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Corel By Design - April 2009
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Welcome to the Spring 2009 edition of By Design!

By Design has always been one of our favorite ways to communicate with you, our community, about all of the latest information on the CorelDRAW product family. Over the next few issues, we're going to work with you to ensure this newsletter continues to provide you with the insight and news you need. The first step - let us know what you think. What do you want to see in By Design? How do you feel we can improve this newsletter so it can be more useful for you? You can send your thoughts and comments to us via email at, in the community or on Twitter.

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In this issue
Product Update: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 Service Pack 2

CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X4 Service Pack 2 is now available in multiple languages, including Polish, German, Spanish, and more. Reflecting the top requests from the CorelDRAW user community, the service pack includes expanded RAW camera support capabilities, improved Drop Shadows functionality, and enhanced visual feedback for specific suite functions. Get your update from or directly from the Update tab in the CorelDRAW X4 Welcome Screen.

Once updated, both CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT will be at version The second service pack is a cumulative one, meaning it also includes previously released Service Packs and updates.

CorelDRAW International Design Contest

The CorelDRAW International Design Contest is now open! Until May 31st, 2009, you can submit your work in six different categories:

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Promotional/Personalization
  • Vehicle Wraps
  • Textile/Fashion Design
  • General Illustration and Fine Art
  • Students

With prizes across the different categories representing a total value of over US$75,000, winners in each category will receive a unique prize pack, and the overall grand prize winner will receive a Roland® VersaCAMM™ VP-540 printer/cutter (approximate retail value of over US$21,000). Remember - your submissions need to be in before May 31st, 2009. The winning entries will be displayed on the community. Below are links from our contest sites around the world where you can find out more information in your language, read the terms and conditions, and submit your entries:

Contest Partners

Have you submitted your entry yet?

Learning Resources
CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed
Author: Foster D. Coburn III
© 2008 by Unleashed Productions, Inc.

Make the most of CorelDRAW® X4 with this 932-page, full-color eBook. With more than 11 hours of multimedia tutorials, it will help you fully understand the product's features and how they work. Take advantage of the PDF format by using links to useful Web pages, tutorials and other related information within the book. You'll also receive sample files that let you work while reading and watching. This is the most complete learning tool available for CorelDRAW X4!

Learn More
CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed
CorelDRAW X4 - Official Guide
Author: Gary David Bouton
© 2008 by The McGraw-Hill Companies

A must-have resource for anyone who wants to create stunning artwork with CorelDRAW, this 892-page guide explains how to create compelling graphics and vector animations for print and the Web.

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CorelDRAW X4 Official Guide
Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Insider
Author: Nathan Segal
© 2008 by Nathan Segal

The Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4 Insider ebook by Nathan Segal, is an extensive practical resource that covers PHOTOPAINT, and the software and devices that work in conjuction with it. This ebook contains 29 chapters covering a variety of topics that will assist both beginners and experts to accomplish their projects.

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Corel PHOTO PAINT X4 Insider
Are you a member of the community?
With over 24,000 members, connects users of the CorelDRAW family of products, getting together to share and learn from each other, discovering what community members create and fueling their inspiration. Combining forums, blogs and galleries with a few more goodies, provides a valuable resource and place for information for graphic hobbyists and professionals alike.

CorelDRAW Community
Tutorials highlights
Create High End Fashion Designs with CorelDRAW
by Tom Knight

This tutorial will show how to easily create modern fashion style t-shirt designs and effects with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.

Learn How

Create High End Fashion Designs
Create Simple Artistic Design Effects with Corel PHOTO-PAINT
by Tom Knight

This tutorial will show you how easy it is to create simple artist style design effects using Corel PHOTO-PAINT.

Learn How

Create Simple Artistic Design Effects
Create an original graphic from a quick drawing with Corel PowerTRACE
by Thomas Trimingham

This video is first in a series that showcases how to use CorelDRAW PowerTRACE and create an original graphic from a quick drawing based off of a clipart image. The goal is to create custom artwork of high quality in the shortest time possible. The details show how to go from a scan to a finished piece in under 10 minutes.

Learn How

Create an Original Graphic with Corel PowerTRACE

Extending CorelDRAW with macros and add-ons

One of the great things about CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT is that you can extend and automate tasks through a wide range of add-ons and ready-to-go macros. A great source for those add-ons is MacroMonster.Com. This site offers the largest and most diverse inventory of macros for CorelDRAW users worldwide, with about half of them available for free. Here's one example:
Vector CMYK Channel Mixer
Author: w0xx0m
© 2008 by

The Vector CMYK Channel Mixer from MacroMonster.Com is a remarkable technical achievement, available for free for your use and enjoyment. Thanks to a Live Preview, artists can see instant results of global color adjustments on numerous vector shapes. You can also do advanced processing where you can add a fixed percentage of color to numerous vector shapes.

Vector CMYK Channel Mixer

Imported Clipart is often constructed of RGB hues. There's a convenient option in this macro to convert these hues to CMYK. Import some vector clipart, or any other design and give this cool macro a try today!

Learn More

Tips & Tricks for CorelDRAW
Red Eye Removal Tool Adjusting the size of the Red-eye Removal tool interactively

In Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4, the Red-Eye Removal tool lets you quickly and easily remove red-eye from photo subjects. You can interactively adjust the size of the Red-Eye removal tool to get great results.

To adjust the Red-Eye Removal tool nib size interactively, hold down the Shift key and drag in the image window.

Red Eye Removal Tool
Drawing real-world distances to scale in CorelDRAW X4

CorelDRAW X4 lets you choose a drawing scale so that distances in a drawing are proportionate to real-world distances — without using large pages..

To adjust the Red-Eye Removal tool nib size interactively:
  1. Right-click a ruler, and click Ruler Setup.

    CorelDRAW Drawing Scale Ruler Setup
  2. In the Options dialog box, click the Edit Scale button.
  3. Enter a higher value in the World distance box.
    If you change the drawing scale to 1:40, you can represent almost 30 feet on a Letter-size page.

    CorelDRAW Drawing Scale
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