With the PowerClip feature in CorelDraw, you can mask a bitmap with any vector shape. For this exercise we'll use a simple ellipse, but it will work with any single shape that you create.
Time Required: 2 minutes
- First you'll need to make an adjustment to CorelDraw's options. Go to Tools > Options.
- In the Options dialog, look under Workspace > Edit and unselect the box next to Auto-center new PowerClip contents.
- Click OK to exit the options dialog.
- Import a bitmap image into your drawing.
- Select the ellipse tool and drag an oval over your bitmap.
- Set the oval to no fill and a thin outline and position it over the bitmap however you want the bitmap to be masked.
- When you are happy with the placement of the oval, click on the bitmap to select it.
- Check your Object Manager docker to ensure that the bitmap is selected.
- Go to Effects > PowerClip > Place inside container. Your cursor will change to a large black arrow.
- Click on the edge of the oval shape with the tip of the arrow. You must be careful not to click on the empty part of the oval.
- The bitmap is masked to the oval shape.
- You can now remove the outline from the oval shape or change the color and size if desired.
- To reposition the bitmap inside the PowerClip, go to Effects > PowerClip > Edit Contents. You will be able to move the bitmap independent of the PowerClip container.
- When you are finished repositioning the bitmap, choose Effects > PowerClip > Finish editing this level.
- To permanently separate the bitmap from the PowerClip, choose Effects > PowerClip > Extract Contents.
- To make the PowerClip permanent, select the PowerClipped bitmap, and use the Bitmaps > Convert to bitmap command. This is sometimes necessary if you have problems printing PowerClipped objects.
- You can place several bitmaps into one Powerclip Container by selecting each of them before choosing Effects > Powerclip.
- You can use text as a PowerClip container. Add outline and drop shadow for a quick and easy text effect.
- These steps were written using CorelDraw 9, but should be applicable for at least versions 8 and up.