Creating silver text effect

Can anybody tell me how I can create a silver or metallic effect in CorelDraw X3?

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  • This is worth a look, check out the entire page of examples.

    http://www.unleash.com/jeffh/goldfactory/index.asp

    also

    http://www.unleash.com/jeffh/makingstuff/index.asp

    and

    http://www.unleash.com/jeffh/vectormetal/index.asp 

     

    JD 



    [edited by: Jeff Harrison at 1:13 (GMT -7) on Wed, Jan 23 2008]
  • In reply to Jeff Harrison:

    Thanks Jeff. I did see your site but unfortunately I don't have a creditcard.

  • In reply to teresa.roelofse:

    in Draw, basically you fill with a banded fountain fill. But depending on exactly the effect you are looking for, you can do so much more; light effects, bevels, punched metal, brushed metal, rivits, screws, ...

    Liquid metal effects and chrome are easier in PPaint - you get the outline to the shape, make a drop shadow and highlight border then blend/blur them and use a wibbly tone curve on them. And you can get really creative with rust, pitting, melting, ting's ...

    Depends on what exactly you want to acheive how you would go about it.

    ~G~

  • In reply to teresa.roelofse:

    Hi T.,

    You could hand a friend with a card 10$ and they buy it for you... :-)



    [edited by: Jeff Harrison at 2:03 (GMT -7) on Thu, Jan 24 2008]
  • In reply to Jeff Harrison:

    not that I'm objecting to giving Jeff $10 Devil , but I always find it more entertaining and rewarding to DIYWink

     ... In saying that, it depends on the output - the plugin is probably worth more than the $10 to teach yourself how to do it manually (...but then again, once you know how it works and you have the plugin, why bother doing manually again?)

     

    It actually beggs the question - if there is a plugin to do something(anything), why should you learn how?

  • In reply to Gadget:

    Seriously? you ask a question and someone tries to sell you something as a response? wtf?

    I was an artist/painter long before I owned a computer.
    So I tend to approach every project as a painter first, computer artist second.

    Silver is a colour...not an effect.
    Metallic refers to a texture type...there are many different types of metals.
    We are leaning more to colour and colour combinations again, rather than an effect.
    Chrome is an entirely different animal.
    Chrome is a mirrored reflection of the surrounding view.
    Approach it as an artist might, and colour an object with solid colour or gradient colour
    that matches the particular metal you want.
    Google the metal surface or sheet that you are interested in.
    You can do the same with reflective metals and chromes.

    Another approach is to save texture images.
    I have a folder library of collected textures. eg Aluminum Sheets, Wood planks, Glass surfaces.
    (I try to collect large, hi quality image files...large pixel dimensions, so I can edit out smaller areas)

    Then, when I want a realistic aluminum look, I will "fill" the object using a "pattern fill".
    I'll opt for a bitmap fill, and then browse to a particular aluminum texture image.
    Adjust the fill size of the image to match the object (this avoids tiling) and voila...photographic aluminum fill.

    Another trick is to import an image (of a fill or texture) into my coreldraw workspace.
    Then I will apply a "fountain fill" to an object
    ...and create a custom fill sampling gradient colours from the imported image.
    Play with the angle rotation, edge pad, gradient position, etc,
    and you can create a more realistic colour fill that matches the metal effect.


    If you are filling Text with a colour or effect like metal, you can choose to group or combine the text before applying the fills.
    By combining, your metal effect covers the entire text as an object, and as such the effects may be different across the individual letters.
    More like how the emblem on a car would look.

    But you can also apply the fill effect to each letter individually, giving them all the same colour effects.
    Its less realistic as an object effect, and more attractive as a graphic art lettering effect.

  • Alien Skin has a nice plug-in as well...Eye Candy, but it ain't cheap.

    These are all done in seconds....

  • In reply to airdave:

    airdave
    Seriously? you ask a question and someone tries to sell you something as a response? wtf?

    Participants in this forum are welcome to respond with whatever insight they can offer to solve a technical problem. You've no moral authority to demand that others share trade secrets for zero dollars.

    In any online forum, there's an expectation for reasonable timeliness in responding to questions. This question was asked almost 9 years ago...

    At the last CorelWORLD held in San Diego, I remember looking outwards into a conference room filled with students from around the globe. They'd stopped existing projects to scamper onto airplanes to learn my signature and treasured metallic techniques. That room was so full that it was a borderline fire hazard. Why did this happen? Metallic effects are frequently requested by end clients, and therefore very desirable/salable.

    Posts should never cause such anxiety for you to blurt out "WTF?". In addition to this being a family-friendly forum, CorelDRAW users are mature, professional people who are able to express themselves without being crude.

  • In reply to Jeff Harrison:

    First off, I didn't "demand others share trade secrets for zero dollars" .
    I didn't "demand" anything....from anyone...especially not you.
    I just offered some helpful advice on a forum thats meant to be a helpful place.
    So, I would appreciate it if you didn't twist my words or or suggest untruths.

    Trade secrets? lmao
    They're only "secrets" if you want to keep them that way.

    What the "h-e-double hockeysticks" does the time frame have to do with anything?
    ...lol trying not to offend you with those terrible words.

    If I wanted your paid for advice, I would have searched google.
    Not come to the CorelDRAW Community site, "the place where users ...get together to share and learn from other users..."

    You provided the only rude and crude post here
    ...by offering no assistance or advice, just pointing someone to your website.
    And then you followed it up with advice to borrow money from a friend?
    Thats the best you got?
    And then you criticize me for not liking your "advice"?

    You said "Participants in this forum are welcome to respond with whatever insight they can offer"
    My comment about your paid advice was my response to you
    ...apparently about as helpful as your link to an infomercial.

    This is the CorelDraw Community site...as they put it:
    "Welcome to the CorelDRAW Community site, the place where users
    ...get together to share and learn from other users..."
    Did ya get that last part?

    "I remember looking outwards into a conference room filled with students from around the globe. They'd stopped existing projects to scamper onto airplanes to learn my signature and treasured metallic techniques. That room was so full that it was a borderline fire hazard."
    Wow, you are really full of yourself, aren't you?! LMAO

    wtf means whatever you think it means, and whatever you choose it to mean (as an acronym).
    if you choose to inject "crude" words into it, thats your choice, not mine.
    its an acronym, and an internet staple.
    http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/WTF
    Something tells me you aren't keeping up with the times if you plan on conducting business online.
    The internet can be a scary place...time to put on your big boy pants.

    LMAO (leave me alone okay?)

  • In reply to airdave:

    Airdave;
    Sounded to me like Jeff was simply offering an option, it's up to the individual whether or not he/she wishes to follow up or not. Are we prone to over-reacting just a bit? This list sure has taken a snarky turn of late, people need to chill a bit.
  • In reply to Pinetop:

    Many of us long-time users have learned there is almost always multiple ways to accomplish an effect in CorelDRAW and especially in Photo-Paint. Methods can vary according to the end result the user desires, and multiply that by the number of users adding their own twist. 

    I first learned a PP metallic effect from this 2009-10 article by Debbie Cook. Her website cedesign.com

    http://web.archive.org/web/20000930173226/http://www.cedesign.com/html/metal.html

    So I learned Cook's technique later down the road I purchased Jeff's Gold factory,  and have learned even more from other articles and post here on this forum.  So now I have combined these, added my own twists to come up with a method that works for me.

    Patti