Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video photo-paint, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Let's spend a few minutes looking at Photo Paint. Some of the new features that you'll find in Photo Paint, in a previous version they introduced a red eye brush, which you can probably guess we're gonna take a look at here. And in this version they've introduced the touch-up brush, which is a nice way to correct blemishes and scratches in a photograph. Let's look at that one first. If I zoom in, and I'm gonna use the F2 key just to zoom in, and then H for the hand, you can see on the neck of this person, there's lots of blemishes from shaving or whatever.
So I'm gonna go to the flyout menu beside your red-eye tool, grab the touchup brush, and just click, kind of a dab method, over these blemishes. It does pay to size the brush around the blemish as well. So if I hold down the shift key, and click and drag, this is auto sizing here, and we'll fix those up. Now I'm gonna tap F4, which brings it out to 100%, and you can see that the neck is looking a lot smoother.
If I spent some more time doing this, I could almost clean up this person's neck completely. There we go, that's the touch-up brush. The red-eye brush works much the same way, it's a beautiful beautiful tool. And again, I'm gonna hold down the shift key, and click, and there I can change the size dynamically. Got the size, I release the shift key, and I'm just going to click on the eye, and it replaces the red with the natural color that's below it.
A pure red in the cornea becomes black. And if you have redness in the rest of your eye, it'll take that out as well. Here if I keep working with that, it'll take the red out of the center of the eye, and reveal these very blue eyes. Some of the beauty of Photo Paint is the ease with which the tools work. And there are a lot of automated features that have been applied to make bitmap editing an easy chore. Usually I don't go for automated processes, but there's one that I would like to show you, and that is under the image menu, adjust, and this is where you find all your adjustment tools to balance colors, and adjust the brightness and contrast of your image.
They're excellent. But the one that surprised me is the Auto Equalize. If I click Auto Equalize, you'll notice how it balanced the colors in that image. They may not be perfect, but there's a lot of unnatural red in that image, because of the camera that was used. Let me just go back, that's the way it was. And this is what it should look like if it had a proper white balance. And it does a really good job of auto equalizing. And if it's made the image brighter or darker than you wanted it, you can always go back to Image, Adjust, and use the Tone Curve, that's something that professionals use quite a bit, to rebalance the color.
The Tone Curve balances colors along this center line. Which goes from the darkest colors that you have, your shadows, et cetera, right through to your lightest areas, the bright spots. And you can put nodes along this path, here I'll click in the middle of a path and move it up like so. Now I've got the colors really really bright all the way along, and it works on a curve, nice and smooth. Well, maybe I'm gonna use that node to fix the colors in the mid ranges of my image, fix them at the center point, and then maybe darken the image a little bit.
And you see as I pull this down, it moves this forward. So where I'm getting the darker tones even darker, the lighter tones are increasing, almost like a contrast adjustment. So if I take this, and just move it back a little bit, then I can take the bright spots in the image and pull them down further, and I've really captured control over the three areas in my image. If I'm not happy with that I can just reset it, and start again, maybe just pull this down, and that darkens up the image again. But you'll notice, even though the image is darker, it hasn't returned to the same white point that we had previously, that reddish tone that was in the entire image.
And that's the tone curve. And that's a quick look at some features in Photo Paint. Photo Paint is something that once you spend a little time with it you'll see how quick and easy it is to use, and there's tons and tons of features that we can go into on Photo Paint.