Using Corel Photo Paint Pro and Serif Page Plus Photo Editor in HubPages

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An Easter Gosling

Corel Photo Paint Pro and Serif Page Plus photo editors for HubPages

How to make a page come to life using photo editors and just a bit of imagination? I’m not a computer expert, so I’m not going to go into all the technicalities, but rather show you just a very few ideas to vary your pictures and make your Hubs a little bit different. I use Serif page plus 11, Corel Draw and Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo IX, but there are tons of other photo editing packages out there, including the most famous, Photoshop.

It first dawned on me that sometimes it might be a good idea to ring the changes when I saw this prizewinning Hub Best Mon-and-pop restaurants in Sacramento by Om Paramapoonya. I don't know how she did it but it did set me thinking.

These are all quick, easy and achievable effects that anyone can do with very little practice and I've included links to some more technically orientated articles at the end of the article.

Good luck (or Bon chance, as they say in France)


I used Serif Page Plus to Add Objects to Photos

Add an object

My Les Trois Chenes farmhouse Bed and Breakfast avatar is my on-line signature so although I like to response to news, festivals and events, I don't like to change it completely as then people can't recognise me. Adding an image or an object using a photo editor can solve the problem - this is my twitter Valentine's Day image. Using Serif Page Plus I drew a heart, coloured it red, chose a 3D effect, copied, pasted and rotated them. It's a bit crude but time's money and they do the trick! The same goes for Easter, for Christmas, birthdays, holidays, holy days ....

Fade it out

You can decrease the opacity of the image and feather the edges with just a couple of clicks. These are our three oak trees that give Les Trois Chenes its name.


More tricks of the trade using Corel Photo Paint Pro

Colour it. Take a jpg image and change it's colour. I used sepia, but noticed in my Corel Photo Paint Propackage there's an old newspaper option that colours it a slightly yellower brown. I've lifted the corner a bit but this isn't very satisfactory. Anyone any other ideas.

I've also made a drawing pin from a circle with a circular gradation texture and shadow added. I skewed the photo a little, hence the sliver of black at the top.

It's easy to put multiple images into one picture with photo editors

In this image I've imported, sized and rotated several pictures onto one page. Added some text, and rotated that too.

You could also just take a photo with your digital camera of a group of photos on a table. Print text out, trim it and lay that down too.

The same goes for the image of the house with the oak leaves below. I scanned the leaf and then copied it twice to get three identical leaves, rotated them and put them with the other images, then added text and rotated it. Again, you could print out the pictures and make a collage using the leaves and take a photograph of it rather than use photo editing software.

I used a scanner to create textures background for some images

Onion with japanese paper backing and quotations Onion photo - Wiki commons - Hedwig Storch
Onion with japanese paper backing and quotations Onion photo - Wiki commons - Hedwig Storch

Using textured backgrounds for photos

The image of the onion below uses the same technique as the collaged photos and leaves, except that this time I've used a textured background.

I scanned in sheets of various materials, Japanese paper, crumpled paper, crumpled foil etc to make backgrounds. These could then be coloured, faded or have photo-editing textures applied. Alternatively you can make these backgrounds with the editors themselves, but mine seem rather limited and artificial. I'm going to be on the look-out for nice patterns and textures from now on - William Morris wallpaper, old fabrics, plants ...... I'll make a hub of free textures to share when I have a few.

Then I opened this background, added the image and text. I couldn't work out how, (assuming it's possible), to put a border around my onion, so just stuck a brown rectangle behind it. I think the background could have been faded a bit, and the brown border could have been faded a lot for a more subtle effect, but these are my first attempts,and with thought, practice and time I'll get better - and so will you.

I would also like to experiment with printing out text, tearing up the paper and then re-photographing it.

You know what, I realise that I'm doing exactly the same images as I did on canvas as an artist!

An oval crop
An oval crop

Different shapes images enliven a page

I use Corel Photo Paint Pro and Serif to create different shapes for images. I think a circle, like my duckling above can be cute for a small image - or can get rid of unwanted background easily.

I chose an oval shape for the image of our house before we took the rendering off because it makes me think of times gone by.

In the photo editor I chose a circle and an ellipse to crop the images. Just takes a couple of clicks and off you go. You can then make the edges faded by feathering them, or put picture frames around them or use other edge effects.

Blood on floor
Blood on floor

You can create all sorts of special effects with Corel and Serif

OK, this is pretty rough, I grant you, but again, time is money and I'm no expert on these packages. I'm sure, though, with a bit of expertise and/or dedication, you could do something really cool.

This was an illustration that I made for the 'Health and Safety in the Killer Kitchen' Hub, a contestant in one of Stan Fletcher's competitions, which started as a joke and snowballed into a really fun extravaganza. It got me right out of the po-faced academic mode.

What you can do within HubPages to ring the change of your images

It took me a while to realise that you can use HubPages to put a border around your image, see my breakfast photo below, or to create a main image with click-able thumbnails, also see below. This is a great way to show lots of pictures without taking up space.

Click on the HubPage photo module, and in the top left hand corner you will see a pull down box labelled Display Style. Your three choices are no border, with border and thumbnail

Put a border around your HubPages photo

Breakfast at Les Trois Chenes - All this plus cereals and yoghurt - AND a border!
Breakfast at Les Trois Chenes - All this plus cereals and yoghurt - AND a border! | Source

Choose the Thumbnail option

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Our 3 star gite has a large, private enclosed garden and off-road parking space. All the bedrooms have private WC and shower roomsBedroom 3 has three single beds and opens onto the gardenBedroom One opens onto the gardenLiving area opens onto the gardenDining area and well-equipped kitchen
Our 3 star gite has a large, private enclosed garden and off-road parking space. All the bedrooms have private WC and shower rooms
Our 3 star gite has a large, private enclosed garden and off-road parking space. All the bedrooms have private WC and shower rooms
Bedroom 3 has three single beds and opens onto the garden
Bedroom 3 has three single beds and opens onto the garden
Bedroom One opens onto the garden
Bedroom One opens onto the garden
Living area opens onto the garden
Living area opens onto the garden
Dining area and well-equipped kitchen
Dining area and well-equipped kitchen

Pictures from Les Trois Chenes

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Our B and B farmhouse has four en-suite roomsWe have a new trampoline for 2011Our garden and well: Limousin was a magical wonderland this winterPretty as a picture in SpringOur three oak trees (Les Trois Chenes)We keep our own hensThis is bread and butter pudding with a twistOur play area has swingsWe are five minutes by car from Videix swimming Lake with its beaches and nautical centreRochechouart is ten minutes away by car. The castle is now a centre for contemporary art
Our B and B farmhouse has four en-suite rooms
Our B and B farmhouse has four en-suite rooms
We have a new trampoline for 2011
We have a new trampoline for 2011
Our garden and well: Limousin was a magical wonderland this winter
Our garden and well: Limousin was a magical wonderland this winter
Pretty as a picture in Spring
Pretty as a picture in Spring
Our three oak trees (Les Trois Chenes)
Our three oak trees (Les Trois Chenes)
We keep our own hens
We keep our own hens
This is bread and butter pudding with a twist
This is bread and butter pudding with a twist
Our play area has swings
Our play area has swings
We are five minutes by car from Videix swimming Lake with its beaches and nautical centre
We are five minutes by car from Videix swimming Lake with its beaches and nautical centre
Rochechouart is ten minutes away by car. The castle is now a centre for contemporary art
Rochechouart is ten minutes away by car. The castle is now a centre for contemporary art

Don't go wild with your photo editor

Once you discover everything that you can do with Corel Photo Paint Pro and Serif Page Plus, the temptation is to put every technique into every hub.

A word of warning - use these images with care.

On this page you can see how bitty it looks with so many different styles and images. Better to make a group of images all of the same style, as Om Paramapoonya has, or use just one for effect.

Don't like my pictures? But these were done crudely and quickly, or for various purposes, and serve here not as an art exhibition, (that might come later though), but only to give you ideas. With thought, time and practice you'll be able to make the most beautiful images using these simple techniques.

Other hubs with creative images

Road-trip-across-America by SimeyC

Good luck and let me know how you get along.

Want to lean more about photo editing?

At Les Trois Chenes I run painting and drawing holidays and art courses and I would be pleased to tailor a course to your photo editing needs.

Contact me on +33 (0)5 55 48 29 84

info@lestroischenes.com

Or visit our web site info@lestroischenes.com

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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Thank you for dropping by, katrinasui!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

It seems to be a very useful tool. I will try it.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Many thanks, Eiddwen, for your kind comments. Do send me links to your hubs with snazzy pics!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Thanks for this hub, fascinating and i have bookmarked it for easy future reference.

Take care

Eiddwen


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

I couldn't agree more, Om Paramapoonya, having the ideas is the fun bit.


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

Very nice. Photo editing not only makes our hubs appear more interesting but also makes our hubbing experience more fun! :)


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

slideseven and Gus, many thanks for dropping by and for leaving your kind comments. I feel like a bit of an amateur compared to the photoshop pros amongst you but just thought it might get the old creativity blood flowing and make Hubbing even more fun.


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GusTheRedneck 5 years ago from USA

Howdy Les Trois Chenes - This was a very informative article from which I learned some nice stuff about soing a bit of artsy into photos. Thanks.

Gus :-)))


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slideseven 5 years ago from UK

By Les Trois Chenes

Informative and good value hub -well done. Yes, I agree that adding images to hubs makes all the difference and even better if one has a video link.

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