Category Archives: Special Effects

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

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

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

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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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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Create Classic Masterpieces in Corel PHOTO-PAINT®


By Steve Bain

Alchemy (ripple effect)Looking to add a little magic to your digital images? Corel PHOTO-PAINT® provides many different ways to apply weird and wonderful creative effects to ordinary digital photos. One bitmap filter stands out as an excellent creative tool. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use it and reveal the tricks to navigating and selecting the numerous options. Continue reading

Faking Depth-of-Field Effects in Corel PHOTO-PAINT


By Steve Bain

depth-introBlurry or out-of-focus pictures aren’t usually very appealing in a layout. But strategically applying blur effects to an image can sometimes work to your advantage. Blurring specific areas of a picture enables you to clean up messy background clutter and focus in on the subject at hand. This technique is also great for exaggerating depth-of-field created naturally when using a wide camera lens aperture. Continue reading