CPT File Extension

CPT file icon
Corel Photo-Paint Document

What is CPT file?

CPT is a file created by PHOTO-PAINT software tool. CPT files store bitmap images (just like BMP files). However, CPT file contains some additional image information, such as masks. Layers, transparency settings, embedded objects, etc. CPT files also store project history.

Exporting CPT files

In practice, editing CPT files can only be done using tools included in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite package. However, CPT file can easily be exported to many popular image formats (JPG, PNG, GIF, or BMP) by using export feature available from PHOTO-PAINT menu.

Color palettes supported in CPT files

CPT format supports th following color palettes:

  • black and white,
  • greyscale,
  • CMYK,
  • RGB,
  • LAB.

Programs which support CPT file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open CPT files divided into 2 categories according to system platform supported. Files with CPT suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support CPT file

Updated: 04/05/2020

How to open file with CPT extension?

Problems with accessing CPT may be due to various reasons. Fortunately, most common problems with CPT files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with CPT files.

Step 1. Install CorelDRAW software

Problems with opening and working with CPT files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with CPT files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing CorelDRAW or different compatible program, such as PaintShop Pro, XnView, Corel PHOTO-PAINT. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit CorelDRAW website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of CorelDRAW

If you already have CorelDRAW installed on your systems and CPT files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that CorelDRAW cannot handle files with CPT may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of CorelDRAW should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Corel Photo-Paint Document files with CorelDRAW

If you have the latest version of CorelDRAW installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage CPT on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the CPT file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where CorelDRAW is installed, check the Always use this app to open CPT files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with CPT extension, select Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with CPT extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the CPT for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper CPT file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. Check the CPT file for viruses or malware

If the CPT is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the CPT file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the CPT file’s structure is intact

If the CPT file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with CPT extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Corel Photo-Paint Document file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run CorelDRAW

If the systems has insufficient resources to open CPT files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Corel Photo-Paint Document files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle CPT files.

Conversion of a CPT file

File Conversions from CPT extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to CPT file
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