right Angular selects images based on the direction you drag Pressure...
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, Corel Painter Natural-Media painting and illustration software, and the Paint Shop family of digital photography and image-editing software. For more information, please visit www.corel.com. This workflow diagram can help you understand how to use Corel Paint Shop Pro. It shows a suggested sequence for working with your digital images. Whether you want to create a collage or simply remove red-eye from your photos, you can use this diagram as a guide. The Help within Corel Paint Shop Pro contains...
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.
Your first step is to transfer images from your digital camera, scanner, or card reader to your computer. You can then use the Browser palette to find, select, and open images on your computer or on other media, such as CDs. For more information about getting images into Corel Paint Shop Pro, see Getting started with Corel Paint Shop Pro on page 25.
Now that you have adjusted and retouched your images, you can create new effects by combining images. Whether you want to change the background of a photo, create a superimposed effect with layers, or cut and paste selected image areas into one image, Corel Paint Shop Pro gives you the power and flexibility you need. For information about erasing backgrounds, see Erasing image areas on page 54. For information about selecting image areas, see Working with selections on page 57. For information
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.
When you undo an action in Corel Paint Shop Pro, you restore the original detail in the image. To understand the difference between undoing and erasing, consider the example of paint strokes. If you make a mistake with a paint stroke and erase it, the image detail under the stroke is lost. Ydu can erase paint when you want to make certain pixels transparent. You can also erase to create an effect, such as when you want one layer to show through another layer.
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.
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 a printing service. RAW a file format that is typically used by professional photographers. This format provides uncompressed, unprocessed image data and gives you the most control over how an image is processed. Ydu must have a camera that captures digital images in this format, and software, such as Corel Paint Shop Pro, that lets you open and edit the file. For information about the compression methods used in Corel Paint Shop Pro files, see Saving images in the Help. When you save a new image, Corel Paint Shop Pro lets you select its location, name, and file format. When you save an image and then edit it, the image title bar displays an asterisk, or modifier tag, after...
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.
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.
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. Corel Paint Shop Pro offers several ways to rotate an image quickly. Corel Paint Shop Pro offers several ways to rotate an image quickly.
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
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.
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. You can print your images directly from folders on the Browser palette. When you print from the Browser palette, Corel Paint Shop Pro automatically creates a contact sheet for Templates help you simplify image placement and sizing. You can use templates to lay out and print images in standard sizes, including 4 X 6 inches, 5 X 7 inches, and 10 X 15 centimeters. You can use a Corel Paint Shop Pro template, or you can create your own custom template from a page layout that you create.
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.
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 another side of the main Corel Paint Shop Pro window.
After you adjust your image, you can resize it in Corel Paint Shop Pro. It's important to understand how resizing affects image pixels. Corel Paint Shop Pro provides you with many ways to retouch your images. Whether you want to remove a small scratch, erase the entire background, or simply correct red-eye, you'll find the tools you need. removing red-eye
Welcome to Corel Paint Shop Pro 1 What's new in Corel Paint Shop Pro 1 Installing and uninstalling Corel Paint Shop Pro 3 Starting and exiting Corel Paint Shop Pro 4 Learning how to use Corel Paint Shop Pro 11 Getting started with Corel Paint Shop Pro 25 Getting photos into Corel Paint Shop Pro 25 Removing
Painter X can open and 'save as' a wide variety of photographic files, including JPEG (JPG), TIFF, CMYK TIF, BMP, PCX, PSPIMAGE, FRM, TGA, GIF, Adobe Photoshop (PSD), and RIFF (Corel Painter native format). *Adobe Photoshop formats (PSD) Corel Painter preserves layers, layer masks, alpha channels, and composite methods. Layer effects and adjustment layers are not supported and should be merged or flattened in Adobe Photoshop.
If you want to use color management in Corel Painter, you can start by specifying the default RGB color profile that you want to assign to all new documents. When you create images in another application, such as Adobe Photoshop, you should use the same default color profile that you will use when opening the file in Corel Painter. In addition, you should always embed the color profile when saving a document in Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop, so that the document retains the color information.
If your document requires accurate color representation, you should consider using color management. The complexity of your workflow and the ultimate destination of the images are also important considerations. If your documents are destined only for online viewing, color management may not be as important. However, if you plan to open images in another application, such as Adobe Photoshop, or if you are creating images for print or multiple types of output, the use of color management is essential.
Each file format has its own idiosyncrasies and appropriate use. For example, if you want to work on an image in another image editing application, you can export it to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format. Ydu retain many image properties, such as objects and masks, so you can continue to edit the image. If you want to share an image, the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) or the Windows bitmap (BMP) file format are suitable because they are standard formats images in these formats can be opened in most image viewers and most image editing and desktop publishing applications.
Corel Painter Essentials 3 is fully compatible with Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel Photo Album 6. As a result, you can enjoy a complete digital photography workflow, ranging from photo editing and digital painting to organizing image collections and creating keepsakes and crafts. For Mac OS X users, Corel Painter Essentials 3 is also compatible with Apple iPhoto. In addition, Corel Painter Essentials offers extensive support for Wacom pen tablet technology. What's more, the application has been enhanced to run faster and smoother with some brushes operating 10 times faster than ever before.
During the digital imaging process, different tools are used to capture, modify, and print images. In a typical workflow, you capture an image by using a digital camera, upload the image to a computer, modify the image in a photo-editing application, and print the image. Each of these tools has a different way of interpreting color. In addition, each has its own range of available colors, called a color space, which is a set of numbers that define how each color is represented. A color space is a subset of a color model (for example, CMYK or RGB). In other words, each tool speaks a unique language when it comes to color. One number in the color space of a digital camera may represent an entirely different color in the color space of a monitor. As a result, when an image moves through the workflow, the colors get lost in the translation and are not accurately reproduced. A color management system is designed to improve the communication of color in the workflow.
You can load photos from a digital camera into Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Corel PHOTOPAINT supports digital cameras that use Microsoft Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), which provides a standard interface for loading photos. The WIA interface is available only for the Windows Me and Windows XP operating systems.
Vector graphics are made up of lines, curves, objects, and fills that are all calculated mathematically. Although you cannot work with vector graphics in Corel PHOTOPAINT, you can convert vector graphics to bitmaps as you open or import them. This conversion process is called rasterization. You can also copy vector graphics from CorelDRAW and paste them into Corel PHOTO-PAINT.
You can increase your image-editing capabilities using objects, which are independent image elements that float above the background. Objects are transparent layers that stack on top of one another. The background forms the bottom layer, and when you create new objects, they are added to the top of the stack. For example, when you open a photo, it becomes the background. You can then add shapes, brush strokes, sprayed images, and other objects on top of the photo.
You can use masks for advanced image editing. Masks function like a stencil placed over an image protected areas prevent paint and effects from affecting the underlying image, whereas editable areas let paint and effects reach the image. When you define an editable area for an image, you also define a corresponding mask, or protected area, for the same image.
For example, if you want to work on an image in another image editing application, you can save it to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format. You retain many image properties, such as objects and masks, so you can continue to edit the image. If you want to share an image, the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) or the Windows bitmap (BMP) file format are suitable because they are standard formats images in these formats can be opened in most image viewers, image editing and desktop publishing applications. For more information about saving images to the native Corel PHOTO-PAINT (CPT) file format, see Saving images on page 245. You can also export images to Web-compatible formats, such as the JPEG or GIF file formats. For more information, see Exporting and optimizing images for the Web.
In the world of professional print publishing, a graphic designer will typically use a vector-based program like Illustrator or a page-layout program such as InDesign to create the text needed to accompany your illustration. (It's good to own stock in Adobe Systems.) But if a special effect is desired for a few words or letters, it might be necessary to use a pixel-based program and make it part of your image. Both Painter and Photoshop have terrific, but very different, options for text effects.
For those people, like myself, who use keyboard shortcuts a lot the Customize Keys option is superb. It allows shortcuts to be made for all the main functions in Painter and you can also change the default ones if you wish. It is particularly useful if you use another program like Photoshop for instance, as you can use the same shortcuts in both programs. To bring up the dialog box, go to Edit Preferences Customize Keys. Figure 1.24 shows the dialog box at this stage. It is all very easy to follow, but here is an example of how to make a shortcut for the Revert option (which has the function key F12 in Photoshop).
The types of any function parameters and properties are given as hyperlinks to the type definition or class itself, if the type is defined within the current object model. For example, the Application property in the preceding figure is a member of the PHOTOPAINT Document class however, Application is also the property's type, and it is a PHOTOPAINT class, so to view the class and its members, you can click the Application hyperlink.
Corel Painter Essentials 3 includes a range of new tools and features that help users get started on their next digital art project. The new Photo Painting Palettes magically transform photos into stunning paintings, and the new Artists' Oils brushes take Painter's legendary Natural-Media features into a new dimension of realism. In addition, to ensure that digital camera enthusiasts get the most out of their photos, Corel Painter Essentials 3 integrates with Corel Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6, and Apple iPhoto.
Corel Painter lets you manage colors when you create or open images, or place images in a document. The color management controls help ensure that colors are consistent when you work with images from various sources, such as Adobe Photoshop or a digital camera. In addition, you can store color information in a document by embedding a color profile in the file when you save it.
Painter X has a variety of ways to select and use colors whether for toning, painting or coloring and is the ideal program in which to paint or hand tint photographs. Apart from the vast range of brushes, the ability to keep the palettes live on screen while working is something that many other programs including Photoshop cannot do.
Speaking of categories overlapping, there is some common ground between pixel-based programs, such as Painter or Photoshop, and vector-based products (Adobe Illustrator reigns supreme in that arena). If you're not sure how these approaches differ, see my brief explanation in the Appendix.
Layers are an important part of Painter and they give considerable additional flexibility both in cloning and in bringing together elements from different photographs. If you are already familiar with using layers in Photoshop you will find that the Painter layers palette looks very similar, however there are some differences, which you will need to be aware of.
The picture that will be combined the statue had already received some creative work in Photoshop. The original was a slide of cockerel feathers that had been copied and flipped to form an abstract design. The colorful feathers inspired the idea of flames from which the figure could emerge. Step 3 Make the statue the active document by clicking in the image. Step 4 File Clone, which will make an identical copy of the original statue image, do not clear the clone copy. Step 5 File Clone Source Feathers. This last step changes the source of the clone, so Figure 714 Statue1
If you're familiar with Photoshop's nifty Warp Text feature, prepare to be disappointed by Painter's version of text on a curve. There are only three styles, and the curves must be edited with the Shape Selector tool. If you're a skilled manipulator of vector-type anchor points and direction lines, you might be okay. The task of pasting images into an irregular shape is much easier in Photoshop, using a dandy command called Paste Into, meaning paste into the selection. This automatically creates a Layer Mask, as well as a new channel. The pasted image can be moved around within the selected area until you decide where you want it positioned. If you don't have Photoshop to fall back on for some sophisticated image manipulation chores, Painter can usually muddle through. I gotta tell it like it is. I mentioned early on that Painter and Photoshop are pixel-based. The word pixel is short for picture element, using the common abbreviation pix for picture. Each pixel represents a tiny...
Rhoda Grossman is the author of numerous books and tutorials on the creative uses of Painter and Photoshop, most recently Fun with Photoshop Elements. She has taught basic drawing as well as computer graphics techniques at several schools in the San Francisco Bay area and has earned a reputation for lively and humorous presentations. Rhoda became a pixel-packin' mama in 1990 and uses pixel-based software for commercial illustration and cartooning, as well as fine art projects. She has successfully transferred traditional figure drawing skills to the computer, and brings her Mac PowerBook and Wacom tablet along to life drawing workshops where she specializes in quick gesture drawings. As Rhoda Draws a Crowd, she creates digital caricature entertainment for trade shows and conventions. A member of the National Caricaturist Network (NCN), Rhoda is a pioneer in using digital media for live caricature at events, and she has won several awards from her professional colleagues. Visit her Web...
Pixel-based applications like Painter and Photoshop provide several tools for selecting portions of the canvas to accept painted strokes or effects. Whatever isn't selected is, by definition, masked. You can make selections based on geometric shapes or draw freehand selections around an irregular area using the Lasso tool. A sophisticated selection tool that has no counterpart in traditional media is the Magic Wand, which selects all pixels in a defined color range. Figure 6.15 shows where the Selection tools are located on the Toolbox. The Rectangular Selection tool is currently active. Its roommates are the Oval Selection tool and the Lasso. Notice the Selection Adjuster tool, which allows you to move or resize a selection marquee.
As you create an image, you can save your document in a number of different file formats RIFF (Corel Painter native format), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), JPEG, TIFF, and Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP), to name a few. Corel Painter Essentials also lets you open or import images in many file formats.
Painter provides most of the same tools for editing photos that you'll find in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, though some are named and organized a bit differently. We can easily make a composite using the Lasso tool (it's a roommate of the Rectangular and Oval Selection tools) followed by the Copy and Paste commands. Figure 5.22 shows how nicely (and quickly) these two photos can be blended. The layered RIFF file is also available in the Honolulu folder, as beachjadyjayered.
You can use Create Drop Shadow to enhance the 3D look of the marble. The Layers Palette has created a group for Marble and Shadow, so the shadow occupies its own layer and can be manipulated independently. This feature (which is not available in Photoshop ) will come in handy very soon. For the second eye, all I have to do is switch to the Layer Adjuster tool (same as Photoshop's
When moving image files from Photoshop to Painter and vice versa, most of the elements stay intact including the layers, layer masks and selections. However, there are some special elements that do not work in the same way, so it is well to be aware of these differences. These are the differences particular to moving layers, for a fuller account of Painter Photoshop compatibility refer to the description in Chapter 1.
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This first volume will guide you through the basics of Photoshop. Well start at the beginning and slowly be working our way through to the more advanced stuff but dont worry its all aimed at the total newbie.