The Image Adjustment Lab lets you correct the color and tone of most photos quickly and easily.
The Image Adjustment Lab consists of automatic and manual controls, which are organized in a logical order for image correction. By starting in the upper-right corner and working your way down, you can select only the controls you need to correct the problems specific to your image. It is best to crop or retouch any areas of the image before beginning the color and tone corrections. For information about cropping and retouching images, see “Cropping images” and “Retouching.”
While you work in the Image Adjustment Lab, you can take advantage of the following features:
Create snapshot — You can capture the corrected version of an image in a “snapshot” at any time. Thumbnails of the snapshots appear in a window below the image. Snapshots make it easy to compare different corrected versions of the image so you can choose the best one.
Undo, Redo, and Reset to original — Image correction can be a trial and error process, so the ability to undo and redo corrections is important. The Reset to original command lets you clear all corrections so that you can start again.
1. Rotation tools
5. Select white point
2. Pan tool
6. Select black point
10. Hint for current tool
3. Zoom tools
7. Undo, Redo, and Reset
4. Preview Modes
Using automatic controls
You can begin by using the automatic correction controls:
Auto adjust — automatically corrects the contrast and color in an image by detecting the lightest and darkest areas and adjusting the tonal range for each color channel. In some cases, this control may be all you need to improve an image. In other cases, you can undo the changes and proceed with more precise controls.
Select white point tool — automatically adjusts the contrast in an image according to the white point that you set. For example, you can brighten an image that is too dark by using the Select white point tool.
Select black point tool — automatically adjusts the contrast in an image according to the black point that you set. For example, you can darken an image that is too light by using the Select black point tool.
Using color correction controls
After using the automatic controls, you can correct color casts in your image. Color casts are typically caused by the lighting conditions when a photo is taken, and they can be influenced by the processor in your digital camera or scanner.
Temperature slider — lets you correct color casts by “warming” or “cooling” the color in an image to compensate for the lighting conditions at the time the photo was taken. For example, to correct a yellow color cast caused by taking a photo indoors in dim incandescent lighting, you can move the slider toward the blue end to increase the temperature values (based on degrees Kelvin). Lower values correspond to low lighting conditions, such as candlelight or light from an incandescent light bulb; these conditions cause an orange cast. Higher values correspond to intense lighting conditions, such as sunlight; these conditions cause a blue cast.
Tint slider — lets you correct color casts by adjusting the green or magenta in an image. You can add green by moving the slider to the right; you can add magenta by moving the slider to the left. Moving the Tint slider after using the Temperature slider lets you fine-tune an image.
Saturation slider — lets you adjust the vividness of colors. For example, by moving the slider to the right, you can increase the vividness of a blue sky in an image. By moving the slider to the left, you can reduce the vividness of colors. You can create a black-and-white photo effect by moving the slider all the way to the left, so that all color in the image is removed.
Correction of a color cast depends on the type of light that caused the cast. The image on the left was taken indoors in incandescent light. The image on the right is the corrected version.
Adjusting brightness and contrast across the entire image
You can brighten, darken, or improve the contrast in an image by using the following controls:
Brightness slider — lets you brighten or darken an entire image. This control can correct exposure problems caused by too much light (overexposure) or too little light (underexposure) at the time the photo was taken. If you want to lighten or darken specific areas of an image, you can use the Highlights, Shadows, and Midtones sliders. Adjustment made by the Brightness slider is nonlinear, so the current white point and black point values are not affected.
Contrast slider — increases or decreases the difference in tone between the dark and light areas of an image. Moving the slider to the right makes the light areas lighter and the dark areas darker. For example, if the image has a dull, gray tone, you can sharpen the detail by increasing the contrast.
Adjusting the brightness and contrast of an image can reveal more image detail.
Adjusting highlights, shadows, and midtones
You can brighten or darken specific areas of an image. In many cases, the position or strength of the lighting at the time a photo is taken causes some areas to appear too dark and other areas to appear too light.
Highlights slider — lets you adjust brightness in the lightest areas of an image. For example, if you take a photo with a flash, and the flash washes out the foreground subjects, you can move the Highlights slider to the left to darken the washed-out areas of the image. You can use the Highlights slider in conjunction with the Shadows and Midtones sliders to balance the lighting.
Shadows slider — lets you adjust the brightness in the darkest areas of an image. For example, a bright light behind a photo subject (backlighting) at the time a photo is taken can cause the subject to appear in shadow. You can correct the photo by moving the Shadow slider to the right to lighten the dark areas and reveal more detail. You can use the Shadows slider in conjunction with the Highlights and Midtones sliders to balance the lighting.
Midtones slider — lets you adjust the brightness of the midrange tones in an image. After adjusting the highlights and shadows, you can use the Midtones slider to fine-tune the image.
The Highlights and Shadows sliders can lighten or darken specific areas of an image.
Using the histogram
The histogram lets you view the tonal range of an image to help you evaluate and adjust the color and tone. For more information about the histogram, see “Using histograms.”
Viewing images in the Image Adjustment Lab
The tools in the Image Adjustment Lab let you view images in various ways, so that you can evaluate the color and tone adjustments you make. For example, you can rotate images, pan to a new area, zoom in or out, and choose how to display the corrected image in the preview window.
Using other adjustment filters
Although the Image Adjustment Lab lets you correct the color and tone of most images, a specialized adjustment filter is sometimes required. Using the powerful adjustment filters in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, you can make precise adjustments to images. For example, you can adjust images by using a histogram or a tone curve. For more information about adjustment filters, see “Using individual color-adjustment effects and tools.”
If you want to control the white point and black point setting more precisely, click the Select white point tool , and click the lightest area of your image. Then click the Select black point tool , and click the darkest area of your image.
Perform one or more tasks from the following table.
Do the following
Correct color in the image
Adjust the Temperature slider to warm or cool the colors, and then fine-tune the color correction by adjusting the Tint slider.
Make colors more vivid or less vivid
Move the Saturation slider to the right to increase the amount of color in the image; move the slider to the left to decrease the amount of color in the image.
Brighten or darken an image
Move the Brightness slider to the right to lighten the image; move the slider to the left to darken the image.
Improve image sharpness by adjusting tone
Move the Contrast slider to the right to make the light areas lighter and the dark areas darker.
Brighten or darken specific areas
Adjust the Highlights slider to brighten or darken the lightest areas of the image. Then, adjust the Shadows slider to lighten or darken the darkest areas of the image. Finally, adjust the Midtones slider to fine-tune the midrange tones in the image.
The Image Adjustment Lab is not available for CMYK images. For CMYK images, you can access the Auto Adjust filter and other adjustment filters from the Adjust menu.
You can capture the current version of your image by clicking the Createsnapshot button. Thumbnails of the snapshots appear in a window below your image. Each snapshot is numbered sequentially and can be deleted by clicking the close button in the upper right corner of the snapshot title bar.
You can undo or redo the last correction you made by clicking the Undo button or Redo button . To undo all corrections, click the Reset to original button.
To view images in the Image Adjustment Lab
Click AdjustImage Adjustment Lab.
Perform a task from the following table.
Do the following
Rotate the image
Click the Rotate left button or Rotate right button .
Pan to another area of an image
Using the Pan tool , drag the image until the area you want to see is visible.
Zoom in and out
Using the Zoom in tool or Zoom out tool , click in the preview window.
Fit an image in the preview window
Click the Zoom to fit button.
Display an image at its actual size
Click the 100% button.
View the corrected image in a single preview window
Click the Full preview button .
View the corrected image in one window and the original image in another window
Click the Before and after full preview button .
View the image in one window with a divider between the original and corrected versions
Click the Before and after split preview button . Move your pointer over the dashed divider line, and drag to move the divider to another area of the image.