Category Archives: Technique

Create Cool 3D Chiseled Graphics (part 2)


By Steve Bain

In part 1 of this 2-part tutorial, we learned how to create the illusion of chiseled effects in CorelDRAW using very basic shapes. Now we’ll explore how to work with more complex shapes. We’ll also reveal how to add realistic color schemes to simulate various lighting levels. Continue reading

Create Cool 3D Chiseled Graphics (part 1)


By Steve Bain

In this visit to the CorelDRAW toolbox, you’ll discover a technique you can use to create perfectly chiseled shapes. It’s an effect that will enable you to create the 3D illusion of shapes which appear either recessed into – or raised above – a flat surface. Your success will depend on your object’s shape, your skill at node editing and path commands, and of course how closely you follow these tutorial steps.
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Fixing Sunny Day Shadows and Color Casts with Corel PHOTO-PAINT®


By Steve Bain

Whether you’re a professional, a tourist or just a weekend photo hobbyist, there’s nothing like taking a few pictures in the great outdoors on a bright, sunny day. Sometimes, though, that sunshine can work against you. The bright light and harsh shadows may hide the person, place, or thing you specifically want to capture. Continue reading

Draw 3 Lighting Details using CorelDRAW


By Steve Bain

In these three mini tutorials, we’ll explore three basic types of transparent highlights you can quickly add to graphic scenes to simulate reflected light: The window reflection, the sunlight glare, and the star highlight. To demonstrate I’m using CorelDRAW 11, but these techniques can be used with any recent version of CorelDRAW up to and including X4. Continue reading

How to Create a Neon Tubing Type Effect


By Steve Bain

The ability to create objects to appear as if they have been fashioned into Neon tube lighting is a popular technique sought after by many illustrators. In this tutorial, you’ll learn to select the most ideal font for achieving the best results and embellish your type with color lighting to add realism. Although this tutorial refers to interface command locations and interface illustrations specific to CorelDRAW X3, the basic technique can be used with any version of CorelDRAW as far back as version 5.

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Get the Midas Touch: Create a Gold Text Effect


By Steve Bain

Creating the effect of rich, golden type is very similar to the effect used to create metallic-looking illustration effects. What’s often the challenge for new illustrators is the color scheme needed, and the steps for achieving it. In this tutorial, you’ll learn in nine steps the exact color scheme and fountain fill settings for creating a simple gold effect (see below), and the quickest way to create the effect in CorelDRAW. The step sequence used in this technique is valid using any recent version of CorelDRAW.

The finished result
The finished result

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Create the Look of Shiny Metal


By Steve Bain

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to browse through the product packaging in an automotive store, you’ve seen first hand the primary uses of metallic-style lettering. Before graduated PostScript fills became the norm in digital illustration, metallic illustration effects like the one shown below could only be achieved through tedious, manual airbrushing.

The final effect
The final effect

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