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    Ungrouping a Graphic

    Hi everyone! I'm very familiar with many Graphic softwares and have used many times Group and Ungroup but when I import a graphic lets say in Corel Draw, if the option group and ungroup is in grey then it will not let me ungroup it. I worked previously in Corel Draw and exported it in .jpg so here is my question: is there something special or a trick I should know on how to ungroup when ungroup is grey or is it entirely impossible?

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    Re: Ungrouping a Graphic

    Do you mean you opened a .jpg file in Corel Draw? A .jpg file is just a compressed bitmap file, it contains no information whatsoever about drawing objects, so there is nothing to group or ungroup.

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    Re: Ungrouping a Graphic

    Hi Cuscus

    As Hans mentions they are compressed bitmaps, there is nothing to group or ungroup. I use Fireworks a lot and save all my files in png format so that after I export to jpg or gif and i want to make changes to it afterwards I return to my native png file where they are stored as layers and seperate objects. However if I open my exported jpg or gif, it has been "processed" and the objects removed.
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    Re: Ungrouping a Graphic

    I think you will find that the "Grouping" is valid ONLY in the original version. Once there is a export to a different format, it is lost, even if the new format supports grouping.

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    Re: Ungrouping a Graphic

    I guess what I was trying to say was that I grouped photos of my kids while in Corel Draw and thinking I was done with it I exported it to a folder as a .jpg. Then I realized I should change the color on one of the photos in the group and imported it back into Corel Draw but could not ungroup it to work at it. I know that if I would have saved it in .cdr (corel draw) that I would have been able to ungroup it but when you save in .cdr its a huge file that's why I exported it in .jpg I just thought I would try and explain myself better.

    I guess what I hear from all of you is that its impossible to ungroup a .jpg

    Thanks anyway.

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    Re: Ungrouping a Graphic

    > I guess what I hear from all of you is that its impossible to ungroup a .jpg

    Yes, I'm afraid that is correct - all information about the individual objects in the original file have been lost when you saved as .jpg.

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    Re: Ungrouping a Graphic

    This also applies to most any of the other programs such as Elements and PaintShop Pro. Once you have left the native program to a converted file type, this will happen. And ALL of the native files are LARGE.

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