Turning a photo into a work of art in Corel PaintShop Pro X4

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Turning a photo into a work of art in Corel PaintShop Pro 4


What you will learn:


What is the Fill Light/Clarity filter?

The Fill Light/Clarity filter simplifies brightening shadows or darkening light areas without affecting other portions of the image. You can fine-tune the brightness and clarity of underexposed photos or shots taken in low-light conditions to sharpen subtle yet important details.


Applying the Fill Light/Clarity filter

  1. Open an image you want to work on.
  2. In the Edit workspace, choose Adjust then choose Brightness and Contrast then Fill Light/Clarity. The Fill Light/Clarity dialog box appears.
  3. Type or set a value in the Fill Light control. A positive number lightens the darkest areas of the photo; a negative number darkens the light areas of the photo. A value of zero preserves the original setting.
  4. Type or set a value in the Clarity control. A positive number increases detail; a negative number decreases detail and focus. A value of zero preserves the original setting.
  5. Click OK


Adding clarity using Local Tone Mapping

To add further depth and clarity to the image you can adjust the tone curve of the image using the Local Tone Mapping feature.

  1. Choose Adjust then Brightness and Contrast then Local Tone Mapping. The Local Tone Mapping dialog box appears.
  2. Type or set a value in the Strength control. Use the smallest value that produces a satisfying result. Values that are too high cause unwanted artifacts to appear in the photo.
  3. Click OK.

This is great way to adjust the depth of an image and really bring out the color saturation after brightening a photo using the Fill Light/Clarity filter.


Adding a picture frame

To truly transform an image into a work of art, you can add a border or picture frame around it. Corel PaintShop Pro X4 offers dozens of picture frame options.


  1. Choose Image then Picture Frame. The Picture Frame dialog box appears.
  2. In the Picture Frame group box, choose a frame from the drop-list.
  3. In the Orientation group box, choose one of the following options:

  • Choose one of the following options:
  • Click OK.

    You can view the video tutorial of this article in the Discovery Center 


    If you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to check out the other tutorials that are available in the Discovery Center. If you have any ideas for additional tutorials or projects that you would like to see in the future, email Discovery.Center@corel.com. 

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