Frames in Corel Photo-Paint


Single Frames


Find a .jpeg picture and save it in your H:drive/Unit 7 folder.

Open Corel Photo-Paint and open your picture(File > Open).


The image opens as the background object with no other objects present.


The Frame Dialogue Box 

Open it using the menu: Effects > Creative > Frame.

There are two tabs. Under the Modify Tab, you can modify the appearance and properties of the currently selected frame in many ways.

   - change the colour,
   - change the opacity
   - change the blur and feather
   - the blending mode
   - change the horizontal and vertical scale
   - change the rotation
   - flip the frame either vertically or horizontally
   - change or realign the centering of the frame against the photo.







The default frame and settings give us



Select the Modify Tab if you haven't already done so.


Try changing the Colour using the drop down list. You can even use the eye dropper to select a colour from within your photo.


Now adjust the Opacity slider - a lower setting allows the image to show through the frame.


The Blur and Feather slider usually needs to be treated fairly gently as even small adjustments can make rather large differences to the feathering of the edge of the frame. Try a setting of 3 or 4 first. OK, now try 50.


The Blend property has three possible settings: Normal, Add and Multiply. Try an add blend at 100% opacity with a black frame colour and then using a white frame colour. What does the multiply mode do under these circumstances?


The Scale parameters allow us to make the frame larger or smaller against the photo.


The Rotate parameter does exactly what it says. It is often better not to rotate square or rectangular frames but rotating circular or oval or odd-shaped frames can be really fun.


The Align control is very handy. To use it click on the picture and drag


The two Flip controls allow you to flip the entire frame in either direction.



'Hand' reposition control. . You can use the hand to reposition the entire photo and frame together. This only works if there is space around your picture!!



When you are happy with your frame save it in your Unit 7 folder as SingleFrame1.cpt


Create 3 additional frames for 3 different pictures by selecting different patterns in the Select menu.  Note: Apply only one frame effect to each picture.


Save them as SingleFrame2.cpt, SingleFrame3.cpt, SingleFrame4.cpt


Multiple Frames on a Single Background Image

Open up new photo

Open the  Frame effect dialogue box (Effects > Creative > Frame).

Click the Reset button on the dialogue box to reset all the settings.

The Square_1.cpt frame should be loaded into position one of the list of frames.


Add a Second Frame Effect

Load a second frame file by double-clicking anywhere on the blank line for the second frame file. The Load Frame File box opens.

Make sure the Preview checkbox is checked, and then click through the file choices to see the available frames

For this frame load the square_3.cpt frame.

Here are the results of the default effects for each of our simple frames so far:






First, make sure that the 'eye' visibility icons for both loaded frames are turned on.

Select the square_1 frame from the list by clicking on it, then click the Modify Tab.

Change the colour to red and change the blend mode to MULTIPLY. With the Preview button depressed, your live preview look likes this: a large black outer frame of small rings from the square_3 frame with a thin red inner frame of 'slashes' from the square_1 frame.

Do NOT press the OK button yet as we need to make some more changes first.

Now click back on the Select Tab and select the square_3 frame, then click on the Modify tab.

Make the following changes to the square_3 frame:

colour = cyan
blur/feather = 2
blend = multiply
horizontal scale = 120
vertical scale = 110

Click OK.

The result should appear as


 Save this picture as MultipleFrames1.cpt




Alternatives Settings.

Try using other frames with alternative settings. Here are some more examples.


Create 3 more Multiple Effects Frames and save them as MultipleFrames2.cpt, MultipleFrames3.cpt and Multiple


Applying Frames to Separate Floating Objects

Save 3 different pictures to your H:drive folder. Open all the pictures in Corel Photo-Paint

Create a new image.

(File > New) Make it large enough to fit your 3 drawings on


Set up the composite image.

Now select each of the photos in turn and COPY then PASTE them into the blank composite image.

Position them as shown below.

You may delete the originals now if you wish.

Fig 11



Apply the first FRAME Effect.

Select one of your floating object photos within the composition,

Open the Frame effect dialogue (Effects > Creative > Frame).

Click the RESET button on the dialogue box if necessary to clear any previous settings then choose a frame that you like.

Switch to the Modify tab of the Frame dialogue box.

Notice that now both the Color and the Blend options are grayed out!. You cannot use these features when applying frames to floating objects. But all the other options are enabled.

Make any changes to the frame you like then press OK.


Apply FRAME Effects to the other images.

Similarly, select each of the other floating photo objects and apply your favourite Frame effects.

When done, your image should look something like this




Fill the Background.

Now select the background object with the Object Picker tool
(either click on the white background or use your Objects Docker to select it).

Fill the background with your favourite Texture or Bitmap Tile Fill.

You can use the Fill (bucket) Tool , or Edit > Fill from the menu. (Fig 14)


Apply a FRAME to the entire background.

With the background still selected, apply a Frame effect to it.


Reposition each of the floating photo objects so they are a little closer to each other and then add a drop shadow to each.


Final touches.

To add a little more effect to the border area, select the background again, then create a mask that surrounds the entire image (Mask > Select All or CTRL+A).

Reduce the mask by 50 pixels (Mask > Mask Outline > Reduce ).

Then invert the mask (Mask > Invert or CTRL+SHIFT+I).

Apply a strong Emboss Effect using original colours (Effects > 3D Effects > Emboss) , then increase the Brightness/Contrast/Intensity (Image > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast/Intensity).

With the background still selected and the mask in place, COPY, then PASTE the masked area of the background to a new object.

Add a drop shadow (SW direction) to this new object to give the border some depth.

Save your File as FloatingFrame1.cpt




"Hairy" Frame

Create a new image in Photo-Paint:

Background Colour = 100% Black
Units = Pixels
Height = 3000 pixels
Width = 3000 pixels,
Resolution = 300 dpi, Add some guidelines and set up the Zoom

Tools > Options

Document > Guidelines


Type in 500 then click Add.

Type in 2500 and click Add.

Type 500 then click Add.

Type 2500 and click Add.

Click OK on the Options box to close it.

You should now have a large black square image with four guidelines on it.


In this example we want to create a feathered inner white area which will allow our photograph to show through when we use this file as a frame.

Turn on Snap to Guidelines (View > Snap To > Guidelines or use the CTRL+SHIFT +Y toggle).

For the next step we need to set the Zoom level to 100%. Also, adjust your scroll bars so you can see the intersection of the top and left guidelines. Creating the mask

Select the rectangular Mask Tool, then drag a rectangular mask from just inside the top left corner where the guidelines intersect to just inside the intersection of the bottom right corner of the guides.

You will need to drag past the bottom right corner of the image visible on screen due to its size, allowing it to pan, and the possibly drag back again until you reach the intersection of the bottom and right guides before releasing your mouse button.

(Fig frames-19)


Now that we have snapped the mask to the guidelines, we need to be able to see all of the image at once for the remainder of the exercise.

Start by setting the Zoom level to about 10%, then, drag the bottom corner of the image window so that it takes up most of your workspace.

Now choose 'To Fit' from the Zoom drop down list on the Toolbar.

The image will expand to fill the gray space, reshaping the window to fit and removing all the scroll bars.


Feather the mask.

Mask > Shape> Feather

Width 300 pixels,
Direction = Average.  (Fig 20)

Fig 20.


Fill the Feathered Mask Area.

Choose white as the Fill colour
(right-click on the white colour swatch in the palette)

then click in the center of the image with the Fill tool to fill the feathered unmasked area with white.


White regions of the Frame will be transparent areas in which the image we apply the frame to will show through.


Invert the Mask.

(Mask > Invert or CTRL+SHIFT+I) Note: The center of the picture will still be a pink color. This is the Mask.



Painting Heavy White Brush Strokes.

This will create a 'hairy' region outside the square feathered central region. The image will show through the 'hairs'.

Left-click on the white palette swatch to change the Paint colour to white.

Select the Brush Tool from the Toolbox, then change the settings on the Property Bar to:

- Brush = Art Brush and
- Brush Type = Speed Lines (from the drop down list),
- Size (Nib Size) = 60,
- Transparency = 50

(press ENTER after the last Property bar change to force the changes if necessary).

Starting from the center of the image, brush wavy lines outwards towards the edges,
going all the way around the image so it turns out looking like a hairy cube.

Painting Fine White Strokes.

Change the Nib Size to 30 (use the Property Bar).

Draw wavy brush strokes from just inside the mask to the outside edge all the way around (Fig 22)


The Frame still looks a little stark, lacking in complexity.

Lets add some black brush strokes further in towards the centre.

Remember, the black/dark coloured regions in the Frame will be opaque, frame-coloured areas.

Painting Dark Brush Strokes in the middle.

Remove the mask (Mask > Remove or CTRL+R) Now the center will be white and you can draw on it.

Change the Paint colour to Black. The Nib Size should still be set to 30.

This time we are going to add thin wavy black strokes to ease the strong white edge we have around the middle.

Make wiggly black brush strokes from about half way between the guide corners and the corners of the image brushing in towards the centre of the image.

After brushing each corner, carefully brush more wiggly strokes from the sides inwards until you achieve an image like that this:



Convert the Colour Mode and Save.

Convert the image to 8-Bit grayscale

(Image > Mode > Grayscale (8-bit) or Image >Color Mode > ... ).

Save the image in your as HairyFrame.cpt

Now let's add it to a photo..............

Open the photo.

Choose Effects >> Creative >> Frame

Scoll down to "Other" and find your frame and apply it.

Save the image in your as HairyPicture.cpt

This example uses the same frame twice, one cyan and one black with one of them offset (Align button) from the other slightly.

Film Frame

Another good type of frame to make is a Movie Film Frame - see if you can make it.

 Save this as FilmFrame.cpt

Add a picture and save it as FilmPicture.cpt