Create a Chiseled Effect

Create a Chiseled Effect

By Discovery Center Team

Adding a chiseled wood effect is a great way to enhance your design projects. This tutorial will show you how to do so using the Drop Shadow tool in CorelDRAW.

You will learn how to:

  • Create a wood background.
  • Import your desired design.
  • Add the chiseled effect.

Take a look at more examples of the chiseled effect below!


Create a wood carving design, or chiseled effect, to add perspective to your next graphic design project. In this video tutorial, you will learn creative uses for the Drop Shadow tool in order to create a fun piece of art.
Creating Your Own Wood Carving Design

1. To begin, you will need to find a suitable texture for your design. In this example I will be using wood grain. Create a 5″x7″ rectangle and from the Pattern Fill dialog, select Bitmap and browse to where your file is located. Once imported, set the size (width and height) to the size of the rectangle and click OK.


2. Duplicate this rectangle(Ctrl + D). Next, position the rectangle to the center of the page by tapping the letter P on the keyboard.


3. Import or create the image that you want to apply this effect to. Size and position the image on the duplicated rectangle (top). With both the image and rectangle selected, from the Arrange menu selectCombine (Ctrl + L).


4.Give it a hairline outline, if it already doesn’t have one.


5. Add a black Drop Shadow to the top object and set the opacity to about 95, feathering to about 2-3 and transparency operation to Normal.


6. From the Arrange menu, break the Drop Shadow apart.And then, nudge it to the right three times using the right cursor key and then down three times with the down cursor key.


7. Create a second Drop Shadow using the top object. Set the transparency operation to Normal and then make it white.


8. From the Arrange Menu select Break Drop Shadow Group Apart.


9. Select the white Drop Shadow and from the Bitmap menu select Convert to Bitmap (in this example I will keep the default settings) and then click OK.




10.Then, apply a Uniform transparency to the Bitmap and adjust the Starting transparency to make it lighter.


11. Position this Drop Shadow in the opposite direction to the black one by tapping the up cursor key three times as well as the left cursor key.


12. Select all these objects by double-clicking the Pick tool and then group them by going to the Arrange menu > Group (or by pressing Ctrl + Gon your keyboard).


13.Create a rectangle slightly smaller than your design.


14. Finally, Powerclip the design into the rectangle to remove the appearance of the Drop Shadows that go beyond the image.




And that’s how you create a chiseled effect using CorelDRAW.

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