Hi! Everyone, I know that I am writing an article after a long time. The reason is that I was busy in some work but now I am free for my readers. Today, I was thinking that on which topic I should write and suddenly one idea came into my mind. I thought that this is a designing blog and we can write anything related to designing. As we all know, our chief-editor Ifham Khan writes about Photoshop tutorials. That’s why I won’t write about Photoshop.
Now you must have thinking that about which thing I’ll give tutorial. Yeah you are right, it is Corel draw. You might consider that if it is about CorelDraw then it is not of my use. But, it’s not true. There are lots of Corel user in the world and I am writing tutorial for them. If you are interested then read this article otherwise you can go.
So, as this is my first tutorial. I will write about something which everyone wants to know. It’s about creating Polaroid collage in Corel draw. Some users may think that it is not possible but believe me it’s possible. You can create it in Photoshop too but I am not going to tell that because there are lots of tutorials on net about it. I want to give something different to my readers. You just have to follow some simple steps and you are done. Here we start creating Polaroid Collage in CorelDraw
Program: Corel Draw X4 (You can use other version also)
Difficulty Level: Medium
Completion Time: half an hour
Take a look at the basic elements you need to design the collage:
These will be out steps to design collage.
First of all open your CorelDraw program. Create a new file. Set the paper size to A4 and change it to landscape view.
Now we have to create our first basic element that is Polaroid boxes. For this go to your rectangular tool and create a rectangle of any size you want. Here I am using the following size.
Click on the rectangle and go to interactive contour tool. In property bar, click inside because we want to go inside. Set the contour steps to 1. And if you want then you can change the contour offset.
Now you have to do wider the contour box from below for that you have to break the contour group apart as both the boxes are grouped together. First select the contour box using pick tool and then press Ctrl + K on keyboard. You can also go to arrange on menu bar click break contour group apart. Now click on the inner contour box and make it shorter from below like this:
Color the outer box white. You can do it by clicking white color in the color box. Color the inner box with any different color. Here I am using 50% black. Group both the boxes for that press Ctrl+G or go to arrange and click group. It’ll look like this:
Like this Polaroid you have to make multiple polaroids for that select the Polaroid box using pick tool and press + on the keyboard to duplicate polaroids. Here I have duplicated it 10 times. Situate the polaroids as u want. If you want to rotate them then click on the Polaroids 2 times. And you’ll see arrows around Polaroid box you can click on them and rotate it. After situating the polaroids, to make it more attractive you can reorder the polaroids eg. If you want one of the Polaroid to move front, you just have to click on the Polaroid you want front and press shift + page up. You can do the same thing for page down. Just press shift + page down. Or else go to Arrange–>Order–> To Front Of Page or To Back Of Page.
Situate them as you want. I have situated them like below:
Now you must have thinking that my boxes don’t have outline. Don’t worry you can also do like this just select all the boxes and right click on the cross in the color box:
Yeah guys, we have created our first basic element. And you don’t have to create the second element because it’s just a photo. Now we’ll create the background. For that make a box using rectangle tool. We’ll put a texture in it. Go to Fill in the tool box and choose Texture Fill. Choose whatever texture you want or see below to make the texture like mine.
After putting texture you’ll see the background is above the Polaroid boxes so to make it behind press Shift + Page Down. Remove the outline by right clicking on the cross.
Now color the inner boxes of all Polaroids with background color by using Smart Fill tool (It is situated in the tool box). After doing this, select all the inner boxes which you’ve colored now. To select all the objects once, press Shift and keep clicking on the objects. To see how many objects you have selected look at the bottom bar. Combine them by pressing Ctrl + L on the keyboard or click on the upper combine button in the property bar.
Put the photo on the boxes in which position you want. Select the photo and go to the Effects–> Powerclip–>Place inside Container. An arrow will come click that arrow on the inner boxes. You will see the photo in the Polaroid boxes. We did this thing because we wanted to situate the photo into the boxes. If you want to edit the position of the photo then you can do this by going on Effects–>Powerclip–>Edit contents. Once you have finished, click on Finish Editing Objects.
We have not done yet. We have to apply some effects. If you look at the final result, you’ll notice drop shadow behind the boxes. Now select one of the polaroid box and go to the Interactive Drop Shadow tool in the tool box. Click on the Polaroid box and drag. Drag it in whatever position you want. You can convert it by changing the values in the property bar.
You have done the drop shadow on one box. We can do it on all boxes just by copying the effect. Click on the second box and go to Effects–>Copy Effects–>Drop Shadow From. An arrow will come. Click that arrow on the first drop shadow (Don’t click it on the Polaroid box). And you will see the same drop shadow effect on the second box. Repeat the same step for all the Polaroid boxes. And finally you will get this image:
Now we’ll add some effect to the background as you can see it in the final result. These boarders are nothing but rectangles. Yeah really, first make a rectangle fill the black color in it and click on the cross for no outline like below:
Click on the rectangle using pick tool and go to Interactive Transparency Tool in the tool box. Click on the rectangle and drag. You’ll see the transparency effect. Set it as you want. Change Transparency Operation to Multiply and Transparency Type to Linear( They are situated in the property bar).
Now for the opposite side, click on the right side rectangle and press + to duplicate it. To make it in opposite direction click Mirror horizontally in the Property Bar. And situate it on the opposite side.
You will get this image:
Repeat the same step to make the other sides’ boarder.
And after doing everything you’ll get the final image like this:
I know this tutorial was so long but the result was also amazing. You can add some other effects to make it interesting. And if you know some other techniques then don’t forget to share with us.
I’ll write some more tutorials related to CorelDraw on each Friday. So stay tuned with us. And for that I think you should Subscribe us 🙂