Corel PhotoPaint 10: The Official Guide

Corel PhotoPaint 10: The Official Guide

by David Huss, Dave Huss



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780072127522
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 02/15/2001
Series: Osborne Corelpress Series
Pages: 644
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.54(d)

About the Author

In the last seven years, Dave Huss has authored or co-authored ten books on Corel PHOTO-PAINT, which have been translated into six languages. He was seen on CNN, and his photo montage with PHOTO-PAINT, titled Beautiful Lady, won Grand Prize in the 1997 Corel World Design Contest. During the day, Dave's job title is Senior Technical Writer and graphic illustrator for Motorola in Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife of 26 years, Elizabeth. (Note: she isn't 26, their marriage is.) He also writes articles in several computer magazines and teaches at conferences in both the US and Europe. In his spare time-who is he kidding?-what spare time?

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Chapter 1: An Introduction to PHOTO-PAINT

An Introduction to Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10

You are about to begin an incredible journey into the world of photo-editing and digital wizardry. (Does that last sentence sound like the preview for a new movie?) This was once the exclusive domain of multimillion-dollar computer systems and dedicated graphic artists.

With Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10, you will quickly correct and produce images that can make your desktop projects dazzle. Photo-editing programs have traditionally been labor intensive. They required many hours of tedious effort to manipulate images (removing trees, adding people, changing sky color, and so on). PHOTO-PAINT 10 greatly simplifies this time-consuming process. Just as CorelDRAW enables you to achieve professional computer graphic effects with little effort, Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 will allow you to reach that same professional level in the manipulation of photographs, paintings, and other bitmap images. The bottom line is that PHOTO-PAINT 10 is fun to work with, period. The fact that you can quickly produce professional results is a bonus. Next, Dave's genuine history of PHOTO-PAINT.

A Brief History of PHOTO-PAINT

Corel PHOTO-PAINT began its life as a software product called Photofinish, created by Z-Soft. It was introduced as Corel PHOTO-PAINT 3 in May 1992. It was, at best, an interesting bitmap-editing package that was very similar to Microsoft Paint, which Z-Soft also wrote.

When Corel PHOTO-PAINT 4 was released in May 1993, there were many improvements, and only a small amount of the original Z-Soft program remained. PHOTO-PAINT 4 had limitations in the size of the image files it could handle, and the absence of several other key features prevented it from being a first-class product. In fact, it resembled Microsoft Paint on steroids.

PHOTO-PAINT 5, which Corel originally released in May 1994, showed marked improvement. There were many changes still in progress when the product had to ship. Those changes appeared when the maintenance release (E2) was shipped in September. PHOTO-PAINT 5 began to draw serious attention from the graphics community with its support of objects and layers and its other features.

PHOTO-PAINT 6 entered the world of 32-bit applications, offering a robust set of photo-editing tools coupled with the power of a 32-bit architecture. If all this talk about 32-bit power is confusing, then-to borrow some terms from Star Trek-think of 32-bit power as warp drive and 16-bit as impulse power.

PHOTO-PAINT 7, which was released in November 1996, remains a 32-bit-only application that ranks among the best in the area of photo-editing applications. While retaining the general form and structure of PHOTO-PAINT 6, it provided greatly improved speed and functionality over the previous release. During its brief reign as Corel's premier photo-editing application, it won the coveted Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine.

PHOTO-PAINT 8, released in November 1997, had as its most notable change the addition of advanced mask functions like Clip Mask and Clip to Parent. Exciting new paint brush controls like Orbits and Symmetry were added. In addition, PHOTO-PAINT 8 marked the beginning of the migration from roll-ups to dockers. PHOTO-PAINT 8 for the Power Macintosh was released a few months later. Building on the success of PHOTO-PAINT 8, the product won rave reviews from the Mac community press.

With PHOTO-PAINT 9, the program continued to build on its previous successes. New filters added a whole new range of effects to an already robust package. Many of the improvements in PHOTO-PAINT 9 were "under the hood," meaning they weren't new features but performance-enhanced existing ones.

The latest version of this program, Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10, features a variety of image-enhancing filters to improve the quality of scanned images, and special effects filters that dramatically alter the appearance of images, such as the new Red Eye Removal and Smart Blur filters. Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 provides a redesigned and fully customizable UI, enhanced mask effects, and the ability to disable common warning messages to reduce interruptions to the creative process. Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 also gives users text tools that have been significantly enhanced for easier text creation, more control over drop shadows by using new color and update features and Shadow Feathering and Shadow Opacity controls, and enough new material to add many pages to this book.

Before We Get Started

One thing that makes PHOTO-PAINT such a powerful package is that there are so many combinations of tools and functions available. Of course, these qualities also make PHOTO-PAINT confusing for the novice. If you are new to photo-editing programs, I have included a section in this book to help you understand the sometimes-complex world of bitmap images.

PHOTO-PAINT 10: A Premier Photo-Editing Program

Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 is first and foremost a photo- or image-editing program. It is in the same league as Adobe Photoshop, but it costs hundreds of dollars less. As a photo-editing program, it offers all the features you should expect from a professional photo-editing package, and in several areas you can do more with PHOTO-PAINT 10 than with its main competitor. In case you are wondering why I mention Adobe Photoshop, it's because before PHOTO-PAINT came along, Adobe Photoshop was the unchallenged leader in digital photo-editing. Corel PHOTO-PAINT is not so quietly changing that.

One of the more useful tasks you can perform with PHOTO-PAINT 10 is to take a poorly composed, underexposed photograph and make it look as if the photographer did a great job. Figure 1-1 is a before-and-after photograph of a woman who can carry more beers than I can. In the original (a), the foreground is brightly lit but the background is underexposed. This problem is not uncommon when using flash photography. Using a combination of several PHOTO-PAINT tools, we are able to restore the background and also remove the customer's cigarettes (the beer hall is now smoke-free) and his empty beer stein (b).

People tend to get excited about all the breathtaking, surrealistic effects they can achieve with photo-editing packages such as PHOTO-PAINT 10. In truth, I get excited, too. But it is the everyday work of making the images in documents look as professional as possible, with the least amount of effort, that makes PHOTO-PAINT 10 such an important addition to your desktop publishing library.

Changing Reality (Virtually)

With PHOTO-PAINT 10 and this book, you will learn how simple it is to add people or objects to existing images. You can easily make static images come to life as shown in Figure 1-2. Better yet, you may want to create things that don't exist, as shown in Figure 1-3, or, more commonly, remove unwanted objects like scratches, stains, or old boyfriends, as shown in Figure 1-4. You will even be able to change the way people look. I recently did a brochure for our church. The photo of one of the pastors had been taken several months and over 20 pounds ago. No problem. With PHOTO-PAINT 10 I took off those excess pounds in less than an hour-which is more than the pastor or the diet industry can say.

Altering people's appearance (removing blemishes, changing hair color, and so on) has been done by professionals for a long time. I knew a guy who was one of the kings of the airbrush (back in the predigital days) and was greatly appreciated by more than one model whose photo appears on a foldout page. Now, like my friend, you will be able to change the way people look. The only difference is that PHOTO-PAINT 10 doesn't require an airbrush, long hours, or years of experience. In Figure 1-5 we have an easy shot. My CorelDRAW counterpart, Gary Priester, wrote a book titled Corel Studio Techniques. It's a fantastic book about how to use PHOTO-PAINT and DRAW together and ...oops. Anyway, we needed a picture of the two of us for the chapters entitled "Back to Back." No sweat. Gary lives near San Francisco and I live in Austin, Texas. So I had a picture taken of me leaning against a tree and Gary had his taken of him just standing there with a smug expression on his face. With PHOTO-PAINT it was easy to put us both in the same picture as well as to make us the same height (Gary is 4 inches taller) and shave about 40 pounds off of me. I am real good at that last part.

What else can you do with PHOTO-PAINT 10? We have been talking up until now about changing existing images, but you can also create original images. If you're not an artist, don't feel excluded from this discussion. Like COrelDRAW, PHOTO-PAINT 10 lets you take clip art and assemble it to make exciting images. Corel has provided an assortment of objects that can be placed together to make a composite image. Using the PHOTO-PAINT filters and its powerful editing tools, you will quickly learn to create all kinds of original images, logos, and what-have-you (and still maintain your I'm-not-an-artist standing). You can take the background from one photograph and place it seamlessly with another. Figure 1-6 shows how you can make an object stand out by replacing the background. Can you find the can of Coke? It's hidden under his paw-and I wouldn't want to fight him for it...

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ..... xxiii
Introduction ..... xxv

Part I: The Basics of PHOTO-PAINT 10
Chapter 1: An Introduction to PHOTO-PAINT ..... 3
Chapter 2: learning About Digital Images ..... 21
Chapter 3: Opening, Creating, and Saving Images ..... 53
Chapter 4: Image Fundamentals - Viewing and Modifying Images ..... 75
Chapter 5: Tools for Layout, Undoing, Redoing, and Replacing ..... 109

Part II: Masks and Objects
Chapter 6: The School of Masks ..... 131
Chapter 7: Exploring Objects and Text ..... 161

Part III: Photo-Correction Tools and Techniques
Chapter 8: Repairing and Restoring Photographs ..... 199

Part IV: Painting with PHOTO-PAINT 10
Chapter 9: Filling with Color or Patterns ..... 227
Chapter 10: Corel TEXTURE and Corel KnockOut ..... 269
Chapter 11: Finding the Right Color ..... 289
Chapter 12: Exploring Corel PHOTO-PAINT's Brush Tools ..... 313

Part V: Those Incredible Filters
Chapter 13: Exploring PHOTO-PAINT Enhancement Filters ..... 375
Chapter 14: Exploring the PHOTO-PAINT Effect Filters ..... 421

Part VI: Advanced PHOTO-PAINT Topics
Chapter 15: Advanced PHOTO-PAINT Topics ..... 489
Chapter 16: Using PHOTO-PAINT to Create Graphics ..... 517
Chapter 17: Using Advanced Masks and Channels ..... 533
Chapter 18: Automating PHOTO-PAINT Tools and Features ..... 563
Chapter 19: Customizing Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10 Preferences ..... 577
Chapter 20: Getting the Best Painting Using PHOTO-PAINT ..... 597

In Summary ..... 608
Index ..... 609



So, there you stand next to a multicolored wall of computer titles, most of which are nearly as thick as phone books for major metropolitan cities. You ask yourself, "Will this book help me learn PHOTO-PAINT 10, or will it become another dust collector?" Your puzzlement is understandable. After all, the word "idiot" or "dummy" doesn't appear anywhere in the title. By now you have already looked at the dazzling color inserts and noticed it wasn't the typical collection of award-winning art produced by people with years of experience and way too much time on their hands. Instead you've seen a large collection of images that you will create using the step-by-step exercises in this book. If you own one of the previous editions of this book, you have also noticed that the exercises are different from the previous editions. Yet, you may hear that still-small voice in the background (not to be confused with the store announcement of the half-off sale on all organic chemistry textbooks) saying you won't be able to do stuff like that. Let me assure you that you will.

Caution: This book contains exercises and information about digital photo-editing that could be harmful to your non-computer literate status.

My "day job" (as in "don't give up your day job") for several years involved talking to thousands (OK, dozens) of people every day who began their conversations by telling me how stupid they were regarding their computer knowledge. That was generally just before they handed the phone over to their eight year old. These people are not stupid. However, they have come to believe that they are-convinced by a legion of techno-babble-talking computer types, many of whom simply need to date more often. In creating this book, I have worked with the following assumptions:

  • You have not received the Nobel Prize recently.
  • Your IQ is higher than that of mayonnaise.
  • You would like to learn to use the computer for something other than solitaire or Quake.
  • You are not a graphics arts expert; in fact, you may even be wondering if graphic art is the stuff they hang in motel rooms and sell by the truckload at "Starving Artist" sales.
In short, if you want to learn PHOTO-PAINT, this book is for you. There is one tiny secret I must share with you if you really want to learn how to use PHOTO-PAINT: READ THE BOOK and DO THE EXERCISES! Contrary to rumors in the computer industry, you cannot learn anything in this book by any of the following methods:
  • Osmosis Keeping the book near you at all times so the knowledge of the product migrates into your mind.
  • Sleep Teaching Sleeping with a copy of the book as a pillow, hoping that it will somehow jumpstart one or more of your brain cells.
  • Super Speeder Reader method Thumbing through the pages, wondering what all of the pictures mean.
  • Proximity method Placing the book close enough to the computer so the PHOTO-PAINT program can make your computer smarter and do what you want it to do.
  • The Annie method Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow it'll make sense.
  • The Impress Your Friends method Keeping a copy of this book on your shelf so your friends (or your boss) will think you are really getting into the program. Actually, this technique does work, except you never really learn anything-you just impress your friends.
Enough already. Here is the short version. Using PHOTO-PAINT isn't brain surgery; it's electronic finger-painting without the mess to clean up afterward. As I always tell people at the PHOTO-PAINT seminars, if you're not having fun with PHOTO-PAINT, you're probably doing something wrong. Buy the book and then check out that sale of organic chemistry books.

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Corel Photo-Paint 10, The Official Guide 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book is good for telling you what is available but it does not address the issue of how to do it.