CorelDraw Tutorial: Creating Graphic Design Special Effect

graphic design special effect

graphic design special effectNow that you can draw shapes, colour them and add text to your graphic design, it is time to learn how to manipulate shapes with graphic design special effect. In this section, I will be introducing you to some graphics design special effect in CorelDraw Graphic Design Software.  I want to believe you have followed the previous lessons carefully, else you can go over the lessons listed below to acquaint yourself with the basis of CorelDraw Graphic Design.

  1. Introduction-coreldrawx4-graphics-design-software
  2. Detail tutorial on Corelx4 Graphics Design Software
  3. How to Create Graphics Design with CorelDrawx4

CorelDraw Graphic Design Special Effect let you alter the appearance of shapes and Text objects. You can distort, blend envelope, and extrude  objects.

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Graphics design special effect that you can apply to Paragraph text frames includes: envelopes, drop shadows, and PowerClip objects.

Graphics design special effect that you can apply to Artistic text includes: extrusions, blends, contours, distortions, envelopes, lenses, PowerClip objects, perspectives, and drop shadows.

Power Clip Graphic design special effect

The Power Clip effect allows you to put pictures and objects inside another object, the inner object becomes the object’s content while the outer object is the container.

To Power Clip an object

Using the Pick tool, select the Object(s) you want to place inside the Container.

Open Effects Menu; click PowerClip, click Place inside Container,

The cursor changes to a big edged arrow, click the Object you want to use as the container.

By default CorelDraw centers the content in the container; you may wish to edit the contents, if the placement of the object(s) does not suite your taste.

To Edit PowerClip Object

Select the Object with the Pick tool

Open Effects Menu, click PowerClip, click Edit Contents

CorelDraw displays the content of the PowerClip object only (all other objects on the page are excluded) with a tiny line indicating the borders of the container after proper arrangement/editing, click Effects, click PowerClip, and click Finish Editing this Level.

Applying Graphic Design Special Effect with One-point and Two-point Perspective

The Add Perspective command allows you to create one-point and two point perspective in your graphic design. By applying perspective to objects in your graphic design, you can create a three-dimensional effect on a two-dimensional page.

To add one-point perspective effect to an object/text

Select the object with the Pick tool

Open Effects Menu, click Add Perspective.

A grid box with four nodes (at the corners) appears around the object. The Shape tool is now selected.

Hold down Ctrl and drag one of the nodes horizontally or vertically.

To add a two-point perspective effect to an object/text

Select the object with the Pick tool

Open  Effects Menu, click Add Perspective.

Drag one of the grid box nodes diagonally toward or away from the object’s center.

Repeat step 3 using the other nodes until you create the perspective effect you want.

Distorting an object using CorelDraw Graphic Design Special Effect

The interactive distortion tools let you distorts objects. You can push or pull the nodes of objects you’re distorting away from or towards their centers. By applying a zipper, you can create a jagged, pointy outlines. You can also edit the effects of the Zipper distortion. You can also twist objects. By twisting an object, you wind the object around itself into a shape that resembles a coil.

Additionally, there are modifications which you can apply to all of the distortions which let you distort and customized them further. For example, you can change the center of a distortion.

To distort an object

Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Distortion tool.

Enable any of the three distortion that suit the type of distortion you want button on the Property Bar. The button is enabled when it appears pressed.

Select the object to which you want to apply the distortion, and drag the mouse to the left.

Notes that the point at which you click the object determines the center of the distortion

Applying an Envelope Effect

You can change the shape of an object by applying an envelope to it and shaping the envelope. You can apply a basic or a preset envelope. You can also copy an envelope from an object in your drawing and apply it to another object.

By removing an envelope effect from an object, you return the object to its former shape before  the envelope was applied.

To apply an envelope

Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Envelope tool.

Select the object to which you want to apply the envelope effect.

Click one of the following buttons on the Property Bar to indicate the editing mode you want:

  • Straight Line
  • Single Arc
  • Double Arc
  • Unconstrained

Drag a node to change the shape of the envelope.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the envelope is the shape you want.

Creating Vector Extrusion

You can apply a basic vector extrusion to objects to make them appear three-dimensional. You can also apply a bevel to an object and to an vector extrusion, as well as copy and clone an object’s extrusion attributes to another object.

To create  a basic vector extrusion

Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Extrude tool.

Select the object you want to extrude.

A small arrow appears below the cursor to indicate that you can extrude the object.

Click the Vector Extrusion Mode button on the Property Bar.

Drag the vanishing point marker (represented by “X”) to set the depth and direction of the extrusion.

The vanishing point marker appears after you begin to drag.

Choose an extrusion type from the Extrusion Type list box on the Property Bar.

Choose a vanishing point option from the Depth box on the Property Bar.

Dropping Shadows Graphic Design Special Effect

The interactive drop shadow tool allows you to create a shadow of an object by adding drop shadows, you create the illusion of depth between objects. You can add drop shadows to most objects (or groups of objects) you create using CorelDRAW, including Artistic text, Paragraph text, and bitmap images.

To add a drop shadow to an object

Open the Interactive Tools flyout, and click the Interactive Drop Shadow tool.

Select the object to which you want to apply a drop shadow, and do one of the following:

Position the cursor over the center of the object to create a Flat perspective

Position the cursor over the right side of the object to create a Right perspective

Position the cursor over the left side of the object to create a Left perspective

Position the cursor over the bottom of the object to create a Bottom perspective

Drag the end fill handle to position the drop shadow.

Follow the icons on the property bar to customize your drop shadow.

To remove drop shadow select the object with the pick tool or the drop shadow tool to display the properties, on the property bar click the clear drop shadow icon.

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