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Learn Corel Draw: Importing into CorelDRAW

Importing into CorelDRAW

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CorelDRAW supports the import and export of many different file-types. Files can be imported using the Import command in the File drop-down menu or by clicking on the Import icon on the Standard toolbar. You can also drag files from Windows Explorer into CorelDRAW to import them or you can copy objects from other applications and paste them into CorelDRAW.


Graphics that have been imported into CorelDRAW will be grouped so if you intend to modify them you will need to ungroup them first. Although CorelDRAW does its best to keep up with the files other applications produce, these are constantly being revised. Corel’s import filter is usually one or 2 versions behind the files other applications produce. If you experience difficulty with importing, try saving the file as an earlier version.

Graphics from other applications will be imported as curves however they may not always have their nodes joined, it depends how the application that created the graphic works. Generally, polyline objects have connected nodes. If the nodes are not joined you will not be able to apply a fill to the object.

The most common export option for graphics packages is DXF format. It is also the most tedious and unreliable to work with. When you import a DXF file into CorelDRAW you are given the option to select the units (either Inches or Metric) you wish the file to be imported with. In some instances you will need to ensure the application that the file was exported from was set to the units you will be importing as well.

DXF files sometimes have components rearranged when they are imported. This usually occurs when the files are particularly large. You should check the file looks like it did before it was imported before proceeding.

Sometimes DXF files have additional lines and nodes. CorelDRAW gives you the option of automatically reducing nodes when you import to reduce this.

Some applications treat circles as a series of straight lines rather than a circle. The number of lines that comprise the “circle” are a function of the application that created it, in some instances this can be setup in the application but regrettably not always.


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