Category Archives: Illustration

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

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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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

Create Beautiful Bevels Fast with CorelDRAW


By Steve Bain

Applying bevels to graphics with older versions of CorelDRAW® was certainly not simple and easy, and the results were arguably less than impressive. However, all that changed with the introduction of the bevel effects in version X3. In recent versions of the program, you can now add a third dimension (see below) and customize your bevels with depth, color, and lighting options.

 

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Draw Smarter with This Clever CorelDRAW Tool


By Steve Bain

Has anyone ever known you well enough to finish your sentences? Well, that’s sort of how one of the most intuitive drawing tools in CorelDRAW works. The Smart Drawing tool was first introduced in CorelDRAW 12 to give freehand sketching the benefit of a kind of artificial intelligence. You can sketch a shape freehand-style on screen and end up with a precise vector object as a curve, native object or Perfect Shape.

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