How to record macros or scripts with Corel Photo Paint: very simple

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Recording scripts with Corel Photo Paint has many uses for regular or regular users of this wonderful raster graphics editing program.

But, for people who are just starting to familiarize themselves with how it works, it can be a bit confusing to record these scripts.

Macros are the right option if you want to create code to perform a task, scripts are the tool you need to save the steps required to perform a task; both are customized and you can create them to your liking so that they fulfill the task you want to perform.



Corel Photo Paint gives you many options for saving your custom preferences, one example is that you can create and save custom brushes

      Know the differences and similarities between a script and a macro

      The Corel Photo Paint program distinguishes between these two elements. But both are meant to automate repetitive tasks .

      As well as combining various complex actions, so that they are much more accessible, especially when used regularly.

      As for macros, these can be created using the built-in functions of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA).

      Unlike scripts, which are programs built using Corel Script. And while they serve similar goals, they're different in their creation, and not just in the tool.

      Since, for the macro, it must be coded. While the scripts, after creating them, it will be possible record actions, and edit steps .

      How does the registration window work and how to manage scripts?

      To start, you must have the window “ Recorder visible. To do this, click on the button " Quick customization ".



      After that, the checkbox assigned to the " Recorder ", then the corresponding panel will appear. In which you can see a set of buttons at the bottom.

      These are meant to record and manipulate the recording i.e. pause it, run the script, as well as skip to the next step and the like.

      Now, before continuing, it is good to clarify that the script is composed of a series of independent steps, so that a specific one can be deleted or modified afterwards .

      In the upper part of the segment, however, the buttons for will be positioned create new scripts , open an already created one, save, insert and delete new commands.

      In the center of it, you'll see the recorded steps, in the form of commands, sorted chronologically.

      It should not be overlooked that there are some commands or actions that cannot be registered , for example those that refer to commands in the help menu, or calculation operations.

      Nor the customization of any menu or toolbar, as well as grid guides, rulers or guidelines.

      In order to record scripts with Corel Photo Paint, you must have the " Registration " in view, as shown above.

      Within this, the first button from the top menu is selected, intended to create a script " New ". Before proceeding, it is recommended to keep in mind what you want to record, i.e. what steps will be included.



      Now, having given to create the item, you can start recording, this is achieved by pressing the menu button below " Register " or the typical red REC icon.


      Next, the first command to be entered is searched, for example, if it is an effect, the corresponding tab is opened " Effects".

      Subsequently, " Bedroom " and finally " Sepia tone ”, in order to be able to determine the parameters and thus include them in the script.

      And so on for all the steps you want to apply automatically with the script. When the result is satisfactory, it is saved.

      This in the top menu, in the recognizable icon " Save ", and this way it will be available for use in other projects.


      By default, it will run in a special Corel Photo Paint folder, it is recommended to leave it there, although you can choose another destination if you wish.

      Corel Photo Paint has multiple functions that allow designers to work quickly and make the most of their creativity, with this editing application you can change the resolution, paper size or duplicate the image if you want or correct an image with the your effects tool.

      Once your work is ready, don't forget to create a watermark to ensure the copyright of your work.

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