All versions of Corel PHOTO-PAINT are supported for both Apple Macintosh and Windows platforms. Here are some basic tips that apply to all software versions.
For even more tips please visit our Quick Tips section. This is our catch-all category for all manner of miscellaneous tips, tricks, program fixes, and workarounds to help you with building your artwork . We'll add new items from time to time so check in to see what's been added recently.
- Don't forget to provide 1/8" (.125) bleed in your file. You should make your document .25" larger than your final trim size in both dimensions.
- Never save Tiff files with LZW, ZIP, or JPEG compression. Tiff files using compression will not process correctly.
- Never save Tiff files with layers. Save your layered files as PHOTO-PAINT CPT format. Then, flatten this CPT file and then Save As in the Tiff format.
- Use the CMYK Color Mode when setting up your document.
- We do not recommend saving your files in the JPEG file format because this is what is called a "lossy" format. That is just a fancy way of saying that image data is discarded to reduce file size. This results in the inevitable degradation of the quality of your images.
- Never use PHOTO-PAINT’s default (four color) Black. Type and smaller Black items should be defined as 0% Cyan, 0% Magenta, 0% Yellow, and 100% Black ink. Any large areas of Black ink should be defined as 40% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 30% Yellow, and 100% Black ink. This will result in a nice rich black color.
If you are creating your layout entirely in PHOTO-PAINT you must make your document .25" larger overall than your final trim size in both height and width. In other words, you must build the .125" bleed directly into your document.
For example: if the final size is 8.5" x 11" then make your document 8.75" x11.25". Draw guides on the layout that are .125" from the edge all the way around. Now create your design with the idea that the layout will be cut off where those guides are because that is precisely what is going to happen.
Make sure that any photographs or backgrounds that you want to bleed go all the way to the outer edge of the document (.125" past the guidelines). After your piece is printed we will trim off that extra .125" all the way around. You have color all the way to the edges of your piece. It will look more professional.
If the file already exists select the following menu options:
Image > Color Mode > CMYK Color (32-Bit)
When starting a new file select 32-Bit CMYK Color for the mode before clicking OK.