Frequently Asked Questions from Users of Adobe Photoshop
When I open Photoshop (PSD) files, which elements are preserved and which are lost
The following table lets you know what changes to expect when you open a PSD file
in Corel Painter.
Adobe Photoshop element
When the PSD file is opened in Corel Painter
Alpha channels are preserved.
Most blending modes are preserved as composite methods. If no equivalent composite method exists for a particular blending mode, the blending mode is converted to the Default composite method.
If the file does not use the RGB color model,
you are prompted to convert the file to the
default RGB color profile in Corel Painter. To
avoid this step, you may want to convert your
files to the RGB color model in Photoshop
before opening them in Corel Painter.
Layers and layer masks are preserved.
Layer effects and adjustment layers are not
supported. To preserve the results of using
these elements, you may want to merge or
flatten them in Photoshop before opening
the file in Corel Painter.
Shape layers, layer clipping paths, and
clipping groups are not preserved.
When I save files to the PSD file format, which elements are preserved and which are
lost or modified?
The following table lets you know what changes to expect when you save a file to
the PSD file format
Color Painter Element
When saved to PSD file format
RGB options are available when you save to the
PSD file format.
All layers are converted to standard Photoshop
All Corel Painter layer composite methods are
converted to Photoshop blend modes. For
information about comparing Corel Painter
composite methods with Photoshop blending
modes, see Saving Files That Contain Layers.
Layer masks are preserved in the PSD file
Shapes are converted to bitmaps and assigned
to appropriate layers
Text is converted to a bitmap and assigned to
the appropriate layer.
About the Author
An award-winning artist and author, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis is a pioneer in digital art. She has been widely recognized for her mastery of Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and the Wacom® pressure-sensitive tablet and has used these electronic tools since they were first released. Her artwork has been exhibited worldwide, her articles and art have been published in many books and periodicals, and she is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. She has taught Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop workshops around the world and is the principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design. Cher is the author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book, Creative Techniques in Digital Painting, Beyond Digital Photography, and all nine editions of The Painter Wow! book. Visit Cher’s web site at: www.pendarvis-studios.com.