Corel Photo Paint Tips and Tricks

So you already have your photographs taken during your shooting sessions or from your vacation, but you found the pictures quite dull and boring. Why not spice them up a little bit with a few renderings? Sounds difficult? It shouldn't be. Corel Photo Paint is available to help you out. It is an editor of raster graphics or bitmaps that Corel has created for photography enthusiasts to use.

Currently, its latest version is Corel PHOTOPAINT X4. This photo program is available for Windows and Macintosh as well as for Linux. This can be further expanded with the use of downloadable photo filter and photo effect add-ons. Another photo editor one can use is Adobe Photoshop, naturally a part of Adobe's graphics suite. There are also draw paint programs or photo editors and organizers available for free download, such as Picasa and Photoscape. These programs have a variety of functions like basic photo editing, photo enhancement and effects, saving online etc. There are also programs on available for no-charge downloading.

These basic tips are applicable for all versions of Corel Photo Paint:

  • If you are printing your images as photographs, either through your own printer or through your nearest photograph developer, always remember to give an allowance of 0.128 inch (or 1/8”) around your picture for the bleed. This means that as a computer file, your document should be 0.25 inch larger on all sides than your printed photograph. This gives the allowance for the 1/8” bleed and another 1/8” for a white margin that will be cut off after printing. For example, in creating your document, if the printed size should be the standard 8.5" x 11" then create your document in 8.75" x11.25". Create lines as guides on the document that are 1/8" from the edges. Then you can do your photo editing with the thought that your document will be cut off on the guidelines.
  • To maintain consistent image quality, do not use compression on TIFF files. They are known to not work properly when used with compression. Thus, it is advisable not to save TIFF files with JPEG, LZW or ZIP compression.
  • It is also advisable not to save TIFF files with layers. Layered files can be saved as CPT. You can then flatten the CPT document and then save it as a TIFF file.
  • For photography enthusiasts that value picture quality, it is best recommended not to save your works as a JPEG file, because it degrades the quality of your photographs inevitably. In technical terms, the image data of your photographs is sacrificed in order to reduce the file size.
  • Using CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) Color Mode is best when making your document. It's the most common color mode that graphic artists and printers refer to.
  • If you are to use black ink in large areas of your work, your CMYK values should be 40-30-30-100. This means that your ink is a combination of 40% cyan, 30% magenta, 30% yellow and 100% black ink. This combination will result in a rich black color. However, for black text color and smaller areas of black, CMYK values should be 100% black (or 0-0-0-100). Never use the default black of Photo-Paint.

These are just the basic tips and hints to start you off with the use of Photo Paint. There are more advanced tips you can learn like making a photograph look like a painting from the Impressionist era, among other things.


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