Category Archives: Beginner

Create a 3D Gear using CorelDRAW’s Extrude Rotation Effect


By Steve Bain gear 10

For many versions now, CorelDRAW has included extrusion features that enable to apply depth to a single object and rotate it interactively. While it’s far from 3D modelling, it certainly presents some interesting creative possibilities for drawing objects that would otherwise be challenging to manufacture using manual methods. Continue reading

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Create a Glass Bead


By Steve Bain

Creating virtually any kind of glass-like effect is by far a favorite of most Web graphic or interface designers. There’s nothing more satisfying than having the ability to create simulated lighting effects in a virtual, dust-free environment. Thanks to CorelDRAW’s interactive effects, many of the objects you need to achieve these effects can be created automatically. Continue reading

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

Test-driving CorelDRAW’s PowerTRACE Features


By Steve Bain

ptrace-introIn the publishing world, it happens all too often. Someone sends you a low-qualitly logo image at the last minute, when what you really need is a digital vector file — preferably in the proper colors. If you’ve run into this scenario before, you may already know how time-consuming the manual-conversion process can be. In this tutorial, I’ll build on my previous PowerTRACE installment by showing you how easily PowerTRACE can convert pixels to vector shapes.

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PHOTO-PAINT’s Image Lab Fixes Photos Fast


By Steve Bain

lab_introIf you’ve ever found the task of fixing digital photos a slow and frustrating exercise, this tutorial will interest you. The tools and options available in PHOTO-PAINT’s Image Adjustment Lab make it easy to correct common digital photo problems. Let’s explore how to use this relatively new resource available in version X3 or later. Continue reading

Design Your Own Picture Frames in Corel PHOTO-PAINT


By Steve Bain

Whether you use the majority of your digital photos for personal scrapbooking or albums or whether you’re a professional layout artist, you can add interest and creative flair to your digital images by applying frames. You can do this quickly and easily in Corel PHOTO-PAINT by using a simple filter effect. To demonstrate the effect, I’ve used the tragically cute candidate shown here.

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Managing Shadow Printing in Older CorelDRAW Releases


By Steve Bain

introOne of the niftiest effect tools in CorelDRAW’s toolbox has got to be the Interactive Drop Shadow Tool. It enables you to instantly apply soft, beautiful shadow effects. CorelDRAW’s drop shadow effects are bitmap-based. But if you’ve ever wondered about your shadow’s color model and resolution properties you’re not along. The answer is often critical to print workflows and largely depends on which version you are using. Continue reading