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Chapter 1. The Basics > Objects vs. Bitmaps

Objects vs. Bitmaps

Computer imaging programs are typically designed either to work with objects or with bitmap images. CorelDraw 10 is an object-oriented drawing program. Objects are created using drawing tools that make shapes defined by mathematical formulas. Objects are also known as vectors or drawings.

A vector object has properties that define it, such as color, shape, and size. An object is displayed with smooth lines and continuous colors, whether viewed from far away or up close. Because each object in a drawing (Figure 1.1) is independent of every other object, you can easily select, move, resize, alter the color, or change the layer (front to back) of any object. Drawings are resolution independent; that is, the printout quality depends only on the resolution of the printer.


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