CDR, the default file format of Corel corporation's "DRAW" series of desktop imaging software, is a complex, "vector" file type. It differs from standard image formats such as ".jpg" and ".bmp" in that each of its lines, shapes and strokes represents a different "drawing." The process of converting a JPEG image into CDR format so that you can manipulate it within the CorelDRAW program is straightforward, simple and fast.
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Launch CorelDRAW and select "Open" from the "File" menu. Browse your hard drive for your JPEG image file. Alternatively, locate your image on your hard drive, right-click (Mac users should hold down the "Ctrl" button and click) and select "CorelDRAW" from the "Open With" submenu.
Select "Save As" from the "File" menu and choose ".cdr" from the drop-down list of available file formats. Rename your file if you'd like, then click the "Save" button. Exit CorelDRAW.
Open your new ".cdr" file in CorelDRAW to test the conversion success. Locate your file on your hard drive and double-click it. Your file will automatically open in CorelDRAW.