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Color and Color Management
- Multiple On-screen Color Palettes:
CorelDRAW 9 can display multiple Color Palettes, giving users choice,
speed, and flexibility when customizing their workspace. Users can
view more than one Color Palette using the Color Palette Browser window
or the Color Palettes menu in the Windows menu and enabling the check
box beside the palettes they wish to view. Palettes can be unchecked
at any time. Users can also set the default palette according to their
- New Color Palettes: New Color
Palettes have been included in The CorelDRAW 9 Graphics Suite. They
are: PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM Coated; PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM Uncoated;
PANTONE Hexachrome Coated; PANTONE Hexachrome Uncoated; PANTONE Metallic
Colors; PANTONE Pastel Colors Coated; PANTONE Pastel Colors Uncoated;
HKS Color Palettes.
- Enhanced Uniform Fill Dialog Box:
The Uniform Fill dialog box has been enhanced to let users click tabs
when switching between options in the dialog box. For quick navigation,
a Name list box has been added to provide users with a complete list
of all colors in the fixed Color Palettes. Also, the Add To Palette
button in the Uniform Fill dialog box lets users add selected colors
to open custom palettes. Users also have the option to change color
models in the Color Harmonies viewer in CorelDRAW 9, and can move
each handle on the Color Wheel individually to create new harmonies.
- Choice of Internal RGB Space:
Users can customize the internal RGB space in which colors are managed.
This will increase color consistency between Corel and third-party
applications. Several choices of internal RGB profiles are included.
- Embedded ICC Profiles: ICC profiles
may be embedded in various file formats, such as CPT, CDR., and TIF,
file formats. Users can also extract color profiles from images with
embedded profiles. This gives users greater control over the color
management process between applications.
- Apply ICC Profile: By specifying
a source ICC profile in CorelDRAW 9, users can convert images that
do not contain embedded ICC profiles into the RGB space of the application.
The Professional Output features in the CorelDRAW 9 Graphics Suite
include Publish to PDF, Encapsulated PostScript Export, and Printing
1. Publish to PDF--The new Publish to PDF features in CorelDRAW
9 are designed to let users create a PDF identical to their original
file. This gives users increased publishing flexibility. Options in
Publish to PDF include downsampling and compression options, bookmark
and hyperlink options, job ticketing capabilities, font embedding, subsetting,
and color management options.
- Enhanced Text and Font Options:
Users can control how fonts are published in PDF documents. Fonts
can be included in the document or exported as curves. Users have
the option of subsetting fonts. They can also include base 14 PostScript
fonts in case they vary between computers.
- Image Controls: Several image
controls are included in Publish to PDF. Two compression methods are
available: Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) and Lemple-Ziv-Welch
(LZW) bitmap compression. Options let users downsample color, grayscale,
and monochrome bitmap images independently
- Bookmarks and Thumbnails: Users
can include bookmarks and thumbnails in PDF documents, which makes
it easy for readers to navigate a file. Users can also specify how
PDF documents will appear when they are opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader
and Acrobat Exchange.
- PDF Styles: Users can save their
favorite PDF settings as a style. Four default styles are included
in CorelDRAW 9: PDF for Prepress, PDF for Web, PDF for Document Distribution,
and PDF for Editing. Users can customize settings and include them
in the PDF Style list box, eliminating the need to define settings
each time they publish to PDF.
- Include Hyperlinks: Users can
include in the PDF file hyperlinks that have been set in the Internet
tab in the Object Properties dialog box or in the Internet Objects
Toolbar. Hyperlinks created in Publish to PDF can start an Internet
browser, go directly to a specified page number, or link to another
object within the document.
- Job Ticketing: Although job
ticketing is still an emerging technology in the prepress industry,
users can create basic job tickets with CorelDRAW 9. job tickets inform
a printing company about the production details for each job, such
as the setup and binding instructions. Users can choose an embedded
or external job ticket. job ticketing in CorelDRAW 9 conforms to the
Adobe PJTF specifications.
- Color Management Options: The
color management options in Publish to PDF let users apply an ICC
profile at the time of export. Users can choose either a composite
printer profile or a separations printer profile, and have the option
of setting specific profiles. Users can also output objects as Red
Green Blue (RGB), Cyan Magenta Yellow Black (CMYK), or grayscale.
These options let users manage images within PDF documents.
2. Encapsulated PostScript Export
- EPS: The Encapsulated PostScript
(EPS) dialog box has been enhanced to give users new EPS exporting
options based on parallel PostScript printing features. New options
include enhanced color management options, bitmap image compression,
and choice of PostScript compatibility. Bounding box options have
been enhanced to increase flexibility. For example, users may now
choose to use the object or page bounding box, or add a bleed amount
and include crop marks.
3. Printing Features--There are a variety of enhancements.
- Preflight Warnings: Preflight
warnings give users important feedback and warnings about print jobs.
Once the Print engine has analyzed a document, a message is displayed
on the preflight tab stating any issues related to the printing job,
including suggestions about how to avoid problems in the future.
- Miniature Print Preview: Miniature
Print Preview lets users immediately see the effects of any setting
changes. Also, users can verify positioning and page size. Users can
still use Full Print Preview for a larger preview with tools to zoom,
set up imposition layouts, and move or resize the contents of individual
- Enhanced Print To File Options:
Enhanced Print To File options in the Print dialog box eliminate the
need to print an entire document to a single file.
- Enhanced Imposition Layout:
The Imposition Layout tools combine the Signature Layout and N-up
Format capabilities from CorelDRAW 8 into one feature. This is to
increase imposition usability and flexibility, and to address specific
shortcomings in the imposition features of CorelDRAW 8. The Imposition
Layout tools are capable of advanced signature layouts, including
customized group sets of signatures, advanced binding options, page
rotation, fold marks, and gutters.
- Enhanced Print Options: New
options in the Print dialog box let users turn off overprints specified
for objects in the document. Users can also output all bitmap images
as RGB, CMYK, or grayscale. Also, a new printing page in the Tools,
Options dialog box gives users access to those options previously
located in the Special Settings section in the Miscellaneous tab in
the Print dialog box.
- Print Multiple Documents: Users
can print multiple documents in CorelDRAW 9. All selected documents
will be printed as one print job, and users can combine documents
on one page using the Imposition Layout tools.
- PDF Marks: This option adds
annotations to PostScript output that are useful when using Adobe
Acrobat Distiller. Hyperlinks and bookmarks are maintained when the
document is converted to a PostScript file and PDF.
- Downsample Bitmap Images: By
downsampling bitmap images, users can improve print speed when proofing
a document, or when printing documents that have bitmap images that
contain too much information.
- Rasterize Page: Rasterization
prepares a page for display or printing by turning text and graphics
into a bitmap image. Enabling the Rasterize Page check box on the
Miscellaneous tab in the Print dialog box lets users resolve printing
problems that may occur with non-PostScript printer drivers. Rasterization
can also improve print speed when proofing a document.
- Enhanced Duplexing Wizard: The
enhanced Duplexing wizard helps users set up duplexing on their desktop
printer using fewer steps and only one sheet of paper.
- PostScript Printer Description (PPD) Support:
CorelDRAW 9 includes direct parsing support for PostScript Printer
Description (PPD) files. Users can now access PPDs for printer setup
directly, rather than relying on standard printer drivers supplied
with the operating system.
- Device-independent PostScript:
Users can create multipage, device-independent PostScript files that
adhere to the Adobe Document Structuring Convention (DSC). This feature
is useful for bringing Corel PostScript files into trapping and imposition
programs that do not work well with driver-generated PostScript.
- Prepare for Service Bureau Wizard:
The Prepare For Service Bureau wizard has been enhanced to let users
automatically gather all files associated with a document, such as
fonts and linked images, to provide a service bureau with everything
necessary to open and output the document. Also, users can include
a PDF to generate output or to be used as an electronic proof of a
document. The Prepare for Service Bureau wizard has a second mode
that runs from a profile supplied by the service bureau, automatically
setting print options and guiding the user through the process.
Performance and Productivity
- New Scripting Commands: New
scripting commands have been added to CorelDRAW 9. These automation
commands increase the exposure of the application to third-party developers
who wish to create CorelDRAW-based solutions for their customers and
- Link Manager Docker Window:
The new Link Manager Docker window provides an organized fist of all
external references in a document. The fist refers to both Uniform
Resource Locators (URLs) and externally linked bitmap images. It also
provides users with feedback regarding whether the links are valid,
broken, or out of date. This feature is important for users who must
deliver files to service bureaus or external contacts, and is useful
for Web designers.
- Save Linked Bitmap: Users can
save linked or embedded bitmap images in CorelDRAW 9. By right-clicking
a linked or embedded bitmap image, users can extract and save it as
a new file. This function streamlines workflow when working with bitmap
images and helps users recover lost files.
- Convert Outline To Object:
Convert Outline to Object creates an object with a shape identical
to the selected object's outline. This creates a new path that can
be used for trapping complex objects.
- Enhanced Hot Key for Multiple Copies:
Users can drop multiple copies of an object into a document by pressing
the Spacebar as they move the object around the screen.
User Interface Enhancements
The CorelDRAW 9 Graphics Suite now features a streamlined user interface
with many easy-to-use enhancements.
- Enhanced Pattern Fills: The
Interactive Fill tool has been enhanced to make its behavior consistent
with that of other interactive tools in CorelDRAW 9. A user can drag
a color from the Color Palette to the front or back handles in the
dialog box to change the foreground or background color of a Pattern
- Enhanced Drag-and-Drop Color Functionality:
CorelDRAW 9 lets users change the color of an object layer by dragging
a color from the on-screen Color Palette to a layer in the Object
Manager. Layers can be colored individually to aid in the organization
and layout of a document.
- Escape Support: Users can cancel
all creation and editing operations by pressing the Escape (ESC) key.
Escaping reverts a CorelDRAW 9 document to its previous state.
- Enhanced Docker Windows: Users
can substitute a Gripper Bar instead of a Title Bar on an undocked
Docker window, removing redundant information and leaving more visible
space in the drawing window.
- Enhanced Object Manager: The
Object Manager contains a view mode that lets users obtain a layer-only
view, to manipulate layers and move objects on layers quickly.
- Clear Effect Button: A Clear
Effect button has been added to all Interactive Tool Property Bars.
This removes an effect that has been applied to a CorelDRAW 9 image.
- Multicolor Guidelines: CorelDRAW
9 lets users organize guidelines by using multicolor guidelines. Users
can change the color of a guideline by dragging a color from the on-screen
Color Palette, or by selecting a guideline and right-clicking a color
in the Color Palette.
- Enhanced Status Bar: The Status
Bar in CorelDRAW 9 displays an info line. If the Status Bar is active,
it will display helpful hints about the tool with which the user is
- Enhanced Object Outline Functionality:
CorelDRAW 9 lets users highlight objects by changing the outline of
a selected object to a dashed line, creating a contrast between the
highlighted object and other objects on the page. This is for display
only, and does not change the properties of the highlighted object.
- Sound Feedback: Users can associate
sounds with certain events in CorelDRAW 9 by using the standard Windows
- Other Enhancements: Other user
interface enhancements in (CorelDRAW 9 include: Docker windows have
been redesigned; Roll-Ups have been converted to Docker windows; resolutions
in the simplified Convert To Bitmap dialog box are consistent; and
Property Bar transactions can be repeated.
- Curve Smoothness: This feature
reduces the number of nodes on an object, simplifying drawings and
making them easier to edit and print. Using the node reduction pop-up
slider users can choose the desired reduction amount. The object on
the screen is updated as the slider moves. Releasing the mouse gives
the object the chosen shape.
- Interactive Connector Tool:
The Interactive Connector tool lets users build flow and organizational
charts easily. Users can link objects by clicking and dragging. When
linked objects are moved, the connector fines are dynamically rebuilt.
Connector lines can be bound and unbound to accommodate changes in
the diagram, and can be edited to produce user-defined shapes.
- Smart Auto-Close: Smart Auto-Close
shows users when a selected object will change from an open path to
a closed path while being edited with the Shape tool or the Freehand
tool. The cursor feedback shows users when the path will close or
- Enhanced Rotation Functionality:
Users can accurately position objects in CorelDRAW 9 documents by
maintaining an object's absolute values after it has been rotated.
This shows users how much an object has been rotated from its previous
- Irregular Marquee Selections:
(Corel)RAW 9 lets users make irregular marquee selections with the
Shape tool, making it easy for users to select nodes in complex line
segments. Pressing the ALT key changes the marquee from a rectangle
to a freehand marquee.
- Enhanced Rectangle Tool: The
Rectangle tool in CoreIDRAW 9 lets users single or multiselect corners
of a rectangle to round them.
- Enhanced Default Grid Settings:
The default grids in CorelDRAW 9 have been redesigned to enhance visibility
and functionality. The grid's design now features gray lines rather
than dots, and is spaced in 0.25-inch squares, giving it the appearance
of graph paper.
- Enhanced Zoom Out Functionality:
The default behavior of the Zoom tool in CorelDRAW 9 has been enhanced
to be consistent with Corel PHOTO-PAlNT. Users can now zoom out by
right-clicking with the Zoom tool.
- Live Positioning and Sizing:
Users can see the position and size values of an object in the Property
Bar while creating the object. This lets users create accurately sized
and positioned objects.
- Preset Guidelines: Users can
create new documents with preset guidelines. Users can choose between
CorelDRAW preset guidelines or define guidelines using Guidelines
Setup in the View menu. Guidelines let users create aligned illustrations
- Guideline Property Bar: The
new Guideline Property Bar is activated when guidelines are selected.
It provides users with feedback for precise positioning of guidelines.
- Enhanced Contour Functionality:
Objects created with the contour feature contain fewer nodes. This
reduces the complexity of drawings that use contours, specifically
while editing the contour, exporting, and printing.
- Enhanced Hot Key to Change Node Types:
Users can change the node type by using a hot key, eliminating the
need to use the Property Bar. When a node or nodes are selected, users
can change the node type from cusp to curve and from smooth to symmetrical.
- Enhanced Shape Tool Selections:
Users can select all nodes on a selected object, so that all nodes
may be simultaneously reduced or modified.
- Reverse Path: Users can reverse
the direction of a selected path, changing the direction of the curve.
- Artistic Media Tool: The Artistic
Media tool in CorelDRAW 9 contains numerous artistic effects. For
example, it lets users apply effects to existing fine segments. Some
of these effects include Presets, which provide strokes with varying
widths and standard styles; Brushes, which stretch CorelDRAW objects
along a path; Calligraphic effects, which create calligraphic strokes;
and Pressure-sensitive strokes. The Artistic Media tool contains the
same smoothing algorithm that is used in the Freehand tool. The Object
Sprayer is also a mode of the Artistic Media tool, providing users
with a new artistic brush effect. It lets users spray objects or groups
of objects along a path. Users can spray both bitmap images and vector
objects. This tool contains a Property Bar and Docker window, which
let users create lists of objects to spray, place the sprays along
an existing path, or choose a predefined path and apply a spray list
- Live Smoothing: CorelDRAW 9
lets users set an amount of smoothing that can be applied with lines
drawn with the Freehand and Artistic Media tools. Users can determine
the amount of smoothing by moving the slider in the Tools Property
Bar. The next line drawn will be smoothed according to the last setting.
- Mesh Fills: Mesh Fills let users
create multipoint fills. A creative artistic feature, it lets users
create smooth color transitions in any direction without having to
create hundreds of objects with blends and contours. These fills can
be printed on any device.
- Eyedropper: The Eyedropper tool
copies an object's color, fill, or outline, letting users paste it
onto another object. This feature lets users format documents and
create styles quickly and easily.
- New Eraser Nib Shape: The Eraser
tool in CorelDRAW 9 contains a new square nib, making it easy for
users to edit work in a limited space. Also, the creative element
of the feature lets users create knock outs, such as a cookie cutter,
from an object.
- Enhanced Line Segment Functionality:
Users can join or add to selected line segments with cursor feedback.
Selecting a line segment and then the Freehand tool lets the user
select the start or end node of the fine segment and extend it by
drawing with the Freehand tool.
- Perspective Dropshadow: A dropshadow
is an object that looks Eke the shadow of another object. The dropshadow
feature has been enhanced to let users create perspective dropshadows.
The sides of the shadow converge to a vanishing point, creating three-dimensional
depth. Users can change the shadow's direction and distance from an
object, its color and opacity, and the feathering of its edges. Users
can create perspective dropshadows by dragging the Dropshadow Interactive
Control to the side of an object, or by choosing the option from the
Dropshadow Property Bar.
- Interactive Contour Tool: This
new interactive tool lets users create contoured objects and determine
the contour type, such as inside, outside, or middle. Users can click
an object with the Contour tool, then drag the mouse to create an
interactive vector line. Users can also adjust the number of steps
by moving the slider on the vector fine.
- Map Text to HTML Style: Users
who work with CorelDRAW 9 text styles can achieve a clean conversion
to HTML by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as a layout. The HTML
files produced are more accurate and editable, since Corel text Styles
are translated into CSS, enhancing the export of Web documents.
- Enhanced HTML Export: Files
with duplicated bitmap images will contain only one copy of the bitmap
image. All references to the bitmap image point to one file, reducing
Web site size and enhancing the export of Web documents.
- Automatic Web Link Update: CorelDRAW
9 lets users update "Corel on the Web" links on a regular basis. The
Update command, a new option in the Help menu, gives users the latest
list of Internet links from Corel. This fist of links includes any
program update information, news, and special offers and opportunities
- Live Hyperlinks: Users can preview
the target of hyperlinks by right-clicking an object with an associated
hyperlink. Choosing jump To Hyperlink In Browser lets users ensure
that hyperlinks point to the correct location.
- Web Statistics Page: When publishing
to the Internet, users can automatically generate a statistics page
by enabling the Create Statistics Page check box in the Publish to
Internet dialog box.
- Menu Links: Many menus in CorelDRAW
9 contain Corel Online links to guide users to useful information
Compatibility and Integration
- Support for Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Adobe
Photoshop File Formats: Users can externally link Corel
PHOTO-PAINT (.CPT) and Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) raster images. CorelDRAW
9 also supports external linking of CPT and PSD files. Users can work
with large bitmap images that are externally linked without having
to convert them to another file format.
- ixla Digital Camera Interface:
CorelDRAW 9 uses a plug-and-play interface for acquiring images from
over 120 digital camera models, including Casio, Epson, Fujifilm,
Hewlett-Packard, Konica, NEC, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, Sanyo,
and Sharp!. Images can be acquired directly from digital cameras.
This eliminates the need for a third-party interface to move images
from camera to computer before editing. Edited image files can be
sent back to digital cameras for storage, sharing, and review.
- Increased Rasterization Limit:
CorelDRAW 9 lets users convert to a bitmap image with a resolution
value as high as 10,000 dots per inch (dpi). This feature is beneficial
to users who create bitmap images for extremely large media, such
as billboards or highway signs.
- Enhanced Convert To Bitmap Dialog Box:
CorelDRAW 9 has logical and consistent bitmap image conversion resolutions,
enhancing the application's consistency with Corel PHOTO-PAINT.
- Corel TRACE Integration: Users
can send a bitmap image from CoreIDRAW 9 to Corel TRACE for conversion
to vector graphics. This can be accomplished by right-clicking a new
context menu item, or by clicking a button on the Bitmap toolbar.
- Bitmap Crop: This feature lets
users crop a bitmap image in CorelDRAW 9. This eliminates the need
to crop bitmap images in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, streamlining workflow.
CorelDRAW 9 now contains many of the bitmap effects features used in
Corel PHOTO-PAINT. They include the following:
1. Art Strokes
- Charcoal: Charcoal strokes create
an image in a charcoal art style, simulating the charcoal technique.
- Conte Crayon: Conte crayon strokes
create an image in a conte crayon art style, giving the image a soft,
aesthetic effect. Users can compose an image using one of the five
traditional conte colors, a combination of the five, or all the colors.
The conte& crayon colors are black, white, sanguine, bistre, and sepia.
- Crayon: The Crayon effect scatters
the pixels in an image to produce a wax crayon drawing. Users can
control the crayon pressure and create outlines around elements in
- Cubist: The Cubist effect produces
angular strokes that simulate the mood and technique of the Cubist
- Impressionist: The Impressionist
effect creates a simulation of standard Impressionist techniques and
applies them to an image. Users can choose between a loose stroke
style, such as a Monet style, or a fine Dab style, such as a Seurat
- Palette Knife: The Palette Knife
creates images in a Palette Knife painting style. It also adds depth
to the paint strokes, giving the image a layered, three-dimensional
- Pastels: The Pastels strokes
create an image in a pastel art style that gives it a smeared appearance.
Users can choose between Regular or Oil pastels.
- Pen & Ink: The Pen & Ink effect
gives images the appearance of being created in a pen and ink art
style. Users can choose between a Crosshatch or Stippling technique.
- Pointillist: Users can create
images that simulate the Pointillist art style, which resembles an
Impressionist work of art.
- Scraperboard: The Scraperboard
effect creates images in a scraperboard art style, producing dramatic
black-and-white or color images.
- Sketch Pad: The Sketch Pad effect
gives images the appearance of a pencil sketch. Users can choose between
a range of techniques, from Rough to Fine. Also, users can determine
the desired lead type, from 6H to 6B, or choose a colored pencil with
- Watercolor: The Watercolor effect
creates images in a watercolor painting style. This effect lets users
customize the watercolor painting technique, from loose to fine, and
from opaque to washed. Users can also determine the amount of paper
- Water Marker: The Water Marker
effect gives images the appearance of a water marker art style. Users
can choose between a range of techniques, all of which produce vibrant,
- Wave Paper: The Wave Paper effect
makes images appear as though they have been painted on wave paper.
This produces a daubed painting style on a subtle wave-textured paper.
2. Color Adjustment Effects
- Deinterlace: The Deinterlace
effect reduces even or odd horizontal lines from, scanned or interlaced
- Desaturate: The Desaturate effect
automatically reduces the saturation of each color to zero, removes
the hue component, and converts each color to its grayscale equivalent.
This creates a grayscale image without changing the color mode.
- Level Equalization: Level Equalization
lets users adjust shadow, midtone, and highlighted areas by redistributing
shades from darkest to lightest, preserving shadow and highlight detail.
- Replace Colors: The Replace
Colors dialog box replaces one image color with another color.
- Selective Color: Users can
perform color modifications with the Selective Color dialog box. Color
modification is accomplished by increasing and decreasing the percentage
of the magenta, yellow, and black pixels that make up each color in
- Tone Curve: The Tone Curve effect
performs color corrections similar to Level Equalization. Users have
more precise control over individual values in relation to other values.
Users can define their own response curves or choose from a number
- Sample/Target Balance: The Sample/Target
Balance dialog box lets users perform color correction by shifting
color values from a sample color to a target color selected from a
color model. Users can apply Sample/Target Balance on three levels:
from the low-point (shadow), mid-point (midtones), and high-point
3. 3D Filters
- Cylinder: The Cylinder filter
warps an image around the shape of a cylinder. The Percentage slider
lets users set the amount of wrapping. Positive values expand pixels,
while negative values compress pixels.
- Sphere: The Sphere filter wraps
an image around the inside or outside of a sphere. The Percentage
slider lets users control the effect. Positive values expand the central
pixels towards the image's edge, resulting in a spherical shape. Negative
values compress pixels towards the center of the image to conform
the image to a concave sphere.
4. Blur Filters
- Low Pass: The Low Pass filter
removes sharp edges and detail from an image, leaving smooth gradients
and low-frequency detail. Users can control the percentage and radius
of the effect using the sliders.
- Jaggy Despeckle: The Jaggy Despeckle
filter scatters color in an image, creating a soft, blurred effect
with minimal distortion. Users can control height and width values
of the effect.
- Directional Smooth: The Directional
Smooth filter analyzes the value of pixels of similar tonal values
to determine the direction in which to apply the greatest amount of
smoothing, subtly smoothing edges and surfaces.
- Zoom: The Zoom filter lets users
create an effect that blurs pixels outward from a center point on
an image. The pixels closest to the center point are the least blurry.
Users can customize the amount of blurring.
- Radial Blur: The Radial Blur
filter gives an image a blurred effect that radiates from a central
point. Users can reposition the center point, set the intensity of
the effect, choose a blur node, and set the quality of the output.
- Soften: The Soften filter slightly
blurs an image, retaining a high level of detail. Users can apply
the Soften filter to the entire image, or to part of it using a lens.
5. Color Transform Filters
- Bit Planes: The Bit Planes
filter is a tool for analyzing gradients in images. It reduces the
image to basic Red Green Blue (RGB) components and emphasizes tonal
changes. The Bit Planes filter is useful for analyzing the number
of steps in gradients.
- Halftone: The Halftone filter
gives an image the appearance of a color halftone, which is an image
that has been converted from a continuous tone image to a series of
dots of various sizes to represent different tones. Users can adjust
the screen angles to produce a wider range of colors.
6. Contour Filters
- Find Edges: The Find Edges filter
locates edges in an image and converts them to soft or solid fines.
Soft fines create a smooth, blurred outline, while solid lines create
a sharp, crisp outline. This filter is useful for high-contrast images,
such as images that contain text.
- Trace Contour: The Trace Contour
filter traces image elements using a 16-color palette. Users can specify
which pixels are highlighted by setting a threshold level. They can
also choose an edge type, Lower or Higher. The Lower edge type highlights
pixels with a brightness value below the user-defined threshold level.
The High edge type highlights the pixels with a brightness value that
is higher than the threshold level.
7. Creative Effects
- Crafts: The Crafts effect reconstructs
images by sampling main image colors and replacing them with puzzle
pieces, gears, marbles, candy, ceramic tiles, or poker chips.
- Crystalize: The Crystalize effect
transforms images into crystal formations, creating a geometric pixelation
of images in polygon forms.
- Fabric: The Fabric effect reconstructs
images by sampling main image colors and replacing them with needlepoint
stitches, quilt patches, rug hooking, strings, ribbons, or a tissue
- Frame: The Frame effect applies
irregular vignette borders to objects or images, resulting in a specified
background color or transparency. Users can choose from over 150 preset
borders, eliminating the need for extensive masking.
- Kid's Play: The Kid's Play effect
reconstructs images by sampling main color images and replacing them
with Lite Pegs, building blocks, finger paints, or paint by numbers.
- Mosaic: The Mosaic effect gives
images the appearance of being created with mosaic tiles. Users can
also choose to have the tiles form a vignette pattern.
- Particles: The Particles effect
creates stars or bubbles across an image, resulting in the appearance
of star fields, dust, or carbonated soda.
- Stained Glass: The Stained Glass
effect transforms images into stained glass creations. Users can determine
pane and solder size, and can simulate outdoor lighting through a
luminosity setting. Also, users can determine the depth of the glass
and solder through a 3D Lighting check box in the Stained Glass dialog
- Weather: The Weather effects
add natural elements and atmosphere to images, ranging from a snow
flurry to a snowstorm, drizzling rain to a downpour, and misty fog
to pea-soup fog.
8. Distort Filters
- Blocks: The Blocks filter breaks
an image into scrambled block pieces. Users can set the size of the
blocks, the distance between them, and the background color.
- Ripple: The Ripple filter distorts
an image with one or more waves. Users can control the strength of
the primary wave or add an additional perpendicular wave to increase
- Tile: The Tile filter reproduces
images as a series of tiles on a grid. The Horizontal and Vertical
values can be set by the user, and represent the number of images
duplicated on each axis. Users can use the Tile effect in combination
with flood fills to create backgrounds or preview wallpaper for Web
- Whirlpool: The Whirlpool filter
applies a fluid, swirling pattern across images. User can choose between
any of the preset whirlpool styles in CorelDRAW 9, or they can create
custom styles by setting the smear length, spacing, twist, and streak
detail of the Whirlpool effect. Custom whirlpool styles can be saved
for later use.
- Wind: The Wind filter blurs
an image in a specific direction, creating the effect of wind blowing
across an image. Users can control the strength and direction of the
Wind effect. They can also adjust the transparency of the effect by
moving the Opacity slider. Higher opacity values produce visible distortion
and blurring, while lower opacity values produce a more subtle effect.
9. Noise Filters
- Diffuse: The Diffuse filter
spreads out the pixels of an image to fill in blank spaces and remove
noise. The effect can appear smooth or blurry, or produce a soft,
double-edged look, depending on the level of diffusion.
- Dust And Scratch: The Dust And
Scratch filter is useful for eliminating dust and scratch faults in
an image. It reduces image noise by averaging pixel values, causing
adjacent pixels to bleed into each other.
- Maximum: The Maximum filter
removes noise by adjusting pixel values based on the maximum pixel
value of neighboring pixels. The filter also causes a mild blurring
effect if it is applied in large percentages or more than once.
- Median: The Median filter is
similar to the Dust And Scratch filter, since it removes noise and
detail by averaging the colors of adjacent pixels in image. The median
filter blurs an image to a greater extent than the Dust And Scratch
- Minimum: The Minimum filter
darkens an image by adjusting pixel values based on the minimum pixel
values of neighboring pixels. The Radius slider determines the number
of neighboring pixels that are selected and evaluated in the minimum
filter process. A large radius value will result in a more profound
effect. The Percentage slider controls the amount of darkening applied
to an image.
- Remove Moire: The Remove Moiré
filter removes undesired wave patterns created by conflicting dot
patterns. These patterns occur when halftone screens or two different
frequencies are superimposed in an image.
10. Sharpen Filters
- High Pass: The High Pass filter
removes low-frequency detail and shading, giving the image a glowing
quality. It emphasizes the highlighted and luminous areas of an image.
Higher settings remove most of the image detail, leaving only edges
- Directional: The Directional
filter analyzes pixels of similar shades to determine the direction
in which to apply the greatest amount of sharpening.
- Adaptive Unsharp: The Adaptive
Unsharp filter accentuates edge detail by analyzing the pixel value
of neighboring pixels, preserving more image detail than other sharpening
effects. The results achieved by this filter are subtle and may only
be apparent in high-resolution images.
Desktop Publishing and
- Enhanced Font List: CorelDRAW
9 features an enhanced Font list box, which helps users find fonts
quickly and easily. When a user types the name of a font in the fist
box, the text engine searches for the font name in the list of installed
fonts, and displays the font in the fist box. The Font list box also
includes a Most Recently Used (MRU) font list that will not move as
a user scrolls through the list, making the MRU fonts easy to access.
- Enhanced Right Mouse Button Functionality:
This feature lets users drag elements in and out of text, eliminating
the need to copy and paste. Users can right-click on selected items
and drag them to the desired location inside or outside the text block.
- Enhanced Fit Text To Path: The
Fit Text To Path mode of the Text tool makes text follow the shape
of an object, such as an ellipse. Once the text has been placed on
a path, users can choose, through the Property Bar, a Fit Text to
Path option. In CorelDRAW 9, when a user selects a graphical element
with the Text tool, the text will be placed at the cursor insertion
point rather than the beginning of the path.
- Enhanced Frame Editing Functionality:
This feature lets a user resize the text frame while the text tool
remains selected. Paragraph text is easier to manipulate, since users
can select the text frame bounding box handles without using the Pick
- Enhanced Import Capabilities:
CorelDRAW 9 retains the original text settings in an imported text
file, such as column and page size information. This maintains as
much of the original document formatting as possible so that users
can take less time to reformat an imported document.
- Insert Symbols as Special Characters:
Users can insert symbols in CorelDRAW 9 documents as a graphical element,
or as special characters to be used in text. Users can double-click
on a symbol, or drag the symbol onto a page or into a text string.
If a text box is selected, the object is inserted into the text box;
if no text box is selected, the object is placed on the CoreIDRAW
9 page as a graphical element.
- Wrap Text Around Text Frames:
This feature lets paragraph text wrap around other paragraph text
frames, making it easier to work with text.
- Increased Wrap Styles for Paragraph Text:
Wrap styles have been enhanced to include several other wrap styles,
such as right, left, above, and below. Users can choose the desired
wrap option from a list box under the Wrap icon.
- Enhanced Kerning Functionality:
Kerning is the spacing between letters in text. By using the Shape
tool, users can change the spacing in Artistic and Paragraph Text
between letters, words, or both.
Web Page Editor: Macromedia
Graphics: CorelDraw Graphics Suite 8 &