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Corel's New Graphics Tools Are Picture Perfect

CorelDRAW X3 is a nimble -- and budget friendly -- choice for small business graphics jobs.

CorelDRAW X3

CorelDRAW X3 is a graphics design application that works primarily in vector formats, while Corel Photo-Paint X3 deals with bitmap images. These are roughly equivalent to Adobe's Illustrator and Photoshop respectively. Used together, it is possible to create images from scratch by drawing lines and shapes, as well as edit digital photos, clipart, and scanned images.

CorelDRAW X3 adds some features to its already robust previous version that ease some complex tasks, putting them within easy reach of business people who simply need to get a task completed. The Star tool and its companion, the Complex Star tool have been added to the toolbar. Simply selecting the tool, then dragging the mouse across the workspace creates a star. The nice thing about having a dedicated tool for this job is that the stars are always correctly proportioned. But if you don't want full symmetry, it's easy to manipulate the points to get exactly what you need.

Enlarging a design from either a print or Web image generally produces jaggy images that are not suitable for printing--or even viewing sometimes. Corel PowerTRACE is surprisingly capable of finding the edges in even relatively complex designs and using those edges as vector drawing lines. Once an image has been converted to vector format, it is possible to resize the image to any size necessary without loss of resolution. Making signs or brochures from business card logos or Web logos becomes simple with this tool.

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