In CorelDRAW, you can remove the background from an image using various tools and techniques. Here’s a step-by-step guide on each tool and technique to remove the background in CorelDRAW.
Revome the Background in CorelDRAW with Pen Tool
In this tutorial, you will learn how to remove the background from a picture in CorelDRAW and replace it with a different background using Pen and Shape tools respectively.
Program: CorelDraw X19 – X6
Estimated Completion Time: 15 Minutes
Who can learn this: Beginner & Advanced Designer – you should have basic knowledge of using the Pen tool and manipulating the Shape tool.
Required Tools: All versions of CorelDraw will work just fine. In this tutorial, we will be using X19 on Windows 10.
Design in Part
Step 1: Creating a Worksheet or Work Environment
Straight to the field.
Click New Document from the Welcome Screen
From the Create New Document Window:
- Type a custom name in the ‘Name’ field to replace Untitled-1
- Leave default document ‘Size’ as A4
- Change orientation to landscape
- Click ‘OK’ to create a new document
Step 2: Import the Image to Work with
Our working environment is now set for work.
Let’s import the photo we will be editing.
Click on File
Click Import on the File menu
Select an image from the dialog box
Click Import to import the image
Click a space to complete the process
Step 3: Working with Pen Tool
Choose Pen tool
Click the upper part of the image
Draw a shape in the form of the picture you imported
Click exactly the starting point of the shape to connect the shape
Highlight both shape and image together and click intersect
Separate sketched photo from the original
Remove the shape around the cropped photo
You will notice only the portion marked by the Pen tool is cropped. With this, it is easier to work with the image and give it a new background.
Step 4: Working with Shape Tool
Now, shape the image using the Shape tool. This is the second tool after the Select tool, upper left corner (Shortcut: F10)
There are many nodes generated. To create a smooth edge and make the photo look natural; you have to delete some of the nodes and also convert others to curves.
Click on a node
Select the curve tool to convert to a curve
Click on the delete button to remove a node
Move the mouse pointer to the arrow upward or downward
Drag it to create a curve at edges that are rounded e.g., shoulder, cheek, etc.
The final look of the shaped image
Step 5: Opening Background Image
It’s time to import the background that will best fit our image.
Click on File
Select Open from the File menu
Choose an image from the dialog box
Adjust the image you cropped on the background until it fits
Try with different backgrounds for the best match.
Now you are done with your design. All you need to do is export it, share it on social media, or print it.
How to Export Picture Designed in CorelDraw
Click on the File menu
Give the file a name in the File name field
Drop down Save as type panel and choose JPG
Click Export to export the JPG file
Revome the Background in CorelDRAW with the Eraser Tool
Step 1: Open Your Image
Launch CorelDRAW and open the document containing the image you want to edit.
Step 2: Select the Eraser Tool
Click on the “Eraser Tool” in the toolbox to remove the unwanted areas in the background.
Step 3: Adjust Tool Settings
Adjust the tool settings, such as thickness, round nib, and pen pressure, to suit your needs. You can find these settings in the Property bar at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Erase the Background
Click and drag the Background Eraser Tool over the background you want to remove. The tool will automatically erase the background.
Step 5: Fine-Tune as Needed
Zoom in on the image and fine-tune the erased areas using the Shape tool to get rid of any remaining background.
Step 6: Save Your Work
Save your document to preserve the changes.
PowerTRACE to Remove the Background in CorelDRAW
This tool comes in handy if your image is a bitmap and you want to convert it to a vector for more precise editing, you can use the PowerTRACE feature.
Step 1: Import Your Image
Open your image in CorelDRAW.
Step 2: Select Your Image
Click on the image to select it.
Step 3: Access PowerTRACE
Go to “Trace Bitmap” in the “Property bar,” click the caret symbol, and choose “Outline Trace” > “Logo” or “Detailed Logo,” depending on your image complexity.
Step 4: Adjust Settings
In the PowerTRACE docker, adjust the settings to achieve the desired level of detail. You can experiment with different presets to see which one works best.
You can also reset PowerTRACE by clicking “Reset” if you are not satisfied with the current settings.
Step 5: Trace and Expand
Click “OK,” to convert the traced image to vector objects.
Step 6: Separate the Traced Object
Drag the traced object to separate the vector image from the original image.
Step 7: Ungroup the Vector Objects
Select the traced object and click on “Ungroup objects” to break a group into individual objects or groups.
Step 8: Edit the Vector Objects
Use the Direct Selection tool and other vector editing tools to remove unwanted background elements.
Use the “Shape tool” to modify the object.
Step 9: Save Your Work
Save your document to keep the changes.
Use Masking Tool in this Techniques
Step 1: Import and Duplicate
Import your image into CorelDRAW and duplicate the image to create a backup.
Step 2: Create a Rectangle
Draw a rectangle around the object, covering the background you want to remove.
Step 3: Apply Mask
Select the image, then go to “Object” > “PowerClip” > “Place Inside Frame.” You notice an arrow on the screen.
Click inside the rectangle to place the image in the frame.
Step 4: Adjust as Needed
Use the Pick tool to adjust the position and size of the image within the rectangle to achieve the desired composition.
Step 5: Edit the Mask
Double-click on the rectangle to enter the PowerClip container. Use the Shape tool to edit the rectangle or add additional shapes to refine the mask.
Step 6: Exit the Mask
Click outside the container to exit the PowerClip. The background outside the mask will be hidden.
Step 7: Save Your Work
Save your document to preserve the changes.
Time to Choose
Choose the method that best fits your needs and the complexity of your image. Experimenting with different techniques may give you the best results.
I gave you several tools and techniques to remove the background in CorelDRAW. Tell me which tool and technique you will use to remove the background in CorelDRAW.
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