Transparent edges on an elliptical Photo


In a photo, I cut out an elliptical or round face.
I saved the cutted image as .; "New from clipboard"
No problem, the background is now transparent.

But now I want to make the edges of the oval or round image transparent.
(then I want to put the result image on another image)

How can I make the edges transparent with Corel Photo Paint (or Corel Draw)?


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  • Jan,

    in Draw you can try Bitmap - Creative - Vignette



  • The following steps are what I find to be the best way to get a soft edged elliptical cutout from an image...starting from scratch:

    1. open image
    2. click on Object>Create>From Background
    3. with the Ellipse Mask Tool draw your oval selection on the image
    4. click on Object>Clip Mask>Create from Mask
    5. click on Effects>Blur>Gaussian Blur and adjust to taste

    Job's done! At step 5, if the image goes blurred then it means you have the Object selected and not the clip mask. Just click on the clip mask thumbnail in the Object Docker and then apply your blur. By default, when you first create the clip mask it will be active already. Do not click on the Object or the clip mask will lose focus.

    I haven't used X3 for a long time, so I hope everything is where I have shown above.

    Best regards,


  • In reply to Mek:

    That was what I desired.

    I imported the oval image (.cpt) direct to Draw. (It´s OK!)
    tryed "Bitmaps - Creative - Vigette" (It's OK!)

    But I got a line at the border of the picture.
    (Where I want to have completely transparent)

    I looked at your picture, and this image has a white background.
    (I don't know if this makes any difference)

    Any ideas why I got this line?
    How to remove this line?

    (This was the result of Mek;s tip Smile


    [edited by: Albireo at 7:17 (GMT -5) on Sun, May 6 2012]
  • In reply to Albireo:

    Did you try my steps at all? I gave you steps to get what you asked for...transparent pixels around a soft-edged cutout image. There is no white background using those steps.

  • In reply to Brian:

    Yes Brian!

    But I don't got 100% transparency at the edges
    (Now I don´t know why)


  • In reply to Albireo:

    I think you may be working too close to the edge of your image. You may need to extend your image (canvas) size to provide more room for your selection.

    Take a look at my attached video where I have plenty of room around my selected region. You can't see what I am doing because the screen cuts it off and I am using toolbar shortcut buttons...but I am doing the same steps I originally typed out.


    [edited by: Brian at 8:41 (GMT -5) on Sun, May 6 2012] corrected typing errors
  • In reply to Brian:


    If I use the original image, it works. - I got 100% transparency at the edges. (Great!)
    But if I try to cut off the actual area, I fail. (the original image is very large)

    If I cut and use a piece from the original image, the alternative "Object>Create>From Background" is greyed
    (and I don't know how to add the new image to the background.)

    Why it didn't work before (above).: I used a too small image to make it transparent at the edges.


  • In reply to Albireo:

    Brian´s tip is more flexible as in Draw you can use only predefined “Vignette”. In Photo-Paint you can make a shape of clip mask as you need.

    Uploaded picture has white background as it is copy of screen, originally background is transparent (see attache piicture on red square).


    Best regards,




  • In reply to Brian:

    I know this is an old feed but it did help me out. I only have one question - After you have followed all of these steps is there a special way to save the photo so that the background "stays" transparent? When I try to save - a small window with options comes up for me to choose the "matte" and transparent isn't one of them.  So is there a certain format I should be saving in? I keep trying to save it in JPG or PNG. Should I avoid these file types?  I want them to be transparent so I can put them against any background I desire. 

  • In reply to FrankieStockmanArt:

    Saving photopaint files as CPT format is best because that preserves everything that you could possibly do in photopaint. If you need to give it to somebody else, you need a format that supports transparency.

    PNG 24 bit and PNG greyscale should work. But I think there are some variants of PNG that do not.

    JPG in any format will not preserve transparency -- it is not part of the JPG specification.



    [edited by: harryLondon at 18:24 (GMT -5) on Tue, Mar 18 2014]
  • In reply to harryLondon:

    Thank you very much. I will try that - I will get back to you after I am done to let you know if I did it right hahah ;)