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Chapter 16. Symbols, Clip Art, & Bitmaps > Working with Bitmap Images

Working with Bitmap Images

In the real world, all images begin as bitmaps. Whether they are scans or digital photos, images are composed of dots (called pixels). While CorelDraw will let you insert bitmap images into your vector drawings—treating them as a large, complex objects—you can use CorelDraw tools to freely convert bitmaps to objects or objects to bitmap images.

To convert a vector object to a bitmap:

1.
Select the object you want to convert.

2.
Choose Bitmaps > Convert to Bitmap.

The Convert to Bitmap dialog box opens (Figure 16.9).

Figure 16.9. Select output settings in the Convert to Bitmap dialog box.


3.
Select a color model and a resolution from the drop-down lists.

4.
Check the Dithered check box (if available) and the Anti-aliasing check box.

In drawings that contain blends or fountain fills, dithering smooths the transition between colors. For a smoother look, anti-aliasing blends pixels at the boundaries between colors.

5.
If the bitmap will be set on a background that you want to shine through, click the Transparent Background check box.

6.
Click OK to convert the object to a bitmap (Figure 16.10).

Figure 16.10. Differences in line quality can be noticeable since the lines in a bitmap are created with pixels. Look at the newspaper, for instance.



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