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Photo Editing Guide Part 3 - The Enhance Options
Photo Enhance Tool
In the first part of our Guide to Photo Editing in Xara, we covered the basics of opening photos, zooming, sizing photos and saving, and a
gave a brief summary of the Photo Enhance Tool. The second tutorial in the series gave a Summary of the Photo Tools on the Photo Tool fly-
Note: This third tutorial in the series has been updated to include some new features in Photo & Graphic Designer (May 2016) and Designer
Pro X (July 2016) 365 versions. We have also added more detail about the options in the Enhance Tool, the workhorse controls that are used
in just about every photo edit.
A quick reminder to start with: When you move over the camera icon on the main toolbar, you’ll see this fly-out menu of all the Photo tools.
As you select each tool on the fly-out, the icon on the left toolbar will change to reflect the tool that has now become current. In this tutorial,
we’ll cover the ‘Enhance Tool’ which is the camera icon on the fly-out, and the one selected by default.
When you select the Enhance Tool the InfoBar at the top of the page will look like this:
We have already shown you how to use the controls on the left end of the InfoBar (rotate, next & previous, etc.), so now we’ll focus on the
center set of controls, which are collectively called the ‘Enhance Controls’.
Remember that your photo must be selected for these settings to apply to that photo. You can use the Selector Tool, or a quicker more direct
way if you’re currently using one of the Photo Tools is just to click on it. A selected photo will show resize handles around it.
Each of the above controls can accept a numeric value in the field (just click and type the required number), or you can click the right arrow
and drag the slider to see the adjustment being made to your photo.
Drag the slider control or enter a numeric value
Whole or Part
You can apply any of these Enhance Controls to the whole image, or part. There are two main ways to enhance just a part of the image...
Use the Region Painter or Mask Painter tools to select or protect a part of your photo before you use the Enhance Tools. For example
use the Region Painter
to paint an area on your photo. After this, the Enhance options described below, will only apply to that
Use the Color Select feature
to adjust only certain colors in your photo. This control is on the end of the Enhance Tool InfoBar.
Color Select is described in more detail at the end of this tutorial.
These two methods of selecting parts of your image can be used in combination. For instance, you can use the Region Painter tool to select
one flower within a photo, and then the Color Select to select the color, and then adjust it using the Hue control (described below).
Color Select Mode
Warm / Cold
Sharpen / Blur
The InfoBar at the top of the window shows
the controls for the selected tool. In this case
it’s showing the main photo enhance controls