Editing a Landscape Photo
Say you took a picture of a mountain meadow while hiking this summer and you are fairly proud of it. You’d like to have it framed or printed out as beautifully as it can be, but the colors don’t seem to really match the brilliance you saw while you were hiking, so you’d like to adjust them.
This is very easy to do and takes very little time, which is the reason I favor working with landscape photos.
Load the photo onto your computer and open Corel Painter. When the dialog box comes up, select Open an Existing Document, find your picture, and select Open. You will now have the image ready for editing in the center of your workspace.
Make sure the Underpainting dialog box is open by going to WindowsShow Underpainting. Here, you can adjust the hue, saturation, contrast, value, brightness, and more. Unless I want to turn my photos into paintings, I don’t normally mess with anything besides the normal color and tone correction tools.
For my picture, I decided to go with -3 Brightness, 12 Contrast, -3 Hue, 17 Saturation, and didn’t touch anything else. Each photo will be different, and the particular values will depend on what you want from your image, so play around with the sliders for a while until you get the result you like. Then you can close the Underpainting palette.
My image is just about complete. I don’t like to do a whole lot to nature shots, as each step may take it further and further away from looking natural and realistic. However, I do want to fix the depth of field just a bit by slightly fading out the mountains in the back and the sky.
I select the entire layer by hitting Crtl+A, copy it with Ctrl+C, and then Paste it with Ctrl+V. This is a very easy way to simply duplicate the layer. If your Layers Palette is not already open, go to Window-->Show Layers and be sure that you have two layers with the same image, and that the top one is selected.