Graphic Design Tips

GRAPHIC DESIGN TIPS

How to Change the CorelDRAW UI Color

You can customize the appearance of the CorelDRAW User Interface (UI) by changing the theme, window border color and desktop color. Go to Tools > Options > Customization to open the Options window. Theme...

Controlling corners in dashed lines

If you use dashed lines and outlines in your CorelDRAW projects, take advantage of the new dash options introduced in CorelDRAW 2018. You can find the new dash options in the Object Properties docker (Window...

Creating Symmetry

The Symmetry drawing mode introduced in CorelDRAW 2018 makes creating symmetrical objects and designs easy and fun. Draw in Symmetry mode from the get-go, or create symmetry from existing objects. To draw in...

Transparency

To apply a transparency to a selected object, drag across the object. To adjust the position and progression of the transparency, drag the handles and move the slider. We will use the Transparency tool to...

Masking

You can isolate an area of an image by creating a mask. Click the Magic Wand tool, and then click inside the area you want to mask. Hold down Shift, and click again to add to your mask. Click the Fill tool,...

Interactive Fill

We start with a pre-defined mask (see Masking video). Next, we will fill the masked area to change the sky color. Click the Interactive Fill tool. Drag to define a gradient from black to white (default...

Image Sprayer

We start with a pre-defined mask of the sky (see Masking video). Invert the mask (Ctrl + Shift + I), to select everything but the sky. We will use this new mask to apply a creative effect to the image. Click...

Image Correction

We will use the Red Eye Removal tool and the Touch-up Brush tool to correct some imperfections in this photo. Click the Zoom tool, and zoom into the area you want to touch up. Click the Red Eye Removal tool....

Cropping

To crop an image, click the Crop tool. To select the cropping area, drag in the image. To adjust the cropping area, drag the square handles. To crop the image, double-click inside the cropping area.  ...

Color Control in PHOTO-PAINT

In PHOTO-PAINT, there is a color control area on the Toolbox toolbar. The color control area consists of the Main color swatch, the Secondary color swatch, and the Reset color icon. The main color is used by...

Block Shadow tool

The Block Shadow tool in CorelDRAW lets you add solid shadows to objects and artistic text. Unlike extrusions, block shadows consist of simple lines, which makes them ideal for screen printing and sign...

Impact tool

Two impact effect styles are available: Radial and Parallel. Radial effects can be used to add perspective or bring focus to a design element. Parallel effects can be used to add energy or signify motion....

Virtual Segment Delete

This short video tip shows how to use the Smart Fill tool in conjunction with the Virtual Segment Delete tool. The Smart Fill tool fills areas where objects overlap (see Smart Fills video). Click the Virtual...

Smart Fills

Use the Smart Fill tool to fill an area where objects overlap, or to create a new object from an enclosed area. By default, the enclosed area is filled with a blue-grey color. To change the fill color, click a...

Shaping Curves

We’ll use the Shape Tool to shape the curves in this drawing. Press Z to select the Zoom tool. Zoom in on the area that you want to select. Click the Shape tool. To shape a curve, drag a node or a...

Sampling colors

You can sample colors by using the Eyedropper tools available throughout the application. Click the Eyedropper tool in the Toolbox. Point to a bitmap or a vector object to sample colors. Click the color you...

Node editing 2

To display the nodes of an object, click it with the Shape tool. To round the corners of a rectangle or square, drag any node with the Shape tool. Hold down Ctrl while dragging to round one corner at a time....

Linking Paragraph Text Frames

A text frame that cannot hold all the text becomes red and a black arrow appears at the bottom of the text frame. Click the arrow, and drag to draw another text frame. This video was recorded with alignment...

Interactive Transparency

To apply a transparency, select an object with the Transparency tool and drag across the object. To change the appearance of the transparency, move the handles and slider. You can create a mirror effect by...