Welcome to the March 2015 edition
of the By Design Newsletter!

Hello loyal CorelDRAW users,

We continue to be amazed by the great designs CorelDRAW® users from around the world produce on a daily basis. This is the reason we're all so excited to introduce the 2015 CorelDRAW International Design Contest, providing all of you with an opportunity to showcase what you can do and win over $100,000 US in prizes!

We're also very happy to announce version X7 of CorelDRAW® Technical Suite (formerly known as Corel DESIGNER), enabling technical illustrators around the world to communicate visually. And with the support of 3D PDF, the latest version of out flagship technical illustration suite pushes the boundaries of how to create interactive designs.

In addition to the release of CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7, we have also released Update 4 for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7, adding new tools for Premium Members and Subscribers such as a very powerful Font list box, drop shadows with Gaussian Blur and the full integration of AfterShot, CorelDRAW Edition for a very powerful RAW workflow.

I look forward to talking with you in the CorelDRAW Community. In the meantime, happy CorelDRAWing!

Gérard Métrailler
Product Management, CorelDRAW


CorelDRAW International Design Contest is back!

Our past design contests, held in 2009, 2011 and 2013, were a huge success, so we're bringing it back. With over $100,000 US in prizes up for grabs, it's the perfect way to showcase your creativity!

The 2015 CorelDRAW International Design Contest is now open! Between March 1 and May 31, 2015, you will be able to submit your work in five different categories:

  • Advertising/Specialty Graphics: flyers, brochures, logos, signs, banners, awards, engraving and other designs related to advertising, marketing or point of purchase (POP)
  • Vehicle Wraps: designs to be used for cars, trucks, boats or other vehicles
  • Textile/Fashion Design: designs for fashion, embroidery and direct-to-garment printing
  • General Illustration & Fine Art: artistic, creative and unique designs
  • Student: designs submitted by students who are formally enrolled in an educational institution

Plus, a "bonus" category:
Speed Drawing: time-lapse videos which are sped up to show how a work was created in CorelDRAW X7 or Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7. Designs submitted in another category may also be submitted in this category.

Envision. Illustrate. Communicate. - Introducing CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7

Attention technical illustrators, technical designers, and technical graphics enthusiasts: CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 is here!

Adding the technical drawing tools of Corel DESIGNER and 3D visualization tools of Lattice3D Studio to the graphic design power of CorelDRAW, this suite is the ideal extension for those who are concerned with technical drawings, or any technical publications.

If your business is about technical design or technical communication, you can benefit from isometric drawing tools, dynamic callouts and many more precision drawing tools, including new Parallel Drawing tools. With integrated 3D visualization tools from Lattice Technology, CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7 enables direct access to 3D designs (i.e. DWG, 3DS) for creating high-quality illustrations or photo-realistic renderings from 3D.

With the new Technical Suite X7, you can publish to 3D PDF from Corel DESIGNER to generate output with all pertinent data and graphics in one document for cross-media publishing. Also, you can directly output text from Corel DESIGNER X7 to Translation Memory System (TMS), and receive translated text back into layouts to generate localized versions of your graphics to publish for a global market.

Join us for a free webinar on March 20, 2015 to learn more about CorelDRAW Technical Suite X7!

New! CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 Update 4 available now

Corel just announced the latest Update for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7. This free Update 4 is for anyone who has purchased CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 and it continues to deliver performance improvements for everyone (similar to what we previously called Service Packs). Plus, if you are a Premium Member or a Subscriber to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, you will be able to benefit from new features ahead of their general availability in the next major version of CorelDRAW. These premium features include:

If you have a free Standard Membership, in addition to the performance and stability improvements, you will benefit of some of the Font List box improvements, as well as better Wacom pen support. As always, the features introduced with updates in CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT will be available for everyone in the next major upgrade, and are available early for Premium Members and Subscribers (AfterShot will remain a Premium only feature ).

Get your Update today - simply go to Help > Check for Updates from within CorelDRAW X7 or

Meet the NEW 2015 Painter Masters!

The results are in! We have carefully hand chosen our 2015 Painter® Masters from around the world. Meet these talented illustrators, fine artists and photo artists who have excelled in their craft and risen to the top.

CorelDRAW Resources

New webinars

Mimicking embroidery and applique for t-shirts, logos and more
Join freelance graphic designer and CorelDRAW Master Richard Reilly and learn more about some of the key tools for mimicking embroidery and stitching:

  • Contours
  • Fills, using various pre-set fills and patterns,
    as well as creating custom fills and patterns
  • Artistic Media tool and Sprayers
  • Outlines, Object Manager and Layers
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Creating rapports and pattern fills using CorelDRAW and

In this webinar, CorelDRAW Master, illustrator, graphic designer and artist, Stefan Lindblad will show you how to create a repeat pattern from scratch, and how to use the new Fill features in the Object Properties Docker. You’ll also get tips on how to work on several designs simultaneously, plus learn how to edit and create patterns on the fly:

  • Create seamless patterns and Rapports
  • Increase productivity working with fashion designs simultaneously with multiple pattern designs
  • Use the Interactive Fill tool to create previews and final designs for print, textile and web
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New tutorials

How to apply a halftone effect as a photo background and other cool effects using CorelDRAW X7
In this tutorial we'll be learning how to add gradient-filled outlines, drop-shadows, object blends and a stunning halftone effect to a poster design.
Silvio Gomes is a graphic artist and advertising man since 1976. As an experienced CorelDRAW Master since March 2013, Silvio has been working as an independent professional for decades, serving customers in many industries - including pre- and/or post-printing, ads for newspapers and magazines, books and packaging etc.

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Creating a pop-art, graphical version of an original image using CorelDRAW X7 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X7
In this tutorial, we are going to take a fairly ordinary portrait and turn it into something much more modern, graphical and eye-catching. Using a selection of lenses in Corel PHOTO-PAINT, it's very simple to turn an image into a piece of pop-art. Let's show you how!

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Abstract linear shapes in CorelDRAW
The Blend tool is one of the CorelDRAW interactive tools that at first glance doesn't show its impressive versatility. However, once its potential is uncovered, it quickly becomes a favorite tool among CorelDRAW pro users.
This quick and easy tutorial presented by Anna María López López - multidisciplinary designer, founder of www.corelclub.org and author of numerous digital design books - shows examples of the creative power of this tool.

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Creating objects with volume and a 3D appearance
In this tutorial, Anna María López López will be demonstrating the power of CorelDRAW's Blend tool. Using simple objects and fountain fills, Anna will show you how to create seemingly complex objects with the appearance of volume.

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Upcoming workshops at the sign & digital show in the UK

Corel will be running a series of free workshops at the Sign & Digital UK 2015 (www.signuk.com) show on March 24-26, 2015. The Corel Theatre (stand C44) will play host to six CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 workshops each day, plus two drop-in workshops where users can bring along a project on a memory stick to get expert advice from the Corel team.

To see a detailed schedule of the day please click here


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