March, 2008 - Graphics Feeds - English - Syndicated Blogs - CorelDRAW Community
    • Tue, Apr 1 2008

    Looking Forward to Seeing You at the Conference

    "The" Conference? Yes, it's the most awesome single event planned for CorelDRAW and Photo-PAINT users for the whole year of 2008 . If you're active in the CorelDRAW community, you'll recognize many of the instructors. You'll may even know some of the attendees, too! It's like a celebration of all things CorelDRAW, with other enthusiasts like yourself! Everyone knows that CorelDRAW users by...
    • Sat, Mar 29 2008

    Simple Animation in Photo-PAINT

    A user asked: "I have created my frames, but if I delete one of the elements for a frame, it is deleted from all the frames. How do I replace the various small images over the background with different images?" The key is to combine frame contents to the background for each frame. Unless you want a single element to span all frames upon export. Keep as an object in that case.
    • Sat, Mar 29 2008

    Outputting to Non-Postscript Printers

    A user was wondering about why his CorelDRAW art wasn't printing as expected. He wrote: "You'll notice how the shadow appears on the screen, but will not appear on the print out, on any printer i am using. Mostly HP, laser and inkjets." I'd wrote: If those printers aren't "Postscript Compatible"... you are going to struggle. I'd found this out myself , the hard way, many years ago...
    • Sat, Mar 29 2008

    Using Photo-PAINT for Storyboarding

    One user asked: "I would like to be able to work with multi-page documents in Photo-PAINT, and then publish that multi-page document to a proper PDF, as we can do in CorelDRAW today. This would be very helpful for me doing storyboards and similar multi image/presentation work." I offered this advice: 1. Make a movie document - see the Movie Menu 2. Make these hotkeys to save your sanity 3. Draw your art as required...
    • Fri, Mar 28 2008

    Corel Receives Proposal from Majority Shareholder

    So who really owns Corel these days? It can get confusing. I'll try to recap the ownership history as best I can remember and then I'll bring you up to speed with what happened today. Keep in mind that I don't work for Corel and I have no inside knowledge of what happened. Back in the 1990s, Corel was taken public by then CEO and founder, Michael Cowpland . During the time the company was public, the stock...
    • Fri, Mar 28 2008

    Presenter's Tip: Leveling Projectors

    Whenever I show up to do a presentation, I find that the surfaces on which the projector must be placed are seldom level, the screen isn't hanging quite level or the two just don't match resulting in a skewed projected image. The typical presenter rummages through his bag looking for lens caps, folded cardboard, credit cards, magazines, or other flotsam which might be used to shim one of the projectors (typically...
    • Tue, Mar 25 2008

    The Memory Divide

    A call from my sister-in-law last night and a simple request got me to thinking about the wet-digital interface and how it is gradually creating a divide in our memories. My in-laws will be celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss this June with a modest party and a minor family reunion. It seems like only yesterday I was laying out their 40th invitation in CorelDraw 8, or was it 7? I  still have the file and Version X4 ...
    • Mon, Mar 24 2008

    The Myths About Phoenix Heat in July

    I've received a few e-mails telling me that it is crazy to hold the CorelDRAW Unleashed User Conference in Phoenix in July. I've lived in the Phoenix area since 1989 so I think I understand the heat very well and I think it has been blown way out of proportion. The average July high in the zip code where the conference is held is 102 degrees. The average low is 74. I'll admit that I was pleasantly surprised...
    • Mon, Mar 24 2008

    Learn CorelDRAW While Enjoying the Tropics

    In January 2007, Jeff Harrison and I led a group of Corelians through the Eastern Caribbean while learning the hottest tips on CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. The CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp Cruise is back and this time we're visiting the Mexican Riviera in January 2009. For those who aren't familiar with how the cruise works, I'll give you a brief description. We set our Boot Camp classroom on the Norwegian...
    • Mon, Mar 24 2008

    Twisting Pixels Releases Classico Plug-In

    The folks at Twisting Pixels have some really cool plug-ins that work with Adobe Photoshop and Corel PHOTO-PAINT. Recently they added a new plug-in that can make your photos look like a painting by one of the masters. ArtStudioPro Classico gives you filters like Aged Paint, Artistic Edges, Cracked Paint, DaVinci, Graphite Sketch, Sketch, Painted Background and Vintage Sketch. With each filter, there are a number of settings...
    • Mon, Mar 24 2008

    Free Video Tutorial on T-Shirt Template Design

    Tom Knight has created a new video tutorial that will teach you to create a t-shirt template in CorelDRAW 11-X4. As Tom goes through the creation of the template, you'll learn about a number of different features in CorelDRAW. So even if you aren't in the business of creating t-shirts, there are a number of tips that you can apply to your workflow.
    • Mon, Mar 24 2008

    Unleashed FX X4 Now Available

    The Unleashed FX add-on for Corel PHOTO-PAINT has been updated to work with Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4. As Unleashed FX works with the macro language inside PHOTO-PAINT, it is very version specific. Both a full version and an upgrade are available. If you aren't already familiar with Unleashed FX , it puts 300 special effects available at the push of a button. Those effects can be applied to any existing object in Corel...
    • Thu, Mar 20 2008

    Behind the Shot: Cursed Auto-focus

    Every now and then those wonderful perks of automation and computerization come back to bite us in the backsides and as a result, present us with a result unexpected and poignant. I hate it when that happens. In one breath I curse the unexpected behavior of technology and in the next sheepishly accept credit for the unexpected results. I was photographing hummingbirds in Costa Rica a couple of weeks ago. The light was...
    • Wed, Mar 19 2008

    LPI? What's that?

    Think of line screen or Lines Per Inch as "halftone resolution". This figure is chosen when color separating a file. If you have a Postscript capable printer, you can see what's happening by changing various line screens in CorelDRAW's print engine. You can also output variable line screens on any printer by using a clever workflow : Suffice it to say, 100 LPI FME is suitable for newsprint. Here is a...
    • Wed, Mar 19 2008

    Comparing Resolutions for Text to Bitmap Conversions

    Another designer who was was using Quark Express wanted to submit artwork to a print shop I freelance at. He'd intially sent in some EPS files in a .sit file. I know that this is a compressed Mac file. I was unable to open them, so I requested he send PDF's instead. There was an updated single EPS already in transit, and I was able to open it. Even though EPS's can support both Vector and bitmap data, the...
    • Tue, Mar 18 2008

    Software is not Absolution for the Sin of Poor Technique

    Recently, I was made painfully aware of the the mentality of sloppiness that exists among the current work habits of many of today's Digital Photographers. I find this trend both distressing and comforting.  It is distressing because of the general lowering of the standards of quality and comforting because I know I can compete against it by exemplifying excellence in my own work. Digital photographers are both born...
    • Sat, Mar 15 2008

    Dangerous Competitions and Stolen Property

    © Protect your Copyright I am disturbed by the many tactics of those in the world who seek to gain rights to use other's work for little or no charge, or through outright subterfuge. Typically, I abhor competitions and contests. I am one of those people who measures his skill by my ability to be better today than I was yesterday. To enter some type of photographic cattle drive where thousands of images compete for...
    • Fri, Mar 14 2008

    Full Hex support in CorelDRAW

    One user asked: I would like to know if any knows where I can get hold of a full hexidecimal palette for CorelDRAW X3. There is a "Web Safe" palette that comes with the program but I need to be able to use the full hexidecimal range for websites. Many colors just don't look right in the "safe" option. I agree 100%. Many Draw users would find FULL hex support valuable. And in 2008, normal. I've...
    • Fri, Mar 14 2008

    Text handling when opening PDF's in CorelDRAW

    When opening PDF's in CorelDRAW using the Text as Curves option, a user should not know - or care - that the original PDF had fonts that were: 1. embedded fully or as subset 2. are protected somehow 3. already converted to curves - fully or partially when importing as curves, Draw should "deal with it" and accurately place curves shapes into the Draw work space. The technology exists . Click on the image...
    • Fri, Mar 14 2008

    re-interepreting PDF/PS/PRN/EPS... tip toe through the minefield

    unfortunately one of the major challenges of working with PDF/PS/PRN/EPS is that when re-interepreting any of them, no matter what software you use, there are no guarantees of 100% perfection . It's frightening, but true. You have no control over how those files were generated before being given to you. That's why I insist my clients sign off on all conversions of this nature. It's no wonder that some production...
    • Tue, Mar 11 2008

    EZ Metrics Upgraded to Work with CorelDRAW X4

    We are happy to announce that EZ Metrics 3 has been upgraded to work with CorelDRAW X4. If you have already purchased EZ Metrics 3, you'll simply need to download the installer for CorelDRAW X4. That's right, there is no charge if you already have EZ Metrics 3. The installer will use your existing serial number. Users who have EZ Metrics 1 or 2 will need to upgrade to EZ Metrics 3. For those of you unfamiliar...
    • Tue, Mar 11 2008

    Avoiding Laptop Surprise

    The fear of public speaking is deeply ingrained in all our psyches. One of the roots of this fear is that something will go wrong while we are speaking leaving us looking foolish, incompetent, embarrassed or unprofessional. Laptop computers have a mind of their own and are often a weak link in a presentation, along with projectors, room logistics, and other items. Taking a few minutes to develop a check list of items...
    • Fri, Mar 7 2008

    Embedding ICC Profiles in Exported Jpegs Creates Large Files

    When exporting a JPEG from Draw, you may have noticed that the image size seems very large compared to when exporting from other programs. Compare the images below They were exported from Draw with the same compression settings, DPI, and pixel dimensions. Both were pasted into Photo-PAINT from the desktop. Why was one file 8 times larger than the other one? The "small" one 12% of the size of the equivalent?...
    • Thu, Mar 6 2008

    Another 1,000 Fans Success Story

    Yesterday I talked about the 1,000 True Fans essay . Then I shared the story of how I've put that theory into self-publishing my CorelDRAW Unleashed books . Today I want to share the story of a band who can count me as one of their 1,000 True Fans and how they have done well without a major music label. The band we're going to talk about is Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers . They started out as The Refreshments...
    • Thu, Mar 6 2008

    Data Backup Goes Awry

    Sometimes the best strategies don't cover every contingency. I consider myself a data backup freak. Maybe it would be nicer to say that I am overly cautious when it comes to data backup. Case in point-my recent trip to Costa Rica . I expect a certain amount of damage, wear and tear, minor blemishes and other annoyances when dealing with expensive camera gear in hostile environments. It is inevitable I will lose, break...