Complete Color Guide in CorelDRAW to use, edit and create cutom palettes and custom patterns. Let’s master the color dockers and panels.
In this tutorial, our main topic was color mastery in CorelDRAW; however, as always we shared a lot many tips and techniques that graphic designers and freelancers can use while working on their professional projects. We started our discussion with importance of understanding color matching, color terms, tints, shades, tones and tonal range. Corel Draw offers us well organized panels to edit any color we choose and add them to our custom palettes.
We also discussed a couple basic things to adjust default fill and outline. To do so, if we select pick tool, and we make sure that no other object is selected on the document, then we can left click on any color from the color panel. A pop up window will appear with different options to select or choose from. Let say we just want our shapes to be filled with any desired color, we can check Graphics Option, and hit OK. Likewise, to set it back to default value, make sure the pick tool is selected from the coreldraw tools box and then left click on None (The cross on color docker).
We also created a custom palette and saved it with .xml extension in my palette folder. We can save it and access it anywhere and from anywhere on our computer or via internet libraries.
We also explored built in color palettes including pantone colors and process colors i.e. nature, green shades etc.
Then we moved on towards Eyedropper tool. It’s very handy tool. We tried to answer the following two questions in this part:
1) How to copy and paste color from one shape or object to another?, And
2) How can we copy and paste all attributes such as fill, outline, transformations and effects etc from one CorelDRAW object to another.
The process is very simple. We select something with the help of eyedropper, and apply it where we needed. We can also pick color from our desktop or browser easily by resizing the corel window and using eye dropper to go out of the application window.
Then we talked about Interactive Fill Tool. Its keyboard shortcut is letter ‘G’. Its property bar is very rich. Following options are available in the property bar:
1) None (When we select Interactive Fill tool, property bar displays different options to choose from. Starting from left is None. It means no fill.
2) Then is Uniform Fill. It means one color.
3) Next is Fountain Fill. It’s gradient in CorelDRAW and it’s indeed very powerful and useful while working vector objects or design projects. We discussed fountain fill tool in detail.
4) Then is Vector Pattern Fill. We also created one custom pattern and tried that on a rectangle. With fountain fill, there are other features available such as linear fountain fill, elliptical, conical and rectangular fountain fill. We experimented with all options one by one. We also talked about reverse fill options and arrangement etc.
5) We also discussed how we can copy interactive effects from one shape to another.
Then we discussed Edit Color Panel. It’s standalone and from here we can select any color.
We also learnt about converting outline to object. For that we went to object and selected the option from there. Its keyboard shortcut key is Ctrl + Shift + Q. It lies right beneath Curved option.
Finally we responded to questions asked by two of our respected subscribers. Young fellows. Their questions were as under:
1) How can we integrate Photoshop and CorelDRAW and Vice Versa. Or how can we bring CorelDRAW files into Photoshop or vice versa.
2) Second question was about Circular Logo for Urdu Fonts (We talked about Urdu Font Installation and Hindi (Bhartiya 053 Font) in our previous tutorial. Please check out the following playlist to find all CorelDRAW tutorials:
We responded to both questions and discussed how we can make use of InkScape or Master Page to export an eps and use it in Photoshop.
We also experimented with Urdu Text (Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology) for circular logo.
Watch this tutorial to master color panels and create your own palettes for specific projects and clients. Please do not skip or make haste. Your freelancing or design career demands that you invest your energies in the beginning to learn this software. It’s friendly. And it’s very much like Adobe’s Illustrator a vector program.
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