updated on 05 August 2022 | reading time: 2 minutes

Working with images

Inserting images

Importing images

You can add images to a file with Place Image and Link Image, commands available on the toolbar.

You can also find them in the File menu. Click File > Import > Place image and File > Import > Link image.

Note: The Link Image option is only available in the desktop version of Corel Vector.

Placing images

Using Place Image, you can import an image and insert it on the canvas. A copy of this image will be included as a part of the project, which can result in a larger file size.

Note: With Place image, you are inserting a copy of the image that is independent of the original file.

Linking images

Link Image places an instance of the image with a link to the original one. The instance is subordinate to the source and reflects all changes to the master file.

There are benefits to this method:

  1. Smaller file size, because an image is not included as part of the document.
  2. Live link to the image source, making it responsive to the changes outside Corel Vector. For example, if you decide to modify the source in Paint Shop Pro, all changes would be reflected in your .gvdesign file.

The linked image is displayed only when the source file is available, so you must include the source when sharing the file.

Link image prompt

Note: If you delete the source image from your computer, the broken link will displays as the following:
Link deleted image


Inserting by using clipboard

You can also paste an image from your clipboard with Paste ( / CTRL + V), Paste in place ( / CTRL + / SHIFT + V), Paste Inside Selection ( / CTRL + / SHIFT + / ALT + V) or Paste here (Context menu).

Paste file

Note: When you insert an image that has larger dimensions than the current canvas, the image is resized to fit the canvas or page. You can reset it to its original dimensions by clicking on the Original size button in the Inspector panel.

Opening images

Use the Open File ( / CTRL + O) to open the image in the new document.

Open file


Note: Using the Open file… command, you can open the following raster formats: .jpeg, .heic, and .png.