Creating a Lens Text Effect in Corel Photo-Paint
by David Mutch September,
The tutorial is divided
into two parts. The first part shows the steps to create the basic
effect. The second part shows just some of the numerous variations
and modifications you can use to create a large range of different
1: The Basic Steps:
1. Base image.
Save the background image to your H:drive (Background
Open the background image.
Use CTRL+D to create a duplicate of the Background Layer (it will
be Object 1)
The colour, font and size are entirely up to you.
However the effect works
best with a thick heavy font, often using a contrasting colour, 100%
black, or 100% white.
Futura Xblk BT font at
4. Add a drop shadow to the
The actual parameters of the drop shadow will depend on your image,
the text and the effect you wish to create. I have used a cyan colour,
average feather direction drop shadow.
5. Clip the child object
to the parent object.
Drag the LENS below Object 1. Click in the column beside the eye icon
to display the paperclip icon.
- Object with paper clip
Parent - Object below paper clip
6. Adding a Lens.
Select Object 1. Create a Lens (Object > Create > New Lens).
The New Lens dialogue box appears. Select Hue/Saturation/Lightness
from the list and press OK.
Add a paper clip to the Hue/Saturation. The affect of the Lens will
now only apply the parent object below it.
Save the basic construct
PART TWO: Variations on the Original Theme
Start with lens.cpt then change:
- Text is 100% black, with an outside drop shadow,
- Background is blurred with a mild Gaussian blur,
- Clipped image (Object 2) merge mode = Hard Light, 100% Opacity
- Delete the Hue/Saturation Lens and add a Sharpen Lens. Don't forget
to clip it.
Save as lens2.cpt
Start with lens.cpt then change:
- Text is 100% black, with an outside drop shadow
- Change the Lens to Color Balance . Using the sliders change the
color to green.
- Change Object 1 merge mode to Lightness, 100% Opacity
Save as lens3.cpt
Save the butterfly image to your H:drive (butterfly)
- Create a Text object at 180 points, white in colour
- Create a drop shadow on text: 100% black, average, lower right,
then split the drop shadow from the text (right-click on Object Docker
object text and select Drop Shadow > Split Shadow to create a new
‘shadow’ object below the text object). Now
Object2 is the Drop Shadow
- Then create another drop shadow of the text object: white, inside,
upper left. You must be on Object2
- Combine the Text (Color Lens) and Object 2. (Highlight both using
the shift key and then select the combine button at the bottom)
- Duplicate background image. Move the new object above the Text and
- Create a new De-saturated Lens and drag it so that it is over the
for Image C
D. Scatter - Ice:
Find and open a winter landscape scene
- Type some large white
text (e.g. Futura Xblk BT at 180 points).
- Duplicate the background and place above the text
- Paper clip the duplicated object
- Add a drop shadow to it: shadow direction = 135, shadow offset =
0, opacity = 100, feather = 1, feather direction = outside, feather
edge = flat, colour = black.
- Select the text object and add a drop shadow: shadow direction =
309, shadow offset = 12, opacity = 100, feather = 10, feather direction
= average, colour = black
- Create a new lens: scatter, H=6, V=6. Reposition the scatterlens
to be immediately above the background object.
- Create a new lens: Sharpen at default(reset) settings. Position
this lens immediately above the child image (duplicate background)
and paper clip it.
- Create a new lens: Brightness/Contrast/Intensity, B = 5, C = 26,
I = 16. Place this lens above at the top and then clip paper clip
Closeup of Image D
for Image D
using an object.
Find and open an image of a clown.
- Make the rulers visible (View > Rulers), then drag a horizontal
and a vertical guideline from the rulers so that they intersect in
the centre of the image.. Turn on Snap to Guidelines in the View menu
- Select the Oval mask tool and ensure the mask mode is set to additive.
Click and hold the cursor at the cross point of the guidelines and
while the mouse button I depressed, also hold down the SHIFT and CTRL
keys on the keyboard and draw a circular mask from the centre of the
image until almost the edges of the image.
- Change the mask mode to subtractive and repeat the mask drawing
exercise to create a hollow band mask rather than the full circle
(turn on the mask overlay if this makes it easie to see the created
- Continue creating bands of mask within the circle by switching between
additive and subtractive mask modes. Make about three concentric bands
with the innermost one a solid circle.
- Save the mask as a channel in case you need it again later.
- Create a new object and fill it with black. The mask will constrain
the fill so that you create an object containing several concentric
black rings the centre of which is a solid black circle.
- Remove the mask.
- Select the background image and duplicate it. If necessary, reposition
it above the concentric circle object.
- Clip the duplicated image to the circles.
- Create a new lens: Pixelate, Square, Wand H = 20, Opacity = 100.
- Reposition the pixelate lens immediately above the background object.
- Create a new lens: Sharpen at the default settings.
- If necessary, reposition the sharpen lens above the clipped child
image and ten clip the lens to the child image.
- Select the circle object and add a drop shadow: direction = 315,
offset = 14, opacity = 100, feather= 10, feather direction = inside,
feather edge = squared.
The mask I used,
when viewed in
Pant on Mask Mode.
for image F