Software: Ulead PhotoImpact 12
Author: MaryLou White
Home Page: Wishing Well Tutorials

Title: Partial Load
Skill Level: Beginner

Description: Large images can often be difficult to work with but PhotoImpact makes the task easy! You can do a partial load and select only the portion of the image you want to edit without opening the entire image.

PhotoImpact 12 has several preset work modes. For this tutorial, we will be using the Full Edit mode so all of the tools in PhotoImpact will be available to you.

As you work, use your mouse to drag this along with you to mark your place.


It should be noted that Partial Load does not work on .ufo files. Your image must be a merged image such as .jpg, .gif, etc. It also does not work if you use Visual Open. You must use File Open.
  1. Click on File\Open and navigate to find the image of your choice. A large one would be good but if you don't have one, a small one will do. Don't click Open just yet.

  2. On the Open screen, click Partial Load. For this example, I want to change the color of the runner's trunks but I don't want to load the whole image. Click Open.

  3. On the Partial Load screen, the default is Grid checked and the screen is sectioned off into four blocks.

    To change the size of the blocks, adjust the values up or down to suit your needs. For this project, a 3x3 grid was used. Click on the individual section you want to load and click Ok. Only that part of the image will open in PhotoImpact.

    Once the changes have been made(changed the trunks from pink to purple), click File\Save. This will apply the changes to your full image.

    Important note: Do NOT use the Image Optimizer to save as it will only save the loaded part and overwrite the original image.

    As you can see, the runner has been replaced in the original image and is wearing purple trunks.

    You may wish to make a manual selection on a specific area rather than use the Grid. In this case, un-check Grid. The selection box will then allow you to drag the handles to the exact part of the image you wish to open.

    Below is a sample of how you can use Partial Load to add a page curl to an image. Only the right side was loaded. Other good uses would be for correcting a red eye in an image.

    This is an excellent way to work on an image if you have a slow processor or if you have limited computer memory.


    If you are doing this project for the Beginners Workshop, please complete this exercise. You will need your own image.

    1. Do a Partial Load using either the grid or the manual selection. When you have selected the part you want to edit, do a screen capture (Alt + PrtScr) of the Partial Load screen showing your selection. Continue to open the image in PI.
    2. Paste your captured screen into the workspace as a new image. Crop (if needed) to show the Partial Load screen.
    3. Change the color of something in the partially loaded image but do not save. Right Click\All, Right Click\Convert to Object when done. Resize your partial load piece and drag it to the Partial Load screen and arrange like the example below. Save the example as your project.

You're invited to join the PIRC Fourm! This is an active PhotoImpact Forum where you'll find a wonderful group of warm, friendly, talented, and knowledgeable people who are ready and willing to share their expertise with you. There are creative activities for all levels of PhotoImpact users. This forum is 100% free and everyone is welcome.

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