I’m going to be speaking in a few weeks at the East Coast Awards and Personalization Expo and I wanted to teach attendees something really cool. I’m going to describe the basics below, but you are welcome to come to the show in person and attend my sessions if you are going to be near Philadelphia.

One of my goals when I’m teaching is to show those in my classes a way that they can create something really valuable with very little effort. A great way to do this is with variable data. My example will use name badges, but any customized artwork can be substituted. I’ve stressed before that Setting the Correct Page Size in CorelDRAW is Important and that will be the first step of the project.

I’ve also extolled the virtues of eCut such as in the recent The Many Features of eCut Designer Toolkit for CorelDRAW post. Specifically I’m going to use the Variable feature to add photos and QR codes to name badges automatically. Below is a screen shot of one page of badges all ready to print.

ecut-name-badges

While my example only shows created this one page of six badges, it could have just as easily been 600 badges printed on 100 pages. Of course they could also be laser etched and cut if that is your output device of choice.

While I’m at the show, I also want to market myself. Over the last year I’ve become very active in the local Chamber of Commerce and I’ve had many graphics geek conversations with the owner of the local EmbroidMe store. I recently took him a CorelDRAW file of my logo, picked out some shirts and he got to work. The new shirts have arrived (see below) and I can’t wait to walk around the show in Philly wearing my new shirts!

embroidered-shirts

When you see me, make sure to say hello! I’ll also be available on the trade show floor after each of my sessions to answer your CorelDRAW questions.

Foster D. Coburn III
Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III is author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences. His first Web site was built in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013.

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