Category Archives: Layout Strategies

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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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

Cool Tricks with Paragraph Text in CorelDRAW

By Steve Bain

These days, there’s no excuse for churning out plain-looking text layouts. Using recent versions of CorelDRAW, there are so many ways you can make text more interesting to read, it’s a shame not to take advantage of them. In this tutorial, we’ll explore a few tricks that you can use with paragraph text to produce more visually appealing and professional-looking text layouts. Although this tutorial depicts a previous CorelDRAW release version, these tips are valid throughout virtually all recent versions of the program. Continue reading

Dynamic Guides May Change the Way You Draw

By Steve Bain

guides_intro1Once in a while, you discover a drawing feature that’s so innovative, it has the potential to completely change the way you draw. The dynamic guides in CorelDRAW will do just that. In fact, after using dynamic guides for a while, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. In this tutorial, I’ll reveal just how great these convenient guides really are. Continue reading

How to Crop Bitmaps in CorelDRAW

By Steve Bain

bitmap-031With all the various ways you can work with digital images in CorelDRAW, you’re eventually going to need (or want) to do a little cropping. Image cropping involves temporarily hiding – or even deleting – portions of a digital image. It’s generally done to change the image proportions to fit a specific design need and/or delete unneeded pixels and reduce your file size. You can do it easily with any version of CorelDRAW and it’s a relatively straightforward operation. Continue reading

Getting a Handle on Design Workflow

By Steve Bain

workflowWhen approaching virtually any Web, graphic, or layout design project, there’s a common workflow you can use that will progressively and successfully steer you from the idea or concept stage through to delivering the final product. Continue reading

The Art of Paper Folding

By Steve Bain

A simple fold can transform a flat sheet into many useful things. More complex folding can create delicate art or practical objects. Just ask anyone who’s worked in origami-the Japanese art of folding paper into unique shapes. Paper folding is a finishing process that is almost involved in the design of booklets, flyers, brochures, and marketing designs. In this installment, I’ll demonstrate a variety of folding examples and a few of the secrets needed to successfully pull them off. Continue reading