It is on sale for about $100 through Amazon.ca which makes it an attractive option. I've not had a lot of luck finding out much about the package. It contains the same basic components as Coreldraw Suite ($500).
While Adobe CS is the program of choice it is way out of my price range right now; thought about buying an older Adobe CS on eBay but even then they want too much and I'm concerned about how it would work on my Windows 8 PC. This program states it is Windows 8 compatible, I've found lots of programs (especially games) are not. Fortunately Adobe Elements is. I do have PSE 10 and Premier 10.
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I cut my IT teeth on WordPerfect 4.0 and have used lots of Corel programs in the past, including Coreldraw way back in the early 90's.
#1. "RE: Coreldraw 6X - Home & Student Edition" In response to Reply # 0
My general advice is to never buy anything unless you have a clear and compelling reason to do so. I haven't used Corel in many years; I am not aware of anything particular that Corel does that Elements does not do - and even if it does, you would not necessarily use that capability.
> While Adobe CS is the program of choice
That certainly is not universal. To the degree that any thing is "the choice" I think it would be Lightroom, which is about $150, which I claim is not very far over the $100 for Corel or Elements.
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#2. "RE: Coreldraw 6X - Home & Student Edition" In response to Reply # 0
I have both Elements and the full Coreldraw package, mainly for using Draw on non-photo projects. If you shoot in RAW, be aware that Paint uses Camera Raw Lab import your NEFs, and will erase or mangle your EXIF data. I spend weeks with Corel customer support on this issue, and they finally agreed it was a problem but didn’t commit to fix it. Paint does give you creative possibilities that are closer to Photoshop than Elements, if you’re looking to do that kind of work. I occasionally pull out my D70 to shoot IR photos, and Paint is a good tool for processing those images. So, depending on what you’re doing, you’re probably better off with Elements or Lightroom. Hope this helps!
#3. "RE: Coreldraw 6X - Home & Student Edition" In response to Reply # 0
I use Corel Draw 12 for technical illustrations, mostly in connection with patent applications. Newer versions have been ruined for my purpose.
As regards the photo component, Corel Photo-Paint, forget it. While it does have some exiting additions over the likes of Photoshop Elements (exammples: channel mixer), the basic stuff like brightness adjustment is not from this millennium. Brightness in Corel adjusts exposure linearly, as opposed to changing gamma like modern programs do. With modern programs, like Photoshop (Elements), when you adjust brightness, the midtones are adjusted much more aggressively than the blacks or whites. With corel, if you try to open shadows, you'll blow the highlights.
#4. "RE: Coreldraw 6X - Home & Student Edition" In response to Reply # 0
Chula Vista, US
CorelDraw Suite a vector drawing (similar to Illustrator), page layout (typically for less than 100 pages without problems), and pixel/image editing in Corel Photo-Paint (equivalent to Photoshop but without the refinements)programs.
CorelDraw and suite programs work significantly different than Adobe similar products, are much easier to learn but still has a consedeable learning curve. The programs are as powerful as Adobe products, but getting to the end result is accomplished entirely differently. Corel Photo-Paint's best feature is being to able to use it to edit pixel based images in CorelDraw, or manipulating an image and having it cleanly import into Corel Draw. I'm not even sure that raw editors are included in the last two versions of CorelDraw suite. But even if they did I would highly favor Lightroom over a Corel product.
Corel's PaintShop Pro was once the leading challenger to Photoshop and would be a far better product than PhotoPaint for a photographer. Corel also has AfterShot Pro and PhotoImpact.
#5. "RE: Coreldraw 6X - Home & Student Edition" In response to Reply # 4
Fort Kent, CA
Thanks for the input.
I was looking at CorelDraw for the Drawing part, not the photo part. I have Elements and always import my images using Elements. Good to know that Corel may mangle my RAW files but I have my camera set to shoot both a RAW and large JPG of every image. So I'd need to be careful to just use the JPG in Corel.
Still undecided. While Adobe is the preferred program I am just not in a position to justify the hundreds of dollars Adobe Photoshop costs ($ 750ish here in Canada). I'll have to think harder about what I could actually do with CorelDraw that I 'need' to do. (Need being a funny word to use when talking about a hobby).
I also am unsure of the advantage of Lightroom over Elements. I read that Lightroom does some things better but from what I do I don't think there is anything that Lightroom does that Element's does not do.
#6. "RE: Coreldraw 6X - Home & Student Edition" In response to Reply # 5
Are you aware that Adobe is now offering a Cloud version of Creative Suite? This may be a good solution for you. You only pay for the products you want to use (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) on a monthly fee. The programs are downloaded to your desktop and then you install them just like the disc versions. They are full featured and are actually being updated on a more frequent basis than the traditional disc based apps. You do not have to continually maintain an active user license either. If for a month or two you don't have the funds to pay the license fee you simply do not have to. And then when you are ready you can pick it up again where you left off. It is truly pay-as-you-go. While I currently have the disc versions I plan to go this way in the future. Check it out here: