Separate Parts of a Bitmap in Corel PHOTO-PAINT

October 14, 2014

Do you have trouble getting good artwork from clients? Go ahead and nod your head. Even when you get good artwork, do they sometimes ask you to do things that aren’t easy based on what was provided? Yup, nod your head again.

I was given a logo as a Photoshop file. It contained what to the naked eye appears as two lines of text, but in reality was just a single object (layer). It had plenty of pixels to get the detail wanted and there was no background so I didn’t have to worry about deleting the white box.

I opened the file in Corel PHOTO-PAINT and it was fairly easy to create two separate objects (layers) from the one provided. Note that while you see a white box behind the logo in my screenshot, it was only added so it was easier for you to see the logo in the screenshot.

Using the Rectangle Mask tool, I drew a rectangle around the top “line” of the logo as you can see below. Then I selected Object | Create | Object: Copy Selection. Once I had the new object, I drug it outside of the window to create a new file.

Garment Printer Logo

This process was repeated with the second “line” of the logo. Now I had two separate files, each one containing one line of the logo. I brought each of those lines into a new file so that I could scale them individually. This allowed me to easily get what the client requested. If you need to learn more about using Corel PHOTO-PAINT, get a copy of Corel PHOTO-PAINT X5 Unleashed.

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  1. Anonymous

    Couldn’t you get the same result using PowerClip in Corel Draw? Start with 2 copies of the original, clip the first line then the 2nd and bring them back together? I don’t use Paint that much and that is how I would do it in Draw.

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  2. Foster D. Coburn III

    The key is to use the correct tool for the job. As the original file was a bitmap, Corel PHOTO-PAINT is the correct tool to use. Ideally the file would have been supplied in a vector format and then a difference sequence would have been used to create the two separate objects.

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