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CorelDRAW Help the entrepreneurialmagazine forCorelDRAW users worldwideDecember 2019INSIDE:Self-Employed:Disruption 101Using CorelDRAW:Mesh FillsCorelDRAW Tips:CreatingSymmetryCorel Tutorial:Using theTransparency ToolConversations withSanta-Part 4Marketing Secrets:Business ReflectionsWellness at Work:Strengthening theImmune SystemPublished by the Association of CorelDRAW Professionals (ACDRP) / www.coreldrawhelp.comCONTENTSnextfull screen

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CorelDRAW Helplearn!contentsDecember 2019apply!build!SPONSOR INDEXClick “Web” to go to sponsor’s website.Click “Ad” to go to the ad in this issue.Clicking the ad itself will go to website.33 Conversations with Santa 4:Wrap-Up8 Using CorelDRAW:Mesh Fillsby John McDanielby John MiseMagazine SponsorsLogo-LinksOnline Expo SponsorsLogo-LinksConde Inc.WebEpilog Laser Corp. 1WebAdEpilog Laser Corp. 2WebAd17 Top Products of the YearJohnson Plastics 1WebAdby Mike NeerJohnson Plastics 2WebAd34 Marketing Secrets:Business ReflectionsLaserSketch 1WebAdLaserSketch 2WebAdRowmark Inc.WebTrotec LaserWebby Donna Gray10 CorelDRAW Tips:Creating Symmetry withCorelDRAW31 Self-Employed:Disruption 101 -- Global, Pt. 213 Corel Tutorial:How to Use theTransparency Toolby John McDaniel36 Wellness at WorkTune-Up your Immune Systemby Mike Neer7 Featured Products:Showcase of unique products fromour sponsorsDEPARTMENTS4Inside:Thanks for the Memories6CorelDRAW Help Graphics News WireProduct News HeadlinesDecember 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.30 Product FocusSignage ProductsSPONSORS33 Logo-LinksCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen3

CorelDRAW HelpInside December 2019Editor / Publisher – Michael R. Neermikeneer@coreldrawhelp.comGraphics – John MiseADVERTISING – Mike embership & Publishing offices located at:4549 N. Glenn, Suite 110,Fresno, CA 93704559-479-2160 Fax whelp.comSubscriptions: Free to qualified individuals andbusinesses. Send change of address to the above.ACDRP Membership: Basic 60/yr.; Premium 120/yr.See the website for details.Advertising: Request a Media Guide or downloadit from CorelDRAWHelp accepts articles fromindustry experts. Email publisher for details. Copyright 2019 by ACDRP.All Rights Reserved.Published by Association ofCorelDRAW ProfessionalsPresident: John H. McDanielVice President: Judith McDanielExecutive Director: Michael R. NeerACDRP Corporate Office: Philomath, ORCorelDRAW Help By Mike Neer,PublisherCorelDRAW Help Thanks for the MemoriesThis is my last column for CorelDRAWHelp Magazine. As Imentioned last month, I am retiring as publisher to work on mynovels. I have published two novels so far, and the second onereceived a silver medal in the children’s fables category. Each ofthem has multiple sequels in the planning stages. If you want tofollow my writing, visit or view books by M.R.Neer on Amazon or other online booksellers.The JourneyIt’s been quite a journey writing for this industry for the last 40years. It all started in 1979, when my father, Don L. Neer, askedme to help edit The Trophy Dealer publication for a smallassociation he was managing called the Trophy Dealers ofAmerica. I taught English at local high schools and edited in myspare time. By 1982, the association had grown to where theyneeded a full-time editor of TDMA News.In 1986, I moved to Washington D.C. and served as a free-lancereporter for the magazine. I traveled the East Coast visitingsome wonderful retailers and manufacturers. I recall doingstories on Antares Instruments, Garden Spot Badge Co., AwardsEtc/Yarborough Time, Liberty Supply, Rocky Mount Woods,Contemporary Plaques, Nash Industries, Classic Medallics, andmany others.In 1988, my first son was born, and we moved back to Fresnoin 1989 to be with family. I took on the role of Education Directorfor the awards association, contributing articles as needed. In1993, my brother Steve and I formed the Personalization andIdentification Association and published P&I News while alsoorganizing many Embassy Suites trade shows around the country.This is where we first teamed up with John and Judy McDanielwho presented CorelDRAW seminars for us at the shows.About 2001, we transformed the tabloid P&I publication into aslick magazine called Recognition Pro, which shortly thereafterbecame Graphics Pro. We featured cover stories about the proswho were running professional retail award and gift businessesDecember 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.around the country. We also started publishing an Enews forsublimation and laser users.In 2006, my brother Steve moved into the warehouse businessfor R.S. Owens & General Awards, while I formed a partnershipwith the McDaniels. We transformed the publication onceagain. This time we got the blessing of Corel Corp., the defactostandard software for the graphic products industry, and formedCorelDRAWHelp magazine. We also pioneered an all-digitalmagazine, expanding our reach to 8,000 CorelDRAW users inmore than 70 countries.We also set up the Association of CorelDRAW Professionals(ACDRP) to provide exclusive help and services to CorelDRAWusers. Our niche, spearheaded by John McDaniel’s expertise,was how to apply CorelDRAW graphics to industry jobs forengraving, sublimation, laser, transfers, and more. We becamethe entrepreneurial magazine for CorelDRAW users.We expanded the magazine and Enews several times in the last13 years, and now John McDaniel will take it in a new directionwith a focus on tech trends, entrepreneurship, and socialresponsibility of businesses.Thanks to allThanks to John & Judy McDaniel for their partnership andfriendship. Thanks to the many writers who penned their thoughtsfor us – Donna Gray, Deborah Sexton, Bill Leek, Steve Spence,Otis Veteto, Mark Venit, and many others who did occasionalcolumns. Thanks to all of you readers who kept asking “what’snew?” Thanks to all our advertisers who kept creating the newproducts. Thanks to Corel Corp. for your support. Thanks toJohn Mise, our consistent and efficient graphic designer. Thanksto all of you who joined me in this journey from typewriter andpasteboards to all digital online publication. It’s been a good ride.Thanks for the memories!SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen4

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CorelDRAW HelpGRAPHICS News WireDecember 2019NEWSDETAILSProduct News Headlines:(Click Here) Conde adds new SubliSlateitems for sublimation Brother DTG releases End ofLife Equipment policies Josh Ellsworthpromoted toGroupeSTAHLsenior VP Workhorse offers 8-color10-station Sabre automaticpress Independent Trading offersUnisex lightweight LoopbackTerry Zip Hood Great Dane Graphics offersscholastic designs RolandDGAPresidentand CEOAndrewOranskynamed toISA Board Transfer Express offers newvideo no Using the Easy ViewImage EditorIndependent Trading offers newWomen’s Crop WindbreakerCorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site. HotronixoffersPowerPlaten Stahls’ launches new “HeatPress for Profit” podcast Transfer Express offers newstock rhinestone transferdesignsASI Show upgrades show floorexperience for 2020 Transfer Express presents new2020 webinar lineup Great Dane Graphics offersreligious designs Stahls’ offers holiday heatprinting tips video Stahls’ adds wholesale blankapparelSPONSORSCONTENTSCalendar (Web Link)Check out the upcoming trainingclasses and trade shows ofinterest to CorelDRAW users.BACKnextfull screen6

Featured ProductsShowcasing unique products from our sponsors; something new each month.Epilog Fusion Pro5G acceleration and 1.65 ipsengraving speed;IRIS camera positioningsystem allows placement ofartwork in seconds;CO2, Fiber, or DualKey ChainHanging PlaqueFridge MagnetRaw Wood Items forLaser, UV-LED, orHeat TransferLaser GradeRed Paver Bricks;Lugs, Bevels optionalSawgrass Virtuoso SG800Sublimation SystemInks, software, supplies, & moreSpeedy LasersMax speeds up to170 IPS;Patented designfor low maintenanceLaserMaxReverse Light BlockersAchieve perfect color matchCorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen7

Using CorelDRAW By John W MiseMesh FillsThe Mesh Fill tool is a very useful feature in CorelDRAW. If you have an understanding of how bézier curves are controlled and how coloris applied, you’ll find mesh fills relatively simple to understand. Mesh fills are used to create the effect of blending several color fountain fillsto an object to create unique effects which allows you to create a fill with very subtle changes in color.Unlike regular fills, mesh fills can be molded and shaped allowing you to create objects with unique forms. While “shaping” the mesh, newnodes can be added, colors can be applied to a single node or to entire cells along with several other options. Also, Mesh fills are vectorobjects. This means that you can enlarge or reduce the object without changing the file size.When a mesh is applied to an object, a grid structure composed of nodes and curves will appear. Nodes and béziers are manipulated thesame as any other vector object. The areas separated by the grid lines may be individually applied with different colors.The Mesh Fill tool (M) is located in the Toolbox. When the Mesh Fill toolis selected, a number of new options willappear on the Property bar. Some of the options that appear on the Property bar will look familiar to you if you use the Shapetool frequently. With these options, you can set the vertical and horizontal size of the mesh grid, change the node and pathproperties, and set the smoothness of curves. Mesh Fills are also dynamic, which means they can be edited at any time.When an object is clicked with the Mesh Fill tool, it becomes a mesh object, with the current grid values applied. You can addor remove vertical and/or horizontal grid lines by entering values in the Property Bar Grid Size boxes. To shape specific portions of the gridat the bézier level, click directly on the segments or nodes and drag to re-position them or use the Property Bar options to make changesto the shape.HorizontalGrid SizeVerticalGrid arencyColorPaletteSmoothMesh ColorCurveSmoothnessClearMesh FillCopy MeshFill Properties CorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen8

Using CorelDRAW Mesh Fill OptionsThe following options will be available on the Property bar when the Mesh Fill tool isselected:Frequency of the patches - The default setting for a new mesh fill is two horizontaland two vertical sets of patches. You can increase or decrease the number ofcolumns and rows by using the entry fields in the Property bar.Add Intersection/Delete Node - When you click on a path segment, a node mayappear. You can add an intersection by either clicking on the Add Intersectionbutton or by pressing . This will add a new row or column to the mesh fill dependingon whether you’ve added a point to a vertical or horizontal mesh path segment. Todelete a node, you need to select the node, and then click on the Delete Node buttonor press the “Delete” key on the keyboard. This will remove the mesh node and anyintersecting path segments. This will reduce the number of columns or rows of meshpatches. Deleting nodes may create undesired results, so be careful.Curve and Node command buttons - By default, path segments that make up themesh fill are curves. These are bound by nodes that have the Smooth property. If youwant to change a path segment to a line, you will need to use the “Convert To Line”command button. Nodes can then be changed to Cusp, Smooth, and Symmetricalproperties from the Property bar.Curve Smoothness - With this option, you can select a number of nodes in a pathsegment and use the Curve Smoothness slider and numerical field to reduce thenumber of nodes. This works the same as the Node Reduction feature in CorelDRAW.Selection mode - This is on by default and allows you to select nodes in Rectangularmode. This means you can drag your cursor to create a rectangular shape to selectnodes. Whatever falls within the rectangle, you can change the properties of -- thingslike color, position, and transparency. You can also “Freehand”. This means you candraw any shape, and you are not bound by the rectangular shape when selectingnodes. You can also Shift-click any number of nodes to select them for editing.However, Freehand mode does not allow you to select patches; this is only availablein the Rectangular selection mode.Smooth Mesh Color - This is a toggle on/off button and can produce smoother colorblends for your fill. The position and properties of the mesh nodes and curve pathsegments will remain the same.Color Eyedropper - When a patch or node has been selected, you can choose acolor from anywhere on the screen by dragging the Color Eyedropper over to anypoint.Color Palette - This allows you to select colors for selected nodes and patches. Toaccess the default color palette, click the flyout button on the Property bar. You canalso choose one of the preinstalled CorelDRAW palettes.As with most complex tools, mesh fills will become easier to work with once you knowthe ins and outs of how everything works. The learning curve may be a bit steep atfirst, but with practice and patience, it will become easier and a lot more rewarding.CorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen9

CorelDRAW TipsCreating symmetryThe Symmetry drawing mode introduced in CorelDRAW 2018 makes creatingsymmetrical objects and designs easy and fun. Draw in Symmetry mode from theget-go, or create symmetry from existing objects.3.You can edit the shape of the curve with the Shape tool. If you want to fillthe shape with color, click the Fuse curves button on the property bar, andclick a color on the onscreen color palette. Note that the end nodes of thecurve and its copy must meet on the symmetry line for fusing to work.To draw in Symmetry mode1. Click Object Symmetry Create New Symmetry. A symmetry lineappears in the drawing window.2. Draw a curve or a shape. In the following example, the 3-point curve toolis used to draw a curve. The curve is automatically duplicated and mirrored. CorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen10

CorelDRAW TipsTo create symmetry from objectsRight-click an object,and click Create NewSymmetry.Click the Finish Editing Symmetry button.A symmetry line appears in the drawing window, and the primary object isduplicated and mirrored. CorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen11

CorelDRAW TipsTo create a more complexdesign, simply increase thenumber of symmetry lines inthe Mirror lines box on theproperty bar.Edit the primary object. In the following illustration, the object is moved to thesymmetry line, and filled with color. You can also move the symmetryline instead of the object.The object copy is displayed in wireframe mode. This view lets you identify theprimary object easily. To show a full preview of the object copy, click theShow full preview button on the property bar.CorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.This example uses 5symmetry lines and fullpreview. The outline of theprimary object has beenremoved.When you have finishedediting, click the FinishEditing Symmetry button.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen12

Tutorial - CorelDRAW 2019By CorelHow to Use the Transparency Tool in CorelDRAWIn this tutorial we will go through a variety of exercises to demonstrate how to usethe Transparency tool and how to adjust the various settings for each type oftransparency.different styles of transparency. You can apply a transparency to the fill of an object,the outline of an object or both. You can also adjust the opacity of the transparencyand edit more details about the transparency.The Transparency tool can be found in the Toolbox on the left-hand side of theinterface, above the Eyedropper tool. It looks like a black and white checkerboard .Once the tool is activated you will notice that the Property bar along the top changesto show the transparency types. When a transparency type is selected, the Propertybar will display additional options.How to Apply a Uniform TransparencyThere are 5 types of transparencies: Uniform Fountain Vector pattern Bitmap pattern Two-color pattern/textureExercise 1: T-shirt MockupIn our first exercise we are going use a uniform transparency to make a t-shirt mockuplook more realistic. Often a white or solid color design placed on a t-shirt photo willlook like a sticker just stuck on there. We can apply a transparency effect to give theappearance that the logo is actually printed on the garment. Select the Transparencytool and then select Uniform Transparency in the Property bar. Adjustthe Transparency slider to 15. For each transparency type you can apply a Merge Mode, which will specify howthe color of a transparency is combined with the color of the object behind it. Eachtransparency type also has a Transparency Picker, which allows you to select fromCorelDRAW Help December 2019Click ads to go directlyto advertiser’s web site.SPONSORSCONTENTSBACKnextfull screen13

tutorialWith a slight transparency, the logo is a little less opaque and looks like it is inked onthe garment. If you want to see the difference, click on the No Transparency icon toremove the transparency, then click on the Uniform Transparency icon to re-applythe transparency. The effect is slight, but enough to make the t-shirt mockup lookrealistic.Exercise 2: Adding a Color Cast to a PhotoAnother use of uniform transparency is to add a color cast to a photo, in this casea photo being used for a musician’s Facebook cover image. Select the image, holddown the Shift key on your keyboard and double-click the Rectangle tool. This willcreate a rectangle the same size as the photo. Next, choose a dark forest green onthe Color palette and your rectangle will be filled with that color. Now let’s add ourtransparency. With the green rectangle selected, activate the Transparency tooland then click the Uniform Transparency icon. You can adjust the opacity using theTransparency slider to get the look you want.Select the white shape with the Pick tool then activate the Transparency tool. Youcan select the Fountain Transparency icon in the Property bar, or simply clickand drag inside the white shape from the top down to the bottom. The fountaintransparency is applied, softening the bottom edge so that it looks like it’s fading intothe button. You can tweak it by dragging on the black handle to adjust the fadingedge to make it just right.Let’s try the same effect on our light bulb graphic. Apply the fountain transparencythe same way by dragging from the center out towards the right side. The default forfountain transparency is Linear, which worked well on the web button but not for thelight bulb. Choose the Elliptical fountain transparency instead.How to Apply a Fountain TransparencyExercise 1: Adding a Highlight to a GraphicIn this exercise, we

December 2019 8 Click ads to go directly CorelDRAW help to advertiser’s web site. Mesh Fills Using CorelDRAW by John W Mise The Mesh Fill tool is a very useful feature in CorelDRAW. If you have an understanding of how bézier curves are controlled and how color

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