05 – Corel PHOTO-PAINT X6 Basics

05 – Corel PHOTO-PAINT X6 Basics

November 8, 2019 19 By Peter Engel


Here on the [Quick Start tab] I’m going to click [New Blank Document]. Notice this dialog looks very similar to the dialog for CorelDRAW to create a new document. However there are some important differences. CorelDRAW is vector based using lines & fills. although CorelDRAW has a resolution setting, it only affects some areas in a project; mainly shadows & work with bitmap images. Here in PhotoPaint, we are creating a new image and the end result is a bitmap image. So resolution is important. By default, resolution is 72dpi. 72 dpi is good for web images or computer screen display, For Professional print or the printer attached to your computer, 300dpi will yield the best results, especially for color.. ‘Color mode’ is also important. By default, 24 bit RGB is set. Unless you have a professional reason to choose a different mode I recommend use 24 bit RGB. 24 bit RGB is best for maximum use of effects & features. Then click [OK]. PhotoPaint is a bitmap pixel editing & creation program. Or I could say it is a digital image editing program. I said previously, CorelDRAW is a vector based program that uses lines & fills with the advantage of being able to import digital images. Think of PhotoPaint as the reverse. PhotoPaint works with digital images with the advantage of working with lines & fills also. Selecting the ‘Zoom tool’ I’ll zoom in very close, on the edge of this cat. Can you see the little squares? Each square is called a pixel. I set the number of pixels when creating this document. I set 300dpi, which means 300 pixels per inch. This means there are rows of 300 square pixels one after the other in every inch. A higher resolution means more dots per inch, resulting in a crisper image. Less dots, like 72 dpi, results in images that are pixelated & usually less quality. I’m going to show you how to create objects & work with lines & fills. There are a many tools for creating shapes. Select the ‘Rectangle tool’. Notice the [Property bar] automatically updates with the parameters & settings for the ‘Rectangle tool’. Whenever a tool is selected check the [Property bar]. Also notice the [Hints docker] refreshes with hints about how to use the selected tool. New to X6 there is a videos tab in PhotoPaint. There are many easy to follow, how to videos that will help you learn photopaint. The PhotoPaint interface works the same as CorelDRAW. To undock a toolbar, click on the grab handles & drag. To re-dock, double click the title bar. Collapse & expand the dockers as required. Now I am going to go ahead & draw a rectangle. Click & drag to shape the rectangle. Notice how the start point is like an anchor point. Holding the [Shift] key, makes it the centre point and it resizes from the centre. For a perfect shape, hold the [Ctrl] key at the same time, or [Ctrl] without the [Shift] key. I will use the [Shift] key & size from the centre. This moving line is called ‘marching ants’, it’s a moving dotted line and represents the ‘object marquee’. From the [Property bar] the display of the marquee can be turned off. For these videos I will leave it turned off. Notice the rectangle has a grey fill & a green outline. These colors are represented here on the left. The foreground color & fill color. The foreground color is the outline color. This is different between PhotoPaint & CorelDRAW; I can’t select an object, and then click on a color to change the object color. I have to pick the color before creating the object. Ill demonstrate using the ‘Ellipse tool’. To set the fill color, outline thickness, & color, I make changes on the [Property bar] first. E.G. to set the outline/boarder thickness; set in pixels as this is a bitmap pixel program. Enter a pixel value on the [Property bar]. To change the fill type choose form the drop down menu. E.G. choose [Bitmap fill] then [Edit fill], then choose one of the bitmap fills. After selecting a fill, adjust its parameters, Then click [OK]. The ellipse will now have these properties. As new colors & images are introduced, they will also appear in the default image palette. Ill select the [Ellipse tool] again and this time choose [Fountain Fill]. then [Edit] & make some adjustments. Brown through to a golden yellow will look nice. Click [OK]. Now when I create an ellipse, it has the fountain fill. If I double click on the foreground color well, then a palette opens up. Select the ‘Eyedropper’, and click to sample a color from the canvas. The palette will update, displaying the hex number and the RBG values then Click [OK] to apply. The same applies for [Fill]. Double click, choose [Edit] and with the ‘Eyedropper’ I will sample a lighter brown. Then Click [OK]. Now Create an ellipse, The ellipse now contains the new colors. It’s very simple. Now select the ‘Pick tool’. Use the ‘Pick tool’ to select, scale & resize. The handles are similar to CorelDRAW. Select a corner scaling handle & scale up or down maintaining perspective & scale. Horizontally resize from the left or right or vertically at the bottom or top. Different to CorelDRAW, after making changes a red circle appears indicating changes have to be applied. Click apply on the [Property Bar] or right click & choose [Apply]. I will now use this cat to further demonstrate some of other differences between CorelDRAW & PhotoPaint. Click then click again to see the Rotation handles then click again to see the Distorting handles. The Distorting handles create great effects.. The cat now looks more like a kitten. Isn’t that amazing? The Distorting handles offer interesting effects. Right click & choose [Reset]. Click again, to see the Perspective handles. These handles produce a great sense of perspective. It looks like we are looking right up close at the cats head. Right click & [Reset]. Next we will look at the [Object Manager]. The [Object Manager] displays all objects within a design, usually in the order they were created. This is called the stacking order. The object on the top is usually the last object created. The thumbnails display can be changed. The size can be increased. Each thumbnail is relative to where it sits on the background. E.G. the tiger canvas is to the right on the background as it is being displayed in the thumbnail display. Turning on ‘Thumbnail Extents Mode’ zooms to the whole object without the background. Notice the arrow next to the tiger canvas. Click the arrow to see that this object consists of two objects that are grouped. The display of objects can be turned on and off making it easier to work with many objects. I’m now going to draw an ellipse. but set the colors in a different way. If I right click white & left click black these color wells are changed. Click & drag while holding the [Shift] key & create an ellipse. To change the stacking order; Just drag the object to the new location. Click to Re-name the object. I’ll call this ‘Ellipse’. I’m going to use this ellipse to create a mask. Select the [Pick Tool] then [Mask] & [Create Mask from Object]. Black marching ants now appear around the ellipse. Remember, an Object marquee has blue marching ants and a Mask has black marching ants. Now select the tiger cutaway and reposition. I’m going to use the mask to edit the Tiger Cutaway. A mask only affects the selected object. Now select the ‘Eraser tool’. I can only erase inside of the mask. erasing outside the mask, wont work. [Ctrl + Z], to undo. I need to invert the mask for the reverse. If I Click ‘Invert mask’, erasing works outside not inside the ellipse. Im using the shape of the mask to erase the perfect curve on the image. When finished, click ‘Remove mask’. That looks fantastic. Select the ‘Drop Shadow tool’ click & drag underneath, then increase transparency, and increase the feather. It now looks amazing. Working with digital images in PhotoPaint really is very easy.