How to Use the Adjustments Docker

How to Use the Adjustments Docker

Corel PHOTO-PAINT 2021 introduces a range of features and enhancements to deliver more efficient, accurate image editing. The new Adjustments docker gives instant access to the most critical and frequently used filters, letting you quickly work non-destructively, in real time, and in context. What’s more, the brand new Local Adjustment Mode simplifies targeting a filter to a specific image area.

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Corel PHOTO-PAINT 2021 introduces a range of features and enhancements to deliver more efficient, accurate image editing. The new Adjustments inspector gives instant access to the most critical and frequently used filters, letting you quickly work non-destructively, in real time, and in context. What’s more, the brand new Local Adjustment Mode simplifies targeting a filter to a specific image area.

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How to Use the Adjustments Docker

Corel PHOTO-PAINT 2021 introduces a range of features and enhancements to deliver more efficient, accurate image editing. The new Adjustments docker gives instant access to the most critical and frequently used filters, letting you quickly work non-destructively, in real time, and in context. What’s more, the brand new Local Adjustment Mode simplifies targeting a filter to a specific image area.

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The Adjustments docker can be opened by going to Window > Dockers > Adjustments, or you can click the plus icon along the list of open dockers.

This docker centralizes several adjustment tools that in previous versions were available in separate dialogs, some of which were quite large and took up valuable workspace.

When you open the Adjustments docker, the HistogramLight, and White Balance filters are displayed by default. You can add more adjustments by clicking the Add Adjustment icon and selecting any from the list. At the bottom of the list there is a Show by Default option, where you can set the filters you want to appear by default every time you open the Adjustments docker.

For a filter you don’t need, you can click its Options icon to remove it from the docker. Note that the Histogram adjustment, with its Auto Adjust feature, cannot be removed.

How to Apply Adjustments to an Image

In our first example, we’ll demonstrate how to apply and combine filters to adjust this photo of a forest.

The White Balance adjustment has sliders to control Temperature, Tint and Saturation.

Once you have applied an adjustment, you can click in the checkbox to toggle it on and off.

To reset, click the Reset icon or click the Options icon and choose Reset.

A popular filter is the HSL adjustment (Hue/Saturation/Lightness). Since this adjustment is not displayed in the docker by default, click the Add Adjustment icon and select it. Now you can select a channel (in this case we used the Master channel) and then use the sliders to change Hue, Saturation, and Lightness values.

In this example, we also used the Tone Curve adjustment to heighten the sunlight effect through the trees.

Once you have applied some filters, you can toggle each of them off and on to see which ones you like best, on their own or combined with other adjustments. For example, we also added a Light filter and then switched between Tone Curve and Light to see which we preferred.

And, for any set of effects, you can use the Auto-Adjust feature in the Histogram.

These adjustments can also be seen on the Effects docker (Window > Dockers > Effects), where you can toggle them on and off, drag up or down to change effect order, or edit an effect. A selected effect can be removed with the Delete icon.

You can find more adjustment filters by clicking the plus icon in the bottom left corner of the docker, then opening the Adjust menu.

How to Apply Adjustments to an Image Area

The previous example demonstrated how filters can be applied to an entire image. It’s also possible to apply filters to part of an image, such as the subject in this photo.

Choose the adjustment you want to apply. In this example we applied a Contrast Enhancement filter to the whole image, using the eyedroppers to sample a shadow color and a highlight color.

To apply the adjustment only to the subject and not the background, click the Options icon for the effect, and choose Local Adjustment Mode.

This activates your most recently used mask tool, which in this example is the Brush Mask tool, and creates a mask that includes the entire image.

NOTE: any Mask tool can be used to apply a local adjustment.

On the property bar, set the mask tool to Normal mode and adjust the brush size if necessary. Then use the mask tool to apply the adjustment only where you want.

You can go to Mask > Mask Marquee to turn off the marquee if you want. In this example, the adjustment we chose seems to make only a subtle difference, but toggling the effect off and on shows that the filter makes the subject really pop.

You can also begin an adjustment in Local Adjustment Mode. Select the adjustment (in this case we are using a Gamma filter), and Ctrl-click in the on/off box to switch to Local Adjustment Mode.

Use the mask tool to brush over the area you want to apply the adjustment to, and use the controls on the Adjustments docker to adjust the effect to your liking.

 

Applying Multiple Local Adjustments

In our last example, we’ll demonstrate how to apply multiple local adjustments to different areas of this photo. We will transform this bright castle to a dark and foreboding image.

Our first step is to add a Vibrance filter to wash out the entire image.

Rather than keeping the filter on the entire image, we switched to Local Adjustment Mode, and activated the Smart Selection Mask tool.

With the mask tool set to Normal mode, we traced inside the area we wanted to include, which is the castle and grounds.

If needed, we can set the mask tool to Additive mode on the property bar and brush over any pixels that were left out.

TIP: You can further refine the mask selection, for example around the spires, by going to Mask > Apply Smart Selection to Mask.

Next, we want to apply a Tone Curve adjustment to the sky in our photo. Rather than going through the process to mask the sky area, we can reuse the mask previously created to apply the Vibrance filter to the castle and grounds.

In the Adjustments docker, click on the Options icon for the Vibrance filter and choose Create Mask from Adjustment.

Go to Mask > Invert Mask. Now only the sky is included in the mask, and we can apply a Tone Curve adjustment to the image. Once we are happy with the settings, we click on the Options icon and choose Apply to Mask. Now the Tone Curve adjustment is applied only to the sky area within our mask.

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