Corel Draw is a popular desktop publishing software package that lets you create illustrations, graphics and short documents quickly and easily. It owes much of its popularity to its easy, intuitive interface, and the fact that it's as powerful as some more expensive desktop publishing suites. One of Corel Draw's other major strengths is that it gives users considerable typographic control and the ability to apply special effects and textures to text and objects.
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Things you need
- TrueType or Open Type fonts
Launch Corel Draw. From the menu bar at the top of the application window, click "File" and select "New." A blank page will appear. Set document properties such as page size, units of measure, and any other elements you will need to create your document.
Click on the text tool from the "Tools" flyout along the left edge of the application window. This looks like a capital letter "A." Move the cursor that appears over to a specific place on the blank page. Click once on your left mouse button. The cursor will disappear and be replaced by a blinking text cursor. Type in a word or sentence.
Adjust the font style by highlighting the text you just typed and clicking on the arrow that appears next to the "Font List" menu found on the "Properties" bar. It's just below the "Workspace" bar. Drag your mouse downward until the desired typeface or font is highlighted. Click once on the desired font choice. The style of the font seen on the page will change from the existing font to the one you've chosen.
Adjust the height, or font size, by clicking on the arrow next to the "Height" menu that appears beside the "Font List" menu. Alternatively, you can type in a number to select the desired size.
Click once on the text. A series of small black boxes will appear around the text to indicate you have selected it. Click on the "Fill" tool once to open a new menu that will let you select various fill options. Select the "Texture Fill" option; a new window will appear.
Select the "Texture Library" that you want. From the list that appears in the "Texture List" window, select the texture that you want. The text you typed will be filled with the texture you selected.
Tips and warnings
- You can create custom textures using the "Text Fill" tool by changing the texture number, softness, density, grain and other choices that appear. Custom textures can be saved and stored in a custom library.
- You can also fill text with bitmaps. The bitmaps can be photographs or custom texture graphics you have created in other graphics programs.
- Applying a bevel effect to the text you have filled with a texture will cause the original texture to disappear or be altered. Other effects, such as the "Envelope" and "Contour" tools will not affect the appearance of the texture. Converting filled text to a bitmap will not affect the texture.
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