I am expecting to export images from my CorelDRAW project and see them exactly as they appear in CorelDRAW. However this is not what I am getting... Dropped Shadows appear a lot more prominent when exported; jpeg for web, prepress pdf, etc. Any export yields the same anomaly. In fact, even when the image is rendered for export in the Export Dialog, the shadow already looks more pronounced then it should be. Actually, I noticed some drop shadow appearance color changing over complex backgrounds; black becomes grey, etc. Is there a setting I am missing? Any ideas? enter image description here

  • Sounds like a bug in the software to me. Jul 11, 2011 at 20:02
  • Do other effects export as expected?
    – thebodzio
    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:44

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This is probably because you're using CMYK when creating new document, but export as RGB. The output color will be different. First I encountered this problem back in 2005, but after consulting my friend then I know how to fix this problem.

Actually CorelDRAW is designed for large printing company & advertising company that heavily depend on CMYK Printer. That's why most of product you find on supermarkets designed with CorelDRAW (remember that Barcode feature on CorelDRAW).

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  • This could be the main reason. Also one need to check if the profiles are embeded or not. In general this exports are pretty consistent.
    – Rafael
    Jan 12, 2016 at 22:28

I've found something at Corel forums: http://coreldraw.com/forums/t/28613.aspx. Corel is not my ride but I really hope this helps until more convenient solution is found.

To summarise that link, it sounds like a bug in CorelDRAW X5 where the only known workarounds are using a screenshot of the screen instead of exporting the layered image, or, breaking up the drop shadow before exporting.

Their demonstration of the same problem (the shadow effects being reset on export):

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export image as a PSD fomrat and then save PNG file via Photoshop this problem will be solved..

  • Exporting to PSD or AI from CorelDRAW fails pretty much every time. I am migrating to AI and Photoshop ad ditching CarelDRAW and Paint Shop. I will only keep this software for back compatibility. May 11, 2012 at 14:59

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