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Forcing nodes to Line or Curve Nodes with Shortcut Keys

Today I assigned some shortcut keys to force any selected node(s) to either line or curve nodes (in Node Editing Mode). The “1” & “2” keys are unassigned by default, so I’d chose those. You’ve guessed it… L & C are taken! 🙂 Oddly enough, forcing to curve nodes has …

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Eight Hours of Detailed Video Training

Is there ever enough quality training for CorelDRAW? I don’t think so. There are just so many features to cover. Tom Knight has put together a new series of video training with more than eight hours of detailed CorelDRAW vector training. This training applies to almost all CorelDRAW users from …

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My desaturated Icon set for CorelDRAW X3

When CorelDRAW 11 came out, the new icon colors seemed to incite a love/hate response from users. I prefer the look of Draw 9/10. From some reason, I’d thought they were more colorful in the older CorelDRAW versions, so I was shocked when I realized they were even less so! …

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Ever find yourself typing away and find that you’ve been typing in ALL CAPS for the last sentence and a half? A super Corelian named Ronny Axelsson offered a cool tip on disabling the Caps Lock button. He wrote that he disables the Caps Lock on ALL of his systems. …

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Speed up Frame Advance & Rewind in Photo-PAINT

If you find yourself working on animated GIF files or short AVI’s, you can assign shortcut keys to rewind or advance. I use the Page Up & Page Down keys. Once set up, you can navigate through an animation similar to navigation through pages in CorelDRAW. Click on the image …

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Here’s $100.00 – Whatcha Gonna Do with It?

I often ponder the deeper reason why people exchange their cash for items and services. Is the item is for practical purposes, or for stylish embellishment instead? There is an intrinsic value to physical goods. We all have seen teenage girls wearing a pair of jeans that have been ripped …

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Creating a Baseball From Scratch

Baseball season is underway and what better time to learn how to draw a baseball from scratch. Richard Reilly has just created a new tutorial that walks you through all of the steps from the initial circle to the final touches to make it look realistic. A number of features …

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FREE tutorial – make some cartoons

Hi Everyone, Here’s a 10 meg tutorial showing how to quickly create some cartoons like the ones below – it uses both Photopaint & CorelDRAW. The drawing style is rough, but you’ll get the overall idea. 🙂 http://pdflearning.com/movies/cartoons.zip Jeff Harrisonhttp://unleash.com/jeffh

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Massive Adobe Product Release On The Way

It has been a while since Adobe bought Macromedia. Now the fruits of that purchase are about to be released. In only a few days, the massive CS3 upgrades will start shipping in the US and other locales follow only a few days later. I’ll provide links to pages with …

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Alien Skin Updates Mac Plug-Ins

Alien Skin Software announced today that they have updated their plug-ins with Mac Universal versions. If you have an Intel-based Mac and you will be using Adobe Photoshop CS3 then you will want to look into these updates. If you purchased your plug-ins after January 1, 2007 then you get …

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Making Puzzles with CorelDRAW

Recently I’ve seen several users ask about how to make a puzzle in CorelDRAW. A very simple answer is to Powerclip the artwork into the various puzzle piece shapes. While that will do the trick, the users asking the questions are having trouble drawing the puzzle pieces. That’s where the …

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Detailed Tutorial on Photo-Paint’s Cutout Lab

By now you probably all are aware that Nathan Segal wrote the book on Corel PHOTO-PAINT, literally. Now he is back with a comprehensive video tutorial on the Cutout Lab. If you work in an image editor, you know how important it is to get a good mask. In Nathan’s …

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Enlarge Photos with Photo-Paint Compatible Plug-In

Recently I talked about the trend of plug-in vendors supporting only Adobe Photoshop. One user left a comment about how frustrated they were that Genuine Fractals stopped working after Corel PHOTO-PAINT 9. I was just as frustrated until I discovered a replacement about a year ago in the form of …

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Using CorelDRAW to Create a Web Design Template

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now. CorelDRAW is not the right tool for creating Web pages, sites, etc. It is great for creating graphics for a Web site. In his latest tutorial video, Tom Knight shows how a combination of CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Adobe Dreamweaver …

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New Plug-Ins From Alien Skin and Alpha PlugIns

Recently I wrote about the trend of plug-ins that only work in Adobe’s products. Since then, I’ve received information on a new collection from Alien Skin as well as the details of some plug-ins that were new to me. I’ll detail them all in this post. In a few days, …

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Flash Drive Took a Licking and Kept on Ticking

Last night I was getting some laundry out of the dryer and I stopped in my tracks when I saw that I had washed and dried my USB data key. I had copies of all the data, but wasn’t too thrilled that I had ruined a key that was only …

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Quick Masking Video

Nathan Segal, author of Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3 Insider, is back with another free tutorial video. This time he demonstrates a quick technique for masking an image. I talked with Nathan this morning and he has a number of good ideas for future tutorials. Expect to see more tutorials in the …

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Two More Free Video Tutorials From Tom Knight

Tom Knight has created two more free video tutorials. The first tutorial demonstrates how to use yet another free product from Tom Knight, the Advanced Artist Tail Pack containing twenty-five free sports tails. If you aren’t sure what’s involved in creating a tail, check out Richard Reilly’s Athletic Tails tutorials. …

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