Getting Started with PhotoMirage

Getting Started with PhotoMirage

With PhotoMirage you can transform your photos, images and artwork into captivating animations with just a few easy steps. This tutorial will give you a tour of the PhotoMirage interface and introduce you to the key tools and features. Get a quick demonstration of how to use the Motion Arrows and Anchor Points to create the animation effects, and how to save your finished animations. We will also touch on other tools for cropping, masking, selections, and Visibility Layers.

Watch our collection of PhotoMirage tutorials to explore each of these tools in more detail.

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Comments (15)

  • Aram Reply

    This is awesome! I can certainly incorporate animations into my commercial photography business. Thank you for sharing and keep up a good work!

    March 21, 2019 at 10:56 am
  • Philip Solida Reply

    A question or 2,
    1st I have Corel Paintshop Pro 2019 Ultimate, which included Photo Mirage (or at least a version of it) My problem is to save to my computer only (not to social media or other public sites) what is necessary? it does not seam to exist (at least in a clearly explained fashion).
    2nd If I try to email the file (to myself) after selecting between the 2 options in the popup, and attempting to send, I get a message that no profile is selected (or entered), so my problem is what steps are necessary to create a profile, or is this a limitation of the version? & if so, what is necessary to do to fulfil my aims, or is it not possible/ (created for use in social media only, or requiring a upgrade of some type, which I do not necessarily want?

    February 7, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Philip,

      For your first question, PhotoMirage Express, the version included with the PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate, has a reduced set of features from the full version of PhotoMirage. For example, the Express version is limited to exporting images to specific presets (for example, the Facebook resolution options). This does still save a file locally, it does not have to be directly uploaded.

      As for the profile question, PhotoMirage tries to open the default email application on your computer that supports the MAPI Standard (such as Microsoft Outlook). If you do not have an email application on your computer or the one you use does not support MAPI, that would explain the error.

      Hope this helps!
      Discovery Center Team

      February 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm
  • Donna Long Reply

    I just downloaded the trial version. When I exported it the Mirage logo was on it. Will that be removed if I buy the full version?

    February 1, 2019 at 12:13 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Donna,

      Yes, the full version of PhotoMirage will not have the logo watermark on your animations.

      Best regards,

      Discovery Center team

      February 1, 2019 at 1:49 pm
  • aletha Reply

    I just got this & followed the video, it worked, but when I went to save it, I did like it said top left files, I don’t have a Save as, it only saves it as MP4 File, No way to choose how to save….. 🙁

    December 17, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Aletha,

      Did you get PhotoMirage as a part of PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate, or as a standalone? PaintShop Pro includes the Express version of PhotoMirage, which can not save .CPM files. You can still output several file types through the File > Export menu option however!

      Hope this helps,
      Discovery Center Team

      December 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm
      • aletha Reply

        It was part of PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate, I don’t see it in that program it has a icon for Photo Mirage by itself.
        I’ll give that a try, Thank you for your Help, Appreciate it.

        December 18, 2018 at 10:30 pm
  • Mike Bramm Reply

    Is there a way to animate in a circular motion? For instance, to make the wheels of a vehicle appear to be moving?

    November 25, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Mike,

      Currently, there is no circular motion tool included in PhotoMirage. You could approximate the effect with a series of smaller animation lines arranged into loops, but this would result in some level of rippling effects within the wheels themselves rather than a smooth circular movement.

      Thank you for the feedback however! We have passed this suggestion on to the PhotoMirage team for their consideration.

      Discovery Center Team

      November 25, 2018 at 9:23 pm
    • gilliandarby Reply

      Hi Mike,

      PhotoMirage does not have a tool specifically for animating in a circle. But there is an interesting technique demonstrated in this webinar, to animate a spiral staircase in a circular motion. If you don’t have time to watch the entire 30-minute demo, skip ahead to about 28 mins to see how the circular motion is done.

      Hope this helps! Would love to see the results posted to our user gallery

      The Discovery Center team

      November 27, 2018 at 8:39 pm
  • Jan Patrick Reply

    It’s awesome, but I am expecting we can write text on the picture.

    October 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    • Adam Reply

      Hello Jan,

      Thank you for the feedback! We have passed your comments on to the PhotoMirage team for their consideration.

      Discovery Center Team

      October 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm
  • santos Reply


    September 18, 2018 at 4:27 am
  • gyetshen Reply

    wow very good

    August 9, 2018 at 11:23 pm

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