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Corel® PHOTO-PAINT® X8 User Guide
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Contents
Getting started……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 15
Installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 17
System requirements…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..17
Preparing for installation……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18
Installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite applications……………………………………………………………………………………………………………18
Installation options……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 18
Modifying and repairing installations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….20
Uninstalling CorelDRAW Graphics Suite………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 21
Frequently Asked Questions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21
Corel accounts and services………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………23
Authenticating CorelDRAW Graphics Suite……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 23
Checking account settings and product details……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….24
Updating Corel products……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 24
Upgrade Program……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 24
Changing user credentials……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………24
Corel Support Services………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..25
About Corel………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25
What’s new in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8?…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Jump in…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 27
Craft……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 30
Personalize………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..32
Finding out what was new in previous versions…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 35
Learning resources…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..37
Getting help…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 37
Using the Help and tooltips……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 38
Using Hints……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….40
Learning tours………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 40
Welcome screen……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 41
Accessing eBooks……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….412 | Corel PHOTO-PAINT X8 User Guide
Quick Start Guide………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………42
Insights from the Experts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….42
Video learning resources……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..42
Community website for developers……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….43
Network deployment guide………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
Web-based resources………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….43
Starting and setting up…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
Starting and quitting Corel PHOTO-PAINT…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 45
Changing the language……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 45
Changing startup settings……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………46
Corel PHOTO-PAINT workspace tour…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..47
Corel PHOTO-PAINT terms………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 47
Corel PHOTO-PAINT application window………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 48
Choosing a workspace………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..50
Toolbars……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………51
Toolbox…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….53
Property bar………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………62
Dockers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….62
Color palette……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..64
Status bar…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………64
Setting options……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….67
Changing workspace options……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….67
Disabling warning messages………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..68
Bringing images into Corel PHOTO-PAINT……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………69
Opening images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
Importing files………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 71
Scanning images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 73
Creating images…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………74
Working with multiple images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..76
Working with vector graphics………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………76
Displaying images and image information…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..79Contents | 3
Viewing images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 79
Zooming…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..81
Viewing image information………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 82
Refreshing the image window……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..83
Detecting and embedding Digimarc watermarks……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 83
Using the guidelines, grid, and rulers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………85
Setting up guidelines………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….85
Setting up the grid…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….88
Setting up the rulers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 90
Undoing, redoing, repeating, and fading actions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 93
Undoing and redoing actions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………93
Reverting to an earlier image state……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….94
Repeating and fading actions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………95
Saving and closing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 97
Saving images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 97
Exporting images to other file formats…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 99
Working with locked files…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 100
Closing images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 100
Finding and managing creative tools and content………………………………………………………………………………………………………………103
Acquiring applications, plug-ins, and extensions……………………………………………………………………………………………………………103
Finding content with the Get More docker…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 105
Accessing content…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….107
Browsing and searching for content……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………109
Viewing content……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 112
Using content………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….113
Installing fonts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………114
Managing content……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………115
Syncing trays with OneDrive………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………116
Content types…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 118
Editing images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1214 | Corel PHOTO-PAINT X8 User Guide
Changing image dimensions, resolution, and paper size…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 123
Changing image dimensions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………123
Changing image resolution………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..124
Changing paper size…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………125
Cropping, stitching, scaling, and changing orientation………………………………………………………………………………………………………..127
Cropping images…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 127
Stitching images together………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….129
Scaling images by using Smart Carver………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 130
Straightening images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..133
Correcting perspective distortions………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 135
Rotating and flipping images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 136
Retouching………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 139
Improving scanned images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 139
Removing red-eye…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….140
Removing dust and scratch marks………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………141
Cloning image areas…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………144
Sharpening images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 146
Removing artifacts and noise from JPEG images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………148
Erasing image areas………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….148
Smearing, smudging, and blending colors……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………150
Adjusting color and tone………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..153
Using the Image Adjustment Lab………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 153
Using individual color-adjustment effects and tools……………………………………………………………………………………………………….158
Exploring adjustment filters………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 162
Working with color channels……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..166
Working with lenses………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………169
Creating lenses……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 169
Editing lenses…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 173
Combining lenses with the image background……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..175
Reshaping image areas…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..177
Smearing image areas……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 177Contents | 5
Adding twirl effects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….178
Reshaping image areas by pulling or pushing away pixels……………………………………………………………………………………………… 179
Color, fills, and transparencies………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..181
Working with color………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 183
Understanding color models………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………183
Understanding color depth………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..185
Choosing colors……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….186
Using the Image palette……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………192
Creating and editing custom color palettes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 194
Organizing and displaying color palettes…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 197
Displaying or hiding color palettes in the Palette libraries………………………………………………………………………………………………. 199
Setting the properties of color palettes………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 200
Using spot color channels………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 201
Changing color modes………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 205
Changing the color mode of images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 205
Converting images to the black-and-white color mode…………………………………………………………………………………………………..207
Converting images to the paletted color mode……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..207
Converting images to the duotone color mode……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 210
Using color management………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 213
Understanding color management…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 213
Getting started with color management in Corel PHOTO-PAINT……………………………………………………………………………………….217
Installing, loading, and embedding color profiles…………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 218
Assigning color profiles……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 220
Converting colors to other color profiles…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 220
Choosing color-conversion settings……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..221
Soft proofing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..221
Working with color management presets……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 224
Working with color management policies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….225
Managing colors when opening documents…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………226
Managing colors when importing and pasting files……………………………………………………………………………………………………….2276 | Corel PHOTO-PAINT X8 User Guide
Managing colors for print………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 227
Using a safe CMYK workflow……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 228
Managing colors for online viewing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 228
Filling images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..229
Applying uniform fills………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 229
Applying fountain fills……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 230
Applying bitmap pattern fills…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 233
Applying texture fills…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………235
Applying transparency patterns to fills…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………237
Working with transparency……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..239
Applying uniform transparency…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..239
Applying fountain transparency………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….240
Applying bitmap pattern transparency…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………242
Applying texture transparency…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 244
Applying transparency by using brushstrokes………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 245
Making selected colors in objects transparent……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 246
Blending objects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 246
Managing and sharing fills and transparencies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..249
Managing fills and transparencies……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 249
Saving and sharing fills and transparencies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 252
Masks and paths…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 253
Working with masks………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………255
Distinguishing protected and editable areas………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 255
Defining editable areas……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..257
Defining editable areas by using color information………………………………………………………………………………………………………..261
Expanding and contracting editable areas…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 264
Inverting and removing masks……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………266
Moving and aligning editable areas…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….267
Transforming editable areas……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….269
Adjusting the edges of editable areas………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 271
Adjusting the transparency of masks…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..274Contents | 7
Cutting out images…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..274
Using paths to define image areas…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..279
Creating paths…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………279
Managing paths……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 281
Shaping paths………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 283
Adding and deleting path nodes………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..285
Joining and breaking paths………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 286
Changing node types………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 286
Applying brushstrokes to paths…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 288
Working with clipping paths…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 289
Managing multiple masks with alpha channels…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 291
Creating and editing alpha channels………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 291
Saving masks and alpha channels……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 292
Loading masks and alpha channels……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 293
Managing alpha channels………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….294
Painting and special effects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………297
Drawing and painting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 299
Drawing shapes and lines………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….299
Applying brushstrokes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 303
Spraying images……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 306
Painting symmetrical patterns and orbits……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..309
Repeating brushstrokes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..310
Creating custom brushes………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 311
Using pressure-sensitive pens and devices…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 313
Understanding merge modes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 315
Applying special effects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 319
Working with special effects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………319
Applying preset styles……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….321
Applying color and tone effects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 322
Special effects categories…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3228 | Corel PHOTO-PAINT X8 User Guide
Applying Bevel effects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….329
Applying the Bokeh Blur effect…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..329
Applying Lens Flare effects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 331
Applying Lighting effects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..331
Adding photo frames………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 332
Gallery of special effects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………333
Managing plug-ins………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 345
Objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..347
Working with objects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 349
Creating objects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….350
Changing object properties………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..351
Selecting objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………352
Moving, copying, and deleting objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..354
Displaying and arranging objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..355
Aligning and distributing objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..357
Using alignment guides…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….358
Locking objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..361
Grouping and combining objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 361
Choosing a merge mode for grouped objects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 363
Working with clipping groups…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 364
Modifying objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….367
Transforming objects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 367
Cropping objects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 371
Changing the edges of objects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..372
Adding drop shadows to objects………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..374
Using clip masks………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………377
Protecting the area around an object………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….379
Linking and embedding objects……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….381
Inserting linked or embedded objects into another application………………………………………………………………………………………..381
Editing linked or embedded objects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 382Contents | 9
Text……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..383
Creating and formatting text…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..385
Adding and selecting text………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….385
Adding color to text…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………387
Formatting text………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..388
Working with OpenType features………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..390
Inserting special characters, symbols, and glyphs…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..394
Kerning, shifting, and rotating text……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..397
Aligning text……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………398
Adjusting line, character, and word spacing………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 398
Anti-aliasing text………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………399
Fitting text to a path………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..399
Working with legacy text…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..401
Managing fonts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….403
Viewing fonts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 403
Filtering fonts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 404
Searching for fonts…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..406
Identifying fonts……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 407
Choosing fonts with Font Playground………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….407
Using Corel Font Manager…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………410
Working with text in different languages…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 411
Modifying encoding settings to display text correctly……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 411
Working with Asian and Middle Eastern text………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..412
OpenType support for Asian text……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 413
Web images and movies………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 415
Creating and editing movies……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………417
Opening and playing movies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 417
Creating movies……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….418
Modifying frame sequence and frame display time………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 42110 | Corel PHOTO-PAINT X8 User Guide
Saving movies………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….423
Creating images for the web…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..427
Exporting images for the web…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 427
Saving and applying web presets………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 433
Creating palette-based images with transparent colors and backgrounds…………………………………………………………………………. 434
Slicing images………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….435
Creating and editing rollovers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….438
E-mailing images…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 441
Printing………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 443
Printing basics……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 445
Printing your work……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………445
Laying out print jobs……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 446
Previewing print jobs………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..447
Applying print styles…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………448
Fine-tuning print jobs……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….449
Printing colors accurately…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..450
Printing to a PostScript printer………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 452
Viewing preflight summaries…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 453
Preparing files for print service providers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..455
Preparing a print job for a print service provider………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 455
Working with imposition layouts……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 456
Printing printers’ marks……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 458
Printing color separations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 460
Working with color trapping and overprinting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 461
Printing to film………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..462
Preparing images for canvas printing…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 463
Working with a print service provider………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….463
File formats………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….465
Exporting to PDF………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 467
Exporting documents as PDF files……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….467Contents | 11
Including hyperlinks, bookmarks, and thumbnails in PDF files………………………………………………………………………………………….469
Reducing the size of PDF files…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 470
Specifying an encoding format for PDF files………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 471
Specifying color management options for exporting PDF files………………………………………………………………………………………….471
Setting security options for PDF files………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 472
Optimizing PDF files………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 473
Viewing preflight summaries for PDF files…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 474
Preparing PDF files for a print provider………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..474
Working with office productivity applications…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….477
Exporting files to office productivity applications…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..477
Adding objects to documents…………………………………………….

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