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Variable Imaging

Direct mail that introduces visual detail as part of the campaign has been proven to be much more effective than text alone. It's something like a 12% success rate, vs. 1% for traditional direct mail. Recently, I got a letter from Air Miles, a loyalty card program,...

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Shelby’s Bitmap Perspective Released

This macro forces a bitmap into a 4-node shape of your choice. Before now, it has been practically impossible to accomplish this inside either CorelDraw or Photo-PAINT. Both Photo-PAINT and CorelDRAW have had bitmap perspective filters/effects for many years. The...

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Alexander Penkin’s Cadtool 5 Updated

For those who've waited and hoped for numerous powerful CAD-like features in CorelDRAW, this macro is a huge toolbox. It's amazingly affordable for the amount of functionality you get. Recently, the macro had a small additional function added to reset the location...

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Dizzy Shaping updated to Version 3.3

Many of you that have been following macromonster.com since the early days will likely recognize this macro. This is one that really caught my interest when setting up the site, as it had some ground-breaking features and UI innovation I hadn't seen before. This...

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Putting it All Together

Compositing is both fun and reasonably easy way to get a point across. I made this for a group I belong to called the Deep See Divers, which is a team working our way through an 18-month course. Using Photo-PAINT, I found and placed 3 separate elements together:...

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Let Us Spray

Here's another example of spraying objects, in this case droplets. I added a fancy secret touch... Someone was so impressed with how this looks that they paid me 10.00 USD to get a copy of it! Maybe I should put it on...

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How PNG’s open in Photo-PAINT

Some users prefer the old way found in Photo-PAINT, version 12 and lower. (Initial release of X3 worked like this too, but not after service packs). In old versions, the PNG would open, and user could see that the masked area defined the transparent area. Nothing...

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GIF Animation using Swish Minimax

Some simple things can be animated in Photo-PAINT directly. However, for smoother results, that comes from keyframing. This is when software generates the intermediate steps automatically. Basically, you move an item from point A to point B, and determine how long...

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Linked bitmap resolution adjustment

Some of us hope for an overhaul for the handling of linked bitmaps. In the meantime, there are some fun things to play with in the Windows Registry. Some of us discussed this back in 2008. This isn't for the faint-hearted. If you don't know what you're doing in the...

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Scaling nodes

Hopefully most CorelDRAW users realize that the Property Bar changes, depending on what's going in the document area. For example, if you double-click on a curve shape, you'll see some functions that are specific to node manipulation. A user at in the Coreldraw.com...

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