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Corel Draw X8 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer 3 Tutorial


This tutorial gives the illustrated step by step instructions to create a Christmas Toy Drive Flyer 3 using the Professional Graphic Design Application - Corel Draw X8.

Corel Draw X8 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer 3
Corel Draw X8 Christmas Toy Drive Flyer 3

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Steps


01: Document Setup
02: Convert to Curves
03: Add & Delete Nodes
04: Set Object Size
05: Create Duplicates
06: Free Rotate Shape
07: Adjust Nodes
08: Apply Gradient Fill
09: Insert Ellipse
10: Insert Spiral
11: Create Glow - Gaussian Blur
12: Insert Star
13: Free Vector Clip Art
14: Import Image
15: Free Fonts
16: Insert Text
17: Add Drop Shadow
18: Line Spacing & Alignment
19: Add Remaining Text
20: Insert SVG File
21: Save File

Step 01: Document Setup

Upon opening Corel Draw X8, you will be greeted with a Welcome Screen.
Corel Draw X8 Welcome Screen
Corel Draw X8 Welcome Screen

Select New Document. This opens the Create a New Document Window.

Corel Draw X8 New Document Window
Corel Draw X8 New Document Window

Here, make sure that the Settings are set to Size Letter. Let's work with CMYK Colors instead of RGB this time. Create OK to create your Blank Document.

Let's begin creating this Christmas Toy Drive Flyer.



Step 02: Convert to Curves

Creating the Background for this Flyer will be a bit more complicated than some of the easier tutorials we have done with Corel Draw (Easter Egg Hunt Flyer, Florist Flyer, Fall Fest Flyer, etc).

The result will be worth all of the effort.

Corel Draw X8 Toolbox
Corel Draw X8 Toolbox
To the Left of the Screen you will see the Toolbox. Select the Rectangle Tool.
Corel Draw X8 Rectangle Tool
Corel Draw X8 Rectangle Tool




Corel Draw X8 Toolbox Rectangle
Corel Draw X8 Rectangle
While holding down your mouse button, drag and draw a Rectangle on the Page. Notice the 8 Black Handles around the Shape.

The 4 Handles in each corner are for Scaling the Shape. The 4 Remaining Handles are for Stretching the Shape.

From the Object Menu, select Convert to Curves.

Corel Draw X8 Object Menu Convert to Curves
Corel Draw X8 Object Menu Convert to Curves



Step 03: Add & Delete Nodes

Corel Draw X8 Shape Tool
Corel Draw X8 Shape Tool
Next, select the Shape Tool from the Toolbox. This Tool allows you to Edit an Object or Text by Manipulating its Nodes.

Corel Draw X8 Nodes
Corel Draw X8 Nodes
Notice the Tiny Nodes at the 4 Corners of the Rectangle.

Corel Draw X8 Selected Node
Corel Draw X8 Selected Node
Select the Top Right Node. The selected Node will have a Blue Filled Square over it.

Corel Draw X8 Add Nodes Icon
Corel Draw X8 Add Nodes Icon
From the Property Bar, click the Add Nodes Icon to add a Node to the Center of the Line Segment that comes before the Node.

Corel Draw X8 Added Node
Corel Draw X8 Added Node
A Node will be added to the Center of this Line Segment. Click in any White Area to deselect both Nodes.

Corel Draw X8 Selected Nodes
Corel Draw X8 Selected Nodes
Then while holding down the Ctrl Key, select the 2 Outer Nodes.

Corel Draw X8 Delete Nodes Icon
Corel Draw X8 Delete Nodes Icon
On the Property Bar, select theDelete Nodes Icon.

Corel Draw X8 Shape With Deleted Nodes
Corel Draw X8 Shape With Deleted Nodes
The resulting Shape is a Triangle.


Step 04: Set Object Size

Corel Draw X8 Pick Tool
Corel Draw X8 Pick Tool
Select the Pick Tool from the Toolbox. Notice the Property Bar has changed.

Corel Draw X8 Object Size
Corel Draw X8 Object Size
Set the Object Size to Width 1.5 Inches and Height to 4.75 Inches, and hit your Enter Key.

Drag the Triangle to the bottom of the Page.

Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Object Size
Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Object Size



Step 05: Create Duplicates

We need to have 12 of these Shapes. So let's make 11 Duplicates of the Original Shape. With the Triangle selected, while holding down the Ctrl Key on your keyboard, hit the D Key as well.

This brings up the Duplicate Offset Window.

Corel Draw X8 Default Offset Window
Corel Draw X8 Default Offset Window
You can leave the Default Settings and click OK.

Corel Draw X8 Duplicate Shape
Corel Draw X8 Duplicate Shape
Your Duplicate will be added to the Page.

Now create 10 more Duplicates by hitting these 2 Keys 10 Times.

Corel Draw X8 Multiple Duplicates
Corel Draw X8 Multiple Duplicates

Next we'll move these Duplicates into position on the Flyer.



Step 06: Free Rotate Shape

Corel Draw X8 Shape With Rotation Handles
Corel Draw X8 Shape With Rotation Handles
After selecting a chosen Shape with the Pick Tool, click over the Shape again to change the Resizing Handles to Rotation Handles.

Corel Draw X8 Free Rotated Shape
Corel Draw X8 Free Rotated Shape
Move your cursor over one of the Corner Handles, and with your mouse button down, drag to the Left or Right to Rotate the Top of the Triangle to the Center of the Flyer.

Proceed to do this for all of the other Shapes until they have all formed a Circular Pattern on the Page. It does look messy, but we will make adjustments.

Corel Draw X8 Duplicate Pattern
Corel Draw X8 Duplicate Pattern



Step 07: Adjust Nodes

Corel Draw X8 Shape Before Adjustment
Corel Draw X8 Shape Before Adjustment
Click the Shape Tool and select the Triangle in the upper Left corner of the Flyer. Select a Node and drag it to the edge of the Page which moves the Shape's Line Segment.

Corel Draw X8 Nodes Moved
Corel Draw X8 Nodes Moved
Use the Guides to align the Lines to the Page Border. You can also use your Arrow Keys to Drag a Selected Node.

Corel Draw X8 Added Center Node
Corel Draw X8 Added Center Node
Select the Node on the Right of this Shape and Add a New Node, which Adds the Node to the Center of this Line Segment. Click in any White Area to Deselect the Node.

Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Shape
Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Shape
Next select the Center Node and drag it to the corner of the Page.

Repeat this for the remaining Corners of the Flyer.
Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Corners
Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Corners

Proceed to make changes to the other Shapes, Free Rotating if necessary.

Now you should have Shapes that somewhat resemble this.

Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Custom Shapes
Corel Draw X8 Adjusted Custom Shapes