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Telemarketers and Politicians Just Don’t Get It

I’ll admit it, I was a telemarketer when I was in college. I worked there for a whole week and was fired because I wouldn’t smile as I was driving people crazy. Sorry, I just can’t enjoy so despicable. Normally I don’t get a lot of telemarketing calls because I …

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More Production Ready Art

Sure you can go out and get a huge collection of clip art for $50 at most any software store. The downside is that the art really isn’t that useful for people in a production environment. The new Ready Art Volume I collection brings usable art to graphic artists. It …

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Is There a Business in Copying DVD Movies?

Many of you will see that headline and think I’m talking about buying one DVD of a movie, making a ton of copies and selling them. I am definitely saying saying to do that. Let’s back up a few days to a story about Circuit City copying DVDs for customers. …

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Doctoring Photos Can Lead to Trouble

If you’ve been following the news lately, there was a photo of the war in Beirut that was blatantly manipulated using image editing software. If you want to see detailed evidence, here is a very good explanation. As someone who often teaches people to doctor photos, this is a perfect …

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New Plug-Ins From Alien Skin and Twisting Pixels

I’ve got an interesting mix of plug-ins today. One that is really practical and four other packages that provide really cool effects. First up is Alien Skin’s new Blow Up plug-in. This is the first time I’ve been really disappointed with something from Alien Skin. Not that the plug-in isn’t …

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Smart Designer X3 Extends CorelDRAW Functionality

CorelDRAW users working in a production environment can have different needs than that of other users. This would include people doing screen printing, sign making, direct to garment, sublimation, laser engraving, embroidery, promotional products and more. In a production environment, it is important to create artwork quickly and accurately so …

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CorelDRAW Training At Sea

I’ll try to keep this short. I just want to make sure that users don’t miss out on a really cool opportunity for the most fun CorelDRAW training class ever held. Jeff Harrison and I are leading the CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp Cruise. Yes, that means we get on a …

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CorelDRAW X3 Service Pack 1 Details

Corel releashed the first service pack for CorelDRAW X3 about ten days ago. User reactions have been somewhat mixed so far. Of course, there are always the complaints that a particular user’s biggest annoyance did not get fixed. I know that I’ve found a couple of little things that I …

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Corel and the RAW Deal

I first started taking photos in RAW format in late 2004. I loved how the RAW format would retain all of the detail seen by the camera’s sensor. The problem was that my preferred image editor, Corel PHOTO-PAINT didn’t support the RAW format. This meant I had to use the …

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Sublimation and CorelDRAW

One of the things I really like about CorelDRAW is that it can be used to create so many different things. Many of the most exciting products involve sublimation. First, let’s talk very briefly about sublimation. Sublimation generally involve a fairly standard Epson ink jet printer. Rather than using the …

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CorelDRAW X3 Service Pack 1

Corel has released CorelDRAW X3 Service Pack 1. It is designed to work with all currently released languages. I will post details of what has been fixed in a few days. You can download the service pack directly from Corel’s Web site. It is 28 MB in size.

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Enlarging Photos with PhotoZoom Professional

Have you tried to enlarge a photo in your favorite image editor? The results often leave a lot to be desired. The problem is that the image editor has to create data that doesn’t exist. If you are doubling the dimensions of the image, it will need four times as …

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Protect Your Computer

It seems like I am the person that many of my friends and family turn to for solving computer problems. Of course, I know that many of you also consider my input valuable. Probably the most common questions and problems over the past couple of years have been about computer …

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Automate Your Logins

How many Web sites do you visit each day that require you to log in? If you’re like me, the number is fairly large. Some sites allow you to make up your own user name and password while others assign them for you. What about those long forms that always …

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Digital Art Standards Provides Guidance for Artwork

Several years ago I was teaching a course at the ASI show in Chicago and I got a question that just kind of stuck with me. “What format should I use to export my artwork so that it works?” It sounds like a simple enough question and I gave a …

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New Tileable Bitmap Fills

One of the most powerful features in CorelDRAW is the vast array of fill types that are available. Not all users explore them in depth and they are really missing out. One of the coolest fill types is the Bitmap Pattern Fills. CorelDRAW installs a number of patterns for immediate …

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Plug-Ins Page Updated

When I was busy writing CorelDRAW X3 Unleashed, I made myself a to-do list for when the book was shipping. The list kept growing and growing as time went by. Now that the book is shipping, I’ve started to attack the list. One of my top priorities was to update …

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Corel Corporation Going Public…Again

In August 2003, Vector Capital purchased all outstanding shares of Corel Corporation and took it private. Since that time, they polished up the company and claimed that it was profitable again. Vector is well known for taking struggling companies private, fixing the problems and then taking them public again. If …

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Utilities Updated for CorelDRAW X3

Alex Vakulenko is the most prolific developer of add-ons for CorelDRAW. He has been really busy getting all of his add-ons updated to work with CorelDRAW X3. If you haven’t checked them out lately, now is a good time to see all the add-ons that are available. Oberon Fit Objects …

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CorelDRAW X3 Special Deals

A few days ago I told you about a special deal if you purchased CorelDRAW X3. At the time, it wasn’t clear if the deal was available everywhere. Now I’ve got some clarification. It is available from Amazon (see links below). This means you can get the boxed upgrade for …

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