Apply Changes to Objects Not the Background

September 9, 2010

When you initially open a photo in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, it is a “Background” object. I find it extremely useful to convert the background into an object (Object | Create | From Background) before applying changes. I’ll give a few examples of where this is useful.

If you rotate the image, you won’t have a background color added.

Applying the Frame effect (Effects | Creative | Frame) will not have a background color added.

Enlarging the Paper Size (Image | Paper Size) will not have a background color added.

See a pattern there? That’s right, no background color. Give it a try if you aren’t doing it already and I think you’ll find it a huge time saver.

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