Paint Shop Pro Part 3: Layers, Photographic Effects, and More

Correcting Underexposure

Use the Fill Flash filter to correct underexposed areas of your photos. The castle in the image below is too shadowed to make out many of the details:

Applying the Fill Flash filter creates the same effect as flooding the subject with light.

After applying the filter twice at a strength of 50, the details of the castle are apparent:

Correcting Overexposure

Conversely, the Backlighting filter corrects overexposed areas. The following photo is too bright, particularly in the white areas and around the eyes:

Applying the filter with a strength of 30 results in the following:

Removing Red Eyes

Another helpful filter is Red-Eye Removal , which replaces red eyes with a color you select:

The Red Eye Removal dialog provides several methods for correcting red eye:

  • Auto Human Eye is the best method for correcting human red eyes. It uses a round selection area applies settings appropriate for human eyes.
  • Auto Animal Eye corrects animal eyes using a round or elliptical selection area.
  • Freehand Pupil Outline lets you use the Freehand Selection tool to select a correction area. Use this method when the eye you need to correct is partly obscured.
  • Point-to-Point Pupil Outline lets you use the Point-to-Point Selection tool to select a correction area. Use this method when the eye you need to correct is partly obscured.

Use the Navigate button below the preview panes in the dialog to center the right pane on the eyes you need to correct. In the left pane, click and drag around the first red eye:

When you’ve finished drawing the area, either by drawing a circle or ellipse using one of the automatic methods, or by using a selection tool with one of the manual methods, use your mouse to adjust the location of the selected area by clicking and dragging the bounding box surrounding the selection:


When using the Auto Animal Eye method, you can rotate and reshape the selection using the rotation or side handles on the bounding box.

Use the remainder of the fields on the dialog to adjust pupil lightness, iris size, glint lightness and size, and feathering and blurring of the iris. Select an eye color and hue for the replacement eye.

Click and drag another selection area if both eyes are red, and define the settings for that eye.

When you’ve finished, click OK to apply the settings:

Applying Special Effects to Photographs

You can apply any of a number of Paint Shop Pro’s special effects to your images. These include noise, 3D, artistic, and illumination effects, among many others. To apply a specific effect, select it from the Effects menu. You can also preview effects before applying them using the Effect Browser:

  1. With your image open, select Effect Browser from the Effects menu.

The Effect Browser opens. The preview pane on the right displays your image with each effect applied:

  1. In the left panel, scroll to the folder labeled Effects and click on it. The Effect Browser loads thumbnails of your image with each of the effects applied:

  1. To apply an effect as you see it in the thumbnail image, select the thumbnail and click the Apply button. To change the settings for an effect, select the thumbnail and click the Modify button. This opens the appropriate effect dialog box. Below is an example of the Sunburst dialog:

Make adjustments until the image appears as you want it in the right preview pane. Then click OK to apply the settings.

Experiment with multiple effects to create truly unique and imaginative images!


Congratulations, you have completed the third part in our Paint Shop Pro series of free tutorials. Paint Shop Pro is a very powerful graphics and photo editing software application though with these free tutorials, you should be on your way to being an expert in PSP.

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