Choosing A Color Mode in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

Choosing a color mode

When you create a new CorelDRAW document or Corel PHOTO-PAINT image, you must choose a color mode, preferably based on the color model that corresponds to the project’s destination. The color mode determines the colors to be used in the application. For example, if you know that the intended destination for your project is the Web, you can choose the RGB color mode. By choosing the correct color mode when you start a project, you can take some of the guesswork out of choosing colors. As a result, the colors in your projects will be reproduced more accurately.

Choosing A Color Mode in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

The CMYK color mode is recommended  for printed material, while the RGB color  mode  is recommended for material that will be viewed online.

If you don’t know your project’s ultimate destination, or if your project will be both printed and viewed online, you should choose the RGB color mode. This color mode lets you store a broad range of colors and can be easily converted to CMYK for printing.

Choosing a color mode for a CorelDRAW document

In CorelDRAW, the primary color mode determines the colors in the default color palette, which lets you find suitable colors more easily. The primary color mode is used as the default color mode when you export a document as a bitmap or in the Adobe Illustrator (AI) file format. For example, if you set the RGB color mode as your primary color mode and export a document as a JPEG, the color mode is automatically set to RGB.

Choosing A Color Mode in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6-1To specify the color mode for a new CorelDRAW document, choose an item from the Primary color mode list box in the Create a new document dialog box.

Choosing A Color Mode in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6-2

The primary color mode is set to CMYK for a new CorelDRAW document.

The CorelDRAW primary color mode does not restrict the type of colors that you can apply to a drawing. For example, if you set the color mode to RGB, you can still apply, and accurately display, colors from a CMYK color palette in the document.

Choosing a color mode for a Corel PHOTO-PAINT image

In Corel PHOTO-PAINT, the color mode that you choose for a new image determines the default color palette. For example, if you choose the RGB color mode, the default color palette displays only RGB colors,  which makes it easy to choose and apply the correct colors.

 Choosing A Color Mode in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6-1To specify the color mode for a new Corel PHOTO-PAINT image, choose an item from the Color mode list box in the Create a new image dialog box.

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The color mode is set to 24-Bit RGB for a new Corel PHOTO-PAINT image.

Unlike the primary color mode in CorelDRAW, the color mode in Corel PHOTO-PAINT determines and limits the colors that you can apply to an image. For example, if you choose the RGB color mode, you can apply only RGB colors to the image. When you choose a color from another palette, such as CMYK, the color is converted to RGB when it is applied to the image. If you tag a specific channel with a spot color, you can apply the spot color to the channel. However, if you apply a spot color to the image background, the color is converted to the RGB color mode.