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Setting up your Colour Space in Corel X3 or less

When you are doing laser engraving or sublimation (Sawgrass driver) you need to turn off your colour correction and work in the RGB colour space. In this article we will address this setup.

Create a square in Corel

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Create a rectangle in CorelDraw. This is a control square

Select the colour management tab

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Select TOOLS (1) | COLOUR MANAGEMENT (2).

Here is the colour management window

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Select the pull down menu (1) in the colour management tab

Turn off colour management

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In the pull down menu, select “Color Management Off”

Colour management is off

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Your colour management is turned off and everything is grayed out

Our Colour Square has changed its display colour

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Now look at our control square. The colour is totally different. This can radically change your printed colours in your sublimation.

We need to load the RGB colour space

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Select WINDOW (1) | COLOUR PALETTES (2) | DEFAULT RGB PALETTE (3)

We now have 2 colour palettes to the right of our workspace

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We now have 2 colour palettes to the right of our workspace. One is RGB and the other is CMYK. We need to now delete the CMYK.

Delete the CMYK colour palette

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Go to WINDOW (1) | COLOUR PALETTES (2) | DEFAULT CMYK Palette (3)

We now have 1 colour space

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You can see that we only have a 1 color palette to the right of our workspace.

If we check the fill colour on our square it is in RGB

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If we check the fill colour on our square it is in RGB

Now we need to adjust our default text fill colour

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Select Tools (1) | Options (2) to open the options menu

We need to change the fill of our default text

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Select Styles (1). Select Default Artistic Text (2). Then select edit (3). You will notice that by default my colors are CMYK.

Our default is CMYK

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You can see that our default is CMYK

Select RGB

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Select the RGB model from the pull down menu (1)

Our colour space is RGB

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We now have the RGB colour space . Click OK

We are now RGB

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CorelDraw shows us that we are now in working in RGB.

Now we need to change the default graphic

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To change the default graphic, select STYLE (1) and than Default Graphic (2) and EDIT (3).

Select the pull down menu

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Select the pull down menu (1)

Select “Other”

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Select the “Other” tab (1)

Select RGB

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As per the colour fill select RGB from the pull down menu (1)

Saving Defaults

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We now need to save our defaults. Select “Document” (1) than “Save options as defaults” (2) and then uncheck everything except “Styles” (3). Click “OK”

If we draw a line it is RGB

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Draw a line by default the colour of the line is RGB. Double click on the colour swatch (1)

The colour space is RGB

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You can see that the colour space is RGB

Our default text colour is RGB

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If you type text and select the default colour it is black and RGB.

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