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Whether you're an aspiring or experienced artist, this course provides detailed coverage of CorelDRAW, the flagship vector-based illustration and layout application. Author Scott Georgeson, the official creator of video training for CorelDRAW X4, X5, and X6, helps you get up to speed with the basics of vector drawing. Scott demonstrates how to use objects, layers, and pages to organize documents effectively and he discusses working with color, Artistic Text, drawing tools, and special effects. The course also covers how to align and group objects to lay them out more effectively and how to dictate the layering of objects with the Weld, Trim, and Intersect commands.
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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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