I’m not saying all this to brag, but I think it's extremely important to understand the expertise of someone before you take their advice. (We’ve all seen web sites and advice that aren’t worth the pixels they are printed with.)
As a Writer, my specialty is taking tough topics and breaking them down into terminology that's easy to understand.
How Does This Help You?
I’ve finally pulled the best PHOTO-PAINT tips, tricks and techniques together into one resource that will help anyone become a better PHOTO-PAINT user.
Introducing: The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Insider
The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Insider is an extensive practical resource that not only covers PHOTO-PAINT, but the software and devices that work in conjunction with it.
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Let's go back to that question I asked earlier. What's the Number 1 mistake most PHOTO-PAINT users make that can easily ruin virtually every image they work on?
They don't calibrate their monitors....
Why Is This Important?
BECAUSE WITHOUT COLOR CALIBRATION YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO RELY ON ANYTHING YOU SEE!!!
Sure, you might be one of the lucky users who gets a perfectly balanced monitor right out of the box...
But Do You Really Want To Take That Chance?
In The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Insider you'll find out how to calibrate your monitor.
It only takes 5 minutes...
And when you're done you can save the profile. As your monitor ages, recalibration only takes a minute or two and then you're good to go!!!
In addition, PHOTO-PAINT X4 now supports the Adobe Color Management module (CMM), which allows you to use the same color calibration with PHOTO-PAINT and all your Adobe programs. All you have to do is enable one setting and you're good to go.
In The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 you'll find out how to become productive and profitable quickly And unlike many other computer manuals that fade into antiquity in a few months, many of the techniques here will last for years.
As an example, if you want to find out how to photograph art correctly (page 96), that technique will still be as useful 20 years from now as it is today.
For Web designers, image compression is one of the top issues. How much is too much? On pages 66-73, you'll find out about the popular Web image formats:
When to use each format,
How to compress an image without sacrificing quality.
Why one format will give you a better result than another.
Everything you will find out has a practical application, not some flash in the pan technique that you won’t use at all.
This manual shows you how to avoid a lot of mistakes up-front and get the results you deserve.
What you’ll learn here will save you many hours of frustration and allow you to become productive quickly.
Here’s what you get in this manual:
Chapter 1: New Features in PHOTO-PAINT X4 14
What Happens When You Launch The Application, The Quick Start Tab, The Gallery Tab, The Updates Tab
Chapter 2: Camera RAW 19
Before You Begin, Bringing Camera RAW Files into Corel PHOTO-PAINT, Working with RAW Files, The Camera RAW Controls in Depth, Color Depth, Working with the Histogram, Reducing Noise, Sharpening Images or Reducing Noise, Additional Notes
Chapter 3: Improved Tone Curve 25
The Controls in Depth
Chapter 4: Live Text 28
Chapter 5: The Image Adjustment Lab and New Histogram 29
Features, The Controls, The Image Adjustment Lab Dialog Box
Chapter 6: Fast Masking Tips 33
1. An Inexact Science, 2. Save a Copy of the Original File, 3. Use High-Contrast Objects, 4. Masking with the Magic Wand Mask Tool, 5. Masking Using the Cutout Lab, 6. Feathering a Mask, 7. How to Get Rid of Fringe Pixels, 8. Defining Editable Areas by Using Color Information, 9. Working with Complex Masks
Chapter 7: Straighten Image 42
Before You Get Started, Straighten Image in Practice
Chapter 8: Photoshop Compatibility 44
Limitations of the Workspace, More Information
Chapter 9: Font Identification 46
For Best Results
Chapter 10: ConceptShare 48
Chapter 11: Monitor Calibration: The Key to Obtaining Accurate Color 50
Advanced Color Options, Embed or Attach Color Profiles, Additional Calibration Notes, Monitor Update, Color Calibration for Printers, Color Calibration for Scanners
Chapter 12: The Power of Objects (Layers) 56
The Objects Docker, Objects in Practice
Chapter 13: The Power of Lenses in PHOTO-PAINT X4 61
New Effects, Some Things to Consider, How to Create and Apply a Lens, Editing Lenses, New Lenses in Practice, Working with Lenses: Other Methods
Chapter 14: Understanding Web Page Graphics & File Compression 66
How Bitmaps Work, JPEG, GIF, PNG, The Web Image Optimizer, Compression with the Web Image Optimizer, Compression Issues
Chapter 15: How to Create Textures in PHOTO-PAINT X4: Part 1 74
Working with Geometry, Detail Level, Simple Shapes and Primitives, The Use of Different Materials, Using Software to Create Textures, The Reflective Quality of Objects, About Shaders, Other Controls, Texture Maps, Procedural Maps, Bitmaps, and Bump Maps
Chapter 16: How to Create Textures in PHOTO-PAINT X4: Part 2 79
Create Textures with Software, How to Apply Texture Fills, Additional Options, How to Apply Bitmap Fills, Tiling a Bitmap, Filling an Image with a Single Bitmap, How to Create Bitmap Fills, How to Import a Bitmap Fill, Other Options, Create Textures with Effects: Texture, Layering Textures to Create New Effects, How to Create a Tileable Texture in PHOTO-PAINT, Real-Life Textures
Chapter 17: CRT/LCD Monitors: Which is the Best Choice? 86
How a CRT Monitor Works, How a LCD Monitor Works, Differences between CRT and LCD Monitors, Tips for Buying a CRT Monitor, Tips for Buying an LCD Monitor, Conclusion, Hardware Calibration
Chapter 18: 20 Digital Photography Tips 90
1. How to Buy a Digital Camera, 2. Keep Backgrounds Simple, 3. Use a Sturdy Camera Support, 4. Use a Photographer's Vest, 5. Carry a Pocket Gray/White Card, 6. Consider Buying a Lens Hood, 7. Memory Cards and Batteries, 8. Shooting for Type, 9. Use a High-Resolution Setting, 10. Shoot Both Vertical and Horizontal Formats, 11. Use a Polarizer, 12. Don't Use Color Filters on Location, 13. The Rule of Thirds, 14. How to Create a Cyclorama in the Studio, 15. Shoot Images on Overcast Days, 16. Shoot Images as Components, 17. Shooting Fireworks, 18. Low light Problems, 19. Noise Problems, 20. Shutter Lag
Chapter 19: How To Photograph Art And Flat Copy 96
The Importance of a Solid Camera Support, Photographing Art with a Tripod, About Lighting, Lenses, Film, Light Meters, Digital Cameras, Shooting Art Outside, Inexpensive Tungsten Lighting, Photograph Art on the Wall, About Backgrounds, Glare Issues, About Dust and Lint, Exposure & Vibration Issues, Flat Copy
Chapter 20: Quality Slide Scanning 102
The Scanning Process, ICC Profiles, Clean the Scanner Surface, Transparencies and Negatives, Start with a High Quality Original, Dust and Lint, Scan at the Right Size
Chapter 21: Scanning Issues and Troubleshooting 105
Skew the Document, Moiré Patterns, Cropping, High-Quality File Types, Problems with Artwork, Digital Camera or Scanner?, Scanning Black and White Negatives and Prints, Grayscale Scanning, Conclusion
Chapter 22: White Balancing for Accurate Color with Your Digital Camera 108
Light Contamination: How White is White?, How Digital Cameras Work, Color Balancing Issues Indoors, The Life Cycle of a Bulb, Fluorescents, Discharge and Cold Light Sources, How Do You Know When White Is White?, Problem Lighting Situations, Night shots, About White Cards, The True Meaning of the Term "White Balance," About Camera RAW Files
Chapter 23: How to Create Consistent Web Layouts 115
1. Create a Storyboard, 2. Viewing Size, 3. Simplicity, 4. Consistency, 5. Image Slicing, 6. Targeting Your Audience, 7. Visit Forums, 8. Use Stock Photography, 9. Use Comps, 10. Use CSS, Additional Notes
Chapter 24: Hardware Review: Wacom Intuos 3 117
Included Components, Installation Notes, Tablet Design Changes, Performance Observations and Issues, Additional Features and Options, Conclusion, System Requirements, Pricing and Availability
Chapter 25: Hardware Review: Wacom Cintiq 12WX 120
Chapter 26: How to Buy a Printer 122
Recommended Features, Ease of Use, Pros and Cons of Office Printers vs. Photo Printers, Paper Options, Inks, Pricing, Cartridges, Maintenance, Interfaces, Print Quality and Resolution, Duplex Printing, Postscript, Warranties, Multifunction Printers, Recommended Printers
Chapter 27: 12 Printing Tips 127
1. RGB to CMYK, 2. Use a Commercial Printer, 3. More Control, 4. Page Layout, 5. About Graphics, 6. Screen vs. Print Resolutions, 7. Open Type Fonts, 8. When to Use Bleeds, 9. Crop Marks and Color Scales, 10. File Formats, 11. Other Considerations, 12. Printing in Your Home or Office
Chapter 28: File Formats Supported 130
Ease-of-Use, PHOTO-PAINT File Formats Supported, New & Updated Formats Supported in PHOTO-PAINT X4, Adobe Creative Suite Formats, Adobe Illustrator (AI), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Camera RAW, CorelDRAW (CDR), Corel PHOTO-PAINT (CPT), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), PostScript (PS or PRN), GIF, JPEG (JPG), Portable Network Graphics (PNG), Portable Document Format (PDF), Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM), Cursor Resource (CUR), AutoCAD Drawing Interchange Format (DXF), AutoCAD Drawing Database (DWG), Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX), GIMP (XCF), Kodak Photo CD Image (PCD), QuickTime Movie (MOV), PaintBrush (PCX), PICT, HPGL Plotter File (PLT), Corel Painter (RIF), TARGA (TGA), Tagged Image File format (TIFF), Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Windows Bitmap (BMP), WordPerfect Graphic (WPG), Other File Formats, Recommended Formats for Exporting Graphics
Chapter 29: PHOTO-PAINT Resources 141
In addition to the PHOTO-PAINT X4 manual, you get 24 images for your practice that match the content in the book. These include:
2 composite images (CPT files with multiple objects)
4 Camera RAW files
And if that wasn't enough, you also get 90 minutes of video content to help you find out how to use PHOTO-PAINT. These include:
The Image Adjustment Lab
Fast Exposure Corrections
Fast Masking (removing an object from a white background)
How to Use the Cutout Lab
Feathering an Object
Image Slicing (for the Web)
The Web Image Optimizer
How to Use Texture Fills
Basic Compositing Techniques
And finally, to help you get up and running, for a limited time I'm giving away FREE, a 30 minute consultation with me (worth $125.00) on any aspect of PHOTO-PAINT including hardware and software issues.
Are you a PHOTO-PAINT X3 User? When you purchase the PHOTO-PAINT X4 book, you also receive download instructions for The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3 Insider as well. Here's what comes with the book:
12 Bonus images that match the content in the book
1 Tutorial on how to remove creative blocks
All of the nine tutorials listed above work with PHOTO-PAINT X3
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