Photo-Paint 9 Features
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Color and Color Management
- Multiple On-Screen Color Palettes:
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 can display multiple Color Palettes, giving users
choice, speed, and flexibility when customizing their workspace. Users
can view more than one Color Palette using the Color Palette Browser
window or the Color Palettes menu in the Window menu and enabling
the check box beside the palettes they wish to view. Users can also
set the default palette according to their preference.
- New Color Palettes: New Color
Palettes have been included in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9. They are: PANTONE
MATCHING SYSTEM Coated; PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM Uncoated; PANTONE
Hexachrome Coated; PANTONE Hexachrome Uncoated, PANTONE Metallic Colors;
PANTONE Pastel Colors Coated, PANTONE Pastel Colors Uncoated, HKS
- Enhanced Uniform Fill Dialog Box:
The Uniform Fill dialog box has been enhanced to let users click tabs
when switching between options in the dialog box. For quick navigation,
a Name list box has been added to provide users with a complete list
of all colors in the fixed Color Palettes. Also, the Add To Palette
button in the Uniform Fill dialog box lets users add selected colors
to open custom palettes. Users also have the option of changing color
models in the Color Harmonies viewer in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9, and can
move each handle on the Color Wheel individually to create new harmonies.
- Embedded ICC Profiles: ICC profiles
may be embedded in various file formats, such as CPT, EPS, and .TIF
file formats. Users can also extract color profiles from images with
embedded profiles. This gives users greater control over the color
management process between applications.
- Apply ICC Profile: By specifying
a source ICC profile, users can convert images that do not contain
embedded ICC profiles into the RGB space of the application.
- Choice of Internal RGB Space:
Users can customize the internal RGB space in which colors are managed.
This will increase color consistency between Corel and third-party
applications. Several choices of internal RGB profiles are included.
- Apply, Extract, and Embed ICC Color Profiles:
When a bitmap file, such as .CPT or .TIF, contains an embedded ICC
color profile, users have the option to apply the profile to the file
when opening it. Color profiles can also be extracted from the bitmap
file when it is opened and saved to the local color profile directory
for use by the applications. CMYK and RGB color profiles can be saved
within supported file types on export.
The Professional Output features in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 include Publish
to PDF, Encapsulated PostScript Export, and Printing Features.
1. Publish to PDF--The new Publish to PDF features in Corel
PHOTO-PAINT 9 are designed to let users create a PDF identical to their
original file. This gives users increased publishing flexibility. Options
in Publish to PDF include downsampling and compression options, bookmark
and hyperlink options, job ticketing capabilities, font embedding, subsetting,
and color management options.
- Image Controls: Several image
controls are included in Publish to PDF. Two compression methods are
available: Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) and Lemple-Ziv-Welch
(LZW) bitmap compression. Options let users downsample color, grayscale,
and monochrome bitmap images independently.
- Bookmarks and Thumbnails: Users
can include bookmarks and thumbnails in PDF documents, which make
it easy for readers to navigate a file. Users can also specify how
PDF documents will appear when they are opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader
and Acrobat Exchange.
- PDF Styles: Users can save their
favorite PDF settings as a style. Four default styles are included
in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9: PDF for Prepress, PDF for Web, PDF for Document
Distribution, and PDF for Editing. Users can customize settings and
include them in the PDF Style list box, eliminating the need to define
settings each time they publish to PDF.
- Include Hyperlinks: Users can
include in the PDF file hyperlinks that have been set in the Internet
tab in the Object Properties dialog box or in the Internet Objects
Toolbar. Hyperlinks created in Publish to PDF can start an Internet
browser, go directly to a specified page number, or link to another
object within the document.
- Job Ticketing: Although job
ticketing is still an emerging technology in the prepress industry,
users can create basic job tickets with Corel PHOTO-PAINT and CorelDRAW.
Job tickets inform a printing company about the production details
for each job, such as the setup and binding instructions. Users can
choose an embedded or external job ticket. Job ticketing in Corel
PHOTO-PAINT conforms to the Adobe PJTF specifications.
- Color Management Options: The
color management options in Publish to PDF let users apply an ICC
profile at the time of export. Users can choose either a composite
printer profile or a separations printer profile, and have the option
of setting specific profiles. Users can also output objects as Red
Green Blue (RGB), Cyan Magenta Yellow Black (CMYK), or grayscale.
These options let users manage images within PDF documents.
2. Encapsulated PostScript Export
- EPS: The Encapsulated PostScript
(EPS) dialog box has been enhanced to give users new EPS exporting
options based on parallel PostScript printing features. New options
include enhanced color management options, bitmap image compression,
and choice of PostScript compatibility. Bounding box options have
been enhanced to increase flexibility. For example, users may now
choose to use the object or page bounding box, or add a bleed amount
and include crop marks.
3. Printing Features--There are a variety of enhancements.
- Preflight Warnings: Preflight
warnings give users important feedback and warnings about print jobs.
Once the Print engine has analyzed a document, a message is displayed
on the preflight tab stating any issues related to the printing job,
including suggestions about how to avoid problems in the future.
- Miniature Print Preview: Miniature
Print Preview lets users immediately see the effects of any setting
changes. Also, users can verify positioning and page size. Users can
still use Full Print Preview for a larger preview with tools to zoom,
set up imposition layouts, and move or resize the contents of individual
- Enhanced Print To File Options:
Enhanced Print To File options in the Print dialog box eliminate the
need to print an entire document to a single file.
- Enhanced Imposition Layout:
The Imposition Layout tools combine the Signature Layout and N-up
Format capabilities from Corel PHOTO-PAINT 8 into one feature. This
is to increase imposition usability and flexibility, and to address
specific shortcomings in the imposition features of Corel PHOTO-PAINT
8. The Imposition Layout tools are capable of advanced signature layouts,
including customized group sets of signatures, advanced binding options,
page rotation,, fold marks, and gutters.
- Enhanced Print Options: New
options in the Print dialog box let users turn off overprints specified
for objects in the document. Users can also output all bitmap images
as RGB, CWX, or grayscale. Also, a new printing page in the Tools,
Options dialog box gives users access to those options previously
located in the Special Settings section in the Miscellaneous tab in
the Print dialog box.
- PDF Marks: This option adds
annotations to PostScript output that are useful when using Adobe
Acrobat Distiller. Hyperlinks and bookmarks are maintained when the
document is converted to a PostScript file and PDF.
- Downsample Bitmap Images: By
downsampling bitmap images, users can improve print speed when proofing
a document, or when printing documents that have bitmap images that
contain too much information.
- Enhanced Duplexing Wizard: The
enhanced Duplexing wizard helps users set up duplexing on their desktop
printer using fewer steps and only one sheet of paper.
- PostScript Printer Description (PPD) support:
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 includes direct parsing support for PostScript
Printer Description (PPD) files. Users can now access PPDs for printer
setup directly, rather than relying on standard printer drivers supplied
with the operating system.
- Device-independent PostScript:
Users can create multipage, device-independent PostScript files that
adhere to the Adobe Document Structuring Convention (DSC). Ibis feature
is useful for bringing Corel PostScript files into trapping and imposition
programs that do not work well with driver-generated PostScript. Performance
and Productivity Features New Undo/Redo Docker window: The new Undo/Redo
Docker window in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 makes it easy for users to go
back to an earlier stage in the document's history. Clicking on a
command name in the Undo/Redo Docker window reverts the document to
an earlier stage. When the number of undo commands
Performance and Productivity
- New Undo/Redo Docker
Window: The new Undo/Redo
Docker window makes it easy for users to go back to an earlier stage
in the document's history. Clicking on a command name in the Undo/Redo
Docker window reverts the document to an earlier stage. When the number
of undo commands exceeds the computer's allocated memory buffer, they
are stored as script commands and can be replayed at any time. Commands
and editing steps are easily recognized by both names and icons in
the Undo/Redo Docker window. When saved, commands can be replayed
or used to build a special automation script using CorelScript Editor
and Visual Basic Editor.
- Placed Import From
File: Single or multiple selected
files can now be imported into a current document by choosing File,
Import, Import from File. This command replaces the Paste from File
command. Users can select files from the Import an Image from Disk
dialog box. A thumbnail image and crosshair cursor appear in the current
document. Clicking in the document will place the file in the center
of the current document. Users can click and drag on the image to
resize the original file. Image dimensions can be freely transformed
using the Alt key.
- Safe File Naming:
Users can enable the No White Spaces, Special Characters check box
in the Save dialog box when saving files for import or export. Empty
spaces are replaced by underscores, and other special characters are
converted to characters suitable for Web file services.
- Enhanced Sorting
of Filter Types: Import and
Export filter types listed in the Open and Save dialog boxes can be
sorted by the following criteria: Extension, Description, Most Recently
Used, Bitmap, and Vector. Sort criteria are customized through the
Sort Type list box. The readability of the filter list is enhanced
by separator lines between groups of filter types, making it easier
for users to find filters. Users who wish to import files created
in previous versions of the program can do so through a .CPT file
reference. The file is automatically opened in the Photo-Paint 9 format.
Users can export an earlier version of a .CPT file by choosing Export,
Export... from the File menu.
- Enhanced Bitmap
Filters: The new BRS (Binary
Resource Script) import filter lets users import bitmaps embedded
in executable, icon, and cursor type files. The following dialog boxes
have been updated with effect style preview windows: BRS (Import),
FPX (Import/Export), GIF (Export), JPG (Export), PCD (Import), and
WI (Export). Also, the Select Color dialog box (accessible from the
GIF Animation dialog box) now includes an effect style preview of
the transparent color.
- Pill and
MMX Support: The program now incorporates several new Raster
Image Processing (RIP) functions for both PIII and MMX processors.
Various low-level data conversion processes will benefit from these
The program now includes two new scripts to automate tasks: Contact
Sheet wizard and Web Page Image Cutter. The Contact Sheet wizard produces
a Web page of thumbnail images that hyperlink to directories containing
the original images. The Web Page Image Cutter uses guidelines to
cut an image into several pieces, and produces HTML table code to
reconstruct an image in a Web browser.
- Common Workspace
with CorelDRAW: The PC and
Macintosh versions of Corel Photo-Paint and CorelDRAW share a common
workspace, ensuring cross-platform and cross-application consistency.
User Interface Enhancements
- Objects Docker Window
Enhancements: The following
user-interface enhancements have been made to the Objects Dock window:
a new Lens button has been added; the Merge Mode list box and Opacity
controls have been moved to the top of the window; the Opacity slider
has been converted to a pop-up slider; special types of objects, such
as lenses, objects with dropshadows, and text objects, are displayed;
the Lock Transparency check box has been replaced with a button at
the bottom of the Docker window; the duplication and deletion of objects
in he Objects Docker window can be performed by dragging objects to
the New Object icon or the trash can icon; and all buttons, controls,
and menu items now contain tool tips for informative feedback.
- Display Caching: Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9 incorporates display caching for fast access of frequently used
data fox on , -screen display. Ibis feature speeds up redraw of Corel
PHOTO-PAINT objects when they are moved from one area of a document
to another. This new method reduces the time it takes to refresh the
display when switching between objects, when multiple objects are
being displayed, and when the view is changed by zooming in and out.
Previous versions of Corel PHOTO-PAINT replaced objects with a temporary
outline, making repositioning objects difficult. In Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9, the view of the object is persistent while repositioning is in
- Enhanced Custom Palette Functionality:
Custom optimized Color Palettes (.CPL files) containing up to 256
colors can be created from the visible portion of a Corel PHOTO-PAINT
document, from selected objects, or from the entire document. When
the document contains a mask, the Color Palette is based on colors
contained within the editable portion, or selection, defined by the
mask. The Create Custom Palette command opens the Palette Editor dialog
box, where users can save custom Color Palettes. This function is
especially valuable when creating color-reduced images for use on
the Internet and for creating unique selections of colors for painting.
- Enhanced Application Interface Options:
Application interface option settings in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 have
been reorganized to streamline workflow in the dialog boxes and to
support the addition of new setting options. New setting options are
available for: Warnings and Pop-ups, Path Color, Crop Tint, Transparency
Grid Size, Object Tip Preferences, Searchable Tree Controls, Document
Guidelines, Grid and Ruler, and Color Management.
- Hide Windows Command: This new
command, located in the Windows menu, lets users turn all on-screen
user interfaces on and off. Users can quickly hide all the application's
interface controls for an unobstructed view of the document.
- Enhanced Property Bars: All
Roll-Ups have been eliminated from Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 in favor of
streamlined Property Bars. All settings are now applied through the
Property Bar, with the exception of brush-based tools, which use the
Artistic Media and Brush Settings Docker windows.
- New Toolbars: New toolbars in
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 include the Symmetry painting mode toolbar, and
Workspace and Internet Objects toolbars. The Internet Objects toolbar,%U
replace the Tag WWW URL dialog box. All toolbars can be docked vertically.
- Enhanced Document Title Bar:
In Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9, file information appears in the Tide Bar of
a document in the application interface, regardless of whether the
document is active. Also, the Tide Bar displays the current zoom size
of a document.
- Enhanced Create a New Image Dialog Box:
The resolution setting spin control has been replaced by a list box.
Users can choose from a selection of preset resolution values or enter
- Color Tinting: Users can open
a window containing tints of a swatch color by clicking and holding
the mouse button on the on-screen Color Palette. Clicking on a color
in this swatch changes the current paint color, This feature is consistent
with CorelDRAW 9, and lets users define and use subtle color changes
when painting or editing an image. Also, users can now ALT-click on
an on-screen color palette to tint the current fill or paper color
by 10 per cent of the selected color. This feature is also consistent
with CorelDRAW 9 and allows for quick access to a wide range of color
- Enhanced Paper Size Dialog Box:
The Paper Size dialog box has been redesigned to include a Reset button
and a larger preview area. The dialog box also includes an interactive
preview for the original page position.
- Cursor Feedback in the Clone Tool:
The brush shape outline of the Clone tool has been added to the Source
Point cursor, giving users enhanced on-screen feedback when editing
Compatibility and Integration
- ixla Digital Camera Interface:
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 uses a plug-and-play interface for acquiring images
from over 120 digital camera models, including Casio, Epson, Fujifilm,
Hewlett-Packard, Konica, NEC, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, Sanyo,
and Sharp! Images can be acquired directly from digital cameras. This
eliminates the need for a third-party interface to move images from
camera to computer before editing. Edited image files can be sent
back to digital cameras for storage, sharing, and review.
- Compatibility with Adobe Photoshop .PSD
and MetaCreations Painter .RIFF File Formats: PSD and RIFF
files can be opened in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9. The import of compressed
file data, layers, selections, and alpha channels is supported. However,
effect layers, some adjustment effects, and vectors must be converted
to bitmap images or they will be neglected when the file is opened.
- Support for QuickTime 3.0: Corel
PHOTO-PAINT 9 supports the import of QuickTime movie files in the
MOV file format. It also supports the export of animation to the single
track MOV file format. All QuickTime compression methods and codes
are also supported.
- Support for QuickTime 3.0 VR:
Users can create, open, edit, and save single or multiple-node QuickTime
VR Panoramas and Objects. Hyperlinking hotspots can be added, removed
or modified. Low-resolution versions of panorama nodes can be created,
opened, edited, and saved to optimize viewing on the Internet. Node
comments can be added and file compression defined on export.
Image Enhancement Features
- Convert Images to Duotone: Users
can change the mode of an image to Duotone without first converting
it to grayscale.
- Enhanced Dodge/Burn Effect Tool:
The Dodge/Burn effect tool now uses a curve-based method to perform
exposure changes to specific tonal regions of an image, including
highlights, rnidtones, and shadows, resulting in a higher-quality
- Dropshadow Tool and Dropshadow Objects:
In Corel PHOTO-PAINT 8, dropshadows appeared as objects in the Objects
Docker window, grouped with the object or objects from which they
were created. In Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9, dropshadows are created for
an active object using the new Dropshadow tool. Dropshadows can also
be applied simultaneously to multiple selected objects. Dropshadows
exist as properties of objects, and no longer appear as separate objects
in the Objects Docker window. The dropshadows are represented by an
icon beside the thumbnail of the associated object. By right-clicking
on the name of the dropshadow object in the Object Docker window,
users can remove the shadow from the object by choosing Delete from
the menu. Users will be able to split the shadow from the object and
produce a new object by choosing the Split command. Users can also
permanently merge the shadow with the original object by choosing
the Combine command. All tool settings now appear on the Interactive
Dropshadow Property Bar when the Dropshadow tool is selected from
- Preview GIF Transparency: When
saving a file to the GIF format, a color within the image can be selected
to appear transparent when the image is used in a Web page. In Corel
PHOTO-PAINT 9, the resulting transparency can be viewed in the GIF
Export dialog box.
- Automatic Web Link Update:
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 lets users update "Corel on the Web" links on
a regular basis. The Update command is a new option in the Help menu
and gives users the latest list of Internet links from Corel. This
list of links includes program update information, news, and special
offers and opportunities from Corel.
- Enhanced Mask Previews: Corel
PHOTO-PAINT 9 lets users preview the result of applying a Mask menu
Shape command to an image by showing a ruby overlay on screen. The
Shape commands include Feather, Border, Smooth, Threshold, Expand,
and Reduce. This streamlines editing, since users can see the result
of applying masks and adjust it before committing to the result.
- Movie Docker Window: The Movie
Docker window is a visual movie navigator that includes thumbnail
representations of each movie and animation frame, play controls,
frame rate timing values, and interactive overlay control for animation
- Document-integrated Movie Frame Navigator:
This feature is an upgrade to the Page Tab style control in previous
versions of Corel PHOTO-PAINT. A pop-up slider on the current frame
indicator lets users navigate to another frame in the movie file.
- Enhanced Path Tool: The Path
tool has been enhanced to be consistent with the Bezier tool in CorelDRAW.
It includes interactive cursor changes and enhanced node placement
precision. By pressing the comma key, users can switch between the
Node Edit, Bezier Path, and Freehand Path modes of the Path tool.
The Path tool also has a freehand drawing mode that lets users draw
natural lines and curves. Users can marquee and freehand select nodes,
as they can in CoreIDRAW. When the tool is in node-editing mode, selected
nodes can be stretched, scaled, rotated, and skewed. A nodes can be
removed from the current path by double-clicking on it. Double-clicking
on a path adds nodes to the path. Users can also click on a path to
add temporary nodes to the path. The color used to represent paths
on-screen can be changed in the Options dialog box.
- Paths Docker Window: The new
Paths Docker window displays all paths associated with the active
document. A Duplicate Path command has been included in the Docker
window, and a Show/Hide Path command has been added to the right mouse
button menu. Users can import .PTH files from earlier versions of
Corel PHOTO-PAINT and other popular file formats, such as CDR (CorelDRAW)
and AI (Adobe Illustrator). Paths can be exported as CMX and AI file
formats suitable for use with CorelDRAW. In Corel PHOTO-PAINT, paths
are now stored within the .CPT file, not as an external .PTH file.
Corel PHOTO-PAINT paths can be used to define clipping paths when
printing from Corel PHOTO-PAINT and exporting the image to the EPS
format. Clipping Paths for EPS files are now set in the Paths Docker
window through a pop-up menu. Users can also right-click on the path
name and choose the Set as Clipping Path Command. Users should note
that when clipping paths are set, they will be used as the image boundary
when printing from Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9.
- Enhanced Zoom Tool: The Zoom
tool in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 includes more preset levels of zoom for
finer precision. The Property Bar has been reorganized for consistency
- Enhanced Deskew Crop Tool: The
Deskew Crop tool in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 includes a Crop Overlay option
that tints or dims the area outside the cropping boundary. Users can
interactively expand the paper size with the Crop tool by going beyond
the perimeter of the document or limit the crop to an area within
image boundaries. Also, cropping resolution presets and custom value
setting have been added so that the image can be resampled while it
is being cropped.
- New Text Tool: Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9 now includes a Text tool, which gives the application most of the
artistic text setting features found in CorelDRAW. Extensive new format
options are available in the Format Text dialog box. When text is
selected for editing, the outline color can be edited by right-clicking
on a color swatch in the on-screen Color Palette. The text object
can contain up to 32,000 characters and multiple fonts. Formatting
options for specifying font type, weight, size, spacing, and other
character properties are available in the Text tool Property Bar.
Object Editing Features
- Blend Ranges: Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9 lets the user specify how a contiguous range of pixel values blend
with underlying data. Graphic controls in the Object Properties dialog
box are adjusted to define, by composite grayscale value, which portions
of the active object will combine with the composite, underlying data
for display purposes. The appearance of these object blends in Corel
PHOTO-PAINT 9 can be modified by applying a merge mode to the active
object. Object blends can be restricted to a specific image channel,
according to the mode of the image data. This feature allows PSD format
files to be imported into Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 with layer blend ranges
- Create Lenses from Masks: Lenses
include 23 non-destructive visual effects that can be applied to an
image in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9. A lens exists as an independent object
and can be created from a mask. Lens options now appear in an alphabetical
list box with a check box that indicates whether the lens should be
created from a current mask. Lens objects have an identifying icon
in the Objects Docker window.
- Object Digging: Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9 supports object digging. Object digging adjusts the focus of the
active object in a group. With the Object Picker tool selected, users
can press the ALT key and click on the document to change the selected
object to the next object in the layer and so on. When object are
grouped, users can press the ALT and CRTL keys to restrict the digging
behavior to the group.
Brushes and Painting Features
- Artistic Media Painting and Brush Settings:
Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 includes a new interface for the Paint, Effect,
Clone, and Image Sprayer tools. All of the brush setting controls,
including Pen Settings, now exist on the single-page Brush Settings
Docker window, giving users access to controls while painting. Soft
edge transparency, rotation, and flatness controls are integrated
into a new Nib Dial control that helps users visualize the shape of
the brush tip. Keyboard arrow keys can be used in combination with
the mouse to simulate the pressure result of painting with a pressure-sensitive
pen and tablet device. The accuracy of brush strokes in Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9 has also been enhanced. The application includes a mechanism for
increasing accuracy and smoothness of brush strokes in Windows NT
4.0 (with Service Pack 3 or later) and Windows 98. This mechanism
results in more accurate position information when painted strokes
are applied to an image.
- Artistic Media Docker Window:
The Artistic Media Docker window displays brush strokes for each brush
preset. Recently used brushes appear in a separate section of the
window so users can easily locate a favorite brush. Selected brushes
are kept on-hand for reuse during a painting session. A new group
of brush presets can be created from the Most Recently Used (MRU)
list. Also, the speed of redraw and smoothness of painting for each
brush type has been enhanced. For enhanced precision while painting,
a crossbar has been added to the center of the brush shape cursor,
and a fast cursor redraw mechanism has been implemented for on-screen
- New Image Sprayer Create Spraylist Dialog
Box: This new dialog box lets users define which images
contained in a spraylist will appear when painting, the order of their
appearance, and repeating images.
- Pressure-sensitive Device Support:
Pressure-sensitive device setting options, which are typically used
with a pen and tablet device combination, have been amalgamated with
other brush-tool-specific properties contained within the Brush Settings
Docker window. Pen settings are saved when a brush preset is created.
- Mouse Painting: Users can use
the mouse as a pressure-sensitive device. Pen Setting options in the
Brush Settings Docker window now function on the mouse drag when the
up and down keyboard arrow keys are depressed. The speed at which
the stroke is altered depends upon the key repeat rate speed and the
Pen Settings values.
- On-screen Image Sprayer List Resizing:
Users can now use the SHIFT key to resize the current image list when
using the Image Sprayer tool, as they can with the other brush tools.
- Enhanced Orbit Values: The radius
value in the Orbits dialog box has been changed to reflect a percentage
value of the nib diameter. When a nib is resized, the radius is scaled
in proportion to the new size.
The controls of all dialog boxes in the Image and Effects menus have
been redesigned to minimize the size of the dialog boxes and maximize
efficiency. The Effects menu navigation button, the on-screen/in-dialog
box preview button, and the single/dual preview button have been moved
to the Tide Bar of the Effects dialog box. New slider controls provide
clearer graphical indication of the marker position in the sliders'
range. Also, when an Effects dialog box is open, pressing F2 will temporarily
minimize the dialog box and move it to the top center of the display
area. A new progress meter for all effects is included in each dialog
1. Art Strokes
- Charcoal: Charcoal strokes create
an image in a charcoal art style, simulating the charcoal technique.
- Conte Crayon: Conte crayon strokes
create an image in a conte crayon art style, giving the image a soft,
aesthetic effect. Users can compose an image using one of the five
traditional conte colors, a combination of the five, or all the colors.
The conte crayon colors are black, white, sanguine, bistre, and sepia.
- Crayon: The Crayon effect scatters
the pixels in an image to produce a wax crayon drawing. Users can
control the crayon pressure and create outlines around elements in
- Cubist: The Cubist effect produces
angular strokes that simulate the mood and technique of the Cubist
- Dabble: Dabble strokes create
an image in a loose dabble painting style that gives them a messy
look. This effect lets users apply default Dabs, Sprayed Strokes,
and Round Strokes, as well as Cotton Ball, Ice Cube, and Sponge Painting
effects to an image.
- Impressionist: The Impressionist
effect creates a simulation of standard Impressionist techniques and
applies them to an image. Users can choose between a loose stroke
style, such as a Monet style, or a fine Dab style, such as a Seurat
- Palette Knife: The Palette Knife
creates images in a Palette Knife painting style. It also adds depth
to the paint strokes, giving the image a layered, three-dimensional
- Pastels: The Pastels strokes
create an image in a pastel art style that gives it a smeared appearance.
Users can choose between Regular or Oil pastels.
- Pen & Ink: The Pen & Ink effect
gives images the appearance of being created in a pen and ink art
style. Users can choose between a Crosshatch or Stippling technique.
- Pointillist: Users can create
images that simulate the Pointillist art style, which resembles an
Impressionist work of art.
- Scraperboard: The Scraperboard
effect creates images in a scraperboard art style, producing dramatic
black-and-white or color images.
- Sketch Pad: The Sketch Pad effect
gives images the appearance of a pencil sketch. Users can choose between
a range of techniques, from Rough to Fine. Also, users can determine
the desired lead type, from 6H to 6B, or choose a colored pencil with
- Watercolor: The Watercolor effect
creates images in a watercolor painting style. This effect lets users
customize the watercolor painting technique, from loose to fine, and
from opaque to washed. Users can also determine the amount of paper
- Water Marker: The Water Marker
effect gives images the appearance of a water marker art style. Users
can choose between a range of techniques, all of which produce vibrant,
- Wave Paper: The Wave Paper effect
makes images, appear as though they have been painted on wave paper.
This produces a daubed painting style on a subtle wave-textured paper.
2. Creative--The Creative effects in Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 extend
the range of visual effects.
- Crafts: The Crafts effect reconstructs
images by sampling main image colors and replacing them with puzzle
pieces, gears, marbles, candy, ceramic tiles, or poker chips.
- Crystalize: The Crystalize effect
transforms images into crystal formations, creating a geometric pixelation
of images in polygon forms.
- Fabric: The Fabric effect reconstructs
images by sampling main image colors and replacing them with needlepoint
stitches, quilt patches, rug hooking, strings, ribbons, or a tissue
- Frame: The Frame effect applies
irregular vignette borders to objects or images, resulting in a specified
background color or transparency. Users can choose from over 150 preset
borders, eliminating the need for extensive masking.
- Kid's Play: The Kid's Play effect
reconstructs images by sampling main color images and replacing them
with Lite Pegs, building blocks, finger paints, or paint by numbers.
- Mosaic: The Mosaic effect gives
images the appearance of being created with mosaic tiles. Users can
also choose to have the tiles form a vignette pattern.
- Particles: The Particles effect
creates stars or bubbles across an image, resulting in the appearance
of star fields, dust, or carbonated soda.
- Stained Glass: The Stained Glass
effect transforms images into stained glass creations. Users can determine
pane and solder size, and can simulate outdoor lighting through a
luminosity setting. Also, users can determine the depth of the glass
and solder through a 3D Lighting check box in the Stained Glass dialog
- Vortex: The Vortex effect paints
a spinning vortex of brush strokes on images, resulting in complex
designs of color and motion.
- Weather: The Weather effects
add natural elements and atmosphere to images, ranging from a snow
flurry to a snowstorm, drizzling rain to a downpour, and misty fog
to pea-soup fog.
- Bump Map: Users can apply a
three-dimensional Bump Map to images to create realistic textures
and patterns. Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 contains 24 preset Bump Maps. Choices
include Aztec Tiles, Bricks, Burlap, Cobblestone, Corduroy, Cracks,
Crumpled Paper, Dimples, Dunes, Ice, jigsaw Puzzle, Painted Brick,
Paper Mache, Rings, Ripples, Siding, Steel Plate, Swirls, Tablecloth,
Thatch, Tiles, Twigs, Veins, and Vertical Concrete. Users can also
use their own images as a Bump Map to produce new textures.
- Brick Wall: The Brick Wall effect
gives images the appearance of being created on a brick wall. Users
can adjust brick size, grout width, and roughness.
- Bubbles: The Bubbles effect
places realistically lit bubbles across an image. The bubbles merge
as they gather, resulting 'in the appearance of soap suds. Light refraction
can be also be added.
- Cobblestone: The Cobblestone
effect makes images appear as though they were created on cobblestone.
Users can choose between straight-edged or warped stones.
- Elephant Skin: The Elephant
Skin effect applies elephant-like wrinkles to an image. Users can
adjust the Age Meter to range from wrinkly to ancient.
- Etching: The Etching effect
creates an image that appears to have been etched on a metal plate.
- Plastic: The Plastic effect
gives images the appearance of being made from plastic. These images
also appear to be three-dimensional and wet.
- Plaster Wall: The Plaster Wall
effect paints images onto a plaster wall surface, giving images a
- Relief Sculpture: The Relief
Sculpture effect produces carved sculptures from images, adding realistic
lighting and shading.
- Screen Door: The Screen Door
effects makes images look as though they are being viewed through
a screen door. Users can choose between black-and-white or color screens.
- Stone: The Stone effect applies
a stone texture surface. Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 includes several preset
stone textures, such as Concrete, Asphalt, Stucco, Sandstone, and
- Underpointing: The Underpainting
effect gives images a realistic painted look, showing canvas texture.
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