Department of Creative Arts
St. Pius X High School

Text Effcts in Corel Photo-Paint

The method described here to create a candy text effect employs three basic parts:
1) constructing a diagonal stripe tile,
2) creating a displacement map, and
3) applying parts 1 and 2 to the text itself.

PART 1: Creating a diagonal stripe tile.

1. Create a new image:

24-Bit RGB, white background, 32x32 pixels.

The new image appears in the workspace.

To make it easier to create our initial stripe, change the Zoom level on the Toolbar to 300%, then drag on the corner of the new image window and expand the window about an inch past the image boundary (Fig 1 ->).





2. Draw the first line:

Change the Paint colour to Red, then select the Line Tool (
in the Rectangle Tool Flyout).

Change the Property Bar settings to Shape Width = 16, Transparency = 0, Paint Mode = Normal, Shape Joints = Butt, Anti-Aliasing = OFF, Render to Object = On.

Place your cursor as close as possible to the top RH corner of the image, hold down the CTRL key and drag a line to the lower LH corner. Holding down the CTRL key while dragging lines constrains the angle of the line to 45 degree intervals.

Align the line object to the centre of the document (Object > Arrange > Align and Distribute, To Center of Document) (Fig 2 ->)






Duplicate then combine:

With the line object selected, duplicate it (

Now there are three objects: the white background, and two line objects.

Select any line object and combine it with the background (CTRL+DnArrow).

Your Object Docker should look like this: (Fig 3 ->).





4. Offset the background object:

Select the BACKGROUND Object.

Apply an Offset Effect (Effects > Distort > Offset) with both Horizontal and Vertical Shifts set to 50% and Undefined Areas = Wrap Around.

Press OK. (Fig 4 ->)





Combine and save:

Combine all objects together (
CTRL+SHIFT+DnArrow) and save the image as a CPT file as red_stripe.cpt.




PART 2. Creating the Displacement Map and mask base.



Create a new image:

24-Bit RGB, 100% BLACK background, 500x300 pixels at 300 dpi.



2. Create some white text:

Change the Paint colour to White then select the text tool and create some text.

Use a thick rounded font and a size that uses much of the image area.

In the example shown I used Swis721 Blk BT at 24 points, but you can choose any font that you want.


Centre the text to the document. (Fig 5 ->).(Object > Arrange > Align and Distribute, To Center of Document)




Create a mask from the text and save :

CTRL+M) and the save this mask as candy_mask.cpt.




Remove the mask then combine:

CTRL+R) then combine the text object with the background (CTRL+DnArrow).

Now you have have a background with the centred text on it.



5. Blur the image:

Apply a Gaussian Blur (
Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur) using a radius of 3. (Fig 6 ->).




Save the image as a Displacement Map candy_text_displace.pcx.





PART 3: Creating the Candy Text Effect



Create a new image:

24-Bit RGB, WHITE background, 500x300 pixels, 300dpi.




Create a new object:

Object > Create > New Object



3. Load and use the diagonal stripe bitmap fill:

Select the Fill (Bucket) Tool, then choose the Bitmap Fill type from the Property Bar (red and purple chequered icon).

Click the Edit Fill icon on the Property Bar to display the Bitmap Fill dialogue box.

Click the Edit Button and then the Load button. Locate and open the red_stripe.CPT you saved earlier.

Use the default settings for Bitmap fills: Use Original Size, with all other options set to 0. Click Ok to set this fill as the Bitmap Fill type.

Now click anywhere inside the image to fill the new blank object with this fill. (Fig 7 ->)



4. Apply the displacement map:

Ensure the stripe-filled object is selected.
Apply the displacement map as follows: From the menu choose Effects > Distort > Displace to display the Displacement Map dialogue box.

Choose Other and Load candy_text_displace.pcx

Adjust the settings to "Stretch to Fit" and a value or 5 for both horizontal and vertical scale.

You could use different settings here, depending on the desired effect.

Then Press OK

(Fig 8 ->)



5. Load the saved mask:

Use Mask > Load > Load from Disk and locate and open the mask you saved earlier. Click the cursor anywhere in your image to load the mask at the default position (0,0,)
(Fig 9a ->).

If the Mask Marquee is Visible your image should look like Fig 9b (below).

The way the mask loads will depend on the current Mask Mode setting.



6. Create the object:

CTRL+SHIFT+I or Mask > Invert to invert the mask.

Select any Mask Tool and then press DEL.
This removes the area of the object enclosed in the inverted mask.

If you don’t select a mask tool first the mask will be deleted instead of the object. Just UNDO once if you do this.

The red stripe may look a little chunky after the displacement. If so, you can apply this optional step: Invert the mask again so only the text shape is surrounded then apply a very light Gaussian Blur (say, radius = 0.5).

Then remove the mask (CTRL+SHIFT+R) (Fig 10 ->)



7. Apply a 3D Texture and a Drop Shadow:

A 3D Texture or Effect will make the text look much better.

Make sure the Text-shaped object is still selected then use Effects > Texture > Plastic.
The settings I used were: Highlight = 95, Depth = 8, Smoothness = 90, Light Direction = 315, Light Colour = White.

Click OK.

Apply a mild drop shadow. (Fig 11 ->)




Add a candy background and Save as TextCandy.CPT Bonus ......... a some candy Note you will have to mask each one for the background to show through.




1. Create a new image:

700 x 700 pixels,
background colour = R10, G75, B128. 2. Create a capital ‘O’ using the text tool in:

        • Book Antiqua (italic)
        • size 96,
        • colour 2,115,207 (RGB).

Centre this character to the document, then flip the object horizontally (Object > Flip > Horizontally) 3. Apply a Plastic Texture Effect using these parameters:

      • Highlight = 97,
      • Depth = 7,
      • Smoothness = 90,
      • Light Direction = 315,
      • Light Colour = same as image background (use the dropper to select the colour from the image background).

    Click OK. 4. Reapply the Plastic Texture Effect using these parameters:

      • Highlight = 90,
      • Depth = 3,
      • Smoothness = 100,
      • Light Direction = 145,
      • Light Colour = cyan (0,255,255).

    Click OK. 5. Create a drop shadow for this object:

        • Angle = 320,
        • Offset = 7,
        • Opacity = 100,
        • Feather Direction = inside,
        • Feather edge = Squared

6. Create the soft dark background by creating a mask from the text object(Mask> Create > Mask from Object), remove the hole (Mask > Mask Outline> Remove holes), expanding the mask to about twice its size (click M for the mask transform tool then hold down the SHIFT key while dragging a corner node until it is about double the size, double-click inside it to apply the transformation), then feather the mask (Mask > Mask Outline > Feather) (width = 100, Outside, Linear), invert the mask, create a new object, then fill it with 100% black. 7. Crop the image so that only some of the dark shaded background is showing.





 Complete the word Cool using the techniques described above. Save the file as CoolBlueText. Bonus .... add the word Blue





1. Create a new image:

24-bit RGB, 500x300 pixels,
black background at 300 dpi.



2. Create some solid white text

Arial Black at 24 points

Align the text to the centre of the image (Object > Arrange > Align and Distribute, To Center of Document.
(Fig 1)
Fig 1. 


3. Combine the text with the background:





4. Apply a Gaussian Blur:

(Effects > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) at a radius of 4 pixels. (Fig 2)
Fig 2. 


5. Duplicate the background





6. Apply a Pixelation distortion:

With the duplicate object selected, apply a pixelation distortion (Effects > Distort > Pixelate).
The actual adjustments for the distortion will depend on the font, font size and final effect you wish to achieve. In the example here I used square mode, H&W = 12, opacity = 100. So try this first and experiment later.
(Fig 3)
Fig 3. 


7. Reduce the opacity

50% using the slider

combine this object with the background (CTRL+SHIFT+down)
(Fig 4)
 Fig 4. 


8. Apply a sharpen effect:

Effects > Sharpen > Sharpen.

Click the Reset button and then press OK.

Repeat the sharpening effect once again (Effects > Repeat > Last Effect, or CTRL+F).
(Fig 5).

Save this as CubicWhite.cpt so that you can modify it later.
Fig 5. 


9. Add some colour:

Image > Adjust > Color Hue. In the Color Hue dialogue box, click the Reset button, then uncheck the Shadows checkbox and slide the Step slider to 50.
For a blue appearance, click More Cyan once and More Blue twice (Fig 6a)
For a red appearance, click More Red twice (Fig 6b) Save as

For a Green appearance, click More Green once, More Cyan once, and More Yellow once.
(Fig 6c).

Save each colour. Reopen the white each time and modify!!!!
Fig 6a.
Fig 6b.
Fig 6c.

Save each of the colours as cubicblue.cpt, cubicred.cpt, cubicgreen.cpt


- Play around with the Color Hue settings for more colours.

- Try changing the settings in the Pixelation dialogue box for different effects.

- Increasing the Edge Level in the Sharpening dialogue box to 50% or repeating the original sharpen step more times increases the contrast in the pixel boxes, creating a more pronounced effect.

- Add a Ripple Effect at a low periodicity (Effects > Distort > Ripple) (Fig 7). Save as cubicripple
Fig 7.

- Create a rectangle object a little bigger than the pixelated text and fill it with a fountain fill. Change the merge mode on this rectangle object to Colour. (Fig 8) Save as cubicrainbow.

Creating a Lens Text Effect in Corel Photo-Paint
by David Mutch September, 2002

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 visual effects.

PART 1: The Basic Steps:

1. Base image.

Save the background image to your H:drive (Background Image)
Open the background image.

2. Duplicate the image.

Use CTRL+D to create a duplicate of the Background Layer (it will be Object 1)

3. Create some text.

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 240 points.

4. Add a drop shadow to the text.

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.


Child - 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.

Settings: Lightness 20

7. Clip the Lens.

Add a paper clip to the Hue/Saturation. The affect of the Lens will now only apply the parent object below it.


8. Save.

Save the basic construct as lens.cpt


PART TWO: Variations on the Original Theme


A: Blur/Sharpen:
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
Image A (part)

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
Image B (part)

C. Colour Lens:

Save the butterfly image to your H:drive (butterfly)
Open it
- 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 Clip it.
- Create a new De-saturated Lens and drag it so that it is over the background.
Save as lenscolor.cpt
Image C (reduced)
Object Docker
for Image C


Bonus Assignments

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 it.
Image D (reduced)
Closeup of Image D
Object Docker
for Image D


Save as lensIce.cpt

E: Pixellation/Distortion 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 (CRTL+;)
- 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 mask band.
- 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.
Image F (reduced)
The mask I used,
when viewed in
Pant on Mask Mode.
Object Docker
for image F

Save as lensDistort.cpt
SIMPLE FIRE TEXT EFFECT - by David Mutch - August 2002 



 Fig 1 

1. Click on the image in Figure 1 to open the larger version, right-click on the larger version to download it and save it your hard drive.

2. Open the image in Photo-Paint.
 Fig 2 

3. Create some black text.
Change the paint colour to black first, the create the text. I used a font called Cararway at 150 points.

Centre the imageObject > Arrange > Align and Distribute,
To Center of Document , or
(Fig 2)

 Fig 3 

4. With the text object selected,apply a Whirlwind effect Effects > Distort > Whirlwind.

In the Whirlwind dialogue boxclick the Reset button then change the:Smear length = 19.

Press OK to apply the effect.
(Fig 3)
 Fig 4 

5. Select the background object and duplicate it (CTRL+D).

Using the Object Docker, move the duplicate fire object so that it is above the Fire text object.

Rename it ‘Clipped Object’ by double-clicking on the object’s name in the Object Docker

(Fig 4).
 Fig 5 

6. Clip the duplicated object to the text below it by clicking in the clip object column for the topmost object in the Object Docker

(Fig 5)
 Fig 6 

7. Change the merge mode of the Clipped Object to: Difference

(Fig 6).
 Fig 7
Fig 8 

8. Change the Fill Colour to White
(left-click on the white colour swatch on the Palette).

9. Create a new object
Object > Create > New Object, or and drag it to below the Fire text object in the Object Docker and change its name to ‘Blender’. (Fig 7)

Make sure this object is selected then fill it with white using the Fill Tool.

(Fig 8)

 Fig 9 

10. Using the opacity slider in the Object Docker, change the opacity of the Blender object to 30%.

Save your composition as a SimpleFire. cpt

Because the Clipped Object is clipped to the fire text object, it can be moved around the image with interesting results.

Select the Object Pick tool then choose the the fire text object and drag it around the image - Cool!

VARIATIONS: Try these variations: and save each under a different file name.
 Fig 8a 

A. Blender object at 100% opacity and Normal merge mode

(Fig 8a)
 Fig 8b 

B. Blender object at 30% opacity and Add merge mode

(Fig 8b)
 Fig 8c 

C. Blender object 30%, Overlay merge mode

(Fig 8c)
 Fig 8c 

D. Blender object visibility OFF, Clipped object 100%, Subtract merge mode.

(Fig 8d)
 Fig 8c 

E. Blender object 21% / Hard Light mode, Clipped Object 100% / Divide mode, Fire text object 100% / Color Burn mode.

(Fig 8e)
 Fig 8c 

F. Blender object, 30% / Hue mode, Fire text object 100% / Screen mode, Clipped object 100% / Texturize mode, white drop shadow added to the Fire text object.

(Fig 8f)  


 Fig 1 

1. Create a new image:
100% White background,
500x300 pixels,
300 dpi

2. 2. Change the Paint colour to
R185 G232 B255.

An easy way to do this is to press and hold
the ‘Baby Blue’ colour swatch on the palette
until the 41 choice related colour sub-palette
pop-out appears and the select the top-left swatch.

(Fig 1)
 Fig 2 

3. Create a new text object “ICE” using:
Arial Black, 36 point.

The text will inherit the current Paint colour.
Centre the Text object to the document.
Object > Arrange > Align and Distribute, ,
select Center to Document, then press OK.

(Fig 2)
 Fig 3a  
 Fig 3b

With the text object selected,
apply an Ice bump map effect.
Effects > Custom > Bump Map, .
Choose Ice from the Style drop down list
in the Bump Map dialogue,
then click the Lighting tab
and change the Declination angle to 65,
uncheck the Auto Compute Brightness box
in the Ambient Light section
and change Ambient Light Brightness to 60.

(Figs 3a and 3b)
 Fig 4 

5. With the text object selected,
apply a Wind Effect:
Effects > Distort > Wind,
(Effects > 2D Effects > Wind for vers 8)

Strength = 50
Opacity = 100
Angle = 270

(Fig 4)
 Fig 5a 

With the text object selected,
apply a Plastic Texture Effect
Effects > Texture > Plastic,
Click the Reset button to reset any previous changes, then click OK

(Fig 5a)

That’s it. Save it as easyice.cpt