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Densitometer Deal

My printer recently asked me to sell a densitometer on ebay for him. He wasn’t sure if it had ever been used so it is in like new condition. The auction ends in another couple of days so get in your bid if you are in need of a densitometer. …

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Macro Monday: Brian Davies Copy Shape Size

Today’s macro has a fairly simple function, but it can save you a lot of time. Copy Shape Size will let you grab the height or width of a shape and easily apply it to other shapes. I wish there was more to describe, but this is what we call …

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Terrific Template: Handy Construction

Need some artwork for a construction company? Or maybe even a charitable building project? If so, you need to check out the Handy Construction template. You’ll have attractive artwork that can be easily customized to meet the needs of your project.

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Weekend Widget: Xara 3D 6

Often users want to create cool looking 3D text for a print or Web project. They might even want it to be animated if it is going on to the Web or a video project. One of the best tools for this type of project is Xara 3D 6. Once …

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More media insight

My brother saw this blog post, and had more insight to share: Hey Jeff, it’s your “Big Brother” Brad here, I’m glad this stuck with you as well. You know, in my experience it’s a fairly rare thing to find an “artistic” and a “sales-oriented” mindset in the same person. …

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How to create a vector maze

1. generate a maze for free 2. save GIF file from site 3 paste into CorelDRAW 4. Powertrace in lineart mode5. optimize results from Powertrace see attached result I made for you!!x3mazetest.cdr

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Font Friday: Fart Bubble

I was talking to a friend the other day who was working on a design needing a “kids” font. That led me to start searching to see what I might find. When I found Fart Bubble, I just couldn’t resist the name. It wasn’t the right font for that particular …

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Thursday Tip: Update Your Protection

There was a lot of talk yesterday about the Conficker worm. The good news was that it was mostly talk and very few problems. I guess what surprises me is that so many computers are vulnerable when it is fairly easy to avoid most of these problems. I’m going to …

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Hump Day Hardware: Wacom Intuos4 Tablets

Regular readers will know that I am a huge believer in using Wacom tablets with your graphics software. I’ve been using tablets since 1993 and Wacom tablets since 1996. Wacom just introduced the Intuos4 line of tablets and you definitely need to take a look at them. If you are …

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Macro Monday: Jeff’s SuperFill

I’ve always felt that the Full Color Pattern Fills and the Bitmap Pattern Fills in CorelDRAW are underused. A big part of that is that many users aren’t aware they exist or how useful they can be. Users who have found them may still not use them because of the …

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Terrific Template: Game Attitude

Need a template that will work for almost any sports team? Game Attitude will meet your needs. It features a mean looking junkyard dog with some heavily stylized text saying “Game Attitude”. The file is a CorelDRAW 9 file. You can either use the pre-separated artwork supplied or output a …

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Weekend Widget: Font Frenzy

How many of you have too many fonts installed? Go ahead and admit it, we all do. The more you have installed, the more likely you are to have problems with Windows and with your software. You will also find your computer gets slower and slower. In my Last Word …

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Font Friday: Easter Fonts

With Easter just over two weeks from now, I thought we’d try and find some appropriate fonts. It seems like every time I search for holiday fonts like this, I find more than just one font. In this case I found eight fonts. Some of them contain an alphabet while …

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Swapping colors inside Fountain Fills

This FREE Macro allows you to swap the locations of the color swatches on Fountain Fill “swatch lines”. For linear fills, you can simply drag the line in the opposite direction. For other types, this macro makes it easy.

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Thursday Tip: The Default Font

Do you really want Arial to be the default font in all of your projects? Don’t worry, you can easily change it. With no objects selected, choose the Text tool in CorelDRAW. Change the font on the Property Bar to the one you want as the default. You’ll get a …

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Hump Day Hardware: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

When talking about digital cameras, there are all kinds of categories depending on the needs of the user. Today I’m going to cover consumer megazoom cameras, specifically the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS. If you are looking for a more compact point and shoot camera, I covered those a few months …

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Special Pricing on Corel Software

If you’ve been thinking about buying one of Corel’s software products, now might be a good time to do that. There is special pricing available that expires on April 1. I’ll list each of the deals below. I’ve also provided links to download the trial versions so you can give …

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Tutorial Tuesday: Creating Distressed Text in CorelDRAW

Users are always wondering how to create unique looking text effects. One example of that is distressed text and the Creating Distressed Text in CorelDRAW tutorial shows you various ways to accomplish the task. After trying each of the methods discussed, I’m sure you’ll think of some other techniques to …

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