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In Getting Started with Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, David Rivers shows novices and pros alike how they can use this powerful application to organize, edit, and share digital photos. He teaches easy ways to perform common tasks, such as repairing red-eye, removing scratches, and adjusting lighting, color, and tone. David also demonstrates how to add text, borders, effects, and decorative frames to photos, and how to effectively organize photos and share them with friends, family, and clients. The training also covers the key new features in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, including the new Express Lab and HDR Photo Merge. Exercise files accompany the training videos.
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- I'd like to take a trip into the past for a moment, if you don't mind, and think back to the days before digital cameras. Back then, we used cameras that had film in them. We took pictures not really knowing what they were going to turn out like until we had them developed later on. Of course, that costed money. So we didn't take a lot of pictures, and we just hoped for the best. Once we had them developed, then to stay organized, we might keep 'em in the envelope and label them and throw them in a drawer. Or if you're really organized, put them into a photo album, and then stick that on a bookshelf with a whole bunch of other albums.
Well then along comes digital cameras. We don't have film anymore. We don't have to worry about that cost, so we take hundreds and hundreds of pictures knowing full well that once we download them to the computer, we can just delete the ones that didn't turn out right and keep the good ones. Well, because of this, it's important that we're able to easily manage our images, and of course, easily find the ones that we want to work with. Well, built right into Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 is something called the Organizer.
It's not a separate application. You find it right here inside of Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 at the bottom of your screen. So this Organizer, that is turned on by default and takes up this area of your workspace, is something that's totally customizable, but it's awesome to have because we can use it to find photos, to stay organized, to manipulate photos. We can even do it right within the Organizer, and we're going to take a look at some of that stuff now. First of all, this is a palette just like any other palette, which means if I go up to the palette's dropdown on the toolbar up here, you can see Organizer does show up with a check mark because it's turned on.
Ctrl+B is the keyboard shortcut to toggle this on and off. Because it's on when I click here, it's now turned off. Anytime I need it, I can come back to Palettes and click on Organizer. Now, it is a palette that can be adjusted as well. So, for example, if I come over here to Pictures and click, I'll see the contents of the Pictures folder, and I've got a few images in here. Well, they're kinda cut off, so one option is to change the size of this palette by coming to its border here across the top.
When I see the double arrow, click and drag it up until I've got a bigger Organizer. Now I can see all three of the images in full. But that cuts down on my workspace here when I'm working on photos, so I'm gonna drag that back down and show you another option that allows you to see more of your images. And that's the Zoom slider right here. I'm just gonna click that. If I go to the right, they actually get bigger. That's great for previewing the image, but if I want to see more of the images and be able to easily find the one I'm looking for, I slide it to the left.
And you can see there's my three right there. I've also got this scroll bar that allows me to scroll up and down through my images. On the left-hand side, there's this little pushpin as well, and this is another option if you like to have a lot of workspace when you're working with your images. We can turn this auto-hide type of feature on by clicking the pushpin over here in the title bar. When I click that, you can see it changes its location on screen. It's now filling the full width, but when I move away from it, it disappears. It's still active and shows up down here in the bottom-left corner of my screen, and when I move down to that, it kind of pops open for me to use.
Clicking the pushpin again docks it and locks it into the screen, so it's not in auto-hide mode anymore. Now there are some other buttons, but I want to talk to you about the folder structure you see over here on the left-hand side of this palette. You're not going to see your entire computer's folder structure here. What you're going to see are some default folders that help you stay organized. If you had the entire structure here, it could be very difficult in a small area to scroll up and down through all those folders. So what you do see are an All folders Photo, then a folder's photo with some sub-folders like here's the Browse More Folders option we're gonna use in a second to bring in another folder.
Here's the default folder for slideshows, My Corel Shows. There's Pictures, it's there by default, and Public Pictures is there as well by default should you be sharing pictures via some kind of network. As I scroll down, there's a Calendar icon here that allows me to show certain pictures for a specified date. We'll look at that a little bit later, and then I can also open up Tags and view photos that are tagged a certain way. We'll look at that later as well. But for now, I see all of these folders here, and I'm thinking I might like to add one of my own folders to this list.
And to do that, we go to the Browse More Folders option right here and give that a click. So the Browse For Folder dialogue box shows up, and now we just go find the folder we're looking for. I'm going to show my exercise folder, at least one of the folders in my exercise files. So I'm going to come down here to where mine are installed under Pictures. Anything with a little arrow means there are sub-folders. And I'm going to click on this one, 02_organize. When I click on that, you can see there are some sub-folders, and all of those will come over into my Organizer palette when I click OK with 02_organize selected.
So there it is. There's no actual images or photos in this folder. You can see they'd be previewed over here on the right. But if I click the plus sign next to this folder, I can click on the find folder to see that there are a number of images in this particular folder. All right, I can use that Zoom slider again if I want to be able to see them all. Looks good. I'm just going to slide a little bit further to the left, so I can see all of my images in one screen here.
And then of course, there are a number of options that will help us when we're working with our images. So let's talk about some of the buttons that appear across the top of this palette. The first one here is a Toggle organizer mode button. So right now, my palette is docked to the bottom of my screen, and like any palette, I can move this around and float it. Clicking this button toggles it to a floating window, so this is another way to work with the Organizer. And, of course, I can move that around and size it to whatever I like. Clicking the Toggle button sends it back where it was down at the bottom of my screen.
Here's the button for deleting images. If I didn't want an image, I simply click it and click the Delete button to remove it, but I'm not going to do that now 'cause I do want these images to be able to work with them. We've already talked about the Zoom slider, but we can also sort. I'm gonna just scroll down a little bit, so you can see all six of my images. And if you look at them, the way they're sorted right now, by default on my machine is in alphabetical order. And in this case, that's because Sort by: folder is selected. Which, if I click this button, is similar to choosing by Filename.
I'm gonna click here under Sort by: Filename again and show you that we've got some other options. We can organize them by the date they were created, newest to oldest or oldest to newest, and if I click that, look what happens here. They're actually broken into sections, so I have to scroll through to see the various sections. And all of the images created on a certain date will show up together. In this case, there's only one in each of these groups. This is going, you can see, from the newest to the oldest.
If I click this, and I'll wanna reverse the order, I can. How about by date modified? Again, it's broken up into sections, by date this time, so if I'd made changes to any of them, this is how I could organize them. By filename is my favorite. It's a default, and it's an alphabetical listing of all the images in this particular folder. And we have some other buttons over here that are handy, because you can use them right within Organizer. You don't have to open up a file. For example, to rotate it.
If you've ever turned your camera sideways to take a picture, and you've downloaded it to your computer and notice that your camera doesn't automatically rotate it for you, you have to use an editing application to rotate it back. Well, in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, you don't actually need to open up the image. Notice this last one here called teapots is on its side. So I'm gonna give it a click. With it selected now, I can come to one of these rotate buttons. I can rotate it to the right by 90 degrees or to the left. Now it's already rotated to the right.
I need to bring it back to the left a little bit. So I'm gonna click this button, and you can see. It's rotated for me right here in the Organizer. I didn't have to open it up and use one of the tools to rotate it. Awesome, that's a nice time saver. Next button over is a Quick Review. If you want to do a quick slideshow and preview it, Quick Review is an awesome button for that. Express Lab is a great feature, and in fact, it's so great, we're gonna spend an entire lesson on Express Lab. So hold tight for that one. We can print contact sheets from here.
I'm gonna skip over the Image information button for a second and go right over to share as email, so we can email our images right from the Organizer. We can also order prints online right from the Organizer, and we can use the Find button. We'll look at that later to find photos based on information. So talking about information, let's go back. I'm gonna click on the image down here labeled tart.jpg. And you can see as I hover over it, I do quickly see some information about that image: File Name, Size, Created, Modified, any Tags, etc., but it disappears.
Clicking the information button is gonna open up a section in my palette over here on the right, and I'm gonna increase the size of this so you can see more at a time. But you can see the name of the file. You can see the date, so there it was on May 10th of 2006 in the afternoon when this was taken. I can rate my photos using a five star system. Right now, there is no rating applied, but you can see as I hover over the stars, they light up. And if I wanted to rate these, however I choose, maybe it's by my favorites to least favorite.
Maybe it's the quality of the image. However you want to rate them, you can. That's up to you, but you've got five stars to use to do that and just clicking a star is going to rate it. We'll talk about that a little bit later on as well. Tags, if you wanted to add tags, for example, a tag for some of these images might include food. They were taken in France, so I might want to type in France as a tag. You name it. You can add as many tags as you want to an image. That way, when you want to go to our Smart Collections, for example, over here and see all the images with a certain tag, or go down to tags at the bottom and use that, you could to see an organized list of all the photos, no matter what folder they're in, organized right there in front of you based on tags.
We can add captions. You can see some information about the file size, so that's the actual size of the image and how much space it takes up on your media. Then the photo size appears down below that as well. It's a 600 x 400 photo, and you can see it's at at 72 dots per inch. We also have advanced info showing up down here at the bottom and clicking this arrow will open up a whole other area down below. We'll scroll down to see that. Here's where we get into our EXIF information.
So information stored with the image right from your camera, like the digitized and original dates, the make and model of your camera. The resolution shows up here. You can see as we scroll down there's lots more information like F-stop and ISO Speed and Lens Aperture all kinds of cool pieces of information showing up here based on the camera that I'm using. Now, if you're using a different camera, you may see different options showing up here. Some of the information that I don't have, you may have and vice versa, but that all depends on the camera that you're using to take these images.
All the way past our EXIF information is another section, which is great for professional photographers who really need to keep track of their images. IPTC information like Document Title, Headline, Description, Description Writer, so who's the author of the description, Instructions, Author, Credit Source, all kinds of information that can be entered. For example, if this was taken in Paris, I could click next to City here and just type in the word Paris. All of this information then gets stored with the image.
I'm gonna take that out for now. I don't need it, but just so you know, it's all there if you want. And you can see I can close that up by clicking the minus sign, same thing for my EXIF information, which will close out my Advanced Info altogether by clicking Advanced Info. And I'm back to my General Information. When we're done with this, we click the same button that opened it up, the Image information button, and there we go. We're back to looking at our images. Another neat thing you can do from the Organizer is actually move images around.
So for example, if I wanted to put one of these images in my Pictures folder, that's pretty easily done. I just click and drag. I click, drag over to Pictures, and release, so Pictures has to be highlighted when I do that. And you can see it's gone from this folder, and if I go to Pictures, there it is there. If I want to put it back, click and drag. Now if I wanted a copy, all I'd have to do is hold down my Ctrl key while I do that, and I'll have it in both locations. So keep that in mind as well.
So my folder list can be changed. We already know that. Just by going to Browse More Folders, we can add as many folders as we want. But a good idea is when you're not using the folder, you're done working with those images and you don't want to get this too cluttered down the left-hand side, you can then kinda hide the folder from the list. We do that by going up to the folder itself. We can right click, and you can see Remove From List is an option. When I click on Remove From List, it's gone from my list. It's not gone from my computer. I can always bring it back using Browse More Folders.
So I'm just gonna scroll this back down to a decent size. I know that when I'm infringing on, for example, My Tools toolbar here, I see a double arrow meaning there's more buttons that are not being seen because of the size of my Organizer. So if I scroll this down a little bit until I can see there's no more double arrow, that size there allows me to see all the buttons on My Tools toolbar. So that's a quick intro to the Organizer, a great tool built right into the application. You don't have to launch a separate application to stay Organized.
Make use of this. It's gonna come in real handy. We're gonna spend some more time in this section talking about the Organizer to help you find and organize your images.
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