Inverted transparency in CorelDRAW

02/02/2009

CorelDRAW does not have a built-in Invert transparency option as a Transparency tool preset. Sometimes you need to add an inverted radial transparency than the default one, here’s how.

Example

CorelDRAW inverted transparency/

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As you can see in this example, the image is darker towards the corners. Lets say that we need to achieve this and we want to do it using the CorelDRAW Transparency tool.

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  • Add a page frame (Layout/Page Setup/Add Page Frame). This will create a rectangular shape with the exact same size as the paper size of your document and place it as a bottom layer.
  • Fill the background rectangular with black color.
  • Import the image and place it on top of the background rectangular.

We will make the image darker towards its corners by making it transparent so that the black background is visible underneeth it.

Transparency

CorelDRAW radial transparency preset/

Add the default Radial transparency to the image. To do this, select the image, activate the CorelDRAW Transparency tool from the toolbox menu on the left and choose Radial transparency from the presets drop down list in the top bar.

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CorelDRAW default radial transparency/

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The result should be similar to this. The default Radial transparency in CorelDRAW makes the image transparent in the middle which is the opposite of what we want.

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CorelDRAW from-to transparency tool colours/

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To invert it you simply need to change the From/To colors of the CorelDRAW transparency tool.

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CorelDRAW inverting the transparency/

With the CorelDRAW transparency tool active and the image selected, click on a lighter color (Ex. White) in the color palette on the right, hold down the click, drag it above the black color square of the tool and release.

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Do the same with the white color square only this time drag and drop a dark color (Ex. Black) on top of it.

CorelDRAW inverted transparency/

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That’s it! We now have the transparency inverted.

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Here are some more tutorials regarding transparency:

See also: