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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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Sunday Stock: Vecteezy

Today I’m going to keep it short and sweet. The Vecteezy site offers a number of pieces of vector artwork that you can download and use in your projects. Most of the samples I explored are provided as Adobe Illustrator files and you’ll find a few CorelDRAW files. You should …

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Weekend Widget: WinZip 12

Not a day goes by where I don’t have to deal with zip files. I’m often working with them constantly each day. Yes, there is native support for the basics built in to Windows, but is that enough for your needs? I can’t remember when I first starting using WinZip. …

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What people around the world eat weekly, and the price

I thought this info was a good candidate for a quick slide show. Tech notes: CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint were used for the basic slide preparation. I wrote the music, and generated a midi file from my chord changes using Band in a Box. Then I edited that MIDI file in …

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Barfy faded images in PDF’s from CorelDRAW

Yes, the results really do make you sick. Just choose another PDF compatibility level, like acrobat 5 None of the PDF modes with a slash after it create PDF’s with RGB images correctly when native is selected in color mgmt. The yellow combinations below do not work for RGB bitmaps.

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Font Friday: Caslon Antique

Last week, John posted a comment and asked if I could suggest a font that would replicate articles from an old western newspaper. The font that I suggested at the time was Caslon Antique (shown at right). Many of you will recognize it as the font used for the Broadway …

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Thursday Tip: Envelope Modifier Keys

Sometimes it is surprising when you learn that “an expert” doesn’t know a particular little tip. I had that happen once when I was demonstrating the following tip. Someone who knows CorelDRAW inside and out wasn’t aware of the feature. It just goes to show you that nobody knows everything …

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Adding an outline to Photo-PAINT objects

If you need an outline around any object in Photo-PAINT, simply stroke a mask. 1. Press CTRL+M to make a mask from any floating object 2. Press P to invoke Paintbrush. 3. Set up paintbrush parameters, color & size etc. 4. Right-click on mask, pick brush stroke from mask. It’s …

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CorelDRAW on Inside Digital Design Radio Show

A few weeks ago I was a guest on the Inside Digital Design radio show. You can find an archive of the show if you would like to listen. It was great to be able to speak to the audience about CorelDRAW, but it was sad that the hosts hadn’t …

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Hump Day Hardware: Soldius Univeral Solar Charger

Today’s hardware is a little bit off the normal path, but I’ll bet it is something that many of you could use. Do you carry a cell phone, an MP3 player and other gadgets on a regular basis? Are there times when you are unable to plug them in to …

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Hump Day Hardware: Keyboards Revisited

About a month ago I covered keyboards in my Hump Day Hardware blog posting. One of the keyboards I featured was the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000. After writing about it, I got more and more intrigued by the features it offers. My old Microsoft keyboard was a few years …

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Hump Day Hardware: Free Xerox Phaser Printer

I mentioned this offer over a year ago and I know we have a number of new subscribers so I wanted to tell you about it again. Xerox will send you a free color thermal wax printer! Of course, there are some stipulations. Basically you have to agree to print …

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