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How To Create Blends in Corel Draw

The Blend Tool is used to Blend 2 Objects together.

Corel Draw Ellipse Tool
Corel Draw
Ellipse Tool
Corel Draw Rectangle Tool
Corel Draw
Rectangle
Tool
Corel Draw Circle and Square
Corel Draw Circle and Square
Start off by putting 2 Shapes on the page. Add a Rectangle and a Circle, using the Rectangle Tool and Ellipse Tool.





Corel Draw Color Palette
Corel
Draw
Color
Palette
Add a different Fill Color to each Shape. First select the Rectangle and click a Color on the Color Palette located on the Left of the Screen.

Corel Draw Circle and Square Fill Color
Corel Draw Circle and Square Fill Color
Repeat for the Circle, choosing a different Color.








Move your cursor over the Drop Shadow Tool on the Toolbox.
Corel Draw Drop Shadow Tool
Corel Draw
Drop Shadow
Tool


Corel Draw Blend Icon
Corel Draw Blend Icon
Click the Black Arrow on the Right of this Icon to open a Flyout Menu.

Select Blend.

Move your cursor over any one of the Shapes, hold down your mouse button and drag to the next Shape.
Corel Draw Blended Shape
Corel Draw Blended Shape


You have a Blended Shape.






Corel Draw Blend Freehand Path
Corel Draw Blend Freehand Path
If you want to create your own Freehand Path for the Blend, hold down your Alt Key while making the Blend.

The Blend with follow the Path that you've drawn.

Corel Draw Slider
Corel Draw
Slider
This is the Slider.

Move this Slider to the Left or Right to adjust the Color Progression from Start to End and also the Distance between Shapes in the Blend.



Corel Draw Slider Moved Left
Corel Draw Slider Moved Left
See the Progression of Color changes to be more Blue if the Slider is moved to the Left.
Corel Draw Slider Moved Right
Corel Draw Slider Moved Right


Here more Orange is seen as the Slider is moved to the Right.



Corel Draw Blend Color Change
Corel Draw Blend Color Change
If you want to change the Start Color of the Blend, select a Color from the Color Palette and drag to the White Square Handle located in the Middle of the Circle.






Corel Draw Blend 2 Sliders
Corel Draw Blend 2 Sliders
If you want to adjust an individual piece of the Blend, doulble click over that piece, and drag the Slider that appears.

You can clearly see 2 Sliders now, one is Green and the other is Red. Drag the new one Left or Right to make the adjustment.
Corel Draw Adjusted Blend
Corel Draw Adjusted Blend










You can now adjust the location of all 3 Handles of the Blend.
Corel Draw Move Back Handle
Corel Draw Move Back Handle
Corel Draw Move Middle Handle
Corel Draw Move Middle Handle
Corel Draw Move Front Handle
Corel Draw Move Front Handle










Corel Draw Blend Property Bar
Corel Draw Blend Property Bar
You can further manipulate the Blend by using the Blend Property Bar.

Corel Draw Blend Presets
Corel Draw
Blend Presets
Check out the Presets. Hit the Drop Down Arrow and choose an Option to see how it changes your Blend.
Corel Draw Straight 8 Step Blend
Corel Draw Straight 8 Step Blend
Corel Draw Straight 10 Step Blend
Corel Draw Straight 10 Step Blend
Corel Draw Straight 20 Decel Blend
Corel Draw Straight 20 Decel Blend
Corel Draw Rotation 90 Degree Blend
Corel Draw Rotation 90 Degree Blend
Corel Draw Loop Blend
Corel Draw Loop Blend
















All the Blends done so far, have been Direct Blends because there is a Direct Color Progression.

Corel Draw Direct Blend Icon
Corel Draw
Direct Blend
Icon
This is the Direct Blend Icon.

Corel Draw Clockwise Blend Icon
Corel Draw
Clockwise
Blend Icon
Selecting the Clockwise Blend Icon will create a Clockwise Progression through the Color Spectrum.

Corel Draw Clockwise Blend
Corel Draw Clockwise Blend
Here's the effect on the Blend.








Corel Draw Counterclockwise Blend Icon
Corel Draw
Counterclockwise
Blend Icon
Whereas, selecting the Counterclockwise Blend Icon will create a Counterclockwise Progression through the Color Spectrum.

Corel Draw Counterclockwise Blend
Corel Draw Counterclockwise Blend
Here's the effect on the Blend.

Play around with the Property Bar and discover all you can do with Blending.





Here are some practical examples of the Blend Tool.
Corel Draw Blend Background
Corel Draw Blend Background
Corel Draw Blend Logo
Corel Draw Blend Logo
Corel Draw Blend Text
Corel Draw Blend Text


How To Create Your Own Contours with Corel Draw

Corel Draw Toolbox
Corel
Draw
Toolbox
Corel Draw Rectangle Tool
Corel Draw
Rectangle
Tool
Let's start by adding a Rectangle on the page. Select the Rectangle Tool from the Toolbox and draw.

Corel Draw Color Palette
Corel
Draw
Color
Palette
Corel Draw Blue Rectangle
Corel Draw Blue Rectangle
Select any Color on the Color Palette to set the Fill of the Rectangle.

Corel Draw Drop Shadow Tool
Corel Draw
Drop Shadow
Tool
Move your cursor over the Drop Shadow Tool on the Toolbox.



Corel Draw Contour Icon
Corel Draw Contour Icon
Click the Black Arrow on the Right of this Icon to open a Flyout Menu.

Select Contour.




Click on the Rectangle and Drag towards the Center, then release.

Corel Draw Inside Contour Applied
Corel Draw
Inside Contour Applied
An Inside Contour with Linear Colors will be applied to the Shape.

Corel Draw Outside Contour Applied
Corel Draw Outside Contour Applied
The Reverse of this would be to Drag Outward in order to create an Outside Contour.









Corel Draw Change Contour Fill
Corel Draw
Change Contour Fill
To change the Fill Color of the Contour, drag a Color of your choosing to the Square Handle and release.

Corel Draw Change Contour Outline
Corel Draw
Change Contour Outline
To change the Outline Color of the Contour, drag a Color of your choosing over the Diamond Handle and release.

Corel Draw Contour with 4 Steps
Corel Draw Contour with 4 Steps
Notice this Contour has about 4 Steps.

To adjust the Number of Steps, move the White Slider.




Corel Draw Contour Move Slider
Corel Draw
Contour Move Slider
Moving towards the Center creates more Steps for the Inside Contour.









Corel Draw Contour Property Bar
Corel Draw Contour Property Bar
You can make further adjustments on the Property Toolbar.

Corel Draw Contour with Decreased Offset
Corel Draw Contour
with Decreased Offset
Here's a Contour with decreased Offset.

Corel Draw Contour Colors Icon
Corel Draw
Contour
Colors Icon
Adjust the Contour Color Progression by clicking its Icon on the Property Bar.

Corel Draw Contour Colors Menu
Corel Draw Contour Colors Menu
Clicking this Icon will open a drop down menu.




Here's the same Shape with Clockwise Contour Colors applied.
Corel Draw Clockwise Contour Colors
Corel Draw Clockwise
Contour Colors


Corel Draw Counterclockwise Contour Colors
Corel Draw Counterclockwise
Contour Colors
Here's the same Shape with Counterclockwise Contour Colors.





And finally have a look at some practical examples of Contours.

Corel Draw Contour Applied to Star
Corel Draw Contour
Applied to Star
Corel Draw Contour Applied to Letter
Corel Draw Contour
Applied to Letter
Corel Draw Contour Applied to Custom Shape
Corel Draw Contour
Applied to Custom Shape


How To Import an Image/Graphic in Corel Draw

Corel Draw File Menu Import
Corel Draw File Menu Import
Go up to the Menu Bar and select File > Import.
Corel Draw Import Window
Corel Draw Import Window


This will open the Import Window where you can select your image and then click on the Import button in the bottom right.

Corel Draw Image Name
Corel Draw Image Name
The Name of the file that you've selected will then appear on the screen.

Drag the cursor over your page and click on the mouse button to place in the desired location.

Corel Draw Image Placed
Corel Draw Image Placed
Your Image will appear with 8 Black Resizing Handles around it.


How To Free Rotate An Object in Corel Draw

Corel Draw Image with Rotation Arrows
Corel Draw Image
with Rotation Arrows
Select the object by clicking on it. Clicking one more time will change the 8 Resizing Handles surrounding the Image to 8 Rotation Arrows.

4 Arrows in each corner will be for Rotation and the other 4 Arrows will be for Skewing (Slanting) the object.

To Free Rotate, move the cursor over 1 of the Rotation Arrows.
The cursor will change to a Rotation Handle.

Corel Draw Image Rotated Counterclockwise
Corel Draw
Image Rotated
Counterclockwise
Hold down your mouse button and move in a Clockwise or Counterclockwise direction.

Corel Draw Image Rotated Clockwise
Corel Draw Image
Rotated Clockwise
Then you will have a Rotated Object or Image as the case may be.


How To Rotate An Object to a Specified Degree using Corel Draw

Corel Draw Selected Image
Corel Draw
Selected Image
Select your Image / Object.

Corel Draw Property Bar
Corel Draw Property Bar
You will notice that the Property Bar changes.

Corel Draw Rotation Box
Corel Draw
Rotation Box
To change the Angle of Rotation, type in the desired Degree in the box on the right side of the Rotation Arrow.

Click anywhere on the screen and the Image will Rotate.
Corel Draw Image Rotated Clockwise
Corel Draw
Image Rotated
Clockwise

Remember if you need your object to be rotated in a Clockwise direction your Angle must be Negative (i.e. -45 deg).
Corel Draw Image Rotated Counterclockwise
Corel Draw
Image Rotated
Counterclockwise

To rotate in a Counter
clockwise
direction, then your Angle must be Positive (i.e. 45 deg).


How To Create Duplicates in Corel Draw

1. Draw a Rectangle on the page using the Rectangle Tool.
Corel Draw Rectangle Tool
Corel Draw
Rectangle
Tool
Corel Draw Rectangle
Corel Draw
Rectangle


Corel Draw Edit Menu Duplicate
Corel Draw Edit Menu Duplicate
To Duplicate this Rectangle, go to the Menu Bar and select Edit > Duplicate.




















Corel Draw Duplicate Offset Window
Corel Draw Duplicate Offset Window

When you Duplicate objects for the first time in the Corel Draw Program, the Duplicate Offset Window appears.

It is used to specify the Distance between the Original and Duplicate Object. Offset Values of 0 will place the Duplicate directly above the Original.

Define the Offset and click OK.

Corel Draw Duplicate Rectangle
Corel Draw
Duplicate Rectangle
A Duplicate will appear above the Original.








Corel Draw Ellipse Tool
Corel Draw
Ellipse
Tool
2. Another way to Duplicate would be to use Shortcut Keys. Draw a Circle on the page using the Ellipse Tool.
Corel Draw Ellipse
Corel Draw Ellipse


Simply select the Object you wish to Duplicate, then hold down the Ctrl and D Keys together.
Corel Draw Duplicate Ellipse
Corel Draw
Duplicate Ellipse


The Duplicate will be placed above the Original.








Corel Draw Polygon Tool
Corel Draw
Polygon
Tool
3. Draw a Polygon on the page using the Polygon Tool.
Corel Draw Polygon
Corel Draw Polygon


You can create a Duplicate of this shape by holding down your Left Mouse button over the Polygon and drag away from the Original Shape in any direction. Without releasing the Left Mouse button, also click the Right Mouse button, then release both.

Corel Draw Polygon Duplicate
Corel Draw
Polygon Duplicate
A Duplicate will be created.









4. Then there's the simple Copy and Paste solution.

Corel Draw Copy Icon
Corel Draw
Copy Icon
Select the Shape you wish to Duplicate, and on the Standard Bar, select the Copy Icon.

Corel Draw Paste Icon
Corel Draw
Paste Icon
Then select the Paste Icon.

A Duplicate shape will appear.
Corel Draw Duplicate Paste
Corel Draw Duplicate Paste









5. Using the Right Mouse button, drag the Shape you wish to Duplicate.

Corel Draw Copy Here
Corel Draw Copy Here
A menu appears from which you should select Copy Here.

A Duplicate will appear on the page.




Corel Draw Duplicates
Corel Draw Duplicates
6. A very quick way is to select the shape you wish to Duplicate and then hit the + Sign of your Numeric Keypad.

This will create 1 Duplicate.