A Letterville Step By Step
Creating 3D effects using Corel 10 and EyeCandy 4000

By Glenn Taylor

How to put them together for effective and unique signage.  

The following assumes a certain level of knowledge in using Corel Draw and Corel Photo Paint.  All objects and bitmap images are at 100% size and at 125 DPI.  With thermal printing on a 300dpi print head, a higher DPI count is unnecessary and ineffective.

Client: Pete's Auto Body

Premise: Client wants a set of magnetic signs that don't look like the typical magnetic.

1)  Create each of the basic shapes and/or elements that will be used for the sign in Corel Draw.  


 2)  Select an object and give it a fill (I use black) and make sure all strokes are turned off.


 3)  Click "Copy".

4)  After making a mental note of the overall size of the object, open Corel Photo paint.


 5)  Open a new page.


 6)  When you open a new page, Corel PhotoPaint will ask you for some parameters.  In this case, Color Mode is set for RGB; No Background is turned on; and the page size is made a little larger than the object you will be pasting in.



 7)  With the new page zoomed to "Fit to Page", click Paste to bring in the ojbect from Corel Draw.  Center the object by pressing Crl+A and selecting "Center of Page".


 8)  Using the "Paint Bucket", give the object the color fill of your choice.  

 9)  Next, you will want to give the object a texture or "Noise".   I have found that adding "noise" helps to add character and personality to an object.  Also, it helps to hide or mask printing imperfections that can happen during the printing process.

  10 )  Now we want to put the "Chrome Border" around the object.  This is where EyeCandy 4000 really shines.  Go to the Effects pull-down menu and select EyeCandy 4000 / Chrome. 



  Under the Settings pull down, select Chrome Border.



  As with all things in EyeCandy 4000, all of the effects can be changed to fit your needs quite easily.  However, in this case, we will use the default settings.   Click Ok.


11)  Once the object is the way you want it, save it in PhotoPaint's native file format - CPT.  From Corel Draw, import the new bitmap image.



12)  Repeat the previous steps with each of design elements.  After giving each element its respective color fill and noise, some will use EyeCandy 4000's Chrome filter and others will uses its "Bevel Boss" filter.



13)  After creating all of the necessary design elements, its time to put all the pieces together.  I use the original wire image as the template. 


14)  You may find some of the elements are too dark or the wrong shade of color.  This can be corrected from inside Corel Draw without going back into PhotoPaint. 


15)  Next, you will want to use Corel Draw's "Interactive Shadow" tool to create a photo realistic shadow.



16)  At this point, you will want to go through and tweak the various objects to your satisfaction.


17)  Once you are satisfied, select all of the bitmap images and go "Bitmaps" pull-down menu and click on "Convert to Bitmap."  This will combine all of the elements into a single bitmap.


Now you are ready for printing.


18)  For those with digital printers that have contour cutting capabilities, don't forget the original vectored design elements.  These can be welded together and used as the tool path for your plotter. 


You are now ready to send the bitmap image to your digital printer.  I recommend exporting the bitmap image as either a TIF or a BMP (rgb) file.  A JPG format will lose some color information and is not recommended.




Glenn Taylor
Taylor Graphics
619 Park Ave.,
Wilson, North Carolina


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