Basic Operations

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The Image Editor is a versatile editor tool to enhance, rotate, crop and scale your images. Use the Screenshow mode (fullscreen) instead for best viewing experience, if you only need to rotate your images.


You can open the Image Editor by selecting one or more images in the Explorer or Organizer, and then pressing Shift+F6, or by calling the Edit > Open Images in Editor menu entry.


Area Selection


All image manipulations, such as brightness, color, contrast, red eye, and copy work on your current selection, or the whole image, if there is no selection active. You can select an area of the image by using any of the following modes:


Rectangle        select a rectangular area

Circle        select an oval area

Lasso        perform a freehand selection

Wand        select adjacent pixel within a color range. You can change the magic wand sensitivity if the selected are is either too large or too small.


Pressing Shift while doing a selection will add the area to your existing selection. Otherwise the existing selection is replaced by the new selection.
You can move the selection area by clicking inside the selected area and dragging it with the mouse.
You can clear the current selection by using a right mouse click and selecting Clear Selection.
If you resize a rectangular selection with the ALT key pressed, the aspect ratio of the selection/image is preserved.


Magic Wand Sensitivity


Specifies the color range, when selecting areas using the magic wand tool. A higher value will result in a larger area of the image selected.


Feather radius


Specifies the area in pixel around the selection where to apply the algorithms with reduced amout. This gives a smoother appearance.


Selection Intensity


Specifies the intensity, with which any image operation is performed inside the selection. In most brushes, this corresponds somewhat to Opacity.


Magic Wand Mode


Global: The selection includes all areas in the entire image which match the clicked color
Inclusive: The selection includes all connected pixels of the clicked color, and areas enclosed by these pixels
Exclusive: The selection includes all connected pixels of the clicked color


Red-Eye Correction


CodedColor has an advanced red-eye correction mechanism. For best performance, you should zoom into the face containing the red-eye, start the Red-Eye Tool and do the correction.


Resizing (Scaling)


The resize dialog allows you to scale the picture. We recommend the Lanczos3 Filter for best results with photos. Using an antialias filter is also called Resampling.


Note: The values for the new size will be preset to the current zoom factor of the image when the dialog is opened. When changing the size in the dialog (Aspect ratio must be enabled), the image in the background is automatically sized accordingly, so you can see the final size of the image.




If the image is completely fit into the viewing area, the crop frame is prepositioned with a 10% border inside the image (crop by view). If the image is zoomed, the crop frame is prepositioned to the exact size of the viewing area (crop by zoom).


You can also manually select the cropping area by using any one of the selection tools.


Do an Edit > Crop to reduce the image to the current selection. If there is no selection active, a default rectangle will be preselected, which you can then use to capture your area of choice.


Extend Workspace


The editor panel, which contains the image, normally has the same size as the image itsself. If you want to extend this workspace, for instance to paste other images beside the current one, then you need to enlarge the working area with Edit > Extend Workspace.


If you set the Horizontal and Vertical amount avalues to 10-30 pixels, then you can create a simple frame around the image. This can also be done in a nicer way through the dialog Borders & Shadows.


Another cool way of adding frames is using the Image Frames dialog.


icon_tipMore Editing Tools


Rotate Images
Brightness, Contrast and Color
Basic Effects


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You can switch between Screenshow and Edit Mode by Pressing F6.
The Convert File menu from the Explorer allows you to convert or resize multiple images or add a watermark-text.
From the Image Editor, you can check and correct you image and navigate to the next picture in the list by selecting PgDn or PgUp.
Before you start manipulating the picture, you should Zoom into the area you want to manipulate.


icon_tipRelated topics


Image Editor options
Image enhancement tutorial
TWAIN capture
Batch Conversion
Title and Annotations
External Editors
How can I reduce the size of images?





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