• Tue, Jan 27 2015

    The Tip of the Week: Adding that distressed look to your vector designs (part 2)

    Another way to add a distressed look to your designs is by taking a photo of a rough texture — let's say the side of a cinder block. The more cracks, the better. Import that photo into CorelDRAW. Go to: Bitmap > Mode > Black and White . Make sure your Conversion Mode is set to Line Art , and you might have to adjust your Threshold . Next hit 'OK'. Now select the black and white image...
    • Fri, Jan 23 2015

    New tutorial available : Creating a pop-art, graphical version of an original image using CorelDRAW® X7 and Corel® PHOTO-PAINT X7

    In today's tutorial, by Suzanne Smith, CorelDRAW Specialist and Trainer, we are going to take a fairly ordinary portrait and turn it into something much more modern, graphical and eye-catching. Using a selection of lenses in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, it's very simple to turn an image into a piece of pop-art. Let's show you how! Note: this tutorial is available in 11 languages (English, German, French, Italian...
    • Tue, Jan 20 2015

    The Tip of the Week: Adding that distressed look to your vector designs (part 1)

    If you ever want to get that rustic, distressed look to your vector illustrations or lettering, give the Roughen Tool a try ( Toolbox > Shape tool fly-out menu > Roughen tool ). You can fine tune the frequency , angle and size of effect. I trick that I like to use, is to use one setting sparingly so that the effect appears to be more random. I then change the size , angle and frequency and use the tool again with...
    • Fri, Jan 16 2015

    New Case Study available : Watch how TV characters come to life

    Ronaldo Regel, 2D Artist at Tortuga Studio in Brazil, develops vector drawings of complex characters for an animated television series. Learn more about how he uses the diverse tools in CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite to streamline the production process and facilitate the work of animators. Learn more about his him and his extensive experience Note: this article is available in 11 languages (English, German, French...
    • Thu, Jan 15 2015

    Reminder! Ask all your questions to Stefan Lindblad today!

    Would you like to learn more about Rapports and Pattern Fills in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT? Don't miss the opportunity to ask all your questions to CorelDRAW Master, Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Artist, Stefan Lindblad on the CorelDRAW Facebook page ( facebook.com/coreldrawgraphicssuite ). It will b e today from 1:00 to 2:00pm EDT.
    • Wed, Jan 14 2015

    Don't miss this new tutorial by Anna María López López: Abstract linear shapes in CorelDRAW®

    The Blend Tool is one of the CorelDRAW interactive tools that at first glance doesn't show its impressive versatility. However, once its potential is uncovered, it quickly becomes a favorite tool among CorelDRAW pro users. This quick and easy tutorial presented by Anna María López López - multidisciplinary designer, founder of www.corelclub.org and author of numerous digital design books - shows...
    • Tue, Jan 13 2015

    The Tip of the Week: Using Merge Modes and Lens Objects to quickly create a Crime Story book cover

    The taste, fashion & style of crime book cover designs are different in various cultures. One style that I personally like is to use on photographs are Corel PHOTO-PAINT Merge Modes , together with Lens Objects . In this tutorial I will be using two photos that were taken on a bright sunny day in a forest and at a friend’s summer house with a typical garden. First open the photo of the trees in the forest...
    • Thu, Jan 8 2015

    Don't miss January Webinar about creating Rapports and Pattern Fills!

    In this webinar, CorelDRAW Master, Illustrator, Graphic Designer & Artist, Stefan Lindblad will show you how to create a repeat pattern from scratch and how to use the new Fill Features in Object Properties Docker. You also will get tips on how ...
    • Tue, Jan 6 2015

    The Tip of the Week: Creating custom Artistic Media Brushes

    Creating your own custom Artistic Media Brush effects is easy. The first step is to draw on the page, what you want the brush effect to look like. You can use any of the vector drawing tools to accomplish this. Then select that design, and with this selected, click on the Artistic Media Tool from the Toolbox . Then, in the Properties Bar above, select the Brush icon. Next, click on the Save (disk) icon, and give your...
    • Tue, Dec 30 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Lock/unlock Guidelines in CorelDRAW (avoiding accidental movements)

    After adjusting the line-guides in CorelDRAW you can lock them to avoid accidental displacement. Select one or more guidelines (or all), that you wish to lock and go to: Arrange > Lock object [Fig. 1]. To unlock Guideline(s) do the reverse action: click on Arrange > Unlock object [Figure 2]. Tip provided by Silvio Gomes, CorelDRAW Master, Artist and Graphic Designer.
    • Tue, Dec 23 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Quickly toggle between Arc mode & Pie mode

    Create a circle or ellipse. Select the Shape tool ( F10 ) and start dragging the node. If you drag the node with mouse cursor inside the object, it will always create a Pie object . Dragging the node on the outside of the object with the mouse cursor, instantly toggles to Arc mode. Tip provided by Pratik Shah, CorelDRAW Master, Graphic Designer & Trainer.
    • Tue, Dec 16 2014

    The Tip of The Week: Vector Pixel Art?

    Have you ever wanted to try your hand at pixel art? You can actually do it in CorelDRAW and in vector too. The first thing you need to do is select the Graph Paper tool (Toolbox > Graph Paper) . Once that tool has been selected, in the Property bar you can specify how many columns and rows you want. I prefer to use the same number of columns as rows so that if I hold down the Ctrl-key while drawing the table, each...
    • Fri, Dec 12 2014

    New tutorial: Retouching Digital Camera Images for CMYK Print Jobs by Pratik Shah

    In this tutorial, Pratik Shah, CorelDRAW Master and one of Corel's Strategic Training Partners in India, will be covering some important steps for retouching digital camera images ready for processing for use in a CMYK print job. Click here to learn more Note: this tutorial is available in 11 languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Traditional and Simplified...
    • Thu, Dec 11 2014

    New tutorial: Creating a Seasonal Greetings Card with Corel® CONNECT and CorelDRAW® X7 by Suzanne Smith

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 offers a wealth of additional content in the form of stock images, fonts and cliparts. In today's tutorial, in time for the holiday season, we will show you how to quickly find content for creating your own seasonal greetings card using Corel CONNECT. Then, in CorelDRAW we will be bringing all of our design elements together to create a truly personal greetings card. Learn more! Note...
    • Thu, Dec 11 2014

    Don't miss the opportunity to ask all your questions to Joe Diaz today!

    Graphic designer, sign artist and CorelDRAW Master Joseph Diaz will be available today just for you! So, join him on the CorelDRAW Facebook page ( facebook.com/coreldrawgraphicssuite ) from 1:00 to 2:00pm EDT.
    • Wed, Dec 10 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Combine the Corel Sepia Toning effect, the Time Machine Camera effect and the Eraser tool to create cool photos

    Here I took a very simple smartphone photo while on the highway E4 going south. I was not driving! 1. Open the image in Corel PHOTO-PAINT and right-click on the object to duplicate the background object, creating a new object. 2. Go to Effects > Camera > Sepia toning and apply a Sepia effect. 3. Then grab the Eraser tool ( Toolbox > Eraser ), and erase part of the Sepia toning object. I chose the van. 4. When...
    • Fri, Dec 5 2014

    Don't miss December webinar by Joe Diaz: Designing Vehicle Graphics and Wraps

    Join graphic designer, sign artist and CorelDRAW Master Joseph Diaz to get his techniques for creating vehicle wrap layouts. In this webinar, you will learn how to:- use elements of a strong brand throughout the entire wrap design- work with the sha...
    • Tue, Dec 2 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Page-by-Page Guidelines

    By default, when you add a new guideline in CorelDRAW, they are created on Master Guides layer. Meaning, they are visible on all pages irrespective of whether you want it to be displayed for that particular page or not. In complex multipage design jobs this can create havoc and mess up your workflow. You can instead opt for page-by-page guides wherein the guidelines will be visible only on that specific page. 1. Go...
    • Tue, Nov 25 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Quickly repositioning masked Content in Corel PHOTO-PAINT

    To create a 'floating' Mask, begin by masking a desired area > hovering the mouse cursor over the area for a second > then dragging the content to a new position ‒ all without switching the tool. Tip provided by Maurice Beumers, CorelDRAW Master, Graphic designer and illustrator.
    • Wed, Nov 19 2014

    The Tip of the Week: How to set different page sizes to same document in CorelDRAW

    When working with multi-page documents, CorelDRAW allows you set the individual pages sizes to be identical or different sizes. With nothing on the page selected, click on icons as shown in the figure below. If you want different page sizes, select the Current Page icon and set it/them to the desired dimensions. Tip provided by Silvio Gomes, CorelDRAW Master, Artist and Graphic Designer
    • Mon, Nov 17 2014

    A must-read tutorial: The incredible CorelDRAW Polygon tool by Anna María López López

    In this tutorial, Anna María López López, founder of www.corelclub.org and author of numerous digital design books, shows us how easy it is to create beautiful, geometric designs using the Polygon tool-a tool that enables you to produce amazingly complex, symmetrical designs by simply moving nodes. Click here to learn much more! Note: this tutorial is available in 11 languages (English, German...
    • Thu, Nov 13 2014

    Reminder! Don't miss the opportunity to ask all your questions to Anand!

    Would you like to learn more about working with curves? Don't miss the opportunity to ask all your questions to Anand Dixit , CorelDRAW Master and Strategic Training Partner for CorelDRAW in India, on the CorelDRAW Facebook page ( facebook.com/coreldrawgraphicssuite ). It will be today from 1:00 to 2:00pm EDT.
    • Tue, Nov 11 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Adjusting the contrast of your vector designs

    When designing signs, advertisements or logos, contrast is extremely important. One of the best ways to test the contrast of a design is to convert your colored design to a gray-scale design. There are many ways to do this, but one of my favorites is to select your design go to Effects > Adjust > Hue/Saturation/Lightness , then pull your Saturation slider down to -100. If you aren't happy with the contrast of...
    • Thu, Nov 6 2014

    New webinar: Working with Curves - a simple-to-follow webinar for non-professional graphic designers

    Join Anand Dixit, CorelDRAW Master and Strategic Training Partner for CorelDRAW in India, for tips and tricks when working with curves. This webinar will cover the following topics: - Simple techniques for using the Trim & Weld tools to create precision shapes faster! - Using the Virtual Segment Delete and Smart Fill tools to get better results - Joining multiple open curves at one go with Join Curves - Adding bleeds...
    • Tue, Nov 4 2014

    The Tip of the Week: Lomography photo effect

    A Lomography photo effect is an effect made when working with artistic photography using an analog LCA Camera and mixing chemicals when processing it to a final photo on paper. This is one method of reproducing a Lomo effect using Corel PHOTO-PAINT in a few quick steps to get you started. Remember you can use other methods, this is only one way of doing it. For this exercise I am using a photo I took myself, and the image...