Category Archives: Advanced

Tackling Poster Design


By Steve Bain

Poster design has often been the kind of sought-after work awarded to the talented designer who has earned an opportunity to show off his or her creative dexterity. Due to their unrestricted size and ultimate simplicity, posters offer design freedom no other document design can.  The design process is simplified even more by the fact that poster reproduction is limited to the capabilities of offset printing, meaning there are fewer technical hurdles to leap when compared to other design tasks.

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Demystifying Bézier Drawing Tools


By Steve Bain

The engineering of bézier drawing tools into graphic and layout programs certainly opens a world of opportunity and creativity for many designers. But, if you’re unfamiliar with the use of these far-from-simple tools, they do you little good. In this tutorial, I’ll showcase the bézier tools included in QuarkXPress to demonstrate to you the power of the bézier drawing tools, and how to control and manipulate the paths they enable you to create with a high degree of flexibility.

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Designing Better Information Graphics


By Steve Bain 

info-introBefore desktop publishing became just another job responsibility, producing graphically appealing information was a creative endeavor involving a number of creative and academic skills. In this tutorial, we’ll explore some of the basics involved in representing data in creative ways to add interest and engage the viewer. Although the techniques can be used with virtually any graphic application, the examples I’ll use to illustrate my points were created using CorelDRAW. Continue reading

Better High-end Color Support for Interactive Blend and Contour Effects


By Steve Bain

If you work with high-end color, you’ll be pleased to know that since version X3 both CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT include high-end color features that can help you unleash your wildest design and illustration energy. These new tools and resources also let you accurately reproduce your ideas in your digital workflow and confidently meet the most demanding print production requirements. Continue reading

Master Close-Cropping with PHOTO-PAINT’s Cutout Lab


By Steve Bain

The Cutout Lab introduced in Corel PHOTO-PAINT® X3 enables you to extract or copy photo elements from any digital image with precision and relative ease. Much more than just a quick selection tool, the Cutout Lab accurately detects almost any shape and preserves the fine details of an image. It automatically applies transparent edge-feathering, and it enables you to decide whether your cutout will be an object without a background, an object on top of the original image, or a clip mask attached to the original image.

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Turn Digital Images into Vector Artwork with PowerTRACE


By Steve Bain

trace_introRecent versions of CorelDRAW include powerful new onboard tracing tools you can use to quickly trace your digital images into vector artwork. In this tutorial, I’ll highlight the value of using CorelDRAW’s revamped bitmap-tracing tools and demonstrate the results of using various tracing options. Continue reading

Customize CorelDRAW to Fit Your Workflow


By Steve Bain

cust-introIf you like the convenience of having quick access to just the right tools or commands exactly when and where you want as you work, you’ll love the customization features built into the CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite. Continue reading