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How do I make rounded corner picture using corel painshop pro X3?

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by:vertsyeux
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It depends on your application. If you simply want a rounded corner image on a background which is another image (eg a logo on a business card or flyer), you can use the point-editing tool in CorelDraw to create a rounded-corner rectangle from a basic rectangle by dragging the handles and use that as a mask to cut out the image before positioning it over the background..

If you want a rounded rectangle that will float over say, the Windows desktop or a video, then you will need to create an alpha channel. This is like a separate 1-bit (ie. monochrome) image embedded in your main image which controls which parts of the main image are transparent and to what degree.

If you are more specific I can give you more details..
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by:speedtofly
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Vertsyeux
 I mostly want to create logos, add rounded corner picture on my pages, create buttons stuff like that

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by:vertsyeux
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I have the Corel X3 suite, but I only use CorelDRAW for designing logos/illustrations and didn't install Photopaint (I use mainly Photoshop and GIMP for Image Editing)..

I frequently use CorelDRAW to work with images; you can import and treat them as objects, applying the usual transformations (size, skew, perspective, rotate etc.) and various other tricks.. You then have access to all the other fancy text tools that a vector package does so much better than a bitmap package does - like having text follow the outloine of your object for example..

Notwithstanding, you can do what want in Photoshop and GIMP and, I'm sure, in CorelPAINT too. You need to create a path - ie. a vector object - in CorelPAINT in the shape of a rounded-corner rectangle and convert it to a selection. You then use the selection like a cookie-cutter to cut out part of the image and paste it where you want it - this will depend on your application. There may be issues with the selection becoming a rectangle, depending on what you're actually doing..

If you're creating logos, and don't already know how to operate CorelDRAW, you definitely should learn as it's incredibly powerful for that application.. Give me an actual example of something you're trying to do and I'll see if I can be more helpful...

Regards, Gordon
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by:speedtofly
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Hi

Maybe stuff like that on the picture below (or even the green button "accept as a solution" on this page for example

exp-exch-rounded-corner.jpg
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You'll find that most buttons on websites (even circular & elliptical ones) are in fact rectangular - you can test this by "feeling" round the edge and watch where the mouse cursor changes from an arrow to a hand. The secret is to have the background of the button button the same color as the background of your page - white in this case.

If you are designing graphics for buttons & logos from scratch, use CorelDRAW and export your objects as bitmaps. If you are using images, I would still use CorelDRAW, import the images and work on them there. Vector/Draw type programs are flexible, have great text and shade/fill handling, limited 3D support and don't suffer from resolution/aliasing issues, plus you can export the result as a bitmap if required..

Is it webpage buttons you are looking to design?
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by:speedtofly
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Yes it is
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With Corel Paint Shop Pro X3

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