Make Unique Vector Text

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Written by Jeff Harrison
March 24, 2018

Here’s an idea that I don’t believe I’ve shared before. I came up with this technique for my own needs 15+ years ago:

  1. Convert your text to a bitmap (add some padding around text – make a rectangle with no fill or outline)
  2. Apply bitmap effects of your choice (I like Displace)
  3. Trace that bitmap using Corel’s built-in tool. (delete bitmap after successful trace)
  4. Now you have vector shapes which can be manipulated in various ways. Easy to fill and scale for your needs.

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  1. Don Edwards

    these tutorials would be ok if slowed down and explained what was done

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    • Don2D

      I thought the same thing at first, but the basic explanation is in the 4 steps above. Just right click the graphic and save the GIF file, but instead of playing it outright, open it in a program like CorelPaint and you can view the animated steps at your leisure

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  2. Lynda

    I love your videos. I just wish I had the ability to pause it so I can follow along…I really appreciate Don2D telling us how to save this to a GIF, so we can watch it on photopaint.
    After tracing, you can’t see the letters PAR traced correctly. They’re filled in. How do you fix that?
    Thanks for your help. I really appreciate it.

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  3. Jeff Harrison

    Viewer: “After tracing, you can’t see the letters PAR traced correctly. They’re filled in. How do you fix that?”
    Jeff: Select the outside of the letters and the insides and then “Combine”. I press CTRL+L as a shortcut for that.
    https://youtu.be/YJfkX-YOVbY?t=464
    Trivia: The insides hollow pieces on text are called “counters”.

    Reply

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Jeff Harrison

Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular MacroMonster.com site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at coreldraw.com.

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