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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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Finding Gold in the New CGS Digital Content Collection


By Steve Bain

clip-introAs loyal users have come to expect, the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite comes with a substantial stockpile of digital content that you can use and abuse as you see fit. What you may not realize is that when version X3 was released Corel revamped the entire collection. It isn’t just a few new fonts and images added for good marketing, it’s a complete overhaul. Browse through these highlights and you’ll see what I mean. Continue reading

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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Get Snapping with CorelDRAW’s Object-Snapping Features


By Steve Bain

If you’ve ever fumbled around trying to align your cursor to something, you can bid this frustrating task farewell. Object snapping was improved in version 12 to include new modes to give you maximum snapping control that works together with the program’s new Dynamic Guides feature.

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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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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

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