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Adobe Announces New Elements

Adobe has announced upcoming releases of Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0. It sure seems like each of the players with a less than $100 image editor are getting their new products out just in time for Christmas shopping. That’s right, get someone a digital camera or …

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Whatever happened to Pete?

I get asked that question a lot. Peter McCormick was my business partner for several years and also co-authored six CorelDRAW books with me. So it doesn’t surprise me that a lot of people ask about him. For the last four years, Pete has worked for Creative Labs. They are …

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Paint Shop Pro Photo XI Just Released

Another week, another big announcement from Corel. This time they announced Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI. I have not worked with the product so I can only judge a few things from the press release. The first thing I noticed was that the name of the product has been …

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Get Bryce for Free

Do you remember Bryce? For a while it was a Corel product. I can’t remember exactly when, but it was at least a couple of years ago when Corel sold it to DAZ Productions. DAZ is running an amazing deal for the next few days. OK, so this offer absolutely …

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Will Snapfire Catch On?

Corel has been highly promoting their new digital imaging platform named “Alta”. At first, there weren’t a lot of details on the project. Just last week Corel finally released the first piece of the Alta puzzle with an image management and editing tool called Corel Snapfire. Yawn. Sorry, but this …

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Corel Buys Intervideo and Ulead

About ten days ago, Corel announced that they are buying InterVideo in an all-cash deal. As InterVideo had recently purchased Ulead, those products will also be part of the deal. At first glance, the price paid ($196M) seemed really high compared to Corel’s current company value. But if you read …

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Vector Bevel

Beveling objects and text is a great way to add depth to any design. The bevel effect can be easily rendered in bitmap programs; yet, to replicate the effect in true vector form can be both tedious and time consuming. Since the release of CorelDRAW X3, users have been blessed …

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WildPresenter Lite Gives Lots of Bang for Less Buck

About a month ago, I told you about WildPresenter in one of my posts. WildPresenter provides a wonderful list of features for those creating multimedia presentations. For some users, there are too many features and the cost is more than they can afford. WildForm just released WildPresenter Lite to give …

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150 More Great Textures

Well, I’m finally back in the office after a long absence. That means I have a lot of news to pass along in the next few days. I’ll start with a quick blurb about some cool new textures from Spiral Graphics. They have released a 2nd Texture Pack that works …

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Black Sunday

It is funny sometimes how quickly life can turn. Saturday evening I had just finished teaching a Boot Camp and was pretty exhausted. I got an e-mail from my mom telling me that an aunt was having a 75th birthday party the next day and I should really send a …

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Stories From Boot Camp

Today was the first day of another Boot Camp. There were a few interesting things that happened during the day of learning that I wanted to share with you. One of the attendees is a sign maker and uses Signlab in addition to CorelDRAW. His main use for Signlab is …

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Numbering Invoices, Raffle Tickets and More

If you are a subscriber to our Graphics Unleashed newsletter, you have already read about this tutorial. Don’t worry, there is new info here. Jeff Harrison saw a posting about a cool little utility in the Corel newsgroups and created some video tutorials showing how to use the utility in …

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Telemarketers and Politicians Just Don’t Get It

I’ll admit it, I was a telemarketer when I was in college. I worked there for a whole week and was fired because I wouldn’t smile as I was driving people crazy. Sorry, I just can’t enjoy so despicable. Normally I don’t get a lot of telemarketing calls because I …

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More Production Ready Art

Sure you can go out and get a huge collection of clip art for $50 at most any software store. The downside is that the art really isn’t that useful for people in a production environment. The new Ready Art Volume I collection brings usable art to graphic artists. It …

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Is There a Business in Copying DVD Movies?

Many of you will see that headline and think I’m talking about buying one DVD of a movie, making a ton of copies and selling them. I am definitely saying saying to do that. Let’s back up a few days to a story about Circuit City copying DVDs for customers. …

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Doctoring Photos Can Lead to Trouble

If you’ve been following the news lately, there was a photo of the war in Beirut that was blatantly manipulated using image editing software. If you want to see detailed evidence, here is a very good explanation. As someone who often teaches people to doctor photos, this is a perfect …

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New Plug-Ins From Alien Skin and Twisting Pixels

I’ve got an interesting mix of plug-ins today. One that is really practical and four other packages that provide really cool effects. First up is Alien Skin’s new Blow Up plug-in. This is the first time I’ve been really disappointed with something from Alien Skin. Not that the plug-in isn’t …

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Smart Designer X3 Extends CorelDRAW Functionality

CorelDRAW users working in a production environment can have different needs than that of other users. This would include people doing screen printing, sign making, direct to garment, sublimation, laser engraving, embroidery, promotional products and more. In a production environment, it is important to create artwork quickly and accurately so …

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CorelDRAW Training At Sea

I’ll try to keep this short. I just want to make sure that users don’t miss out on a really cool opportunity for the most fun CorelDRAW training class ever held. Jeff Harrison and I are leading the CorelDRAW Unleashed Boot Camp Cruise. Yes, that means we get on a …

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CorelDRAW X3 Service Pack 1 Details

Corel releashed the first service pack for CorelDRAW X3 about ten days ago. User reactions have been somewhat mixed so far. Of course, there are always the complaints that a particular user’s biggest annoyance did not get fixed. I know that I’ve found a couple of little things that I …

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