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Using Corel Paint Shop Pro Picture Tubes

Updated on August 20, 2016
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L. Cargill, B.A., Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX., has been writing cool and interesting articles for the internet world since 1995.

Adding Picture Tube Elements to a Photo

Fall Water Scene
Fall Water Scene | Source

Using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo Editing

Use Corel Paint Shop Pro or other photo editing software to play with your own or stock photos and make them even more interesting. Get to know your photo editing software.

Open up one of those stock "sample" photos or even your free royalty free photo image discs (they usually come with the application). Then play and play and play with your software and learn how each tool works.You can't mess this up, and you don't have to save the changes.

You can have hours and hours of fun with the hundreds of special effects in your photo editing software. All of the major brands of image editing software come with tons of bells and whistles of things you can do to enhance, change, distort, filter or just radically alter any photo you can open in the software. All it takes is practice and zero fear to accomplish some very impressive adjustments to your photos.

Don't be afraid of going wild on a photo. You don't have to save it. You can use the "undo" command immediately if you don't like the look of a change you just made. The undo command is found on the toolbar of the software, usually next to the "file" "print" etc. buttons at the top of the window. It looks like a curved arrow pointing to the left in most applications. As soon as you make a change to a photo, the "undo" arrow will light up. This means that the undo function is now activated you can undo the change. If you make several changes and then decide you don't like any of those changes and you want to start over, just keep clicking the "undo" arrow/button until you have gone back as far as you want to.

After you have made acceptable changes that you really do want to save, then use the save function to save your work. Better yet is to use the "save as" function which will also save your intact original. You have to give the "save as" photo a new name different than the original.

Here are 3 simple examples of using the built in Photo Tubes (a tool that adds whole drawings to another photo). The Photo Tube tool is found in Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo and probably exists in other image editing software by a different name.

That's the deal with photo and image editing software, they tend to have different names for the same effects and buttons and tools that are used. You just have to Read the Fine Manual that comes with your software to figure out what each tool does!

Using the Picture Tube Tool

Flowers added with Paint Shop Pro Picture Tube Tool.
Flowers added with Paint Shop Pro Picture Tube Tool. | Source

Bobcat in the Garden

I was looking through my photo library discs that came with some software package I bought. I don't remember whether it was Paint Shop or Print Shop, but it did promise that the images were royalty free for my use.

I found this wonderful photo of a bobcat. I had already played with my photo tubes and I knew that one of the tubes painted realistic flowers onto any photo. I tried it out and finally came up with this simple, yet spectacular, image of a bobcat in a garden!

I don't know how many times I clicked the undo key - adding and removing flowers until I found just the right look. The photo tubes paint in anything from 3D blobs to Zoo animals. But I wanted some bright flowers for this bobcat to smell! I could just as easily have added an airplane and have the bobcat appear to look 100 feet tall!

A friend of hers from Hawaii (Pearl Harbor)
A friend of hers from Hawaii (Pearl Harbor) | Source
A stock image that might be useful in a TV show or movie as a prop from WWII
A stock image that might be useful in a TV show or movie as a prop from WWII | Source

Restoring an old photo

I found this old photo in my mother's scrapbook album. This was a friend of my mom's from Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The photo was about the same age as the letters my mom had from a friend that had been stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. So the photo is at least from the 1940s.

The photo had some creases and tears and was fading fast. Both of these things are fairly easy to fix in a photo editing application (read your manual!). But I thought the image was just too plain.

The girl already had a Pikaki or Hibiscus flower in her hair, but it was hard to see, so I used the Photo Tube tool to add a new one. Then I used the text tool to add a friendly little message. I wish the photo had been autographed or signed and dated on the back. So remember to do this with all your printed photos!

I could have added some other colors or even enhanced the black and white by "colorizing" it, but I thought that would make it look fake-ish. Always keep things simple. The frame was digitally added also by using the frame tool in Paint Shop Pro.

Creating an entire image with Picture Tubes

Picture Tubes used - Dogs, fire, desserts
Picture Tubes used - Dogs, fire, desserts | Source

Go Wild - Add a Puppy!

Just to show you how wild and crazy you can get with photo editing software and photo tubes, I made this cute little photo.

First I took a generic photo offer on a black background, then chose the photo tube tool and by adding and undoing the stuff a couple dozen times, I ended up with this lovely puppy looking at ice cream with his tongue hanging out.

Apparently, the devil is making him dream of a dessert!

Paint Shop Picture Tubes Available for Jazzing up Your Photos

Birthday Fun
Holiday Icons
Music Instruments
Office Equipment
Beach Toys

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© 2011 Lela


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  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Cool beans. Glad to help. I'm still trying to finish my Christmas hub - there's a "virtual present" for you, Sharyn! I should be able to finish it before the big day. (I hope).

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    Sharon Smith 

    7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    I didn't realize how many recent hubs were out there talking about photography and editing. I'm so behind in my reading. I was busy using Picnik recently and have really enjoyed my new hobby. I got some new tips from you here, thanks.


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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO


    I am trying out the new Dragon. How do you think it's working so far? I am not sure, if the Dragon skin and cut the mustard. See what I mean.

    Anyhow, I hope you don't mind that I'm using up space for a trial. I needed to see how it works and commentary. As you see it's hit and miss.

    Love, the Dragon

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    That's a lovely wish. I too think there should be many more hours in the day.

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    Stacy Harris 

    7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    I love messing around with my photos. The best part is when you can actually combine 2 different photos to create one heck of a funny picture. I did this for a couple of my P90X hubs and when I was finished... I was laughing so hard! I really wish there was more time in the day to be playing with Photoshop!

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Actually, my dearest Lela, I am a reformed gangsta. Too little reward for too much risk. Heh, heh.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Click on your Start button and start typing in Corel Photo. You'll find it right quick then!

    I'll bet you bust up gangs all the time, drbj!

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    drbj and sherry 

    7 years ago from south Florida

    Super Corel tips, Lela. Now If I could just remember where I hid my Corel Paint Shop Pro. Hid is the operative word here. When I find it I'll start editing like gangbusters.

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    7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    This is something I want to learn to do and so this hub is a great one to come across. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge in this regard. There is so much out there now, its almost hard to know where to begin with the photo editing stuff.

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    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    RH - Also: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog! I learned to type on a keyboard that was blacked out. This was in the 7th grade. I still retain the repetitive paths. If I ever forget how to type, I'll hang up my keyboard and go drool on myself.

    Thank you Christopher, you always have something positive to say on my hubs. I love you for that. Love your hubs too :-)

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    Christopher Antony Meade 

    7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    I will definitely have to look into that. There are so many things that one can do with a computer nowadays, to enhance ones work. Thanks for the valuable tips.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Makes Jack a dull boy!

    Did you also lesrn to type with "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country." ?? Repetitively? Lo I did.

    I think the cat with the flowers is pretty cool. In a couple of years I might have mastered that one. I didn't even think of manipulating one of their images...I only thought about a library as large as my photos. Another hot tip!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    The Evil Puppy comes partly from Conan and partly from my desire for ice cream! This is what happens when you play around on computers for too long. But you know what they say, "All work and no play :-)"

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Wonderful! Thank you! Outstanding tips. For one thing I didn't know for sure if it said Royalty Free if I could use them for sure. Now I do! I got my software out last night. I did get sucked down that particular rabbit hole for a couple of hours.

    I think it is very hard and you are really talented. I did learn a few things but it is not easy! I love the ice cream and flames with the puppy - only you would combine those things! Awesome!


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