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AbstractCurves Is Powerful Plug-In For Creating Unique Background Artwork

There are times I hear about a software package almost by accident. That was definitely the case with AbstractCurves. I was immediately interested in some of the artwork it generated, but confused when I saw it mentioned as a tool for creating wallpaper. When I modified my thinking to define wallpaper as backgrounds for artwork I was creating, then the light bulb really came on for me.

First, let’s talk about the technical aspects of this software. It can be run as a standalone application on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. So basically anyone who has Windows. It can also be used as a Photoshop plug-in with most all 32-bit hosts. You may want to re-read Is The 64-Bit Version of CorelDRAW X6 Right For You? as it describes all of the reasons I think most users should instead be running the 32-bit version. Being able to use cool plug-ins like AbstractCurves is one of the reasons. I have many plug-ins that only work in 32-bit hosts!

Now let’s look at the interface of AbstractCurves as it is absolutely loaded with options.
Abstract Curves Photoshop Plug-In
If you are using the free trial, you can choose a preset and output a graphic. Those who choose to purchase a license (it’s only $19) can make a seemingly unlimited number of changes and save their own presets. Just in the past few days I’ve made a background for a client’s ad and a background for a Facebook Cover Photo and Twitter Header (learn all about this in the CorelDRAW Web & Social Media Success Kit). While I liked a preset, I wanted to use colors to match other elements of the graphic and the paid version allowed me to do this. With the preset made, I could then generate the background in any size needed.

At this point, I’ve only scratched the surface of all of the artwork I can create with this unique plug-in and I can already see that I’ll be using it regularly in projects going forward. You’ll definitely want to download the demo of AbstractCurves and give it a try. I think you’ll find it is well worth purchasing after a little experimentation.

About Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III
Foster D. Coburn III is the author of thirteen books on CorelDRAW, the latest being CorelDRAW X6 Unleashed. He has been a contributor to numerous magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site and many more, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics and Web conferences.

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