Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 practice article discusses
the most basic image editing activities, such as rotating and cropping.
photo's orientation and size is not what you desire, and you want
to rotate or resize it, you have an easy job as the appropriate command
buttons can be found on the toolbar. The buttons are marked with red
and enlarged in the picture below. The first one is Resize, which
opens a separate dialog. This is where you can specify the image's
new size. We'll discuss this dialog later in the article.
just want to rotate the picture in 90-degree steps—that is, from portrait
to landscape orientation, or vice versa—you'll want to use the next
two buttons. The first one rotates the picture by 90 degrees
to the right, and the second does the same to the left. The image
below could use a rectangular left turn, so we'll do just that to
same commands can be found at the top of the Image menu, called Rotate
Right, Rotate Left, and Free Rotate.
two do what the buttons did, while Free Rotate opens
a dialog where you can specify the rotation angle of your choice.
Under Direction, click the direction you want, and
under Degrees, you can either select one of the predefined
settings (90, 180, or 270 degrees), or use the Free
field to specify the exact rotation angle in 0.01-degree steps. Select
All Layers below to apply the rotation to all image
layers (if there are multiple layers in the picture) and leave it
unchecked to rotate only the content of the selected layer.
Image menu also contains further commands that manipulate
image orientation. Mirror (Ctrl+M) and Flip
(Ctrl+I) belong to those.
same menu contains the Resize command which opens
the same dialog the resizing icon did. Resize can
modify image size in two ways. One is Print Size,
located at the top of the dialog. You'll need this only if you use
a printer or want to picture to be developed on paper. You can specify
Width and Height in inches, centimeters
or millimeters. Resolution is for setting output
resolution which also affects print size.
if you want to watch the photo on your monitor, you need to use the
Pixel Dimensions group. Here, you can specify the
desired image size in pixels or in percent of the current size. If
the value fields are connected by a small lock, you need to enter
only one of the two settings, and the other one will be filled by
the application in order to keep the original aspect ratio of the
picture and thus prevent distortion.
do want to change aspect ratio (and distort the image intentionally),
select Advanced Options at the bottom of the dialog,
and unselect Lock aspect ratio.
region contains other settings as well. Resample using
sets the algorithm used for resizing, from Weighted Average (simple
and fast) to Bicubic and Smart Size (the most advanced one). Resizing
usually deteriorates image sharpness, but you can use the Sharpness
slider to counter this side effect. Set a higher value to have the
software sharpen the picture after resizing. If you select Maintain
original print size, only resolution and pixel dimensions
can be changed, print size will be fixed. The bottom option, Resize
all layers, has any effect only if the image contains multiple
layers. Select it to have PSP resize all the layers in the same way.
can see above, out sample photo has been resized to 50% of the original
size using the Pixel Dimensions settings.
removing unwanted picture edges, you may want to use the Crop
tool, the fifth button on the toolbar on the left. All you have to
do is to drag a cropping marquee onto the image. The software crops
the photo along the borders of this marquee. You don't have to worry
about its precise size and position as they can be adjusted. You can
set its size by dragging the desired selection handle. Click the middle
of the marquee to drag it into position. In the center, there's also
a shorter line, which is the rotation handle. Click its endpoint and
drag the mouse pointer to rotate the cropping marquee as you like.
are also some buttons visible at the bottom of the marquee:
first one commits your selections, which means that if you're
done with setting marquee size and position, PSP crops the edges accordingly.
If you want to keep the original as well, use the second button
instead. This one creates a new window containing the cropped image
and preserves the original. The third button removes
the marquee from the picture, and the fourth one
rotates it by 90 degrees while preserving its size.
The dropdown at the end of the row contains predefined sizes which
can be useful if you want to crop the picture to some standard print
size. In this case, the aspect ratio of the marquee will conform to
the preset sizes. The menu contains the most popular photo paper sizes.
Detailed settings for the Crop tool are also available
in the option bar above the image. You'll find the same buttons here,
and you can click Preset to choose from the predefined
sizes. You can also specify exact marquee size numerically in the
Width and Height fields.
is our photo, rotated, resized and cropped.
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