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S O F T W A R E T I P S & T R I C K S A W A R D S & C U S T O M I Z A T I O N 6 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 2 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M above descriptions are those provided in the CorelDR AW help files, and honestly, I find them to be of little help. So, all of that said, I have found that the percep- tual rendering intent is generally the best choice for the most visually realistic ren- dering, as it more closely maintains the relationship of colors. COLOR CONVERSION SETTINGS The next categor y is color conver- sion settings. e default color engine is Microsoft ICM CMM and is likely the best choice. If you frequently receive files from users of Adobe Illustrator, it may be of benefit to download and run the Adobe CMM engine. Next is Preserve pure black. I have cho- sen to enable it, but this choice may have some problems with some fountain fills, so is a personal choice. Map gray to CMYK black is on by default and maintains neu- tral grays with no color tint. Spot color definition has lab values chosen by default and is likely the best choice. e reason for this is explained in the PDF information mentioned earlier in this article. Moving on to the right side of the dialog are the color management policies. ese are mostly for documents received from a source outside of Corel DR AW. Open is concerned with a file that is to be opened. e default for all is "Use embedded color profile," and probably does not need to be changed unless you have a particular rea- son to do so. e warning tabs are not on by default, and I leave them off to avoid 3 the annoyance they provide. is again is a personal preference. Import and paste has differing choices. Most often, the default works fine. Convert and Assign are based upon the settings on the left side of the dialog. (Note: When you hover your cursor over any of the cat- egories, a brief description appears to help you determine what it does and its mean- ing). Any profile you create can be saved as a preset with a unique name. Fig. 3 is the dialog for document set- tings. These are settings that can be changed as necessary for a particular document and are retained in that docu- ment. ese begin with the default set- tings but can be tailored to any particu- lar document. Choices include color pro- files for RGB, CMYK and grayscale based on the default color settings. Each can be changed here, if needed. Primary color mode and rendering intent can be altered here as necessary for any chosen document without affecting other documents. e information included here is, by no means, a comprehensive description of all the nuances of color management. It is inherently a vast concept that requires some intense study to comprehend all the functions. My intent here has been to help the average user set up his system for the most productive result. A number of tuto- rials and videos exist online that deal with color issues related to Corel DR AW. I rec- ommend users take advantage of them. As always, I encourage questions, com- ments and/or insights at dezender1@ I will respond as soon as pos- sible and share them with the magazine editors. GP Doug Zender has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimidation of the program and give users the sense that CorelDRAW is a friend, not an adversary. Doug began as a design artist, then moved into the sign industry in 1992 doing vinyl graphics. You can contact him at Dialog for the document settings. S O F T W A R E T I P S & T R I C K S Drop-down menu of the four rendering intents available. 2

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