Finishing Your New Photo
If at any point you decide you are not happy with the changes you’ve made to your picture, you can change all values back to zero by hitting the Reset button just below the slider bars. Or you can simply return one or two sliders back to the zero value to reset just them. Once you are happy with the changes you’ve made, you can hit the Apply button.
The other options in the Underpainting box are Color Scheme, Photo Enhance, and Edge Effect. The options can be helpful if you’d like to go beyond basic lighting and color correction, and want to get a little more artistic with your photos.
Color Scheme contains filters that will make your photo’s color palette look a bit more like a painting or drawing. They will not change lines or anything else besides color, value, and contrast, so sometimes they will look a little odd. Mostly they are used when you decide to use Corel Auto Painting feature.
Photo Enhance is designed to be an easy one-stop shop for editing your photo. Rather than playing with the slider bars, you can simply select Lighten, Darken, Higher Contrast, etc and the computer will put in automatic values. I normally do not like these values, but many people find it easier than the sliders.
Edge effect simply adds a frame around your photo. The options are Rectangle, Circle, or Jagged and then you can set the size of each frame below the drop menu. These are handy if you plan to use the photo in a flyer, invitation, or scrapbook and you’d like the picture to bland into its surroundings seamlessly.
Photo editing in Corel Painter is a very vast subject. Beyond these simple “photo correction" steps, there are endless possibilities. Have fun mastering these basic steps, and then you can start playing the Auto Paint feature and creating works of art very quickly and easily!