This page explains how to remove background from image in CorelDraw using the bitmap color mask tool. The instructions apply to CorelDraw 2018 and above.
This is an easy way to remove the background from an image.
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Bitmap Color Mask
- Open the CorelDraw file and go to File > Import to locate and load the bitmap into your document or by pressing (CTRL+I) on your keyboard.
- The cursor changes to an angle bracket. Click and drag a rectangle where you need to place the bitmap or click once on the page to place the bitmap and adjust its size and position later.
- With the bitmap selected, go to Bitmap -> bitmaps color mask; the bitmap color mask docker appears.
- Confirm that Hide Colors is selected in the docker.
- Place a check in the field in front of the first color selection box.
- Select the eyedropper from the color selections and click the background color you want to remove. The color selection slot changes to the selected color.
- Click Apply.
Tip: There may be some edge pixels left after applying the change. Adjust the tolerance to correct it by moving the tolerance slider to the right to increase the percentage and click Apply.
To remove additional colors in the bitmap, select the next check box in the color picker area and repeat the steps.
- If you change your mind, use the Edit Color button (next to the eyedropper) to change the emitted color. Or uncheck one of the boxes and click Apply to start over.
- Save the color mask settings in CorelDRAW for future use by clicking the disk button in the docker.
- Remove background from images with CorelDRAW
- Explore different approaches to removing background from images with CorelDRAW and PHOTOPAINT by following the steps below.
Let’s look at another technique for removing background from images in CorelDRAW
PowerClip in CorelDRAW
This is one of the easiest and best-known ways to remove the background from an image. This is where you place one or more objects “inside” a vector object. This is especially useful if the image needed to remove the background has sharp edges.
A suitable example is an image of the Earth, which you can use to draw an ellipse and adapt it to the shape of the planet.
Draw a circle, select the circle and the image together and go to Object > PowerClip > Place inside Frame, an arrow will appear and you click on the ellipse to indicate that it is a container. You can select by pressing the Shift key on the keyboard and selecting the two objects (Picture and Circle) with the mouse.
When clicked, everything outside of the object you created will be deleted. From here you can remove the outline of the ellipse and add another image to use as the new background.
Of course, it’s not always easy because objects aren’t always that geometric.
Assuming it’s a flower, the easiest solution to create the outline is to draw it. You can use the Pencil tool (F5 on the keyboard) and draw it. There are multiple pencil options (Freehand, Bézier, Pen, and many more), feel free to use whichever tool you feel most comfortable with, the result will be the same as the others. But I suppose the pen tool is the perfect one of them all.
After tracing the flower
Follow the same steps as in the previous example: select the image, go to the menu Object -> PowerClip -> place it in the frame, an arrow appears and you click on the outline you have drawn.
Now, as before, you can add a new background to the image.
However, it is not always that easy. Sometimes sketching can take a lot of time and effort, especially for beginners. In that case, I have a little trick: vectorize the photo and use the vector as a frame to create your PowerClip.
PowerTRACE in CorelDRAW
To open PowerTRACE, you can right-click on the image and select Outline Trace > High-Quality Image, or in the Bitmap properties bar -> Outline Trace > High-Quality Image.
There are different settings depending on the type of image, be it a high contrast image (Line Art), a logo, clipart, and more for a high-quality image. In this case, you’re only using the vector to create your frame, so you can also use Quick Trace. You can find it by right-clicking on the object and selecting Quick Trace, or via the properties bar of Bitmap -> Quick Trace. I recommend using the high-quality image option as it gives you more flexibility and can remove the background either automatically or by selecting the color to be removed.
A result is an object in the shape of your image, which you can adjust if you want to make corrections or changes.
A result is an object the size of your image, which can be resized if you want to make corrections or changes.
We again select the original image, go to the PowerClip menu -> Place in the frame, an arrow will appear, then click on the contour you created.
This removed the background of the image, but also enhanced its edges, improving its quality.
Conclusion: How To Remove Background From Image In CorelDraw
As you can see, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite offers several alternatives, from the simplest to the most accurate. A wide variety of alternatives are available to solve all types of problems and situations with professional results.
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