Comparison: the CorelDRAW Knife Tool vs. Trimming with Lines

Written by Jeff Harrison
September 5, 2010

From the public forums:

The knife tool in Corel is difficult to use.
I agree, it’s not the most intuitive thing ever… it should work like a slashing-type tool to divide shapes without much thought. A huge problem IMO is that it can’t slice groups of objects.
Apparently, you need to start a cut directly on a node, and end on a node.
No… but you need to watch the knife icon change on an edge when left clicking then left click again at the other edge when icon changes again. Here’s another interesting tip almost no-one knows:


So, I’m no a big fan of the knife.

Instead, try trimming into shape with lines. That way, one can:
  • create very complex trimming lines in advance (the trimming line can be very curvy)
  • position the trimming line exactly where needed (for example to divide a shape into 2)
  • combine many separate lines into a single trimming tool.

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  1. La Cadena

    Great examples, thanks! rrllamas

  2. La Cadena

    Great examples, thanks! rrllamas


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Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at

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