How to Use Camera RAW in PHOTO-PAINT X4

Bringing Camera RAW Files into Corel PHOTO-PAINT

When you select one or more Camera RAW files, they show up in PHOTO-PAINT in the Camera RAW Lab. It’s here that you can adjust the color and tone. Adjustments made to one file can be applied to all images.

Before You Begin

Here are few things to know about working with Camera RAW images.

A common characteristic of Camera RAW files is that they are flat, dull and soft. In a processed image, such as a JPEG, these issues are taken care of for you. Processing in-camera means that the camera has taken care of certain settings for you, such as white balancing, sharpening, color correction, compression, etc.

When evaluating an image, it’s important to use the histogram. Doing so will show you important information about what’s happening with the image itself.

When you save a Camera RAW image after processing a good choice is TIFF, partly because it’s been around for many years and is a stable format. If you decide to use JPEG, be aware that it’s a “lossy” format and if you compress the images you will lose image information. In practice, I recommend that you use JPEG with the maximum quality setting (to prevent image degradation) and to save an image as a TIFF, as well. More information is in Chapter 13: Understanding Web Page Graphics and File Compression. Note that shooting at the highest resolution will take up a lot of space on your camera’s card. Also, saving images as a JPEG is not a true indication of the file size.

Note: All the images used in The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Insider were shot using the Canon G9, which is now supported by the Service Pack 1 release. I shot all images at a resolution of 4032 x 3024. Files of this size can be taxing on the processor, so if you apply a change and it doesn’t happen right away, please be patient.

When you select one or more Camera RAW files, they show up in PHOTO-PAINT in the Camera RAW Lab. It’s here that you can adjust the color and tone. Adjustments made to one file can be applied to all images.

Additional Notes

Converting a RAW file opens a TIFF file in PHOTO-PAINT. An original RAW file cannot be saved over by PHOTO-PAINT. And even though you can apply settings to subsequent files, you cannot save the setting for later use on the original file or any other files.

How To Create 3D Effects Using Corel 10

CorelDRAW’s tenth edition software, the CorelDraw 10, is an upgraded combination of CorelDRAW and Corel Photo-Paint with new features and a unified interface. It has added features from Corel R.A.V.E., a vector based animation suite that introduced the popular Micromedia Flash animations and movie format best suited for web content. It also offers more fonts, clip arts, option palettes, filters, toolbars, and a graphics powerhouse to help you create print and web graphics design. All tools used in this software are those tools you see in Photo-paint or R.A.V.E.

CorelDRAW 10 allows user to import and export formats because it has a customizable interface. It offers controls for photo manipulation such as blemish removal, color corrections and red-eye reduction you can use in photo retouching. It provides additional controls even for complicated tasks such as mesh-based fills or extruding a three-dimensional object from a two-dimensional object.

If you want to make 3D image follow these steps. First, draw the image using the basic shapes and elements. Turn off strokes. Select an object, a part or component of the image, and fill it with color. Click copy and open a new page in Corel Photo-Paint. A window will open and will ask some parameters. The color mode is set for 24-Bit RGB, Background is enabled and the page will be larger than the object. Click paste, then press CTRL+A and select “Center of page” to bring the object to the center of the page.

Use Paint Bucket for your choices of color. Add noise to give texture to the object and to hide imperfections, especially during printing process. Select EyeCandy 4000/Chrome or Bevel Boss filter on “Effects” to add border around the object. Click Setting and select Chrome Border. Select the effect of your choice. If you’re done with the object, save it in Photo Paint’s native file format. Import the image from CorelDRAW. Repeat these procedures until all components are arranged. If you want to edit the image you don’t have to go back to Photo Paint, Corel 10 offers tools for image editing. If you want to put a shadow effect on the image you can use the Interactive Shadow. Click “Convert to Bitmap” to combine all the objects.

Corel 10 is more reliable because of its combined features. It eliminates the problems users encounter with the other software and lets you create a better slide, web page and other graphics. It’s a CorelDRAW, Corel Photo-Paint and Corel R.A.V.E. rolled into one.