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Hump Day Hardware: Point and Shoot Digital Camera

In the beginning, just having any kind of digital camera was a good thing. Nowadays I’m convinced that it is good to have different digital cameras for different situations. Most people now have some kind of a camera as part of their mobile phones. They work great for very basic …

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Tutorial Tuesday: Halftone Effect

Whether you need halftones for printing or you just want the look of halftones, there is a way to create the effect that you want. Richard Reilly, aka Fluid, gives you all the details in today’s tutorial. The Halftone Effect is especially important for screen printers. In order to create …

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Macro Monday: Shelby’s Object Order

The stacking order of objects in CorelDRAW can be very important. Objects can be hidden if they are behind other objects. And you also may be in a production environment where the stacking order determines which objects are cut or produced first. Today’s macro, Shelby’s Object Order, simplifies the process …

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Sunday Stock: FreeFoto

Often stock sites will have different terms for usage of their images. FreeFoto.com allows you to use their images online for free, but you have to provide attribution and link back to them. The images are also available for purchase.

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Weekend Widget: Irfanview

Sometimes a full featured image editor is just too much. That is the case when you simply want a quick way to view some files. In those scenarios, I have a tool that fits my needs perfectly. And you can’t beat the price since it is completely free. Irfanview allows …

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Font Friday: Dirty Ego

We’re going to look at another grunge font today by the name of Dirty Ego. You’ll see a nice sample of the character set at right. The font is from the folks at misprinted type 4.0 and they offer both free fonts and commercial fonts. Fonts are designed by Edudardo …

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Thursday Tip: Using Symbols Makes Changes Easy

Someone recently had a file with hundreds of copies of the same object or group of objects. The boss wanted them to replace all of the existing copies with something different. This task could take a couple of minutes, it could take hours. It all depends on how the file …

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Hump Day Hardware: Hard Drive Adapter

Today’s hardware will appeal to those of you who enjoy tinkering with your computers or anyone who has ever had to transfer data from a loose hard drive. The Sabrent USB Serial ATA or IDE adapter will allow you to connect most any hard drive to the USB port on …

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Tutorial Tuesday: Transparent PNG Files

Has it really been 12 years since work began on the PNG file format? I believe it has. Back then it seemed like PNG would become mainstream before we partied like it was 1999. It took long than we expected, but PNG has finally become a format in use all …

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Boot Camp Cruise Deadline Extended

Have you considered joining Jeff Harrison and I on the CorelDRAW Boot Camp Cruise? This is your opportunity to take your CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT skills to a higher level while also enjoying a great vacation along the Mexican Riviera. Our deadline for booking a space on the cruise was …

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Macro Monday: Draw Color Helper

I guess this one doesn’t technically count as a macro since it is a standalone EXE file. But the main function of the program is to allow you to more easily enter both decimal and hex colors in CorelDRAW. Separate versions are available for CorelDRAW 11, CorelDRAW 12, CorelDRAW X3 …

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Sunday Stock: Free Art from Digital Art Solutions

If you aren’t familiar with Digital Art Solutions, they have a huge amount of “production ready” artwork. What is production ready? Well, it isn’t the artwork you get in those mega boxes of clip art. Those are fine for dropping in your word processor, but they don’t work very well …

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Weekend Widget: Genetica 3.0

Ever since I first start using Genetica, I’ve been a huge fan. So what exactly does it do? It allows you to create, modify and render all different types of textures. The resulting textures can be used in many different programs, including CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT as bitmap pattern fills. …

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Font Friday: Wunderbach Rough

Today’s font is somewhat of a cross between a slab serif face and a handwritten face with some grunge thrown in for good measure. It is called Wunderbach Rough and comes from the folks at wcfonts. Even better, it has a freeware license so you can use it in your …

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Thursday Tip: Right Triangle

Need to draw a rectangle in CorelDRAW? There are several tools you can use for this. The Polygon tool will draw a triangle if you select three sides on the Property Bar. But this is not a right triangle. The Bézier tool or Freehand tool could do it, but getting …

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Shipping Prices Drop for International Shipments

I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone with FedEx recently trying to find a way to make it cheaper for us to ship my CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed book to those of you outside of the United States. The result is that priority shipping is much lower than it …

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Hump Day Hardware: Mice

I’ve talked about two of the major tools for interacting with your computer, graphics tablets and keyboards. Today we’re going to talk about mice. Those of you who read the post on tablets will know that I rarely use a mouse. If you have joined us to CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot …

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Tutorial Tuesday: Best Web Graphics

CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT are very popular tools for creating Web graphics. Notice I said graphics, not the HTML code for the page. If you don’t have a good handle on how to best utilize the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite to create graphics for the Web, it is very easy to …

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Monday Macro: Dizzy: Channels

Do you work with color separations in CorelDRAW? If so, today’s macro could be just what you need. Dizzy: Channels allows you to quickly turn various colors on and off so that you can preview the separations using that color right on screen. After installing, you’ll find that it gives …

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Perspective (Different from Corel’s Effect)

On the rare occasion when I might feel bummed out, I reflect on my reality. Relative to the vast majority of others in the world, my circumstances are enviable. So, with this in mind, I cheer right up. It’s all how you look at things. An email with still images …

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