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

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


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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

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

Demystifying CorelDRAW’s PostScript Options


By Steve Bain

As anyone new to printing from a graphics application can tell you, print errors can sometimes be a scary and costly experience. Problems are often amplified if you’re faced with choosing options that you have limited experience with. If you don’t know what they are, you certainly won’t know which to choose (or which to avoid). In this tutorial, I’m going to delve specifically into the PostScript options starting with those generally available in recent versions of both CorelDRAW and Photo-PAINT in an effort to bring clarity to the murk. 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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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