Corel updates Graphics Suite for 2021

Corel has introduced the latest 2021 version of its CorelDraw Graphics Suite, which includes a comprehensive set of illustration, layout, photo editing and design tools, and remains particularly popular with sign and display graphics users.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 has gained new collaboration features

This latest version has mostly benefited from new collaboration features, including integration with Microsoft Teams allowing corporate users to work together across Teams channels. There’s a dashboard that acts as a collaboration hub containing all design files in the cloud, and displays a preview, the number of comments and team members, and project status. 

It’s easier to manage all the digital assets for a project from a single view. Users can move and copy objects across pages, compare designs side-by-side, and freely move pages around to rearrange them. There’s a new Pages docker/inspector that lists all pages in a design with a new thumbnail grid view, making it easier to manage pages, including renaming or deleting them. Users can also export assets at different sizes, for example, for web or print jobs. 

There’s a new Perspective Drawing tool that lets users draw or add an existing group of objects on a shared perspective plane, and move and edit objects freely without losing perspective. Corel has improved the guidelines and added the ability to turn snapping behaviours on and off.

The suite includes Photo Paint 2021 for editing photographs. This gains a new Adjustments docker/ inspector for quick access to frequently used filters. This includes a new Replace Colours feature for quickly altering an image’s hue, saturation, and lightness.

John Falsetto, senior director of Products, Graphics and Productivity, commented: “The way we work has changed faster than anyone could imagine, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2021 is meeting this need head on. At a time when it’s never been more challenging and important to stay connected, our collaboration tools enable teams to share inspiration and feedback in real time, whether they’re across town or across the globe.” He added: “By re-examining users’ workflows and making extensive enhancements across the suite, we’re helping designers take their projects from ideation to final output, faster.”

It will run on both Windows and Mac computers, including native support for the Apple M1 chip. There’s also a new CorelDraw iPad app. Besides the Graphics Suite, there’s also new Essentials and Standard versions. The Graphics Suite itself weighs in at £599 for a perpetual license though you’ll need to take out a subscription license for £349 to take advantage of all the collaboration features. You can find further details from corel.com.


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