Getting Started with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI
Video: Exploring the interfaceUsers of all levels can learn how to use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo to organize, edit, and share photos.
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In Getting Started with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI, Tanya Staples shows how novices and pros alike can use this powerful application to organize, edit, and share digital photos. Tanya demonstrates easy ways to perform common tasks, such as repairing red eye, removing scratches, and making lighting, color, and tonal adjustments. She also shares techniques for adding text, borders, effects, and decorative frames to photos. In addition, the training covers how to effectively organize photos and share them with friends, family, and clients. Exercise files accompany the training videos.
- Finding and viewing photos in the Organizer
- Keywording, rating, and searching
- Using One-Step Photo Fix and Smart Photo Fix to adjust color and lighting
- Retouching photos with the Makeover tools and Skin Smoothing
- Applying special effects, such as Time Machine and Depth of Field
- Adding borders and text
- Printing and sharing photos
Exploring the interface
- Welcome to Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI. Before we get started with some of the hands on training exercises, let's first take a look at the main elements that make up the interface. Like most standard applications you can see that Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI has a menu system up here at the top. Below the menu system are a series of palettes and toolbars. Let's first start by looking at the toolbars. The interface configuration that I have shown right here is the default workspace, or the default interface configuration, so this should match your screen exactly the first time that you launched Paint Shop Pro.
If I go to my View menu you can see that I have two options, Toolbars and Palettes. And this indicates which toolbars and palettes are currently visible. Let's start with toolbars. You can see that we currently have four toolbars currently visible, the Standard toolbar, the Status toolbar, the Tools toolbar, and the Yahoo! toolbar. Let's take a look at them. The first one is up here, this is our Standard toolbar, and like most applications it has many of the standard features, such as New, Open, Save, Undo, Redo, and that type of thing.
Beside our Standard toolbar is our Yahoo! toolbar, which is an unique toolbar to Paint Shop Pro. We also have our Tools toolbar, which is docked vertically to the side of the Learning Center palette. We'll talk about the Learning Center palette in a few minutes. And we also have our Status toolbar, which appears down here at the bottom. Now you'll notice that there's a number of elements in the interface that are currently dimmed out or grayed out, and that's simply because we don't have a file open. We can't use any of our tools because we don't have a file that we can work with. So let's go ahead and open a file, I'm gonna choose File, Open, and go to my Desktop, to the exercise_files folder, to the 01_start folder, and I'm gonna choose flowers.
And I'm gonna go ahead and click Open. And now you can see that my image is open and all of these options are no longer grayed out. So let's go ahead and click our Pan Tool. A few things that you've probably noticed happening and changing in terms of the interface. The first one is the Status bar down here at the bottom changed. If we take a look right now I have my cursor right over top of the Pan Tool, if I move it for example, down to the Crop Tool you can see, even though I haven't clicked that button, I'm just mousing over, you can see that the Status bar changes. And what it does is it basically gives me some information about the tool, so I use this to crop areas out of the image.
If I go down to my Red Eye Tool you can see the same thing, you use this to remove red eye. So that helps me with my tool selection. In addition, the Status bar also helps you a little bit in terms of using the tool. So right now with my Pan Tool selected, if I position my cursor over the image you can see it tells me Click and drag to pan images larger than the window, so that tells me how to use the tool. Again, if I grab my Crop Tool and I position my cursor over my image you can see that it changes and gives me instructions. Click and drag to draw crop rectangle. Right click to clear.
So that's telling me a little bit about how to use the tool. Click Cancel or Clear here and exit out of the Crop mode, we're gonna talk about cropping in a little bit more detail later on. So those are our four toolbars. The last thing I wanna show about toolbars before we move on to the palettes is that you can customize the location. So if you're not happy with the way that these options are positioned on screen you can do two things, you can turn them off completely, or you can move them around. So for example, I don't use this Yahoo! toolbar very often, so what I'm gonna do is go to my View menu, and choose Toolbars, and click Yahoo!.
And what that's gonna do is it's gonna make it disappear, it's no longer visible. If I wanna turn it back on it's very simple, I just go back to my View menu, Toolbars, and click it and it will automatically come back up. I'm gonna leave it turned off for right now. You can see that the Standard toolbar also has this little row of dots, as does the Tools toolbar, and what that tells us is that we can reposition it to a different location on screen. So if I grab this handle, and you can see my cursor changed to a cross hair, I can click and drag that out and move it somewhere else on screen.
Now when you undock it from the interface you can see that it automatically gets this Standard title bar at the top. Now what I can do is, as I mentioned, I can just simply click and drag and move it around. Now you'll notice that there's some hot spots where it's gonna try to dock it to the interface. The top is one, right up here is another, it will sometimes try to dock it vertically in here beside our Tools toolbar. And if you don't want that docking to be an option for you as you're dragging this around, what you can do is hold down your ctrl key, and now you can see as I try to move over those little hot spots it's no longer trying to dock it.
If I let go of my ctrl key now you can see it wants to dock again. So I'm gonna redock that right up here at the top. The main thing is just to remember that you can move these around. Same thing with our Tools toolbar, I can click and drag and reposition that wherever I like, I can even make it vertical if I choose. So if I want I can just come up here and you can see it's trying to dock it up there in the upper right corner and have it horizontal rather than vertical. So let's go ahead and put it back in it's original location. Those are our toolbars. The next element of the interface we're gonna look at are the palettes.
And just like the toolbars, if I go to my View menu and choose Palettes I can see which ones are turned on by default. I have Learning Center, Organizer, and Tool Options. So let's go ahead and take a look at some of these. First one is our Learning Center palette. I'm just gonna click the Home button here. The Learning Center is a really great thing to have turned on, because it gives you so much information about how to use the different tools. It really walks you through the process of photo editing and organizing your photos. So for example, if I wanna make some adjustments on my photo, I'm gonna click Adjust, and now it gives me all of my adjustment options.
So for example, if I want to Crop my image I can go ahead and click this Crop option and now what it does is it changes again. And what it does is it gives me information about how to crop the image. And this is helpful because sometimes if you're using a tool that you haven't used in a long time, of if you're just new to Paint Shop Pro, you might not be familiar with the nuances of how some of the tools work, and what this does is basically gives you all the information and saves you from digging through the online help. So I can see okay, I'm gonna adjust the crop window by dragging the corners, okay. Well I can go ahead and do that.
If I wanna apply the crop then I can click the Apply checkmark, which was right down here. Now I'm not gonna go into the mechanics of cropping here, we're gonna save that for a little later in the training, but the main purpose of this example is just to show you what the Learning Center provides in the way of detail as you're learning to use the program. Now if I decide, you know what, I don't want to crop this image, I want to do a different type of adjustment. I can click the Back button, that will take me back to the Adjust menu, I can choose one of these options, or if I just wanna go back and say, "Hm, no, I didn't like any of these adjustments." I can click Home and that'll take me back to the main page of the Learning Center.
The next palette is our Image Organizer and this basically allows us to organize our images in a visual interface. We're gonna talk about this particular item in much more detail later on in the training, so for right now just remember that the Image Organizer lives down here at the bottom by default. The last palette is the one up here called the Tool Options palette. And this is very closely connected to the Tools toolbar, not only because it's positioned above it, but because the controls on the Tool Options palette are context sensitive based on what tool I have selected.
So for example, if I grab my Text Tool, just take a look at the Tool Options palette, you can see that it changes and it gives me a number of different options. What it also did is it opened up this Materials palette, this is another palette in Paint Shop Pro. The reason it did that is so that I can choose what color I want my text to be. If I go back to my Red Eye Tool, for example, you can see that my Tool Options change again. Same thing if I choose something like my Pick Tool, again my options change. The palettes, just like the tools, can be repositioned elsewhere on screen.
So let's take a look at that. What I'm gonna do is just gonna grab the title bar of my Materials palette, you can see it automatically shrunk it up a little bit, and you can see I can drag it around. Now just like the toolbars, it does sometimes wanna dock it. And again, if we hold down that ctrl key you can see that it will no longer try to dock it. So let's just move this down to the bottom. I can move my Image Organizer. You can see it's gonna change its shape slightly as well. We'll move it up here at the top corner. And our Learning Center we can undock and move it around as well.
Now if you're like me sometimes you're gonna make a complete mess of your screen. Let's suppose we wanna get back to exactly how things appeared in our original state. We can go ahead and move them back, I could go up to this Palettes option here and turn off Materials, that's the same thing as going to the View menu and going to Palettes. But the easiest thing to do is to let Paint Shop Pro do the work for us. We're gonna ask Paint Shop Pro to return this to our default workspace. So I'm gonna do is I'm gonna choose File, I'm gonna go down to Preferences, and I'm gonna choose Reset Preferences.
When that comes up you can see there's a number of check boxes. What we wanna do is make sure that there's a checkmark beside Reset workspace to default configuration. And as soon as I click OK now you can see that our interface has returned to its default location. All of our palettes and toolbars are in their original location, the original toolbars that were turned on, remember we had turned off this Yahoo! palette, it's now turned back on. The palettes that we turned on, for example, that Materials palette is now gone. So we're back to exactly how it was when Paint Shop Pro first opened.
So those are the main elements of the interface, now that we have that essential information covered we're gonna take a look at how we can use Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI in our workflow as we're working with digital photographs.
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