Creating a metallic effect on objects and fonts using CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAIN
by Silvio Gomes
Follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to create an interesting metallic effect, bronze, on vector objects and text by combining the powerful resources of CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT.
Select the object and text to which you will apply the metallic effect (bronze), and create an outlined contour around them using the Contour tool (Toolbox > Contour).
Separate the contours of objects by right-clicking on the contours and selecting "Break contour group apart" (CTRL+K)
, and copy them to a new page (page 2)
, for future use. Keep only the main objects on page 1.
Page 2: reserve this image for future use
Page 1: Work on this image
Select only the first object (balloon). Hit F11
to open the Fountain Fill
settings, and edit the colors of the gradient as close as possible to the example below:
Repeat the action for the text or simply copy the object's properties. To do this, select the vector object (balloon), click on: Edit > Copy properties from...
and apply the same fill to the text.
Select only the vector object and convert it to a bitmap. Go to: Bitmap > Convert to bitmap
. After converting, go to: Bitmap > Edit bitmap
in order to open the image in Corel Photo-PAINT.
In PHOTO-PAINT select the object and go to: Effects > Texture > Plastic...
In "Light Color"
settings, choose a color that simulates "bronze". Adjust "Highlight", "Depth"
to your own preferences.
Select the Liquid Smear
Tool from the Toolbox
) and adjust nib size, pressure, pen pressure, etc.
In the Property Bar
With the Smear
tool active, hold down the left button and carefully drag the mouse over the light and dark areas to create tone distortions. If necessary, change the nib size and the pressure. TIP
: Drag the mouse slowly
from the darker to the lighter areas. Rub again over the affected areas to add minor corrections. Save
and go back to CorelDRAW.
Repeat steps 5 to 9
with the Text object. Save
and go back to CorelDRAW.
Go to age 2
and bring back the outline (boundary) that was reserved as shown in
Step 2. Make sure that all objects are centered by selecting the text and the balloon and pressing C on the keyboard.
Select only the boundary and apply a Drop Shadow effect (Toolbox > Drop Shadow tool). Drag a color similar to “bronze” over to the shadow to change the shadow color.
Now select the individual objects (balloon and text) and adjust the Brightness/Contrast/Intensity
. Go to: Effects > Adjust > Brightness/Contrast/Intensity
Adjust the parameters as you prefer. DONE!
Tutorial provided by Silvio Gomes, Graphic Designer and CorelDRAW Master.