The New Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9
Corel PHOTO-PAINT is an application with a long history and one that I have used off and on for as many years. This latest Version 9 is not all that different in outward appearance and the included feature set than the previous Version 8, or even 7 for that matter. However, using this new Version 9 was a much better experience because of what I can best describe as refinement. Before getting into how Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 performed, let me first describe what the package contains and generally what it is designed to do. The name PHOTO-PAINT is about as broadly descriptive as you can get for such an image-editing product. It has the tools, processes, and brushes that computer artists need for painting and digital photographers require to acquire images from scanners and digital cameras, color correct, manipulate, and incorporate in a publishable document containing not just photographic images, but graphic design elements and standard text and manipulated type fonts.
In addition to the main paint
and image-editing application, Corel also includes Bitstream Font Navigator
3.0 to organize, view, and select fonts stored in your operating system.
Canto Cumulus 4.0 is an acclaimed professional digital asset management
application; Adobe Acrobat Reader for access to documentation in Acrobat
.PDF format on disc; DigiMarc Digital Watermarking to record your copyright
within images; Human Software Squizz an image morphing utility; Corel
Capture 9 to record and save screenshots; and Corel Script Editor to automate
processes. The features within Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9 are more extensive
than just about any image editor consumer software product currently available.
They include in part:
· Ixla digital camera
support is built-in providing easy access to the images stored by most
of the popular brands and models of cameras.
· More extensive and
controllable access support of color management is included, incorporating
the selection of one of a number of standard color workspaces with ICC
profiles which may be imbedded in output files.
I then used an image scanned
earlier and on CDR to create a new business card. After cropping and sizing,
I used some of PHOTO-PAINT's many artistic filter effects to create
two different layers, which I blended together using the object transparency
adjustment. Then after selecting an oblong rectangle at the bottom of
the image I used the Hue/Saturation dialog to reverse the colors. The
finishing step was to apply the text for the card by selecting the outline
Text tool option and then inverting the type and lightening it with the
Bright-ness/Contrast tool. This rather involved construction, with many
different steps was quite easily accomplished even though I was barely
familiar with this new version of Corel PHOTO-PAINT, which says a great
deal for the functional logic of the application's design.
Evaluation And Recommendation.
With previous versions of Corel PHOTO-PAINT I've always found there
is a lot to recommend as a professional-level image editor. At a quite
reasonable price, it becomes even more of a bargain when all of the wide
variety of artistic paint and clone brushes, as well as a large selection
of very diverse filters included are considered. Much of the difference
I found in Version 9 included streamlined and redesigned dialogs, making
them function much more controllably, and with the option of a small side
by side comparison thumbnail window or full-screen preview. In other words,
using the application is easier and more effective, although I did find
that with a 2-year-old PC it was rather slow. To use Corel PHOTO-PAINT
9 on a regular basis I would want a very current, fast, system with at
least 128MB of RAM and preferably more.
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