Written Tutorial CorelDRAW offers many tools and effects that you can use to create a holiday greeting card like the one above. For this project, the first step is to create the pine leaves, starting with a single pine needle. You can use the Freehand tool or the Smart Drawing tool. Next, fill the pine needle with a gradient, from dark green to medium green Figure 2b.
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Written Tutorial CorelDRAW offers many tools and effects that you can use to create a holiday greeting card like the one above. For this project, the first step is to create the pine leaves, starting with a single pine needle. You can use the Freehand tool or the Smart Drawing tool. Next, fill the pine needle with a gradient, from dark green to medium green Figure 2b. In the Object Properties dialog box, click the Fountain Fill button to display fountain fill options.
You can adjust the gradient colors by clicking the nodes above the color band and choosing a color from the Node Color picker. Select the filled pine needle to display its bounding box. Then click again to activate the rotation handles, and drag the rotation center to the bottom of the needle Figure 2c. Drag from the top of the pine needle to rotate it, and right-click while rotating to create a duplicate Figure 2d.
Figure 2 Repeat the previous step, and change the angle and size of each object Figure 3a. Then, continue adding pine needles to the cluster so that they follow an imaginary path Figure 3b. Then create a mirrored copy by holding down Ctrl, dragging the right center handle to the left of the original cluster, and right-clicking before releasing to create a copy Figure 4.
Figure 4 Move the copied cluster closer to the original cluster, so that the two clusters give the appearance of being a single pine leaf. Note: If you hold the Shift key while dragging the center-left handle, the stretch will be symmetrical. Figure 5 Draw a new pine needle and fill it with a lighter shade of green gradient. Repeat this process, without copying each needle, until you have a new cluster Figure 6a.
The varying sizes of pine needles will give the branch a more realistic appearance Figure 6b. Position the new, lighter pine needles on top of the original, darker pine needles. Now, you have a realistic branch of pine Figure 6c. Figure 6 Duplicate the branches randomly, rotating and repositioning them to create an overhanging effect. Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle tool F6 , approximately 7. Right-click the branches, and choose PowerClip Inside from the pop-up menu.
When the pointer changes to a big arrow, click the rectangle. The branches are placed inside the rectangle. You now have the frame ready Figure 7. Figure 7 The next step is to create some ornaments. Click the Ellipse tool F7 , and drag while holding down Ctrl to draw a circle.
With the circle selected, press M to apply a mesh fill. Drag colors onto the object, and release when you reach an intersection point in the mesh grid Figure 8. Figure 8 Duplicate the filled object, adjust the mesh inside the object, and then add transparency on some nodes. For this step, you can select nodes randomly and adjust the Transparency slider on the property bar. The idea is to create an irregular fill Figure 9.
Figure 9 You can combine several circles to create the desired effect see Figure Figure 10 Next, draw the loop and the stem for the top of the ornament. For the stem, you can use a rectangle and convert it to curves. Then curve the top and bottom sides, or add an envelope. When finished, add a gradient, such as one of the Metal presets from the Fill picker inFill section of the Object Properties dialog box Figure Figure 11 The next step is to alternate the colors of the ornaments.
Rather than individually edit each mesh fill, you can create a new circle on top of the ornament that you want to change. Then click the Transparency tool, choose Color from the Merge Mode list box on the property bar, and pick a new color from a color palette.
You can experiment with other transparency modes and colors to create different effects Figure Choose Wingdings from the Font list box, and scroll through the icons until you find the snowflake. Drag the snowflake icon from the docker to the drawing window. You can use the Envelope tool to adapt the snowflake to the shape of the ornament Figure Figure 14 Next, add some ornaments to the framed pine branches.
You will need to draw some lines to link the ornaments with the branches Figure Figure 15 At this point, you can add a background for the framed design.
Once again, a mesh fill will provide better results, although you could also use a fountain fill or other fills. You can choose any color for the background. By using a mesh fill, you can create custom gradients, with dark edges and a lighter center Figure Figure 16 To add a snow effect to the background, you can create a white circle. Then, use the Drop Shadow tool to apply a white drop shadow centered on the circle.
Figure 17 You can now duplicate the translucent object randomly, changing the size and position of the circles to create a blurry snowdrop background Figure Figure 18 Next, you need to add the background to the framed design, adjusting the size, order, and number of circles to create either a snow landscape or a blurred background.
The background can be as simple or as complex as you want. The only limit is your imagination Figure Figure 19 The final step is to add the text for your greeting, and then print your cards. Happy Holidays! Figure 20 We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. Download your FREE day trial for Windows or Mac and break down creative barriers with the new collaboration tools, variable fonts, AI-based effects and image enhancements, and much more.
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