Use Object Hinting To Improve Web Graphics

May 6, 2010

One of the new features added to CorelDRAW X5 is Object Hinting. What is that you might ask? Let’s say you have a rectangle that will be used as part of a graphic on the Web. The outline of the rectangle doesn’t neatly align with the pixel grid. That means anti-aliasing will make the black outline gray in some places. You don’t want that, you want solid black! Simply select the rectangle and choose Edit | Object Hinting. That will make the outline snap into place on the pixel grid.

In order to see this in action, you need to use another new feature in CorelDRAW X5. Select View | Pixels and you will see pixel for pixel how your graphic will look when converted to a bitmap. Together these two features are great for users creating Web content.

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  1. Anything

    You are a certifiable genius and a real life saver. I’ve been beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to fix my weird looking images, and in two simple strokes … THANKS!!

  2. Anonymous

    I was looking for that solution from a long time.
    Thank you very much!


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