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textured fill palette?

Is it readily possible in X5 to create a palette of textured fills--not the individual colors of each fill but the pattern itself? A palette, not just a collection of fills to be applied manually.

Reason I ask: My primary use for Corel X5 is woodworking's Marquetry, making pictures of small laser-cut pieces of wood veneers of different species. One project may contain a thousand pieces from over a hundred different species.

The typical method to use Corel for the file is: a bitmap is imported, traced by hand or Corel to form a vector image, hairline outline added, then each piece cut from veneers on the laser. Despite choosing veneers that match colors in the original bitmap to the extent possible, one never knows what the marquetry piece will really look like until it is completed--which can be days or weeks later.

I have discovered how to change the colors of the imported bitmap to wood veneer solid colors by creating and saving a My Palettes palette of wood veneer colors from jpg's, choosing for each species the predominant color in the jpg; then clicking Bitmaps-->Mode-->Paletted 8 Bit; in the following screen opening the Palettes button and selecting my Wood Veneers palette; and finally clicking OK. The bitmap takes on only the colors of the Wood Veneers palette. Then Outline Trace as usual, and I can see fairly well how the completed marquetry piece will look. By choosing to group colors during the Outline Trace, I have a vector grouped by each species.

But rather than all those colors appearing solid, it would be a more accurate depiction if the vector image displayed other features of each wood species, such as grain, burl patterns, heartwood vs. sapwood, etc.

Anyway, that's why the question.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Best, Ted

6 Replies - Latest Reply

  • Hi.

    I'm not sure about the texture palette but,

    You take a few pictures of your wood and save them as jpgs. You can quickly import as needed and powerclip the texture into your vector art.

    -John

  • Hi Ted, I also work in wood and I use draw and photo paint a lot in design etc if I have a veneer and I want to use that veneer in a job I normally scan a section and add to my fill list I will write a quick tutorial and post soon

    enjoy

    Joe
    Windows XP Professional
    version 2002
    service pack 3.
    Pentium 4/2.8 Ghz
    1GB RAM

  • In reply to elkhans:

    Hi Ted, take a photo or scan a veneer then in Photo Paint

    go to tools / fill tool or F on your keyboard

    on your property bar / select Bitmap then edit bitmap

    from the drop down box select load

    then go to the file / image that you have just scaned and select

    change size and other selections in drop down box trial and error will tell you the best method for what you may want   then select ok

    this will allow you to go to fill tool / select down arrow in selection box on the top left hand side and slide down to the image that you have just loaded and it will fill your selection with the veneer of your choice

    If you are not sure draw a rectangle and it should fill with your veneer

    I use this method when ever I need to apply a special fill that is not available anywhere else

    any photo or scan will work just make sure that you tile it corectly in your selections

    enjoy

    Joe
    Windows XP Professional
    version 2002
    service pack 3.
    Pentium 4/2.8 Ghz
    1GB RAM

  • In reply to elkhans:

    Ted, I forgot you can do the same in draw

    also the method displayed by john works great as well

    enjoy

    Joe
    Windows XP Professional
    version 2002
    service pack 3.
    Pentium 4/2.8 Ghz
    1GB RAM

  • Ted,
     
    Our Textures Unleashed collection includes over a hundred different wood textures you can use in CorelDRAW and other software. Even if you don't want the textures, you'll find a free PDF and video tutorial showing you how to use textures in CorelDRAW.
     
     
     
  • Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your responses.

    Best, Ted