How to create and place a light overlay effect on an image with Corel Photo Paint

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Corel Photo Paint is one of the tools that Adobe puts in your hands to facilitate the editing of your photos, here we show you how to easily place a light effect.

The effect of overlapping lights can give a more professional and sometimes funnier touch to your photos , learning how to do it is essential.

How to create and place a light overlay effect on an image with Corel Photo Paint


If you want to experiment with your photos, the Corel Photo Paint program is for you. This program has a large number of effects that will give your photos a unique touch, whether you use this tool to fix your photos or you want to give them a new focus with effects such as motion blur.


      What should you do to place a light effect?

      The first thing you should do is choose your image and get an idea of ​​the lights you want to place and, of course, have Corel Photo Paint installed.

      We advise you, once the project is open, to copy the level , to avoid making permanent changes, so you can try different things.

      Opacity of the copied layer

      On the copied layer you will start work, adjust hue, saturation, and brightness to make the colors a little duller.

      make your own lights

      Open a completely new layer from scratch, here you will start adding lights, you can repeat this process several times to add more lights or you can do them all on one layer.

      smart stuffing

      Continue to use the tool " Smart filling ”, with this you will add the lights, start by selecting the tool, you will get it on the left side of the screen, usually in the bottom corner.



      Now click on " Change fill " you will find it at the top of the toolbox, once you see this menu, you need to change the fill color.

      You have to use a strong color and white, you also have to raise the transparency level of the color, this is done by clicking on it and bringing the item "Transparency" at 100% ".

      If the color isn't very visible, you can decrease the transparency a bit to make it look better, you just have to set the shape of the fill , circular, triangular, rectangular, you have several options.

      locate the light

      Depending on the shape you have chosen, you have to give a placed in the light, position it so that it does not cover many of the important points in the photo, such as a face.

      Once you have chosen the place where the light will go, press “ Apply ”, now you just have to change the blending mode of the layer where you placed the light and choose “ Overlap ".

      Repeat these steps several times, change the color of the layers and position the lights where you want, to give that fantastic pop of color to your photo.

      A risky but fun option is to work with the neon lights effect, which gives you the opportunity to customize it to your preferences.

      Add some sparkle

      This point is optional, if you want to add some little sparkles to your photo, you can create a new layer and use the brush tool.


      Select the type of brush closest to the lights you want to add, position the lights in the photo, then changes the color to white and gives transparency .



      Now you just have to change the blending mode to “ Overlap ", delete with the tool " Rubber ” the flash points that remained on the faces or focal points of the photo.

      Some advices

      Regardless of the number, we recommend to use different layers for each color, so you can change any detail without the risk of damaging another object.

      Always remember to create a second layer of the initial photo before making changes, this way you will avoid damaging it or generating changes you don't like later.


      Play with transparency , giving as much or as little color to the image as you like, so you can focus on certain points or change color within the photo. If you want to work with transparencies you should also know the different types that the editor offers you.

      Play with the details so you can find out different things to do and get one more professional finish for your photo, Corel Photo Paint gives you many tools, you just need to find a use for them.

      Finally, we hope this tutorial will be of great help to you and allow you to place a luminous effect on any photo without any inconvenience.

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