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  Separating Mask From Bitmap In Illustrator® or FreeHand®

Example using Adobe® Illustrator 8:

1. Open the previously exported PDF file into Adobe Illustrator.


2. Click File > Export > TIFF. Enter a filename and click "Save".


3. Enter the TIFF Options...then click "OK".


4. Select the bitmap object. Make sure only the bitmap is selected. You can tell because neither the points nor the outline of the mask will be highlighted. Press the "Delete" key. This will get rid of the bitmap.


5. Now select the mask object.


6. Click the Fill Box in the Tool Palette, then click any color swatch in the Swatches Palette to assign a fill (other than none) to the mask object.

Note: CorelDRAW® has difficulty importing an EPS file containing an object with a stroke of none and a fill of none. Once this object is imported into CorelDRAW it is an easy matter to assign it a fill of none.


7. Click File > Save > Illustrator EPS. Enter a filename and click "Save".


8. Choose version 7.0 as the compatibility, then click "OK". You will get a warning that you are not saving in version 8.0 and some of the features may not read back in. Click "OK" when you see it. The maximum version of Adobe Illustrator that CorelDRAW 8 can import is version 7.0 at this time.


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