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This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer using the Professional Graphic Design Application - Corel Draw.

Corel Draw 12 Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer
Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer

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Steps

01: Document Setup
02: Margins
03: Insert Oval
04: Fountain Fill
05: Fountain Fill Gradient Settings
06: Edit Oval Outline
07: Royalty Free Image
08: Import & Resize Image
09: Mirror Image
10: Free Fonts
11: Insert Text on Path
12: Format Text
13: Adjust Path Settings
14: Adjust Upside Down Text
15: Apply Gradient Fill to Text
16: Interactive Drop Shadow Tool
17: Drop Shadow Presets
18: Drop Shadow Settings
19: Feathering Direction
20: Insert & Format Text
21: Save File

Step 01: Document Setup

Corel Draw 12 Menu Bar
Corel Draw 12 Menu Bar
After opening Corel Draw on your machine, go to the Menu Bar and select File > New. A blank document will appear.

Corel Draw 12 Property Bar
Corel Draw 12 Property Bar
You will also notice the Property Bar above.

Here you can adjust the Paper/Size Type to Letter 8.5" x 11" and the Orientation to Portrait.


Step 02: Margins

Corel Draw 12 Layout Menu Page Setup
Corel Draw 12 Layout Menu Page Setup
To set Margins, go to the Layout Menu > Page Setup.








Corel Draw 12 Options Window
Corel Draw 12 Options Window

This will open the Options Window.

Double click on Guidelines to the left.


















Corel Draw 12 Guidelines Presets
Corel Draw 12 Guidelines Presets
Corel Draw 12 Options
Corel Draw 12 Options

Under Guidelines, select Presets.

Corel Draw 12 User Defined Presets Window
Corel Draw 12 User Defined Presets Window
This open the Presets Window where you will select User Defined Presets.

Select Margins.

Set Top and Left to "0.3" inches, then check the Mirror Margins Box.

Click Ok.


Step 03: Insert Oval

On the Toolbox to the left of the screen, select the Ellipse Tool.
Corel Draw Ellipse Tool
Corel Draw 12
Ellipse Tool
Corel Draw Oval
Corel Draw 12 Oval


Draw an Oval that takes up most of the page.

8 Black Squares appear around the Oval when it is selected.



Step 04: Fountain Fill

Corel Draw Fountain Fill Menu Bar
Corel Draw 12 Fountain Fill Menu Bar
Hold your mouse down over the Black Arrow on the right of the Fill Tool on the Toolbox.

This will expand the menu to reveal these icons: Fill Color Diaglog, Fountain Fill Dialog, Pattern Fill Dialog, Texture Fill Dialog, PostScript Fill Dialog, No Fill and the Color Docker Window.

Select the Fountain Fill Dialog.

This will open the Fountain Fill Window.


Step 05: Fountain Fill Gradient Settings

Corel Draw Fountain Fill Window
Corel Draw 12 Fountain Fill Window
Set Type to Linear and Angle to 50.

In the Color Blend Section select Custom.

Corel Draw Gradient Color Bar
Corel Draw 12
Gradient Color Bar
Notice above the Gradient Color Bar there are 2 Squares, 1 Black and 1 White.

Corel Draw Color Swatch
Corel Draw 12 Color Swatch
Select the Black Square and then click on Yellow from the Color Swatches.





Corel Draw Current Color
Corel Draw 12
Current Color
This changes the Current Color for the Black Square to Yellow.



Corel Draw Gradient Color Bar Yellow

Corel Draw 12 Gradient Color Bar Yellow
Notice the change to the Gradient Color Bar.

Next select the White Square above the bar, and click on the Yellow Color Swatch again.


Corel Draw Color Bar Yellow
Corel Draw 12 Color Bar Yellow
The Gradient Color Bar is just plain Yellow since we picked the same color for both sides.

Now we will add another color.

Corel Draw Insert Gradient Color
Corel Draw 12 Insert Gradient Color
Clicking once between the Black and White Square, will reveal the area where you can insert a New Gradient Color.

Corel Draw Insert Gradient Color Triangle
Corel Draw 12 Insert Gradient Color Triangle
Double click about 1/3 of the way in, to reveal a Black Triangle.




Then click on the White Color Swatch.
Corel Draw Yellow White Gradient
Corel Draw 12 Yellow White Gradient






Corel Draw Yellow White Gradient
Corel Draw 12 Yellow White Gradient
Repeat this step 2/3 of the way in, and select the White Color Swatch.

Then click OK.



Corel Draw Gradient Filled Oval
Corel Draw 12 Gradient Filled Oval
You should have a Gradient Filled Oval.


Step 06: Edit Oval Outline

To remove the Oval's Outline, select it using the Pick Tool.
Corel Draw Select Tool
Corel Draw 12
Select Tool


Corel Draw Property Bar Ellipse
Corel Draw 12 Property Bar Ellipse
Then go up to the Property Bar: Ellipse and select the Down Arrow to the right of Hairline to reveal a drop down menu.

Corel Draw Outline Menu
Corel Draw 12
Outline Menu
Select None.

Corel Draw Gradient Filled Oval with No Outline
Corel Draw 12 Gradient Filled Oval
With No Outline
The Gradient Filled Oval will now have No Outline and should look like this:



Step 07: Royalty Free Image

Bride White Dress Clip Art
Corel Draw X6 New Product Flyer

Clip Art - Bride White Dress The Bridal Image for this Corel Draw Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer Tutorial was downloaded from Clker.

This site hosts thousands of Royalty Free Vector Clip Art for Download. All images are Free for both Commercial and Personal use.

The Image is Bride White Dress.

Once your image has downloaded, you will need to place it into the flyer.


Step 08: Import & Resize Image

Corel Draw File Import
Corel Draw 12 File Import
Go to File > Import.

This will open the Import Window.

Corel Draw Import Window
Corel Draw 12 Import Window


Locate your file and select the Import Button on the bottom right of the window.

Corel Draw Image Name
Corel Draw 12 Image Name
You will see the Image Name along with some more details about the image next to your cursor.

Click anywhere on the screen to place the image.

Corel Draw Object Size
Corel Draw 12
Object Size
Once the image is placed, proceed to the Property Bar to set the Object Size.

Set Width to 3.8" and Height to 6.6".


Step 09: Mirror Image

Corel Draw Image Facing Left
Corel Draw 12 Image Facing Left
Next we will Mirror the Image so that it faces the opposite direction.

The reason for this is that we're able to get better use of the canvas in regards to the layout of text for this Bridal Flyer.

On the Property Bar you will see the Mirror Buttons.
Corel Draw Mirror Buttons
Corel Draw 12
Mirror Buttons


Select the Top Mirror Button.
Corel Draw Image Facing Right
Corel Draw 12 Image Facing Right


Make sure to move the Image into to desired position on the flyer.


Step 10: Free Fonts

Next we can start adding text to the Flyer.

Advert Font
Advert Font
For the Bridal Flyer Title, the Font used is Advert by Richard Mueller, which was downloaded from FontFreak.com.

The Advert Font works well for the Title as it is a bold Font that stands out from the rest of the text on the flyer. I stressed this in my blog post on Basic Flyer Design Principles.

This Bridal Pageant Boutique Flyer was originally created a few years ago as you can see from the Microsoft Word version of the tutorial. At that time the Segoe Print Font was free for download but this has since changed. You must purchase this Font to use it.

Gabrielle Font
Gabrielle Font
So the Font I've chosen to replace Segoe Print is Gabrielle which was downloaded from FontFreak.com and designed by Dieter Steffmann. So the lesson here is always check a Font's License before using it.

(Note for a newly downloaded Font to be usable on your machine, you must first install it. Any Font installed while Corel Draw is open, will not be visible in the Font List. To correct this, you must first restart the Corel Draw program after Font(s) installation.) For more information on Fonts and how to properly install them, visit the FlyerTutor Blog.


Step 11: Insert Text on Path

Select the Text Tool from the Tool Box located to the Left of the screen.
Corel Draw 12 Text Tool Icon
Corel Draw 12
Text Tool Icon


Corel Draw Cursor For Text On Path
Corel Draw 12
Cursor For
Text On Path
Move the cursor over the edge of the Gradient Filled Oval. Notice that the Cursor will change from a Plus Sign to an I that's next to an A above some sort of Curve.

Corel Draw Displaced Text On Path
Corel Draw 12 Displaced Text On Path
Click once and start typing the Bridal Flyer Title.

It should follow the Path on the Oval.

You can immediately see that the Text does not go where you want it to be.