Join Mark Swift for an in-depth discussion in this video exporting for Microsoft Office, part of Getting Started with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12.
- Another handy feature that's been added to CorelDRAW 12 is the Export to Office. If any of you are working with a professional drawing tool, and then trying to move those over to a PowerPoint presentation, or use them in a Word document, you know the pain of trying to move, just an image file from any software into your Office product. When you move into the Office environment, graphics are handled very differently, and it can sometimes pose a big problem. So one of the solutions that's been created for version 12 has been a special engine that will export objects for you automatically.
I've selected this object, which, let me just run over it, is a ball that has a considerable amount of transparency applied so that you can see the roundness of it, and a drop shadow, which is also transparent. If I can illustrate that real quick, if I just draw a little rectangle, let me put that back in the order of stack. And you can see that the shadow is transparent, you can see the rectangle through it. I'm gonna select both of those objects, and I'm going to use the Export for Office in the File menu.
Export for Office will launch this little engine, which allows you to, as you can see here, export to Microsoft Office. You should be noticing in the preview the background is transparent. That alone is a considerable feat when you're moving products from a professional graphics tool into an Office product. But you'll also notice that the transparency of the drop shadow has been maintained. I can still see the rectangle through the shadow, and the shadow's opacity hasn't been affected. And all the transparencies that have been applied inside this object are still maintained.
Here I can set up the graphic that I'm exporting for compatibility mode, which is what you see here, or editing mode, which will allow the graphic tools built into your Office suite to edit the object. It changes things considerably. The background can't be transparent around the object itself. And you can see some banding happening here in the gradient that's been applied. But that's the price you pay if you want to be able to edit inside your Office suite. For my money, I think compatibility mode is going to provide a better result for me.
And last is the Optimize For option. If you're gonna be printing this and producing hard copies, you may wanna optimize it for desktop printing. If you're gonna be doing something professional from one of your Office products, Commercial Printing is a setting that you can use. It has a much higher resolution and we'll produce a beautiful graphic for you if you are gonna have something professionally printed, from PowerPoint, or Word, or any of the Office products. Let me take it back to Presentations. And I'll say cancel so it doesn't make any changes there.
And I've also prepared this window. Here in this windowpane, with our lovely little plant, you'll see that this should have a very defined border when it comes to a transparent background. There's also a degree of transparency in here. Two objects lying over one another in order to create this sunlight. And if I select it and go up to File Export for Office, you'll see that the transparent background has masked that out beautifully. Everything is wonderful. And if I go to the Export to Microsoft Office, you'll see I also have WordPerfect Office hiding here, so if you're a Corell user, you've got that.
As I know you are. And you can see that it's ready now. It's ported it over into a file format that is native to WordPerfect. And it's much more like the editing versus compatibility in the Microsoft Office products. That's one of the necessities of moving it into WordPerfect. I'll put that back and just say cancel. And I think I'd like to illustrate these two for you very quickly. I'm gonna create a couple of objects here and apply a transparency, and we put a big, thick background on that.
Outline, sorry. And here we have these two objects. In this object, I'm going to apply a transparency to, there we go. So you can see it disappears into the red square behind it. And if I select these two objects, let me just group those together so they're seen as one object. Great. It's not necessary, but it's easier.
Export for Office. And now you can see. You saw that object being built, you know exactly where the transparencies are supposed to be, and you can see the result, that it's going to find its way into your Office product when you export it.