Image editing in PHOTO-PAINT X4 has gone through a number of enhancements and improvements:

· A major change is the inclusion of support for Camera RAW files directly from your digital camera. This tool gives you control over the image color, tone and quality. You can view the changes in real time. To learn about this in detail, read Chapter 2 : Camera RAW.

Note: Corel regularly updates camera support for Camera RAW. More information can be found in their . As a case in point, all the images in the Camera RAW chapter were shot using a Canon G9. Support for the G9 is available in Service Pack 1 (SP1).

· The added Histogram feedback allows more accuracy when editing images, allowing you to preview adjustments and compare results. More detail on the Histogram is covered in Chapter 11: The Power of Lenses.

· Improved Tone Curve manipulation, giving the user more control. You can select, add or delete nodes along the curve, allowing you to fine-tune your images. You can learn more about about it in Chapter 3: Improved Tone Curve.

· The Image Straightening tool is for images that were photographed or scanned at an angle. Read Chapter 6: Straighten Image for more information.

· The New Lens Effects filters allow you to convert image colors to black and white, mix color channels for creative effects, map gradient colors, or apply a photographic filter to your image. This, and other aspects of Lenses are covered in Chapter 11: The Power of Lenses.

In this section are links to other new enhancements in PHOTO-PAINT X4. These are: Live Text, Photoshop Compatibility, Font Identification, ConceptShare and support for the Adobe Color Management Module (CMM – covered in Chapter 10: Monitor Calibration: The Key to Obtaining Accurate Color.)

There are over two hours worth of training videos with the X4 suite. CorelDRAW and PHOTO-PAINT each have one installed with the programs and they can be accessed via the Welcome Screen: What’s New tab. By clicking on the  image on the left (or the link below it, you’ll watch a short video (10 minutes) on the some of the new features in PHOTO-PAINT X4.

The other videos are found on the DVD and if you insert it you can watch them by clicking on the link in the autorun screen.

Note: There’s a lot of extra content available but it needs to be installed manually. It doesn’t automatically install by default.

· You can open or save images in the Adobe CS3 formats, open Corel Paint X files or save files in the PDF 1.7 or PDF/A formats

· When viewing, exploring or searching within Windows Explorer, your options are: keyword, author, subject, date and file type.  Additionally, you can edit file properties in the application, Windows Explorer, Windows Desktop Search and Windows Vista Search.

· Within the user interface there have been several changes: redesigned icons, menus and controls offer a new look to the interface. The thumbnail quality has also been improved, as well.

· Extras: On disc are high quality photos on various subjects that are designed to add inspiration to your projects. These can be searched and printed.

· You can now install all Clipart, Photos and Objects to your hard drive as part of the Extras Installer, but the suite must be installed first.

· Open Type, True Type fonts and symbol fonts are included but they must  be added or installed to be used within applications. To learn more about installing fonts, refer to your Windows documentation, the Font Navigator or the Help in any other 3rd party font program. You can find the fonts at: Extras – Content – Fonts folder on the DVD. If you want to access Symbol fonts, go to:  Extras – Content – Fonts – Symbols.

· Other things that you can load are: Pattern fills, Spraylists, Frames, Tile files, Brush textures, Image lists, Objects and Photos. For more information, check the Help file.

· Samples files  are available in a samples sub-folder. i.e.  – Program Files – Corel – CorelDRAW Graphics X4 – Draw – Samples

 · You can access more template files as part of the Extras installer.

· ConceptShare is collaboration tool that allows you to share designs, ideas and receive real-time feedback.

·When saving your files, you can now add keywords or notes about what you’ve done. Windows Vista users can search by keyword, author, subject, date and file type when opening or closing files. Within the application, you’ll receive periodic news about product updates and content.

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.