This could probably be lumped into "PowerClip Editing Contents" by Ruben, but I view it a little differently.

Cropping is really nothing more than supplying a clipping mask and then removing the "masked area"  The function already exists.  We use it when we set a custom product decoration area.  Essentially, what I am looking for is the ability to select a clipping mask and supply a background from stock images or uploaded images.  The "masked area" would be below subsequently added text or images allowing for "layers" of decoration.

I am not asking for a custom clipping mask, just a basic circle and rectangle that can be sized without regard to proportion.  This would allow for most "cropping" functions.

The primary application is photographs where we want to drop out a background or select one idividual in a goup photo, etc.

The next step would be to place the mask image behind the "cropped" image with a 4 or 6 pt stroke and apply a gausian blur to feather the edges into a white or black border, so it doesn't look so much like a "cut-out".

The obvious advantage is to allow a retail customer to upload and crop an image as part of their decoration without having to involve the "art department".  If it could be treated as a design image element, it would allow for it to be a "chargeable" feature much like adding a custom piece of art from a pay as you go source.

Alternatively, if it would be possible to upload a template to accomplish this, but that would be limiting.

By jim freeman on 22 October 2014Online designer ideas Submitted


Ruben says:

Jim, there is no masks in CorelDraw, please refer to this post, http://www.deconetwork.com/forums/general-questions-and-how-tos/4764-live-text-with-patterns#9259
By Ruben on 22 October 2014

Tony Wharton says:

After the client uploads an image a basic crop facility to crop to an area of the photo is a must. It is standard on a lot of other design online sites.
By Tony Wharton on 14 January 2015

Robin Pappas says:

We added the ability to add Facebook or Instagram pictures on to sublimated products, but they cannot crop the image.
By Robin Pappas on 01 May 2017
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