How to Delete the Background in CorelDRAW

Use the mask feature to remove the background from an image

When you place a bitmap image over a colored background in CorelDRAW, you might not want the solid bitmap background to obscure the object underneath. Drop the background color with the bitmap color mask tool.

The instructions in this article apply to CorelDraw 2018.

Remove background in CorelDRAW

CorelDRAW Background Deletion Directions

  1. With your CorelDRAW document opened, go to File > Import to find and load the bitmap into your document.

  2. The cursor will change to an angle bracket. Click and drag a rectangle where you want to place your bitmap, or click once on the page to place the bitmap and adjust the size and position later.

  3. With the bitmap selected, go to Bitmaps > Bitmap Color Mask. The bitmap color mask docker appears.

    CorelDRAW 2018 bitmaps menu options
    Jon Fisher
  4. Confirm that Hide Colors is selected in the docker.

  5. Place a checkmark in the box for the first color selection slot.

  6. Select the eyedropper tool below the color selections, and then click the background color you want to remove. The color selection slot changes to the color you selected.

  7. Click Apply.

    CorelDRAW 2018 color mask tool
    Jon Fisher

    You might notice some fringe pixels remaining after applying the change. Adjust the tolerance to correct for it by moving the tolerance slider to the right to increase the percentage, and then click Apply.

  8. To drop out additional colors in the bitmap, select the next check box in the color selector area and repeat the steps.


  • If you change your mind, use the edit color button (next to the eyedropper) to change the dropped out color. Or, simply uncheck one of the boxes and click Apply to start over.
  • Save the color mask settings in CorelDRAW for future use by clicking the disk button on the docker.