August 26, 2012

CorelDRAW & Corel PhotoPaint

I have been using the Corel packages since version 4 and am now using X5. Occasionally I tried Illustrator and Photoshop, but I could never get used to the interface which in my view does not present a lot of functions that are visible at first glance. Corel on the other hand does this abundantly without becoming confusing. The interface is very comprehensive and coherent. Drawing shapes in DRAW is super fast, easy to learn and comes with a shipload of editing options.

Designed from scratch in 8 hours using CorelDRAW

I have read several discussions on fora in which users fought about which is better - CorelDRAW or Illustrator, PhotoPaint or Photoshop. These battles are utterly useless, since it all comes down to personal preferences and specific design requirements. I have a strong preference for the Corel suit for the following reasons:
  1. Corel is considerably cheaper than the Adobe suit
  2. It has a clear and coherent interface that has a comfortable learning curve
  3. which allows for very fast and accurate designing
  4. It has an abundance of import and export filters that can handle almost every file type, a number of which allow to adjust settings
  5. It has a magnificent .pdf export filter which allows user to place any element exactly where they want it - the .pdf-export filter does not automatically change user designs and has many settings (for print and on-line .pdf-documents)
  6. The suit's applications all work flawlessly together well - DRAW, PhotoPaint, CorelTrace, Corel, Bitstream (an excellent font type managing tool), and Bar-code generator
  7. It allows to create very large designs which sign makers in particular appreciate
  8. The transform and measurement tools allow to draw very accurate CAD drawings faster than AutoCAD and with the option to add color and easily vary line widths, which makes Corel excellently suited for creating appealing educational and technical presentations
  9. Corel uses has lower memory and resource requirements than the Adobe applications and AutoCAD and can therefore be run on less powerful computers
  10. PhotoPaint is capable of using custom made Photoshopfilters
  11. The Corel suit comes with a huge amout of fonts, clip art, templates and language tools, making it very useful for a wide array of users that have many design requirements to fulfill
  12. Personally I use PhotoPaint filters to print large images on an array of A4 paper sheets that allow me to accurately position objects for airbrushing - the filters can take away distracting details that allow me to set up complex airbrush assignments
  13. Corel interacts well with cutting plotters of many brands which raises its usability for airbrush artists and sign makers, although some experimenting and use of custom filters may be necessary

I am aware of the fact that Adobe has better pre-press functionality (which probably made it the industry standard) but since Corel has excellent export functionality it can export any file type for the Adobe applications to prepare for printing. It allows users to generate files for print shops to process. Corel's .dxf filter I often use to create accurate objects that can be used in 3D applications to extrude.