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Using the Fountain fill

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Video: Using the Fountain fill

We're continuing on page 33, the subject of Color, Fill and Palettes. And I am briefly going to have a quick look at the Fountain Fill dialog box. Now this will be a brief look because there is actually a new tool called the Interactive Fountain Fill tool which does the exact same thing and is easier to use. A little bit of old and new here. So I want to look at the old first because some people do occasionally use it so I'll quickly highlight it, but in our next lesson or on our next page, I'll talk more in depth about the other interactive tool.

Using the Fountain fill

We're continuing on page 33, the subject of Color, Fill and Palettes. And I am briefly going to have a quick look at the Fountain Fill dialog box. Now this will be a brief look because there is actually a new tool called the Interactive Fountain Fill tool which does the exact same thing and is easier to use. A little bit of old and new here. So I want to look at the old first because some people do occasionally use it so I'll quickly highlight it, but in our next lesson or on our next page, I'll talk more in depth about the other interactive tool.

When I created the amplifier for you that you can see here, I used Fountain Fills for some of the effects. In the buttons, you can see we're moving from lighter gray through to light, a lighter gray. Around the outside area here you can see there is a light gray there moving around the outside and the backing plate itself, let me just delete this. As you can see I've tried to create a brushed metal effect. Now all of this is using Fountain Fill. The sound indicator light there again is using Fountain Fill.

Basically what Fountain Fill is, is it's moving from one color through to another color, but we can do this in all sorts of ways. Let me quickly make that white in color and I'll shrink it down in size just a little bit as well. And I am going to hit F11. Now over here where the Fill tool is remember we just looked at Uniform Fill, the next one down is Fountain Fill. And that's really why I am showing it to because there are many options here, so we're quickly going to learn about most of them, so Fountain Fill or F11.

The square that I have here, I can use this dialog box to fill it. Now there are different types of methods of filling Linear, Radial, Conical, Square, we'll look at those in a moment, but basically you can blend from one color through to another. So let's blend from say yellow through to red. You can see an example up here, click OK and a beautiful yellow through red fill. So that's what we call a Fountain Fill because it's a fountain of colors, F11 on my keyboard. If we were to go to the Custom option, as you can see the yellow through to red appears here, so that little node represents the yellow, this node here represents the red, you can see it there as I click.

If I double-click along this line, so I double-click, double-click, double-click and again, I can add additional color nodes. And I can simply select one and make that an alternate color, as you can see and so we can do all sorts of color blends. Now it's being clever with this that creates the effects that we're looking for. For example to create that brushed metal effect, if I select the first one, go with a light gray, the next one, a darker gray, the next one slightly darker, I'll slide this one along and by the way you can slide them.

Go back to a light gray, that one there slightly darker and again slightly darker gray. So that's the effect up there. I can click in this little box and rotate just a little like that, I'll click OK and can you see the brushed metal effect? Let me just right-click to give that a lighter outline. So once you put your components back on top of something like that, you can see it's kind of that aluminum brushed metal effect. So it's, really how cleverly you think this through as to the effect.

Now this here is nothing more than a group of just tiny little rectangles. Now when I select that, again F11, you can see the blend of colors, see it's going from green, yellow, all the way through to red, so it's just simply a fountain fill of three colors, green, yellow and red, it is that easy, okay. Now again like I said I am going to show you some quick ways to do this shortly, but just as a final, I am just going to delete that. I am just going to show you a different type of Fill using the circle here, F11.

I am going to choose this time Radial and I am going to go from dark blue and you can click again inside this little square, click on the white highlight because we're running from dark blue to white and we're running with Radial, which is a Radial effect. So in other words it's radiating from the white out to the blue, Radial effect. Click OK, let's give that a much thinner outline, say one, and watch this.

Plus (+) on my keyboard and I'll shrink that down, going to make that gray and Ctrl+Page Down, get rid of the outline and that's a bowling ball effect, very, very simple. So I'd like for you to now go ahead, see if you can create the brushed metal effect in here and the bowling ball effect you've seen me create there and we'll move on to our next lesson.

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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 44s
  2. 7m 27s
    1. The CorelDRAW interface
      36s
    2. Working with new documents
      3m 45s
    3. Exploring new document advanced options
      3m 6s
  3. 14m 55s
    1. Moving and adding pages
      3m 25s
    2. Understanding page setup
      6m 47s
    3. Arranging dockers
      4m 43s
  4. 19m 59s
    1. Importing files
      3m 51s
    2. Using Corel CONNECT
      12m 23s
    3. Exporting files
      3m 45s
  5. 10m 0s
    1. Working with zooming
      5m 8s
    2. Understanding page views
      4m 52s
  6. 37m 1s
    1. Using the Pick tool
      4m 1s
    2. Selecting objects
      4m 50s
    3. Moving objects
      6m 59s
    4. Sizing objects
      5m 56s
    5. Mirroring objects
      6m 2s
    6. Rotating objects
      5m 33s
    7. Skewing objects
      3m 40s
  7. 12m 54s
    1. Working with Undo and Redo
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding the stacking order
      7m 52s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Understanding the drawing tools
      8m 35s
    2. Working with the Rectangle tool
      6m 54s
    3. Adding rectangles to a business card
      5m 22s
    4. Working with the Ellipse tool
      4m 23s
    5. Adding ellipses, pies, and arcs
      4m 4s
    6. Working with the Polygon tool
      2m 50s
    7. Adding a multipoint polygon
      2m 12s
    8. Working with the Spiral tool
      5m 5s
    9. Adding a shadowed spiral
      2m 7s
    10. Working with the Graph paper tool
      5m 55s
    11. Adding unique graph shapes
      9m 23s
    12. Working with Perfect Shapes
      6m 34s
    13. Adding a shadowed arrow shape
      2m 44s
  9. 15m 3s
    1. Understanding artistic text
      6m 42s
    2. Adding artistic text
      8m 21s
  10. 40m 22s
    1. Aligning objects
      6m 34s
    2. Understanding duplication
      6m 55s
    3. Working with distribution
      5m 6s
    4. Building an amplifier face
      15m 14s
    5. Aligning text and spacing objects
      6m 33s
  11. 14m 26s
    1. Understanding Group and Ungroup
      7m 9s
    2. Working with Combine and Break Apart
      7m 17s
  12. 38m 25s
    1. Coloring objects and using Uniform fill
      8m 44s
    2. Using the Fountain fill
      4m 56s
    3. Understanding the Color palette and the Document palette
      9m 11s
    4. Working with the Interactive fill tool
      8m 22s
    5. Using the eyedropper tools
      7m 12s
  13. 19m 26s
    1. Using Convert To Curves and Outline Properties
      9m 45s
    2. Understanding advanced Outline Properties
      9m 41s
  14. 17m 57s
    1. Exploring methods of working with Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      8m 38s
    2. Exploring examples using Weld, Trim, and Intersect
      9m 19s
  15. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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