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What is a PCX file?

PCX stands for “Picture Exchange”, which is a Paintbrush Bitmap image format developed by ZSoft Corporation. It was developed as one of the initial bitmap image formats for DOS and Windows, supporting 24-bit true color images, 1-bit black and white images, 8-bit grayscale and indexed color images. Widely used as the imaging standard on the DOS platform, this raster image format also served as the native file format for PC Paintbrush. Although PCX image format has been replaced by newer improved formats like PNG and BMP it is still used by a number of fax and scanning applications.

How to open PCX files

  1. Know the location of the PCX file you want to open.
  2. Launch Painter and select File> Open. Or from the home menu select “Open Document”.
  3. When the file explorer opens select the file(s) you wish to open and select Open.
  4. Edit the PCX file using Painters many digital painting features, brushes, and tools.
  5. Before closing be sure to name and save the file. File> Save As. Then name the file as desired.

Open PCX on Windows with Corel Painter

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7

Open PCX on Mac with Corel Painter

  • macOS 10.15
  • macOS 10.14
  • macOS 10.13
  • with the latest revision

Corel Painter opens PCX files and many more formats

We designed Painter to open a wide range of file formats, including all of the following.

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